Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Glamorous Life of an Artist

A glimpse at a typical day in my very glamorous life as an artist:
1. Alarm clock at 7:45. Hit snooze 4 times.
2. Realize that by doing so I have given myself 30 minutes to get ready
3. Throw on clothes, guzzle coffee, get directions to museum in Columbia where 2 paintings need to be dropped off.
4. Wire back of paintings in parking lot of apartment building.
5. Car radio broken. Loudly sing show tunes for hour and a half trip.
6. Pull up to museum. Take stock of how I am dressed for the first time. Hope museum staff will chock up my appearance to being "artsy."
7. Get paintings into museum moments before first raindrop falls.
8. Drop off paintings (approximate amount of time: 30 seconds)
9. Run back to car through downpour. Settle uncomfortably in car for one and a half hour trip home in wet clothes.
10. Run out of show tunes.
11. Think of several new, brilliant ideas for paintings. Lament the fact that you cannot sketch while driving.
12. Lunch
13. Head for studio. Turn back for forgotten package that needs to go to Post Office.
14. Drive past Post Office
15.Stand in non-moving Post Office line while postal employee explains in painful detail to woman at front of line what forms of id are needed to open a PO Box.
16. Arrive at studio, exhausted, having forgotten new, brilliant ideas for paintings. Start again tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A multitude of Paper dolls

I think I have hit on something here. I love these paper doll pieces I have been working on- I love the look of them, I love the idea of them, and I love hearing people walk past the studio say "oh, look at the paper dolls!" I have so many ideas that I can't seem to paint fast enough. I am working on a couple of pieces now, which I will post in a few days. In the meantime, look at these amazing vintage paper dolls that I have found online. Want to see more? Check out the huge quantity of paper dolls in Bobe's Picasa Web album.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

For a Night Out

Outfit one for my paper doll gal. In case she has a big night out planned, or decides to become a night club singer on the side.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Playing Dress Up

 When I was little I loved paper dolls. I actually made my own set. They were a family of bears that I cut out of cardboard, and I designed little construction paper clothes for them. I found that set not to long ago when I was cleaning out my closet at my parents' house, and it got me thinking about the idea of paper dolls. For a long time, I have been fascinated with the transformative nature of clothes- how what we wear can change, not only how we look, but how we act and how other people perceive us. The same paper doll girl, when given a new set of clothes, becomes a totally different person.

This piece is just step one in this idea. I am currently working on several other pieces of the same size that are the various outfits, the various personalities that this girl can put on. I think that, when hung together, they will be a really interesting statement.