Saturday, February 28, 2009

Red Queen vs. Alice

Here's a different version. I am quite interested in which people prefer, so if you feel so inclined, please vote - I'll make one of them into a t-shirt. In other news, I saw this linked on a post on Andrew Sullivan's blog. It's a good art philosophy in these times.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Alice vs. The Red Queen

Suggested by my neighbor Carlos.

The Queen thought the day must be more breezy than she had realized, as she felt a distinct draft in the region of her neck.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Napoleon Crow Revisited

Here's another version of Napoleon as a crow - the first one to appear in these virtual pages is in the post on September 24 . The one above stands about 26 inches high. 

Mr. C., please call off your bots and stop taking the content of my blog for P.B. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Flash Frustration

Feeling very frustrated (despite the helpful efforts of my friend Terry). 

This illustration should probably say with apologies to J.T. Steiny, he sent me some wonderful books which I have been looking at and his transmogrificational style is definitely influencing me. 

Thing is, I'd like to be able to transmogrify things in Flash...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Unsuitable Attachment

My sister and her husband had a cat and a small dog who were fond of each other, I believe they used to groom each other. My brother-in-law claimed they engaged in acrobatic sexual practices while he was trying to eat and put him off his dinner, but I think he was just having a bit of fun.

Edit: Just fixed a wicked Freudian slip this morning. It's gone now!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Art- It's Messy

Edit: Some of you are aware that there are ongoing problems with blog theft of my and other blogs. I'm not posting a link because that means more traffic to the site - I will just say that if you are reading -and seeing - this anywhere other than /Art SparkTheatre, the post has been taken by RSSfeed despite repeated requests that the webmaster cease doing so. If so, please consider unsubscribing from that site. 

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Kwan Yin

Another piece from my etsy store...I call these "reconfigured figurines." I have been thinking about starting a second blog with these characters as participants in a story, or possibly illustrating poems, since I am getting a new camera. What do you think? I have a lot of tiny things to use for props...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Spring Sticks for Placement

Here are sticks 10,11 and 12 (small numbers, but they are there) for placement. As always, indicate in a comment if you would like one of these sent to you. The idea is not to keep them, but to place them somewhere passersby can come upon them and people can adopt them. Past participants will attest to the thrill when you leave one of them and return to find it gone. If you take a photo of the stick where it is left (One was placed in the mouth of a tiger - a tiger made out of stone, to be sure, but still a tiger), and email it to me I will post the photo here with a link to your blog. Remember, you can always decorate a stick yourself and plant it!

Edit: these sticks are all spoken for, more to come though.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Strange Instincts

You know that song about the woman who is so adorable that stars fall from the sky every time she appears? Well, this is not that woman. But creatures of the night instinctively pursue her on her moonlight strolls.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Notorious Fairies Attack Pet Cat

Breaking news from the bottom of the garden...The famous Cottingley Fairies made an appearance today in an Oakland, California neighborhood, viciously assaulting a small domestic animal with various weapons (one of them appeared to be carrying a tiny Magnum). A shaken witness declared "They never lost their simpers" during the attack. The traumatized but unharmed animal fled up a nearby tree, whereupon the psychotic, scantily-clad pixies vanished into thin air.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


A squirrel who stopped by to look over the merchandise.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What would you take?

Here is one couple on their way to the birdboat station, trying not to leave the beauty behind.

Monday, February 16, 2009


J. at waiting room aquarium sent me a lovely mixtape compilation, also in the package were some other delightful things, among them the little piece of paper above at right with the drawing of the boat and the words "bird" and "boat" stamped on it. The overlay is my drawing inspired by it which will probably be turned into...well, the usual. One of the songs on the tape J. sent me is Vincent O'Brien, by M. Ward, an artist who eerily resembles another older artist, both musically and a little in appearance too, I think. Tell me what you think, if you feel so inclined.

I should mention that there's more than a little influence from Shaun Tan's wonderful book "The Arrival" in the above.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Elephant Plate

An elephant taking a bath in a china urn, recently placed in my etsy store.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine Butterfly

The rarely seen urban-dwelling Sauvis Debonnairis, notable for its lacy red wings and dry wit.

Friday, February 13, 2009


I do hereby solemnly swear to post something delightful tomorrow, something pretty for Valentine's Day. But I had this available for the IF prompt's one of my t-shirt designs, available here

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Upstart Crow

In the pamphlet "Groatsworth of Wit", the properly educated Robert Greene attacked Shakespeare as "an uptstart crow beautified in our feathers" - his point being that a lowly actor presumed too much in becoming an author. This illustration appears on a t-shirt here.

The winner of my one world/one heart is Donna at Honeysuckle Hill.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Phoenix and Turtle

Melbourne-based Redbubble has started a new group with images uploaded for sale (this one among them) in t-shirt, card and print form, with profits going to victims of the fires in Australia. They also have direct links to a couple of organizations accepting contributions on their Phoenix Appeal site.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Genuine Regency Vase

Here is one of the items on my mosaic website, I thought it was in keeping with yesterday's post. This is the text regarding its provenance:

This exceptional vase was made by Herman Wedgwood in 1816 and graced Windsor Castle until 1819, when the afflicted monarch George III broke it in a fit of crankiness. With skill and perseverance the pieces were retrieved from the Royal china dump, brought to the United States, and reassembled.

"You can scarcely see the joins"
                   ---HRH Queen Elizabeth the II              

Monday, February 9, 2009

Jane Austen casts a Satirical Eye on the Social Fabric of her Day

Sprigged muslin, anyone?  There's a bit of influence in how she's represented...does anyone recognize it (Hint: Edward Eager books)?

Oh - I forgot to mention. I'm going to be doing an intermittent series of literary takes on authors and their characters, probably will end up being disproportionately nineteenth century English Literature.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Listen/ Iran + Nashville

A week or so back, I asked for some musical suggestions since I feel that I sometimes am not quite up on current music...Parisa in Tehran sent me a link to this Iranian song, which has wonderful stop motion video with it. Parisa is an illustrator who is taking exams next week...think positive thoughts for her, especially on the eleventh!
      This is a long shot, but if anyone out there knows of a night job in Nashville, Rohzi is looking for one - Rohzi left the family home with a day job and apartment set up for her night course in audio engineering...turns out there is no night course, so she is now looking for a night job to allow her to go to school during the day. 

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Time/Cat looking at Night Sky

This is another design for redbubble, I am using it for my illustration friday entry for time. I think there is some J.T. Steiny (see previous post) in this and also Jude Hill influence, specifically a post that included her cat friend looking intent and a photo of a quilt with round segments, which look like moons to me. Of course, I wish you all could meet each other in reality, not just in my art.

Edit: Removed button to my rabbit entry on redbubble cause it turns out you have to sign up to vote. Sorry to anyone who went there & found complications.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dogs/NOT my illustration

This is by the enormously talented J.T. Steiny, you can see more of his dog philosophers, clowns and explorers here . He has several blogs, as he says, to cover multiple notional territories. Command central is here , and the highly recommended Jack and Buddha web comic is here. Genius!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

DIY anemone costume/lamp enhancer

This is a costume, believe it or not. Poet Laynie Browne wrote a play about the reproduction of sea anemones a few years back (her husband is a marine biologist) for which I did the costumes. Sea anemones can reproduce both sexually and asexually, and this particular kind changed gender in the course of its maturity (I'm going to ask Laynie to review this, because I'm sure I'm not remembering this quite correctly).I asked everybody to wear dark clothes, and for the anemone princesses I made these neckpieces from a wire bent into a circle, with curled pieces on the end for a clasp. I wrapped the wire in yarn, and then attached strips of torn light cloth (I used an old silk shirt from the Goodwill) and yarn. At present this sits around a very boring Ikea floor lamp and makes a nice peach-colored light in the evenings. I'm sure there are probably a hundred household uses for this...what do you think?

Here's what Laynie said:The species in my play, Zoanthina and Zoanthella, were hermaphrodites- and did a big group spawning (or as in the play, orgy). We interpreted the orgy by throwing confetti around as a representation of gametes, if anyone is thinking this is one of THOSE plays.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Posted on redbubble as a tshirt (I'm not sure exactly who my target audience is for this). Anyway, as promised, a less decorous (more infantile?) arrangement of similar visual elements to yesterday's. This is based on the Story of Augustus, from Struwwelpeter:

...when the soup is put on table,
He screams, as loud as he is able --
"Not any soup for me, I say!
O take that nasty soup away!
I won't have any soup today!"

For more Struwwelpeter in screeching falsetto (with puppets), see the Tiger Lilies.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hot off the Press

While I would like to have prints available for people to buy, my (new) printer is simply not up to the task. So I've removed the option. Sorry, folks

Monday, February 2, 2009

Meu coração é a liberdade

I don't speak Portugese (lucky Google has a link for accent keyboard commands) , but some ideas sound perfectly embodied in particular languages. This line is from the song "Ensaboa, the washer woman's lament", by Cartola & Monsueto.  Struggling  or oppressed people have always found a way to rise above their circumstances through song. Marisa Monte version here.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Singing Tree

So my guerrilla knit-up (see (down)under) is up near where I live. I started out with a piece of tulle and marked it with stitched-on lines of yarn, then I cut the tulle between the yarn and wrapped the strips with Japanese silk (remnants found in a box) and yarn, reinforced with plastic-coated wire (you can bet I never leave a piece of electrical wiring lying on the ground). It was a bit like wrestling snakes, as wrapping the silk with yarn caused the strips to writhe in the direction of the wrapping. The little head on the flower I made some years back, just came across it this morning in my bag of weirdness. Don't throw your heads out!
As you can see, my measurements were not perfect-the tree appears to be wearing stays at the joins.
And here is an arboreal soprano preparing to belt out an aria. Working on this reminded me that I have a D.I.Y. project did a few years back that people might enjoy, I will post about it later this week.