Friday, October 28, 2011
Today I watched a film I'd never seen, "The Day of the Jackal". The film begins with the image of what I later (after the movie) learned is called the Cross of Lorraine. Chosen in response to the Nazi swastika, during World War II It became the emblem of the Forces Françaises Libres who wore them on armbands which featured the cross in the center of the French flag.
Anyway, I really liked the movie. Inspired by the film and the new things I learned about French resistance fighters i came to paint this owl. (makes sense) I painted a sort of cutesy owl the other day. I liked it but i was struggling with new ideas for greeting cards and was disappointed that all i could come up with was ANOTHER OWL! I decided to put a dead mouse in it's mouth so it would be a little harsher, a little uglier, what the Mac English to French computer translation program would call "plus laid". I just didn't want to paint another owl for people who like owls. owl people. I like owl people but owls don't. Owls want to kill things and eat them. And yes, sometimes owls want to liberate there forests, like my fellow featured here. They are tired of my crappy-cute owls.
I'm glad I was fortunate enough to learn of Krampus as a young adult. Believing that one of these lovelies would come into my house as the holidays neared for talking back to my mom because I refused to drink the disgusting warm milk that had been poured and left out an hour before dinner would've been too frightening for a kid who was already certain there were monsters who were more than willing to grab my feet as they dangled off the side of my bed any night of the year. A monster that is only going to show up for the holidays is bound to give you something special in the terror department. No thanks Krampus. No thanks.
This is from a set of hand painted post cards Kati and I are working on for our shop and for Punk Rock Flea Market in Philly 12.11.11: http://www.r5productions.com/event/70315/
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I'd been watching any movie with "the Living Dead" or "of the Dead" in the title. I guess that's part of what inspired these folks. So many freebies on the Youtubes to have in the background as I paint! I just realized that the title of this post is a little peculiar if you take into account that I've never seen "Night of the Creeps". I just don't think of this lot as zombies, they ARE kreepz!
There has got to be a band with the name "Headhunters". After brainstorming fake metal band names for about 30 minutes this was the best my poor streamed-video frizzled brain could muster. Note for bands: replace your S's with Z's to make it official!
These should be available soon (originals and prints) on my Etsy shop!