Month: October 2010

Announcing: Sketchy Sundays

Today’s been lazy/hermit-like, as are most Sundays here at the ranch. I was thinking that this should be a good day to regularly update ye olde blawg. I don’t have any finished work to post, nor any IP stuff that’s suitable; but then I started looking at one of my sketchbooks and cracking myself up. I thought “aha! The perfect, lazy solution.”

So the goal is that every Sunday I will post something different from my sketchbooks- random sketches that don’t serve any other purpose aside from the exercise of sketching them. I love looking at photos from other artists’ sketchbooks. So what the hell, right? And I have sketchbook stuff that is years old. So it’s like a total grab-bag deal. You never know what you’re gonna get. W00t.

To commence:

1. Mullet Guy

 

copyright 2010 Elaina Gibbs

 

2. Chick with Tom Waits lyrics

 

copyright 2010 Elaina Gibbs- Lyrics Quoted are from "Train Song" and "Cemetery Polka" By Tom Waits

 

3. Yeah. Sometimes I look at this stuff and wonder what I was thinking. But there’s  another Tom Waits reference (if you can’t tell I’m a pretty big fan.)

 

Copyright 2010 Elaina Gibbs

 

I have been enjoying being on the willowing.ning.com network and talking with the folks on there about art and etc’s. I have been doing “art journal” stuff but it just isn’t appropriate for posting just anywhere and I don’t know the ins and outs of doing an “adult art” blog, if that makes sense. I’ve been struggling with whether I should just say “fuck it” and post whatever I feel like posting here. But to me there’s enough of a mental dividing line with my more “adult” stuff that I just don’t feel like it belongs here.

I could use some help from other folks on that one. Any input? I’m put off by the porno world, but I do make art that is considered “erotic” or whatever. I don’t know yet if I have an interest in selling it or profiting off of it. But I would like to share it with folks in a setting that wasn’t skeezy or whatever. Is there a place for that already, somewhere out in the internet-ether???? Please to tell.

Oh well. Happy Sunday evening, folks. Talk to you soon!

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We Make Chili Every Week.

I remember when I was a kid my dad would make chili probably at LEAST once a month. He seemed to be always making pinto beans. I guess he had to do something with ’em.

We make vegan chili nearly every week and I love it. 🙂

I have been sketching (at least) daily. Sometimes I get antsy to start new stuff and don’t feel like working on the stuff that I’m already working on. :: shrugs ::

I will post some images this weekend of stuff I’ve done this week- well. The stuff that is appropriate for postin’, anyways.

But here is another gal in overalls just ’cause I can. This one was the first one to go on a plaque. I think I finished her up about a year ago.

Copyright 2009 Elaina Gibbs

Well It’s Saturday Night, I Guess That Makes It Alright

It’s been a pretty dang pleasant weekend with the Missus. Last night and today we just mostly hung out. I been drawing and she’s been tinkering and we went to the grocery store and I made the best pasta EVAR.

We did some other stuff too but anyways. I made some art in one of my journals.

Copyright 2010 Elaina Gibbs

I think she looks kinda like if Fairuza Balk and Angelina Jolie had a baby.

I should probably stop looking at the interweb right now. My eyes are very strained. I think I need glasses or something.

Goodnight! Happy Sunday Morning!

Well.

Howdy. It’s Wednesday night here at the hacienda.

I cooked tonight. I feel like I need to do some creative cooking; I haven’t in a while. Also didn’t sketch or doodle or paint anything today. I don’t do it every day, tho I know I feel/sleep better when I do.

I can’t wait till I’m at a place in my life where I DON’T have to choose between art in the kitchen and art on canvas.

I’m working on a painting with a big heart in it. There’s other stuff in it too, but the heart is kinda the focal point. As it should be, I reckon.

Willowing is doing a free art course on Ning.com . I think that’ s pretty cool. Here’s video:

I signed up for it. 🙂

It’s gettin’ on 11:00PM. I guess I better turn in. Hope everyone has a good night and sleeps well.

I am a Gal from the South.

I spent the first 26 years of my life in East Tennessee. I grew up looking at the Smoky Mountains every day. You can’t walk away from an experience like that without some kind of Appalachian haint etching her tune in your brain.

I really love art that encompasses that kinda Flannery O’Connor/the-great-depression-never-really-ended/jangly/sweaty feel of the southeastern U.S. I like that it shows its beauty off without really glorifying or glamorizing it.

Tonight I’ve been looking at art by Colonel J.D. Wilkes (a.k.a that skinny sumbitch who guzzles red bull and yanks out his red pubes and tosses ’em at you at Shack Shakers shows.) I think his stuff really appeals to me so much because it does just that- reminds me of heat and giant mosquitos and kudzu growing over rusty cars.

Check it out:

Here’s one of his drawings. They’re amazing. They make me feel like I should go take a art class or somethin’.

And here’s one of those sideshow banner things he paints. This one’s my favorite ’cause I like the plants in it and also ’cause Shakerag Holler is probably my favorite out of their songs.

I missed them in Orlando (lame, I know. But I take this whole “living under a rock” thing pretty seriously.) Ah, well.
Happy Monday night, critters.

Some Paintings, Nancy Spungen, and Other Stuff (Like Chili-Fries)

So the art thing that was supposed to happen Friday night? It didn’t.

Problems, they arise sometimes and it sucks but you keep on moving. Anyway.

I now have a bunch of stuff that is all ready to go, and I have some new stuff to put up here- some of which is (finally) finished and some of which just came home after hanging up at Gallery Q for a month.

Here’s one of the paintings I finally finished! this past week:

Copyright 2010 Elaina Gibbs

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of painting these girls. At least I hope not. I love them so much. I like to think of them as my vision of my Appalachian ancestors, if they had been able to spend all their time doing what they wanted to do. They live in green hills and technicolor skies among big, black crooked trees.  And they just do whatever they feel like doing. I’ve got three more of them I’m working on.

This here’s one of my portraits. I get so many people saying that they think this is Courtney Love. But it’s actually Nancy Spungen, who some would say was like the “original” Courtney Love.  She was 20 years old when she was murdered. Some folks think that Sid Vicious did it, others don’t. He died just 4 months after she did. (And also I’m pretty sure that Courtney Love was in the running to play Nancy in “Sid and Nancy” and ended up not getting the part of Nancy but being in the move anyway.) This portrait is based on a photograph that is on the cover of her biography, “And I Don’t Want to Live this Life,” written by her mother Deborah Spungen.

Copyright 2010 Elaina Gibbs

I read this book as a youngster and it left a lasting impression on me. Also I recently sat through two hours of a movie called “Who Killed Nancy,” that really should have been called, “Hey! Sid Didn’t Do It and She Deserved it Anyways.”

She is the first completed in a series of portraits of female roustabouts and artistic hooligan/outcast types. She spent the previous month hanging out at the previously-mentioned Gallery Q, alongside my Banjo Girl.  (Tomorrow Banjo Girl will be travelling to CA to live in her new forever home with an awesome lady. :D) Both paintings came home today, as the show ended 2 days ago.

Also, tonight  I had my favorite thing ever for supper: fries with chili on top of them. (Vegan chili. O yes.)

So tomorrow ’tis back to the grindstone for another week. Happy Sunday night everybody.