Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Life Is Sweet

Hello again!! Just winding down from a crazy exciting weekend - my show My Heart Shall Not Fear opened this past Saturday at the Corey Helford Gallery. And that means I can FINALLY show you my new works here on my blog!!!

I've been keeping secrets from you guys for far too long now - lemme explode in your face!! But first, here are a few shots from the gallery that I took with my camera, that I am able to share with you at this time. The gallery photographer took better shots, and I will share some with you as well - at a later date....

After I shed my blood and tears over the works (for a year), get everything ready and drop it off in the hands of the gallery - they put their spin and sprinkle on top - which is very exciting for the artist!! Here you can see the shadow of the etched glass cat character (from one of my paintings) in the front windows of the gallery on the floor inside. Up on the walls above (lofty ceilings) the gallery hung a beautiful starry night sky to add to the work's atmosphere - as if we were outside, Spooky Halloween night!

The work was celebrated in wonderful company - really - THANK YOU to those of you who could make it out for the opening!! Here Mister Daniel Peacock and Miss Lovely Lola join me for some Shirley Temples and candied grins.

And this talented young lady opens her new show at the gallery in only a few short weeks!! Natalia Fabia will be following up my show with her take on Japanese Cute next month - if you get a chance, get to the gallery asap!!

Here you can see the window decals, the art behind it and the night sky. This was after closing, where I got a chance to take it all in with Jan (Jan Helford, gallery owner). The events tend to FLY by, a moment to breathe it in is rare.

If I'm going to share the works here, I want to do it right. I'll go thru the work individually, sharing a bit about why/how and why and how with each piece. If you can't wait that long, go see my gallery page with all the new work on MY WEBSITE.

Here is my piece titled Nonne Hegen. She was my very first installment of My Heart Shall Not Fear (way back in October). (My Other Blog can give you an idea where I started with the show, as far as what the show is about, what stemmed the ideas for each piece.)

And "Quiet Song" was the second painting I completed. These two were a great start in the right direction for the show. They're small 8"x10" framed, but they had the very feel to the show wrapped in their every stroke. The girls in the pieces are decorated just so - a nun, and a nurse are both symbols of comfort. The heads of the diseased birds symbolize ultimate freedom - ultimate life. This parallels my feelings of life after having lost my mom.

"Sleep Escapes Me" was really the kick off, the third painting I did, and the basis of the show. Here the girl stands (in a nurse costume) as an onlooker to this "train of death". The Black cats are symbols of a nagging doom - almost taunting and laughing at the viewer. The train is headed by a big skull, disguised as a friendly gentleman - he's the main character in the piece. This speaks of death in life - moving like a train. It's unstoppable.

There will be more posts, I assure you. You can check out a behind the scenes look of the making here at Hi Fructose.

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Video You Say?

Hooray!! I've just posted two video's on Youtube of my inking process from two of the new pieces that will be part of my show tomorrow night! (Yipes!!) The video's are only a couple minutes, but noone ever sees the process in motion. See it!! This one's from A Dark Whisper - acrylic and ink on wood...

See the other post from the piece Wander, Eternal Beauty - go to My Other Blog where my studio's lonely and I fall down on the sidewalk!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Within The Hollow

June 26th, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City 7-11pm. Be There.

Monday, June 21, 2010

This Saturday, My Heart Shall Not Fear

Okaaaaay, it's almost heeeerrrre. My solo show this Saturday at the COREY HELFORD GALLERY in Culver City from 7-11pm. I'm sooo excited to unveil all the new work I've been slaving over for the past year. For those of you who will not be able to make it out to the opening, or the gallery at all - I will be sharing the new pieces here shortly after the party! It's so hard to keep secrets, I've been sitting on these forever!! Hope you are all well out there!!!

Pop on over to EVER SO LOVELY, where everything IS so lovely!! They featured me on Follow Friday, go kick it one time!!

And for more process and progress, visit my show blog MY HEART SHALL NOT FEAR, THE BLOG and see what's been happening in my head!! xoxo!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

So Much To Say!!

Where to begin? So much craziness lately!! Lemme start with two things;

THE NEW WEBSITE! just had a makeover, and I couldn't be more happy with it!! Go have a look around - it's easy as pie to gather important brandi milne information. YAY!!

And Juxtapoz Back Talk is where it's at for 20 questions with yours truly. You can find out that I'm scared of being strangled, how I love Peter Fonda's helmet, and much more!

I've finished all the work for my upcoming show MY HEART SHALL NOT FEAR, and I'm feeling anxious and excited and a bit sad. There's so much that goes into a work of art - emotionally, for me, that after completing an ENTIRE SERIES - I'm drained and exhausted and spent. But it's so good - it feels so great, I can't even tell you how excited I am about the work and the show. If you can make it, I would encourage you to stop by June 26th. I'll be there, no joke.

And in the last few weeks, it's been sooooo great to get out of my studio and cheer on my favorite people in the art world! I got to go to the opening of H Space by Hurley two weekends ago for my friend Mike Stilkey's show. There we frolicked with Mike, Jason Maloney, Shag, Natalia Fabia, Liz McGrath, Morgan Slade, and Buff Monster. Mike's show is up for a bit more, so if you're out in Orange County - stop on by, the work is amazing!!

And this past weekend, more Orange County pleasures - the Shack Show at the Laguna Art Museum! Again, such a blast to get out of my own head to support other people's efforts and their wonderful art!!

My friend Jason Maloney went all out with his shack - his dark twist on a baby nursery is all Jason all the time!! You could even take a piece of his shack home with you - his Tipsy Plush is available HERE, get em while they're HOT!!

Like I said, a chance to get out of my head and go see what other brilliant minds are up to is such a great opportunity. These people blow my mind - every time.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Candy Head Girl

The other day I drove up to Hollywood for the fourth installment of my SKETCH THEATRE sketches on film. It was a blast and now the sketch is up!! (Quick work Lily!!) Go check it out, she's got some candy stuck to her wig...