Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Tristan's D.I.Y. "Ben 10" Heatblast costume. He wore his red sweatshirt, black pants (couldn't find red pants) and we added a little yellow tape here and there. He taped up his bouncing ball so it would be yellow. Mom is insane and paid $30 for some stupid Ben 10 "Voice Changer" thingee complete with glasses (beats $50 for the Venom Spiderman costume he wanted). He was happy!
I took him to the We Ho Kids' Halloween Carnival. He played games for almost two hours and got "candy candy candy"....

He went on one whopping ride. I'm the bad Mom who stood in line with him to go on the ride (knowing I couldn't the way my back hurt) and just as he was next go to on, we spotted two friends from school who were just getting OFF the ride. SO, I made them line jump and take "my place".

Some Halloweenie Movies for your Liking (in no particular order)-

Evil Dead 2 (Bruce Campbell. Ted Raimi. Directed by Sam Raimi. Need I say any more?)

ANYTHING by Dario Argento-Suspiria, Inferno, Bird with the Crystal Plummage (do not eat before or while watching)

Black Sunday

Cemetery Man-I LOVE This film!!!

Lars Von Trier's The Kingdom (not the Stephen King shit)

The Uninvited

Twin Peaks (woo hoo-the whole series came out on DVD today)

American Gothic-Sam Raimi's tv series

Invaders from Mars

Day the Earth Stood Still

Chinese Ghost Story

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (first one)

Forbidden Planet

Night of the Demon


The Haunting (the ORIGINAL...none of that Hollywood crap they pass off nowadays as "good" HA!)

Any Universal Horror flick-c'mon, the classics-Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, etc...

Any Hammer Horror flick with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing

Anything with Vincent Price (I LOVE Vincent Price...)

Cat People-original

Ed Wood


American Werewolf in London

Rosemary's Baby


The Shining

The Tenant

Plan 9 from Outer Space...oh, and what the hell, add Glen or Glenda! to the pile

Young Frankenstein

Dead Alive (holy crap, don't eat for 24 hours before or after this film)

Night of the Hunter (*shiver*)

Night Breed

The Fly -either one

The Birds

Practical Magic-was just fun!

King Kong-either one

Island of Lost Souls


Dead of Night (1945)


Peeping Tom

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

Black Cat

Old Dark House

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Most Dangerous Game

Murders in the Rue Morgue-1932

The Beast with Five Fingers


Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

WHat!??! No Zombie films!?!? I hate hate hate zombie films...they FREAK me out. As Clive Barker once said "You might be able to bargain with Dracula...but you can't bargain with a zombie..."

For the kid in me-

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Mad Monster Party!

Fat Albert's Halloween

Garfield in Disguise

Patty has a cool list here. Onibaba is awesome!!

What are your favorites?

Music to listen to? Oingo Boingo of course!

Happy Halloween...and remember, please save some candy for me (milk chocolate or reese's, please).

Monday, October 29, 2007

Stampers Warehouse, here I come!!!

I'm leaving on Thursday for Stampers Warehouse in Danville (Northern California), where I will be teaching five mixed media art classes (collage, art journaling, bookbinding, altered art, mixed media and more!) I LOVE trekking up there!! My original plan was to leave on Wednesday but I forgot that Wednesday was Halloween (gasp!) I'm teaching Friday-Sunday. I'm hoping to get in early enough on Thursday to go to SFMOMA to see the Cornell exhibit that I missed in Salem, MA.

Your Journal As Art-

Digging Deep-New mixed media ideas for collage (NEW composition & design techniques!)-

Avant Garde Journal-

Pictures in My Head-Even MORE NEW collage, composition & design techniques! Always new, always different...
A Few of my Favorite Things Book-

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tired of staying in...so, off we went...

Art found on the sidewalk in front of Soap Plant/Wacko in Hollywood. I LOVE this store. David and I used to go there all of the time when it was on Melrose. Now its further away but very much worth the trek.
I knew if anyone had the new Tristan Manco book Street Sketchbook, that it would be Soap Plant!!! Score! I LOVE this book. Anything that gives a sneak peek into an artist's process is a favorite of mine...

Skylight Books (Kisses and love to Lucy!!) had Maira Kalman's book. Oh wow. OH WOW. GREAT choice, Lisa! Thanks for the recommendation!!! I keep saying "Max in Love-ooh la la" and no one else knows what the hell I am talking about. I LOVE Maira's work. YUM. I collect children's books with her art..YUM.
Artwork by Caia Koopman. Oh. My. I love this. I want this hanging in my living room. Can someone find this woman a publisher? Now. Please? I would so buy a book of her artwork. Yum. I can't afford the paintings but I can buy a book. She's local too. Check her website for more info.
David prefers the art of David Trulli, another local artist. I can see why-


I'm trying to get some R & R in today. My back is still not 100% up to par (grumble. bitch. moan) SO, I had to postpone my San Diego class at The Stamp Addict until December. I love teaching there!! Jennifer does an amazing job with that store. I hope that my San Diego friends are all safe and well with all the damn fires going on.

Next weekend I am trekking north to Stampers Warehouse in Danville, CA where I will be teaching FIVE mixed media classes. I am REALLY looking forward to it. I LOVE Northern CA and always look forward to the trip. My friends there are wonderful and it's always such a good time. :)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Just 'cause I can...some Birthday pictures

The husband told me it would be the last birthday cake he ever makes if I post pictures of him on the blog. Love you, too, honey! (LOL) Yeah, well I took my make up OFF and put my pjs on before the picture above was taken so how do you think *I* feel ;) LOL

More art stuff soon. Have not been able to do anything. I don't like being a slug-ugh! I did order some books from Amazon thanks to my friend Darcy and her generous birthday present. I got this one and this one. I will be first in line at the bookstore on November 1st for this one!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Some journal page art

Some pages of art that I did while I was at Frenzy Stamper this weekend:Girl with rose grenade from Shepherd Fairey ad in Juxtapoz magazine.
Butterfly woman image is a Greg Spalenka image.
Someone's got good taste. One of my birthday presents from Paper Studio in AZ-

I had a quiet birthday. Couldn't (can't) do much 'cause of my arm/shoulder/back. My sister thinks it's a pinched nerve. I don't know what it is, I do know I'm in a lot of pain and not happy. I'll post pictures maybe tomorrow of the books and presents that David & Tristan gave me-some cool books and an ultra cute piggie bank from my munchkin!!


OMG this book looks COOL.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Goodies from this weekend

I did something to my left artm/shoulder/hand, so I'm limiting my typing and what not on the 'puter. Here are the goodies I bought from Frenzy Stamper this weekend. How cool is this stuff? Coffee Break Design stencils (lots more then in the photo!), 6x6 Basic Grey paper pads, stamps, stuff, cool beans!!!

I got this Art of Travel Sketchbook at Frenzy...Not from Frenzy- up Juxtapoz for the trip. I ordered the Catalina Estrada book from Spain-it shipped fast and free and I Love it!
OK, off to get ready to celebrate my first day of being 33. Hopefully my arm will get better and it will be a good day :)

Textbook disclaimer stickers here. The first one is an actual sticker found inside of a textbook.


LOL, my Dad called me yesterday saying that he had found my blog (by google) and that he was trying to figure out if I was becoming a "communist". Was I quoting Lennon or Lenin? So, for the hell of it, I'm going to quote LENNON again:

"If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that. I believe in what I do, and I'll say it." John Lennon

"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all." Lennon

"You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!" Lennon

Now some LENIN quotes:

"Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot.
" Vladimir Lenin

"Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners." Lenin

Dad says that my Mom better not find my blog. Yup. I'm 33 today.

My blog. I'll quote who I want, when I want!

"I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration." Frida Kahlo

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Home again...home again...

Had a most awesome time *as always* teaching at Debbie's store, Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale. I always have a great time with Debbie and the gang. It was great seeing some old friends meeting some new ones, as well (Gwen, we missed you)!!! I'll have to take some pictures of the fun, new "toys" I bought from Debbie. I left some of my paycheck behind in the store (LOL). I couldn't help it-she's got the coolest stuff!!! I'm REALLY looking forward to the visit there in January!!! :)
These are pictures from Sunday's Graffito book class. We had a lot of fun flinging paint, doodling with pens and just making an all around fun art filled book. Debbie, don't forget! I need more of those Coffee Break Design Stencils-oh Yum oh Yum. $2 of pure joy. I was overwhelmed with all of the new Judikins rubber stamps. GORGEOUS backgrounds.
Look who visited us at the hotel-Bunnicula!!! I wanted to scoop him up and take him home. Of course, he didn't have glowing red eyes in real life. Tristan was just enthralled with him.

More later. I just wanted to give y'all a shout out that I'm home, safe and sound. Driving back from Scottsdale was not fun with the horrible winds and sand storms. I floored it by the tractor trailer trucks scared that they might turn over.

Huge huge thanks again to Debbie & the Gang for an awesome weekend!!!! I'm home now teaching locally (Stamp Addict in San Diego & Paper Post in Agoura) until the first weekend in November when I trek to Stampers Warehouse for another fun-filled weekend of ART.

It's my last day of being 32!~LOL, all I want to do is to go lie down and take a nap. I'll be back with more later...got some art and some neat stuff to show you...


I love this clip.


Great reporting on Hollywood's portrayal of Arabs in media.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Pages from my "class journal" of my New & revised An Artist's Journal

I taught my revamped and revised Artist's Journal class at Stampin From The Heart in L.A. Here are some of the exercises we started to do on the inside pages.

Um, did I tell you that the handout is 20 (or 21, I forget-it's BIG) pages long? Part two is over that many pages!!! They're classes that I developed in 1999 and taught a LOT. Then I put them on the back burner for various reasons to focus on other things. Well, now I've brought them back and they are actually brand new classes. The only thing you "get" from the "old class" is a copy of the old handout AND the new handout. I don't know why I don't just call them by new names and not give out the old handouts any more other then the fact that I just worked so darn hard on those handouts-I mean, they are my biggest handouts *ever*...so it's almost like, "Here. I'm sharing. Take. Enjoy. DO. Please!!" I have been a journal advocate for YEARS. I swear by them...I'm looking forward to the new journaling classes. As I said before, they are technically brand new classes with old names...
Here's the cover. I haven't done anything other then stamping the front with my painted hand print.

Mom arrives tomorrow night into LAX. David, Tristan and I are going to The Academy for the 11th Annual Marc Davis Celebration of Animation. We've gone to several of them. The only ones we missed were the ones we didn't find out about (no mailings, etc...) We even went when Tristan was a babe in arms. We had people come up to us afterwards and say "There was a baby in here?? He's so well behaved." Um. Yeah, I was nursing. I knew how to quiet him, need be. LOL Actually, he's always been well behaved. We're lucky...Plus he likes film.

Thursday morning we're leaving bright and early for Frenzy Stamper. I'm really looking forward to seeing Debbie and the gang. There's still room in the workshops so if you're hemming and hawwing and waiting til the last minute-c'mon, you know it will be fun...plus, not only will you make some wayyyyyyyy cool but you'll learn LOTS of new techniques! Come 'ere, let me twist that arm a little ;) Paint, Play, Techniques, Laughs=Weekend at Frenzy Stamper with Kelly!


Hey, I wanna be like Hanna when I grow up...This looks cool!!!! Most of you know I've been working on a 'zine for some time now off and on...but, what if I took that energy and self published a BOOK BOOK? Hmmm...People have been saying it to me for years...what do YOU Think? What would you want? I'm geared towards something that is all art...a little words...not so much how to....but what do you want..whaddya think?

Monday, October 15, 2007

More Art Journal Pages n' rambling about Apartment life

Getting ready for my classes at Frenzy Stamper *this* weekend!! I can't wait!!! Yet, I still made some time to do some pages in my journals..Yup, that is me. The little tiny picture with the curly haired ginger kid is my little sister, my only sibling. PITA Erin! And, yes that is my Grandpa, my Mom's Dad.

One of the many reasons I hate living in this apartment. There is ONE woman in the apartment complex who is a complete and utter bitch. She makes everyone miserable and is just nasty. She is only nice to you when she wants something. SHE started snooping around when I parked the "new" car in the garage (*we* pay for a parking space. We think we are the only ones in the whole damn complex who have been paying $20 a month for the past 12 years). Well SHE wanted to know who had a car with Massachusetts plates and started asking around. SHE wants a parking space now. Guess what? SHE doesn't own a car. Why does SHE need a parking space? Several of us in the building think that it was HER that bitched to the city about the tree in front of our apartment building-the one bit of shade we HAD. SHE did not like it because of the leaves that it would shed from time to time (uhhh, it's a tree). SHE bitched and bitched. The tree was gone one day. Not trimmed. Gone. Chopped. The temperature in the building soared. Our A/C use went up. Our electric bills went up. Now SHE wants a parking space for an invisible car. SHE bitches. She gets. THEY (asshole landlords) then decide to TOW cars IN the spaces downstairs that are in need of repair. Luckily, WE got rid of OUR Red Toyota DAYS before they did this. Alas, one of our neighbors who just does not have the funds to do something with their car, did not. They towed the poor neighbors' car. Not sure what happened to it. This is one of the many STUPID things that our landlord does in this building. Hmm...how about fixing the RUST in the hot water? How about replanting a tree or two? How about putting back the TWO washers and TWO dryers that used to be downstairs, yet YOU took them away? How about fixing the insulation in the building? How about fixing the water pressure? How about cleaning the damn building? How about doing repairs correctly? How about doing so many of the things that NEED To be done? Did I ever tell you that they blamed US for the Christmas a few years ago when we went back East and after telling them for YEARS that the roof had tiles blowing off of it and needed to be fixed, it RAINED in Tristan's bedroom ONTO his bed, THROUGH the light fixture!!!! It took them SIX MONTHS to "fix" it. Tristan slept on the living room floor in an air bed. Guess what fix meant? PATCH job. Shit paint job-SPRAY paint in the bedroom. Do they EVER ask US what needs to be done? What the REAL problems are? Nope. Instead they tow the cars of people who are trying to save the money to fix them because ONE person bitches about a parking space for an invisible car.

My cousin, Bev sent me this great article about sidewalk chalk art being called Graffiti in NY by some other nut job neighbor (Remember my post here. BTW, the winner will be chosen soon!!!)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Five Words: I couldn't leave without it.

Trekked on over to the bookstore tonight. Sick of being cooped up in the house though I still am not 100% better yet. I'm blaming David. He printed out the 30% off coupons. Not that that matters as I probably would've paid $35 for it. I mean, c'mon. Look at Rex Ray's work. I looked at the cover and said "Please, please, don't let the rest of the book be this appealing. Please." Merde! Yup. I had the book in one hand and fumbled for the cash in another. *sigh*. The addiction does not end. I would have made one hell of a librarian.

I'm blaming Taylor for the fact that when I got home I had to order Amy Butler's new book. *sigh* Mom is coming out here on Wednesday night. Where am I going to put all of these books?
I guess my excuse is that my birthday is in 10 days. I'll just be singing quietly "Happy Birthday to meeeee...."

I do not want to hear another word about any new books out now or within the next two months.

Um. Yeah, you do realize I'm B.S.'ing all of you with that, right? I can always look at the new books, right?

Eddie Campbell talks about the luscious art of Fletcher Martin.


Will someone please explain the difference to me, again, between the Republicans and the Democrats...Anyone hear/read Nancy Pelosi's comment about protesters in front of her home? Great article here.

“If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering, but because they have ‘Impeach Bush’ across their chest, it’s the First Amendment....In elaborating on this comment, Pelosi tried to backtrack from her spontaneous display of her real attitude towards antiwar activists. “They are advocates,” she said. “We are leaders.”

Alright, Ms. Pelosi, if you're a leader, then fucking LEAD and do something. Oh, I dunno. Start with Impeaching Cheney...THEN Bush. Then bring the troops HOME.

Friday, October 12, 2007

"Love. That was what she had that IT did not have"

"You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you"-A Wrinkle in TimeTwo posts again in one day? I wish I didn't have to but it's because, I'm just absolutely heartbroken. I just found out that one of my favorite people, one of my favorite writers died last month. The world lost one of it's greats, Madeleine L'Engle. I was just looking at her books last night sitting next to my bed. I can't tell you how many times I have read her books over and over again, especially A Wrinkle in Time. I remember devouring her books at the library after school starting with Wrinkle and learning about Charles Wallace, Meg and Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which. I thought I was Meg. I imagined so many new worlds, universes and loving 3 loving New Aunts... That book set me on the journey and I read as many of her books that I could get my hands on-every book that the libraries in Quincy, Milton and Weymouth, MA had of Madeleine L'Engle was checked out by me at one time or another. I still pick up cheap copies of her Time Quartet books (and other books) whenever I see them. I can't tell you how many copies I must have of A Wrinkle in Time. I laid in bed a couple of months ago recently and read it all again in one sitting. It is one of my top most favorite books *ever*. And, I'm almost 33.

Thank you, Madeleine, for what you gave me those many years ago, for what you will continue to give to us in your work. You opened a whole universe to me. I hope that you'll do the same for my son when we read the books.
"Our truest responsibility to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find the truth."

"Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it."

" Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling."

"That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along."

"We tend to think things are new because we've just discovered them."

-all quotes above Madeleine L'Engle.

Mixed Media Workshops October 19-21, 2007 at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ

Next weekend, I'll be trekking out to Frenzy Stamper to teach five mixed media workshops:

Taped Journal-
Composition/Design 101-
More Than Words: The Art of Collage-

Digging Deep-New and unusual techniques for Collage-
Graffito Book-
There is still room in all of the workshops! To sign up, please phone the store. Questions? Please drop me a note. I'm REALLY looking forward to it. Frenzy Stamper is one of my favorite stores to teach at. Debbie and the Gang are WONDERFUL!!! I've picked five of my most popular mixed media art workshops to teach. I guarantee they are chock full of new ideas to keep your head spinning for weeks after the class!!!