I probably love candy as much now as I did as a child! Here I am unwrapping something delicious at my Grandma Howard's house in Newport News, Va. In case you're wondering, I did grow into my feet and more importantly, I still have that kewpie doll :)
Two of my favorite people, Odille and Mirabelle posed with my painted toy store door back in 2013. I love Mirabelle's outfit, tres chic! Their mom is my good friend, artist, Melissa Zexter. About 7 years ago we did a little photo shoot in my studio (when I had an additional space upstairs) It was around the time of Halloween. I had worn this Cleopatra/Cher style costume to a neighborhood party. Here are a couple of contact sheets from our shoot.
I adore that headdress and I hope Stephanie Ferrante, best shopper I know, still has it! This was really fun, mostly silly, but I tried to be a good model.
The lighting at Frankies is perfect, especially for making funny faces and Odille is quite the model.
Onto the real world, sort of ... My friend, Will texted me these pics last week after I left my job on Power (temporarily) the TV series we're working on to do a Nike commercial. I interpreted the pics as fellow scenic artists waving goodbye, but was assured these were friendly waves to show that I'm not forgotten ;) I know it's all in fun, but it was kind of touching. More than anything, I enjoy the friendships that are formed on scenic/film jobs.
It was a fun surprise to see (another Will) Will Hunter, art coordinator on the Nike spot, using my phone case design on his iPhone. It's encouraging to know that sharing your links on Facebook and Instagram do sometimes lead to actual sales! I felt pretty thrilled to see it and "Bunny & buoys" is the one I use on my phone. Initially I assumed he'd just accidentally picked up mine.
And finally, I like to paint dance parties and this remains one of my favorite paintings made for "If I Were A Toy" store, when they were around. There are still plenty of kids' shops in the neighborhood, even one that replaced them, but I have nice memories of painting that door each month, chatting with owners, Joanna and Virginia, listening to CBS FM and seeing what the kids thought as they came in, usually for the gum-ball machine. You can see more custom painted scenes here.
Have a Happy Spooky Funky Halloween! Thanks for stopping by. xo, A