Monthly Archives: January 2011

Birds on the Wire

There’s something to be said about digital art when you’ve got little kids in the house. No having to worry about cleaning up the mess, and it’s easy to work on for five minutes here, five minutes there.

Variations of this image have been bouncing around in my head for weeks now as I cut through the forest preserve on my drive home from work. The colors got a little funky when I uploaded the file….sad.

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#$%@!* wordsmith %^*&#@* genius

With the exception of House (I adore that surly, sarcastic a-hole), No Reservations (sarcasm, travel and food in one show? Anthony Bourdain is my hero!), and the History Channel and Food Network (I know, I know, I know…NERD!!!) pretty much everything else I watch is cartoons. The Simpsons, Futurama, Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force…and of course South Park are all in pretty heavy rotation on my TV.

Remember the “Fishsticks” episode of South Park? If you haven’t you MUST Hulu it IMMEDIATELY (don’t be lazy, I even linked it for you). If you HAVE seen it, as every living, breathing person should, it’s not too hard to imagine my giddy delight on the day we decided to go to the Shedd Aquarium, walked up to the entrance and saw……this thing.

WTF!?!?

This dude seems to be just a little too friendly with that fish. Seriously, I felt like maybe we should give the two of them some privacy. It took exactly one millisecond before my boyfriend and I started cracking up, and we immediately knew that some Photoshopping MUST happen when I got home. Here’s the result.

I actually stumbled across a blog entry of other famous statues around the world that don’t make a damn bit on sense.  Check them out:

http://worldtourguide.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/worlds-strangest-statues/

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down, down, down the rabbit hole…

…burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.  In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again….”

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved the story of Alice in Wonderland. I guess even then I was drawn to Weird. I loved the idea of a world so off kilter and bizarre. I loved the idea of it being so near that one might walk past it every day, but unless you sought it out and were willing to take the dive down, you would never know what existed at the bottom. I wanted to be Alice and explore that world, where weirdness was normal, and normal was weird.  I remember my mom taping “Alice in Wonderland” off the Disney channel when I was a kid, and watching that VHS tape over and over and over until it was practically worn out. I remember getting older and reading the book by Lewis Carrol and absolutely falling in love with John Tenniel’s illustrations. Sometimes in life you can’t explain exactly why something appeals to you so strongly…it just does. 

When I took a web design class last spring and had to come up with a theme for my art portfolio, “megandowntherabbithole” seemed like a natural fit. Creating art is nothing but following your own personal white rabbit.  You never know where he’ll lead you, but it’s always guarenteed to be interesting.

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