Sunday, March 29, 2009

Vintage Bicycle Bridge Deck of Cards


I bought this deck off ebay and am super excited about it! I collect decks of cards and this one came in a wooden, hand painted box. The cards have significant acid burn from being stored in the wooden box which kinda bugs me due to my background in paper conservation. But, I do like the character it gives them and can over look it because the box is totally sweet.





Brushes

I went through all of my paint brushes today and decided to retire my poorly made bunk ones. I didn't even bother to take off the bar code stickers as you can see in the photo below. I generally don't hold onto my brushes for long periods of time and buy new ones for almost every painting.


I love to buy new brushes and don't usually buy any super expensive ones -although I have in the past. I am hard on them so I am not sure if a more expensive brush is for me. I am going to perform my own investigation into that. Cheap brush vs. expensive brush- which is better... If anyone has any thoughts on that let me know.


These are some new brushes I picked up at Home Depot. I love the wooden handles and they are nice and smooth. And they came in a 3 pack for $15!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Octodogs

I made octodogs tonight and what an experience!

First, I would like to state that I was a vegetarian for 7 years and started eating chicken, turkey and occasional pork a few years ago. Beef still kinda grosses me out. I take bites of my boyfriend's burgers from time to time but that is the extent of it. Oh, except I do eat corned beef once or twice a year.

So anyway, I bought turkey "franks" and kosher beef hotdogs. I started slicing away which was more time consuming than anticipated. I was careful to make sure they all had 8 legs. The beef ones were harder to cut through and grossed me out with its mysterious contents. I had not eaten dinner and was planning on having an octodog. I am not hungry anymore.


I only got a picture of the turkey ones.

Moving on to boiling.



They looked very cute swimming around in the bubbles and there was some curly Q action going on. I decided to fry them in a pan to help hold their shape. This was a good call and I like how they looked after a quick sizzle in the pan.




I used a grain of rice with a speck of black pepper for the eyes.
And they're done!
This one is turkey...



This scary one is beef...



and here it is with part of my studio in the background...




I would definitely make them again!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What?

What is art bento?
Basically,
#1. I am an artist.
#2. I am about to embark on a new adventure of experimenting with bento.
Slap it together-
That's art bento.

What is bento?

Bento, also called obento, is the Japanese word for a meal served in a box. It's compartmentalized, organized, totally cute and yummy! There is a style of elaborate bento called kyaraben where the food is arranged to look like animals, people, flowers and goofy characters. I'm digin' it.


I have yet to buy any accessories so that will be my first order of business and have also been wanting to make
octodogs and will be playing with that this weekend.






I will be posting pictures of my bento adventures, artwork for my upcoming solo show, and any other random things that fascinate me. (like the vintage wooden box of antique playing cards I just got on ebay!)

~Enjoy

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