This is the deluxe version of “Workaholics” that I painted as a break from painting commissioned stuff. Yes, yes, I know. I need to go out more.
In this version Blake is wearing the bear coat,
Adam’s got a butterfly clip on his neck,
and there’s a new addition of Montez and Jillian.
Why is Jillian looking like a Kiss groupie?
She’s not a Kiss groupie! She’s straight up Juggaho!
As long as we’re on a 90’s kick, how about a little “Clueless?”
Counterclockwise from right: Cher Horowitz, Dionne Davenport (Cher’s BFF), Tai Frasier (the “ugly duckling”), Murray Duvall (Dionne BF), Travis Birkenstock (stoner/sk8terboi), and Josh Lucas (Cher’s stepbrother/paramour).
Closeup of Murray’s braces and Travis.
Cher’s water bottle and faux fur backpack purse.
As I currently have a little time on my hands, I’m devoting part of a work week and most weekends to painting some items on my wish list. It’s actually a mile long, but I’m determined to slowly and systematically tick each and every single one off!
The first one is a teenage angst fave, dark comedy “Heathers.” I remember my best friend (also coincidentally named Irene) would come round to my house and we’d insert the VHS tape into the machine and watch some mean girls in action. That whole high school hierarchy thing was lost on us since she went to an enormous Catholic high school where I pictured massive hallways with kids sort of milling about, looking lost and not really knowing anyone else due to its size. I myself attended the much smaller High School of Art and Design where everyone basically knew each other but were too focused on the latest release of a new Marvel comic (or, for weeks at one point, mourning the death of Superman) to appoint anyone as Queen Bee or allowed themselves to be ordered about. Either that, or we were just really nice kids. Despite it all, we loved “Heathers.” It might be because someone in the film tried to blow the school up in the end.
The core cast of “Heathers,” featuring (from left to right) JD, Heather Duke, Heather Chandler, Heather McNamara, and of course, Veronica Sawyer.
Here’s Heather Duke with her copy of “Moby Dick.” I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe a high school girl’s favorite book is that particular Herman Melville classic. Then again, my favorite tome in high school had been “A Confederacy of Dunces” so…
And here is also Heather Chandler’s Scrunchie of Power.
Here’s JD with his murder weapons of choice. I thought about throwing a bundle of dynamites too, but that’s overkill, don’t you think?
Since things are a bit of a zoo here at the ol’ Babushka sweatshop, I have a kid helping me out with the prep work. I don’t know whether or not he’s keeping this part time gig a secret because it’s really not cool to mention that you paint dolls to your buddies and potential paramour. But I realized, much to my chagrin, that the majority of the dolls I have painted are quite violently accessorized. That should add about an ounce of “cool” factor into this type of work for a teenage boy.
This “Heathers” set will be winding its way to the Pygmy Hippo Shoppe in a few days and will also be available as a made-to-order item in my etsy shop.
A while back I did my own modern version of The Wizard of Oz wherein the characters all wore sport coats and looked pretty stylin’, but a part of me always wanted to paint the original MGM version but never got around to do it. I was asked recently to paint this set for a birthday present. Did I have to think twice about it? You bet your sweet caboose I didn’t!
The largest doll here isn’t Dorothy. It’s actually the Wizard, who was so big I couldn’t fit him into the shot.
This one was customized for the birthday boy:
Some close ups:
Here’s Toto peeking out of Dorothy’s basket.
The Wicked Witch with her Flying Monkey.
Just to give you an idea how tiny the witch and the monkey were…
Yow! This is one photo I dare not show my optometrist for fear of being given a lecture!
Now, if someone is to ask me to paint my favorite version of the Oz stories (the trauma-inducing “Return to Oz’), I’ll totally be up for it!
Every now and then I get asked to create a set or two as wedding presents. They usually run along the theme of the couple themselves in wedding garb or doing something fun. I also get asked time and again to create something completely off the wall for couples on the path to matrimonial bliss and this one is no exception…
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog cast featuring (clockwise from left) Penny, Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Moist, and Bad Horse.
I’ve always wanted to have a look at this web series, but as it were, things don’t usually go according to plan. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to check this one out when the opportunity arose. I have once seen Neil Patrick Harris doing “Cabaret” so I know the man’s got pipes. But I didn’t know Richard Castle could sing. When the request came to paint this set, I was given a list of characters. I had to say yes when I learned that Howard Wolowitz played a character named “Moist.”
Here’s Bad Horse holding a letter of condemnation:
When you get to be as old as me, chances are you’ve been to more weddings you can count. There’s nothing wrong with traditional weddings, of course, but after a while all the dresses, shoes and tuxes all start to look the same. As someone who is always looking for something different to paint, I was thrilled to be asked to paint Amelia and Radek’s wedding dolls, a present to them from a pretty amazing sister.
Short pant tux! An off shoulder Christian Dior dress with the most amazing silver chrome shoes ever to go with it! Fabulous in every way!
This is a double trio, which depicts the couple’s wedding, their meeting (heck, if I was a guy meeting a chick wearing that dress, I’d ask her out in a heartbeat!), and their hobbies. Of course, for Amelia, it’s not just a hobby, but work as well. If you’re in Brooklyn, be sure to check out Sugarbuilt Cookies to sate your sweet tooth!
Years ago I did a Devo set and had been wanting to do another. I mean, I’ve got sheets of foam, a hammer, and the hubs’ hole punch set, so there’s no reason why I couldn’t go to town making the Devo hats.
An opportunity arose and I got to repeat the original set AND create a whole new one. It’s for people who like shiny things.
It seemed that every time Wes Anderson has a new film out, I’m in the States and therefore able to attend a screening in a proper theater with a bag of popcorn firmly anchored on my lap. It is fortunate that I’m around this time also to catch “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, a set of this movie had to be painted. No doubt!
Here we have (clockwise from left) Monsieur Gustave H, Agatha, Zero, J.G. Jopling, Madame Céline Villeneuve Desgoffe-und-Taxis, and of course, Dmitri Desgoffe-und-Taxis.
Some close ups:
J.G. Jopling’s skull rings.
The lovely Agatha with her birthmark and accessories.
The best thing about this movie was the Mendl’s cake. Since I’m a lazy baker, I prefer to look at photos of it instead of attempting to replicate it.
This cake is what dreams are made of. But for those of you who have the drive and the will to recreate this delicious treat, here’s a link to the recipe.