The Journey of an Artist and her quest for greatness with a toy Dinosaur.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dinosaur VS Lady Mantis

In light of recent events that occured on my back glass door, I decided to include the Lady Praying Mantis.  She's a fierce preditor who can change her colors to blend into her surroundings, and oh- she eats her mate.  So take that.  Dino would never do that, infact, I think she just ate his friend Frank... Dino seems a little angry with Lady Mantis....

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dinosaur VS Angry Politicians

Dino's "Vote or Die" campaign was much more affective than P- Diddy's.  No matter your political standings, you will still taste like chicken to him.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dinosaur VS The Terror of Wis-can-san : Dragon Cow

The debate was simple: did such a thing as a Dragon Cow exist?  According to Thurston it does, and what separates it from the rest of the herd, is its ability to breath fire.
  Sorry Dino, my love, but my money is on this spicy meatball.

Thurston: "It's a Dragon COW!"
Joseph: "There is no such thing!  What is a Dragon Cow?!"
Thurston: "It's a Cow that breaths Fire!!"

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dinosaur VS Mosquito

                                                    It happens to the best of us.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dinosaur VS Theme Park Caricaturists

On our adventures we constantly passed caricaturists at work.  The boys (and I myself) were always tempted, esp the Lego head themed ones.  But then I would always think "Why pay that much for something I can do myself".  I have a different style to my caricatures, but they get the job done.  I still owe my boys a lego head caricature of them. 
  So here is Dino, as a caricaturist (or at least I) would see him....

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Road is Paved with Good Intentions....

My family and I just went on vacation, and I had the great idea to bring little Dino along and take pictures of him in all of our adventures.  Sort of a traveling gnome idea.  So the first couple days he was stuck in a suit case, as I kicked myself for forgetting him, so I thought that I should put him in my purse.  Somewhere along the way, he escape and was never seen again. :(

    ***moment of silence***

  The good news is that he was a kids meal toy, and I have more than one kid, so have no fear, I have another one!   As for the pictures, I took several shots of scenery that he will  painted into.
   I look forward to sharing.  Until then, enjoy this video of a Lego Cantina Starwars band performing ...


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dinosaur VS Optimash Prime and Darth Tater

This one was drawn by my 6 year old Son.  He asked me if he could do one, and I would be a horrible horrible Mother if I did not encourage him.  I love it.  When he was done, he said that he wasn't as good as me, and that if I had done it, I would have done it better.  I took a moment to praise him for what he did.  He asked if I was going to redo it to make it better, and I told him NO!  That I loved what he did, and this was ALL him, I didn't even help.  We talked about working at our talents, and letting them evolve from within us.  I made sure to let him know that I am not perfect, and that at one point I started out like he did.  He was, after all very proud of his work, and I let him know that I was proud of him.
   He set it all up using his toys- Darth Tater and Optimash Prime (potato heads).  Optimash is kind of camouflaged in the background, but you can make him out once you see him.  Seriously, how cute is this!?!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dinosaur VS The Legendary Ms. Lisa

Deep in the Tar pits, in the Renaissance of his Time,  Dinosaur became a legend.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dinosaur VS an Inner Conflict

Pray tell me- where is it written that the worlds most fierce predator cannot wear a dress?  Doesn't that make him that much more terrifying?  I'm pretty sure that would be the last thing I would expect.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Dinosaur VS Jazz

Who will win the battle in Dinosaur VS Jazz?  Our little dino is armed with a high quality toothpick sword, while Jazz is armed with claws and an inner rage.  Both have something to prove.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dinosaur VS a Can of Vernors Barrel aged Ginger Ale

Whenever I enjoy a nice refreshing can of Vernors Ginger Ale, I think of 2 people: the one who introduced me to it, and the one who mocked me for drinking it.  One has fond memories of it, the other thinks it is only fit for octogenarians.  I personally enjoy it.  So Paul and Bill, this one is dedicated to you.

The Journey Begins...

I have been following the daily paintings of such artists as Julian Merrow- Smith and Duane Keiser, and have found inspiration in their works and their ability to paint everyday.  I was thinking the other day that I had no projects and hadn't picked up a brush in quite a while.  This was bad.  So I decided I would start my own journey.  I know I am lazy and cannot commit to everyday, but I decided I would give it a try.  My goal is at least once a week.  I figure some weeks there will be more than one, and if history repeats itself, there will be a couple weeks of silence.
   So what to paint?  Those artists listed above are waaay better at still lifes than me, and most of the fruit I eat is out of a can :).  So what unique quality can I offer the art community?  Quirkiness with a side of borderline insanity, and access to a lot of toys.  So here it is, my inspiration:
 Luckily, he has 2 faces to add variety.  This one will be on happier days.
I needed some kind of control to compare my improving talent and he seemed as good a one as any.  In this journey you will see his adventures in painting form.  We will call it "Dinosaur VS".  I have many a plans for this little fella, and I am way excited about this.  Probably a little too excited....