Monday, February 25, 2008

Devil Dandy's Darling

Devil Dandy's Darling
by Chris Plastic

Love is in the air! The tiny particles that are left of it that is. Yeah, I think this little scene is about love gone south and I don't mean on vacation for the winter, though I'm sure it's quite chilly. Or maybe it's about bad men? It could be about saucy minxes too. Certainly it seems to think love is a ticking time bomb.

This is an original 4 x 6" mixed media collage painting on cardboard. I used a couple of fun illustrations and cut and pasted and painted them together in a kind of Frankenstein-ish way to produce this charming little piece.

The underlying illustration is from an anatomy book from the 40's. Its beautiful striations were just begging to be painted! I've used watercolours, Acrylics, and silver pen to tie everything together. This piece has been given a couple of coats of finish to make sure it all stays put and to bring out the vibrancy of all the colours.

This is sure to please the morbid and insult the sentimental so maybe you have a loved one in mind who you'd love to bestow this upon. Maybe that loved one is yourself. You can view the auction for this painting by clicking on any of the pictures above.

As always, THANKS for stopping by and make sure you check back for more visual assaults from the musty mind of the Plastic One.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

In Case Of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

Not too long ago this was a shiny, new Altoid tin. It had those nice chocolate coated peppermint Altoids in it. By golly I loved those Altoids, so much so that I just had to keep the tin! Not too much later it occurred to me that I could probably make this precious tin into a piece of Art. So I figured I'd start by stripping the paint off. That was no simple task, I tell you what. I ended up having to take the Dremel to it. Eventually I won the battle and gave it an interesting brushed appearance in the process. But that just wasn't enough. Then I realized I had a lonely plastic soldier that needed a home. So I decided to get out the Dremel again and I cut out a window in the lid of the tin and put a nice little sign in the window.

Having done all that, I felt that this little tin still needed some texture - something to give it character. What could be better than a nice crusty coating of rust! So I rusted it! Yah, I did. I rusted it good! Now it finally felt like it had a story behind it. And you thought this was the story! No, this is just the foreword.

By the way, this currently does not have a clear coat on it, as I thought I'd let it rust a little more, but I'll give it a little bit of a clear coating before I send it off to it's new owner. I'd love to be able to send it without the coating, but I'd be afraid that all that lovely rust I made might rub off and that just wouldn't do.

THANKS so much for stopping by!


Original Watercolour ACEO

I painted this with watercolours to be sure that the underlying sketch shows through. This is another autobiographical piece, but I decided to make it more expressionistic, as I feel it portrays more of the emotions behind it.

The painting is initialed on the front, in the bottom right-hand corner, as well as signed, titled, and dated on the back.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Fresh Cut Valentine

This one sure was fun! I figured I'd throw together a Valentine themed painting, so for the last two days I've been working on this sweet little number. It's something I've never done before, so once again I didn't know if I might be biting off more than I could chew, but what the hell.

Actually, I have drawn flowers before, just never painted them. But I figured it couldn't be too different than anything else I might paint. And there were lots of nice lines involved, which is always a plus. Once I got started on the actual painting, it occurred to me that maybe I'm a glutton for punishment. I mean, all those lines sure look pretty, but try painting within them! Gahhh! So when I finally hit call it a "night", I may not be resurfacing for a little while, coz my eyes are gonna need some time to recover from all that strain.

As far as the style of this painting, I'd consider it to be...Gothic Romanticism? Mock Romanticism? Gothic Pastoral? Well, something along those lines. Basically the idea was to take something benign - something pretty and romantic and juxtapose it with something a little macabre. What could be more fun? Especially for Valentine's day! So without further ado, I give you:

Fresh Cut Valentine

Yes, I know, shite photos. What else is new? I'll get the bloody thing scanned later so you can see all the gory details. What you can't see here, aside from accurate colours, is that I have incised the board numerous times to give a sort of distressed/woodgrain effect. I think it kinda goes with the painting alright.

Ok, enough o my drivel. I gotta either crash or puke and I don't care to have that acidic taste in my mouth for the rest of the day, so I think I'll crash. So come and tell me stories of unrequited love or bring me flowers or cupcakes. Or just come and say hi and ignore the painting. Oh yah, it does happen.

Good night!

Oh! By the way, this painting is 5 1/2 x 7 1/2".

And now night must fall...