Monday, January 21, 2019

21. Marilyn Manson.

Marilyn Manson is just the best. I remember the first time I saw him was from the lawn section of DTE and I said to Matt, "I need to see him from up front." The next time I saw him was from the pavilion, 10 rows away from the lawn. After that? I met him and I was on the barricade. There was no going back from that. I met him AGAIN and I saw him two more times; both on the barricade. Concerts are just completely different when you're up close to the action. Unbelievable artist and he's a genius to boot. I put a lot into doing this one. The make up he had on his face made me want to use the vibrant paints I have. Really proud of this one.

20. Forrest Gump.

I WAS RUNNINGGGG! That's all I hear when I look at this painting. Forrest Gump is a fantastic movie. I spent a lot of time watching it. It has a lot of solid quotes in it and it makes you cry. I wanted to represent the movie with the rugged Forrest Gump that finds himself across America after deciding to run and not really stopping. Run Forrest, Run.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

19. Cyndi Lauper.

One of the most bold and colorful famous people I can think of is Cyndi Lauper. She's always marched to the beat of her own drum and has proven to be an inspiration to many. I love that she's not afraid to take chances. I had the chance to see her from the 3rd row in Chicago as she played her album, She's So Unusual, straight through. That was a few years back, but she was impressive as ever.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

18. Dr. Azumi Fujita.

And now, for something completely different. I got a new set of paints that I finally tried out on this painting of Dr. Azumi Fujita from the TV show, Maniac. I had a lot of fun with it. The colors are so vibrant. This looks nothing like anything I've done, but that's not a bad thing.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

17. Elvis Presley.

I can't even imagine my youth without the musical stylings of Elvis Aaron Presley. My mom was, and is, A HUGE fan; so much so, she almost named my brother Elvis, but instead went with Chandler (it was before Friends). So, this one goes out to my mom. She ain't nothing, but a hound dog.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

16. Pee-wee Herman.

I KNOW YOU ARE, BUT WHAT AM I? Pee-wee Herman is a legend. All I ever wanted (and still do) was his bike from Pee-wee's Big Adventure. One day... I mean, I did get the bike tattooed on my forearm. That's the next best thing. I love Pee-wee. He's my favorite. That's my bike, Francis.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

15. Buffy Summers.

I always liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie), but never gave much thought to the show. That all changed when I met Matt Benyo. He was an avid fan and bought the entire box set of the series and over the course of our first year of knowing each other, he made me watch it with him. It was a solid show. You really connect with the Scooby Gang and grow with them over the course of the seven seasons. I also wanted to do Sarah Michelle Gellar because she is really difficult to draw/paint. I think I did okay.

Monday, January 14, 2019

14. Gene Wilder.

Gene Wilder was one of those actors that captured you with each of the roles he was in. His blue eyes and genuine smile put you at ease, but his humor was what kept you around. From Willy Wonka to Blazing Saddles to Dr. Frankenstein, Wilder was one of the greats. We lost him, like many others from this Honorable Mentions series, way too soon. So, I had to do Gene.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

13. Freddie Mercury.

When it comes to fantastic, you can't NOT think of Freddie Mercury and Queen. I wanted to make this as bright and colorful as I could because he was a flamboyant and wonderful soul who was never afraid of color. Here's to Freddie Mercury because cause I'm having a good time, having a good time!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

12. Keanu Reeves.

Keanu Reeves stars in one of the best movies, John Wick. If you've never seen John Wick, I suggest remedying that quite soon. There are two movies out so far and more the come. It's a thrill ride and one of the best revenge movies on the planet. I was always kind of whatever about Keanu Reeves, but this movie made me a huge fan. He's great. It's great. This is him from that movie.

Friday, January 11, 2019

11. Colin Firth.

I'm a big Colin Firth fan. I think he is quite distinguished and always a gentleman. I recently saw the new Mary Poppins and he plays a villain. That was hard to stomach. This is from the movie Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle where Colin Firth plays an agent named Harry Hart. He's the best.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

10. Ziggy Stardust.

Three years ago today, David Bowie left us, but he left behind a legacy. David Bowie has inspired, and continues to inspire, each of us to be as weird and wonderful as we can be; to carve out our own identity in a world that is trying so hard to suffocate us. Through his art, music, and image, he showed everyone that it was okay to be whatever you wanted to be. I did the portrait of Bowie with his eyes open (which you can find on my Etsy), but today, I wanted to do him with his eyes closed in the most vibrant and colorful way I could. I challenged myself not to use black. I love the way it turned out. It's my favorite portrait yet. RIP David Bowie. You will always be missed.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

9. Prince.

Matt Benyo challenged me to make one of my portraits monochromatically and suggested using just purple to make Prince. Challenge accepted and defeated. I feel like I killed this one. Matt did some embossing to the background using GOLD. Raspberry Beret is still one of my all time favorite jams.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

8. Jareth the Goblin King.

Today is David Bowie's birthday and to celebrate, I chose him in one of my favorite roles: Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth. Mom, you don't remind me of David Bowie in this movie. I wanted to give him some extra sparkle and shine so I used glitter paint and a glitter gel pen on his black coat and white collar. The overall look I was going for with this was a silkscreen. It's an experiment.

Monday, January 7, 2019

7. Nicolas Cage.

"I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion." What a big weirdo. There is no one in this world like Nicolas Cage and I am okay with that. Do I think he's a vampire? Of course I do, but that doesn't change my opinion of him. He's the best.

6. Brendan Fraser.

I have a deep rooted love for The Mummy (both the movie and the ride at Universal Studios). Don't ask me why, but I'm assuming my other deep rooted love for Egypt might be a major reason. In 6th grade, I wrote a song about the Egyptians that I went to the school board and sang in front of a ton of people. That was surreal. It was to the tune of "Oh My Darling Clementine" and I was a true all star. I digress, Brendan Fraser is one of the main characters/actors in the movie and while I think he's kind of a goober, he's an important piece of The Mummy puzzle.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

5. St. Vincent.

Mom, I know you don't know who this is, but she's a musician and Matt really likes her so I painted this for him. Her name is Annie Clark, but her stage name is St. Vincent. She's got some good music. Matt and I went to see her twice last year; once in Detroit (the first night of the tour) and a little later in Cincinnati (from the 3rd row). I had a lot of fun with this; especially that shirt. It reminds me of a comic book. I was calling this a "bubble gum pop portrait" and Matt kept asking me what that meant. I still don't know, but it sounds right.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

4. Danny Zuko.

I would say Grease is one of my favorite musical movies. I grew up watching it A LOT and I think it had a pretty huge impact on me in terms of why I love the 50's. I had the idea to make his eyes match the background because he has such striking blue eyes and I think it turned out spot on.

Friday, January 4, 2019

3. Mister Rogers.

Fred Rogers. My good friend, Fred. Mister Rogers is a SAINT and because of this, I had to paint him. Did you see the Mister Rogers documentary from last year? I just cried the whole time. I also wanted to debut my first FULL COLOR PORTRAIT complete with a gold border to reflect his saintly self. Feeling proud of this one. Won't you be my neighbor?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2. Cry-Baby.

Johnny Depp in Cry-Baby is a pretty good one. I like the movie despite the bad reviews. John Waters makes some pretty solid movies even if they aren't that well received by the general public. I think Cry-Baby as a character is great. I love the movie! I also really wanted to paint his little tear drop tattoo under his eye.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

1. Bill Murray.

I'm kicking off the month of January with Honorable Mentions. This month will consist of miscellaneous portraits that don't fit a theme or have any rhyme or reason other than the fact that I just want to do them! Everyday, a new portrait. Let's start it off with a young Bill Murray from the movie Stripes. I must've had some Space Jam juice from Michael Jordan because this turned out better than I expected. Also, I chose Bill Murray because he's my favorite and always will be.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Creed Bratton.

Creed Bratton from The Office is one of the best characters. He's a true psychopath. My friend, Luke, asked me to paint a portrait of Creed for his wife, Annie. She's a huge fan of the show and he wanted this great quote about worms on there, too. Creed has a lot of great quotes to pick from, but this is a great one. Check him out!

Pet Portraits.

I had the honor of doing some pet portraits in December for some friends AND you get a bonus post that Matt Benyo did (of his dogs) for his dad. Matt is on the verge of something huge. I did a stylized kind of old school Chelsea portrait of some dogs and a realistic rendering of my friend's dog. It was a great time. Looking for pet portraits? I'm your gal (or Matt is your guy). Would love to do more in the future!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Max & Eleanor.

Matt and I are good friends with one of his former teachers, Amanda. Well, earlier in December, her husband reached out to me about creating a couple of portraits of their kids for her for Christmas and I was so excited to do it. She messaged me on Christmas and told me she ugly cried for 20 minutes and I don't enjoy seeing people cry, but when it's out of pure joy, it's a great feeling. Check them out below!


For Christmas, a coworker and friend asked me to create a Hanson piece for his wife (also a coworker). She's a huge Hanson fan and wanted to incorporate that love in with their love of Christmas. It was a real challenge, but it was a lot of fun to do! Matt did the glitter scarf as an homage to their album, Finally It's Christmas.