I've been wanting to start a series of abstract, non- representation designs for my on-line store, The Pop Art Diva Gift Gallery, for a while. I love doing art that relies only on the elements of art - color, form, design, movement, balance, texture - and not on "looking like" something.
I was watching FIRST WIVES CLUB again just recently and the opening credits were presented in a really fun, retro pop art animation and one of the last parts were these bright circles that swirled across the screen and that inspired this RAINBOW CIRCLES design. Yes, I really do get my creative inspiration from everywhere!
I hope to do a series of these non-representational designs in the upcoming months and am looking forward to playing with art for art's sake!
As always my designs are available on a wide range of products and gifts - all fully customizable on Clothing (including t-shirts, hoodies and ties) to Home Decor (including cups, pillows, bowls, plates, pitchers, napkins and more) to Stationery (like envelopes, letterheads, labels, business cards, greeting cards and invitations) and even Games (playing cards, puzzles and dart boards).
Below are the products available with my NEW RAINBOW CIRCLES ART - just click on whatever interests you and you'll click right over to that product page!
These cats were inspired by a three dimensional painting/sculpture I did some years ago where I had three cats trucking off to the left (similar to the cat on the left here) and then one cat with a little wavy tail who headed to the right.
That little wavy tailed cat going off in a different direction from everyone else is pretty much how I see myself, lol. Trust me not to follow the crowd - and to be the oddball with an attitude on top of it!
I don't know why I never thought of doing a motorcycle before now but I am so jazzed over this design and so tickled with the way it came out! It reminds me of Easy Rider, probably because of the stars on the gas tank. I would love to have a bike painted like this! (Heck, I'd like to have my house painted like this!)
I wanted to do something that was very stylized that could cover the gamut of motorcycles out there. I think the gas tank and the seat look like a chopper, the fenders look like dirt bikes and the headlight looks like it's off an old 50s James Dean style bike.
Now that I've done a motorcycle I want to do a car or two - first I'm thinking of redoing an old hippie bus, then maybe some kind of cool classic car. I'll let it mull around in the back of my mind.
I will be
taking a little bit of a break after the first of the year to rest up from all
the holiday tweeting, friending, blogging, creating and martini testing that starts way before Halloween and ends only after New Year's Eve. I'll still be enjoying all my Twitter tweeps
and Facebook peeps and will still be blogging and cocktailing - just not at
such a frantic pace!!
all so much for your friendship and the fun.
(as we know it or just the total end of the world)
I PLAN TO LAUGH UNTIL
THE FINAL HOUR!
A friend (you know who you are) talked me into doing some art for December 21st, 2012 aka 12-21-2012 aka The End of The Mayan Calendar aka Doomsday - or not. I didn't think it was up my art alley until I started to add my typical tongue in cheek humor.
Since all the brouhaha is centered around the Mayan prophecy and the 13th Baktun which is, supposedly the last cycle of this world I decided to do my 2012 design with a Mayan Codex feel to it.
As for the prophecy itself, I won't go into detail but the long count calendar breaks down this way:
kin = day
- 20 kins make a uinal, 18 uinals make a tun, 20 tuns is a katun and 20 katuns
is a baktun
144,000 days, 20 katun cycles
We are now in the 13th baktun which ends on
18.104.22.168.0 of the Mayan Calendar or on 12.21.2012 of the Roman Calendar.
So, ladies and germs, Take a Deep Breath, do a Long Count and Kiss Your Baktuns Goodbye,
BUT DO IT LAUGHING AT MY TAKE ON DOOMSDAY PROPHECIES:
(Click on any of the individual designs for art, gifts & gear!)
I plan on living my life to the fullest, drinking MARTINIS every night and soaking in all the happy I can!
Folks, if we only have one year left let's get all the joy, laughter and happiness out of it we can!!
It's amazing to me to see how the art of comic books has changed in the last century. From the very earliest comic books first published in the United States in the early 1930s, which were simply reprints of comic strips from the newspaper, to today's incredible graphic novels, comic book art has a rich history of talented writers and artists and a huge library of subject matter.
True comic book aficionados will argue forever over dates, specific characters and story lines, but my interest lies simply in the beauty and changing character of the visuals. Even today I can spend hours looking over the rich graphics, brilliant colors and elegant inking techniques, and I admit my own style of art was heavily influenced by the linear style of comic book lines and shading of the comic books of the late sixties. I'm also fascinated how the styles and story lines change with each decade or era, reflecting the culture and society of each respective age.
Famous Funnies is considered the very first modern style comic book, published in 1934, though there were a few prototypes published as early as the middle 1800s (The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck in 1842) and the early 1900s ( The Yellow Kid in McFadden's Flats, 1897, the first known full-color comic (The Blackberries, 1901) where the term "comic book" was first coined.
There are categories of comic books that most fans adhere to: The Proto-comic books and the Platinum Age, Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Modern Age. It is generally agreed that the first Superman Comic Book ushered in the Golden Age where comic books became the mainstream reading material of American youth.The Age before Superman was the Platinum Era and the Silver Age of Comic Books in the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s was the revival of the superhero to the pages of panels and word balloons.
The Holy Grail of Comic Books: The very first Action Comics and the first appearance of Superman.
The Bronze and Modern (Iron) ages brought us Spiderman, Green Lantern, The Fantastic Four and the amazing talents of Stan Lee, among others.
Then in the mid 1980s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and DC Comics Watchmen ushered in the graphic novels of today's artistic style of comic books.
Though most people think of the Superheroes from the
Golden Age and Silver Age of comics, the subject matter for these comic
novels has spanned the gamut of romance, true stories, horror, comedy
and even TV shows, movies and sports heroes:
Did you know that in 1955 there was even a Congressional hearing on comic books? Check it out: Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency. This came about as a result of a 1954 book by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham where he stated that comic books were a negative form of reading material and a serious cause of juvenile delinquency. This prompted the American Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency to investigate, resulting in the Comics Code Authority. Parents could then monitor their children's comic book reading by looking for this seal on the cover:
Check out some of these great comic books from past and present: on Art, Gifts & Gear:
DC COMICS which included Supreman, Batman, The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and the Justice League (remember the Green Arrow, Flash & Aquaman?) MARVEL COMICS was the home of Spiderman, Wolverine, The Green Goblin, Elektra, The Hulk, Quicksilver, and Hellcat