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The M E Y O U S H R O O M drawing is a psychedelic comic that contains over 50 hidden elements. As I was drawing it, this piece became a sampler for the concept of Whimsicalia and several other drawing concepts stemmed from here.
ep 1: "Sometimes 👁️ Feel 👍 a Clown"
The Adventures of The Girl Who was born with Wells for Eyes and Broom Corn Hair
Comic Series & Book in Progress
File Under: Magical Realism, adventure, emotions, trauma, story telling, make believe
This comic series details the adventures of a girl who was born with what seems to be an endless supply of tears. She is a half autobiographical and half fantastical character who will eventually go on adventures into other realms with her team of fellow misfits. This series is part of a larger project which will eventually be compiled into a book with companion text that will deal with topics such as fear, self esteem, bullying, family issues etc. The twist: she learns to use her tears as her superpower and, in turn, is able to help others through their struggles.
"The day she met The Boy
Who Ate Sadness for Lunch"
"Sometimes 👁️ Feel 👍 a Clown" Doll + Stop Motion Animation
Lacquered Paper Doll with pen and ink with water color and gold leafing
"Sometimes 👁️ Feel 👍 a Clown"
Hand colored print with chalk pastels
Note: hand colored prints are available for any of these drawings. If you see one you'd like to have colored, let me know.
Chuck and Chazz,
The Handiest Guys Around!
Type: Comic Series
File Under: comedy, storytelling, family, bike enthusiasm
This comic series is based on real life incidents that I experience as a bystander to my husband and his father's enthusiastic and sometimes maniacal approach to collecting, thrifting, repairing, inventing, building, designing et cetera.
Note: there are several more episodes in store for this series
I Miss Texas, Drawing & Song (Song to be recorded)
I miss Texas, where the swans all sway
I miss Texas, bats in bridges play
Pink granite walls line the halls inside my memories bound
Are thunder storms, firefly swarms
Days and nights that are just as warm
I miss Texas, cicadas in the trees
I miss Texas, thick air you cannot breathe
If I could mend one hundred pins into a map upon the wall
I'd choose my doll before I'd choose em all
Cause that's just the state I'm in
I miss Texas, where the swans all sway
And I miss Texas, bats in bridges play
When Hannah Left Oregon, Inaugural Buttercup Sandwich Comic
This was the first comic I ever attempted to draw, back in January of this year. My friend, singer and guitarist Hannah Yeun, moved away and I had this idea for a comic based on our friendship and many inside jokes that I hoped would lift her spirits as was going through some tough times. Originally, I planned to ink and refine this drawing into a more traditional comic style (which I had little experience with). However, by the end of the drawing process, I was too smitten with it's detail, shading, hatchwork and delightfully sketchy nature to change it. I reminded myself that I liked being different and allowed the medium of pencil sketch to lead the way in the redevelopment of myself as an artist. More mediums would follow.
The Process (More in this series to follow)
This drawing is a psychedelic interpretation of Chazz's artistic process that I created as I watched and participated in the making of his new album this past spring.
Embroidery on Denim
This is an embroidery piece I did as a tribute to my husband's late mother Mary Bessette. He says he feels protected
when he wears it.
I never got a chance to meet Mary but I
have been inspired by the many stories
and stained glass art she left behind.
I put patches on her bell bottoms like the ones she wore in photographs in the 70's. In her hand she holds a flute like the one
she so loved to play.
Boring Burr Rides Again
Type: Comic Series
File Under: family stories, music, psychedelic radio transmissions, memories
Boring Burr Rides again is based upon
the revival of a childhood comic series my
sister Sarah Barlow and I wrote over the
course of several years growing up.
Our drawings were comical sketches and silly Bic pen renditions of our step-grandpa Burr on various sticky notes and letterheads found around my grandmother's house. We had mischievously (yet lovingly) coined the phrase "Boring Burr" after Burr took us on some errands we considered especially boring (like getting his truck detailed at the Jiffy Car Wash).
We didn't realize our drawings would be considered comics-- it was just a way to pass the time on slow Sunday afternoons. What we liked most about the idea was that it made our grandmother laugh.
After many requests for a BB revival, I decided to share my interpretation of a tale Burr told me when I was 12 years old.
In Boring Burr Rides Again, Burr's story is told
in a new (and less boring) light as my childhood memories run through the filter of my adult brain and my adult sense of appreciation.
As I illustrated this story, I marveled at how this song influenced and inspired countless of others in my grandparents' generation and changed the course of history as droves of artists, musicians and young adventurers poured into the west coast.
Boring Burr - Originals
For context, and for fun, here are just a few selections from the massive collection of Boring Burr comics my
sister Sarah and I did as kids. These range from the mid 90's to the early 00's and come complete with Scotch tape from being taped and re-taped to my grandmother's refrigerator as the pieces stacked up.
This Little Black Balloon
File Under: death, mourning, souls
The Miracle of Life
I was possessed with the artistic spirit to create this image shortly after my friend Lauren found out she would be expecting a child. Smiley flower and Frowny flower (two flowers from the Buttercup Sandwich garden) represent the hormonal ups and downs she was experiencing and her hoof alluded to the wild ride that was ahead. The eye suggests a peak into the circus tent of procreation that, historically speaking, few have been able to resist.
Netty Boop Casts a Protection Spell
Pen and Ink with Oil Pastels
As we enter the rainy season in the Pacific Northwest Netty Boop casts a Protection Spell over the ones she loves and you can too! What do you do to get though the long, cold winter months? Now is the time to start preparing and sharing your inner light as we enter the darker months of the year. Is she a bit of an alter-ego? Probably. Did my grandmother give me a Betty Boop VHS tape when I was 5 that was filled with other cartoons from the 1930's like Balloonland that influenced me for the rest of my life. Definitely.
Hand tinted prints that have been colored with oil pastels like the one below are available as a custom order!
Sea Shell doll + Comic Strip
It's my first vector comic!
Move over pet rocks, Calamity Clamkins a no-nonsense wise crackin' clam from Jersey is here. Bored at the office? This briney and bodacious bivalve will become your new favorite desk toy and bring you a little bit of sassy, sarcastic or silly clam humor each time you lift her shell. Make sure to ask nicely though or she might pinch ya!
These are limited edition and hand made so each clam is one of a kind and contains a unique surprise smart-ass remark under her shell.
Lauren's Magic Box
3-Dimensional Mixed Media singing box
I made this magic box as a gift for a friend. It is based on a music video and hand made props that I made for her music project Les RAV a few years ago and plays her song "Keep Following the Light." This box took two years to get the concept out of my head and into the material world but I finally succeeded. This is just a quick candid video I captured before I sent the box off for her birthday but I'll be making an edited documentation of it eventually. I collaborated with Chazz on this box and he worked his magic on the electronics and a bit of carpentry. I'm looking forward to making more of these boxes centered around all sorts of subject matter in the future!
Embroidery on denim
Frowny Flower, one of the characters from the Buttercup Sandwich garden made his way onto my 70's style bell bottoms a few months ago. I'm still not sure how he got there...
All images are available as prints - $15 each
(On 8.5 x 11 acid-free card stock)
Hand colored print - $50 each
(On 8.5 x 11 acid-free card stock with your choice of chalk pastels, watercolor or oil pastels)
"Sometimes I Feel Like a Clown" Lacquered Paper Doll - $75
(Hand watercolored with gold leafing)
"Calamity Clamkins" Sea Shell Doll + Comic strip print - $25
(Mixed Media with gold leafing)
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