Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! He would have been 444 years old.
Herea are a few of my favorite paintings with Shakespearean subject matter, both depicting scenes from Midsummer Night's Dream. This is Titania Sleeping by Richard Dadd.
The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Sir Joseph Noel Paton is so action-packed. The detail in this is amazing!
In honor of Earth Day, I thought we'd look at some neat globes. This one transforms from a regular globe during the day to a glowing celestial map at night. It projects the constellations across the ceiling at night---fun!
This is an Islamic-style celestial sphere. I have no idea what this one does, but it's gorgeous, and has such elegant lines.
This little fairy tale ball doesn't even count as a globe, but it's so pretty!
A gentle, loving soul, Bridgette was cursed with a bit of extra facial hair early in life. She is super froo-froo, and keeps that beard in prime condition. Tired of taunts from her judgemental hometown, she hit the rode with the carnival. She loves to play gin (and drink it) with her best pal Sigrid the Tattooed Girl.
Bridgette is also anatomically correct. E-mail for additional photos.
Here's the 2nd tray in a 4-tray series.
Dapper Jack is smartly suited up for his All Hallow's E'en jaunt. He sits happily astride the saddle on his black cat courier and urges him onward with his tiny devil scepter. They head fearlessly toward the BEWARE arch guarded by a vulture. Dapper Jack heads for the masquerade ball in the castle on the hill. The wtiches are arriving in the distance, and the festivities begin!
Having this problem? Well, fortunately April 19th is National Garlic Day. No, seriously! So, the next time jolly ol' Nosferatu comes sniffing around your neck, just don this fashionable headgear.
That's right...this came straight off the runway from Budapest's Fashion Week. Looks like the budget was a little low this year.
Oh dear. Every year around gardening time, I do something really stupid, and tell myself I will have to remember to not do it next year. And, of course, I've done it again.
I planted seeds on a rather windy day. I started with half a seed packet in one place, and wanted to plant the rest of the seeds in another place. So, I stuck the opened envelope conveniently in my mouth since my hands were full of other things. What I forgot, and continue to forget--EVERY YEAR!--is that the seed packet has a super-sticky adhesive on the flap like an envelope. So, when I removed the packet, I removed a good deal of my bottom lip. Ouch....the spring version of sticking your tongue on the flag pole.
So....if you're planting seeds any time soon, don't do that.
Ze plane, boss, ze plane!
Wow.....the 1970s were ugly enough to begin with. There's nothing like an all-white polyester tuxedo in 90% humidity. The poor kids who had to wear THIS costume!
Ze hideous plastic, mom, ze hideous plastic!
Step right up and see Sigrid the Tattooed Sailor Girl. She lounges with her best friend, Bridgette the Bearded Lady. The carnival is on for tonight, but the gals like to play a game of gin in the afternoon with some cocktails. Sigrid tired of sailing the world and decided to spend the rest of her days traveling with the carnival.
Bridgette goes up for auction next week.
Boy, those girls had better switch to iced tea soon or tonight's performance is going to be a doozie!
By the way, Sigrid and Bridgette are anatomically correct. E-mail me for photos w/o doll clothing. I knitted her bikini with teeny tiny needles. If these are meant for children, feel free to glue their clothes on!
The black cat urges his rat to go faster as the pumpkin rolls along the meadow path. The wise old owl hoots out a warning as bats fly past in a flurry. The tiny field mouse waits for the commotion to pass before resuming his trick-or-treat stroll.
I finally finished this tray. It is one of a set of four. All the trays are different, but are painted to go together stylistically. 18 1/2" x 7 1/2", acrylic on wood, sealed with 4 layers of protective varnish.
Hello there....come on in! Today is the official opening of my "Rhinestone Armadillo" blog. I'm Laura, an artist living and working in Texas. I will be posting various and sundry items that I make and/or find. Some will be for sale, others will be greedily hoarded in my personal collection. There will be an ever rotating mish-mash of "unusual things" for your viewing enjoyment.
I am particularly obsessed with all things Halloween, so you'll notice a heavy leaning towards black and orange things. I also like the rest of the holidays, and love to create occasion-oriented art. As you might glean from the title, I also love all things that sparkle---especially Texas kitsch.
My motto here is "Make every day a special occasion". So- let's get to making it spectacular. Stop in, gawk, point, or just say hello.....I look forward to meeting all of you out there!