Nature and Artifice: Artists I Like Right Now

Travis Bedel

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Sara Cwynar

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Kristen Liu

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New Video: Heartworm by Ben Vendetta

Not only did we get a new website for Elephant Stone but I made a little promo video for the upcoming release of Heartworm written by my husband, Ben Vendetta.

It’s about a guy working in the music industry during the thick of the Britpop scene. His wife runs off to join a cult, but he’s sort of okay with it — until she gets into trouble. There is a parallel story weaved throughout about the Dublin band, Whipping Boy, whose album “Heartworm” plays a role. Looking at an October 15th release date and will be available in print and ebook in the US and UK. In the meantime you can read his other novel, Wivenhoe Park.

 

New Painting: Maria and Her Beasts

I was asked to do a portrait of my friend’s daughter and their two cats, one of whom, was nicknamed “baby horse” because he was so huge! Well, Wally died of old age shortly after I took photos of him for this painting, so I’m glad we got the ball rolling in-time to have this done. I decided to give him a fancy saddle, and placed him where he seemed to enjoy himself, outside in the garden. I wanted to go for a princess and her beasts vibe in this, which I hope I did!

This measures 11×14″ inches and is oil on panel.

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This is one of those pieces that has been really difficult to photograph because of the small size and detail; I think I got the colors as close as I ever will to seeing it in person. Might be time for me to step it up and get a large format scanner.

Someone Stole My Spacemen 3?

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Well I’m sad to say that all signs are pointing to this painting, “Playing with Fire” having been stolen out of my studio during a public event. Unless, my memory is SO awful that I never marked it being sold (which is unlike me), never registered who bought something that meant a lot to me, not to mention the fact I promised my husband I would never sell it! Bums me out mainly because I have no good full-length photos of it or high-resolution photos with color correction, for that matter.

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If you see it anywhere in the Cleveland area, please let me know.

I suppose I could re-do it but this was sort of a time capsule; a watercolor of a scene at the place in Los Angeles I used to book bands and DJ at from 2003, and my husband’s Spacemen 3 poster from Bomp! Records added for the hell of it.

Summer in New Orleans

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Went on another trip to my second home of New Orleans. A birthday, a wedding, and meeting-up with friends from around the country. So much happened, it is almost silly to blog about it while life gets back into the usual swing here in Cleveland. Although summer wasn’t as bad as I had imagined (and I packed my trusty parasol while sipping cold drinks), I can safely say I’d rather stick to spring, summer, and winter for future visits.

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New Painting: Silent Predator

12×12 inches, oil on canvas. May take another photo after it has been varnished so the blacks will be really black, but you get the idea.

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Landscapes, Plants, and People

Just some random artists and images I’m liking right now….

Johann Baptiste Bouttats

(c) Shipley Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Richard Byron

(c) Newstead Abbey; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

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Miriam Wosk

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 Paulette Tavormina

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 Keita Morimoto

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