Decals, Dolls and Jewels, Oh my…

Exciting news everyone!  The nail decals I’ve been hinting about are finally ready and available.  They  turned out super cute.   I have a limited number of them so if you want them, snag ’em up!  You can find them right here in my etsy shop.  They are loaded with kawaii cuteness, kittens, bunnies, cupcakes, pills, hot air balloons and smiling bones.  Each sheet has 80 tiny decals so you can share with your friends!  🙂

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I also finally have these cute necklaces available.  Each one features a tiny print from one of my paintings under a tiny glass bubble.  They also have little key charms that match.   It was hard to get a crisp photo with the reflection in the bubble glass!  There are only a few necklaces left!  I’ve also added some special kokeshi dolls to my shop, there are only two!

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Stay tuned for more exciting news, I have lots of things to share, including some sneak peeks of the new work for my Solo show in August at the Auguste Clown Gallery in Australia.

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Tea Time!

I have so many little things going on in my studio that I cannot see straight.  Most of the things i am working on are still in top secret mode, so Instead of sharing what i’m working on, I’ll share some things that have been inspiring me as of late.  I am super spongy and easily inspired, so here are a few things that I have been googling over. Let me know what you think.  I am trying to write blog posts more often, do you like to see my inspiration posts?  I’ll do them more if you like them!

il_570xN.328434305birdcage2Succulents:  I’m super in love with succulents.  Living in Minnesota means that I like to keep plants that I can bring indoors in the winter.  These plants are very hardy and even though they are kind of like cacti, some varieties can  survive our hellish winter season when left outdoors.  They can also come in for the winter, which is nice if you are a house plant addict like myself.  Succulents are nice and juicy looking and they come in lots of different colors.  The other cool thing about succulents is that the reproduce pretty quick and before you know it, you have a big plant instead of a little clumping. These ones in the photograph are right here on etsy.  Also you can do a lot of really fun things with succulents, they can grow vertically on a wall or you can put them in a birdcage like the image above.  They don’t require much water and they are very easy to keep alive.  I’ll be planting some next week.  (Sorry I don’t know where the birdcage image is from, let me know if you know and i’ll credit the image!)  Watch out for succulents in my upcoming paintings!

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Adorable pocky cake: mouth watering eye candy for the gullet.  Have I posted this cake before?  It is so freeking cute I could just barf.  Someday I would like my front yard picket fenced with pocky sticks… that would be ideal…

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This Antique felt child’s toy is making me extra happy as of late.  Those of you who know me know that i’m a sucker for creepy old toys… This one is perfect because it looks like if you whacked it on the side a bunch of ancient children’s dandruff would puff into the air, maybe sending you into some sort of fit of nostalgic asthma.

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Post Mortem Photography really fascinates me.   Like… A lot.  There’s tons of it online if you want to see/learn more.  The woman on the left is dead.  So creepy and Awesome!  I’d post more… but i’ll let you explore that one on your own…   Do it. 

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Oh… and if that was too dark for you, here’s Elle Fanning photographed by Will Cotton

I’ll be back soon with more art pictures and maybe a sneak peek of a few pieces for my upcoming solo show.

OOOh, and just in case we haven’t found each other yet, I’m on instagram and Vine now… (my handle is Rudy Fig)

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It’s Art A Whirl!!

 Ok Twin Cities, if you like Art and you aren’t familiar with AAW, get familiar.  Now.   You can read about it here.

This is where you can find my work this weekend, I’ll be in and out of these galleries and around town all weekend.  Come say Hi if you see me!  😀

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Two peeks will be available at Fox Tax Gallery in NE.  Everything in this show is 4×4 inches!  These tiny eyes were fun to paint.

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Also at the Abstracted gallery, Deuce 7 has curated a show called “It was all a Dream”  I’ll have three new pieces here.  This is the “bloody Mow Mow…”

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And, at Rogue Buddha I’ll be showing a brand new really special piece.  I’m not going to post a full picture here, just a snippet, so you’ll have to go see it in person!  I hope to see you there!  And always if you aren’t local and you see something  you like, you may contact myself or the Galleries for purchase inquiries.

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On Being an Artist and a Mom… Momifesto

OOO.  I’ve neglected this blog for a while!  But So many exciting things have been starting to happen that I simply haven’t had the time!  My paintbrushes are drying right now so I have a moment of clarity to get a post in!  I have read a few things floating around the web lately about how career oriented people shouldn’t or don’t want to have children.  With mothers day coming up, I just wanted to say something about being a mom and the huge, but positive changes it has had on my life.  I used to be one of those people who swore against having kids, but its funny how things change.  People change.  Life changes.  Motives change.  Anywho, I just wanted to share my experience as a mom and a career oriented human.  Of course, to each their own, I have nothing, NOTHING against people who don’t want kids.  I just want to say that you can have a serious career and be a mom too.

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The chaos. THE CHAOS!

People seemed to be worried when I first became a pregnant, self employed, 23 year old  that I would not be able to paint any more.   As if becoming a Mom would cause my hands to become gangrenous and melt into oblivion, rendering me unable to articulate a paintbrush.   I had a friend who cried when I told her I was pregnant, she thought I wouldn’t be able to paint anymore and I laughed because nothing will stop me from working… but she was dead serious.   Several family members spoke with me in a tone that suggested that I would not be able to carry on as I was and I laughed at them too.   It was a patronizing “Oh we’ll see when it happens…” kind of tone.   I was extremely nervous about the future, but it didn’t take long into my pregnancy for me to realize that, no, I will always be an artist.   Nothing could ever stop me from doing what I do or I would simply go bonkers.   Becoming a parent is a big change, but it doesn’t rip the purpose or creativity out of your soul and epoxy a steely apron around your waist for your new life of nursing babies and domestic simplicity.  No.  Ridiculous.  But that was the notion that continued to spiral in my direction.

Yes, it turns out, becoming a parent does change things, and for a few months after having Vincent, it was very difficult to find time to paint, But on the other side, I was totally enamored with my new family member and I learned that there was more to life than making things (shocking, i know).  After working out the routine of having a North American Red Screaming Poopoo Beetle and recovering from birth (that shit hurts…), I slowly started painting again, more and more.  For a year and a half I   spent the days being a mom and Painting into the late hours of the night.   Sleep is for the dead, right?   I managed to crank out a solo show, plenty of dolls and managed to carry on but I could definitely feel the change.  I was burning out, overworked, exhausted, and my productive streak was slowing down in spite of my efforts.   I was tired, REALLY tired.   After welcoming  “Meat Bug” into my life, I really scrambled to find the balance between being a young mom and being a career artist.   For some reason work started to really feel like monotonous work instead of fun.  I was my own cranky douchebagface boss and I made the mistake of working for works sake instead of working for creative freedoms sake.   Turns out that I needed to make some changes to my career and routine.  I had to nurture my creative side AND an infant and the pressures of both started to consume me for a while.  I was juggling and needed balance.  I found that instead of scrambling to be with my son and scrambling to work, I needed to stop trying to do everything at the same time.  Dedicate specific time to specific tasks and give each your full concentration when you are in pursuit.   Be the best parent you can and Work as hard as you can on your own things too.

Being an artist is sort of a selfish job, you paint what you want for the shows you choose and you work at any pace you like.  It’s hard work, but there is an element of excitement in having that kind of control of your life and doing what you like to do.    Being a mom is completely selfless, there are no breaks, it is totally awesome but it is a huge contrast to fully focusing on work and doing whatever you want when you want.   Being a parent also brings a change to the very nature of being a career artist.   It is a financial change, I am now supporting another person, so I cannot be lazy.  I need to paint with gusto and save money.  At the same time I need to enjoy working and innovating to keep shit fresh.  In the past I could laze about, go hungry in exchange for expensive shoes, Stay up all night, party like an idiot, and these things still happen on occasion (especially the shoes), but my focus has changed.  Or rather, my focus has broadened.   People have this idea that you can’t be a mom and be completely invested in a career, but I think people can do anything if they want it badly enough.   It is a question of how hard you are willing to work.   Now I work with the intention of supporting my family AND having fun, I used to simply Paint to paint and felt lucky that people bought enough paintings for me to pay my bills and i felt lucky that my career was moving ahead so fast.   Now I paint ferociously to move forward, save and support my family.   For so long i was so focused on only painting, only shows, only work related things, that I got so used to doing what I was doing that the fun started to burn out.   Becoming a parent has opened my eyes to how lucky I am to be able to pursue a career of my choice.  It has given me new reasons to try hard, new inspirations and new ideas.   And, I have even become less of a hermit, which is a good thing.

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So, naturally, finding a balance between “momming” and painting hasn’t been the easiest thing, and i’m still working on it, but this year I feel like i’m getting the hang of it.   I love being a mom and I love painting, so it seems like things are getting better and better around here.  This spring is bringing in wonderful new projects and changes that I am super excited to share.    “Meat Bug” has given me fresh eyes on the world and inspired me to work my ass off for fresh new reasons.   I appreciate every moment of being a mom and every moment of work, even the crappy moments.   I have two jobs.   I am a Mom and I am a career oriented fine artist.  Neither jobs are lacking and both are completely fulfilling.   I am extremely invested in my work as both a painter and a parent.   I am not without hard times but I have never been happier.  Happy Mothers day to all the Mamas out there!

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I think i’ll keep him!

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Banana Split Ladies at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland!!

 

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Hi everyone!  I have been getting a lot of inquiries on where the new work is… and its HERE!  At Leanna Lin’s Wonderland for the Campy Crush art show: Banana Split Ladies!    I have three new 11×14 in paintings in custom frames available at this opening.  Not in Los Angeles?  That’s OK, you can see them HERE.

I am honored to be part of this show with other artists:  Esther Kim, Wishcandy, Ambird, Elisa Sassi, Fawn Fruits, Super Secret Pow Wow, Melissa Contreras.  YAY.

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“Moss Nymph” Oil on Panel, 11x14in + frame, $500.00

“Nebula Dreamer” Oil on Panel, 11×14 + frame, $500.00

 

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Visit Leanna Lin’s Wonderland to see all these lovely pieces!

Anywho!  If your in LA I highly recommend bopping in to see this show.  I think my favorite pieces are the ones by WishCandy.  So dreamy and strange!!  Thanks for tuning in friends.  I’ll be posting again soon!  I’m about to get the Meatbug in daycare which means I wont be stretched so thing and I will have more time for things like blogging.  Excited!

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OOPS! Sale …

Somewhere between making deadlines and chasing my 17 month old, I seem to have forgotten to wash my paintbrushes and they all crustified.  OH NO!!  So I’m selling some little colored illustrations for only 100.00 and under each in my shop.   (If your new to the world of artwork collecting, that’s a great deal for an original)   These have all been taken from my personal sketchbooks and are all signed.  Everyone who buys one will also receive a postcard and a hand written thank You note!   All funds from these drawings will go directly to buying some much needed new paint brushes.  DERP.    Paintbrushes are very important in my little world.  The illustrations are India ink fine tip pen, gouache and colored pencil.  You can Visit my shop by click the images below or click HERE.

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“Hex Girl” is looking for a home!

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“The Braid”

I have also added some postcard sets to my shop and I’ll have stickers and tote bags soon.  YAY!  What else do you guys want to see in my shop??

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“Day Dreamer”

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More Live Painting.

I know, I haven’t updated in a while!  It’s been very crazy around here.   I do have some photos to share from a live paint I did a few weekends ago at the Skyway theater in downtown Minneapolis.  Twas fun on a bun.  I like doing live paints because you get giant free canvas, free drinks and you get to meet fun people!    (I didn’t take these photos, they popped up on facebook from CEMphoto and Taylor Byykkonen, If i forgot to credit anyone for photos let me know!!)
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I had asked what people wanted to see and they said “Mermaid” and “waffles” … so I went with mermaids.   It took me about 4 hours to cover the whole canvas because  I kept getting distracted by chocolate covered bacon and strawberries…  because i’m a heathen. 

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Anywho, that’s that.  I’ll post again soon!

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