Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's My Potty and I'll Cry If I Want To - Part I...

A few weeks ago I started renovating my bathroom. I guess this project falls under the "Wood and Whatnot" category here. It has started off as a battle right from the start so if you hear any sobbing sounds far off in the distance most likely it is me crying secretly from frustration with this blasted project!

We must have a "before" pic of course. I'm starting with the counter area because that will have the most changes. If any of you people out there are thinking it's fun to try and shave one's face and/or head with no light overhead and with a slanted mirror, you'd be right! Gotta do something about that!

The idea was to add some recessed lights overhead so I can see what the hell I'm doing! I boxed out a little drop down ceiling over the counter area and I can wire the new lights right into the existing ones situated on either side of the counter so they all operate off the one switch.

The overhead lights temporarily in place. I also added a new piece of sheetrock to the back slanted wall because the work done on the original was so half-assed it was just easier to start fresh. That way I could get some nice square corners and straight seam lines. I HATE doing sheet rock work and this piece in particular was a LOT of fun to install all by myself! That shit is HEAVY!!

I did the wiring last night and everything works great! First time I ever installed new electrical work like this before so I spent the rest of the night patting myself on the back for a job well done! Many thanks to Door Tree enthusiast Davey Wavey for his advice on the wiring configuration!

Let there be light!!!

This pic doesnt really show the difference like it is in real life but it is already like a totally different room now. The front panel up above will have cedar paneling all the way across and the side walls will as well. I ordered 8 rolls of wallpaper the other day (that in itself will be a new definition of pain and suffering for me!) for the rest of the room and I've also decided to scrape that nasty popcorn crap off the ceiling and repaint it smooth. Those long blocks of wood residing where the slanted wall meets the new ceiling are what will hold the header board that the mirror apparatus will eventually attach to. It sure is in an "Ugly Stage" right now though!

To Be Continued...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sheeeee's Baaaaaack!

The Continuing Adventures of Mathilda a.k.a. "Little Miss Pewfy Pants"!


One of her fave resting places, overlooking the stairway so she can keep tabs on anyone coming in. Why she had her leg sticking out like that is anyone's guess!

Again with the Crazy Eyes!


A bit blurry but the look was classic so it's a keeper!

"I am Mathilda.... Hear Me Roar!"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Last of the Lovelies...

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

"Joe, I'm no actress, but I think I understand this girl" - Ava Gardner to director Joe Mankiewicz about her character in "The Barefoot Contessa".

Ah yes, Kelly Bundy....the reigning white-trash slut-queen of the Fox network in the 1990's! She is missed!

Publicity still of Ellen Barkin for "Sea of Love"

Fran Drescher... beautiful face, nice figure, great hair.... but then she speaketh! well, like Joe E. Brown says at the end of "Some Like it Hot"... "Nobdy's Perfect!". Actually her voice never bugged me and I kinda liked how she would say "Noy-uls" when calling Niles the Butler on "The Nanny".

Early shot of Holly Hunter, probably for "Broadcast News". I think she looks even better now.

"It's only a mooooooovie!" - Alfred Hitchcock to Kim Novak on the set of Vertigo.

Mitzi Kapture of "Silk Stalkings". Is that her real name?

A nice pic of Sharon Stone back when she looked like... Sharon Stone.


A Susan Hayward still that somehow didnt make it into my all-Susie post a while back. Too many stills, not enough stills, gotta get more stills.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

More Lovelies for the Lovely Weekend...

Another batch of lovely ladies from movies and TV...

Christina..... *sigh*

Crystal Bernard...I used to love her on "Wings" but even before that I would watch that silly show "It's a Living" just to see her.

Gene Tierney.... the pic speaks for itself.

Linda Hamilton... my life was never the same after T-2!!

Marina Sirtis. I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely lady at a Trek convention many years ago. She was funny, charming and drop dead gorgeous and loved every minute of the attention she got from everyone..... awesome!

Natalie Wood

And her little sister Lana Wood

Buffy..... *BIG Sigh*

Senta Berger

The incredible Sherilyn Fenn. I'll be doing a full tribute posting of her sometime soon.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Some More Lovelies...

I'll be posting pics of Lovelies all weekend in the hopes that you all have a lovely weekend!

Eliza Dushku, for my money, the best looking woman on TV right now.

Amazing Grace!

Jane Fonda before she became a political activist and a fitness guru and an Oscar winner and someone who backhandedly insults her father practically everytime she opens her mouth... in other words, when she was awesome!

Rhonda Shear

An early pic of Tea Leoni, before the dark years, before.... Duchovny!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Finally Done!

After nearly 9 months of on and off work my "Billiard Bitches" were finally finished and framed just in time for the Champlain Islands Artists Organization 2009 Art Show on the weekend of July 24th!

The official title of the piece is "Ball Breakers".

I used a combination of dry and water-soluable colored pencils and quite a bit of water soluable crayons as well. All done on 4-ply museum board.

When you get down to it, it's a damn silly piece, and I had fun with all the different design elements and symbolism.

It wasnt done intentionally but as I progressed on the piece I noticed the personalities of these 3 ladies kinda came to life. The one on the left is most certainly a dominant type, and this one above is submissive (the ring on her collar cinched that deal!) and the middle one, she can go either way!

All 3 scans as it would look matted up.

Here's me and "Little Miss Pewfy Pants" with the framed piece on my wall. It's 66" long and 22" wide and really heavy! The matt had to be made in 3 pieces because I couldnt find anyone with matt board big enough to cut it out of one piece. I used 100lb wire to hang it just to be safe! Between cutting the matts and putting it all together in the frame I'd estimate I spent about 8 hours of time on that alone! Better than paying someone else to do it that's for sure!

Here it is on display at the show along with "Sleepless", my pretty little "Quazelfly" and some portfolio pieces. As usual I was the only Colored Pencil artist there and one of only 3 or 4 male artists out of over 50! I ended up taking best in show along with 2 other artists in the non-watercolor painting and drawing category so that was nice! I was quite amused though that one of the spectators at the show took it upon herself to write in her LEAST favorite as well (ME of course!). The women who run the show were worried I might be offended but I laughed and said "Why should I be?, who do you think she's gonna remember more, her faves or the one she hated so much she had to write in a spot for it on her ballot slip?"

on to the next project!

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Belated B-Day Tribute to Clara Bow...

My fave silent film actress, Clara Bow, first dubbed "The Brooklyn Bonfire" and then "The IT! Girl" woulda been 104 this past July 29th. I was out of town and couldnt do a b-day post until today. Instead of the usual pic assortment, I decided to post some of the graphite or Colored pencil portraits I've done of Clara over the last several years.

This last one is still my fave of them all. The most recent one is 3 years old and I know I could do a much better job of it now so I'm hoping to do a new Clara Colored pencil drawing before the year is out. I miss drawing her!