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The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse – painting in progress

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse (in progress), 60 x 40, Oil on wood panel.

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse (in progress), 60 x 40, Oil on wood panel.

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse is my next painting, and is the introduction of a new character added to my œuvre d’art. I started this one last month. It is the marriage of Mickey Mouse ears, and a Guy Fawkes mask, the later being a stylized depiction of Guy Fawkes,  the best-known member of the Gunpowder Plot. More recently the mask has been associated with the film V for Vendetta, the hacktivist group Anonymous, and had wider use in popular protests, such as the Occupy movement.

The gorgeous purple satin and multi-colour sequin ESCADA jacket seen in the painting was on loan from the fabulous, and elegant Susan Erling-Tyrell, Curator of the Costume Museum at Government House. This wearable art is from her personal collection, and the design was inspired by artworks of Salvador Dali – featuring crescent moons, stars, and, of course, the all seeing EYE.
More on this later.

Here are some behind the scenes pics capturing Secret Squirrel frolicking with the mask of Anonymouse.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse, Photo by Jen Steele. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse.  Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse, Photo by Jen Steele. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.

 

Madonna and Bank of Squirrel. New painting 2015.

Madonna and Bank Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015

Madonna and Bank Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015

Introducing the first posted painting of 2015. Madonna and Bank of Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015.

This painting came about from a photo shoot I did back in 2012. The concept was developed during the same session that I styled the imagery for Charlotte’s Web. The dress and veil came from my costume department, as did the lovely kitsch squirrel. He is actually a Chalkware Squirrel Coin Bank,  and I inherited him from my grandmother. She used to have many images of religion hanging on the walls of her home, and it seemed apropos that dear squirrel be immortalized in the manor of her interior decor. (Insert Wink). Perhaps I’ll do as well with my invention of Church of Squirrel.

Model: Jen Steele

Glorious Tree Hat: Silly Hats Only by Kaiser Alexander

Makeup: Jen Clark

Carpooling for work today. #gnomes

Had to carpool to work today. #gnome

Carpooling to work. Photo by Anonymouse

The squirrels say, “Au revoir 2014!”

The squirrels say, “Au revoir 2014!” It’s been a lovely year. Thank you for everything.

Au Revoir 2014 Squirrels. Photo by Carollyne Yardley.

Au Revoir 2014 Squirrels. Photo by Carollyne Yardley.

Also this adorable snap I took on Christmas Day 2014. He’s contemplating, and everything. LOL.

Christmas Day Squirrel 2014. Photo by Carollyne Yardley

Christmas Day Squirrel 2014. Photo by Carollyne Yardley

Squirrels now available at Winchester Galleries Ltd. 2260 Oak Bay Avenue. #squirrealism #contemporary #canadian #art

I’m pleased to announce artworks now available at Winchester Galleries Ltd. 2260 Oak Bay Avenue. #squirrealism #contemporary #canadian #art

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Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013

Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013 – SOLD

 

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Charlotte’s Web, 36 x 24, oil on board, 2012

With Joe Coffey at his opening at Winchester Gallery

With Joe Coffey at his opening at Winchester Gallery

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Yayoi Kusaqma Squirrel in the background at Winchester Galleries

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Carollyne with Charlotte’s Web at Winchester Galleries

 

Winchester Galleries
Website: www.winchestergalleriesltd.com
2260 Oak Bay Ave
Victoria, BC
(250) 595-2777

Flashback to working on Yayoi Kusama Squirrel

Hi Folks,

I have new paintings in the works, and some exciting news to share soon. In the meantime, here’s a #tbt photo of me working in the studio on Yayoi Kusama Squirrel. Notice the many tiny brushes in both hands!

 

In the studio working on Yayoi Kusama Squirrel

In the studio working on Yayoi Kusama Squirrel

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Robert Amos – Studio Visit and Exploring Japanese Prints Oct 2014

On October 31, 2014 – my husband and I were invited over to Robert and Sarah Amos’s house to look at art. We adore exploring different collections, especially discussing artworks with someone who is passionate about how the art is made, and the history surrounding a genre’s evolution.

Collaboration between Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong. Painted together, one of more than a hundred they have made since 1989.

Even better, is when the guided art tour is by an artist, author, and art historian whose own work is inspired by the collection at hand. While we looked at many different artists on this day, it seemed appropriate for the timing of this post to highlight the Japanese prints we viewed. Reason being, Robert recently wrote and published a column in the Times Colonist, showcasing an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, (through Jan. 25). In the article, Robert describes how, “Japanese prints drew me to Victoria in the first place. In picture books, I’d seen The Great Wave, that famous print by Hokusai, and learned that the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria had Canada’s leading collection of art from Japan. Subsequently, I came to Victoria…”

Collaboration between Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong. Painted together, one of more than a hundred they have made since 1989.

During our visit, we poured over exquisite and colourful prints that were delicate and refined. Many captured a moment in time, while others spoke of hair-raising ghost stories that piqued our imaginations. We also viewed several of Robert’s finely textured watercolour collaborations with Kileasa Wong – created together – one of more than a hundred paintings they have made since 1989. Next, Robert opened a box that contained several pieces of AMOS brand, personalized signature seals, that he designed and hand carved from soft stone imported from China. Use of one of these seals can be seen stamped in red on the artwork titled, Tea Ceremony for Dollies (below). Robert painted this is in a temple courtyard in Osaka in 1981. It shows girls filling up plastic ups with sand.  Next, Robert showed us a landscape painting, illustrated with poems, and an accordion-style, landscape scroll painting, which depicts the camas flowers which bloom in the spring on Beacon Hill. (a format which also provides the true panorama experience of plein air painting).

To read more about Japanese art and poetry, and the new print movement of Japan, I’ve posted links to two books below, along with links to Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015. Hope you enjoy exploring Japanese prints as much we have!

AMOS brand personalized signature seals, designed and hand carved by Robert Amos. Made from soft stone imported from China.

Tea ceremony for dollies - Osaka 1981

Tea Ceremony for Dollies – Osaka 1981, by Robert Amos.

Landscape scroll illustrated with poem by Robert Amos.

 

Long Scroll Painting Book, 2010 by Robert Amos. Depicting the camas flowers which bloom in the spring on Beacon Hill

Cover of Long Scroll Painting Book by Gesshu

Inside of Long Scroll Painting Book by Gesshu

 

Kunisada: relaxing by a waterfall (scene from a kabuki play), circa 1840

Drawing his sword ca. 1850

Kunisada: a very expensive prostitute, late in the evening, seen in a mirror

Scene from a kabuki play – female impersonator ca. 1830

Robert Amos with Japanese prints

Chikanobu: maiden bound and gagged and thrown in the river, 1878.

Chikanobu: boy on a bridge defeats a badger, overseen by a ghost, 1878

Read more about Goblins, Ghosts, and Ghouls in Japanese prints in this photo essay at Hyperallergic. http://hyperallergic.com/158516/goblins-ghosts-and-ghouls-in-japanese-prints/

Shima Seien: ghost woman, ca. 1928 – a print by a female artist.

Again – we thoroughly enjoyed this exploration of Japanese prints, and are looking forward to learning more. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to visit  Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015.

Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015
1040 Moss St., 250-384-4171, aggv.bc.ca, through Jan. 25.

See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/robert-amos-the-stylish-allure-of-japanese-prints-1.1588634#sthash.J3D09jQO.dpuf

Additional reading:

Haiku: Japanese Art and Poetry, Judith Patt et al, Pomegranate Communications, Petaluma, California, 2010, $29.95

Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement in Japan, Barry Till, Pomegranate Communications, Petaluma, California, 2007, $29.95.

 

VICTORIA’S POET LAUREATE LINDA ROGERS WROTE A POEM TO KIM KARDASHIAN’S BUTT ON MY FACEBOOK TIMELINE. #breaktheinternet

It started out with a simple Facebook post, sharing an article posted at Mashable on how the Internet had a field day Photoshopping Kim Kardashian’s butt from her “Paper Magazine” cover.

Then, there was a dare by my Facebook friend, Linda Rogers, to Photoshop Kim’s butt with my “almost famous” Bun Anus meme.

I rejected this dare, thinking of where my FACE would be if it were real. This hold out led Linda Rogers (Victoria’s poet laureate) to write a fabulous poem in honour of Kim Kardashian’s butt.

So, I relented and posted the Bun Anus meme.

Voila –  Kim Kardashian Butt Meme with Poem. It’s So Contemporary. Enjoy.

#breaktheinternet

Poem to Kim Kardashian’s Butt. Dangerous Suburbs, by Linda Rogers.

 

DANGEROUS SUBURBS by Linda Rogers van Krugel

What lovelier shapes than wind 
eroded sandstone, salt-washed 
rocks at tidelines, sun-ripened 
peaches on garden walls? They 
beg the appetite; as do famous 
for being famous badonkadonks 
oiled and photoshopped on our 
billboards and men’s magazines. 

Bite me, kiss my ass they 
seem to say, worship my 
whoopiecakes. The worm’s 
in the apple; the serpent’s 
alive and well, long after 
the first garden became 

dangerous suburbs for colonisation.

Bend over, they say, assume 
the position, as rows of little 
children line up to take down 
their pants, never again to 
experience such intimacy, the 
sting of the switch, the ephemeral 
erection, both sides mesmerized 
by the arc of the philosopher’s 
whip, anticipation of feeling. 

Such beautiful calligraphy, a disturbance 
of air, signatures infidels borrow from 
jihadi poets to send fatwas to gravity 
challenged dookies rattling like change. 

Shake your change, shake your money-maker. 
You can’t take it with you, neither ass nor assets,.

music that inspires dementia ladies,
juke boxes filled with nickels and dimes, 
to get up and dance, so they forget 
everything: the taste of peaches and sex, 
the fear of whips, everything but the 
sound of waves, wind eroding stone…

the safe parameters of lust.

 

Bun Anus meme with Kim Kardashian’s Butt.

Italian copies (forgeries?) of Marion Peck and Carollyne Yardley’s artwork. Good, bad, or flattered?

Occasionally, I Google my name to see if people who love my artwork talk about it, or post images online.  It gives me a chance to reblog, or retweet, and share the love.

A couple of days ago, I was searching online, and found there’s an Italian guy named Giuseppe Zappalà. He appears to be offering his original copy of Green Bun Squirrel, and at least three Marion Peck paintings, among others.

Text from the website under the heading Copie d’autore describes his offerings: http://gizah81.wix.com//restart#!copiedautore/ca4p
Riproduzione fedele di dipinti ad olio su tela e su tavola dal XVI sec. ai giorni nostri.

Translated:
Faithful reproduction oil paintings on canvas and wood from the sixteenth century. the present day.

I can’t quite tell if this is a test website, or if it’s for real? Was it a school project? Or? It does appear, however, that he has painted his own version of Green Bun Squirrel, seen posted here.
He’s given me credit for the original painting, which was nice. I’m quite flattered to be copied alongside the great pop surrealist Marion Peck, who has god-like status in my mind.  It makes such a discovery even more surreal.

Another perfect example of the importance of a registered trademark, and keeping documentation on paintings done from my studio.
FAKES ARE NOW OUT THERE, YOU”VE BEEN WARNED.

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Screenshot 11/01/2014. Copy of Green Bun by Giuseppe Zappala.

 

Original painting of Green Bun Squirrel by Carollyne Yardley, 14 x 20, oil on board, 2011.

Original Green Bun miniature by Carollyne Yardley, 4″ x 5″, oil on board, 2012.

 

Copy painted by Giuseppe Zappala of Boy with Dog

 

 

Girl with cat by Giuseppe Zappala

 

Original Marion Peck “Girl with a Kitten” Oil on canvas 2007

 

Painting by Giuseppe Zappala

 

Original painting by Marion Peck “Kittens” Oil on panel 12″ x 14″ 2003

Sandy Cheeks, Squirrel Costume, Halloween 2014

Yes, it’s Sandy Cheeks!  Originally I was going to dress as Space Hat Squirrel for Halloween 2014. However, once I figured out how to make the space helmet, I figured I could easily go as my favourite squirrel cowgirl.

I decided to go as Sandy Cheeks, once of the main characters in the SpongeBob SquarePants television series. Yes, she’s a squirrel, and is the most notable, and only female character in the series.  I purchased the white top and pants, but made everything else. The helmet was created out of clear packing tape (over a half round shaped planter, laid down plastic wrap so it would not stick), felt, ribbons, and coloured foam for the flower). Oh, and a glue gun.  I don’t have a great photo of the tail, but I cut up an old faux fur, glue gunned it, and stuffed it with cotton. I even glue gunned the tail to my shirt. I worked like a charm, and and I still able to use the washroom. At the last minute, I realized if it was attached to my pants, that could have proved to be a fatal error.  Thank goodness for testing the outfit before leaving home. It worked out perfectly.

Sandy Cheeks

Sandy Cheeks, Halloween Costume 2014

 

Sandy Cheeks with Horse. Remember Sandy is from Texas. LOL.  (mask by Archie McPhee)

 

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Sandy Cheeks with Nikki Minaj

DESCRIPTION OF SANDY CHEEKS

Sandy comes from the state of Texas, known from the episode Texas, but she exhibits many characteristics of a stereotypical “cowgirl” character by going to every city in Texas. She speaks with a heavy Southern accent, and uses typical Southern slang words and phrases, such as “howdy” and “y’all”. She is very fond of her homeland and its culture, as most notably seen in the episode “Texas,” in which she grows homesick for it and considers leaving Bikini Bottom to return to Texas. In that same episode, she takes great offense at SpongeBob and Patrick’s negative remarks about Texas, and violently attacks them when they continue to insult it.

Sandy Cheeks

Sandy Cheeks

Sandy is most likely one of the most intelligent and levelheaded characters on the show. She is a multi-talented scientist and inventor, and originally came to Bikini Bottom to study sea creatures and their lifestyles. In “Chimps Ahoy,” it reveals that she is employed by a trio of chimpanzees from the surface, named Professor PercyDr. Marmalade, and Lord Reginald. As an inventor, Sandy is capable of creating extremely advanced devices with ease. Her inventions include a manned space ship, a teleporter, a submarine that can shrink to microscopic size and go inside a person’s body (Squidward Tentacles), and even a Protogenerator 2000 cloning device.

Sandy is also very athletic and physically fit. She and SpongeBob share a favorite pastime of karate, and frequently fight each other for fun. The karate they use appears to be stylized to fit that of “play karate,” as they both mainly fight with chops and kicks in a cartoonish manner. There also appears to be other forms of fighting in the series, most notably in “Karate Island,” where three other fish demonstrate unique fighting styles, (which looks more like stylized versions of Kung Fu rather than Karate.)

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Space Hat Squirrel

Space Hat Squirrel by Carollyne Yardley