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Green Bun Squirrel ala Lady Gaga green- Pop Surrealism (complete)

I started this painting several weeks ago with the idea she would have bright green hair, and then yesterday came upon a Lady Gaga photograph on my Facebook newsfeed with – you guessed it – Lady Gaga wearing a green wig.

So – we’re like mind melding or something.

Hey Gaga – this painting is for sale at a price you can afford babe. Call me toll-free in North America at 1-877-381-2800. Love ya, C xo

Green Bun Squirrel | Oil on board | 2011

Green Bun Squirrel | Oil on board | 2011

And here’s Lady Gaga and Hello Kitty with matchy, matchy green hair.

Lady Gaga and Hello Kitty with green hair. Proof of mind meld.

Lady Gaga and Hello Kitty with green hair. Proof of mind meld.

Mushroom Hat Squirrel – complete | Pop Surrealism

Mushroom Hat Squirrel is complete, she makes complete the fourth painting that will appear at the Red Art Gallery show called Friends and Other Funny Folks that will take place August 02-31st, 2011.

LG thinks this resembles me the most, and I’m thinking it’s ’cause of the hat?

Mushroom Hat Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2011

Mushroom Hat Squirrel (after Mary Quant) | Oil on Board | 2011

I also had issue with the string of pearls on Space Hat Squirrel, so I redid them, and here’s the post, plus updated on my gallery page.

Space Hat Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2011

Space Hat Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2011

Green Bun Squirrel

This one is in progress, her hair will be green.

Green Hair Squirrel - in progress

Green Bun Squirrel - in progress

Mushroom Hat Squirrel – colour added in progress

I’m still working on Mushroom Hat Squirrel, and have started another one. She will have a giant green beehive hairdo. I’ve added colour to this one below, but it is still in progress.

Mushroom Hat Squirrel - in progress

Mushroom Hat Squirrel - in progress

Space Hat Squirrel – complete, Pop Surrealism

Space Hat Squirrel complete with frame.

Carollyne Yardley, Space Hat Squirrel, oil on board, 14 x 20

Carollyne Yardley, Space Hat Squirrel, oil on board, 14 x 20

 

This painting was inspired by dreams of space travel, and all the movies I watched with my grandparents growing up. I used to call them Grandad’s Old Movies. If it’s listed in a search at the Turner Classic Movie website, and stars the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, or Grace Kelly – I’ve probably seen it.

This set of paintings: Mohawk Squirrel, Red Hat Squirrel, Space Hat Squirrel, Mushroom Hat Squirrel and Not Yet Developed Squirrel will be called The Avenue Squirrels, or something like that.

In summary, three paintings are finished to date for the Red Art Gallery show in August 2011. I’m still working on Mushroom Hat Squirrel, and have one more concept to develop –> complete. I also need to varnish this painting, but am waiting to do them all together in a few weeks.

Then, I’m onto the next project. I think I’m going to need another easel :-)

Space Hat Squirrel - complete

Space Hat Squirrel – complete

 

Space Hat Squirrel alludes to the alienation anyone can sometimes feel. Wearing a Chanel suit, a three sting of pearls, white gloves, and inverted golf tee, and a vintage space hat. Sometimes we all feel like we’re from another planet!

Mushroom Hat Squirrel – in progress

I started this one today, and really like the way the hat is popping out. I used water soluble oil paints and water for the first coat (since the odourless mineral spirits gave me a rash – no details please).

Temporary name is Mushroom Hat Squirrel.

Mushroom Hat Squirrel - in progress

Mushroom Hat Squirrel - in progress

Red Hat Squirrel – complete

Red Hat Squirrel is complete and shown here with the intended frame. I haven’t varnished it yet, and since I’m a varnish virgin, I’m a little scared, and I might have to reach out and ask someone. I will post a photo with painting after the varnish is complete etc.

Red Hat Squirrel with frame - complete

Red Hat Squirrel with frame - complete

Space Hat Squirrel – in progress (colour added)

Here is progress of Space Hat Squirrel. Added colour, and will post Red Hat soon (she’s complete now).

Space Hat Squirrel in progress

Space Hat Squirrel in progress