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Musing about art with Noah Becker

Musing about art with Noah Becker

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

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)



Sandy Cheeks with Nikki Minaj


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

Event Photos and Video: Co-Mix Art Exhibition and Sale | Martin Batchelor Gallery | Integrate Arts Festival

The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Irma Soltonovich and Efren Quiroz invite you to unleash your inner super hero.
Visit the Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale at Martin Batchelor Gallery, part of the Integrate Art Society (Integrate Arts Festival).

 More show details here.

Excerpt of video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks about Bunderwoman)

Full video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks at 32.10 – 33:18)

Carollyne Yardley and Brad Pasutti

Carollyne Yardley and Brad Pasutti, Opening Night. August 15, 2014


Deer, Crows and Squirrels. Another day at the farm

I was taking a video today, and here are some stills from the clip.

Squirrel and Crow circle the garden

Squirrel and Crow circle each other in the garden


Crow yells at Squirrel.

Crow yells at Squirrel.


Crow brings a friend

Crow brings a friend


And the chase is on.

And the chase is on.


Meanwhile, the deer are hoping nobody notices them.  #headsinbushes

Meanwhile, the deer are hoping no one notices them. #headsinbushes

Funny Face Squirrels, Video Flashback – time for a new one…

I’ve been thinking about making another video soon. If any of you recall the one I made for the Funny Face show, which showcased the super fabulous Sophisticated Squirrels series.

Anyhow, while I muse on the new video a bit, here is the Funny Face Squirrels here.


Posted at Youtube: July 13, 2011. Video by Carollyne Yardley