Tropical Girl Squirrel & Gnome | Oil on Canvas | 2011

Tropical Girl Squirrel & Gnome | Oil on Canvas | 2011

I’ve just completed Tropical Girl Squirrel and Gnome. This was inspired by a recent adventure to the Hawaiian Islands, vintage postcards by Garry Palm, and my Grandmother’s dress. Over the years I have accumulated a collection of vintage gowns and dresses. I like to trot them out now and again to relive their glory days by wearing them out to a party. But, I have discovered a new reason to give them life!

Dress modeled for Tropical Girl Squirrel & Gnome

Dress modeled for Tropical Girl Squirrel & Gnome

I posed myself in the style of a vintage postcard wearing my grandmothers dress.  Adding some creative & imaginative alterations, I transformed it into a fun fresh girly dress for this painting (and added giant boobs). I had been planning on painting a Gnome Squirrel, and then I acquired a painting by Noah Becker called, Gnome. As a result, I was inspired to incorporate a gnome into my next painting. I think that Gnome Squirrel might be next, but I’ve been meaning to work on Elvis Squirrel, which is still unfinished.