Support Local Artists This Christmas

Last-minute shopping? No problem.

Need last-minute gift ideas? Tired of hitting the malls or Amazon? What’s wrong with you. Amazon is awesome. Why not give the gift of art from local artists? Who wouldn’t love to get one-of-a-kind paintings or sculptures from people who love creating and sharing. I can’t guarantee shipping in time for Christmas, but if you live near these people, I’m sure they would welcome a visit.

Arizona artists:

Big Chris Art: The JokerBig Chris Art: Chris is simply The Man. Super talented, cool as hell and makes everyone feel like his best friend. Oh yeah, he also creates some of the coolest horror and comic art you’ll find. Chris is active on Facebook, so hit him up to see how you can get some great art before Christmas. He lives near Gotham City Coffee and Comics and will be happy to meet you there.

 
 
 
 
 

Tom Deadstuff - Little dudesTom Deadstuff: What can you say about Tom. He builds amazing sculptures out of recycled dog-track tickets and scrap wood. What makes his stuff so cool is the detail he puts into each one. Every piece has not only a subject, but a feel or an emotion. from creepy, to scary to whimsical or any mish-mash of the three, each piece captures something unique. Tom may be in California right now, but you should be able to contact him on Facebook.

Lyon Fine Art: AngelsHoward Lyon Fine Art: Howard paints classic religious pieces with an emphasis on realism. His stuff is quite beautiful and really captures the mystery and magic of religion.

 
 
 
 

Milan Fine Art: HorseMilan Fine Art: Milan Fine Art sits in beautiful Queen Creek, AZ. With artists from around the country, they are sure to have something you’ll like. Unfortunately, it looks like they are away right now, but their email is listed on the site.

 
 
 
 

NH Artist

Lisa Artista: TreeLisa Martin Artista: Lisa paints beautiful pictures with bold colors and strokes. I don’t know enough about art to adequately describe her work. Just take a look. It doesn’t take a trained eye to appreciate the passion that goes into her pieces. She lives somewhere in NH I believe and I’m sure she would be delighted to sell some work before Christmas.

New York Artist:

Trashbat: EyeRaven: Not quite sure how to describe the original Trashbat. She creates art out of roadkill, human blood, emotions, words and probably the ashes of dead virgin fairies. Her stuff is super cool. You will not find art like hers anywhere else. I believe she lives in NY city. Twitter is probably the best way to contact her. If you need a gift for a fan of dark, goth or trashy culture, Raven is your girl.

Oregon artist:

Lisa Wilde: SampleLisa Wilde: Lisa paints with bright colors and mixes the macabre with the beautiful to great effect. Utilizing pastels and deep shades of red, she creates wonderful art work that would be at home in your suburban home or a rock club. If you have a wall, she has something to put on it.

Art and Passion: Lisa Martin Stanhope Interview

Lisa Martin Stanhope - Passion and ArtAn old friend from high school recently started posting her paintings to Facebook, and being a curious soul, I wanted to learn more about her artistic resurgence. Not only did I receive permission to post her work, but Lisa Martin Stanhope provided a fantastic and thoughtful interview. We didn’t get too much into the mechanics of painting, but rather talked about who she is as a person and an artist. I think you’ll find Lisa as someone who has reached a healthy respect for her own talents. We could all learn from her passion and her symbiotic relationship with the muse.

Here is the interview in it’s entirety with minor edits for clarity and web formatting. Click here for the unedited version of the interview.

First things first. Please understand that I know nothing about art. If any of my questions appear to stem from ignorance, it is because they do, in fact, stem from ignorance.

How did you get started as an artist? Is it a passion that has always been with you? Does the urge ebb and flow?
My father used to work at a paper mill and would bring home huge pieces of card stock (bigger than me sometimes); I spent hours drawing from a young age (about 4) and progressed through the years through art classes in school, fist getting recognition when I was 11. I have always had a desire to create although, there have been big stretches of time where I didn’t always paint or draw (starting a family, working full time and loosing my confidence kept me from painting for many years). However, creativity in one form or another has always been a big part of my life and way of expression. My urge to create does ebb and flow especially with my emotions. I find painting a great and fantastic way to release stress, anxiety or any overwhelming emotions. I find this is when I create the most easily and feel the most satisfaction.

Do you have any modern influences in your work?
I have many modern influences in my work, too many to mention! Although I have studied famous artists in school, I find my greatest influences from the internet and the ‘average artist’. I spend hours looking at all kinds of work, and find inspiration everywhere from all those brave people who create regularly, post their work and share with, literally, the world. They have all helped me to see that I can find the courage to paint and share again. If I see something I especially like I will try it out, see how it feels, incorporate it into my next painting along with my own ideas or a different inspiration and see what happens there. Some artist’s work that I am currently drawn to are Miss Van Miss Van & Antonio Natale. I have always been in love with Klimt

Tell us a bit about your artistic process? How do you start a painting? What techniques do you use to complete a piece?
The artistic process…hmmm well,it’s an ongoing process! I’m always planning on a next piece, sometimes it’s just a vision that pops in my head or a piece that I’ve seen or something out in nature that inspires. I take pics with my camera phone or book mark pages, print out pics or sketch. Other times I just feel overwhelming emotions, had a bad day, I’m angry, I’m anxious, I’m happy and I just take out a piece of canvas and splatter on some paint and see what comes out. I do try to do something with my work on a regular basis.Starting and finishing a painting are sometimes the hardest part. Getting up the motivation to start and then knowing when to stop and not over do it.

What do you get out of your art? Is it cathartic? Inspirational? Something else?
I get a few different things our of my art. It is most definitely cathartic sometimes and [that is] when I feel I produce my most creative and expressive work. These are also the pieces that I get the most positive responses from others. Other times it’s a way to spend the time, just doing something I love and gets my mind off of other stresses of the day. I absolutely love sharing my work with my friends and family, I actually tend to give most of my work away to them!

What themes do you find in your art? I see a lot of flowing curves in your paintings. Is that intentional? Can any meaning be ascribed to the style?
Yes, very much so. I like to incorporate lots of flowing curves in my painting since this is what I am naturally drawn to, what I see in nature, what I feel when expressing an emotion. I adore the ocean, water, trees, movement. I’ve tried doing more structured pieces without them, apparently my subconscious won’t have it! My brush ends up making a swirl, circle, wave…I can’t help it!

Do you ascribe any meaning to certain colors?
I don’t necessarily ‘assign’ any kind of meaning in my colors. I am seeing that I tend to go through phases with what I use after my work is done. I use colors I am personally drawn to. After doing a few pieces I’ll take a look at the pictures I’ve taken of them and say to myself ‘Gee I guess I’m really into red lately’. I also really love metallic colors. If for nothing else but the way they reflect the light and how they look when it’s placed next to flatter colors. I first saw and appreciated this with Gustav Kimt’s work and as of late have used it in every piece I’ve painted.

Besides color, what do you portray in your art? Feelings, emotions, stories, etc…?
It’s not so much about capturing a particular feeling or emotion. I don’t say to myself,’ I feel really happy today, what happy painting can I make?’ I start with the idea or inspiration of what I’ve seen and what ever emotion comes out, comes out. I’ve created some work when furiously angry and upset with a personal issue in my life and after I’m done the painting, it actually looks peaceful or calm or bright. I’ve been in perfectly good moods and painted stuff that has come out with a much darker feel than I expected. I gave up on trying to force my work to reflect what I had set out to do in my mind. I’ve frustrated myself for years thinking ‘ This vision is what I want to paint – God, this turned out nothing like what I was going for…it’s crap!’ then throw it to the side. Now I just start with what I’ve envisioned, and go with the flow. If it’s not turning out the way I thought, I step back, look at what I have done and continue to work in whatever direction the art is taking me. What you see is the end result of that.

I ask this question to everyone I interview. This blog is about stories in word, film, music, art and life. What are some of your favorite stories in any of those domains?
I really love stories with lots of mood and details. Books – I actually am a HUGE Stephen King fan, love Anne Rice, also adore Anne Lamott. Movies – I really like Quentin Tarantino and the way he shows and tells the story. I, being a dreamy eyed chick, can’t help but love romantic films of all kinds. The Hairdresser’s Husband makes me cry every time. Music – oh man…I listen to the weirdest mix. I listen to artists like Lily Allen, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette then flip my Pandora station to T-Pain, Afroman or Ludacris. I love The Mamas and The Papas, The Everly Brothers and I am in love with Cake and System Of A Down. I know, go figure.

If you could tell the world anything at all, what would it be?
Be yourself, screw the haters, enjoy what you have to the fullest…..or just fake it ’til you can.

Danielle Tunstall: Official Photographer of Hell Hunters

Danielle Tunstall - Scary clown

Check out this article on horrorbug.com.

Tunstall is a supremely twisted and talented horror photographer, and will only make this show better with her work.

Here’s a quick excerpt

The producers of the upcoming TV series “Hell Hunters” are traveling in the fast lane and have just announced a new addition to the crew: English photographer Danielle Tunstall has come on board as the official still-photographer and graphic designer.

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Read my previous post on Danielle’s work to see more of her horrortastic photos

Story in Art: Makeup Artist Steph Koza – Young, Talented and Gory

Watch out horror world, there’s a new talent in town. She’s young, driven and gory. Even at seventeen-years-old, Steph Koza of Placebo FX has been perfecting her craft for five years. She’s very good at what she does, and ready to branch out into more advanced special effects.

Read this interview to see the passion Steph has for horror and special effects makeup. I can’t wait to see the first horror movie with her effects in it.

How did you get into creating makeup special effects?

My older brothers started putting on a haunted house in our front yard and porch when I was pretty young. When I was 12, I decided I wanted to try being an actress in it. I did my very first FX makeup application on October 31st, 2006. Basically all I did was white out my face, and do horrible black raccoon eyes. That was my best attempt at zombie makeup. I quickly fell madly in love with the costume and makeup aspect of it all. Each year, I would start preparing more and more in advance. In 2009, I went to my first real haunted house (Knotts Scary Farm), and that just tipped me over the edge. I knew then that I wanted to devote my life to the world of horror and special effects..

Do you plan to get into other types of special effects?

I’m hoping to learn a bit about animatronics and puppets, actually!

Do you envision yourself doing this for a living?

Absolutely. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

What makes a good model for you? Do specific looks matter? Attitude?

Looks really don’t matter, unless I need something specific for a character. What I look for is someone who is VERY patient (makeup application can take up to several hours of sitting very still), a decent actor/actress, and being a little eccentric never hurts, either.

Do you consider yourself an artist? Why or why not?

Absolutely. There are a few people who would disagree, and I just plain don’t understand that. Doing makeup is much like any other form of art. You have to have a good concept of color and shading, a steady hand, and a vivid imagination.

Can I assume you are a horror fan? If so, what is it about horror that attracts you?

I’ve been attracted to darker things since I was about 10 or 11. I’m not sure if I can pinpoint what I find so attractive about it. I’m just very drawn to it.

What scares you?

Demons. Movies like Rec 2, The Exorcist, and The Last Exorcism always creep me out.

What would you like me to add to this interview?

Something that almost always throws people for a loop is the fact that I am a Christian. (So I also believe in demons. There’s the reason for that fear.) I think people look at my art and assume I worship the devil, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. I often get asked if I believe that creating such grisly work is a sin, and I honestly don’t think so. I know that the Lord is the one who gave me my talent, and even my youth pastor thinks what I do is cool.

Another fun little thing that people sometimes find interesting: I’m a paranormal investigator. (You can find some of my EVPs at my YouTube channel, PlaceboFXParanormal.)

Horror Photographer Danielle Tunstall – 28 Creepy Photos

Danielle Tunstall with a gun

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then every photograph ought to tell a story. Sometimes that story is rich in detail, with backdrops, plots, and subplots. Other times it shows us deeper emotions. Danielle Tunstall focuses on powerful emotions to disturb the viewer.

Look at these pictures and imagine the fear, sadness, and horror hidden within. Let them haunt your dreams and stoke your creativity. What stories do they tell? What deep down meaning lies just out of reach in the settings and characters Danielle captures?

Daniell Tunstall broke into photography a few years ago when she came in last place out of three hundred contestants in an online photo contest. From there, she honed her craft, and developed a passion for photography that melded with her love of horror. The combination makes her a unique artist with stories to tell.

What I like most about Danielle’s work is the emotion she creates. Her pictures are often simple in that they focus on a character with little setting. The effect concentrates not on horror’s impact to man, but instead, man’s horrific impact on the world. Her work shows us that anger, hate, fear and death come from within, and it is our burden to overcome this dangerous nature lurking inside.

Check out the creepy, and horrific pictures, and let me know what you think in the comments. Also, give Danielle a shout out on Twitter (@d_tunstall).

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