Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
this is a part of the series that got hung in a gallery show. for a lot of them i tried to paint stuff that no one would ever request. one of my friends that came to see the show predicted that this would be the last one on the wall. she was incorrect. it got taken when about half of them were gone. if i were going to request a painting from me i'd ask for this. it was tough to part with it.
Posted by Ali Spagnola at 11:07 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
owen is a baby hippo. mzee is a 100 year old tortoise. they exist in real life. and they're friends. owen was rescued after being swept into the indian ocean by tsunami waves. he was separated from his mother so he started following around mzee in the animal facility. now they do everything together including swimming, eating and sleeping. they're best fwends.
Posted by Ali Spagnola at 9:55 AM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
i actually CHOSE to do this pet portrait. the requester gave me other options to paint that were more open and not a pop art tribute to an aphonic best friend based on a photo. but i wanted to paint this cat because of it's insane expression and pose. look at his eyes in the photograph. he looks like his mind is running like crazy and he's about to crack. though i did make him more pleasant looking in the painting.
Posted by Ali Spagnola at 9:50 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
this monster is based on a muppet seen in this sketch from the Ed Sullivan show in 1969. the sketch took me off guard because i expect more kid friendly material from muppets. the monster could be pretty upsetting to kids and the little girl character ends up being violent. i like it when the monster says "snarf wrach carundridge" and makes it rain. apparently monsters have magical powers.
Posted by Ali Spagnola at 10:42 AM
Saturday, July 19, 2008
i was asked to paint a wave based on the drawing below. this is the first time a requester has drawn what they want their painting to look like. i was glad to get the picture to base it on because she clearly had something very specific in mind and i wanted to get it right (as always).
Posted by Ali Spagnola at 8:29 AM
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
i traded this painting for some gourmet cupcakes. they were amazing! chocolate raspberry filled with nutella or mango preserves, topped with chocolate ganache!
the girl who made them for me is a cupcake (and also robot) aficionado. she even is a part of a website called CupcakeFetish and she posted about our trade. She is the CEO at a company that makes robots so a cupcakebot is very appropriate.
Posted by Ali Spagnola at 1:11 PM