Music Store Free Paintings Portfolio

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Perhaps He's a Marketing Genius

this is my rendition of the monkey that went viral after he was found wandering around an ikea in a shearling coat. saying a "monkey went viral" sounds much more scary than it actually was. though i'm pretty mad he could get so many views just by being small and cute in a coat in a furniture store. i've done that before and no one cared.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Banana Split, Split Up into Two Paintings

sorry i forgot to post yesterday. it's ok, though, because now today is dessert themed!

i want to paint an "after" version of this where he's got a bite missing and looks horrified.

i went to college at Carnegie Mellon University. the student body was just the right size for there to be campus "celebrities" that you wouldn't know personally but stood out from the crowd. there was cape girl, cape guy, orange guy (dyed his hair orange and only wore orange clothes), unicycle girl, shoeless programmer, etc. when i was a sophomore, i had a mission to give myself a quirky attribute in order to become one of these recognizable people.

i tested several things before settling on the right one. for a while i tried to be "tool belt girl" and wore a tool belt instead of a purse. but i went to study abroad and having your wallet out in the open like that isn't so great in some foreign countries. then, i tried being "respirator girl". this didn't stand out enough because plenty of art majors had respirators for spray paints, solvents, etc. then, -- and this is why this painting made me think of this story -- i wanted to be "always carrying a banana girl". i thought this was pretty great because it's a mixture of goofy (because bananas peels are comedic) and violent (because it feels like you're holding a gun) and phallic (because, well... you know) and practical (because i always had a healthy snack at a moments notice). but it really didn't stand out enough. no one notices when you're always carrying a banana. so i finally landed on wearing two different shoes and i've been "mismatched shoe girl" ever since.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Or Ruined a Perfectly Good Building Painting

this request was for the space needle and the mascot for the seattle aquarium, Leonard G. Fish. ruined a perfectly good floating fish bag painting with that tiny building.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

This Is How I Have a Merry Christmas

this request was for a "self portrait staring at someone you are gaga for. nerdy, starry-eyed and drooling okay, but prefer no drool." well, the nerdy part was easy but i had trouble holding back the drool.

No, There Was No WOPR In the Lion King

oops... was too busy hanging out with my family to remember to post yesterday. here's yesterday's and i'll post christmas' painting next!

what do this machine and Nathan Lane have in common? they've both acted with Matthew Broderick.

Monday, December 23, 2013

This Makes Pet and Child Portraits Seem More Tolerable

don't worry, it's not a pet portrait. it's a child portrait dressed as a pet. who says cat ladies have to be childless?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Giant, Killer Dragonfly

you're standing on the beach and this dragonfly is right in your face? or are you standing on the beach and this dragonfly is a mile out into the ocean?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

No Puns Today, Folks

this... is a marshmallow napoleon riding a möbius strip. you win, requester. i can't say anything funny about your painting because you've stalled my brain with an overload of nonsense.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Come to Tink of It

for this request, i couldn't tink straight. instead i had her bend at the waist because i didn't want to tink outside the box. but it's the first request for this character so i didn't have to tink twice. ok, who do i tink i'm kidding? this is a character created by a disney artist but it's ok because great minds tink alike.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

What Does the Superhero Stylebook Say?

yesterday's and today's painting were actually commissioned as a pair. why is Wonder Woman two words and Superman one?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wonder Woman Happened Today

it's my birthday! and today's request just so happens to be for Wonder Woman (because i shuffled it ahead a couple days). it's a sign!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Well It's Expensive to Stop Ethnic Stereotyping

this is the Chicago Blackhawks logo. i'm pretty sure his name is Chief Culturally Insensitive.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Harrison Ford of His Species (Plus Some Logo Thing)

two paintings today because i'm making up for forgetting to post yesterday!

another company logo. more timeless art.

the actual chewbacca in the movie is, like, super unpleasing to look at. so i had to make some serious adjustments to cute-ify him. though i guess i don't know what i'm talking about because i'm a human. i'm sure he's a hearthrob in the wookiee world.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Or Should It Be Two Pilgrim Paintings?

what? another native american request? did i get posted on some native american blog? i should make two cowboy paintings to even it out.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

That's Headbanging Hair If I've Ever Seen It

this is a kokopelli, a figure from some Native American cultures. he represents the spirit of music. and also he's a fertility deity. i guess in every culture/era rockstars are sex symbols.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Teddy Is Also Excited

this painting is clearly occurring on saturday morning. that's the face of a girl that woke up to pee and realized she can go back to bed immediately afterward.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Always Protects Those Hands, Though

from hockey to biking, this penguin is too reckless for a helmet.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Tolerate My Art

this requester wanted the presbyterian cross painted in the colors of the bisexual flag. according to wikipedia, attitudes in presbyterianism toward homosexuality vary, ranging from outright condemnation to complete acceptance. interesting to think that this painting would get a wide range of responses from people within the same church. or maybe they'd just all be mad that i destroyed the sanctity of their brand by not using the colors they set forth in their visual identity.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

And Natural Formal Wear

his wings may not work but he was born with natural ice skates.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Timeless Art

a company called "sounds true" had me paint their logo. i would show you a picture of the original graphic but i'm too lazy to upload it to my server. just google "sounds true" and see for yourself. though to be fair, the company may be gone by the time i finish typing this.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Leader of the Autobots and Higher Education

this is a request from someone who also attended my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. he asked me to paint what i think our mascot should be. well, he picked the right person for the job because i have some inside info.

i was actually a member of the group that oversaw choosing the current mascot. our sports teams are called the "tartans" which is a type of plaid. (yikes.) and the school put together some students and faculty to decide a mascot to represent us. that group ran a survey to let the students pick. the ranking was as follows:

3. a highlander
2. a scottie dog
1. optimus prime

yep. the students thought optimus prime should be our mascot -- via write-in votes -- by a HUGE margin. it was absurd and awesome.

yet, the students did not win. our mascot is now the scottie dog. cool. but nowhere near as cool as the sentient, transforming robot that we deserve.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

King Sized Allergies

this is why we should ban horse-cat marriage.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Cute Painting About Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

lately, there's been lots of controversy over the health effects of being an NFL player. though this is a logo for a Nebraska team's defense, i think it's more fitting for the sport in general. football helmet + the poison symbol. (plus it's adorable to make the problem more palatable.)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pop-Arting a Perfect Pic

i love this photo! the coloring, the grain, the ambiance, his expression, the out-of-focus background. that camera has such an awesome feel to it. i'd take it over an iPhone any day.

Monday, December 2, 2013

I Refuse to Punctuate Poorly

i have to admit, i made an adjustment to this request. this would be the first time i didn't paint exactly what the requester wanted... he asked that it say "I love you Alexus". i couldn't bring myself to leave out the comma.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Dodos Needed Bazookas

i think we should give all endangered animals weapons. even the playing field.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Not So Effortless Style

you'd better appreciate this look because it took him 20 years to tie that bowtie.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

My "Tour Was a Success" Face

i'm home from the Freedom Victory Tour!! it was absolutely incredible! ahhh!! i can't believe i actually partied across the country :) thank you to everyone that helped make it happen and came to party with me! now that i've returned, it's time for painting again! it's pretty funny that today's request was for a self portrait of me giving the thumbs up. this is how i feel after having crossed the nation playing music and having a blast.

this is what it's like to be me every morning looking in the mirror.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Apparently Touring + Painting = Impossible

ooook. i haven't posted in almost a week now. i've been on tour. i thought i'd be able to keep this up from the tour bus (read: RV) but i totally can't make it happen. i'm sorry, dear Free Painting fans. i will return to arting when i'm back from traveling the nation playing my musics. thanks for understanding and not unsubscribing and not thinking i'm lazy :) i'll see ya in about a month!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Truth in Black and White

a panda's natural habitat is a newspaper factory. this explains how they've evolved such great natural camouflage.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quantity to Achieve Quality

this is the third time i've painted this subject. my paintings of PBR are just like actual PBR... the more there are, the better they get.

Makes It Easier to Recognize Us In Paintings

i met this requester in person when he came to one of my concerts. he was wearing a brightly colored shirt and bow tie. but not this brightly colored shirt and bow tie. i do believe he has many. it's his "thing". as someone who has mismatched her shoes for about 8 years, i appreciate his commitment to personal branding.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Height of Fashion Quo

i was going to feel vaguely sexist for putting a bow in this lemming's hair when the requester asked for a "girl lemming". then i realized the concept behind lemmings is that they have no originality or individual voice. so it's perfect that this girl lemming has a bow. duh. that's what all girl lemmings do.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Very Average Dudegal

this is minecraft steve. a generic, genderless representation of a human being. i guess steve is a girl's name now.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Inflection and Body Language Is All You Really Need

the final geek-themed painting in my geek-themed series of six. the only word "Pikachu" can say is "Pikachu". i think i'll start only saying "Ali" from now on.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Freedom Victory Tour!

my Freedom Victory Tour is officially happening!! check it out :)

come party with me when i'm in your town! the shows i have booked are below and i'm working on more!!

Oct. 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Arcade Theater

Oct. 17 - Cleveland, OH - Barley House

Oct. 18 - Chicago, IL - Goose Island (Wrigleyville)

Oct. 19 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews

Oct. 20 - Madison, WI - The Frequency

Oct. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - Burts Tiki Lounge

Oct. 27 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge

Oct. 28 - Portland, OR - Alhambra Theater

Nov. 2 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mint

Nov. 15 - Orlando, FL - World of Beer

Nov. 16 - Charlotte, NC - World of Beer

Nov. 18 - Baltimore, MD - Midtown BBQ

Nov. 19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Voltage Lounge

Nov. 20 - Boston, MA - The Middle East

Nov. 21 - Washington, DC - The Tree House Lounge

Nov. 22 - New York, NY - Wicked Willy's

Nov. 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe

This Advice Is Sound (Even in the Vacuum of Space)

the fifth painting in my geek-themed series. if you ever find yourself as a storm trooper, you'd better assert yourself. and take off that helmet. also, say your own name as much as you can. and do it fast because you were created to be anonymous and ready to be lasered.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Some Thick Frames to Complement Those Overalls

here is number four in my series of six geek-themed paintings. this geek needs to put his glasses back on. he's looking a little cross-eyed.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Armed Geek

geek-themed painting number three of six. but don't tell him i said that. i don't want to get stabbed.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Enlarged to Show Texture

number two of six in my geek-themed series. they are not to scale compared with each other. otherwise this snitch would take up 1% of the canvas in order to be the right size for yesterday's tardis.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Geeks Need Love, Too

this is the first in a series of six paintings going to a couple getting married this month. there will be six tables at their reception and each of them will have a different geeky theme. i shall be painting those six geeky themes over the next six days.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Yes, I Just Asked for This to Be a Pet Portrait

come on, science! i want a kirby as a pet. make one already.

Friday, October 4, 2013

I've Never Typed Platypus So Much in My Life

this is a duck-billed platypus. are there other types of platypuses that we must specify he is duck-billed?? are there elephant-trunked platypuses? wolf-snouted platypuses? human-nosed platypuses? his feet look ducky, too, so why not duck-footed platypus? how about a dollar-billed platypus? or a duck-and-cover platypus? what about a platypus-billed platypus?