Damn Fine

*Phew* I finally completed a new cross stitch pattern! This one is taken from one of my “One Hour Project” designs I did back in February. Inspired by Twin Peaks, this “Damn Fine” cup of coffee is straight out of the Double R Diner, with a Red Room chevron accent to remind you that the Owls are not what they seem…

What, no Cherry Pie?If you are feeling crafty, KITS are available in the Happi Shoppe so that you can make your own “Damn Fine” cross stitch [it includes everything you’ll need! How thoughtful, right?!].

The Man From Another Place is not included… but if you want to make your own, you can download the template for FREE [eff aar double eee!] here: MFAP Template [all you need is one sheet of card-stock or photo paper, regular paper is too thin, and a printer].

One Hour Project

Earlier this month, I decided that I would play a little more with digital art in the way that I used to when I was first learning how to use Photoshop and Illustrator. Taking images and playing with text purely for fun. I wanted to tap into something that was pure, rough, and not over thought. So limited myself to one hour per piece. Right now, I’m just doing them as I fancy it, but maybe in the future I’ll instill a “at least one a week” rule. Anywho… here is a collection of the pieces I put together in February:

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The last one was specifically for Twin Peaks Day [February 24th was when Laura Palmer was found… dead… wrapped in plastic… thus beginning David Lynch’s tale of small town life with deep horrible secrets… not to be confused with Blue Velvet]. And I may have cheated a little on that one, taking more than an hour if you tally up all the time, but to quote Cartman, “Whateva, whateva, I can do what I want.”

Don’t Be a Hater, Dear

Myrtle Snow Cross Stitch

Myrtle Snow “Don’t Be A Hater, Dear”

When I was in eighth grade, on a lark I took a sewing class as an elective [yes, I just said “on a lark,” I’m totally bringing it back]. It was something that I really enjoyed and had fun doing. One of the first techniques we learned was how to cross stitch.

Fast forward, for some unknown reason, the desire to do a little cross stitching popped into my head last month. I wanted to do something a little more tongue in cheek kitsch and less “grandma’s kitchen.” Naturally, I turned my attention to the kitsch-tacular Coven season of American Horror Story. If anyone stole the season, it was Frances Conroy’s Myrtle Snow. Her character’s motives were confusing through out the season. Often times, leaving me wondering if she was a good witch or a wicked witch. I won’t spoil it for anyone, but what I can say is Myrtle was definitely the most quotable character that season.

So I took her inspirational quote “Don’t be a hater, dear” and applied it to my mad cross stitch skills. Initially, I had designed a full character, but realized that I had purchased the wrong fabric count for the initial design:

Had I not cut the fabric already for a 4×6 frame, I could have continued with the piece and just finished it in a larger frame. Sadly, I had to regroup and work with what I had. So I did a quick remix of the design and adapted it accordingly.

I am actually much more pleased with the simpler version [for the 4×6 frame], so everything happens for a reason, right? The first one has already been claimed, but I will be starting on a second one post haste, so if you are interested, dear reader, place your order now at: The Happi Shoppe. I do still plan on doing the full figure as some sort of deluxe version, so stay tuned. And if you are interested in purchasing a “kit” [pattern, thread, etc] to take on the project yourself, just send me an email: happidevil at yahoo.com…

Show Follow Up

Forgot to share some of the pics from last weeks show at WE Labs…

Happi Devil Stuart Lil Devils

… also snagged this great piece by @rhettjohnsonartist tonight…

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… plus, left Mr Roboto Space Explorer to be found…

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WE Labs Art Show

Just a quick reminder that the WE SHOW Opening Reception in on December 17th [next Wednesday!] at 6:30. I will have a couple of pieces on display for their inaugural show. If you are in Long Beach, please come on by and check it out. The event is free [obviously] but RSVPs are encouraged at EventBrite.com. The Arts Council for Long Beach is sponsoring the show, so that’s pretty fun!

Here are the details:

The WE Show has its Artists!

Opening Reception: December 17th, 6:30PM to 9PM.

With so many tremendous submissions for our inaugural WE Show, we had a very difficult time narrowing the field and making final selections. In the spirit of collaboration that we utilize every day, we decided to open with a show representing a wide variety of artists emblematic of Long Beach’s art scene. Together, the incredibly diverse artists represented in this first round are truly a cross section of the contemporary art community, highlighting the artistic renaissance we are lucky to be living through together here in Long Beach. Enjoy!

Congratulations to the artists below, selected for our first ever WE Show: 

Alex Diffin
Barry Rothstien
Caryn Baumgartner
Christine Lee Smith
Christine Nguyen
Connie Lane
Daniel Brezenoff
David Van Patten
Eric Almanza
Gazelle Samizay
Greg Jacobs
Jason Weinlein
Jose Loza
Kay Erickson
Kenny McBride
Linda L. Carlson
Marla Lombard
Michele Rene
Renee Tanner
Rhett Johnson
Scott Burchard
Sherry Ray Von
Susan MacLeod
Walter Focht III

 *Please note: Arts Council for Long Beach is a sponsor of this event, but did not participate in the artist selection process. The curatorial team was put together by WE Labs. Although free, this is an invitation only/ticketed event and space is limited. Bar and appetizers provided.

WE Labs are located in the Pacific Tower:

235 E Broadway 
#800
Long Beach, CA 90802

Hope to see you there!

Audrey II, the Piranha Plant

The process of painting in four easy steps:

STEP ONE: The Sketch

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STEP TWO: The Vector Trace

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STEP THREE: Paint

 

STEP FOUR: Enjoy

Audrey II: The Piranha Plant


Acrylic on Canvas
Measures: 28.5″ x 32.5″ [with Frame]
Available for Purchase, please email for purchase inquiries: happidevil(at)yahoo.com

The Secret Life of Mother Nature and Machines [redux]

While I was interning in London, I had the opportunity to take an experimental photography class. In that class, we used several different processing and printing procedures to create unique print effects, all done analog style. Yeah, these things could have easily been replicated in Photoshop with a far more precise effect, but then where is the fun in that? It’s sort of like that exciting feeling when you have a roll of film processed [“How are the pictures going to come out?” or “Oh, I totally forgot about that picture!”… those exciting little moments].

But I digress.

I presented my prints in the form of a photographic story: The Secret Life of Mother Nature and Machines, or Welcome to the Apocalypse. I had also created a Macromedia Flash [yes, it was that long ago] presentation.

Fast forward, I was sorting through some archived files and came across the Flash SWF for the original presentation I had put together. I was still really pleased with how the images came out, but wanted to rework the wording a bit [and pull it out of the Flash]. Since I couldn’t find the original source files, I dug out the original images and re-scanned them.

So, without further yammering, here is the revised project:

The Secret Life of Mother Nature and Machines

Please to enjoy… !