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Tueday Night At The Crescent

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Often I will find a "thing", a little something that I know I want to use in another something, but I don't know what that something will be yet... so it sits on my workbench, on the edge of my imagination until an idea clicks into clarity (or I have an impending show and I need another piece). This one came from a pencil sharpener. I was doing a murder mystery last year and one of the strange red-herring clues I used to implicate a suspect was this little blue plastic pencil sharpener shaped like a boom box. It wound up coming home with me in my detective bag and I realized I had to use it in something. It took until yesterday to figure out what...
Last night,  I turned it into a tribute to the singers at my favorite Seattle karaoke bar!

Surf's Up!

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Meanwhile, in between artshows, I  squeezed out another commission! My friend Alex Harrington is getting married to the lovely Brandy this weekend. They seem to be doing everything right for their wedding (by which I mean that they are doing everything  just the way they damned well please!).
They have a favorite movie...

It stars these two... lovebirds.

...so why would they have a guy in a penguin suit on top of their cake when they can have the real thing?
Alex's Mom, the amazing and talented Kim Groff-Harrington, commissioned me to create the two leads, Cody and Lani, to sit atop the wedding cake!

I do all sorts of commissions for folks, sometimes original work, but often, images or characters that are already out there in the collective consciousness, superheroes, movie stars, even beloved pets. This piece was an interesting challenge, since the characters are so stylized, but the more I worked with them, the more attached I got to them. Ultimately, I think I did a pretty …