Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Does the Top Stop?

Last summer the movie screens were rocked by "Inception" and my boyfriend was definitely not the one to be immune to the craze. He scoured the internet for images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's suit, made sure the DVD was included in his Christmas wish list, and downloaded the soundtrack to listen to at leisure. When I came across this poster on it almost seemed like it would be offensive to my Leo-loving boyfriend to pass it up.

Adam Juresko is the mastermind behind this poster, and he also has plenty more awesome movie posters to choose from on his etsy shop (TheArtOfAdamJuresko). I was pretty partial towards this poster because of the design and layout, whereas my boyfriend was enthralled with how it depicts the movie (so a win-win). We both agreed that Adam's shop included some of the best movie posters on etsy, not to mention the transaction was smooth and he was more than willing to answer all my questions (and I ask a lot!) very quickly.

So anyway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt...

[from] etsy and here

Aboriginal Art


These pieces of art are by an aboriginal artist named Jeannie Mills Pwerle. This is one of the bookmarks on my computer that I have visited endlessly for about a year now. I finally decided to try to recreate this piece because I figured, how hard could it be? To answer that for you, it is very simple and costs close to nothing compared to the pricetag for an original by the aboriginal. (I had to)

  • Acrylic paints in any color that suits your fancy (some bought at Hobby Lobby for $0.99 and some already owned)
  • Paintbrush with a decent width (already owned)
  • Canvas (I used an 11x14 bought at Hobby Lobby for $3.00)

There's not too much technique to this, but I basically dipped my paintbrush into about two or three of the colors and took it to the canvas for a single stroke. Here is one up close. I love how you can see the different colors in the one stroke.

After doing strokes all over the canvas, I was left with this. It took about 20-30 minutes.

I was playing back and forth on a scrap piece of paper about whether to add the dots in between each stroke, but my parents convinced me to leave it as it was. I have to say that I agree. I love the dots on Jeannie's work, but I was pretty satisfied with my piece without the dots.

And now the finished piece hung on the wall. I love the color that it can bring to any room and how easy it is to master. You can make it totally unique with different colors and lengths.