Art o’ Mine

I have some pictures of my artwork that have been taking up space on my camera since before Thanksgiving. I figured it was time to show them off blog-style.

All Hail the Heartbreaker lyrics, The Spill Canvas lyrics, The Spill Canvas

This is a piece that I did for my friend Shannon. I started with a 22×30 inch piece of watercolor paper and stained it with yellow ochre watercolor and sepia ink. I burned the edges on a tiki torch of all things, then I did the lettering. The words are lyrics from The Spill Canvas song “All Hail the Heartbreaker.”

Black Holes

This is an 8×10″ acrylic painting called “Black Holes” that I did while visiting DZ in Miami. I didn’t really go in with a set plan and ended up getting really frustrated with it, but once I used that anger, it started to become something I liked.

This is a portrait that I drew of one of my best friends, DZ. She didn’t have any drawing paper at her apartment so I used canvas paper and charcoal pencils, which is why it looks gritty. In some ways it feels like I drew a portrait of Jennifer Aniston, which is a nice compliment to DZ.

Being an unemployed graduate from an art school, my favorite way to do Christmas presents is to make them. This year I made mixed CDs for friends and family, which is not uncommon for me. The part that was really cool was that I painted the album art for each one with watercolors. Here are two that came out well:

This is the cover for a Slightly Stoopid mix that I made for my brother Paul.

This is the cover of a CD mix that I made for my grandma. It’s a portrait of my dad and me.

Not all of the art that I did over the holidays was two-dimensional.

This was an arrangement of white pine and holly and other trimmings cut from my grandma’s yard.

So that is the extent of my holiday artwork, I hope you enjoyed it.

 

What I’m listening to

1987: Dad at 17 years old with me

I’ve always been a playlist kind of person. I believe that music can completely affect the mood you’re in and even save your life. My dad says that every morning, before he wakes up and starts thinking about all the shit he has to do that day, he puts on a CD and cranks it as loud as the Bose will go.  He says that he has all of the mixes I’ve made since the summer of 2005. Hearing that inspired me to make a new CD for him. I titled it “Sunshine of Your Love”. Here are the tracks:

America – Simon and Garfunkel

Overkill (Acoustic version) – Colin Hay

Blossom – Candlebox

Lucky Trumble – Nancy Wilson (from the Almost Famous soundtrack)

Thank You – Led Zeppelin

Lakeside Park – Rush

Around the Bend – Pearl Jam

Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

Wet Sand – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sunshine of Your Love – Cream

Box of Rain – The Grateful Dead

Lightning Crashes – Live

Harvest Moon – Neil Young

Us and Them – Pink Floyd

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones

Rivers of Babylon – Sublime

1988: Dad and Sarah

Savannah Record and ‘Zine Fair

Savannah, vinyl, record fair, 'zine, zine

I’m really excited about the 2010 Savannah Record and ‘Zine Fair on Saturday April 10. It will be held at River Club from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. I went to the one last October and had a blast. I met some really cool people and bought some awesome records for cheap. Here’s the article I wrote on the ‘Zine Fair:

Vinyl, Mustaches, and Sean Connery at the 2009 Savannah Record and ‘Zine Fair

By Sarah

SCAD students and Savannah residents flocked to the Savannah Record and ‘Zine Fair on Saturday October 24, 2009 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Oglethorpe House ballroom to browse the record and CD collections and to purchase ‘zines. The vendors at the fair included:

  • District
  • SCAD Radio
  • Loose Lucy’s
  • Cat’s Music and DVDs from Charleston
  • Jesse Lockman
  • Mustache Magazine
  • many other ‘zine self-publishers

Both doors to the ballroom were open and the cool, wet breeze was wafting through the ballroom. Filled with hipsters, sequential students, tattooed people, and average Joes, the room vibrated with the sounds of SCAD Radio broadcasting live.

Is vinyl really better?

“I love vinyl,” said Galen Hudson, district manager of Cat’s Music and DVDs. “I’ve always been a vinyl fanatic. I prefer vinyl to CDs and I definitely prefer it to mp3. The sound can’t be beat. The experience is better.”

Many vinyl enthusiasts maintain that the analog format of music is superior to digital because it provides a richer, warmer tone. Higher frequencies, such as vocals and cymbals, tend to sound thin and harsh on digital, while they sound more natural on vinyl.

Mustache Magazine

Olivia Accardo, a film major, and her roommate Genevieve Chasty, a photography major, are both first-year SCAD students from Hopatcong, N.J. They, along with Natalie Cutitta, a student at the University of New Jersey, self-publish Mustache Magazine, a zine devoted to underground music in New Jersey. They plan to focus the next edition of Mustache Magazine on the Savannah music scene.

Sean Connery’s out of T.P.

“The Everyday Sean Connery” is a zine published by Graham Abbott and Hannah Gregus, who are both fourth-year illustration majors. Abbott is from Buffalo, N.Y. and Gregus is from Charlotte, Mich. The first page of the zine shows Connery saying, “Wier aout of tchoilet peipa!” “He’s just one of us and, you know, he runs out of toilet paper too,” said Abbott.

Mustache Magazine

Genevieve Chasty (left) and Olivia Accardo (right) holding up editions of Mustache Magazine.