I collaborate with my boyfriend’s brother Cris on a lot of artwork, which is tons of fun, but I recently moved on to another Kirkwood. The lovely Cat is a talented artist herself, and while she certainly doesn’t need me, I sure did enjoy making this piece.
The background is an image of the Arizona desert that I took while trekking about last year. The sky is actually shot from an airplane, probably on my way to Arizona. Doesn’t it look upside down? It will now. The wildebeest and the ostrich are pictures I took at some nature preserve here in Texas (while I was with Cat). Flamingos are from SeaWorld (again, while with Cat, and don’t go there!). The leaves are from my backyard. The dead roses are from my sweet Mom (they were alive when she gave them to me). The basket, rope, and body of the girl, ripped off manipulation from I don’t remember. Annnnnnnnd, the head of the girl is the wicked cool drawing by Cat. It’s a pen and ink drawing that I filled in with Photoshop. There you have it, another Butler/Kirkwood collaboration.
Started a Rat Fairy series a few years back and just finished the third and final piece. I’m out of my twenties and don’t fancy selfies so much anymore so if you know any cheap models send them my way.
Another image using a Cris Kirkwood watercolor painting (with permission and enthusiasm of course). So a couple months back my Mom and her husband wanted to take my niece and myself on a lunch cruise. I cringed at the idea of course but begrudgingly went along to not hurt her feelings. It wasn’t cheap by the way. Needless to say it was rather tortuous but I loved being in the company that I was in and some good did come of it. For instance, the cherry blossoms. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a cherry blossom tree or just didn’t notice one before but I did on this day and thankfully snapped some shots on my iPhone while cruising down the Potomac. Naturally, when I capture anything of beauty, I have to add something ridiculous, meaningless, and goofy to make it well rounded enough for me to enjoy tomorrow. So that’s exactly what I did. I “spruced” it up.