Archive for December, 2010

The 2010 “No Duh” Awards

December 30, 2010
Tonya 's Interior Design Style

Tonya 's Interior Design Style

This time of year, it is customary for news outlets to review the top stories of the year. We decided to do the same, with an award to our favorite artists we are calling the “No Duh” Awards.  Drop us a note and let us know who you think deserves a “No Duh.”

Best in “Duh” Show for most unique look & most memorable:
1) Tonya’s Pink Walls Post on Interior Design

I’ve never seen a home quite like Tonya’s. A true original, her  style was one of the first things I wanted to blog about and remains one of my favorites today.

Wizard Wear

Wizard Wear

Fav Fashion Post
1) Harry Pottah, Why Do you Frequent the Gap?

I spent way too much time on this one, analyzing the costume design in movies is a blast! Perhaps we could start an Artduh Fashion version of Mystery Science Theater.

Van Gogh Self Portrait

Van Gogh Self Portrait

Fav “No Duh” Art History Lessons
1) Van Gogh
2) Max Ernst
3) Don Olsen

Reading Todd’s art history lessons is one of my favorite things about the blog. And we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers that they enjoy the bite-sized teaching moments too. I’m hoping my co-editor will do more of these in 2011. Since these artists are dead, the award goes to our friend Carrie Poulsen for being most appreciative of these lessons.

Joe Bennion Pot

Joe Bennion Pot

Fav local artist profile:
1) Joe Bennion
2) Melanie McGee
3) Shawna Powelson

Perhaps its because these folks are my friends. Perhaps its because I’ve been collecting their art for years. I’m not sure, but these profiles stayed with me all year as fantastic memories.

Bea Arthur by Veronica De Jesus

Bea Arthur by Veronica De Jesus

Fav undead artist who isn’t from Utah:
1) Veronica Dejesus
2) Jesse Reno

We had a great time getting to know these artists who we’d been admiring for years.

People’s Choice award.
1) Dale Erected my Xmas Tree

This silly post lets us live up to our name. I can’t believe how popular it was considering how little time I spent writing it.

Happy 2011!

Bizzaro Dale

Bizzaro Dale

The Most Dressiest Night of the Year

December 28, 2010
Ron, Missy and their Bulldog Look great for NY Eve

Ron, Missy and their Bulldog Look great for NY Eve

You’d be hard pressed to find a gal with more passion for Salt Lake City than I have. From the pioneer architecture to the local art scene to the winding trails out my downtown back door, I love my little city. But one thing about SLC leaves me wanting. People here don’t like to dress up! Come on now folks, there are occasions that call for the Birkenstocks and t-shirts to head to the back of the closet. That’s why I’m always glad when January rolls around because New Year’s eve inspires many folks to put on their silver pants, low cut black tops and favorite heels and party the night away.

Today, we’re bringing you the great taste of one Salt Lake City couple who have made a life out of vintage. Missy Baber owns Misc Boutique on Broadway, and fills the store with affordable vintage women’s clothing. I got my now legendary dark brown ¾ length faux fur coat at her store for under $35, you can see it in our Christmas card post. And Missy’s man, Ron Green, owns the Green Ant vintage furniture store next door. Together, they help make our town a little more stylish. And here is what they are wearing for New Year’s Eve:

Missy, wearing items from the late 1950s to the early 1960s:

Beautiful Missy

Beautiful Missy

- Metallic brocade empire maxi dress – $42
- Vintage fur scarf $32
- Gold mesh metal evening purse $24

Ron, wearing items from the 1960’s:
- White tuxedo jacket $42
- Tuxedo shirt – $18
- Tuxedo pants $24
- Studs & cuff links

Even their bulldog is looking cute in a little bow tie.

Missy offers these fashion tips for New Year’s Eve, “I am all about comfort as well as fit and I love maxi dresses especially in winter because they provide warmth which is also why I love vintage fur accents!  Also you can ditch your shoes and not feel like you lost an essential component of your outfit.”

Drop us a note or a photo and let us know what you’re wearing to kick off 2011. And to get the look for yourself, visit Misc Boutique at 179 East Broadway in Salt Lake City.

A Christmas Print

December 26, 2010

jamesjean.com

Here is a copy of a print by James Jean that I got my Anna for Christmas. Quick and easy post today, but nice to look at :)

Happy Holidays!

Artduh’s Convenient Christmas Shopping Guide

December 23, 2010
Todd Shows His Fav Drink at the E-Z Mart

Todd Shows His Fav Drink at the E-Z Mart

Todd and I have found a way to make neighborhood convenience store owners very, very uncomfortable. Go into their stores and snap pictures of their products to post on a blog. I guess they haven’t heard of the term “free publicity,” because they acted like we were robbing them blind. Do they think a photo can steal the soul of a bag of chips?

Anyway, I wanted to do a post to make Christmas very, very easy, especially if you haven’t started yet. Simply stop in at the convenience store near your home (or near ours) and check off everyone on your list. Done and done!!!

I originally thought this post would be called “Christmas Shopping, Man-Style,” but I decided it was a little close-minded to think that lovely ladies couldn’t stock up at the convenience store, too. So here you have it, the easiest Christmas shopping you will EVER do!

We tried to shoot at 3 different stores. Our neighbors at the E-Z Mart on 600 N and 200 W in SLC were very nice and welcoming. However, folks at the Chevron on 300 W and 600 N were a little more skittish, they insisted on calling a manager for permission and only allowed us to shoot the side of the store with the porn, bongs and knives. Wonder why the Mountain Dew, Corn Nutz and Zingers were off limits? Kinda makes you think something illegal is afoot. And then we got full-force kicked out of the ABC Market on 1st Ave and around 200 E.

We’ve divided the items into several gift baskets. Everything you need to please your kids, mom, lover, friends and maybe even your boss.

How ‘But Some Sugar, Sweety?

Fish for the Sweet

Fish for the Sweet

Orange ya smart?

Orange ya smart?

How 'Bout Some Fire, Pops?

How 'Bout Some Fire, Pops?

Meat & Potato Lover’s

Snausages

Snausages

How can this tiny thing serve 8?

How can this tiny thing serve 8?

 

Music Soothes the Savage Beast

Stab Someone Tonight

Stab Someone Tonight

Minnie Guitar

Minnie Guitar

All American Stabbing

All American Stabbing

For Your Lovely Lady

Bobby Pins

Bobby Pins

Sparkle Pony Tail

Sparkle Pony Tail

Party Dress

Party Dress

Romantic Lover’s Basket

For my lover, for my looo-ver

For my lover, for my looo-ver

Sooth That Tummy for a Night of Lovin

Sooth That Tummy for a Night of Lovin

 

Health Nutz

Healthy Veggie Num Nums

Healthy Veggie Num Nums

Weight-Loss Shake

Weight-Loss Shake

 

Another good gift option is the automotive pieces and parts at the Chevron. Who couldn’t use a little washer fluid or a tire gauge? I’ll tell ya, if Santa gets me windshield wiper blades and a gas gift card, I’m a happy camper. Keep in mind that our E-Z Mart is open most holidays if you need a B-Double-E-Double-R-U-N.  Happy holidays!

Candy-Studded Picasso in Gingerbread

December 21, 2010
Double Wide Gingerbread Trailor

Double Wide Gingerbread Trailor

Halloween Gingerbread

Halloween Gingerbread

I love to make a good gingerbread house during the holiday season. One year I built myself a teepee to live in and a dogsled powered by cinnamon bears for my transporation. And I had pigtails with furry boots (who said gingerbread women didn’t care about fashion). Another year I built myself a boat to sail away on. My gingbread houses are not the picture-perfect, polyeurethane sprayed, built to last variety. Mine make a mess, express a dream and then are eaten alive. I use cream cheese icing because it tastes good. I make and roll out my own dough so I can cut any shape I want. Ever seen a dog-sled gingerbread house in the little boxes at the store, ready to assemble? I didn’t think so.

Todd and I are going to spend Boxing Day with two friends this year. If you didn’t know, that’s the day after Christmas. Gingerbread house making is at the top of the agenda. I’m already planning my creation. I thought I’d better look around for some inspiration. I found a gingbread house that looks like a double wide trailor, a blogger who recreated Hogwarts and I found a cute little halloween gingerbread house, too.

I’m not sure what I’ll make. I’ve always wanted to live in a tiny home paired with a giant barn, so that’s in the running. Or I may paint Todd a candy-studded Picasso. Or perhaps a Welsh Terrier farm? We’ll see. I’d love to hear your suggestions

Happy holidays. I hope you spend it creatively.

Gingerbread Hogwarts by redblueworld

Gingerbread Hogwarts by redblueworld

Super-Duper Action Figures!

December 19, 2010

Marvel Universe Masterworks Galactus with Silver Surfer

I was able to get Anna to agree to go to the comic book store with me a week or two ago. This is a hard thing to do, and I think it was quite the accomplishment. We needed to get a present for our friend’s child, and I explained to Anna “every kid loves action figures”.

Honestly, I have no idea if that is true or not but I like them, and this was a great reason to take the time and head on up to Dr. Volts comics. Although we went up a few weeks ago, Dr. Volts is having a holiday sale on all of their action figures and statues for the next few days, and different items go on sale throughout the month - www.drvolts.com

Galactus, pictured above, is my number 1 choice as far as toy ideas go. Below are other favorite gift ideas I will also be accepting:

Mister Miracle

Universal Movie Monsters

Madman

Shazam!

Martian Manhunter

Colossus

Dr Fate

Thor

Anna wanted to be sure and include some of her picks too:

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Smurfette Mushroom House

Artduh Spreads It for Christmas

December 16, 2010

Cowboy's Christmas Flash

Duchess of Duh!

We wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. And the best way to do that is obviously to let Cowboy flash you while we laugh (pictured above).

This is our Christmas card to you. Imagine how hard it was for me to choose a photographer from among so many talented friends! But one photo portrait show from 2 years ago really stuck with me – The Faces of Pierpont by Angela Brown.

The Faces of Pierpont showed at Nobrow in 2008. Angela shot it on Polaroid Type 55 film. I loved the intensity and grittiness of the images. Those photos made me feel like I’d seen inside the souls of the Pierpont tenants. She used a photo journalistic style to tell the story of the artists and shop owners learning their landlord, in the downtown SLC art district, would be raising prices beyond what they could afford.

Todd

I asked Angela to update Todd’s portfolio headshots in the Faces of Pierpont style.  Not just any photo can represent my baby as he pimps his paintings, I wanted a photo that really spoke its mind. And Angela’s photo does just that. The intensity of Todd’s eyes in the winning image reminds me of photos I have seen while thumbing through old modern art textbooks. Angela was kind enough to shoot the rest of the family at the same time.

Our photos were shot with selective focus using Angela’s fancy new Sony Alpha 850.  Selective focus makes one part of a photo very sharp, and then allows it to blur toward the edges. An added bonus to getting our pictures taken was getting to enjoy an afternoon with our good friend.

Mustache

Angela took a close-up headshot of each of our pets, which is sure to put joy in my heart for years to come. I especially loved the way Cowboy rocked his individual photo session, the selective focus making his sad eyes even sadder and his fuzzy beard even fuzzier. He helped me aboard the mustache wagon by positioning his eyebrow under my nose in a shot that looks posed, but isn’t. It’s as if Cowboy is saying “the eyebrow is mom’s new mustache!”

Here are the results. Let us know what you think and Merry Christmas.

Love,
Anna, Todd, Loki, Scout and Cowboy

Artduh.com

* The Duchess was styled by Princess Kennedy and the pups by Wasatch Springs.

Cowboy

Scout

Loki

Counting Birds and Remembering Audubon

December 14, 2010

Falcon

Falcon

Today marks the beginning of the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. I was surprised by how few of my friends were familiar with this 111 year old tradition. Bird watchers around the nation grab their binoculars and hit the trail to collect conservation data that is used to protect bird species

So what does counting black ducks and tufted titmice have to do with art, duh? Well, long before I became involved in the arts, I loved biology. And one of the first artists I studied was John James Audubon. The Christmas Bird Count gives me a great excuse to talk about his artwork.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Audubon was born in 1785 in Haiti. His father had hoped he would become a seaman, and found him work on a boat. However, seasickness and dislike of navigational math made him seek firmer ground. He moved to the U.S., learned to speak a dialect of English from some Quakers and fell in love and married a woman named Lucy.

He spent 14 years writing and illustrating Birds of America, which contains 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of 497 bird species. This master piece was rejected by American publishers, but when he took it to Britain it was received with open arms.

Audubon’s methods were interesting. He would begin by killing the specimen, then he would use taxidermy to make it look as normal as possible. Other naturalists of the time posed their dead birds in an unnatural way, so this step really set him apart. He would then spend up to 2 weeks painting it in water color, gouache and pastel.

Egret perhaps

Egret perhaps

Audubon was poor much of his life. He oil painted portraits to raise funds while his wife worked as a teacher. He often was only able to feed his family by hunting and fishing. At one low point in his career, his entire collection of bird drawings was eaten by rats. Later in his life he went on to draw mammals, which I might like even more. He died in 1851.

If you’d like to get involved in the Christmas Bird Count, and I hope you do, it begins today and ends January 5. Most who participate pay just $5, and instructions are posted here: http://birds.audubon.org/get-involved-christmas-bird-count. Sounds like it could become a fun holiday tradition for all you hippie naturalist who are looking for an excuse to study a few of the beautiful paintings Audubon created.

Todd says, "if you ever find yourself in Cody, Wyoming, stop into the Buffalo Bill museum. Seeing the Audubon print above alone is well worth the price of admission."

Lynx

Lynx

Birds of America

Birds of America

100 Fables!

December 12, 2010

One of my favorite comic books, Fables, has just put out it’s 100th issue which makes it the perfect time to write about this incredible series. I did pick up issue 100, even though I usually wait for single issues to be collected in the larger trade paperback. Reaching 100 issues is a landmark to be proud of, since it’s a relatively rare thing for a comic to continue being published each month for so many years. Another good reason to own this issue is because it’s loaded down with a ton of extra artwork and story.

In addition to the 100th issue, the new Fables: Witches trade (which collects issues 86-93) came out on the same day, so I’ve had a great comic book week.

Fables tells the story of various characters from, funny enough, traditionally unrelated fairy-tales and fables who have been forced from their homelands and exiled to New York. I won’t go into the story too much, because I know I won’t do it justice. The idea may sound a little cliché at first, and I might have thought that myself if I hadn’t read the series, but writer Bill Willingham has created something unique and new in Fables.

It is the characters that bring the story to life. Characters like Rose Red and her sister, Snow White. The playboy Prince Charming and the super-spy Cinderella. The three little pigs and the Big Bad Wolf (a.k.a. Bigby, my favorite!). Baba Yaga and Frau Totenkinder (another favorite character!). It’s nice to watch somebody like the Frog Prince evolve into such an important savior. Or realizing, as the story of Little Boy Blue unfolds, that this seemingly innocent and charming musician is really the ultimate warrior. The list of interesting characters goes on and on.

The artwork on these books couldn’t get any better. Most of the pages for this entire series have been drawn by Mark Buckingham, and the style he’s developed also helps the story gel and come together. One of my favorite illustrators, James Jean, was the cover artist for every issue until #81. Since then, João Ruas has taken over cover illustration, and the covers have only gotten better.

There are also many spin-off titles to Fables, including: 1001 Nights of SnowfallCinderella – From Fabletown With LovePeter and Max – A Fables Novel. All of these are great! There is also a Jack of Fables title, but I never liked it’s protagonist Jack, so I didn’t follow that story.

Some additional links that you might enjoy include:

billwillingham.com

comicbookdb.com | Mark Buckingham

jamesjean.com

blog.feral-kid.com | João Ruas

youtube.com | Fables

comics.comixology.com | Fables

dccomics.com | Vertigo

Dale Chihuly Erected My Christmas Tree

December 9, 2010

The Olympic Tower

There is one special piece of art in the world that makes me feel Christmassy instantly. And, it’s not even a Christmas-themed piece. However, it was Christmas time in the early 2000s when I first saw Dale Chihuly’s sculpture, “The Olympic Tower” at Abravanel Hall in SLC. A red glass tree-looking thing, I assumed it was a Christmas tree. Since then, I have gone out of my way daily for a decade to catch a glimpse of it through symphony hall’s windows as I go motorin’ around downtown.

Dale Chihuly & Bizarro Dale

Dale Chihuly is a one-eyed glass sculptor from the Pacific Northwest. He was blinded on the left side in a car accident in England in the 70s. My own one-eyed painter, Todd, was born without rods and cones in his left eye. It’s interesting that someone who lacks fifty percent of their eyesight would devote their life to the visual arts (rather than becoming a pirate, which would be a more logical option). Chihuly also hurt his shoulder while body surfing and can’t hold up a glass blower’s pipe.* But he makes do, getting other folks to do the heavy lifting. In one news interview, he describes his choice to sit back in the director’s chair of glass blowing as “being more choreographer than dancer.”

Chihuly’s sculptures have found homes all over the world, even in places where Christmas is not such a big deal, like the Middle East. He is wildly successful and some folks consider him to be more entrepreneur than artist. I don’t know about that, I just know that if I want to feel the Christmas spirit, I need go no further than Abravenel Hall to see one of Utah’s treasures, that I will always consider my own personal Christmas tree.

www.chihuly.com

* Believe it or not, Todd dislocated HIS left shoulder in a freak bowling accident. The parallels between the two men is Bizarro!


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