Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sea Affaire

Hello All!
Sea Affaire opened last night at the Piranha Shop. It was a lot of fun. Thanks to Sam and Vedada for putting the whole thing together.
Now that the show is over, I can share my paintings with you. 

I wrote a bit of a story to go with each piece, so I've included those as well.

Commander Veronica Buchanan

Commander Veronica Buchanan was Captain MacNally's first mate and right hand woman, on all of their voyages, in the Atlantic, aboard the USS Temptress. Being the Captain's exact opposite, Buchanan was as stickler for the rules and always kept the boat in tip top, ship shape. Any disorderly conduct or uncleanliness annoyed her to no end.
Buchanan took over command of The Temptress after Captain MacNally was left on one of the islands known now as "The Canaries", at her own request. She eventually retired at the age of sixty-six, after achieving a ranking of Admiral. She left the military, remembered as one of the Navy's most decorated and honored officers.

Ensign Shelley Johanson

Shelley Johanson ran away from home and lied about her age, in order to join the military. Her first naval voyage was aboard the USS Temptress. When pressed for details about her background, she would say she was twenty years old, a student of art, prior to deciding to serve her country, and from San Francisco. 
She had spun for herself a tale of the life she dreamt of leading. In reality, she was sixteen and from a small town in Nebraska that you've never heard of. Her parents ran a general store, selling soda pop and tobacco to kids just like Shelley, who would all inevitably join the military or go to prison.
She saw the ocean for the first time as she arrived at port and boarded the Temptress. 

La Sirena

Her name is unpronounceable for anyone without gills. Though, she was able to learn to speak several human languages fairly well.
After her ship, La Fantasma, sailed above her kingdom, La Sirena fell madly and helplessly in love with the pirate Captain Magdalena Manyakes. She spent the rest of her life following her ship, swimming beside it like a dolphin, in an attempt to be closer to her love, leaving behind friends, family, and any hope for a happy life. If Magdalena reciprocated any feelings toward the mermaid, she kept them to herself. 
As a convenient nickname, perhaps tinged with a drop of affection, Manyakes referred to the mermaid as La Sirena. La Sirena embraced the name openly as her human name and introduced herself, thusly, whenever meeting any new humans.

Captain Sarah MacNally

The moment her ship left port, Captain Sarah MacNally, of the USS Temptress, would doff her restrictive military garb, electing for her more comfortable peacoat and turtleneck sweater; harking back to the time of Herman Melville, Ahab, and Nemo. A time which existed, now, only in her memory. Despite her romantic disregard for protocol, the women under MacNally's command respected and followed her with unwavering reverence.
On her last voyage, as captain of the Temptress, MacNally and her crew accidentally happened upon the ship of the infamous pirate Captain Magdalena Manyakes. After narrowly escaping slaughter, thanks to the help of a mermaid negotiator, MacNally decided she had had enough of Navy life and asked to be left on the nearest inhabitable island, passing command of the the Temptress to her friend and first mate, Veronica Buchanan. She spent her remaining years free and alone with her thoughts, eating mangoes and drinking banana liqueur.

Captain Magdalena Manyakes

Captain Magdalena Manyakes was the most feared pirate in the Atlantic. Any ships that crossed her path, wished they hadn't. She had killed more people than she could remember and looted almost as many ships.
For many years, a mermaid, whom Manyakes called "La Sirena", followed her ship, La Fantasma, through the treacherous waters she patrolled. Though her callous exterior and austere disposition prevented her from indulging in the luxury of a loving relationship, a small, timid part of Magdalena, buried deep in her bosom, wished for such a rapport with the beautiful Sirena. Though she would never fully act upon her feelings, Manyakes took comfort in knowing that her fish-tailed counter part was always close by, just below the surface of the water.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make the show happen, to everyone who came through for the opening, and for anyone who bought some of my work!!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Shoreclay is the only way.

Hello everyone!
Per usual, it has been a long time since my last blog post. I am making a resolution to write posts more frequently. 

A WHOLE LOT has happened since my last post. 
Ego and I got engaged. 
Then we got married. 
Went on our honeymoon to New York, Scotland, and France. And participated in the Scottish Tattoo Convention, while there. 
Got a motorcycle. 
Along with our esteemed colleague, Khalil Linane, we attended the Art Tattoo Show Quebec.
(Respect, love, and gratitude to James from Edinburgh, and Pierre and Val from Quebec for making the conventions so great and for letting us be a part of them). 
Ego and I changed our last names to Shoreclay (a combination of mine, Shore, and his, Barclay).
Along the way I participated in a few art shows and made many many tattoos on great people. 
And gay marriage is now legal throughout the entirety of The United States of America.

It's a great time. Truly. 

So here are some tattoos:::
A healed cover up on Khalil's knee. 
A cute snow globe for Dani. 
Adorable piggy wig for Jamie
This bunny was done at the Scottish Tattoo convention on the lovely Jacqueline McPanderson :-). 
Rachel, one of my favorites to clients. 
Gnarly cover up on Raquel. 
Cajun cooking
Healed castle on Ashley, my hair guru. 
Rascally little fella done at the Art Tattoo Show Quebec. 
Jenna's awesome tummy. 
Caren is cool. 
Jonathan is a badass. 
Portrait of Sadie on my friend Shawn. peanut Butter cooking were the only human food she liked. 

Here are some paintings:
I painted "Lucky Tapirs" for a show called "Feeling Lucky" at Paper Diamonds Clothing Company at Urban Light, in Seattle. Not exactly with the theme, but meh; its lucky if I say it is. Thanks to Cash for inviting me to be a part of the show. 
This little guy sold opening night, which is awesome. This was also my first time working with gouache and I loved it. I'm planning on further cultivating this style in my future pieces. 
This is a sneaky peek preview of a piece that Ego and I collaborated on for Creature Feature. Show opens July 18th at Left Hand Black Studio, in San Diego. Thanks Crystal and Turk for including us and for being awesome. 
Ego and I are also going to be a part of Sea Affaire, put on by our friends Sam and Vedada. Opening in August, at the Piranha Shop, in Seattle. More info on that soon. 
These are my planned out painting ideas. All I have to do now is actually paint them!

Here are a few snap shots from our recent travels:
New York. Our hotel was on the other side of this building. 
Graveyard in edinburgh
We spent one night in London. 
The Louvre blew my mind I feel as though I have never been so inspired. I could spend a lifetime in there. 
Montmorency falls in Quebec. 
Art Tattoo Show Quebec. 

And here are some other photos:
I have tons of weird unflattering photos like this on my phone. Taken and used as reference for one project or another. This particularly terrible photo of me was taken to help me illustrate the body position for our Creature Feature piece. 
Here is a logo I designed for my friend Terra's company, Duet Vintage. Here you can see the before and after. Before, when it is a pen and ink illustration, and after I spent hours upon hours fixing it up in Photoshop. Stupid pixels. 
One of my favorite shots from our wedding. Thanks a million to Vera and Autumn for their fantastic photography. See more of Vera's work at 
And of course, the kids. I'd be lost without my husband and these stupid cats. 

My world is bright. I feel the promise of a wonderful future and the comfort of a steady and productive present and I am learning to forgive the past. 
As always, thanks for reading and looking. 
Remember, I'm pulling for ya. We're all in this together.