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Beautiful, happy, rainbow-filled art (and why it’s so hard to make it!)

I finally admitted in my second year at graduate school that pretty much all of my creative projects ended in death. Death, in a lot of ways, is an easy way out. It’s like saying “Shit happens.” over and over again. In most ways, I’m in full agreement with that statement. Shit does happen. Just as death does happen. Why deny it? A big part of my art has always been about reflecting my own fears, and acknowledging that there is, indeed, a lot of shit that sucks.

When admitting that all of my stories ended in death, I got this romantic vision that from then on my art could reflect only the beautiful things in life. It could be a meditation on the simplicity of enjoyment in the moment; wind whistling through the trees, birds singing beautiful songs, close friendships that sprouted into love, a gurgling brook in the woods full of colorful fish, a utopia where every tree was filled with ripe mangoes. Oh yes, I dreamed about how beautiful, light and inspiring my work could be. No more death. Only beauty…

It turns out, it’s a lot harder to make beautiful art than it is to make dark art. Beautiful art has to be positive all the time. Even though sometimes the reality is that when making it you stay up until 3am in the morning and then have to wake up at 6:30am to work that eight-hour shift. Even though the fucking car broke down again or my only bike got a flat tire and so I had to push it home after a long day and three hours of sleep. But it should be that instead of dwelling in the misery of everyday life, in the spirit of creative making, the mind should break the shackles of negativity and blossom up toward the light of inspiration. The light where everything is beautiful. Where life couldn’t be better…

In seeking inspiration for my new romantically creative ways, I looked to the Inspiring Vessel of the Internet to see what other happy and enlightening art was out there. These are some of the gems that I found:

1) Experience Freedom:

2) Optimist:

3) Yayoi Kusama’s Art Installations:


4) Manuel D. Baldemor’s Art:


5) Dogs in Cars

6) Babies Underwater (Art)



Okay. I should probably stop now, because I have the feeling that this is just going to get more and more weird. Through creating this blog post, I’ve realized that there really are a lot of things that could be artistically created that inspire a sense of happiness in oneself. But there is a difference between beauty, happiness and humor. And ultimately even something considered ‘dark’, such as death, can also be beautiful.

For me, it always comes back to humor. I decided that I couldn’t necessarily limit myself to only making things that are uplifting and beautiful. I’m not saying that I won’t try, I’m just saying that something that is dark, or depressing, or reflects all the “shit” in life, can still become something enjoyable and lighthearted when combined with a twist of humor. The same thing could go for beauty. Without something dark to compare it to, perhaps beauty would not be so impressive.

Image Sources:
-Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton
-roslyn oxley9 gallery
-More Dots! From Yayoi Kusama
-Living and Loving Art
-Lucban May Festival by Manuel Baldemor
-Adorable Photos of Babies Underwater
-Underwater Babies and Kids
-Thomas Kuhn Photography
-Underwater Baby Portraits

How to artfully make your dog look like an idiot.

I think I’m more excited about dressing my adorable chihuahua Jay Jay up for Halloween this year than I am for myself. There’s just something about dressing a dog up in a silly costume that is absolutely HILARIOUS. And the funny thing is, I never thought I’d be much of a dog dresser until I had a dog of my own.

Jay Jay in his favorite mohawk hoodie sweatshirt.

I grew up with chihuahuas. And I was exposed from an early age to the art of dog dressing. Chihuahua dressing, in particular. My Mom was so good at dressing up our miniature chihuahuas Edna and Lucy and taking photos of them that she won several awards at the County Fair for them. Here are a few of her best dressed dog pics:

Edna Mae as Santa Claus.

Lucy Potter.

Lucy sporting her trendy gray hoodie!

If I ever were to make an Etsy or online craft business of my own, it would be a dog clothing business. Because dog clothing: 1) takes less fabric than regular people clothing, which means it costs less to make; 2) offers lots of room for creativity in finding all the many ways you can make your dog and other people’s dogs look ridiculous; and 3) can be sold for high prices. People are suckers for anything ‘dog’. I mean, come on, look at all the puppy calendars. Look at the dog bags. Look at the dog car stickers. Look at the dog psychics and dog masseuses. Look at everything ‘dog’, and then tell me that a dog clothing business is not a marketable endeavor. PLUS, look at the PRICES for dog paraphernalia. You can charge twice as much for a dog jacket as you can for a human one. And do you know why? Because there are way more human jackets than there are dog jackets in the world. In other words, the market is still in need of creative dog clothing innovators.

Anyway, in my search for dog Halloween costume ideas, here are a few memorable dog costume examples that I’ve discovered on the internet in the process:

The Star Wars Costume.

The Big-Eared Sailor.

The Teddy Bear.

The Michael Jackson.

The Dinosaur.

The Darth Vader.

The Clown.

The Scuba Diver.

The Incredible Hulk.

The Dog in Drag.

The Captain Hook.

The Grandma.

The Chia Pet!

The…. Lady in Braids. (poor dog!)

Have to stop.. posting dog costumes. I could do this all day! Now, to seek the most original costume idea for Jay Jay… What are some of your favorite dog costumes? Please share!!

Image Links

http://impressionphotography.com/ (My amazing mother’s photography website!)

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/10/07/at-at-dog-costume/ (AT-AT Dog Costume)

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/life/darling-diy-dog-costumes-258668 (Darling DIY Dog Costumes)

http://boisegoodnews.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/good-pet-costume-contest/ (Good pet costume contest!)

http://extrememichaeljackson.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/dogs-dressed-as-michael-jackson/ (Dogs Dressed as Michael Jackson)

http://i-brain-zombies.blogspot.com/2011/09/doggie-dinos.html (doggie dinos!)

http://candysdailydandy.blogspot.com/2010/05/snoop-jingle-jing.html (Snoop Jingle Jing)

http://www.family-vacation-getaways-at-los-angeles-theme-parks.com/Halloween-Costume-Prize-Winners.html (Halloween Costume Prize Winners)

http://catronfashion.com/Dog_Costumes.htm (Dog Costumes)

http://wiresmash.com/funny/very-cute-halloween-dog-costumes/ (Very Cute Halloween Dog Costumes)