Friday, March 5, 2010

Art Frahm

Art Frahm - fantastic vintage pin-up art
classic vintage pin up
Many of his works were outstanding examples of the glamour genre. His perfectly coifed, daring decolletage dressed beauties glowed in the midst of romantic soft focus settings.
Art Frahm was extremely diverse in his subjects. Even if one were not familiar with his fantastic pin-up art, they would instantly recognize his work for Coca Cola, Coppertone and Quaker Oats. Much of his fame is derived for inventing an entire set of calendar art playfully named the 'Panties Falling Down' series for Joeseph C. Hoover and Sons in the fifties. That form was so popular that the tradtion was continued by Jay Scott Pike and Al Brulé.

Art Frahm Art Frahm pin up
Art Frahm pin up girl
Art Frahm pin up girl Art Frahm
vintage pin up pin up girl

More info and pics:

Vintage Pin Up Art Books:

The Pin-Up Art of Jay Scott Pike TheGreatAmericanPinUp TheBestofGilElvgren

1 Box, 5 steps, Tons of Inspiration

Make a box of art inspiration in a few minutes, and enjoy it forever!

1. Gather together: 1 small card file or other box, some index cards (in various colors if possible), colored pens

2. Take a batch of cards in one color (or put a color along the edge so they'll be easy to sort later) and write one noun on each one (creatures or humans). Like: ballerina, dolphin, fire fighter, astronaut, snake, butterfly

3. Take another batch of cards in another color and write one adjective on each one. Use colorful words like: spiky, spotted, angry, smelly, hairy, gigantic, nervous

4. Take another batch of cards in another color and write one place on each one. Like: the moon, the beach, the ocean, the grocery store, the dentist

5. Stick all the cards, in categories into the box. Voila!

EXTRA CREDIT: Decorate the box. Mine says "Betsy's Art Box" on it and has glitter and stickers.

Have at it!! Here are several games you can play:

Draw two adjective cards and a noun card, and draw the resulting character.

Noun goes to Place:
Draw a noun card and a place card, then draw a scene or a comic about the result.

Draw two noun cards, and draw a character that combines the two.

Adjective-Noun goes to Place:
Draw an adjective card, noun card and place card. Draw the resulting character and the story of what happens in drawing or comic form.

Extra Goodness:

- For kids, I let them sift through the cards until they find something appealing. No harm in that.

- It's great to freshen up your word cards, or add new ones, every so often. That's a big part of the fun.

- This is a terrific vocabulary builder for young readers/writers, both using the cards and making up the words to put on them.

- It's also great for English language learners. I've never tried making a bilingual box, but that could be really cool. If you do, tell me!

- If you have a visual dictionary around, might be good to keep it handy. So when someone draws a card that says, "wombat" or something, they can look up what the thing actually looks like.

- This can also be really nice on car trips, though I must say that no matter where you use it, total card spillage is pretty much inevitable - hence the color coding.


Wow, the Creative Beast is Out There!

Thanks to everyone who has so kindly commented on "Let Out the Creative Beast" - 2,500 views in just a day and a half! I'm thrilled. More to come, for sure! And yes, I'm out there checking out you guys' blogs and sites and stuff. It's like a treasure hunt!

If you haven't seen The Beast, check it out on The Affluent Artist!

The BEST Way to (Not) Organize Your Art Supplies.

At my house we have a cabinet in the kitchen known as "the crafty stuff."

Nobody's putting it in a Pottery Barn catalog. For sure.

Because, here's the thing: Your crafty stuff should get totally screwed up on a regular basis. If it doesn't you're not using it enough.

Here are some All Important Pointers on how to manage your crafty stuff:

1. Pick a location. This is really helpful because once you know where the "crafty stuff" goes, whenever you have something like a button or a sequin or something seemingly cool, you know you can throw it in "the crafty stuff" for later.

2. Put things in general categories so when you want something in particular, you might find it within a week. I have a plastic box for:
- all paint-type stuff (watercolors, finger paints, tempera, face paint, etc.)
- all sewing-type stuff (scraps of fabric, thread, needles, scissors, etc.) - mainly so they don't get paint on them
- all glamorous bits and bobs (buttons, sequins, jewels, pearls, beads, shiny things)
- one box with scissors, glue, and those general-use things, also known as the things that will get relocated throughout the house on a regular basis
Then I've got a drawer full of colored paper and paper pads.
Depending on what type of thing you're wanting to do, you can just get out one or two boxes rather than the whole cabinet worth.

3. Take your crafty stuff on the go. I recommend those little plastic desks they have at craft stores, that have a pocket on each side. Those let you work on the flat part while keeping the various supplies in the pockets. Then you can relocate your whole project at once, so you have some hope of eating dinner on your dinner table. Maybe.

4. NOW, here's the really important part:

Be sure to totally mess up your crafty stuff regularly. Get stuff in the wrong boxes, get it all disorganized. Part of the magic of having "crafty stuff" is the great fun of just digging through there and seeing what you have, putting it in different jars, gluing things together, messing around. I highly recommend getting into the crafty stuff with NO project in mind, no instructions, and no intentions. Then later, re-sorting it can be very therapeutic. It helps to have a nice assortment of (clean) pasta sauce jars into which you can plunk beads and things.

So if your art supplies and "crafty stuff" are hopelessly messed up, congratulate yourself - you must be doing something right.

Office Humor: Work-Casm’s

I thought I would start trying something a little different with my work and office related humor. Any cartoon I do that falls under the subject of work or office humor I will now call a Work-Casm. The reason for the Work-Casm title is basically the mixture of work and sarcasm. Pretty simple….right, this one is for all those people out there working in a thankless job. Enjoy and have a great day.

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