Okay, this has been KILLING me. My brother gave me permission to post this picture. Remember when I said he was in Belgium a few months ago, working on a super-secret project? Here's who he was working with.
That's John, STING, and Franco Dragone.
Yeah, I was all HOLY CRAP NO WAY! John e-mailed it to me with only the words "...pick out your brother in this picture." He's funny like that.
As a child of the 80's, I find it incredibly wrong that my brother looks better than Sting. It hurts me, some place deep inside where Duran Duran still rules my internal airwaves and the MTV rocket takes off over and over for eternity, and I look pretty in pink.
is a link to my brother's website. Funny thing #1: My brother tends to draw his girlfriends/wives/significant others as "characters" and so he's gone through distinctive phases that I call his "Jesse period" or his "Janine period". He's in a Kari period right now...that girl on the home page looks a lot like his current squeeze (she's awful cute). 'Cept, she doesn't have pink hair. Or stripes. Still though, you can chart his social life through his art. I wonder if he knows he does that? :-)Here
is what Wikipedia has to say about Franco Dragone. He's a fascinating guy. I haven't met him personally, but John's told me some great stories. I made this mask
for him (a gift that John commissioned) last year, and (this is why I've been thinking about John and Franco and stuff) I'm making a copy of it to show to the director of Lahaina Gallery
in San Francisco next week. My mom in law did the most amazing
thing by getting me this interview, and I'm a tad (okay, a LOT) nervous about it. Check out the link anyway and tell me what you think. I
think this place could really carry my work because it has 3-d sculpture as well as traditional wall art, and a really funky eclectic style. We'll see, we'll see. *crossing fingers*
I'm working on a second "wow" mask...something in the same vein as the Dragone mask but ...impossible to describe, I'll just have to show you all when it's done. Celestial theme (sun and moon) but heavily influenced by Art Nouveau and Japanese woodcuts. See? Hard to describe.
Busy busy. My hands ache! Totally blue-skying right now, but wouldn't it be incredibly awesome if I actually "made it"? I've been so close SO many times...I can taste it.