Tuesday, April 5, 2011

tattoos, vegas & works in progress

Wow. okay, so, it's been a minute.

I've been working on a couple of new pieces that are halfway doneish, if you follow me on instagram/facebook/twitter you've probably seen little snippets of them.
a self portrait of sorts. Waiting on the tattoos and other little embelleshments. 
Here are a few progress pictures of it..

I've been all about painting on the floor lately. (I wonder if its bad for my knees to be sitting cross-legged all day?)

I decided to add freckles, which I think adds a lot more depth. Something I'll be doing from now on. I'm also really freckly.
Also been challenging myself with incorporating backgrounds in to the mix. It changes the piece for sure. still deciding if I like this route or not.
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Then there are these girls
Still soooo much to go. But this girl, Fernanda, has the most fantastic eyebrows I've ever seen. Stoked she was able to model for me recently. I'll probably be doing another piece or two of her down the line.

Besides painting a ton, I went to vegas for a few days for my good friend Laura's birthday. What a strange place. I was totally burnt out after like, a day. Played too much roulette, drank too many gin and tonics, won some money, lost some money, got tattooed and ate at Coco's too many times (twice). If I was a better planner/think-ahead-er I wouldve gone to see the Bodies exhibit at the Luxor WHICH I STILL HAVE NOT SEEN. I've also been dying to see Zumanity. Next time. 
Added a little ditty under my anchor. It says "amour" in runes. Runes are pretty much how Lizzy and I survived high school. We'd write full-page notes to eachother in runes, teachers were always baffled when they intercepted them (which wasn't often. we were good at being sneaky. or so we like to think.)

I love how tattoos make me feel. Currently planning out my quarter sleevie. Beyond excited.

Also, we've been having a few freakishly warm days.

Definitely been patio-dwelling a lot. And playing with leaves.


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I'm going home to Encinitas this weekend for my sister-in-law's baby shower. EEEEE YOU GUYS I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT! Looking forward to some family time.

Hopefully I wont wait a whole month before posting again, but who knows with me. 
loveyouguys. thanks for putting up with me and my erratic "blogging" 

C

15 comments:

Karina said...

yay blogging! missed you ;)

Karina said...

and your paintings look amazing cant wait to see them done

Kelli said...

Amazing Charmaine!

Patrik said...

Have a good time with your family :D

btw the last shot is totally inspiring


Greetings from Germany

Thea S said...

Your self portrait rocks the socks!

And freckles are definitely the way forward x

O'Melly said...

Great work!

LadyFLASHBACK said...

it all looks RAD so far! love the hair-feathers!

jess s//www.LadyFlashback.com

rosemaryx said...

oh my goodness charmaine! I love the feathers so so much and can't wait to see the finished piece!

-grace

charmaine olivia said...

thanks darlings!

Caitlin Shearer said...

You're so skilled! so completely amazing.

Bec Winnel said...

We can handle your erratic blogging teehee... It makes it all the more exciting when you do! xo

Jesm said...

the self-portrait freckles are beautiful and intimate and other nice things.

Melisande said...

your paintings are amazing. so beautiful. i really like what you added to your anchor tattoo! i think it would be really fun to get tatted in vegas while on a trip--best souvenir you could bring home! ;)

Shelley Whiting said...

I love your women. They're very independent and full of passion. Your paintings are very well rendered and impressive.

aimeenoelle said...

charmaine-- who is your favorite tattoo artist in LA??? <3

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