Monday, June 23, 2014

Henna and Her Sisters


 I had some fun with this henna inspired mural.  I just improvised the design as I painted.  No projecting or planning necessary.  I love doing it and I would love to do more!  If you have some space and would like some henna inspired muraling of your own email me at chamberlayne2@yahoo.com.  (The dusty purple is optional)


Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Unbearable Lightness of Bindi

Slow Motion is my favorite thing in the world.  I can't get enough of it.  I wish I could make a career working solely in slow motion.  I think it gives us a window into how nature actually works.  So how could I resist filming my camera friendly dog Bindi chasing a hose with a Sony FS700 at 400 fps?  I couldn't.
Enjoy by clicking here...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Trailer Parked...

Okay, so I've been gone for a little while.  But I have a good excuse...
I've been producing a feature length film called STOLEN MOMENTS which not a lot of people can say.  I count myself among the few proud people who can say they have a rejection letter from the Sundance Film Festival in the feature length category!  You might not think this is anything to brag about, unless you have completed a feature length film yourself, with no budget, just blood, sweat, tears, favors, joy, love and friendship.  It's enough to say, "I'd like to thank..." but I won't because that list is way too long.  I highly recommend the process to anyone, you'll never hate a film again.  You can't.  You know how hard every one of them was to make.  Good or bad, KUDOS to anyone who tries it.    Just make sure you work under a director who is smarter than you, or better yet, as smart as mine.   ELISABETH NUNZIATO taught me so much about story telling, scene building, and just that even the smallest things that people do can be counted as vastly important nuances in human behavior.  She is amazing at weaving all of these together in a complex manner to make you forget that she is there at all.  Amazing...  CHECK OUT OUR TRAILER for STOLEN MOMENTS.

http://stolenmomentsfilm.com/STM_trailer.html
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Stop Motion Doodling....

This video was created for RMS a Risk Management Service as they transition to the cloud.  It features me doodling in 1 second interval timelapse to their script.  Which was good fun.  The final product was done in black and white, but I can't wait to do one in color!  Check it out... HERE!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Now That's More Like It!

If this Splash Vase is any indicator, my ceramics and my paintings finally feel like like they are beginning to merge...Good Lord that took long enough....

Sunday, August 7, 2011

It's Like Watching Paint Drip...

My new episode of Yard Crashers is up! By the above picture it looks like we had ideal weather in which to work while crashing the adorable couple's yard, but the truth is it was about 50 degrees and raining most of the time. I wish they had shown us scrambling in the rain and mud to put tarps all over the dripping murals, that was comedy. And we should have mud wrestled at some point, that would have brought in the ratings. But the yard turned out well I think and you can watch the whole episode right HERE. Again, I subscribed to my own notion about painting in people's yards (or your own): Keep it really simple, you don't want your yard looking like an Olive Garden in Vegas.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Pretty as a Pitcher...

My pitcher came out of the kiln! It makes me sooo happy...

Monday, January 17, 2011

What's Your Vector Victor?

I was asked to design a logo for a fictitious start-up record company for a film that I am working on as an Art Director. Of course I needed to learn Adobe Illustrator in order to do it. Which, I know, I should have learned a looooong time ago. This was my final design. It did just what I wanted it to. It suggests that it's a chick's company without being too feminine. Now I want this on a T-shirt. I think I'll make one. Oh, Cafe Press...!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Haunting Motif

I can't seem to shake painting even when I'm sculpting. A friend got me into sculpting with clay and being the OCD freak that I am I ended up sculpting pantbrushes...with eyes...no surprise.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

They're Gonna Sell A Billion Of 'Em...


I designed a set for an infomercial to sell a shawl-like item that can be worn in 59 different styles. And it really can...I'm totally sold, it's a miracle garment and I want one. But the best part was designing a set in black & white. That was fun. This is the backstage set at the Cardiwrap runway show for Kymaro. I am in love with all the blacks and whites and silvers and the sillouette of the mannequins against the black curtain walls... delicious.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Turf War is No Misnomer...



I designed this mural for an episode of Turf War and it turned out to be one of my favorites. I designed it to be pretty simple and understated with one color, caramel, and on top of one other color, chocolate. Delicious. I kept it simple because I believe if you are painting on a house it shouldn't go over the top and steal focus from your sense of "home." I was battling an entire team of painters in the other yard and that came as a huge surprise to me on day 1 which immediately threw me into a panic. And that wasn't all the drama that unfolded that day. This is good one, and you can watch it all right here.
I drew from henna designs as my inspiration and this is the original drawing of the mural complete with registration marks for the projector. I liked those marks so much that it led me to design some stars to surround some of the mural.
I really liked the way it turned out.

AND I just found out that a couple in Vermont saw the episode and loved the mural design enough to project it on their own backyard wall and then they blogged about it on their website AllThingsThrifty.com. How cool is that? It's so great to see pictures of them painting it on the wall. You've gotta love the DIY Network, those shows really work... Mahalo for the Ego Boost!

AND I just found out that the artist at ArtandCupcakes searched for this design as well and painted it in her backyard too! She added her own twists and turns and chose a color palette that makes the whole thing seem so magical!

If anyone else out there paints this design in their own space, please, shoot me an email and let me know! I wanna see pictures! Flattery will get you everywhere...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Boy King

This is another piece on paper. It makes me think of a boy king who is telling all of his worst fears to a doll in secret. Because who else is he gonna tell them to? He's supposed to be King...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Heightened Reality

So, I managed to get a DIY reality show called Turf War to come makeover my own backyard...no more watching from the sidelines and dreaming about the possibilities. And, yes, it is as good as it looks on t.v. (but with actual physical pain and distress thrown in). It is, like you might imagine, similar to the best Christmas you've ever had which, of course, has to also include the mandatory, family induced, grand highs and low lows. And they interview you every 45 minutes in front of a national audience and you just have to roll with it, regardless of your painful shyness. And even if it's 42 degrees, foggy, muddy and miserable out. You're just happy as a clam to be the lucky beneficiary.
For that show I painted this small Buddha Moon (painfully not my best work) on a freshly painted wet wall and had to dry it with a blow torch in order to see what I was doing (I wouldn't try this at home - I did wonder if I was gonna catch the wall on fire). And by pressing this button you can watch all the chaos unfold.

I have been lucky enough to work on the show as a muralist since then, and I love it, and have done better work, one of those episodes can be seen by pressing this button and another episode with my favorite outdoor painting, is yet to come...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Letting Go Of Baggage

This piece is about Baggage.  And how it doesn't leave you alone.  It weighs sooo heavy in our hearts and minds.  So I made this piece in an attempt to project mine all out of me and leave it behind in the clay...
...and it turned out sooo much better than I had hoped!  And just creepy enough...  
Only my second attempt at glazing and it all seemed to click.  Although it worked out in spite of me.  This glaze, MoonDust, is supposed to be very black and purple and coppery matt.  And it turned out very golden and rainbowy and satiny awesome.  My raku guru Gary thinks he got the raku kiln (an 1800 degree garbage can in an alley) a tad extra hot, that may have done it.  I hope I can recreate that...cuz I got it home and immediately broke it.
Aaaaaaahhhh letting go....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Earthling: A Self Portrait

Sometimes I feel just a little too earthbound...

This painting is not for sale.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I know I'll Never Do Better...But We Have to Break Up


I'M SO TORN!!!  It drives me crazy that I have to sacrifice for the environment!  I hate it.  I wish I was one of those people that just make good choices naturally.  But I'm not.  I like things now...I like things tasty...and I like 'em CLEAN!  So I painted this image to remind me that I can't have it all.  And it hurts...I'm gonna miss you my love...

This painting is has been sold.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Silent Film Star

I love this guy. Yes, he's a fish, but clearly he's a romantic. He's the guy that will bring you chocolate without being prompted. And remember some obscure anniversary, like, "This date marks two years since the first time you tied my tie."
(I think tying a man's tie is sexy)

How did I get from this fish to tying a man's tie?
Clearly, I'm a romantic...

This painting can be purchased by contacting the artist at chamberlayne2@yahoo.com

(I have a friend who calls this painting Silent Porn Star, 'cuz, ya know, fish can be saucy)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Goldfish


This painting came about because I walk my adorable dog through the park almost every day. And every day I drop goldfish flakes into my daughter's State-Fair-coin-toss-prize goldfish tank and I think,  "If only I could walk my goldfish through the park..."  And while considering that I began to wonder what I must look like to them, through that big plate of glass that they can never understand... 
...and now I wonder if they wish they could swim that enormous thing they see as me through their tiny little park-like tank.

The title came about because there is no denying the gunslinger factor, it's just difficult to say why that happened....

And I just found out that this painting was sold today...yay!!!  (Sorry Dave....)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Benevolent Madness

I've been asked by my father, who has been in the news game for more than thirty years, to describe my work in one sentence.  It's just one sentence, how hard can that be?  "Colorful" is at least accurate, I thought...  "Bold" is usually used in my presence...  and "Quirky" is probably the best description.   So, "Colorful, bold, and quirky depictions (that sounds pretty good) of some modern topics... that just won't leave me alone," was my original thought.  It's true, the topics really won't leave me alone, but I don't think you should use the word "bold" when describing your own work, and "colorful" sounds too childlike. But my work isn't exactly adultlike, so I ramain stuck.
"Fun fodder for therapy,"  was another little tidbit that came to mind.  However, using the word "fun" is just wrong, and "fodder" always makes me think of cows for some reason.  At least mentioning therapy is now in fashion.  (Too bad I've never been...I'm saving up)
But now suddenly the phrase "segue-free" comes to mind, how will I fit that in?
This isn't exactly easy, and "I got nothin'" isn't gonna get anybody out of the house...
I'm thinking I should just roll with "A good date movie," 
that'll pack 'em in.

(...and my father just called after having read this and he said, "That's great dear, but it's not one sentence.")

This painting is currently for sale by contacting the artist at chamberlayne2@yahoo.com

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The MunkeyMind Show

Picking a title for my show is a daunting task. I have thousands of them, literally thousands. I see them everywhere. Every time I see a movie, or listen to a song, or hear a kid scream at his ever-surprised mother in the park, they all sound like titles to me. "That's what she said..." even made the list. But I figure I should roll with MunkeyMind because it seems to encapsulate my twisted tangential thinking that is my greatest flipping burden and (often to my surprise) my most delicious blessing.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Delicate Flower

I have a particular affinity for this piece.  It sold at an auction benefitting the Mather Field Vernal Pools.  Just doing my part to help save the world.  That and the fact that I love to paint frogs.  If you ever want me to paint you a frog, I will, in a heartbeat.
Acrylic on Canvas

12" X 16"


This painting has been sold, however it can be purchased in the form of a
Light Box Print (illuminated from behind) by contacting the artist at
chamberlayne2@yahoo.com

Please Pull up to Forward Pump

"Please Pull Up To Forward Pump" Such a progressive statement in such an ironic place. There is nothing I like better than finding profundity in a ubiquitous sign that you see every time you turn around.
Acrylic on Canvas
36" X 36"

This painting has been gifted to a Light Pirate.

It'll Only Hurt for a Second

I love the thought of the slow deliberate deadly squeeze of a giant Boa Constrictor.  I simply wanted to capture that feeling in this piece as the Green Movement slowly reduced the size of our collective carbon foot print to its ultimate and necessary death.
Acrylic on Canvas
36" X 48"
(sold)

The Rough Patch

This painting came to me as the result of that feeling that you get when you've been staring down the barrel of a blank canvas for far too long.
Acrylic on Canvas

36" X 24"

Sold

They Gotta New Clown...

I can't help myself, if there is a movie quote to be had, I'll use it.
Acrylic on Canvas
16" X 24"
(sold)

My Pet Goat

This may have come from the fact that I would LOVE to own goats.  More than anything.  Or, maybe not...
Acrylic on Canvas
24" X 48"

This painting can be purchased by contacting the artist at chamberlayne2@yahoo.com

The Outer Child

This painting came about because I was unlucky enough to witness a small child go through too much for most adults to handle.  And through it all she remained hilarious and darling and innocent.  A lesson for us all.  And happily enough,  I saw the girl yesterday and she is doing beautifully...
Acrylic on Canvas
36" X 24"
(sold)

Ollie Ollie Oxen Free

Just a portrait of several of the monkeys in my mind.
Acrylic on Canvas
16" X 48"
(sold)

The Quest

I feel so vulnerable when I'm getting my...no strike that....

Madonna and Child

This painting is pretty self explanitory.  Funny thing is, I hold the person who purchased it in such high regard that on the night of my show I was pretty sure my family pooled some money together and got him to buy it to encourage me to keep painting.  I still think that.
Acrylic on wood
36" X 24"
(sold)