Monday, February 22, 2010

make art not war

I am obsessed with daVinci... especially the Mona Lisa. If only the Louvre would allow patrons to sleep under the Mona Lisa or light novena candles in her honor. I would love to rent a cot and have one night alone with her.

make art not war

Sunday, February 21, 2010

planet calamari spreads its tentacles

What is the sound of one tentacle clapping?

Thanks to all of those friends and family who have been so supportive as i make a small transition back to playing artist. It was fun to take almost a whole week off from treating patients to create again. This coming week it's back to work. I am so grateful that i love what i do for a living. There is no temptation to return to art full time. The biggest challenge however, will be attempting to balance work with play. These past few years i have turned into a work-aholic, good for business but detrimental to physical and mental health. The muse has returned just at the right time.

If a squid claps in the ocean does it make a sound?

Ever since i can remember, i always wanted to do a line of greeting cards but could never figure out how without spending a fortune on start up. My ideas are too absurd for Hallmark. I finally found a way to make this possible through the magic of Zazzle. After resurrecting some old art from some of the books i have illustrated, Greetings from Planet Calamari Greeting
was born. More designs will be added when i have to time to search and rescue the lost art from our ghost ridden attic.

A rabbi, a priest and a squid walked into a bar.........

Two weeks ago i discovered the Etsy site. A perfect solution to selling handcrafted art on line with out having to deal with a gallery. So much easier too. More mixed media pieces and jewelry will be added on the Planet Calamari Etsy site as soon as i can figure out the best way to photograph them. It has been the biggest challenge with the lack of sunlight this past week...and time. (In fact let's just blame the lack of sunlight for everything that has gone haywire lately.)

For all those on facebook, Planet Calamari now has a fan page planet calamari art galleria It is my hope to post art related articles and news as well as other artists on this page.

If you are an artist, musician, photographer, or writer check out the site. Its a free site to post and sell your work.

Wishing everyone a happy last week of February and Chinese New Year. Spring is around the corner!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Reincarnated Rosary & Button Art to Wear

Romantic touch of the past with a touch of spring! Nostalgic Mother of Pearl buttons from Nonna's button tin, beaded onto remnants of one of her rosaries. Prayers of a magical spring intertwined with shades of pink, blue and lavender.

This one of a necklace is hand crafted from recycled Job's Tears rosary beads beaded with antique and vintage mother of pearl buttons, glass beads, Austrian crystals, rose quartz, Glass pink, amethyst and lilac Czech beads and a moon charm cascading from the piece.
This piece has an easy to work silver plated clasp and is about 16.5 inches long.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Reincarnated Rosary Bead & Button Bracelet

Romantic touch of the past with a boho flair! Nostalgic Nonna buttons beaded on her rosary. Love and prayers intertwined into this magical bracelet.

This one of a bracelet is hand crafted from recycled Job's Tears rosary beads beaded with antique and vintage buttons, glass beads, Austrian crystals, rose quartz, hematite semi precious beads. Glass red Czech beads with vintage garnet rosary bead and a moon charm dangle from the bracelet.

Easy silver plated clasp. Bracelet measures about 7.25 inches.
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Saturday, February 06, 2010

el Milagro del Amor ear art

El Milagro del Amor translates as The Miracle of Love.

A unique Valentine Day gift for a loved one or a magic charm to attract love! The Mexicans believe milagro charms carry prayers to those who can fulfill our wishes.

I have several boxes of assorted Catholic trinkets such as broken rosaries, patron saint medals and prayer cards that belong to my Nonna Annie and Aunt Dina. Going through them i came up with the idea to recycle them and turn them into wearable art.

Authentic Mexican silver heart milagro charms hang from a recycled antique rosary. The rosary beads are glass garnet. A semi-precious garnet bead hangs with the milagro.

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El Desayuno del Diablo

The Devil's Breakfast from the Art Returns from the Dead collection. What would El Diablo have for breakfast....deviled eggs? Whimsical mixed media art to hang in your breakfast nook.

Paper Mache red diablo with clay deviled eggs as eyes, embellished with Mexican milagros, Lotteria cards, plaster skulls, worry dolls, coffee beans,glass crickets, butterflies and an old rosary for those who pray they are not part of his breakfast!

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Del Arte Suenos Nunca

Del Arte Suenos Nunca translates as Art Never Sleeps. A tribute to Frida Kahlo and the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead. This piece is part of the Art Returns From the Dead collection.

Bronzed paper mache mask embellished with sea glass found in Salem MA with red Swarovski crystals, plaster skulls and a dove. (Diego Revera referred to Frida as his Lttle Dove.) Decoupage art of Frida and images from Jose Posada. Mounted on a black background with black wooden frame with wire hanger attached.

To see more Frida inspired art visit the Planet Calamari Art Galleria on Etsy.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Planet Calamari Under Construction!
Excuse our mess while we are updating

The Planet Calamari website, PlanetCalamari Etsy Galleria and the Planet Calamari Cafepress Shop are in the midst of a makeover.

We are still open for business. Please excuse the mess and wear your hardhat and safety goggles while shopping!
Thank you

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Happy Groundhog's Day!

First D.J.: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
Second D.J.: It's coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
First D.J.: Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that blizzard thing.
Second D.J.: [mockingly] That blizzard - thing. That blizzard - thing. Oh, well, here's the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a "big blizzard thing!"
First D.J.: Yessss, they are. But you know, there's another reason why today is especially exciting.
Second D.J.: Especially cold!
First D.J.: Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody's lips...
Second D.J.: - On their chapped lips...
First D.J.: - On their chapped lips, right: Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?
Second D.J.: Punxsutawney Phil!
First D.J.: Thats right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's
[in unison]

Monday, February 01, 2010

Frida Kahlo y Diablo Ear Art

Frida Kahlo inspired ear art with a touch of the Day of the Dead. Perfect for your inner bad girl. Paint on your uni-brow and add a touch of red lipstick. Viola!

Silver conchos are embellished with a Frida image. Strands of Czech glass, silver charms and a carved diablo bead from South America catch the light.

See more at the new Planet Calamari Art Gallery on Etsy!