Thursday, January 19, 2012

Beauty Is Embarrassing


I am SO EXCITED to see this movie. It is a documentary about Wayne White! Not only did he graduate from my alma mater, he was the set designer for Pee Wee's Playhouse! Among other things. Seriously, watch the trailer, you are going to love it!

Pee Wee's Playhouse was a HUGE influence on me as a child. Wayne White did a bunch of the puppets and was the voice of Randy. He also was a designer on Riders in the Sky and Beakman's World, which I also loved. 
 Now he is mostly known for these incredible word paintings that he does over vintage landscape reproductions. 

I love the part in the trailer where he says "My mission is to bring humor to fine art."



"Heinies n Shooters w/Hotties at Hooters"
All these images are from his website. I looked through ALL the galleries, cackling and annoying Travis the whole time.


He came and spoke at a student design event when I was in school. I remember it being hilarious and completely inspiring. Which I needed to be reminded of. 
This year one of my goals is to be creative again. You probably don't know, but I have a B.F.A. in graphic design. I graduated in 2008 and after a brutal job search that ended with lots of rejection I pretty much gave up and lost all confidence in my creative abilities. I started college as a painting major and it has been years since I've even thought about painting. And it is a shame because I always loved it. So I'm going to take some inspiration from Wayne White and try to make art again. Even if I never show it to anyone. Art doesn't need to be serious, and it doesn't always have to be perfect.  I'm going to try and remember that. We'll see how it goes. 

15 comments:

  1. He's amazing. Can't wait to see that! And hon, sometimes job searches not ending well aren't about how talented you are or aren't. It could have just been a normal sucky unlucky job search. I have no doubt that you're amazingly creative. Do what you love. Create things first and foremost for YOU. If anyone else likes them, consider it a bonus. Trust me..our art is an evolution. You'll make things now and look back on them in ten years and say, "Wow, I like what I'm doing now better.." but that's not to say that ten years ago, you weren't blissfully happy in the act of creating them. And that's what counts. :)

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    1. what a perfect comment. i know you are right.

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  2. Yay! You go paint, lady! Nick totally loves his work, and bought a book of his paintings. It's amazing! I am way jealous that you got to hear him speak.

    I can't wait to see the awesome things you make! I definitely understand losing confidence in your work -- I haven't made anything in so long! But it's good to remember how great it feels to make. I have no doubt that it will be awesome!

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    1. of course nick loves his work. nick and i seem to love all the same things. so aweosme.

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  3. is it coming to the belcourt!?!?! if so, I will be there.

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    1. it better. it is debuting at sxsw soon.

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  4. i second what eartha said! i'm excited to see what you have up your sleeve. :)

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  5. Thank you for sharing this, it looks brilliant! Do what you love ... if you love painting darlin' then by all means, PAINT!

    I just watched Pee Wee's Big Adventure with my 12 year old niece & was delighted by how much she loved it. I had seen it with my two best friends in the theater in 1985 when we were 12; I was so happy to see that it can reach kids even today. Next week we're going to start alternating our weekly Buffy the Vampire Slayer sessions with Pee Wee's Playhouse episodes & I can't wait!

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    1. how awesome! i LOVE buffy the vampire slayer too. i need to rewatch the series, it has been a little while. i watched pee wee's big adventure for the first time in a few years last year and i had forgotten how perfect it was. i feel like if someone wants to know what i'm like, i can say just watch that movie and you will see pretty much every thing i love. i have a pee wee brooch that i wear all the time. haha, nerd alert.

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    2. Pee Wee brooch?! So jealous!

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  6. what a great trailer! I totally can't wait to see this :]

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  7. We should really try to cheer on each other. I haven't painted since I graduated in 2005. True story. I loved to paint.

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  8. Kudos to you for getting back into the creative frame of mind...and what inspiration! I look forward to seeing that doc FOR SURE.

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  9. i love his work! so good! now, go paint some things.

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  10. I love Pee Wee's Playhouse too! One of my proudest parenting accomplishments is that my daughter asks to watch it :)
    I think you should definitely re-ignite your creativity! I know how you feel though. I had a really bad experience selling one of my Kitschmas wreaths this year and it totally killed my confidence and made me never again want to show my creative efforts to anyone. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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