Sunday, November 29, 2009

And Now For Something Completely Different

I finally finished a canvas I started probably almost a year ago. I've been busy working, reorganizing my art space and making presents for the holidays. I've got the big 4-7 bday coming up too so I'm doing a lot of soul searching and thinking about what the next steps will be for me in my life. It just feels right and necessary even, to get serious about this thing called life. So I apologize for not posting often or blog visiting. After the holidays I will be back on track.

Here is "Can I Take My Gun Up To Heaven":

Bear found those bullet casings, believe it or not, in the parking lot where he works. Weird, huh?

I used a transparency of one of my antique cabinet cards, sticker letters I embellished with rub and buff and China Markers and Stabilo pencils, turquoise Golden Acrylic, red crackle paint, plastic dollar store sheriff's badge I aged with paint and Golden's Gel Bead medium, alcohol ink blood on the bullet casings, rusty wings left over from a workshop, Tim Holz Grunge Board wings, portfolio oil pastels and the guns are my secret. hahahohohehe.
The song that inspires the Art is by the band Cracker. The song is, not suprisingly, "Can I Take My Gun Up To Heaven".

I saw a concert years ago with The Gin Blossoms (not a fan), The Spin Doctors, who were HORRIBLE and the lead singer was an egotistical a-hole, yelling at the audience because there was a lot of milling around for drinks, bathroom breaks etc, cuz they sucked so bad live. Cracker was the opening act and the point of my being there. Unfortunately their bus broke down, they arrived late and they only played 3 songs becuz the Spin Doctors didn't want to go on stage late. Weenies. Anyhoo, years and years ago I discovered Cracker on the station I used to listen to, WXPN, commercial free radio from the University of Pennsylvania. This was before my XM subscription and Pandora radio on the internet. I recommend these stations highly.

Anyhoo, this piece has been in my head for years and it finally came out. xoSusan


  1. Great piece.. I like the song also.

  2. Very cool Susan! I love the addition of the bullet casings to your art.

  3. I'm really happy that we finally got a chance to see what was in your mind all of this time! It's AweSoMe, Susan! Just discovered Pandora, and I'm in LOVE with it! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  4. Love it! It reminds me of Wyatt Earp goes punk!

  5. Absolutely fantastic, Susan! I just love the metal inclusions and the addition of the bullet casings. What a stunning piece!
    Hugs, Gaby

  6. If I were Bear I'd be looking over my shoulder. Those may have been practice shots!!!!! Very original I have to say. But NO you cannot take your gun to Heaven. Bad girl.