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Friday, May 8, 2015

Tomatillos still life / "dreamscape", framed

This is part of Local Colour's still life series:
 Tomatillos
acrylic on wood panel
6" 5/8" round wood panel
 frame like effect carved in the panel


Below:

I posted this previously. 
It was to be part of a set of work I'm selling
through paypal and shipping.
At the time of that posting it was only in a mat for lightweight shipping.
Although this is different from the theme of work I submitted to 
Local Colour boutique, they liked and requested this piece.
So I just modified a recycled frame and painted it to match.
Meeting
inner mat: 12" x 16"
with frame: 16" x 20"
acrylic and collage on acid free mat, rag paper and wood


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Still lifes

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Meyer Lemon
oil on wood in recycled, painted frame
varnished
total size 6" square

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Pear
oil on wood in recycled, painted frame
varnished
total size 6" square

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Kiwano, Lemon, Apple
oil on 8" square canvas, black painted wood frame
varnished

You will find these at Local Colour Boutique in Arlington VA.  More will be coming in both oil and acrylic. All work will be cycled out with a new set at the start of June and July, and also to replace pieces whenever they sell. Depending on the general size allotment (the nightscape posted from the other day is considerably larger than the suggested guidelines) I may be bringing a couple more at the end of the week. 

Here's one in progress in acrylic . It has a flatter, more linear style. I think I need to work with what acrylic does instead of fighting it. 





Saturday, May 2, 2015

Nightscape and Upcoming Show at Local Colour Gallery

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Night Scene, Spring-Behind Apartment
18" x 36" oil on canvas

I'm still  cautious about painting at night , despite my visual preference for it, but this was on my apartment's property from the stairwell. I felt pretty safe. My only regret is I wish I could paint faster for moments that pop up. Night owls like myself occasionally walked up the curved driveway with their dogs and it would have been cool to have captured a dog/human duo. I need to start doing more spontaneous drawing and painting sketches that capture those great unique moments. 

This will be up at Local Colour Boutique for the month of May in Alexandria, along with a small assortment of still life work. I'll be adding this and the others to the sale page on Monday. I'll be adding "dreamscape" work steadily throughout the summer to that page too. 


Sunday, April 19, 2015

"Twice Upon A Time" (48 Hour Film Project)



I received a pleasant surprise today: The new and longer edit from my team's entry (Aura Media Productions) to last summer's 48 Hour Film Project competition in Washington, DC.

The film project is part of a worldwide competition. The spirit of this contest is about promoting a sense of can-do urgency in filmmakers.  They are challenged to conceptualize and complete a short feature in an assigned genre, in very limited time frame. From what I had observed, the adventure of submitting an entry by deadline eclipsed any direct competition between teams.

There are a few "catches" in order to prevent filmmakers from jumping ahead of the gun.  There are secret, surprise elements that are revealed to all the teams at the start of the 48 hour filming period. All these elements must be incorporated into the film. Last year they were:

Character  Samuel or Samantha (Sam) Canterbury, Event Planner
Prop  an envelope
Line  "You can trust me."


The director pulls the assigned genre out of a hat:

•    Comedy
•    Dark Comedy
•    Drama
•    Film Noir
•    Film de Femme
•    Fish Out of Water
•    Horror
•    Musical or Western
•    Road Movie
•    Romance
•    Sci Fi
•    Silent Film
•    Thriller/Suspense
•    Time Travel

We got "comedy" with parody as the sub genre. So a parody of a fairly tale was crafted: Twice Upon a Time.

My contribution had a limited but visible role in the longer cut of the film. My artwork was in the background inside of wicked Samantha Canterbury's castle dwelling. In reality, the castle dwelling was the director's condo building party room that can be rented out for resident events. I took down much of the designer match-y art already on the walls and hung as much work as I could bring, mostly on the entertainment shelves for big screen tv watching. (We took down and/or hid all the electronics.)





Veronika Downes as Samantha Canterbury in "Twice Upon a Time" copyright 2014 Aura Media Productions

For this, I was given a Production Design credit. There were other visual artists on this team who shared this credit. They stayed up late creating the pencil portraits and other art in the magic book, and in the background of the final credit roll. 

In the competition, the run of the entries must be capped at seven minutes. A lot of footage gets left behind in editing, and my own art was pretty much a brief blur. I was a little disappointed, but considering the hard rules of the contest. I had figured getting edited out could be a possibility.

No, we didn't win....but I'm glad to see Aura Pro Media took the time to re-edit the footage for the original seven minute entry to a piece (in this cut, seventeen minutes) that better reflects their vision. In this one you can see much more of my artwork, as well as the rest of the crew's contributions, and a more developed storyline. 

I was impressed with the friendly but no-nonsense hard work and cooperation of everyone on set: Director Stephanie Cristancho, Producer James Lewis, the actors, the film crew, the hair and makeup artists, the wardrobe coordinator, the catering, and those who doubled their duties with providing transportation early and late hours to the rest of the cast and crew. My first experience on a film set was a positive one, and I would enjoy more opportunities to contribute my artwork in ways that would be of service. 

Here is the (approximate) seventeen minute version of the short film:




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dreamscapes, Sea and Space (April 2015)

Here's more of completed "dreamscape" drawings worked with color and collage.
Both are acrylic ink, watercolor, and collage drawings on recycled, painted frames.

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12.5" w x 16"h


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring 2015 Updates and Collaborations



Hello!

I've been quiet here, but busy in various projects. It's time for a few updates.

I've getting ready to display monthly sampling of my work (six paintings to be rotated monthly on the first of May, June, and July...and also to replace work as it sells) at Local Colour Gallery in Alexandria, VA. The first month will have a selection of still lifes. The second and third will have a variety of possible still lifes, landscapes and figurative work. You should be seeing all new work for that by the end of this month.

I'm also getting ready to have a new selection of surreal dreamscape work on paper and wood available for purchase online (payment available through paypal) and on my sales page . It should also be updated by the end of the month and growing over the summer. There's work available there currently, so go check it out if you haven't. With the exception of very large or delicate pieces (those I prefer that customers see them in person by appointment) , most are available for shipping. Just contact me directly (email artbyjeannehospod AT yahoo DOT com)  about any questions, and to place an order. I'm not doing etsy or ebay as listing and relisting adds up in fees, with very little visibility in the sea of arts and crafts.

I'm eager to see the release of that David Huntsberger comedy/animation special, which should be available sometime this summer...online and dvd being at least part of the ways you can view it. I'll pass on updates as I get them. This was my contribution , among a very talented team of animators . The sound is omitted for the preview, but trust me...the accompanying stand up is entertainingly offbeat and funny. You should get a copy when it's available.

That wasn't the end of my collaboration. I also made a couple of title credits for the special. This one is purdy. The concept was David's.  I rendered, refined, and animated it:


It's supposed to go on for only two seconds, so I looped it for easier viewing.

There was also the Sixteen Second Story that was part of David's Junk Show (a monthly variety show where all entertainers perform outside the usual expectations of their work). The Sixteen Second story starts with a volunteer at the show who presents the bare beginnings of a story on the spot and they tell as much as they can in 16 seconds. Then it is given to an animator to flesh out. The next month, the story and animation is presented to the Junk Show and another storytelling volunteer adds to it. The cumulative animation and the new audio is given to another animating volunteer to interpret, ...and so on. This goes on for a year and the whole piece is presented at the 13th Junk Show, which happened to be this past weekend.

I like how the ending brought the silliness full circle, as well as the unique styles and approaches of all the animators. I also enjoy Rob Crow's background music. It was a great fit. My part runs from 2:50-3:07.




There's also a mini rundown on my art and some technical tips/tutorials on animating for newbies in a video. I'm  not very technically proficient compared to the other animators on both projects, but can provide information for those interested would-be animators who find buying/renting expensive software with a high learning curve prohibitive and daunting.
 Some of it may accompany David's Comedy/Animation special, but not sure how much...likely just a very small portion. I'll be sharing clips of what isn't used on my youtube page when I find that out.





                                                                               
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Most recently I've been painting and drawing...both from observation, and imagination.
A small sampling of some of the dreamscapes, before watercolor, colored ink and some collage has been added:



Some have changed considerably since reworking in color.


This was a mashup/collage of two black and white ink stream of consciousness drawings that worked out better combined. 12"w x 16"h ink/watercolor/acrylic ink/collage on watercolor rag paper and acid free matboard. (I'm open to name suggestions on this one if you'd like to share them in the comments.)

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Something random, fun and weird: A couple of years ago on my twitter timeline, I came across an interesting character, "Hacksawgranny" who dwells there. She's not on daily, and sometimes takes longish breaks....possibly taking care of responsibilities in other dimensions and parallel universes. (Which makes me think of David Huntsberger sharing an interesting theory on dementia and dimension hopping in an early episode of the Professor Blastoff podcast with fellow comedians Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan. ) It's always a treat to read her posts when she returns. 

Her world has a cast of odd folk : her dead husband Walter who she still bickers with on occasion, town ladies like nasty Mrs. Bat, and that hussy Mrs. Cream, grandson Stinkypants, Chickens #1 through #6 (possibly more) and her kitten Tuba.  Death itself is her frenemy...they go way back to the time when he returned her to this earthly realm because her check bounced. He's quite the mercenary type.  He squats on her property, steals from her refrigerator, and sometimes takes over her twitter account, always in the goal of scamming for a quick buck.  

I've worked in elder care before, so I can't help being *that* busybody neighbor who checks and fusses on her now and then. She may be all over the place in her mind, spirit, and body, but she's always fine. Hope my world is as rich at age 98.



I made two versions: this one below is acrylic ink on
 6 5/8" round wood panel

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and this one (will be available on my sale page soon) is acrylic ink on 18" round wood panel


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So that's all for now....other than brainstorming and storyboarding an animation for a favorite musician later this summer (tba).   I'll be uploading paintings more frequently this season and next.
Hope you are enjoying your spring!  


Thursday, November 20, 2014

soundless portion preview to comedy bit "Diagnosis: Depression"



My portion of the animation (sound omitted for the preview) collaboration that will accompany David Huntsberger's Comedy/Animation Stand Up special. The live performance was recorded at the New Movement Theater in Austin, Texas on November 15th, 2014.

(BTW - I had a fabulous time at the live show at The New Movement Theater in Austin, and met so many cool talented people! David, the film crew, the prop artists, and the animation team were a pleasure to work with. I'll follow up with links to the other animators in an upcoming post.)

Curious what all this imagery is about? Want to hear David  Huntsberger's comedy standup? Want to see more of the other amazing animation work by the rest of David's team, (thanks to the supporters of the Kickstarter that made this project possible?) The official DVD and download will be available for sale (approximately) by the summer of 2015.

See www.davidhuntsberger.com  for updates.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

David Huntsberger's Live Animation and Comedy Standup Performance in Austin Texas

Hi! Just reminding my friends, animation geeks, comedy fans, and just about anyone who wants to see a performance that is Austin Weird worthy, come to the New Movement Theater on November 15th (a 7pm and 9pm show) to see comedian David Huntsberger , (of the Professor Blastoff podcast trio... along with Tig Notaro* and Kyle Dunnigan) . It is a live filmed recording of a comedy special that will have accompanying animation from artists around the world (my contribution included), staged as a sort of scientific experiment.

The resulting recording will be available for purchase by DVD and download later in 2015.

I'm honored to be a part of this show, to work with such a cool team of people, especially under David's unique vision, and excited to be able to fly back to my Austin friends and family to share it.

I can't think of a better way to celebrate my 45th birthday.

Tickets are limited! Hurry and snag a seat asap!

I'll see you in Austin.

Jeanne Hospod





(*Get better Tig! All your Blastronauts and fans love and wish you a speedy recovery!)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

transitioning back to paint/presentation/montage


Now that I'm done with the animation project, I've been reorganizing my workspace in order to get back to painting. I'll be focusing on both still lifes and dreamscape work.   I took a look at some past pieces I either had in progress or were finished but could use a bit more reworking with a fresher eye. Here's two I played with. Both are in/on recycled painted frames. 


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Watercolor on acid free paper mounted into a 
recycled frame and uv archival plexiglass painted 
with acrylic and acrylic ink
23" x 11"


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  acrylic on wood panel mounted on recycled wood
framed mirror, carved and painted with acrylic and 
acrylic ink.
10" x 10"
                                                                                    

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kickstarter Update

Good News! 

David Huntsberger's Kickstarter for his comedy and animation special is fully funded with more to spare at the time of this writing. (...And counting....contributions are still most welcome!) 
Thank You So Much for your help!  
Jeanne Hospod


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Animation Kickstarter

Here is the link to David Huntsberger's Kickstarter

As David says, what separates this kickstarter from many is that the project has been well underway for months, and creatively near completion. What the fundraiser will do is raise money for the equipment needed and film crew in order to shoot this project.

If you can please help make this project possible. Any financial amount is appreciated. And even if you cannot pledge cash, please link it generously in your social media, emails, blogs etc. Thanks for your help. We need to raise $25,000 by October 1st.

It's in the link, but here's the promotional video:




Another image to leave you on:



BTW If you aren't familiar with   David's comedy, check him out. My favorite combination of humor: smart, offbeat, and trippy.





I don't exactly agree that he has the standard issue brain, but that's a good thing. 

Oh, I want to add this...it's one of my favorite Professor Blastoff (David co-hosts the podcast along with Kyle Dunnigan and Tig Notaro) episodes: Astrobiology
A classic blastronaut balance of pure silliness and science. 


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Preview to animation in progress for David Huntsberger part 2

Hey, the Kickstarter for David's project will start this Tuesday. I'll link it (and a few more final images when its up). Here are a few more stills, not in any particular order.. Sorry, I won't be explaining their context though. You'll have to see the live show or purchase the recording of it, or any other way it is chosen to be shared by David.    part one here (with sample clip)

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 Something I've noticed in all of my animation projects....I seem to retain that sepia/black and white palette and introduce color as a dramatic element and to introduce a new world like The Wizard of Oz. It hasn't gotten old for me...yet, but it is something to note.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Preview to animation in progress for David Huntsberger

Here are some stills to the animation project I'm doing for David Huntsberger. This will be completed in two weeks. The next step will be the Kickstarter for David and the animation team (other animators are working on different topics that are a part of his stand up comedy).

The plan is that the videos will be projected behind David, with the concept that it is the audience's thoughts being projected onto the screen. 

This will be filmed in Austin, TX this November. The animation team will be participating in the live show
in the role of "scientists" supervising the audience brain scans as they enjoy the stand up. 

I'm not explaining what exactly is going on. I'll leave that as a surprise but it will come together when
you hear David's topic that goes along with it. 

As you might recognize, Da Vinci's  vitruvian man makes several appearances. His final one at the end I'm giddy about, but not saying why. You'll have to see the final product (will eventually be on DVD) or check it live if you are in Austin this November.  


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some fun details: posters in the background of the 
doctor's office setting: the cliched "hang in there" kitty poster
(My own lovely furbean as my model) and what I call Dante's Eyechart

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Here is a teeny preview of a motion clip.  
Note that the quality I'm uploading on blogger isn't near
what it actually is for the project. Here the size is tiny.
The real deal is HD 1080 x 1920

                                           video

I'll share the rest of the stills (puppies, kittens and birds!) at the end of the project in a couple of weeks.
Oh, and the Kickstarter, of course.