Monday, November 2, 2009

When All the Birds Are Gone


Please come see Kim Walker's BFA Thesis Exhibition "When All the Birds are Gone." She is not only one of my most cherished friends, but she is also an amazing artist who's work has always inspired me to try harder as an artist.

The opening reception is tonight, Monday, November 2, at 5pm.
If you can't make it this evening, the show will be up until the 16th of November.

313 Fine Arts Gallery
Art Complex
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hooray!

Today has been totally rad! I got to hang out with my sweetie, see the outside of my new apartment, and Law and Order CI is filming on my road! I saw Jeff Goldbloom! It took every ounce of energy in my body to prevent me from running over to him to squeeze him. He was like, three feet away from me :D

Also, you can see the statue of liberty from my road really well! I can't wait to have people visit! I'm on cloud nine!!! HOORAY!!!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

No sleep 'til Brooklyn

Hellooooooooooooooo everybody!

Today is my last day in Fairbanks! I'm so excited I keep throwing up in my mouth! Okay, not really, but I am certainly giddy. I have much to do throughout the day today, so I probably won't be able to see anyone before I head out. However, if I have some extra time I'm going to text everyone and force you to have a drink with me. Yes? Yes.

If I don't get to see you it's not because I don't love you. It's because I'm a procrastinator...and should be punished.

If you want me to send you a postcard, send me your address!

With much love!!!

MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Puppy Doing Absolutely Nothing! In a Sweater!

Oh hai. It's me...Shaaaaayna.

If you've been wondering where I've been, the answer is inside my little dry cabin tucked away in an enchanted forest. I'm without internetz, hence my lack of tom-bloggery. Tricklings of entries may occur here and there, but believe you me...I will write with full force come November, as Jess (my bff) and I will be venturing to the big apple from this little Alaskan town. Adventures shall ensue, my friends...oh how the adventures will ensue...

Until then, enjoy this three seconds of Assiqtaq! In a sweater! Doing NOTHING!

video

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ONLINE AUCTION!!!

Hello friends :D

I need to sell my paintings before I move away, so I'm holding an online auction.

If you are interested in getting one of my original paintings or prints, please visit my ebay site or click on the listings below :)

If you live in Fairbanks, AK, I will refund the shipping costs :D!











Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yeah RLY!


I just finished my first mustache portrait (Thank you, Brad). I've got two other customers and am still taking orders if you're interested :D

I'll post a better version of this painting once I get my hands on one!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Do YOU Want a Handlebar Moustache?

Hey everybody :D

So the other day I made my facebook status this:

"Shayna Hawkins will paint a small portrait of you with a handle bar mustache for the low low price of $50. Sans mustache? Double it."

I was mostly just being facetious because I didn't think anyone, other than myself, would be interested in paying that much for a portrait of themselves with an eccentric 'stache.

Oh, how I was wrong.

I already have three customers who are just as excited as I am to see themselves with sweet handlebar mustaches. HOORAY!

I will post pictures of them as soon as I finish them. I'll also be painting one of myself. If you're interested in one, email me at:

tickle.me.plaid@gmail.com

Later gaters!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cuomo here Rivers

Weezer was probably the first band that ever fell in love with. Sure, I had been sort of listening to Nirvana, the Breeders, and Metallica due to the interests of my older siblings. However, I never really felt like I could relate to a band until I first heard Rivers Cuomo sing "In the Garage". You see, Pre 7th grade, I was a skinny, ratty-haired girl who begged her brothers to let her play RPGs with them...in our garage. No joke. I rolled with 12 sided dice and knew exactly what River meant by "Dungeon Master's guide" the first time I heard him sing that line.

However, it wasn't just this relation that made me adore Weezer. There's something about Rivers' voice that, to me, seems so young and innocent, even now. The man is thirteen years my senior, but it's easy for me to forget that sometimes. As I grew up listening to the lyrics of the Blue Album through the Green, I felt as though the band was maturing with me; struggling and succeeding in love and life at the rate of Shay.

Yet after their third album, I started to lose interest in the band's music. I tried REALLY hard to enjoy Make Believe, but could only find a flicker of enjoyment from "My Best Friend," and to be honest I haven't really given the Red Album a chance. Until today, I couldn't help but wonder whether or not I'd ever enjoy anything produced by any of the band members ever again.

Luckily I read my friend Brenna's blog. She posted three video's of Rivers Cuomo singing live for stereogum.com in 2008 that I've completely fallen in love with. I'm going to post my favorite of the three, but will add links to the other two as well.

This video shows a live recording of the song "Can't Stop Partying". According to Weezerpedia:

"Can't Stop Partying" is a track from Alone II. Jermaine Dupri wrote the song and gave it to Rivers Cuomo because he claimed, as the Alone II liner notes say, that "the rock world and the hip-hop world were really the same: they were both all about partying."


I hope these fill your hearts with happy like it did for me <3!

Happy May Day!


Other Links:
Video #2

Video #3

Thursday, April 30, 2009

cap'n gown

I'm going to be super busy during the next week, so I'm going to make this entry short.

Here's a tiny list of things that have been awesome lately.

Awesome thing number 1
:
I'm going to graduate next week and I'm actually going to walk. I wasn't going to before, but I've decided that it might feel like I'm crossing a finish line, which appeals to me slightly. Look for the cap that has "FTW" painted on it. I'm also working on an appropriate silly walk for this occasion. See Monty Python for details...

Awesome thing number 2
:
I got a flower for being helpful :) I assisted the gallery coordinator and a few others during the jurying of this semester's student art show. We had to put pieces back in the studios they came from if they were rejected (ex: a sculpture would be taken back to the sculpture studio). The process took over 4 hours, but I stuck around because I felt super social that day, which is a rarity this semester. I got this rose right as they were starting to hand out the awards on opening night (I don't own a vase, but I think the juxtaposition of the rose and this crystal cascade bottle is totally rad).



Awesome thing number 3:
My painting "Squid Baby," won best in painting and my digital print "ROFLcopter" won best in digital art at the student art show. I've only received an honorable mention before (at the bear gallery for "Mupples"), so every time I got called for an award I felt shocked, somewhat embarrassed, and ecstatic. It was a strange mixture of feelings to say the least.

So here they are again...the pieces that made me $60 richer. I'm going to get fancy sauces for my ramen :D

© 2009 Shayna Hawkins

© 2009 Shayna Hawkins

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

OMG! It's VIRTUAL Whimsy!

I want to make sure all of my family and friends are able to enjoy my gallery, even though some of you live too far away. So, I've compiled video, photos and links that will help you feel as though you were there, too! And if any of you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork, you can go to my previous blog HERE, to see the prices. I hope you all enjoy the tour <3!

This is a video of my show's opening reception. It was put together by my sweet boyfriend, Nick:


These peices are actually in the order you would see them on the walls if you started from the right side of the gallery and worked your way around it ("Good Morning...Darling!" being the first piece you would see). If you want to see larger images of the peices, click HERE:



This is the file that is looping on Computer 1 (of 3) in my BFA Thesis Exhibition "OMG Whimsy":

Animation 1:
"Mupples"
"Mupples" won an Honorable Mention at the Fairbanks Arts Association's Bear Gallery in the 2009 "New Media: art via digital technology" Exhibition. It is also featured on Aniboom's You-Tube Channel with over 12,000 hits.

Animation 2:
"KSUA Rocks!"
This animation has been featured on KSUA-TV, UAFs Student Television station. It is based on a logo I had created for the Student Radiostation KSUA 91.5fm in Fairbanks, Alaska.


This next file is the one that is looping on Computer 2 (of 3) in my BFA Thesis Exhibition "OMG Whimsy".

1st Animation:
"Emoti-Cat"
3-D Animation composited into video.

2nd Animation:
"Mash-Up"
A mix of some of my animations from the past and present. Music by Gage Choat.

3rd Animation:
"The Kite"
An animation I created based on the kite I created and painted for my beginning sculpture class. This is a rough animation and I plan to clean it up and change some things in the future. Music by Gage Choat.


Computer 3 (of 3) had a flash file that contained my Shay-Town comics. You can see what it looked like by clicking HERE.


Well there you have it, friends. I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of my show! I'd like to take this moment to thank Jess for the help she gave me during set up, and for taking beautiful photos during my reception. I'm very lucky to have a professional photographer as a best friend. I would also like to thank Gage Choat for always being generous with his music. I am very fortunate to have a friend who creates songs that go so well with my humor and artistic style. And last, but certainly not least, Nick, who kept me sane during installation and helped me more than I could have ever asked for during this stressful time.

I love you all! Thanks for checking out my show!

<3 - Shayna

PS If you would like me to post the artist statement later, I will. I just need to find the jumpdrive it's on :D!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Prices for My Artwork

A bunch of people keep asking me to post the prices for my art, so I'm going to list the prices I currently have listed in the gallery.

Good Morning Darling - $250
Brain Child - $500
Inner City Pressure - $450 SOLD
@ - $200 SOLD
<3 - SOLD
Lollerskates - $50
Squid Baby - $450
Emoti-Pigs - $500
Phishing - SOLD
Solitaire - $450
Not All Pets Are For Petting - $300 SOLD
ROFLcopter - $200 SOLD
Shay-Shay - $500

***Prices are negotiable within reason. Just email me at tickle.me.plaid@gmail.com to commence the haggling!***

I'm providing a slideshow of the artwork, but if you would like a closer look at the work you can check it out in this photo album.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Things to come...

As most of my readers know, my BFA Thesis Exhibition "OMG Whimsy" is currently hanging in the UAF Fine Arts Complex Gallery. With the help of my wonderful best friend, Jess, and amazing boyfriend, Nick, I was able to get everything set up in the gallery before my thesis defense, with 15 minutes to spare. That's right. I had to defend my work after being awake for over 60-72 hours.

From what I've heard from other people who had to defend their art this semester, my defense went really well. Apparently, some people cry during these things, which really made me nervous. However, the questions weren't threatening, so during the Q and A I never felt like I was on the verge of tears. They had me talk about my work, asked a series of questions and then sent me out of the room. I was told to expect the art faculty to keep me in the hallway for 20-30 minutes, but after about 10 minutes of deliberation, they gave me the okay to open my show to the public.

Now it's been open since Monday, the 13th, and will continue to stay up until the 24th. I get up at 8am every morning to open the doors, set up the computers and turn on the lights. Then every night I return at 9pm to shut everything down. It's so strange to walk into a room full of my artwork staring back at me, especially in the morning. It feels so surreal. I think I'm really going to miss it when it's over.

I will be posting more photos and some video of the show in a day or so for those of you who can't enjoy "OMG Whimsy" in person. I hope you all like these future postings! Until then, here's a picture of me and the man that kept me sane and awake during the entire setup. It was taken by Jess at the Opening Reception of my show.

He has no idea how much I adore him <3



PS I adore you, too, Jess ;o)

Friday, April 3, 2009

My BFA Thesis Exhibit

...it's happening whether I like it or not ;-)
I'll be working on this for the next week, so I will likely not blog until the opening.
Look forward to pics of the exhibit and my boyfriend's visit (he's coming up here for my show <3)

See you in a week or so!


Friday, March 27, 2009

Ain't no doubt about it...

...I love mah Nickydactyl.




He made one for himself with me sticking my tongue out at him. I had no idea why he wanted me to send him a picture of myself sticking out my tongue, but it turns out it was for one of my favorite presents evAR! 4000 miles doesn't seem so far when we've got battleship to fill the void :D

Hee hee hee...he thinks he's going to kick my ass...he is going to cry with shame once I emasculate him and his fleet via red plastic pegs...

<3!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sheep Surplus

This is how I imagine the conversation went before this video was created.

"Consarnit Gerry, with the economy the way it is these days, how the hell are we going to feed all these damn sheep?" barked Emris.

"Don't worry Emris...I have a plan..." Gerry replied, his eyes twinkling.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Holy Crap Holy Crap HOLY CRAP!

Aniboom is featuring "Mupples" on their you-tube channel today. It's already received 300 hits and 30 comments! I've never had anything commented on 30 times before!

You can check out Aniboom's channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/aniBOOM


and check out the video comments here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXAO6EIrpCs

The best part is, most of the feedback is positive so far. I'm so flipping happy right now :D This is just the type of motivation I needed to get on track for my next two animations, which will be featured at my solo exhibit in April (more on that later).

Three cheers for Mupples!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

I haven't had much to blog about these days. I've been busy trying to find/create enough of my own artwork to throw together for my solo show in April. All I have on my mind really is "I need to graduate, need to paint, need to animate, need to eat, need to move away ...need to GRADUATE." So instead of boring you with repetitive blogs about how I'm stressing out about the upcoming months, I will entertain your senses with things I find on the internet that intrigue me. First up is a video called "Tyger" by Guilherme Marcondes of Brazil. It is based on the William Blake poem, The Tiger. The way he incorporates several methods to create this short is astonishing, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Alice

I can't stop listening to this today.



"The music video for my song 'Alice', an electronic piece of which 90% is composed using sounds recorded from the Disney film 'Alice In Wonderland'."

Thursday, February 26, 2009

As Randall Monroe once stated...

I'm a grown-up now, and it's my turn to decide what that means.


(picture of 2nd annual bed-set swap. My dog thinks bedding is tasty.)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Kittens inspired by kittens!

This video makes me so flippin' happy :-)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Gigglesnortus Rex

Most of the time, when I happen upon things "past-me" has created, I tend to recoil with embarrassment. However, every once in a while, I am lucky enough to find something that makes me chuckle with delight. Past-me has done it again with her lab report on benthic organisms from 2006! That's right!

For this particular lab, we had to observe large and small benthic organisms either under a microscope or in jars (or both...I can't really remember). However, the answers to the lab questions aren't really what make me el oh el en mis pantalones. No, no, it's the pictures past-me drew for the lab that make me giggle. Every organism examined needed to be sketched next to the observations we made for them, and apparently, I did a most excellent job catching the essence of each organisms' personality. I wonder if the TAs found the drawings refreshing or completely frustrating...?

Here are my favorite ones (from least fave to most fave):

Grrr...


Happy Phallus?


Nom nom nom


...my mother was a baboon


Wink!


Sigh...Tuesdays...

Friday, February 6, 2009

If I were a man...

...I'd totally be able to rock a mullet. At least that's what I've gathered from a picture generated by The University of St. Andrews' Face Transformer. They have developed a fun toy that allows you to change your age, sex, ethnicity...etc, by uploading a photo to their website.

I found it pretty entertaining, so I not only used the transformer on my picture, but on Jess and Nick's as well. You can go straight to the transformer by clicking here.

The site also provides a face averager, a morpher and a face detection device. I still need to experiment with the other features a bit more, but I thought I'd share the results of my transformations now. Enjoy :)

*Disclaimer* I didn't pick the names they gave each category, so if you're offended, blame St. Andrews.



"Face of the Future is an EPSRC funded public engagement project aimed at exploring the latest advances in facial computer vision and graphics, and what they mean for society.

The project has developed a number of standalone interactive exhibits, online demos and a lecture presentation aimed at engaging the public with the technology and the social implications of the technology." - Face of the Future Homepage

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Facebook Spam or 25 Things About Me

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

1. I like to eat food so spicy that it makes me sweat...but then regret it later when it has finally found the exit sign of my digestive system. (I'm talking about number 2, my friends).

2. I aspire to one day be funny to people other than my best friend Jess.

3. I'm fond of eating veggies straight out of the can. No time for cooking, only eating.

4. I can see the hidden images in mind's eye pictures instantly. It's one of my many useless talents I obtained in during my youth.

5. I can beat all of you at a cheese eating contest. Buy a ton of cheeses and I'll prove it to you. The fancier the better XD If you're lactose intolerant we can use cupcakes instead...or bacon.

6. I have an iron stomach and will try any food at least once. Parents tend to love me because of this fact. Slimy turkey sandwich meat is one of the only foods that makes me gag when I try to eat it.

7. When I was 6-7 years old, my family lived in a dry cabin that had a kitchen, a living room and a loft. At that time there were four kids in my family and my parents, so the six of us shared the loft. We'd stack our mattresses against the walls every morning to give the room more space. I hope I never had to live in a place with an outhouse ever again.

8. The song I always listen to when I want to cheer myself up was given to me in a mix. It's called "I'm Pretty Sure I Can See Molecules" by Troubled Hubble. I don't know why, but I flippin' love it. "Grand" by Matt and Kim is slowly working it's way up the ladder, though.

9. My boyfriend Nick has been my muse since May of 2007...way before we thought we'd actually date.

10. I am able to do that weird thing where you cross your legs above your thighs instead of below them without using my hands to aid the process...although I can only do it if I start with my right leg.

11. When I'm socializing in new situations, the people I enjoy most are the ones who actually listen as much as I do.

12. For the most part, I only brush my hair before I get into a shower, mainly to reduce the amount of hair that collects in the drain.

13. If I find pubes on my toilet, I know they're not mine (I'm looking at you, roomies).

14. I figured out where the muscles, which allow me to wiggle my ears, are located when I raised my eye brows one day. After that I could always wiggle them and eventually taught myself how to wiggle one at a time. When I was little, I measured ones greatest on his or her ability to wiggle facial features on command. I still do.

15. I could gauge whether or not I could fit into something depending on whether or not my head could fit through it until I was about 12. Damn maturity and the bodacious hips it's blessed me with.

16. I wish I could have a pet cuttlefish. I think they are the coolest things ever.

17. I reaaaaally want a shirt that has a kitten playing with a ball of yarn printed on it...or one where its sitting in front of a rose. Mostly due to nostalgia, but also because kittens rock.

18. I get abnormally excited when I see wildlife I'm not exposed to on a regular basis. Ask my boyfriend...he and his mom had to stare at fat sea lions that weren't doing anything for 20 minutes because I was so captivated by their (lack of) behavior. I also love animal planet and all programs that document animals and their lifestyles.

19. I have a wicked scar above my right eye. I was hit on the head when I was five with a metal baseball bat by a 6th grader. I was in my own little world and didn't realize I was right behind the hardest hitter during a game in my apartment complex(my imagination can be that intense).

20. The first boy I fell in love with was a boy name Clifford. He was the one who carried me to my apartment after I was hit on the head with the bat. He shared the name of my favorite big red dog and he saved me even though I was covered in blood. He was in sixth grade so my love for him was unrequited. He played with me a few times after my accident, but eventually told me he didn't want to anymore.

21. I miss drawing my comics. I want to try to create one every week this semester, but they're super time consuming, so I can't promise anything. I also realize now that creating a comic loosely based on my life can be somewhat uncomfortable.

22. I got my cat an expensive collar because I felt bad about the hair cut she had to get recently:
Exhibit A: http://tinyurl.com/bt2fqh
Exhibit B: http://tinyurl.com/cw8vmr

23. I have three sisters and two brothers. Even though we don't get to see each other very often, I get a long with all of them really well. I consider Jess a sister, too, so it's more like 4 sisters and two brothers.

24. My favorite story about my dad occurred when he worked for Denali as a bus driver. The gist of it is this: He surprised a gaggle of Germans that nestled on his bus by asking them for a urine and stool sample in their native tongue. They thought it was hilarious.

25. Writing this much about myself is really hard. Next time I'm going to make Jess do it by holding her cat hostage.

Friday, January 23, 2009

I laugh in the face of cold

I finally have a few minutes to sit down and write up a little synopsis about my 18 day adventure.

On the first of January I avoided the harsh -45F temperatures by flying to New York and spent 11 days there hanging out with my boyfriend, Nick. Some of my favorite moments in NYC included seeing the two floors of the Guggenheim that were actually open (renovations are so inconvenient), being overwhelmed by the Dick Blick store in Manhattan, and playing rock band with Nick. Although I really enjoyed the time we spent there, I really had the most fun with him in Seattle and San Francisco. Maybe the change of pace was what made it so awesome.

When we flew into Seattle we got to hang out with Rachael, Alexsis and her sister, their friend Dan and his girlfriend, Richard and HB. Alexsis, Nick and I started off the day by running to a Russian deli to buy peroshkis and then made our way back to Rachael and Alexsis' apartment. When we got there, Alexsis baked delicious peanut butter/hershey kisses cookies, which I ate the majority of. Then Alexsis, Nick and I ventured to the library Alexsis works at. It is frickin' awesome. The architecture is interesting, you get to check out and return the books by yourself, and when you get to the top floor, the view is amazing...not to mention the fact that they seem to have a most excellent selection of books.

When we finished the grand tour of Alexsis' workplace, we made our way to the Owl and Thistle, which happens to be an Irish pub (Alexsis would not have it any other way). The bench seats were very comfortable and the ambiance actually made me quite sleepy. We ordered happy hour drinks and a TON of food. The shepherd's pie is totally off the hook there. After a while HB and Richard met up with us and Nick and I went to a place called Brouwer's with them. That place has more beers on tap than I've ever seen in one place. It was amazing. After we closed that bar down, we got some McDonald's and then crashed at HBs. Four hours later we were up and on our way to the airport to catch our flight to San Francisco.

When we got to the airport they informed us that our flight was too full so our baggage could not be checked. They ended up booking us on the following flight to San Fran. When we arrived, we were greeted by Nick's mom. It was really nice to finally meet a part of his family. She had to work the next day, so Nick and I drove to Santa Cruz, enjoyed the beaches, and ate delicious pizza from a place called Pleasure Pizza. That was probably my favorite day from the entire trip, although I had a great time visiting SFMOMA and Alcatraz with Nick and his mom.

Anyway, my intention was to write a short summary of events but it seems that I'm on my way to writing a novella, so I'll end it here. I'm just extremely happy that I got to share 18 days with the person I love. I can't wait to be done with school so I can see him on a regular basis again.

Me at Otto's Shrunken Head

Nick and I at the Guggenheim

Alexsis at the Owl and Thistle

Richard and HB at Brouwer's

Nick and his mom, Roxanne, at Alcatraz

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Adios Muchachos!

Hello friendidilies!

I'm leaving for New York City in about 3 hours, and just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year before I take off :D

So...HAPPY FRICKIN' NEW YEAR!!!

I'll be in NYC until I fly to Seattle on the 12th. On the 13th I will be on my way to San Francisco to meet my boyfriend Nick's mom for the first time.

I'll be back on the 18th with much to blog about, I'm sure.

Until then, my dear readers, I say Adieu (although, I'll likely blog about things while I'm away, so you'll probably hear from me before my return to Fairbanks.)

I'll miss you all.

Love,

Shayna

PS Please take care of my Jess while I'm gone XD
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