Posts Tagged ‘Angelina Jolie’

Angelina Jolie vs. A Basket of Kittens finished!

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

It took me longer than I wanted to, and there are probably things I would still fix. Sometimes you just have to stop and say it’s finished, though. Otherwise you could wind up working on a  painting forever. Anyway, here it is:

I am still trying to figure out if it is a good likeness. I didn’t paint from any one photo of Jolie, thinking it would be more original to use a bunch of different reference. Plus there was no photo of her in the exact right pose. I think the likeness looks better when you see a detail:

The gloves, basket, bow and body are mostly painted from imagination. Here is a detail of 2 of the kitties:

This falling kittie is my wife’s favorite part of the painting:

I plan to make this painting available for sale. I looked into the legal implications of selling artwork featuring celebrity likenesses, and I think I’ll be OK. Especially since the face can’t be traced back to any particular copyrighted photograph.

Painting Progress

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I would say I am about 75% done with Angelina Jolie vs. A Basket of Kittens:

Angelina Jolie painting progress

Monday, July 26th, 2010

This is after about a week of work, although I really only painted a few days. Hope ya like it so far!

Review- Salt

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I admit that I slept through the middle two-thirds of this film, so take this review with a grain of salt. I can say, though, that the opening 20 minutes were so bland, and the ending was so formulaic, that I can easily infer all that happened during my nap. I generally think of action movies as nothing more than star vehicles, with little originality or artistic vision. This one stars an actress I’ve never even heard of, which makes it a complete failure by genre standards. When I learned that this Angelina Jolie is the wife of super-hunk Brad Pitt, I was even more frustrated by the possibilities that this film ignored. If you want to have a female spy, why not just put Brad Pitt in drag? Or, if the movie gods  insist on launching Jolie’s career, why not do a picture which stars both her AND her much more talented husband? How about a picture where they play a married couple of spies, and neither knows that the other is a spy, and they are asked by their respective agencies to kill each other? Perhaps Hollywood thinks that such a complex plot would be too confusing for the typical American audience. Perhaps Hollywood is concerned that, during the making of such a movie, Brad Pitt might cheat on Angelina Jolie with Jennifer Aniston or something. Whatever Hollywood’s motivation, the film that COULD HAVE BEEN is much better than the film they decided to make.

The opening act of the film, which I did not sleep through, is one of those scenes which tells you all you need to know about the main character. We learn that she got the name “Salt” during her first week at Spy Camp, when the class clown decided to unscrew the salt cap so that way too much salt poured onto Salt’s spaghetti. More importantly, we see that right away, Salt is the top kick-boxer in her class, but that she also has a weakness which will be exploited by the villain in the final act. The absurdity of this weakness provides pretty much the only bit of entertainment in the entire movie. Salt’s Achilles’s Heal is getting pepper in the eyes. Now, nobody likes getting pepper in the eyes, but when it happens to Salt, she immediately evacuates her bowels and collapses into a quivering heap on the floor. It is not difficult for the villain to figure out a way to make this work for him. In the end, though, Salt manages to overcome her weakness and save the world. What she does with her soiled leather pants is foul enough to make even John Waters sick. Actually, Mr. Waters might want to keep this Angelina Jolie in mind for his next twisted tale of depravity. Her high-profile marriage to a movie star will not be enough to maintain her doomed career, and this makes her perfect to follow in the footsteps of other self-parodying pop-culture has-beens that end up in John Waters movies.

Angelina Jolie vs. A Basket of Kittens

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

I can’t take all the credit for this one. A friend of mine told me that he was having a conversation with an Angelina Jolie fan he knows. This fan summed up his loyalty to Jolie by stating the only way he would stop loving her is if she punched a basket full of kittens. So my friend decided that I should do a painting of this scene. Lately, I have been having trouble staying motivated, but I think I’m off to a good start. The pencil sketch probably took me about an hour or so:

It then took me over 40 minutes just to mix some paints. But then, in about an hour and a half, I made the following amount of progress:

Hopefully, I will not get lazy. I am looking to finish this in about 3 weeks. I will post updates along the way.