This week has been a psychotic roller coaster of greatness. I don't even have words to describe it beyond that.
Monday - I finished this beautiful bastard of a painting, a piece I started in order to spread the love of KKL (105.3fm) around my painting studio, and sent them this picture of it. Well. They emailed almost immediately to say they wanted the painting, and since it was one of a pair I couldn't split them, could I?
Tuesday - I drove to SF to drop off the paintings, only to hear that day's show on the podcast that they'd put up the .jpeg on social media and it had a new name - The Monsta Lisa. Along with a ton of beautiful comments about his delicate hands and disgusting chest hair cleavage, two of my favorite aspects, the places where the gentile Mona Lisa and the weird, snarky Kevin "monster face" Klein collide.
Wednesday - my pottery day, I'm still experimenting in my underglazes, but I think I'm working out a good method to prevent warping in my plates.
Thursday - Unbeknownst to me KKL brought on an art professor to critique the paintings I'd brought in, both Kevin as the Mona Lisa, and Ally as Edvard Munch's The Scream, and they basically reiterated to the world the things I love most about these works, the emotional distance between the ML and it's viewer, the anxiety and dread of The Scream, and how these interplay with my parodies. And frankly, I couldn't help myself, I called them to thank them. I love their show, and they made jokes and chat about my work for two days before pulling out the big guns and spending something like half an hour on the air devoted to something I've poured my heart into.
I don't know what tomorrow or this weekend will hold, but I'm sure it will be great.
And now, for your viewing pleasure, The Monsta Lisa: