Tuesday, May 21, 2013

GOING, GOING… MAKE AN OFFER!

OK! all the good paintings are gone! well, there are still a few good ones left, but the rest are crap, so don't worry about them... hurry before the rest of the good ones are gone!
take this one for example...
 
oil and mixed media on wood panel 
 
you all remember James Garner from the 'Rockford Files'? 'The Great Escape'? 'Space Cowboys'? well, i used to be a bartender for about 20 years in oklahoma, and i waited on Mr. Garner one night at this swanky bar. he commissioned this piece from me. mind you, he was really drunk, and he never came for it. my guess is he didn't even remember that he asked for it because he was so drunk, and well, like i still have it. and i'm tired of looking at it...  SO, WHO WANTS IT?
 
if you want to check it out, go online towww.studiodeshan.com and browse the page titled "MAKE AN OFFER". when you click on the piece, it will provide you with the details of the painting, and has a button to click which will send an email through to de Shan. be sure to mention the title of the pieces (i used a plural there, because this is SUCH A GREAT OFFER, that you'll want more than one...)

then, think about what you believe the painting is worth, and what you are willing to pay, and submit your query. simple.

p.s. if anybody sees Mr. Garner, tell him his painting was delivered 10 years ago, stolen by his servant and sold on the black market... to you!
 


* shipping and handling is the buyer's responsibility. for a coffee, i might deliver it...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

"WHICH WAY DO WE GO?" - MAKE AN OFFER!


FOUND - large 80cm x 60cm oil and mixed media on wood panel. must have someone out there looking for it, so i'll keep it until it's loving owners contact me…

should you be looking for this beautiful painting, please email me at info@studiodeshan.com. if no-one claims the painting in the next 2 minutes as theirs, it will be up for adoption to a good home - for the price the new owners are willing to pay! how much do you want to pay?

must go to a good home. this home owner needs to make new art, so this one must go! (although it has been wonderful having this painting, and it will be missed…)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MAKE AN OFFER


de Shan is clearing out her studio, and now is your chance to snatch up that long-coveted piece of artwork at a price you set. "make an offer" is a deal where de Shan is putting all her older artwork up for grabs in this amazing chance of a lifetime opportunity. she is embarking on a whole new series of artwork but must clear out the studio, the walls, the closets and the shed! (yes, she has artwork in her closets…)

and today is the first day to 'MAKE AN OFFER' on de Shan's artwork… here's how it works:

1. go to www.studiodeshan.com and click the tab "make an offer" to view the paintings

2. find a piece or several that you would love to have

3. click the button "make an offer" and send de Shan an email with the title of the piece and how much you want to pay for it!! easy!

c'mon, don't be shy. it's all gotta go!




Thursday, December 6, 2012

Animal lovers lining up for portraits of their 'fur' babies | Sunshine Coast Daily

Animal lovers lining up for portraits of their 'fur' babies | Sunshine Coast Daily

LOOKY LOOKY!!! here's the story about my pet portrait business in the local Sunshine Coast Daily from last Sunday... and it was a whole FANCY FULL PAGE SPREAD BABY!!

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/animal-lovers-lining-up-for-portraits-fur-babies/1644002/

Sunday, November 20, 2011

WEBSITE UPDATED

just a little interlude here to pass on a little pertinent information...

STUDIO DE SHAN WEBSITE has been updated with all the images and bid info/prices, so head on over, check it out, and start thinking about how much you want that "little piece of de Shan" to be in your christmas stocking this year!

shine bright art star!

de Shan

Saturday, November 12, 2011

100 Drawings in 100 Days - Catwoman

BLYTHE (ALWAYS WANTED A TAIL...)

have you ever noticed that there are not too many superhero women, as they're usually typecast as the villains? well such is the case for my subject today, DC Comic's Catwoman. the very first Catwoman we saw was in 1940 and was played by Selina Kyle, usually as the villain, but sometimes as an ally and/or romantic figure to batman.

beginning in 1954 and until 1966 however, Catwoman took a bit of a hiatus due to the newly developing 'Comics Code Authority' and their issues regarding the portrayal of female characters. she was eventually to return, but as the anti-hero rather than the super villain and was played by several actresses, including the husky-voiced Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry. her primary role began as a high-end jewelry thief and has morphed into a full-blown villain-turned love interest to Batman.

but, as my title suggests, i've always secretly wished that i had a tail, preferably a prehensile tail, but hey, a cat tail would do in a pinch too...



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

100 DRAWINGS IN 100 DAYS - DEVIL BETTIE BLYTHE

BYTHE (HAS OFTEN WISHED SHE COULD HAVE HAD A TAIL... AND HORNS...) 
so, after quite a long string of "good girls" and "bad-ass girls" (aka goddesses), i think it's time to have the ultimate of bad girls... the lovely Ms. Bettie Page. i think she makes the most sweetly seductive, sublime and sinister of devils... you GO GIRL!
Bettie was born in nashville, tennessee in 1923, and was miss january 1955 pinup girl for playboy, making her one of the earliest pinup girls. she was a classic fetish and pinup model with her jet black hair and blue eyes, and is still today one of the fetish culture's idols. 
according to Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder and figure-head, "I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, and someone who had a tremendous impact on our society."

100 DRAWINGS IN 100 DAYS - BLYTHE ATHENA

100 DRAWINGS IN 100 DAYS - BLYTHE ATHENA


BLYTHE (JAMMING AS ATHENA IN THE REALM OF WAR GODDESS AND HER LITTLE PET OWL...)


while we are on the topic of classical mythological goddesses, we can't forget how important Athena was. her roman counterpart, Minerva, possessed very similar attributes and traits as Athena, mainly being the Goddess of War. some of the others were the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, warfare, strength, strategy, female arts, crafts, justice, and skill, to name but a few. and interestingly enough, Athena was the polar opposite of her brother Ares, who was always up for a battle, whereas Athena was more interested in resolving the disputes in a more civilized manner, which is how most of the Goddesses conducted themselves.
the story of her birth is one that is quite obviously a fable, and is fantastical, while at the same time quite intriguing. her father, Zeus, the Supreme God and ruler of Olympus bore Athena from his forehead, and she emerged ready for battle. there are numerous versions of this story, but this is the more common:
'Zeus lay with Metis, the goddess of crafty thought and wisdom, but he immediately feared the consequences. It had been prophesied that Metis would bear children more powerful than the sire, even Zeus himself. In order to forestall these dire consequences, after lying with Metis, Zeus "put her away inside his own belly," he "swallowed her down all of a sudden." He was too late: Metis had already conceived. Eventually Zeus experienced an enormous headache; Ares cleaved Zeus's head with the double-headed Minoan axe, the labrys. Athena leaped from Zeus's head, fully grown and armed, with a shout and pealed to the broad sky her clarion cry of war'.*
and that is the story of Athena, who is also the patron saint of Athens, Greece. what a woman!


* courtesy wikipedia



Friday, October 14, 2011

100 DRAWINGS IN 100 DAYS - THE BIRTH OF BLYTHE


BLYTHE (SO THIS IS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE THE GODDESS VENUS - SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE THE WIND BLOWING THROUGH HER FLOWING HAIR AT ALL TIMES...)
flipping through my old art history books for the references to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa for my version of her, i stumbled upon this old favorite, Sandro Boticelli's Birth of Venus. it made me feel very nostalgic *sniff*...


now, the short story behind this lovely goddess Venus, is that she emerged from the sea a fully grown woman, and arrived at the sea shore to be met by her 3 lovely hand maidens with robes for her to wear. end of story. beautiful.


however it goes much deeper than that. the philosopher plato thought that the goddess Venus had two aspects to her nature: one of having the ability to arouse mortals to physical love, and the other to invoke feelings of intellectual love by way of her beauty leading them to think of the divine creator. i think i would have loved being around during the renaissance era just to be able to be a part of all this fantastic theoretical banter... but according to classical mythology, Venus was the roman goddess of fertility, love and beauty, while she was named Aphrodite in greek lore. but for all intents and purposes they were each others' counterparts from different countries.


while i was in college in the US, it was part of my duty as a student to complete several hours of humanities classes, and classical mythology fell into that category. i was thrilled because it seemed very interesting to me, and my professor looked like tweedle dee or dum from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which hopefully meant it was going to be a good summer. so professor dee-dum had us reading all manner of books, one of which was "Classical Mythology", fourth edition by Mark P.O. Morford and Robert J. Lenardon, in which they state that Venus and the god of war, Mars, while lovers, bore a child by the name of Cupid. And according to that story, Cupid goes on to be the most beautiful creature who, during a promise to a "client", accidentally pricks himself with his own arrow and falls in love with a mortal girl, Psyche. and that's a whole other story, but nonetheless a very good read.


during the renaissance, there was a resurgence of classical mythology that ran alongside the christian iconography, but that were both very politically driven. so, depending on who the patron was, the figures of the characters may take on the likeness or characteristics of the emperor, or the head of state, or the wealthy banker, etc. according to art historians, Boticelli's painting of "The Birth of Venus" celebrates in a flattering light, Lorenzo de Medici, and Venus is rumored to have been Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, a woman with whom both Lorenzo and his younger brother Guiliano were enamored. and as you can imagine, this caused a little trouble... trust those artists to stir up mischief!



so, how do you feel since reading this blog?