Thursday, January 07, 2016

2015 Recap

Another year, another year-end recap. Here are a few of my favorite things. 

Mad Max: Fury Road really takes the cake for my favorite 2015 movie. I had no idea what to expect going in to it since all of the Mad Max movies are so different. Everything just worked so well for me: the narrative, the style, the characters, the stunts, the color, the music, etc, etc. Star Wars: Force Awakens also landed pretty high up on the list. Sure, it had some weak points but god damn I had fun watching it and it just makes me so happy and excited. Other favorites from 2015: Crimson Peak, Song of the Sea, The Martian, Turbo Kid, What We Do In The Shadows, Testament of Youth, and Krampus. I also really enjoyed The Raid: Redemption and the 2006 Jane Eyre mini-series, but those aren't from this past year so they get their own little sub-list.

2015 was the first year I haven't had cable TV and given how many streaming services I am able to subscribe to, that was totally not a problem. I really enjoyed Daredevil, Master of None, Hannibal, The Flash, Broadchurch (Season 1), Penny Dreadful, and iZombie. Good grief there are a lot of good TV shows being made right now (and so many more shows I need to start watching/catch up on in 2016). I am also kind of obsessed with the YouTube channel Outside Xbox, which isn't a TV show, but probably the one thing I watched the most this year. 

I didn't end up playing many games in 2015, but my favorite game from the small pool of games I *did* actually complete was Tales from the Borderlands. I loved the story and the characters, and even though the game had some technical problems (laggy and buggy), I still had a lot of fun. Plus, it included this scene (which I assume is an homage to the equally amazing scene from Spaced) which pretty much broke me with laughter (minor spoilers if you haven't played the game).

I also enjoyed Far Cry 4 (which was my first Far Cry game - I have since started playing Far Cry 3 as well), Assassins Creed: Syndicate, Fallout 4, and Runner 2. I still need to finish Fallout (as much as you can actually finish Fallout) and then Witcher 3 and The Wolf Among Us are hopefully next in line.

I got back into comics in a big way in 2015. Trade paperbacks to be specific (seriously, they have taken over my bookshelves). While I have always loved comic books, something about the content this past year really clicked with me. Part of it seems to be the increase in material with well written female characters, based on the fact that all of my favorite series feature strong ladies. Hawkeye, Saga, Ms. MarvelSex CriminalsRat Queens, The Wicked & The Divine, and Nimona were all stand outs, and I already have a big list of comics I want to read in 2016 (Bat Girl, Bitch Planet, Kaptara, Lumberjanes, and Kate Beaton's work to name a few). 

My reading goal for 2015 was 50 and I accomplished it! This is probably why I didn't get many games played. Favorite books this year include Uprooted, the Bronze Gods series, The Martian, Name of the Wind, Smoke Gets in your Eyes, Radiance, The ScribeWildwood, and Horns. Be warned. Some of those are romance books, with, like, kissing and stuff.

According to Spotify, I listened to 46,000 minutes of music in 2015 (and that doesn't include the Taylor Swift). There was a new Decemberists album this year, so it's not at all surprising that I listened to it the most. The rest of the entries on my list are not as obvious but also not that surprising. I'm fairly certain that Pulp's "Like a Friend" will be in the top five every year. Forever. 

2015 was difficult for me in the art-making department. I had a really hard time finding the motivation that I needed to create the art that I had in my head. I'm not sure of the cause, but my brain and heart were not in the right place this year. I did like the work I created, it just took a lot more energy than it should have to get into the studio. Here's hoping 2016 will be more productive and that I'm able to re-ignite my art-spark. I'm trying to make myself draw every day and try new things. Maybe that will shake things up a bit.



So that's my year. What were some of your favorite things in 2015?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fall Update

Man, all sorts of fun things are happening in Bunny Pirates Land. First up, new art!

"Rebel, Rebel"

This first piece is part of Gallery1988's Art Awakens event. All of the pieces are being auctioned on eBay, with a large portion of the sales going to charity. The auction continues through November 23, so there is still time to bid on some awesome art! 


This second piece is for "Crazy4Cult 9" which opens TONIGHT (Nov 20) at Gallery1988 (West). The show will be on display through December 5.

And now for some news announcements:

Here is a work-in-progress sneak peak at a piece I have in the upcoming Bower Bird show at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, which will be on display December 4-16. The show features limited-edition postcards by 90 different artists. The theme of the show is collections, so I decided to focus on my collection of old glass radio tubes that I got from my Grandpa. The original piece will be available for sale at Gallery 9's Holiday Show in Lincoln, NE.

Somehow Thanksgiving is next weekend so it's apparently time to start thinking about holiday gifts. Please pardon my mild look of panic. But if you're in the market for some fun art gifts, I have a number of special holiday events to tell you about. First up, I will be having a 20% off sale in my Etsy shop November 27-December 1 (use the code TURKEY at checkout), which covers your black Friday and your cyber Monday. If you live in the Lincoln area, then check out Gallery 9's annual Holiday show (December 2-27), where I will also have new original art, ornaments, prints, and cards. And finally, I will have a table again at the Lincoln Holiday Craftacular event, which takes place on December 10 at the Cornhusker hotel. I will have all sorts of gifty wares, PLUS my mom is going to be selling baskets at the table next to me! Please come check it out!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lincoln Arts Festival and Shop Update

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Lincoln Arts Festival this weekend! It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. And thank you to the Lincoln Arts Council for the "Best of Nebraska" award and for all their hard work putting this festival together. :)

Now that the festival is over, all the new goodies I made for it are now in my etsy shop! This includes a bunch of new giclee prints, jewelry, and even some original art.

Taking a little art break tonight to see The Punch Brothers (yay!) and then back to work on a bunch of really exciting group show pieces. Hoping to find some time this weekend to get back into Destiny and maybe try out Minecraft. 


If you are a child of the 80s (or even if you just appreciate the adventure films from the 80s) and aren't offended by over-the-top gore (think early Peter Jackson) then I highly recommend you seek out the film TURBO KID. I really enjoyed it and have been listening to the exquisite synth-tastic score by LE MATOS all weekend.

Also, I had a fun time watching the first three seasons of MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES while I was working. It's a "murder of the week" show set in 1920s Melbourne with a lady detective and her posse of friends solving mysteries and getting into mischief.