Wednesday, March 5, 2008

While We're on the Subject of Portraits





I recently came across the work of artist Travis Louie. At first, many of his paintings resemble old fashioned portraits. But take a closer look, and you'll realize that nothing's quite what it seems.

I particularly like the stories that Louie composes for each of his portraits. The Vamp (shown above) "calls herself Eva, . . .she has been around since the 1820's. Originally known as Margaret McCambridge, she left Scotland after numerous reports of missing persons began to spread across the countryside. She reappeared some years later in New York sometime during the Civil War."

See more of Travis Louie's portraits here.


14 comments:

Kitty said...

He painted those!?!? THAT IS SOOO COOL!!! O.0

Erin said...

I love these.

Thumb Biter said...

hoollyyy...
Haha, I'm going to have nightmares now.

Thumb Biter said...

Oh, by the way, I found an awesome recipe for a simple stink bomb. (Nothing is as effective as DeeDee's, though.) It's made with ammonium sulfide: basically, you take fifty match heads, mix it in a (TIGHT!) glass jar with half a cup of ammonia (I think household ammonia works), shake it for 30 seconds, and leave it for about a week. The sulfur from the matches bonds with the ammonia, and it's supposed to smell like rotten eggs...I'm planning on making some! Mwahahaha. :)
By the way, on the Kiki Strike website, what does it mean when it says "you're in kid?"

Nina said...

I am suprised that Jim Lumpy Phelps isn't your favorite because he is a rat catcher. But I can understand why Eva is you favorite.

Patsee said...

I like Miss Bunny (especially the ears) and Rooty the most.

artisthelper3 said...

wow, that is so cool, Hey, someone i know is having trouble getting people to visit her blog and she's getting discouraged. her paintings and drawings are really pretty and i think the world should see them, on google type in Michelle phillip fine artist and go to the first one, thanks!

Raph said...

They're great! And creepy, too. I've said it before and I'll say it again - good combination.
But I think my favourite of all the artworks you've posted on this blog is the 'Candance the Ghost' series. I'm madly in love with those pictures - I'm actually going to buy a print of mine for my room. ^^

Oh, and while googling, I found two very interesting things related to Kiki.
Firstly, I found information on a Kiki Strike camp, which is to be held in Texas! Do you know about this?
And secondly, I found a very mysterious blog... kiki-strike.blogspot.com. Has the elusive author made contact with you? Does anyone know who she is?

Elizabeth said...

I found some interesting articles, here they are (hopefully the links work):

Hibernating fish!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080305/sc_nm/fish_hibernation_dc;_ylt=AlxeH5CJhUTOK2XHyg60uUes0NUE

Car eating sea monster (1 of 2)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080227/ts_nm/norway_fossil_dc;_ylt=Ao8miInJiULH8G6q9dPW_O4PLBIF

Fly away! (2 of 2)
http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Norway-Natural-History-Museum/photo//080227/ids_photos_ts/r1264592447.jpg//s:/nm/20080227/ts_nm/norway_fossil_dc;_ylt=AuooElwYvuX6AzqJOkJmTURg.3QA

Six legged octopus!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080303/sc_afp/sciencebritainanimalhexapusoffbeat;_ylt=As1l.Kj2fy0IWBdsbLSF_2EPLBIF

101 year old plans to run marathon
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080305/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_britain_marathon;_ylt=AkyCPxZch2xdVCQ5mgnAY4LtiBIF

Don't die! I warned you!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080305/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_france_election_cemetery;_ylt=Aph.Qf6wc8H3fjyY7IDDE1btiBIF

Find a ghost?
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080305/ap_on_fe_st/odd_ghost_investigators;_ylt=An2gknORKHwtpZZvfRaOwT3tiBIF

Kad said...

These are awesome! Creepy, but awesome.

Kad said...

I think my favorite is Vampira. Because she is really beautiful in an evil sort of way.

meow kitty said...

is the kiki strike books real cause i dont know or is it realistic fiction

ananka said...

Meow Kitty: Some parts are real, so parts aren't! It's up to you to figure out which are which!

artisthelper said...

thank you so much kad!