The other day I got really excited that Halloween is two months away… which is still kind of a long time. But this is the time of year I listen to Oingo Boingo as much as possible and remember how fantastic Danny Elfman is.
John + George + sunflowers, things in my sketchbook.
"We live inside a dream…"
8.5”x11”, mixed media illustration, inspired by Punchdrunk’s production of The Drowned Man, 2013 - 2014.
Back in June, while I was in London, I participated in one of the sessions for visual artists in Temple Studios. I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to have had that opportunity. The layers and textures, the atmosphere, the vastness and the minute detail inside the world/s of TDM spoke to me when I saw the show during previews in 2013, got inside my brain and my bloodstream, and doubtless will continue to haunt me well into the future.
With this piece, I wanted to attempt to combine various imagery from the two contrasting worlds of the show, rather than interpret one space inside or outside the studios. I wanted to create something that could exist in both worlds simultaneously, something that makes you look closer, something that reflects the symmetry (things echoing one another, but not exactly), that alternately beckons and repulses. Items and architecture become iconography, objects are suddenly more than just things… they carry weight and history, significance and mystery.
This piece was created with Punchdrunk’s permission. If it is shared elsewhere, please give credit to the company as well as myself.
A little ghostly Marlene Dietrich mixed media drawing.
There is a redness in the west,
Blood on the moon,
A fire in the sky,
And it’s coming this way…
Leland Madison Stanford, The Drowned Man, Punchdrunk, 2013 - 2014
Unrelated to the collagebook, but here’s a regular sketchbook thing.
This week I am preparing for my upcoming London trip, and I’m not proud of it but I’m a little scattered, creatively. I am hoping this trip will bring me some focus and direction. Fingers crossed.
5” x 7”, ink + watercolor + colored pencil on paper with additional digital editing.