Artist’s Spotlight: @celebriteeths

This week artist’s spotlight is on @celebriteeths

  1. How did you decide to focus your art on teeth?

“I was at a friends’ yard sale, and they were selling a box of dentist teeth samples. I kept walking over to those teeth all day and thinking “Who in the hell would buy these things?” After a bottle of wine, I finally said to myself “Jesus Ashley YOU need to buy those teeth!” It kind of just took off from there. I should note: I hate my teeth. Like, to an obsessive level I hate my teeth. And we all have those teeth dreams. People really respond to these fake teeth – negatively as well as positively. I do paint other things as well, just so it doesn’t become too much of a gimmick. But, if it makes sense, I stick those teeth there. For example, of course Gwyneth needed to have one lone tooth.”

2. Can you talk about your shop?

“Oh, the hard part – actually selling your art! I have originals and prints for sale; with prints being available on Saatchi. Honestly, originals are cheaper to just order through me directly. I also have some greeting cards of Marcia available – I am also open for commissions! Anyone can DM me!

3. Who has been your most requested celebrity art piece and why do you think it’s so popular?

” I think people respond to the Marcia Brady pieces. I really have tried to capture her going through the changes and rituals girls go through from puberty to teenage years. My focus on her was: Look, here is this perfect girl we all watched grow up – but was she perfect? She was often whining about something; she dealt with her braces, her nose, her ego. But, she was also a little bad ass feminist! And, Maureen McCormick certainly didn’t have an easy road after The Brady Bunch. I like to explore that juxtaposition between perfect images and the reality.”

4. What was the first art piece you created?

“I was reading The Artist’s Way and one of the assignments was to go to the 99 Cent Store and just buy random things. I bought some gold stickers, not really thinking anything of them. Later, I was entranced by the image of tween Marcia Brady in her braces bitching about something and knew I had to paint it. I didn’t feel like the teeth were finished (note: everyone hates painting or drawing teeth). I looked down and saw the gold teeth and said ‘There are my braces!” So, those gold stickers were my first official teeth painting. After I got the fake teeth, I turned to Marcia again – she had some teeth issues; she hated her braces, and she was in love with her dentist. I knew I wanted to paint her mouth agape, dreaming of being Mrs. Marcia Dentist.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I am beyond excited that Paul Scheer reposts my videos of his paintings, and he seems to dig his. My hope is to get more celebs on board so I can make a living off of my artwork and move to a beach house/farm with 100 dogs and cats. JK. Kind of.”

If you would like more information about Ashley and her art. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @celebriteeths

Store: https://www.saatchiart.com/ashleychafin

Email: ashley@thebigcool.com

Thank you Ashley for the interview!!

Until next time!

A Quick Update!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to give you a quick update with everything! I am now entering week 3 of my recovery from surgery. I got the ok from my doctor that I am able to go back to my daily norm. However I am not exactly at a 100% norm mode. I still get super tired. But I am doing the best that I can at my own pace and I am not going to treat my recovery like a race.

What have I been up to???

Well I have been mostly reading books, watching movies, and doing puzzles more than anything at the moment. So writing more blog posts will happen when it happens.

Here is some books that I have read and I’ll link them below. Most of my books were in my “to read” pile for months and some since 2016. The public libraries, and the online book shop stores: The Ripped Bodice, and Politics & Prose have literally been my best friends for the past couple of weeks.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

The Heiress Hunt by Joanna Shupe

Looking for Mr. GoodBar by Judith Rossner

I also have been reading a bunch of young Adult books from the mid 1980’s -mid 1990’s. I never really read those books when I was that age but I am making up for lost time! Some of the short novels were better than I expected them to be!

Also I enjoy getting book recommendations. So if you have any books worthy of recommendations please leave a comment below!

Some upcoming events/ things to look forward to. I have sent all various interview questions to some amazing people. So be on the look out for some great interviews coming soon to the blog.

Also I will be have a giveaway this weekend with a great small business: alwaysfits

Also I would like to extend a warm thank you to everything who has offer concern, positive vibes or an ear to talk to during my post surgery and afterwards. You all are amazing!!!

Until next time!!!

  • Clarissa

“A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste.”- Steel Magnolias

The first time I watched Steel Magnolias was when I spent the summer visiting my family in Guatemala. It was on about one out of 12 channels that was currently on air.

They would play this movie every other day in the late afternoon and then it would rotate with Natural Born Killers directed by Oliver Stone during the weekend air time. Not sure why the selection was what it was but I enjoyed watching the movies and my little nine year old mind welcomed it!

During that summer I think I watch Steel Magnolias 15 times. In total I think I watched it close to 30 times. I tend to watch the movie during the spring time. There is no particular reason why I just tend to do it. I even went to the special Turner Classic Movies showing in the movie theater two Mays ago with my friend Sarah. We were paired up with a gentleman in the same row who I guess enjoyed the movie way more than I did. Because he was saying all the lines while the movie was playing for at least 30 minutes. And if that is not a dedicated fan of the movie than I don’t know what qualifies as one.
LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 1989: Steel Magnolias actresses Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacClaine, Dolly Parton, and Daryl Hannah pose for a portrait in October 1989 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images

I even been caught quoting some of the more memorable lines from the movie. I only had two people in my life so far ask me: “Is that from Steel Magnolias?”

I believe that movie has a good mixture of drama, comedy and over the top acting that one wants in a movie. That speech that Sally Field delivers during the the end of the funeral service. I literally cry every single time no matter if I heard it over 40 times:

Some random facts about the movie:

  1. Robert Harling who was the writer of Steel Magnolias. Based the story as a way to handle his grief the death of his sister in 1985. The main character Shelby is based on his sister and he spent of total of ten days to write the play.

Bette Davis wanted to play the role of Ouiser after seeing the play. Davis also thought Katherine Hepburn should play the role of Clairee and Truvy could be played by Elizabeth Taylor.

Julia Roberts was not the first selection to play Shelby. Meg Ryan was going to do the role but dropped out to do a movie called “When Harry Met Sally.” Winona Ryder and Laura Dern was also contenders to play Shelby but the casting director was very persistent to have Julia Roberts audition. Roberts ended up getting her first Oscar nomination for her role of Shelby.

You can even book a fun weekend getaway with the Steel Magnolias tour:

http://www.tournatchitocheswithbarbara.com/steel_magnolias_tour

What movie(s) have you watch numerous times? Comment below!

Until next time!

Source: Youtube.com, imdb.com, mentalfloss.com