A Movie Quote (That I Probably Put Too Much Thought Into)

mv5bmtgzmzc0mza4ov5bml5banbnxkftztgwnjc4njkwnze-_v1_uy268_cr40182268_al_“What are you doing in there? Get out of there! This is a funeral!” is extremely funny to me, but it’s not funny to my husband. I can think of a million things that you shouldn’t be doing at a funeral as soon as soon as I hear the words. You have to be a little twisted to find that kind of stuff funny, though.

By the way, this quote is from First Period. It’s my favorite movie. And it is streaming on Netflix. You’re welcome.

❤ Liz Kelly Zook

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My Fondness for Fake Flamingos

Flock of Flamingos by artist Liz Kelly Zook (4)When I was a teenager we lived in this pretty white Queen Anne Victorian house. I loved having friends over, because it was really nice and it had a huge back yard. That was until my mom put up these plastic lawn flamingos. They embarrassed me to no end. They were so dorky and I was trying so hard to be cool.

Long after I moved out, sometime around the time I got married, I started thinking of the flamingos more fondly. I missed my mom and when I would think about buying a house and settling down I would think of the flamingos.

They give me kind of like a rebellious, but comforting feeling. Painting flamingos is my way of embracing the weirdness of my childhood, and my own weirdness, instead of being embarrassed by it.

❤ Liz Kelly Zook

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The Whatevers

In case you can’t tell, I like taking ancient statues and making them seem more current. The juxtaposition, especially with color, is interesting to me for some reason.

I had the idea first with The Three Graces when I thought, “Wouldn’t that be cute as an 80’s style Fruit of the Loom type ad?” Then I did Roman Statue on its own. And then I dived into a small collection of statues against very vibrant and colorful backgrounds.

When the idea for  this collection, The Whatevers, first came to me I was going to paint statues posing with 90’s hand gestures. You know, the two hands forming a “W” or a finger and thumb in the shape of an “L” on a forehead. I was inspired by the expressions on their faces; they all seem so bored and judgmental. Like a 90’s teenager playing cool. But then I thought the hand gestures would block their facial expressions. So, I decided to focus specifically on their faces and write the slang words in.

I did six of them, because that happened to be the amount of same size canvases I had on me at the time. They are acrylic, because I wanted to be able to do them all at the same time. They are available separately in the shop on my website, but if someone wanted them all I would definitely do a “collection” price.

Pop art statues are the kinds of paintings that I would be happy to do Commissions of in any size, because they are so fun to do – just in case you were interested.

❤ Liz Kelly Zook

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Should Your Friends Support You Even If They Do Not Like Your Art?

This is something that crosses my mind quite often. I’m the type of person that likes to “like” everything people post. But a lot of people aren’t. And I don’t think they’re actively trying not to like things. Maybe they just don’t think about it.

All of my friends know I’m an artist. (Strangers on the internet know I’m an artist!) They know it’s important for artists’ work to get seen, I’m sure. But can I fault them for not liking and sharing my work when I’m not actively following their real estate or human resource or social work careers? If a friend posts that they’re looking for work in a specific field, I’ll keep my eyes open for them. I like to be helpful and supportive, but I’m not normal.

What do you think? Should your friends support you even if they don’t like your art?

❤ Liz Kelly Zook

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Aspartame Kills

Artists are inspired by the things they see around them in their daily lives. Since I never leave the studio, the things I see around me in my daily life consist of TV and whatever pops up in my news feed. Well, my brother is a health nut. I mean, full on owns a gym, gets people fit for a living health nut. A while back he wrote this looong post about artificial sweeteners and how bad they are for you, especially aspartame.

Anyway, reading that post did two things. One, it turned me off of artificial sweeteners and aspartame for good. And two, it inspired this painting of a zombie. You can see that Aspartame Kills has no noticeable wounds. That’s because I don’t know if aspartame actually kills you. I have read a lot of articles claiming that it really fucks you up, though. A quick google search pulls up countless articles speculating of the dangers of aspartame.

I referenced a Diet Coke advertisement for this painting, because aspartame is used as a sweetener in the drink.

<3<3 Liz Kelly Zook

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How To Support Your Favorite Artists (without spending money)

There is one simple, free, and easy way to support the art and artists you love. (And it can mean almost as much as investing in their work.) Here it is:

Share the work.
img_9655In today’s world, one where people can literally become famous overnight, it is vital for artists’ work to be seen. It’s simple, but it’s the best thing you can do to show your support for the artists you love. (And most artists have links to share right on their websites.)

Sometimes I get the urge not to share, because I’m afraid someone else will see it and want to buy it and then I won’t be able to. But as an artist, I realize how important it is and I hit that share button anyway. If someone buys something you wanted, but you were awesome enough to share it, that artist might recreate it just for you when you do have the money to invest. (Us artists are cool like that.)

img_9656Another point I must make is that, even if you don’t have the money to invest, your friend Martha’s mom’s best friend might. You share the painting Martha sees it, shows it to her mom “hey mom, wouldn’t your friend Susan love this?” and either Martha’s mom buys it for her best friend or shares it with her so she can buy it. And bam! You’re keeping your favorite artist in supplies without doing much more than moving your thumb across your phone’s screen.

So, the next time you see a piece of art you love share it.

❤ Liz Kelly Zook

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Hello, Old Friend

img_9745Quite a few people have asked If I view paintings as my children. I don’t see it that way. No. I consider my paintings to be much different than children. I consider them to be friends.

Creating a piece of work is more like getting to know someone than it is like raising a human being.

When I send a painting out into the world, I don’t tell it to be careful. I tell it “good luck, friend.” Because it is a friend. A friend with a life and a journey all its own.

And when I see a painting again, after it’s gone off into the world, it’s a lot like reuniting with an old friend. At that point, it has its own stories to tell of the places its been.

❤ Liz Kelly Zook

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