Kaz Windness adds a personal touch to thrift store art.
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When a second-hand store addict confesses himself Goose Wind When she brought home her first vintage painting, she knew she needed to add her personal touch.
The Denver artist and children’s book illustrator was already known on social media for her wacky thrift store finds, including spooky dolls and anything Halloween-themed. In 2019, a picture of Windness wearing a sequined rainbow dance jumpsuit went viral after Bored Panda and other popular sites took the photo.
But his Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design teacher had a different idea of how to promote a large amateur nautical painting called “The Lucky Seven,” which he bought for $7.99. Windness, who said that Maurice Sendak’s painting “Where the Wild Things Happened” was his first inspiration to become a children’s illustrator, suddenly considered adding one of his characters to the painting, which he renamed the “Unlucky Lucky Seven.”
“I took a look and thought it would be fun to add Stabbys, the siren that will bring down the ship,” he says. Stabby, an anti-social gothic unicorn with a dark sense of humor, is a character on which the 47-year-old and clearly autistic artist undoubtedly bases himself. “Stabby is basically me,” Windness jokes. “Most of the time he wants to be left alone and he’s a coward first!”
Stabby was born with Windness’ first graphic novel. Mother Gothic Rhymes (Hermes Press, 2019). The novel included a poem entitled “Clap Your Hands If You’re Stupid and You Know,” along with an image of a disapproving glowing unicorn standing on a mountain of black horns, tattoos, and skulls. The image was used as a poster for Windness. nursery rhymes The booth at San Diego 2019 ComicCon and it quickly became a fan favorite.
“Because of our Stabby banner, people were drawn to the booth and kept asking if there were any books,” Windness says. His manager immediately presented the idea to Windness’ publisher, who offered a contract for a Stabby book on the spot.
If UR is stable It was ready for the 2020 release but like almost everything else it was put on hold due to the pandemic. Around this time, Windness decided to tackle the pile of old images she had accumulated before the pandemic and began turning them into “reconstructed monster pieces,” as she said in a YouTube video she posted in March 2020 to explain her process. . They now form the basis Stabbed Savings, a show at the Traveling Jellyfish Bookstore in Niwot.
“Amateur painters really like to do wooden cabin scenes and lots of ocean scenes, especially with lighthouses,” he says. “If I immediately thought something could be stabbed, I would have bought it.” “He cannot be a well-known artist, it has to be a real paint,” he explains for his paintings ever since. “I have to love the original painting and love it even more when it’s over.”
While Stabbifying thrift store pictures have proven to be a fun and satisfying project for Windness, it can come with unexpected turns. “There is one painting by an Indiana artist named Charles L Sizemore that I discovered was really valuable,” Windness admits. The painting, which was a farm scene, now shows Stabby setting the farmhouse and silo on fire.
Saying that he commemorated the event that reduced the value by adding “oops” to the description of the picture, Windness laughs, “I love it more when there is still Stabby in it.”
Stabbed Savings On display at the Traveling Jellyfish Bookstore in Niwot until October 30; “If UR Stabby” will conclude with the book party and will be signed on October 30 at 16:00. Paintings will be available at full price until October 20, after which unsold items will be auctioned on eBay. Thirty percent of the sales proceeds will be donated to the Trevor Project. find more Here.