Psychoanalysis: The Comic

Posted in absurd, comics, vintage with tags , , on April 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Put down your superhero comics, folks. It’s time for PSYCHOANALYSIS! Faster than free associations! Stronger than neuroses! Able to leap elongated sofas in a single bound!


From Wiki:

Psychoanalysis was a short-lived comic book published by EC Comics in 1955, the fifth title in its New Direction line. The bi-monthly comic was published by William Gaines and edited by Al Feldstein. Psychoanalysis was approved by the Comics Code Authority, but newsstands were reluctant to display it. It lasted a total of four issues before being canceled along with EC’s other New Direction comics.


The comic featured three patients, Freddy Carter, Ellen Lyman and Mark Stone, who were undergoing psychoanalysis. The analyst was the central character. He was never named, simply listed as The Psychiatrist. Ellen Lyman did not appear in the fourth and final issue, having been cured in the third issue.


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Later, all 4 issues were compiled in a book (and briefly re-issued individually in the 90′s).

Paul Roustan: The Camouflaged Moth

Posted in art, surreal, video with tags , , on April 10, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Paul Roustan is an extremely gifted body painter. Can you tell there is a woman in the center of this moth?


Watch her emerge:

I recommend looking at his whole body of work (pun intended) here.

Jason de Graaf

Posted in art, hyperrealism with tags , on April 9, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

While the whole concept of hyperrealism is to defy the eye in mimicry of real scenery or photographs, I’m nevertheless stunned to see the heights of talent some artists reach in this area. Case in point: Jason de Graaf.

vesalius skeleton (small)

The exactness of proportion and contour needed to pull off multiple reflective spheres in this kind of work is nothing short of incredible.


In reference to his work, he states “My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, an illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, tell a story or least hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose objects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life.”

jess's pick


Jason de Graaf

Wilson Graphics Porthole Wall Decals

Posted in home, products, sea, space with tags , , , on April 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Over at Wilson Graphics, you will find an awesome array of porthole wall decals, featuring space and sea scenery


I’d love to have one of these (probably a space image) in a quirky home library.


What other world would YOU like a porthole to show?

Wilson Graphics

Microscope Lamp

Posted in craft, home, inspiration with tags , , on April 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Check out this re-purposed microscope lamp from Northern Electric on Etsy.


I would love to make something like this if I could ever find a great deal on a busted vintage microscope at a flea market! Anyone getting rid of one? :-)


Antique Acquaintance Cards

Posted in antiques, ephemera, humor with tags , , on April 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Why did calling cards ever go out of fashion? Sure, we have hundreds of ways to bombard each other with introductions online (or in person…do people still meet that way?), but calling cards had style.


From The Art of Manliness (wow, what a great blog name!):
In the 19th century, gentlemen used calling cards to formally introduce themselves to new acquaintances and to call upon friends and relatives in a dignified way. But there was another type of card used when a gentleman wanted to get the ball rolling with a lovely lady in a more casual way: the acquaintance card.


The cards were designed as a comical way for a gentleman to break the ice, start a conversation, and flirt with the opposite sex. Sometimes the humor was overt, and sometimes it derived from the way the messages parodied the formal rules of etiquette — it wasn’t actually considered appropriate to ask for your calling card back or volunteer your escorting services so directly, as some of these cards do.


Now THIS man is willing to risk his gun, his dog and his shoes to be acquainted with a lady.


Also, check out this Acquaintance Card Flikr Set!

Camille Rose Garcia: La Danse Macabre

Posted in art with tags on April 4, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Roq La Rue now has the latest collection from one of my all time favorite artists Camille Rose Garcia: La Danse Macabre.


And I must say, she delivers once again with this one!


Her worlds come alive in the ambiguous ground between a fairy tale and fever dream.


She makes each of her collections unique with their own distinct color scheme (ah, it was a pink/beach/black that drew me in all those years ago!). I’m definitely digging the royal blue here.


I LOVE the way she paints hands; delicate, sinister, long bony fingers…



Camille Rose Garcia
La Danse Macabre

See also: Camille Rose Garcia’s Alice in Wonderland


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