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Camille Rose Garcia: Mirror, Black Mirror

Posted in art, Books, candy coated nightmares, wish list with tags , , , on May 26, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Camille Rose Garcia has come out with a new book. All of her books are phenomenal, and Mirror, Black Mirror is another example of her inimitable creation.


From the publisher:
Mirror, Black Mirror is the long-awaited monograph from artist Camille Rose Garcia. The paintings in this book represent a dynamic period in the artist’s life when Garcia fled the confines of LA and relocated to a cabin in the woods. The creative transformation that came as a result of this change is clearly reflected in an awakening of color and a new approach to pattern while still retaining Garcia’s beloved signature style.

Garcia blends pop culture references with a satirical slant on modern society. Her layered, broken narrative paintings of wasteland fairy tales are influenced by William Burroughs’ cut-up writings and surrealist film, as well as vintage Disney and Fleischer cartoons, acting as critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias.

Mirror, Black Mirror


Holiday Desktop Goodies 12/18

Posted in absurd, advertising, candy coated nightmares, christmas, dolls, ephemera, food, humor, kitsch, monsters, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly


I think a series of all of the Haunted Mansion Grim Grinning Ghosts would make an excellent ornament collection.

This image is just perfect: happy tan lady with happy man, angry pale lady, pale lady’s partner not-so-inconspicuously eying her sunkissed rival. Don’tyou want a sun lamp now?

Amazing relationship advice from the folks at Dormeyer: use tears to manipulate your husband into purchasing household items. Maybe if I fake a sense of victimhood I can score a toaster this Christmas.

A man who knows what he wants (even the big Kewpie is looking at him like “Seriously, dude?”):

Holy hell…

How to traumatize birds:

And by “Merry” I mean “there are bodies in the basement:”

This drenched, freezing Yeti standing in a flood may be the most depressing card ever.

The pudding has broken out in fluid filled pustules.

And now for the piece de resitance (don’t gloss over this one. Take in every detail):

Desktop Goodies 11/15

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, art, Books, candy coated nightmares, humor, sculpture, sea, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve always been fascinated by “visible” anatomy models. I finally have a kit, waiting to be built (it’s a real labor of love, as all the organs and parts are white and must be hand painted!). But I look forward to it. Here’s a classic:

Is he dead in the back of your van?

A lesser known medical condition…

Maybe it’s just me, but not once in my life have I thought I’d like to “relax” by having my breasts vibrate.

If you want to feel like a rainbow threw up on your bed, I’ve got the sheets for you! The lollipop (and satisfied smile) really makes this image.

Gorgeous pulp art illusion.

Octopus gargoyle! More buildings need these.

One of the most breathtaking sand sculptures I’ve ever seen.

This is a real book. Can you image, even in your wildest dreams, a more romantic title? Nevermind the fact that he appears to be strangling her.

Wow. Ads have come a long way. Now they only imply that people hate the sight of you.

Yes, please.

Most of us probably walk around having no idea how adorable baby llamas are. Now you know.

Caption contest: what is this bear telling her?

Cristina Burns

Posted in candy coated nightmares, craft, sculpture with tags , , on May 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Here’s something sweet (in the SWS way) for Mother’s Day. Cristina Burns makes eye catching assemblages, populated with plenty of skulls, flowers and candy.


I love her “still life” setups…in the past I’ve decorated my house for parties like this:

Bones, brains, sugar, pills, kitschy creatures…

Where are the florists that sell arrangements like this?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Cristina Burns

Mai Ja

Posted in art, candy coated nightmares with tags , on April 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Mai Ja’s work reminds me VERY much of Trevor Brown and Sas Christian, but is accomplished in its own right as well.


The sadness amidst soft pastel colors is striking…it’s like a cotton candy machine spinning ethereal structures of sugar and pain.

Ah, the secrets this heart must hold…


Mai Ja

Dr. Dreadful’s Creep Show

Posted in animation, candy coated nightmares, macabre, video with tags , , , on March 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve posted about Megan Petasky before. This video of hers is guaranteed to be one of the creepiest cartoons you see today (assuming you watch a lot. You watch a lot, right?).

Holiday Desktop Goodies 12/21

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, art, candy coated nightmares, christmas, decoration, food, macabre, photography, sea, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Ready for some creeptastic Christmas treats?










SuperTeen Merry Kiss-Mas

Wait for it…

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Ian Miller

Posted in art, candy coated nightmares, illustration, surreal with tags , , , on November 6, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

It was this image from Ian Miller that got me into his work. The perfect toybox from hell…


LOOK at this creature! Are you looking? It’s insane!

I love how he combines cross hatching with sweeping strokes and intricate surreal detail.


Oh the organic, morphing, perfect madness!


Ian Miller

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Posted in art, candy coated nightmares, undead with tags , , on August 1, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Enjoy the bruised, bone-stripped, maggot infested sweetness of Saccstry





Found via the lovely Moshita.

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Campbell’s Soup Kids

Posted in advertising, candy coated nightmares, dolls, kitsch with tags , , , on June 21, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s take a moment to focus on the kitschy, cutesy iconic marketing creations of Campbell’s.

Brace yourself…here they come…

The Campbell Kids have been selling Campbell’s Soup since 1904 when Grace Wiederseim Drayton, an illustrator and writer, added some sketches of children to her husband’s advertising layout for a Campbell’s condensed soup. The Campbell advertising agents loved the child appeal and choose Mrs. Wiederseim’s sketches as trademarks. –Source


I’m not sure what prompted Ms. Drayton to draw them as if they were hopped up on too much Adderall, but they certainly make an impression.


Yes, they are staring right into the recesses of your soul, burning a hole in your brain…


The dolls are equally terrifying, yet I’d kind of like to have one (or two). I will leave them staring at unsuspecting guests when I step out of the room.


campbell girls