Saturday, October 31, 2015

Now sit right back and you'll hear a tale. . .

. . .a tale of the fateful ship; the S.S. Eses. A fishing boat out of Poste de la Baleine, working the perilous coasts of the Chesterfield inlet in the Nunavut territories. Not really a big boat mind you, it could be a trawler or a barge, but she has a certain. . .how do you say "je ne sais quoi?". . . oh yeah; je ne sais quoi.

She is Captained by the stoic Commodore Mu, who speaks in an accent so heavy, nobody knows what the hell he is saying. Parading the ship with his cricket wicket, he scares the crew with his spontaneous facial hair growth. The helmsman, Francois, just sits back and enjoys the ride, while addressing the crew via the PA system and occasionally filling them with absolutely worthless tidbits of philosophical non sequitur. Shmuel, the head of security, has converted the lifeboat into his cabin, "just in case the shit goes down." 

Athanasios is the supreme fishmonger, one who has an unfortunate predisposition to retching at the very sight of spilt blood. He swore an oath of vengeance against the beast that destroyed his home and is therefore obsessed with hunting down and ending the tyrannical rule of the Diabolically Evil Noxious Arthropod known as the Putanacrab. 

Andre, the chief engineer by shear luck of the draw, is forced to fit his 6'-4" frame in a 4'-6" engine room. Most communications go unnoticed because of radio operator Jehoshaphat's quiet demeanor. He feels that the crew considers him invisible, when in reality, they just can't hear him. Then there is Iasion, the Cook. He can cook a meal out of anything, just ask the harbor crew, when he cooked them an absolutely eye watering skunk stew. He also manages to mellow the crew with his knowledge of herbal remedies. Jayargh Vells acts as the ship's Resident Evil veterinarian, psychiatrist and astrology based root canal specialist. He occasionally slaps the out of control members.

On board this season is Daniel Denzel Stroganoff, DDS. A lapsed Architect and failed Agnostic, who seeks adventure and his true calling as a man of the sea, a seaman if you will. He will find just how hard the hardships of harboring hate can be. The final member of the crew is the valiant Rudolph, a mysterious character, who, without need of regulator or air tank, maintains the ship's bilge tank, anchor and scrubs the hull and propeller clear of any barnacle.

Their adventures are plentiful and full of merriment and gaiety. Occasionally, chimpanzees as well.   

Webisodes coming soon!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Clown Prince of Crime and the Maiden of Mischief

What an awesome session yesterday as we were treated to both Harley Quinn and Joker courtesy of Elaina and Dan! As artists we are thrilled when we get fantastic cosplayers who really up the ante! We are taking a break for Halloween and then returning with the Luscious Lindsey as her character The Sea Queen followed by Dan again as Edward Scissorhands!

The sound of slaughtering rabbits. . .

. . .is one of the many things we learned about last Thursday. We had a great deal of catching up to do as we welcomed a surprise visit by our good friend Joe Kegler. Now retired, Joe owned and operated the Chicago Fine Arts Foundry for 30 years; the best, biggest and last of its kind. He was personally responsible for fabricating a large chunk of the bronze and aluminum sculpture in the Midwest and its sad to see the foundry closed, but all good things must end. It is a testament to the condition of the Arts in this nation when we can no longer have a true Sculptural presence in a major metropolis. That's one of the things we rally for here at Paupers, to remind people that the Arts DO matter and that Art appreciation, creation and consumption is what makes a culturally rich living environment possible. Art makes living so much more dynamic and exciting. Try it, we guarantee you'll love it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Paupers' Boudoir

Courtney was absolutely fantastic last night in our inagural "Paupers' Boudoir" drawing session which acted as a follow up to Kimberly's session over the summer. The poses were super sensual and we structured them to try the effectiveness of different drawing times.We enjoyed pizza and great conversation with a full crowd and are planning to make this a quarterly invitation only gathering. Turns out 25 min was the ideal length, as everyone's piece came out tops!