Panel #1- Lindsey Chesus, Redlands CA

Well, look who it is!

Panel #1 has made contact! Man, I am so happy to see this panel back on the road and gettin' all dolled up by our collaborators. The most recent artist to have her way with the panel was the pet portrait pro from Redlands, Lindsey Chesus. Her addition to the sad pharaoh is completely suiting and looks feakin' fantablulous [you see, the thing about being a blogger is I can write as horribly as i can, with no regrets. "Fantabulous'' is now a word, k?] When I first met Lindsey, she was rockin' the craft scene up in Berkeley and I was sad to see her leave the area to go back to her homeland down in SoCal. It's so great to see her back on the art train and pumping out these killer pet portraits. Check out the goods and her website here!

Oh and may I just say that this panel is turning out to be one of my faves? YUP.

My name is Lindsey Chesus. I am from Redlands, CA, and I paint, sew, decorate, draw and lots of other crafty things.

What is your earliest “artistic” memory?

I remember taking art classes in school and thinking how easy and fun they were. Also, I used to draw with chalk a lot in the front of my house.

What are three words that best describe your artwork?

Saint Feline of Metallic Wonder (I know, it's four words :) )

What inspires you?

Mucha, old religious art, cats, dogs and shiny colors

What is your goal in life?

To enjoy myself as much as possible

Name something you love, and why.

My Aunt, for showing me art at a young age and my animals.

What makes you angry?

Bad things- Bad drivers, bad art, bad people etc.

What was your favorite toy as a kid?

I wish it were some cool and hip artsy thing, but I loved Pound Puppies and Polly Pocket. Those kinds of things made my imagination go wild.

What is your favorite toy now?

My animals, if they could be toys. I play with them, so it counts, right?

What is your “dream” art project?

Designing a pet food or pet treat design with my cat Ben on it. And I would like to paint an animal picture (preferably my cat Ben), and have it auctioned off to help the ASPCA.

What have you been listening too while you’ve been working on your art [recently]?

Louie Armstrong, some other 1930s-40s music, and also nothing at all. I do my best work in silence because it helps me focus on the art and zone out.

If you were a cocktail on a drink menu at a bar, what would your name be?

Kitty Kolada

If you could go back in time and talk to “8 year old YOU”, what would you say to her/him?

NOTHING! Haven't you seen Back to the Future?! That would devastate my whole existence.

If you could collaborate with any other artist [living or dead], who would it be and why?

ELROD. Because with our love of sparkle, we could create a great mexa-cat God.

What is the best bit of advice that you have ever been given?

Life is for the living. Don't waste your time doing things that don't make you happy.

If you had a chance to say one sentence for the whole world to hear, what would you say?

If you had a pet, there would be world peace.

One Mexi-Cat God coming right up! And may I just say that you can totally go back in time and talk to your young self and get hooked up! Remember Biff Tannen in BTTF II? You could have a freakin' casino and be the ruler of a slum town... BALLIN!

So, how about it? Lindsey's cat goddess is perfect for this panel, no? There's still two more sick artists following this act and I can guarantee this panel is going to be a real crowd pleaser. Next to attack panel numero uno is an insanly talented master of his craft, Albert Ramos of San Fran-sicko. Minds, prepare to be blown. Much love to Lindsey~ your work was well worth the wait, darlin'.

Panel #1 mileage recap- during its first leg, it went from SF to Campbell and put 53.17 miles on it. Then, from Campbell to Redlands, it's a 408.22 mile trip. New grand total for the maiden panel is 461.39!

More updates on the way!


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