The Twilight Sad guitar!

A wearable version of the beautiful white Jaguar owned by Andy MacFarlane of The Twilight Sad.

Andy MacFarlane Jaguar pendant

These are US$30 each, and $10 from every sale of this pendant will go to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow.

These pendants are MADE TO ORDER – I do not keep them in stock, so please allow up to two weeks for me to create and ship out your tiny guitar. :)

Made from polymer clay with birch veneer on the neck for strength. Varnished in water-resistant polyurethane. Each comes with an 18″ nickel-plated ball chain (not pictured).

These are available from my Etsy shop, but if you would like to contact me about them, you can also do so here. X

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Vennart

Mike Vennart Strat

This is my tiny version of Mike Vennart’s very unique Stratocaster.

I am very pleased to announce that, with Mike’s permission, I am now selling these handmade miniatures as necklaces (or wall hangings, or whatever)…. and a large portion of every sale will go to help Mike’s hero, Tim Smith, of Cardiacs. Tim was hit hard by major medical problems in the past few years, and we are very keen to help him with the huge costs of care.

If anyone is interested in having a wee bit of artwork to show their love for the inimitable Vennart, and helping out a friend at the same time, each of these is US$40 (due to the very very intricate paint job that I do by hand each time), and $15 per sale will go on to help Tim Smith.

These are available from my Etsy shop. If you wish to ask any questions, feel free to contact me on Etsy, or from my Contact page here.

Also, please support Mike directly by ordering his NEW ALBUM or a shirt or three!!! XX

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SHEEP!

I had a few requests to make Matt Bellamy’s WarChild charity auction guitar into a necklace. And I posted it on Twitter and things kind of exploded. heh!

I have added this pendant to my Etsy shop, and I will make them as they are ordered – please allow up to three weeks for me to create the tiny guitar and mail it out. This one is quite difficult to paint.
Each pendant is $40US – with half going to WarChild in honour of Matt’s contribution, and the other half covering my own costs and shipping.

Please note that this has nothing to do with Manson, Muse or Matt Bellamy himself – he’s probably seen it by now thanks to the internets, but no one is endorsing this. I am merely making a good thing out of my crafting abilities. :)

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Look Ma, New Website!

Welcome to the new version of frenziedsilence dot com. It had been several years since I put a new layout on this thing, and my eyes can no longer handle reading white text on black background. Hopefully this new design is easier on everyone. Not to mention its lack of site-wide graphics for improved load time.

I’ve also changed the page URLs, so they are simpler to remember.

Enjoy! :)

-Kathryn x

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James Alexander Graham: Not An Ugly Bastard.

The Twilight Sad played two gigs in Portland yesterday, and I had the pleasure of chatting with the guys for a bit after each. I had drawn a portrait of James, and gave it to him after the first show, a small acoustic session at a local record shop. James is absolutely gracious and kind. And contrary to what he said, he is definitely NOT “an ugly bastard”.

James Alexander Graham | The Twilight Sad frontman, drawn from a still of their Paisley Abbey performance. Finished 01 November 2014. I had the pleasure of giving this drawing to James at their in-store acoustic performance the day after I finished the work.

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Hindrance

This is a personal whinge.

Most of you, by now, know that I occasionally do artwork. And most of you know that I have many health problems. These two things do not fit together. I am having another bad day. So I am going to write about it, because letting the shit pile up is not a healthy thing.

My portraits, if you have seen them, rely heavily on precise light values and shading. Because of this, I need to be able to see very well, and I need a lot of light on my work surface. A very difficult situation when I deal with chronic headaches and random vision problems, which may or may not be connected to my Lupus. I sit down with some hope, and within a short amount of time I can no longer find the intricacies of a picture because my eyes are full of flash-spots and after-images.

I have been to doctors, of course I have. I’ve endured 50 minutes of MRI scanning, I’ve been examined by a neurologist and an ophthalmologist. There’s nothing wrong, I’m just “prone to headaches” and I still have 20/20 vision but I’m extremely light-sensitive and my eyes get tired unusually fast. Suck it up and bear it.

Well I don’t WANT to suck it up and bear it. I’m trying to do something I love here. Other people like to see what I do. I’ve just recently realised the self-confidence in my portrait work to draw other people and then show those people my work, and I’ve been very fortunate to get more love from those people over that work than I could have imagined. It’s a respect thing, and is becoming moreso since I’m having such a difficult time making it work now. And these people I’ve drawn have no idea. It’s my way of showing them how much their being on this Earth, and doing the things that they do, has influenced and brightened my life. And as I get older and better at drawing – my body tells me NO, fuck off, you can’t do this thing that you’ve finally embraced.

Just a little bit frustrating. I’m trying to finish a tiny portrait right now, as a gift for another musician… and it’s making me sad.

In fact, reading this post on my own website, which I designed, is now hurting my eyes, and when I looked away after reading the draft, I can see white lines over everything I look at, from the text on my screen burning into my retinas. See how fun this can be for trying to shape a person’s cheekbone in a portrait!

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Dragon

My latest portrait: JP Reid (The Dragon), musician, songwriter, and one of the sweetest people on the planet. You may know him from his collaborations with Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro. Please listen to his bands: Sucioperro and Medals. <3

Graphite on 11×14” Bristol board (drawing is approx. 6.5×11”). ~46 hours.
Finished 17 July 2014.

[click image for full size]

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