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« on: June 07, 2009 09:40:27 PM »

UPDATE: Thanks to a winter storm, I was off school, so today -- nearly eight months after starting this project -- I got out my paints and finished the rest of the band. I think the little guys turned out pretty cute:

I especially like the contrast between their cutesy-innocent accessories (dragonfly, sunflower, snail, mushrooms, etc.) and their rock-and-roll-all-night makeup. I couldn't resist making Peter's mushrooms look a little psychedelic....

Through a bizarre stream-of-consciousness intersection of pop culture icons, I came up with the most gloriously ludicrous idea I have ever had, and I was powerless to resist the urge to make it reality.

I'd been looking for lawn gnomes for several months, having had an inexplicable compulsion to paint a few to scatter around my garden. With that in mind, on the way back from visiting family in Illinois last month, I insisted that my husband stop at Sullivan Pottery on Route 66 in Missouri.

I hit the mother lode. I wound up buying five gnomes in two different sizes, all at bargain-basement prices (I think the cheapest was $5, and the most expensive was $10).

Surveying my little platoon of smiling concrete sprites, I found myself thinking, "That's like the lawn gnome version of the Something-Or-Other Army." The term I was trying to come up with was "Terra Cotta Army," but what kept popping into my head instead was "KISS Army."

You can guess what happened next:

I'm still working on his bandmates, but I couldn't resist posting the Paul Stanley Tribute Gnome. I don't really know why I started with Paul Stanley. I think I just like his makeup.

I thought about painting KISS-style clothing on the gnomes, but their little jackets and stuff are pretty well-defined, which makes it hard to get too cute with the paint job without it being really obvious. As I thought about it, I decided that the only thing more ridiculous than a KISS Army lawn gnome was a KISS Army lawn gnome who looked like a perfectly normal, garden-variety gnome in every aspect except his makeup and membership patch.

I'd originally chosen to ignore the imperfection in the concrete on his foot, but the more I thought about all the times I've stepped in poop while turning compost, the more I decided it made perfect sense for a garden gnome to have something on his shoe.

His pants are shiny and black because his little concrete butt was so carefully rendered that I decided he really deserved a pair of arseless chaps just to show it off, but once I started painting them, they didn't look quite right, so I just turned them into leather pants instead. (Actually, I'm not sure the goal was for them to look quite right. I think I would worry about myself -- a LOT -- if I saw a lawn gnome wearing arseless chaps and thought, "Yeah ... that looks about right." But they didn't look wrong in quite the right way, either.)

I'll update this post as I finish the other gnomes.

« Last Edit: January 31, 2010 04:49:41 PM by Redforkhippie » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2009 09:52:16 PM »

He's awesome!  I love the Paul Stanley makeup.  Great job.  I can't wait to see the rest.

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2009 10:01:03 PM »

HA!  I love it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2009 10:14:13 PM »

That is too funny!  You did an awesome paint job.  Aside from the fact that it's, well, a KISS garden gnome, you can't even tell that it was a DIY job. 

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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2009 11:10:34 PM »

i saw the thumbnail and was like, "OMG, check the shit out of that gnome!"
w00t for gnomes!

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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2009 11:46:52 PM »

That's crazy funny, in a good way.

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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2009 07:20:38 PM »

Thank you so much for sharing....I always need to laugh on June 10 and your freakish, awesome garden gnome and your explanation did the trick!

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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2010 06:40:44 AM »

The band is now complete.

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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2010 04:13:35 PM »

How in gods name did I miss this project!?!?!? I adore them! Gnomes AND KISS? My kiddo would die for these Smiley

« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2010 04:12:25 PM »

Just now seeing this. WOW! I love it!!! Grin Cheesy Smiley Kiss
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