Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bell Jar

This new succulent beastie is having an adventure in Seattle!  
I'm thrilled to have this piece on display alongside the work of so may other talented female artists, at Ghost Gallery this month.

"BELL JAR features 24 local & national artists working with the ever-iconic cloche vessel.  Mixed media work will be encapsulated in these seemingly fragile yet protective environments, portraying varying levels of sentimentality, experimentation and personal narratives.  Viewers will be able to interpret for themselves the meaning of these miniature worlds, organic forms, conceptual objects and occasionally suffocating compositions, presented by a diverse group of women from across the country."

Hand-sewn soft sculpture, wool & wire inside glass bell jar
apx 8" x 6"

He's available through the gallery:

Ghost Gallery, Seattle WA
On view March 12 - April 3

Monday, March 9, 2015

Finished - study of Natanya

Last week, amid all the usual chaos, I finished my oil study of Natanya.  
This is the painting I started last month, at the 3-day burlesque modeling session at Stvdio480.

Overall I'm happy with how it turned out.  There's some things I'd do differently, and there's some things I know I need to focus more on as I get back to life drawing 
(hands, for instance.  ugh.)
Because it was a study, and really supposed to be completed at the studio, I left a few things unfinished and instead focused the final painting on demonstrating the lessons I picked up from the experience.  

And then I framed her up and took her over to the Fulton Street Collective space, where she's hanging now as part of the current exhibit:
"Sensual Chicago"
~a celebration of Chicago's burlesque performers & models~
The show runs through March 12

Day One

Day Two

Day Three (last day in the studio with model)

Making time this year to do these oil paintings has really been fantastic.  
I can't wait to start the next one.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Some weeks...

…you just need to have a Gin and make a Mandrake.
The last week or so has been like that.

The Mandrake is for an art-swap that I'm pretty excited about - and he turned out pretty cute:
What a wee screamer!

Besides making this little fella, the rest of the last seven days or so has been pretty random and a little crazy.

Valentine's was lovely!  
Even though it was something terrible like -2° all day, we went out for a long walk, 
sketch-booking and bar-hopping and had a blast.  
Old Fashioned's and Sketchbooks, <3 .="" p="">

Also spent some Valentine's-Time with these lovely ladies
Lana & I met Ixie while she was in town with her Nightmare in Wonderland Project - and then had a fantastic time out and about Chicago with her. 

Right after Valentines, Dr. Sketchy's made its triumphant return:
at the Beauty Bar!

We were all treated to a fantastic double-model session with Brooklyn Britches and Millie Toulouse.  

And the Beauty Bar just continues to be one of my favorite places to hang out.

Everything else was just run-here run-there 
work work work.

I've got some super-exciting shows coming up (news soon!)
and a super-terrifying commission I'm working on:
But more about this beastie later.  


Saturday, February 14, 2015

So Many Cheeseburgers

Last night, to celebrate Friday the 13th, I treated myself to my very favorite burger:
the "Iron Maiden" at Kuma's.  It normally doesn't get much better than that - but - Kuma's was also pouring a Peanut Butter Imperial Stout.  Throw in some crisps, and the whole thing was just ridiculous. 

Anyway, seems like a fitting time to say:
This lovely lady is now available in my 2D shop, for a sweet price!

There's a couple deals over there too:
Custom work on sale for a limited time
As well as the last of the Marceline and Eggplant prints!

Now, if you'll excuse me - I'm going to go eat a giant salad and then run around the park five times.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cheeseburgers, Pancakes & Booze

Last Saturday, February 7, this was the scene outside Reggie's Rock Club

Because this was the scene inside Reggie's Rock Club
A (very) large crowd, music on two stages, live painting, lots and lots of art, and 
free pancakes.
Once again, Pancakes & Booze hit Chicago.
It's pretty much open to whoever wants to show up and do whatever they like - so there's all sorts of work on display, or just happening.  I think I saw about five easels throughout where artists were painting or drawing.  I put up a couple things, and then Max & I headed upstairs near the Free Pancakes booth - where there were tables.
because we can't go anywhere without drawing, apparently.  
A party's not a party without your sketchbook.

After participating in last year's Pancakes & Booze I had a better idea of what to expect, and what to bring.  I wanted to create a painting specifically for this event, but I didn't want to sweat too much over it because - really.  It's called Pancakes & Booze.  Seriously.

So I gave myself about a week of after-work evenings, and:

"I Freaking Love Cheeseburgers"
oil on canvas

This lady loves a fried egg.  And she'll be up in the Shop later this week.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Snow Day

Happy February, from the winter wonderland of Chicago

Max and I just wrapped up another Draw Until You Puke marathon, so I'm taking the evening off to watch the snow, go through some photos, and just plain relax.  

Draw Until You Puke is a week-long Drink & Draw marathon, where we attend or improvise all sorts of sketching, drawing, painting, or just general creative events.  
Here's what Thursday's DUYP event looked like for us:
The DUYP'ers at Atomic Sketch!  This was one of my favorite events, ever.  
Also, I ate a ton of tamales.  

Anyway.  It's February now, Chicago's got a bit of snow about, and I'm feeling justifiably lazy.
I might doodle a portrait in the sketchbook later...

Or work on a painting, for the Pancakes & Booze show this Saturday...

Or ...I might just eat spaghetti and play video games all night.

Speaking of painting, I've also been attending a Burlesque model workshop at Stvdio480 the last couple weeks.  It's been so helpful, as I'm focusing more on learning to paint with oils now.  
It's a 3-session pose, so 9 hours total.  

Day One:

Day Two:

This Saturday's the last day - I hope I don't make a muck of this.  It's been so much fun. 

Alright - I'm off to find some spaghetti.  
I hope you're enjoying Winter!  We certainly are in Chicago!


Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014, IN REVIEW.

Happy New Year!

As I do every year, I've been going through notes, journals, and photos from the past 12 months and thinking about 'recaps' and 'what it all means'.  My portfolio didn't see a ton of additions, but there were some pretty significant pieces completed and exciting work done.  I moved out of a rotten apartment into an amazing one, which I get to share with an amazing person.  Conquered my first year at my day-job in Advertising, working inside a major Chicago landmark.  Drove through Indiana soooo many times as I travelled through the Midwest exploring, visiting, working.  
Worked very hard, and slept very little.  
.   .   .   .
I realized the other day that the best way to sum up 2014 is with a little black sketchbook that Max bought me for Christmas in '13.  I used it up from exactly January - December last year.  
Moving, day-jobbing, sewing, and a handful of other events kept me from completing as many large drawings and paintings as I would have liked last year.  But, for the first time in a very long time, I managed to always keep my sketchbook with me and always keep it going.  

Each page of this little Hobbit Moleskine has been scribbled and noted and doodled and worked on.
Here's the highlights and best-of's for 2014:

Early every year, February 1st, is Hourly Comic Day.  Last year, Max & I, along with a big handful of great friends, celebrated with a big day-long Drink & Draw, ending at the High Dive. 

We ate a lot of Tater Tots that day.  I have no regrets.

Later in the Spring, I started using the Sktchy app, which continues to be great for quick portraits and studies when there's no one with an interesting face around.

And then throughout the year, there's just a ton of these random sketches and things, usually done at a restaurant or pub.

Me and Max enjoy a good Drink & Draw so much, we started a group in Chicago:

Our first week-long marathon took us all over town, including a quick stop at the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary show at Rotofugi

In July, I moved out of the Ukrainian Village (it was a sad day), and into a quiet neighborhood a bit further north.  I started taking a long, slow train ride to work - so drawing other commuters became a new pastime. 
There's a whole ton of these faces and sketches in here.  
Pages and pages of strangers.

In the Fall there was Inktober!  I also got a wicked cold, and did my best to keep up.

As the year wrapped up, I started shifting towards fiber, plush, sewing, and getting ready for Craft Fair madness.  These cactus monsters were a ton of fun to stitch up.

And finally, in December, we made the dumbest thing I'm proud of,
Max and I stayed up for, like, 48 hours passing a sketchbook back and forth, drawing and writing this stupid thing.  And it still makes me giggle every time I look at it.  

(You can see more of what's inside, here)

To bigger and better, more work, and more adventure.  
Happy New Year, and welcome to 2015!

I cracked open my new, blank sketchbook this afternoon.  
After a very long and rainy winter walk, Max & I stopped into a pub for a beer and a cheeseburger, and spent a couple hours drawing.  
I'm going to keep sketching on this one, and finish it up tonight.