Demon A Day

Delaware Fun-A-Day art challenge accepted! (Again)

What is the Delaware Fun-A-Day challenge? Create a piece of art a day for the challenge month. This challenge asks participants to create art during the month of July. For this one, I’ll be creating a DEMON A DAY. Each day I’ll feature a demonic figure from different folklore and mythology. I’ve been doing some research to make sure there is a link to folklore for each figure I create.

Demonlogy Research!

Today, July 4, the demon is Lilith. Lilith is based in Jewish folklore. In biblical lore she was made from the same clay as Adam, and was his first wife before Eve. Lilith was cast out for demanding that she was equal to Adam. (The lore varies from cheating to disobeying Adam, but the general idea is the same.) Lilith/Lilit translates from Hebrew to “night hag” or “screech owl.” There are ties to a Mesopotamian Lilith (which may or may not be related) that grew from a tree, and relates to owls. I added screech owl feathers on her collar and a crown of branches. She is described in the Zohar, Leviticus 19A as “a hot fiery female who first cohabitated with man.”

Demon A Day: Lilith
4×6″, watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper

Bat Dance

I talked about the #hauntedgardenartchallenge in my “Pollinator” post. This is the next prompt I created, “Bat Dance.” It’s another colored pencil and ink piece on toned gray paper. Check it out below. And if you’re interested in a print use the contact form to request one.

Bat Dance
Ink and Polychormos colored pencils on 9×12″ toned gray paper
Detail of Bat Dance.

Pollinator

I created a drawing for the Instagram art challege #hauntedgardenartchallenge, which is a drawing challenge created by user/artist @Gracemoth that happens during the month of June. I’m participating when I can, but not following all the prompts. I recently completed a drawing for the June 15th prompt “bumble bee.” Check out the piece below.

Pollinator/ Ink and colored pencil on gray toned paper/9×12″
Detail on Pollinator

New Sticker Designs & A Return to Bellefonte Arts Fest

2 new sticker designs are now available on my Storenvy storefront. The first sticker, Elegant Chicken Legs, is a matte vinyl sticker with a limited run of 20. The other is a large heart shaped holographic sticker of Rococo Pinup, and has a very limited run of 10. Only a few are available online for purchase as some are set aside for my next announcement…

I’ll be returning to Bellefonte Arts Fest on May 21st! Information and tickets are listed on the Facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/6qsPstLFl

To purchase the new sticker designs check out my storefront here: https://uglystepsisterart.storenvy.com/

Elegant Chicken Legs stickers
Elegant Chicken Legs stickers
Rococo Pinup stickers
Rococo Pinup stickers

New Piece: Rococo Pinup

My newest piece was inspired by a prompt for a February art challenge. The prompt, “diamond,” took on a life of its own. I just had draw hundreds of diamonds. Needless to say, it took several days rather than one. It gave me the opportunity to try Faber-Castell polychromos colored pencils for the first time. I was previously a Prismacolor woman. The polychromos are oil-based rather than wax-based. I noticed a difference in the strength of the pencils. And the color payoff is strong. (Review possibly coming later.) I tend to draw what a friend has deemed Kirsten’s Sad Girls. I haven’t done much in the way of classic pinup style. I liked the challenge, and took the opportunity to infuse my decadent aesthetics with a beauty with curves in all places, not just the right ones. (I enjoy representing body types similar to my own.)


So without further adieu….

Rococo Pinup
11×14″
Polychromos pencils on toned gray paper
Detail
Detail
Detail

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thinking of this eloquent, groundbreaking, and complex man today. He laid the groundwork for civil rights that inspired generations of civil rights activists and caring humans who want to change systems of oppression.

Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr incarcerated at Birmingham Jail for protesting segregation. The red symbolizes bloodshed and passion in the fight for civil rights.

New Piece- Elegant Chicken Legs

My latest piece, Elegant Chicken Legs. As Frank Reynolds says, “I don’t know how much time I got left. I’m gonna get real weird with it.”

Original piece pending sale to a private collector.

Title: Elegant Chicken Legs
Medium: Ink, watercolor

Winter 2021 Updates

Hello winter holiday season 2021. It’s been a while since I updated this corner of the internet. I’ve been more active on the usual social media (Facebook, IG). Mainly because it’s easiest. With various censorship for artists and server issues, I’m trying to keep this thing more up to date.
On to what’s I’ve been up to!

ART SHOWS

I have 2 pieces in this year’s Big Little Art Show up through December at Talleyville Frame Shoppe in Wilmington, Delaware.

VENDING

This autumn/winter I wanted to get work out before things began closing again. I vended at the September and October Oddball Art Hall events at Oddity Bar in Wilmington, Delaware. They have a live art model each session. Below are a few pastel drawings of the October model session.

And my last vending event of the season was the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market’s Wreck the Halls holiday market. Thank you to those who stopped by and picked up stickers or prints.

In closing, here is a cute little Baba Yaga house.


It’s Autumn Good

It’s Autumn here on the East Coast. I just completed a post-vaccination/mid-plague mini-tour of sorts. I participated in a few shows in September- early October including Oddball Art Hall in Wilmington, Delaware, a Mabon Celebration in North East, Maryland, and Bellefonte Day in north Wilmington/Bellefonte, Delaware. For those who stopped by, chatted, and of course helped support my work through BUYING ART, thank you! (If you bought some of my art please share photos of how you decorate your walls/sticker things/send love notes by sharing via Instagram. You can find me at instagram.com/stepsisterugly or by emailing info@uglystepsisterart.com. ) Doing shows is a lot of stress, a lot of work, and a lot of energy, but after not being able to go out safely for the last year it was wonderful to connect with people. This was also my first time debuting brand new bookmark and greeting/mourning cards, which were very well received. (Look for them in my next shop update on Storenvy.)

Take a look at some highlights from recent shows below.

There are some more shows and exhibitions in the works, so stay tuned…

It’s That Time of Year Again- 12 Days of Ghosts

Fall is here. With it comes all the spooky art challenges. I’ve kept busy with commissions, submitting work for shows, and creating products for my newer work. This weekend I was able to fit in a painting for the #12daysofghosts challenge. The prompt was “seaside.” I’ll be doing a few of these quick pieces when I can. (Follow my social media for process photos and video.)

Without further adieu, I present “Seaside.”

"Seaside" 
Watercolor painting
9x12" on paper
“Seaside”
Watercolor, ink on 9×12″ bristol