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 email@example.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…
Big announcement! For the first time, I have launched a very limited run of vinyl stickers! There are 2 designs; the first is from my mixed media piece Elizabethan Librarian, the second is a pre-Halloween witch sticker. The stickers are printed on a rugged vinyl that protects them from scratching, rain & sunlight, and have a matte finish. Each are a limited run of 12 stickers. Get them before they’re gone!
I went for my first visit to the west coast this month. While visiting Washington I visited Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia. I’m from the other side of the country. We have mountains, beaches, ocean, and coast. I was struck by the subtle differences in the skyline- the boats, the fact that the snow-capped Ranier mountain was visible in the skyline in the middle of July, the small boats in every body of water. I was thoroughly impressed by the Chihuly glass sculptures in Tacoma and Seattle. Pottery and blown glass clearly have a big impact on the local art there. Below are a few drawings from my visit.
Every year in late spring Wilmington turns its skating rink into an outdoor beach themed beer garden, complete with sand, boardwalk, and lounge chairs. It’s pretty fun. Last night I made my annual pilgrimage there. Sketching, drinking, and putting your toes in the sand makes for a rather enjoyable night.
I write this on the eve of National Women’s Day. This year also marks the first #daywithoutawoman protest. Women are striking across the USA to show people what an impact women are in the workforce. Those who can’t strike wore red to show their solidarity. And I certainly rocked red today since I couldn’t strike. In fact, at the library I work at the entire staff is comprised of women. If we were to strike the library wouldn’t function!
I chose to highlight my portrait of Malala Yousafzai for a few reasons. She’s rocking red. What’s more, her story is one of a position of powerlessness she parlayed into activism for girls education. She didn’t have resources at her disposal. Armed with only tenacity, she is now a figure in women’s history. Historical figures are sometimes divorced from what we consider to be “average” people. Malala is an example that real people can make a difference.
I just completed another custom coaster set. The client wanted a Valentine’s Day gift for her boyfriend. His likes include: 9 tail foxes, Rick and Morty, and his cat. I used one of my favorite themes to make the set cohesive- space! My personal favorite was turning his pet kitty into a space cat!
Many moons ago I teamed up with musician Alphane Reality Generator for the album Nature of my Circuitry. I made the cover art for the album. Years later he decided he had to own the original image, a mixed media piece in pastel and paper cutouts. Upon a recent visit I saw it’s home. As most artists will tell you their pieces are like their children. Even when selling a painting it feels like losing a part of yourself. It’s wonderful to see your children adopted into good homes.