As I posted previously, I participated in the October 2019 Drawlloween challenge. There were daily prompts, but I chose to pick one prompt per week. I posted teaser images on my Instagram and Facebook, but I chose to release the finalized pieces in an online gallery here.
The prompts I chose were “cryptid,” “pumpkin man” (I took some gender liberties here), “”Yokai,” and “haunted forest.” Some of the fun in this challenge was diving into the mythology of some of these creatures. I was completely new to the Yokai, and really dug to find out more about cryptids and cryptozoology. Click through the gallery below.
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I joined the SKTCHY app, and I’m digging it. It’s a great way to connect with other visual artists. I joined their Secret Santa art exchange this year. I just finished my piece, and I’m dropping it in the mail today. I really like how it turned out. The catch? I can’t post it online until December 21st, or I’ll spoil the surprise! Well, my cheating heart can’t staunchly agree to that, so here is a little teaser of my finished piece. Check the website on December 21st when I reveal the whole painting.
I see you shiver with antici…pation.
In the meantime, if you’re part of the SKTCHY app you can follow me HERE.
As I briefly mentioned in the last post, I started a Twitch channel. I added my first live drawing on Twitch. Below is the finished piece, “Flower Boy.” CLICK HERE to visit my Twitch channel.
“Flower Boy” Marker, Micron pen on gray toned paper.
I plan to develop my channel to include painting tutorials, giveaways, and live auctions. If you have a Twitch account, please follow me there! Twitch.tv/uglystepsister
It’s Friday the 13th! Hail, hail all things spooky!
Now on to a few recent drawings from my sketchbook. Click below to check them out.
I have some exhibition news coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled on this site and my Facebook.
Pastel Portrait Class
Today I taught a pastel portrait class for beginners at Tulpehocken Exchange. It was the perfect activity for a rainy Saturday afternoon. It was an intimate group with creative folks including musicians and a sculptor. I taught them some basics using dry pastel and offered tips on facial proportions, color, the blending vs. texture balance, and various methods of achieving different styles. Pastels are a great way to get vivid, painterly affects. They’re a wonderful step into painting. (Or use on their own.) Check out the slideshow below to see photos from the class.
All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit
My next show will be at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. It’s a pop-up exhibit “featuring artists that fall at ALL points on the weird spectrum.” CLICK HERE to visit the Facebook event. I hope to unveil some new pieces there.
Time/Date: March 25th, 12 – 4 PM
Location: Newark Arts Alliance
276 E Main St, Suite 102
Newark, Delaware 19711
More info on the Newark Arts Alliance can be found at newarkartsalliance.org .
Those who know me in person know that I have 2 ornery chinchillas that I love to pieces. I created this small watercolor painting of a chinchilla floral print. It’s now available on Society6 on phone cases pillows, travel mugs, stickers, and other projects. Personally, I think it’s perfect to show your chinchilla love with a snazzy phone case. You can visit my shop HERE Chinchilla Floral
Click on the image to go directly to the chinchilla floral products.
I haven’t had much time to create something just for myself. Between creating images for library programs and art classes I’ve been teaching, I haven’t had much time to myself. I finally was able to create this small mixed media piece, The Elizabethan Librarian.
The Elizabethan Librarian- decorative tissue paper, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, and Portuguese prayer book pages.
The next class I’ll be teaching at Tulpehocken Exchange is Pastel Portraits for Beginners. I’ll be teaching participants the basics of using chalk pastels and the basics of drawing one of the hardest subjects- humans. We’ll be learning proportion of the face, blending and application methods with pastels, using light and dark, and more!
Below is the flyer with information on date/time/space. It’s hosted at Tulpehocken Exchange, a new art space in Germantown, Philadelphia located at 47 East High Street. The cost is $40 per person. Sliding scale payment is available on an as-needed basis. Email email@example.com to register. You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking HERE.
Here is a quick pastel portrait I put together of Adam Driver (one of the many husband’s I have in the harem in my mind) as an example of what we’ll be learning in the class.
I recently announced that I was partnering with Handmade Philly at a new physical arts space in Germantown, Philadephia to teach art classes. Today I had a chance to visit the space for the first time. Tuplehocken Exchange is a new space that houses a dance studios, art studios, and the new space for Handmade Philly. I met some of the lovely women who are working hard to make the new space come together.
The space itself is in a storied stone building. It is near the old Germantown High School and down the street from a big, beautiful Unitarian church. Check out the slideshow of the building and space below!
And an update on registering for classes! If you’re interested in any of the classes I’m offering email firstname.lastname@example.org Below is a flyer with for the winter classes I’m offering including a silhouette class, acrylic painting, watercolor card making, and pastel portraiture.
Whatsoever I’ve feared has
Come to life
Whatsoever I’ve fought off
Became my life
Just when everyday
Seemed to greet
Me with a smile
Sunspots have faded
And now I’m doing time
Cause I fell on
New sketch! She’s titled “Modern Art Girl.” She’s inspired by new wave fashion.
And on to the news. I’m working on a top sekret project in conjunction with Ole Tapas restaurant that will be shown at benefit events for Paws for People and Children’s Miracle Network. And that’s not all! This winter I’ll also be bringing exciting new silhouette and wine & watercolor classes to the libraries. Keep your eyes peeled (figuratively speaking, of course) here for more.