Brand new stickers are available now! I painted the watercolor and tea stained piece “Ribcage Garden” as part of an online art challenge #hauntedgardenartchallenge. It’s now available in a holographic sticker in my online shop and retail space at Bellefonte Arts in Wilmington, DE. Stickers measure 3 inches. Take a look at these beauties!
Purchasing information at the bottom of this post.
It’s my favorite day of the year- Halloween! Happy Halloween, witches and ghouls! Since it’s the most spooky time of the year, my treat to you is….I’m officially releasing all the pieces completed for the Mab Graves Drawlloween challenge! This year has been nuts, so I chose to do 1 challenge per week rather than the daily challenge. The “vampire” piece has a special place in my heart. Halloween 2020 is the 20th band anniversary of the Dresden Dolls. Those of you who know me in person know my love of this band runs deep. One of their albums gave me strength during an abusive partnership. My love for them is such that I have one of their logos tattooed on my wrist. In short, the vampire piece in this challenge is also a love letter to this strange, magical, wonderful band.
Top Left: Prompt: “Cryptid” Title: Mugwump of Lake Timiskaming Medium: Graphite pencil
Top Right: Prompt: “Werewolf” Title: Graveyard Transformation Medium: Acrylic on birch wood
Bottom Left: Prompt: “Frankenstein” Title: The Bride Medium: Graphite pencil
During the month of February I participated in Delaware Fun-a-Day 2019, a local draw-a-day challenge. This year, my theme was Library of Stories. Each piece was inspired by a book that I have a personal connection with. I used text from the books in each piece. It was part of the group show in early March on display at the Center for the Creative Arts.
The books the pieces were based off of include:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Wicked by Jeremy McGuire
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Death and Taxes by Dorothy Parker
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Night by Eli Wiesel
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Diaries by Anais Nin
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Poems by Paul Celan
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Click below to see photos and a digital gallery of the pieces.
It’s getting to be snuggle in your pj’s under a mound of blankets weather here on the east coast. I bundled up in a ridiculous Hello Kitty onesie tonight and drew a quick rendition of myself as Death the Endless.
I’m taking a little break in March from teaching classes so I can focus on creating some more original large-scale work. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not busy.
On Sunday, March 25th I’ll be participating in the All Kinds Pop-Up Art Exhibit happening at the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, Delaware. CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook event.
And a new painting. This was my first experience with both watercolor grounds and gold leaf flakes. For those who are unfamiliar with watercolor grounds, it’s a compound used to treat canvas to make it suitable for watercolor painting. This is great for playing with watercolor without worrying about framing a piece in order to display it.
Watercolor, acrylic, gold flake on 16×20″ gallery wrapped canvas.
I was lamenting my hormonal woes and how they can lead me to feel out of control of my emotions when the menstrual monster is lurking under the bed. A friend commented “It’s like the drunk text of womanhood.” That phrase was so apt. I knew I had to draw it in some capacity.
Well, here she is. There will probably be an on-canvas version of her at some point.
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.