WHIMSIES

Here are some of the patterns I have made for Whimsies Clothing over the past year and into this one! I’m still designing things as we speak and will continue to do so, but this is a good showing of what I’ve made for them so far.

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SCP Horror Ink Drawings

I spent the month of October 2018 (or #inktober2018 if you will) doing a series of ink drawings based on stories contained on the SCP website. If you haven’t come across them yet, they’re a treasure-trove of cooperatively created weird fiction and horror. I may do another SCP series one day: the stories are always being added to.

Below is the entire series. The first one is a kelpie or river horse, another favorite creature/monster of mine but not drawn from a specific SCP story.

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MuseHub Site Banner

Okay…I admit it. I am super proud of this one. This is for the MuseHub.biz website I just recently did an interview with. It’s an awesome new directory service for freelance writers and artists and it’s growing fast. (And no, Lauren didn’t ask me to write that, I just dig her site.)

Anyway, check ’em out if you haven’t already. You can do so by clicking the image below. As for me, I’ve gotta get ready for YART this Saturday! I’ll be posting about that soon.

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TWIN SOLO SHOWS: STURM UND DRANG

“Twin solo shows” probably sounds a little weird, but basically I’ve got exhibitions running concurrently at The Dapper Pig and Blick Art Materials, both in Evansville, Indiana. They both run through June!

Each show is all 16×20 canvases, all $85 each which is WAY less than my canvases typically go for. So feel free to go take advantage of the sale! I think it’s something like 20 works in all, possibly more. (I hung the shows in a bit of a flurry.)

FROM THE STURM ARTIST STATEMENT: You’re seeing half of a double show I’m doing here & at Blick Arts for the month of June. The shows are “Sturm und Drang” (Storm and Stress) and this is the STURM part! I’ve had a rough year as a mom and a daughter, but I’m still hanging in there with the ones I love. This show is our victory.

STURM (STORM), hosted at The Dapper Pig, includes The Pretty Sun and Lunar Rainfall, two works centered around the idea of natural storms and destruction (world-ending in the case of The Pretty Sun).

Blick Art Materials hosts DRANG (STRESS), the more deeply personal half, and includes a portrait of my youngest son, who’s bravely facing some challenges, and 100 Keys, a scene from the recurring nightmare of a close friend of mine.

100 Keys

100 Keys is taken directly from the description a friend gave me of her recurring nightmare, some years ago. When she first saw it, she said I had “taken her breath away.”

100 Keys will later be completed as a short comic.
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Why I don’t offer (much) limited edition art

Tonight at an art reception I was very rightly advised to offer my digital art in limited editions. I’ve been sounded on the issue many times before, and I recently had fun offering a limited run of painted archival prints for Kickstarter’s make100 promotion. So why don’t I do this regularly?

Quite simply, limiting my art would be in direct conflict with my personal goals. Firstly, I want every person on Earth to be in possession of my art one day. Secondly, I want everyone who genuinely loves a piece of my art to be able to have that piece in some way, shape or form. Lastly, I want my art to change lives.

This means that the vast bulk of my art must necessarily be unlimited, widely shared, and affordable to everyone. My idols and role models are the artists who tag trains or illustrate comics, books and album covers that embedded themselves in the public consciousness.

My artist seal deliberately references Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, because he made amazing posters that were discarded after an event, and the Japanese ukiyo-e artists of old whose brilliant and colorful woodcuts were used as wrapping paper and box stuffing before they were wadded up and thrown away.

I have no desire to make myself sacred, or even to make myself rich. All I want to do, before I die, is make myself felt.

I do have a soft spot for my fans and clients, however. So, if someone commissions an exclusive or limited piece, and I know they like the actual art and don’t just want a valuable piece of colored paper with resale value, I’ll accommodate them. I know people like traditional pieces and sketches too, and I try to always bring a good number of my traditional pieces for those who must have a unique item. I’m not made of stone.

But I’m also not here to line anyone’s pockets by deliberately creating art with the main point of being collected and resold. If a person does not genuinely like and want a piece of my art, I’d rather not sell it to them. I’d rather sell a $15 print to an excited teenager than a $1000 limited edition something-or-other to a collector who doesn’t look at it except to gauge its future market value.

In the latter case of someone only buying my art as an investment, I haven’t touched anyone. Worse, a piece of art that I truly cared about is now buried away in some warehouse or in a single person’s residence. One of my art professors once stated, “A museum is a place art goes to die.” It’s a similar situation to me when someone buys a piece just to hide it away and treat it like a precious commodity. Art is not only for the privileged, and it must move out in the open, among everyone, to stay “alive.”

So if you’ve ever wondered why I’m not rich, now you know!