Hell Yes, I'm Going to the Monster Drawing Rally!

This will be my 3rd year to participate in this Portland Art Museum fundraiser. Why do I keep doing the Monster Drawing Rally?  Is it because it raises money for the children's art programs?  Is it because it makes me feel a part of something bigger than myself?  Or is it because I just have so much damn fun?  Well, all of the above!  But really, I just have never gone and had a bad time...and I cannot say that about many things.  

And honestly....there's something magical about that evening for me.

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I'll be drawing LIVE in the first hour from 6-7PM.  You know I'll be excitedly anxious...or is that anxiously excited?.  Afterward, I'll hope to mingle with my friends and family who came to watch me and to...of course....watch all the other great artists make live art in the next couple of hours.  Let me know if you come by.  I'd love to say hello to you.

  • WHERE:  Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon
  • WHEN:  Friday, July 13, 2018 6-9:30PM
  • WHAT:  Watch over 100 artists make art LIVE and sell it for only $35/piece
  • WHY:  Raise funds for children's art programs and to have a hell of a lot of fun!!!

Win A Custom Retro Portrait (by me) at NW Dance Project's Silent Auction

If you love amazing dance performances and winning luxurious prizes, you won't want to miss the NW Dance Project's Silent Auction and Golden Gala, this Saturday, May 12th, 2018.  I mention it because...well, I love this dance troupe...and I'm supporting them by donating a custom retro portrait for their silent auction.  During this deliciously decadent event, one lucky winner will get a beautiful portrait by me.  Read more about it below.

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Is It Insane to Keep Working at Something That You've Already Lost?

Is it insane to keep working at this solo art show?  Somehow, losing the opportunity has doubled my conviction to make the work for it.  I don't know.  Am I weird that way? I am weird that way...and in many more ways.  Nevertheless, here are a couple more work in progress images.  

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I'm not ready to talk about them or what they mean yet.....just like I'm not ready to look for an exhibition space for that big, beautiful art show...yet.  

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Hereafter, let this work and all the forthcoming work be know as, "That Big, Beautiful Art Show". Ha!  Stay tuned for more work in progress.

The World Might Not Be Made For Me, But The Show Must Go On

These are not new thoughts....how the world isn't made for pretty much anyone who isn't a white, male.....how if you deviate from the medium (norm), you will be excluded (from society and validation).....how if you want to make a living at something like art, it will be a huge struggle. 

But it is new to think the show must go on....it's new to think....yes, and I'm still enjoying myself.  I'm still enjoying this vast and strange world....I'm still enjoying being a woman of color....I'm still enjoying the way I look, act and what I value.....and I'm still enjoying creating art.  These ideas have cropped up as I have lost my solo art show at the gallery in the wake of the plans being destroyed.  Even if I don't know what's going to happen to the art....I mean my art.....I'm still making it.  The show still must go on....at least.....for me.

Here are some of the things that I've been working on for that big, beautiful solo show.

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Sorry, not sorry for being such a tease about it and only giving you a little peek.  Stay tuned for more work in progress in the weeks to come.

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The Saddest News An Artist Can Get

Yes, about a week ago, I received some terrible news.  I was getting ready for the April 2018 Spring Show at a gallery, asking them when I could drop off the artwork to be hung which would have  been over 20 of my pieces.  They sent me a message telling me that they were closing their gallery.  They were going to try some other things, but none of which included an actually brick and mortar gallery.  

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I understand.  Times are hard.  And they have always been hard for galleries.  I mean, I know more galleries that crumble than rise.  

This was also the same gallery that was going to give me my first solo show in June 2019.  I made a whole big plan and was working on it already.  Now, my dreams are dashed.  Now, I have to contact all those people who were planning to come to it and who were so proud of me to tell them it's off.  I don't have it anymore. 

I feel so ashamed.

I've been telling a few people about it and they keep offering ideas of where to exhibit the work like saying, try this gallery or that cafe or whatever.  Honestly, I'm not ready to look yet.  I'm just trying to get over my disappointment and feeling of being betrayed and of not being supported in what I do.  

This was the first time someone didn't tell me that my art should be in a kid's book.  I mean, it's the first time someone understood what I was doing and cared about it.  I felt like I could do anything with that kind of support, understanding and encouragement.  

Now, I'm just feeling my sad feelings.  Now, I'm just going to be dedicated to making the art even if I don't have a place to exhibit it.

How to Get Your Vintage Fantasy Portrait Painted Here (My Donation to NW Dance Project)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to time travel back a 150 years or more?  Have you ever fantasized about wearing top hats or corsets and frilly dresses?  Well, you don't have to wonder about it anymore.  You can get your fantasy self portrait painted here!  I'll make you look dapper and comely in all the clothing and accoutrements of the Victorian and Edwardian era. 

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I take your stories; like the moments you're most proud of, or the trips you've taken, or your favorite pet and combine them into a special painting that celebrates your life and your accomplishments. 

I do this for anyone, but right now, I'm donating one custom portrait to the NW Dance Project for their silent auction.  They are one of my favorite dance troupes so I am happy to help them raise money to keep up their amazing performance art.  If you win this portrait painting, here's what you'll get:

  1. You or up 2 people of your choice painted on an oval 16x20" canvas.
  2. Your stories, accomplishments and/or dreams illustrated in this portrait.
  3. A favorite animal or pet in this portrait with you.
  4. An in-depth interview so I can get to know who you are and what you want in this custom portrait.
  5. You painted in subdued vintage colors and clothing.
  6. A one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, valued at $650.00.

Below are a couple examples of portraits I've been commissioned to paint before.  Make sure you go to the NW Dance Project's Golden Gala and put in your bid to win this luxurious fantasy portrait.  It's May 12th, 2018!

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