SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! So Much Of My Strange Art Selling!

Yes, I've been selling my strange artwork!  I'm so amazed!  I don't know......I just am always tickled when someone likes my art enough to buy it.  I don't know if I'll ever get used it it.  It's one thing to say you like it and to come to see my art shows or events, but it's a whole different level of admiration when you actually commit to buying it.  Below are artworks that have found new, happy homes because they SOLD, SOLD, SOLD!  Thank you so much!   It means so much to me! 

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The Best Art Event in Portland Is The Strange & Magical "Monster Drawing Rally"

What should an art event have to be deemed The Best Art Event in Portland?  Well, it should:

  1. Sweep you away in all the excitement happening around you.
  2. Make you feel like you're in on a secret or something very rare and special.  
  3. Give you something unique that you didn't expect and that keeps you asking for more.  
The Monster Drawing Rally sign at the Portland Art Museum.

The Monster Drawing Rally sign at the Portland Art Museum.

The "Monster Drawing Rally" at the Portland Art Museum is that art event.  2017 is the 3rd time that the museum will put on this strange and magical event.  There are 100 artists participating who donate their time and talent to raise funds for the museum's children's art programs.  In 3 one-hour shifts, artists from Portland draw or paint for 1 hour, creating as many works of art as they can in that short time.  When the art is done, it's put up on a wall to behold and to be sold for only $35.00.

One row of the many artists creating at the Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

One row of the many artists creating at the Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

Right before your eyes, artists materialize beautiful, strange or funny art like a magician pulling fantastic creatures from his top hat.  With all the music pumping around you, so many different artists creating beautiful art each hour, and delicious food scents filling the air, you cannot help but be swept away in the non-stop fun and excitement.  Amazing sights, sounds, scents, tastes and touches thrill all 5 of your senses.  If you don't like the art move on to watch the next art being created.  If you weren't able to buy the art that you wanted, there's bound to be another artist creating another magical artwork for you.  As the artists form their creations, you're let in on the secret of how it's done.  You get to witness what's usually done behind the closed studio doors.  You have no idea what each artist will create.  It's a surprise.  Each artwork is unique and you just want the magic to keep going on and on.  Encore.  More please.  But it only lasts for 3 hours.  Hopefully, by the time the last artist stops drawing or painting, you've gotten your very own piece of strange magic from the "Monster Drawing Rally".

Melissa Kojima (me) drawing at the Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

Melissa Kojima (me) drawing at the Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

This will be my 2nd year to participate as one of the 100 artists donating my time and talent.  I cannot describe how thrilled I am to be a part of the Best Art Event in Portland.  It will be Friday, July 14th 6-9pm at the Portland Art Museum.  Would you want to come and have the time of your life?  Or do you need to wash your hair that night?  Come with dirty hair.  No one will care.

All the artwork I created in 1 hour at the Monster Drawing Rally sold.

All the artwork I created in 1 hour at the Monster Drawing Rally sold.

If You Love Strange Art and You're in Portland, You Won't Want to Miss This!

If you are one of those people whose heart skips a beat when see strange art with strange characters in strange lands and you're in Portland, Oregon this week, you won't want to miss the First Thursday Art Walk on June 1st, 2017 (5:30-10pm)!  Why?  Because I'm selling a bunch of my strange drawings for cheap there!  My Art Geeks Meetup group has a booth on the sidewalks at NW 8th Avenue between NW Davis and Everett.  You'll find a few the drawings below (+ many more) hanging there for way below their value (I mean cheap!).  Are you excited?  Do you hope you'll get there before it's all gone?  Yes, it's for only one night at this cheap price.  Get there quickly before there's nothing left. 

How to Speak Like A Magical Creature in the Secret Society

If anyone ever made you feel like you were stupid......if someone made you feel like you weren't good enough to hang out with them.....if you felt that wasn't fair.....then listen up.....because we want you to know that they were wrong.  Yep!  They were wrong.  

They might have whispered in front of your face like they were laughing at you or spoken in codes to make you feel like they were better than you.  No more.  It's your turn to be in on a secret that they don't know.  What secret is that?  

You get your own secret language when you become a member of the Secret Society of Magical Creatures.  Now, you get to speak in front of them like a magical creature.  

This mysterious society has words that are magical and hold the secrets to you becoming your magical creature and to discovering  your magical quest.  You can get all the secret language in a secret book at this link.  When you memorize the language, you become magical.  In fact, you hold the keys to becoming the magical creature that The Secret Society know you are.  Get all the secrets by clicking on the link above.

How to Travel Without Eyes: The Strange Tale of The Double Blind Twins

Carlotta and Katrina were not born from the same mother, but when they found each other at the ripe age 7, they felt like they had finally become whole.  They were both born blind and both had naturally light blue hair.  It was like they were sisters.  How could it be?  It was magic.

Before they met, it was hard being blind.  They could hear people's pity when they spoke to them, like they were as broken as a bicycle without wheels.  Their mothers would protect them like they might shatter if they fell, not letting them stray far, not letting them go out and explore the world.  Didn't their mothers know there was so much to smell and touch and taste and discover?  

By chance or magic (or is magic chance?), one day, they bumped into each other (because sometimes that thing happens whether you're blind or not).  Like a blind person who thinks everyone she meets must be able to see, they both exclaimed, "Hey, watch where you're going!  Can't you see I'm blind!"  To which they both started laughing.  They were best friends after that.  They had to be.  It was too remarkable of a coincidence to do anything else.   

The strangest thing, besides these amazing coincidences though, was that when they held hands or were in contact with each other, they could actually sense everything around them.  I cannot say it was the same as seeing, because I have never experienced this kind of extra sensory perception.  But it allowed them to move unencumbered in the world.  In fact, they were able to negate almost any terrain like a cat who can see in the shadows and the dead of night or like an owl who can spot her prey several yards away.

Of course, no one believed them.  And being daring despite all the dangers of the seeing world, and only being 10 years old, they set out to prove it.  Their first test was to go to the deepest,  darkest, creepiest place that anyone ever knew.  That was the Devil's Swamp because once you went in, you were lost forever in a hellish maze of vines and murky waters.  It was said that all manner of monsters and demons dwelled in there and only lived to suck away your soul.

It sounded perfect to them.  They got their top hats, packed an extra dose of courage and set out to the swamp.  They would make it through.  They knew they would.  It was not without some trial and error, but they did make it through. 

I will have to tell you that dark fairytale another time.

5 Bunny Girl Treasures You Can Take With You Wherever You Go (As You Explore)

Once upon a time, there was a bunny girl.  Everyone looked at her like she was strange. So what if she had big ears?  So what if her clothes didn't match theirs?   So what if she couldn't play the same games they did?  She didn't care.  She turned away, wandering down a hill into a pretty garden.  

1) Magical Bunny Tote Bag (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

1) Magical Bunny Tote Bag (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

Maybe, she did care....a little.....she crossed her arms over her chest and huffed.  That didn't mean she was going to change to please the likes of them.  She caught sight of her reflection in a bird bath. She caressed her long ears. She liked them.  They were good enough for her.  She looked down at her dress.  She liked it too even if it was a little old fashion.  It hurt that they didn't see how she was fine just the way she was.

2) Magical Soft Bunny Girl Pillow  (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

2) Magical Soft Bunny Girl Pillow  (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

She decided to go on a magical quest to find more creatures like her.  Did she mean more bunny girls? Maybe....yes....perhaps.  But really, she meant more creatures who understood her and who looked at her like she was perfect the way she was.  She imagined that she'd find dazzling creatures who might scare her a little....well....because she was little. But she would brave going out and exploring. It was worth it to find these magical creatures....and also....to find where she belonged.

3) Magical Bunny Girl Clock (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

3) Magical Bunny Girl Clock (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

Quickly, she packed to set off on her quest.  She didn't know how long it would take.  She would prepare for as long as necessary....a week.....months....years?  Who knew.  She packed a magical tote bag with a soft pillow, a magical clock and a set of stationery cards to write letters home about the incredible things she would discover. Of course, she couldn't forget her magical pouch to put in stamps and pens...and maybe some lipstick too.

4) Bunny Girl Stationery Set of Cards (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

4) Bunny Girl Stationery Set of Cards (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

She was ready to explore, slinging the tote bag over her shoulder. Off she went around the corner and down the hill. She walked further than she ever walked before.  She passed the neighbors who had a big estate with gates to lock everyone out or maybe everyone in.  She kept going when the sun went down. Why not?  Her feet still felt fine. 

5) Magical Bunny Girl Pouch---for pens and stamps or lipstick too. (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

5) Magical Bunny Girl Pouch---for pens and stamps or lipstick too. (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

When she finally needed to rest, she found a big smooth moss covered rock to sit upon.  She plopped down and took off her shoes.  Rubbing the balls of her feet felt good.  When she looked up.  She saw a door in a tree.  She gasped.  Where did that come from? It wasn't there a second ago.  Or was it?  Did someone live there?  She had to know. 

She slipped her shoes back on and knocked three times on the door.  It opened...just a crack. She took that to mean to come in.  Her adventure would begin now.

More magical treasures at Society 6 by Melissa Kojima (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)

More magical treasures at Society 6 by Melissa Kojima (Gimme, gimme! Click on the image to get it.)