Last Minute News! I'll In The 2019 Monster Drawing Rally

It’s only a few days until the Portland Art Museum’s Monster Drawing Rally, and I only heard back this morning that I’ll be a participating artist. I wasn’t sure if I would be one or not, since the spaces are limited for returning artist this year. This is their 5th Annual event and this will by my 4th year as a participating artist. It will be held this Friday, July 12th, 5:30-9:30pm.

I always love drawing in front of a crowd and raising money for children’s art programs, so this is a real treat to be a part of this event. If you like helping children’s art programs too, please come and watch me draw and then buy the art….mine….or any of over a 100 other Portland artists. I’ll be drawing in the last round of artists from 8-9pm. Will you make it? If yes, please come say hello to me. More details are below.

The Creeping Museum Invited Me to Their Art Market (August 24th, 2019)

As you may remember, I recently returned to Instagram. In doing so, I seem to have found the online gothic art community. I have been slowly building my audience of fellow artists and art enthusiast who love dark and macabre things, Halloween everyday, creepy cute art, and oddities and curiosities. If you are following me, I dare say, that you too must count yourself among this group of creepers and misfits. They sport names like “Haute Macabre”, “The Ghoul Next Door” and “Haunted Paper”, to name a few.

They also call themselves, “The Creeping Museum”. I was so happy to find them and even more excited to learn that they were in Portland, Oregon, my home, where I live. I followed them online and loved all their posts, including an announcement a few weeks ago that they will be hosting a carefully curated artist market here in Portland, Oregon. I was so happy I’d be able to attend it.

On the same day of their big announcement, they started following me. I couldn’t believe that someone with influence and power in the gothic community (23K+ followers) would like my art and my posts. That boosted my confidence and made me feel like I might belong which is not something I’ve felt before on Instagram.

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About a week after that, I got a message from them, inviting me to be a part of their artist market. I almost jumped out of my seat. It was such a surprise. They must have truly valued my artwork if they were asking me to join such amazing gothic artists. I thought about it for a few hours because I know I can do things in too much haste and on impulse. By the end of the day, I replied to their message with a big, fat YES!

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Yes, I will be an artist at the Creeping Museum’s 1st Artist Market and Fairytale Salon! It is $10 to get in early and shop with less of a crowd for the 1st hour (3-4pm), but afterward (4-9pm), it is free to the public and anyone of you who also considers yourself a lover of oddities, creepy, spooky art, dark fairytales and divination and magic. Will you join us?

I will be posting more about how I’m preparing for this market, so stay tuned between now and August 24th. I can’t wait!!!

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What A Surprise to Be Accepted into This Juried Art Show: 2019 Portland Open Studios

About a month ago, I applied to get into the annual art studio event, Portland Open Studios, where art lovers and collectors can go on a self-guided, free tour of over 100 artists’ studios and see them work in their spaces and see how they create art. The jury was prestigious this year, including Stephanie Chefas of the Portland gallery, “Stephanie Chefas Projects” and Lisa Congdon, nationally known illustrator and author, so I wasn’t sure what chance an unknown artist like myself would have—-Wait-—-Do you even know me? Who did you think I am?——I was definitely riddled with doubt, but wanted to take the chance and see how I fared. Just having these 2 high-powered women check out my art seemed worth the risk of shame or dying alone and unknown——yes, I have a flare for the overdramatic.

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I was on pins and needles for weeks. I’d talk about it all the time. Would I get in? Did I have what it took? Did I represent what they thought was worthy of attention and recognition? Should I pretend I would get in and just start working on the things I needed to do to get done (creating new art, planning demos, making products to sell, etc.) for an open studio visit for art lovers and collectors?

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A few days ago, I got the fateful email that I had been waiting for. Did I get in? Yes. It was full of good news. I made the cut and I would be able to show people my art in the space where I created it. I’d get to do a demo for them and have them interact with me. I’d get to show them all the art I’ve been creating——it’s a lot—-that hasn’t been seen or exhibited.

With this wonderful surprise, I’m now cooking up new art and fun things for this event in October. If you want an excuse to come visit Portland, Oregon in 2019, this is the best reason to come. It will be the 2nd and 3rd weekends of October, on both Saturdays and Sundays. As an introvert, I will love the break from isolation, but I also know I’ll be exhausted after so much interaction with people. I love chatting with them, so why does it drain me of energy? Can you relate? Do you know what I mean? In any case, I’m super excited and I hope to see some of you there who love mysterious and beautiful artwork.

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***NOTE: I’ll be showing with artist Dave Benz in South East Portland, so our open studio will be jumping with many amazing sights and things to do. More details to come as we get closer to the date——but we do have some collaborative artwork to share with our visitors that we’ve never shared before. I hope you’re as excited as I am.

Who Else Loves Ghosts? Come See My Ghost Art at Wizard World Convention Portland!

Well, there’s still plenty of time to get over to the Oregon Convention Center for Wizard World Convention in Portland, Oregon. If you come, you’ll get to see my series of ghost artwork and more. Please use my discount code to get 20% off: KOJIMA20. I hope to see you there.

A few of the ghost artworks I have displayed at the Wizard World Convention in Portland, Oregon.  One of them is an art print for sale at $20.00 each.

A few of the ghost artworks I have displayed at the Wizard World Convention in Portland, Oregon. One of them is an art print for sale at $20.00 each.

Last Sneak Peek Before Wizard World Convention Portland This Weekend (Feb 22-24)

My 15 new artworks are framed and ready to be displayed at Wizard World Convention in Portland, Oregon. This will be the first time I have so many of my artworks displayed together in one place—-almost like a solo show. Moreover, it’s the culmination of creating an art series I call, “Moons, Magic and Night Time Girls”. Below is your last sneak peek of some of the art before this weekend’s main event and everything is revealed.

Lady Bat paper puppet will be for sale as a DIY print for $5.00 and the original, assembled art in a homemade shadow box for $300.00.

Lady Bat paper puppet will be for sale as a DIY print for $5.00 and the original, assembled art in a homemade shadow box for $300.00.

I’m not sure what to expect since this is my first time doing artist alley at a convention. But if what happened at the printer is any indication of how the convention will go, then I’m excited. I went to get a few high quality art prints and the printer loved my art so much, she bought one of my prints. I was surprised and happy at my good fortune. I hope the convention will bring just as much enthusiasm for my artwork and more good fortune.

1 of the 6 high quality art prints with archival ink and upon archival Canson Photographique paper. Titled, “Ghost Tears”. $20.00 for each art print.

1 of the 6 high quality art prints with archival ink and upon archival Canson Photographique paper. Titled, “Ghost Tears”. $20.00 for each art print.

Below is a list of all the things I’ll have for sale—-except the original framed artwork—-which is on another list. I’m really proud of this series and feel like it’s some of my best work yet. It feels like a break-though. Usually after creating art, I feel like I did an alright job and hope I’ll make something better next time. This time, I was in awe of the art I made and couldn’t wait to create more to see what I’d do. That’s a big difference.

The list of what I will be selling at Wizard World Convention Portland, Oregon, Feb 22-24. The original artwork for sale is on a separate list.

The list of what I will be selling at Wizard World Convention Portland, Oregon, Feb 22-24. The original artwork for sale is on a separate list.

Please come to see the art and visit me if you’re in Portland, Oregon. This really is a big step for me, and I’d really appreciate your support. Make sure to use my 20% off code from the price of admission: KOJIMA20. See you there.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Top 5 Strangest Things That Happened in 2018

#1 GETTING A SOLO show started the year out with a bang!

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#2 GETTING TO DO COVER ART for a sci-fi/fantasy fiction magazine was a dream come true!

#3 LOSING THE SOLO SHOW sent me into a downward spiral of depression.

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#4 CHECKING OUT OF SOCIAL MEDIA, I tried to gain some perspective & sanity.

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#5 CREATING WHIMSICAL, FANTASTICAL, PLANTIMAL SCULPTURES and getting them into the J. McVarish Gallery ended the year on a high note.

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