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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Work in Progress of the 2018 Giant Robot's Post-It Artwork: Bunny Girl Drawings

I actually finished one of those little post-it artworks. It’s, of course, a Victorian Bunny Girl. I think she is going to love being in the Post-It art show at Giant Robot….oh the places, she’ll go….oh the things, she’ll see!

One little post-it Bunny Girl Drawing done. 8 more to go.

One little post-it Bunny Girl Drawing done. 8 more to go.