Where Ghost Girls Are Valued & Loved: Gothesque Magazine To Include My Artwork

Gaining confidence in my art, I’ve started to promote myself again. This means I’ve taken a chance and stuck my neck out, asking galleries, publishers and magazines if they could use my artwork. One the places where I submitted my art was to Gothesque Magazine. As you may have guessed, it’s a magazine for lovers of dark and gothic things. They especially value ghost girls, so I thought I ‘d submit some of my spooky art. Although most of the magazine heavily features luscious photography with gothically costumed babes, they also include spooky fiction, poetry and artwork.

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Well, lo-and-behold, a few weeks later, I received a message that they wanted to include my artwork. They said I might even possibly have my art on the cover. I didn’t believe that would happen, but I was flattered that they’d even consider my art. I was also flattered that they wanted to interview me for the magazine. They asked me some compelling questions that I had never been asked before, so I had to give them some answers.

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Coming in mid-July, you’ll have the chance to see some new art from me (not ever published on the internet or exhibited in the real world). I promise it’s as luscious as the photography and you will get to read my answers to the following questions:

1. Where is the "Strange Land of Beelaungeen"?

2. Can you tell us more about the "Strange Secret Society"?

3. Have you had any dreams or nightmares stand out recently?

Make sure you get your digital or paper copy at this link. My interview and art will be in Issue 75. I can’t wait.

My Art Studio Will Be Open to All Those Seeking Strange, Spooky Artwork (October 2019)

In October 2019, I’ll have my strange art studio open to all those seeking strange artwork, meaning my art with ghosts, fairytale like adventures, Victorian gothic girls and crescent moons. It will be open because I’ll be a part of The Portland Open Studios Art Tour.

One thing at a time is getting into place for this big endeavor of over 100 participating artists. The latest news is that the Portland Open Studios’ website has my artist page up (whoo hoo). Check it out to find out why I create strange art and to learn where my art studio is so you can come visit me (yes, please).

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As more and more things are prepared (like a fold-up map with the location of all the artists’ studios) and updated, I’ll be sure to keep you in the know for this exciting art event.

Who Else Wants A Strange, Spooky Picture Per Day From This Strange Artist?

I have been gotten back on Instagram…after a long reprieve….and let me tell you….it’s tough being out there….it’s as scary as a haunted house or a dark enchanted forest (you have to fight self-doubt, comparison, and other evil monsters). I returned so I could follow some spooky and inspirational artists (https://www.instagram.com/ghoulnextdoor/ , https://www.instagram.com/beeskneesindustries/ , https://www.instagram.com/spectralgardens/ , https://www.instagram.com/_virginia_mori_/ , https://www.instagram.com/weird_vintage_photos/) and to be able to send galleries and other art communities a social media account when I applied for opportunities (yep, I’m always trying to promote my artwork and get it out there so I can be found by the right audience—-an audience who appreciates and loves my spooky, strange art too).

I’ve been trying to make a lovely feed of strange and spooky art each day. I know that’s what I enjoy seeing in my feed. Who else wants that? If you do, take a chance on this strange artist and follow my strange feed. Below are examples of what you can expect from me…ghosts, bats, magic, moons and a very special cat named, Katarina…..sssshhhhh….don’t tell anyone….but she’s the inspiration for my next 11 art pieces…you might see some work in progress in my Instagram feed…just saying. Will I see you there?

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.

Wizard World Comic Con Here I Come (Armed with Strange Art)!

Come February 22-24, 2019, I will, for first time ever, be an artist in the Artist Alley at Wizard World Comic Con in Portland, OR. I’m nervous but I’m armed with strange art. I have no idea what to expect, yet I have this nightmare that no one will come to my table. If by chance they do, they’ll look at my art and poo-poo it. Their noses will turn up as they strut away as if they got a wiff of stinking garbage.

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Fears aside, I will put my best foot—-errr——my best art forward. What do I have in mind? What’s the plan? Lots of good things I hope you’ll come see. I’m thinking zines, paper toys, prints and of course some original art. Ghost girls. Night time magic. Moons. Masks. The Secret Society of Magical Creatures. These will all play a role in the strange art I display at my Artist Alley Table. I’ll give you some sneak peeks in the weeks to come.

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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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