What Does Cellar Mean to You? A Strange Evening of Shared Creation & Shared Artwork

What does the word cellar mean to you? What images, stories and memories does it conjure up? What would you create with that word as your prompt? Could you finish your art creation within 2 hours?

I was invited to do just that when I attended the Portland, Oregon SHARE which is an invitation only “ bi-monthly event that brings different groups of artists together to create from the same prompt. Artists have two hours to work before sharing their creations.” Below is my drawing for the evening. I didn’t know I’d feel so strange or have such a struggle coming up with artwork for cellar. If you go to their website, you’ll read what made it so problematic for me, plus you’ll see the other artists’ creations from the prompt, cellar.

Melissa Kojima’s drawing from the prompt word, “cellar”.

Melissa Kojima’s drawing from the prompt word, “cellar”.

For me, the best things about the evening were sharing my process/struggle and meeting new creative folks. When we shared, I realized that I wasn’t alone in my art-making experience. Everyone had ups and downs during it. We gave each other hugs at the end before we parted.

Since the evening, I’ve gone to some of their local art events, like gallery opening receptions and art sales. It feels really good to support my fellow artists and expand my world a bit more.

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?

MOONS & NIGHT TIME MAGIC GIRLS FOR THE WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON (WIP PART III)

Here’s another peek at my desk as I get ready for the Wizard World Comic at the end of February. This is going to be “Lady Bat” and she will be available to purchase at my artist alley table. I’ll keep giving you more peeks in the weeks to come. If you do come, please use my discount code: KOJIMA20 for 20% off on admission price.

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The Secret Society of Magical Creatures Gets Strange at TEDx Mt. Hood 2018

Yes, this was one of the strangest…..dare I say, magical….opportunities that the Secret Society of Magical Creatures had last year. I didn’t get many photos to share with you of my TEDx Mt. Hood presentation, because….well, you know….I was presenting and couldn’t take photos. Not to mention, In the dark with candles on all the tables, it was hard to get a good, clear shot of the action. Officially, my presentation was called, “an action break”, in which participants could choose an activity to do between talks. The Secret Society of Magical Creatures was 1 of 4 activities to choose from. Fortunately, there was a professional, TEDx photographer to capture some of the strangeness .…er…magic.

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Another very fortunate thing was that Blick Art Materials helped sponsor my presentation. It was so nice to get some support and encouragement for this strange society which seeks to help you find your magical quest.

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I took the participants through the first few secret documents from the “How to Discover Your Magical Creature and Magical Quest Book”. You can see the cover of the book above as it was projected on a white board. Some participants got brave and shared what they discovered with the entire group, including their magical creature. I found it very touching and many of us applauded their bravery.

If you’d like to buy your own copy of this very secret and magical book…..er…maybe…strange is more accurate, I’m offering a magical discount on it for 1 week until Jan 22, 2019 . Use code MAGIC75 to get 75% off the regular price.

Second of All, Here's to Celebrating Rare, Magical and Strange Things!

I was talking to an artist friend and we were discussing how rare it is to get a holiday card, let alone a homemade card from someone. I’ve been fortunate to get a few…not yet this year but in previous years. Have you gotten any yet? They truly are special to me…you could even say, they’re magical. This friend and I asked each other if we kept those homemade cards. Yes. Yep. Usually, we did. Some of the recipients of our homemade cards have told us they keep them too. They have a little special stash from all the years. Strangely, others have told us they threw them away.

“Celebrate Magic” homemade Card for a friend.

“Celebrate Magic” homemade Card for a friend.

Why did they tell us that? My artist friend thought they might be trying to relieve some guilt over NOT keeping them. I don’t know. I don’t know how people feel when they receive a homemade card from me. Do you they feel magic? Do they feel like celebrating? Do they feel special? My hope is that they will feel all those things because I created it especially with them in mind. I mean, they inspired what I decided to do. It wasn’t random. I thought about who they are and how warmly I feel about them. I thought about their smile and the things they like.

If nothing else, this is another thing that just makes me strange and different from everyone else. Okay, okay…you say special….still…..I say strange.

Ten by Ten Art Show, Featuring My Whimsical Sculpture, The Plantimals

It was a fun night at the Jill McVarish Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. We saw a woman in a very smart red suit, a pretty, little girl who talked about going to Paris and drawing, and we learned about water soluable oil paints (with which Jill McVarish paints). Oh, and of course, we saw my whimsical sculptures, The Plantimals. Below are a few photos of the lovely evening.

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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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