October Online Drawing Clubs Like Inktober and Mab's Drawlloween: Yes or No?

A few years ago, I took a risk and played along all 31 days of “Inktober”, the online October drawing club/challenge to create one drawing per day from the same spooky, scary, monster prompt as everyone else in the club. I posted my drawings online under the hashtag (#inktober) and saw mine along side everyone else's drawings. I ended up finding it a really unpleasant experience. No one really commented on what I created or even gave me likes, so I felt alienated and lonely.

Despite that, I’m going to try a different drawing club this year, “Mab’s Drawlloween Club”. All the art folks who I revere are doing it and they have said it’s a very caring and supportive community. I’ve even voiced my nervousness at doing this and already received some kind words and encouragement.

So here I go into October, throwing myself into the fray again. Maybe, this will be a lot different experience. Maybe, I’ll enjoy it this time. Wish me luck and follow along on my Instagram Account where I’ll be posting my Drawlloween drawings daily. The hashtag to follow this year is: #mabsdrawlloween2019 Will you join in? Yes or No?

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The Voice of Gothic & Creepy Art: My 4 Minute Interview at Monster Drawing Rally 2019

While at the 2019 Monster Drawing Rally, I had a little interview with the Portland Art Museum’s Podcast, in which I answered as many questions as I could within 4 minutes. We chatted about memorable moments at past events (this was my 4th year participating), the kind of art I create (gothic and creepy, of course) and how I deal with the challenge of the limited time to make art during the Monster Drawing Rally. Listen to my answers, laughs and sighs by clicking on the photos links below.

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You can also see a little video blurb that OPB did on the Monster Drawing Rally by clicking the photo link above. I didn’t get in their video spot, but this was exactly what I saw, heard and enjoyed during my time there. I even talked to the lady that said she draws women who ruled the world. This was my last year doing it. For most of my 4 years of as participating/donating artist, I really enjoyed it. This year, I realized it’s changed for me and the magic is no longer there like it was before.

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.

My Victorian Freak Show Paper Puppets at Jill McVarish Gallery

Since Jill McVarish Gallery in Astoria, Oregon invited me to the “Doll” group show in their “Secret Gallery”, I thought my Victorian inspired, freak show monster paper puppets would be perfect there. I’m not sure who knows what a paper puppet is, so in case you don’t know, they are paper dolls with heads, arms, legs and torsos that move on a paper brad hinge. You can move their parts to play with them or to make a stop motion animation. I love strange things and maybe, these are part of that. What do you think?

Each original paper puppet was created with colored pencil and has it’s own 9” x 11” homemade shadow box in which to live, move and play.

Each original paper puppet was created with colored pencil and has it’s own 9” x 11” homemade shadow box in which to live, move and play.

The “Doll” group show starts March 8, 2019 and runs through the first week in April. Who knows what wondrous things will be there besides my freak show paper puppets. If you’re interested in purchasing the original artwork, please inquire at the Jill McVarish Gallery.

Gentleman Skull Freak Show Paper Puppet.

Gentleman Skull Freak Show Paper Puppet.

Lady Bat Freak Show Paper Puppet.

Lady Bat Freak Show Paper Puppet.

Lady Medusa Freak Show Paper Puppet.

Lady Medusa Freak Show Paper Puppet.