I don't usually do this...but I directed folks (you, if you are reading this, hello) to my blog to view today's piece. The reason- I had some things to say about it, might be a little long winded, at least for social media platforms...so...yeah.
This morning when I left my friend Jessie's I was engulfed in a mini-swarm of butterflies. They were all around, their black, white and yellow wings flickering in the morning light- all around me. And I had a moment of clarity and calm.
Almost nineteen years ago, when my best friend Amy died I remember asking for some kind of sign. Some indication that she was still with me, out there, somewhere. Today, when I was in the middle of those butterflies, I felt it. I received my sign.
I had a moment of clarity when I realized that the people I love, my family and friends and the love that I give and receive from others...that is where my friend lives. Amy is with me. That is where Lucy, my mother in law, lives on. Lucy is with me.
And I felt like everything around me was really...clear. And beautiful. And I felt my heart swell with love and peace.
So I made my piece today to reflect my experience today. In the middle of beauty, feeling alive, feeling LOVE.
This is a pic that John took of me on our recent trip to Indianapolis and I thought that I could express how I felt by modifying it a bit...I filled it with some of the things that have been keeping me busy...not in any particular order or anything ... but... ummm...this is my life.
I was stressing about catching up on my blog but then I thought to myself...'well, it's on Instagram'. And sure enough, it is. All the daily art in progress, times I was distracted by sparkle...random cat pics...angel droppin'...it's all there. So check it out. You see some fun pics from the recent trip, where I left some free art (of course!) and also read more about the daily pieces that I finally got around to posting to my 'Recent Works' page...and below!
May 19- Gina Black
Painter, Curator Van GoghGos
I met Gina when Jessie and I were participating in the Art Nouveau Events in West Palm Beach. The night that I met Gina Jess wasn't there so I was by myself and Teresa had positioned my table beside Gina's...and...well..the rest is history. She has graciously invited me to participate in the events that she curates down in Fort Lauderdale area, events ranging from Star Wars, to Under the Sea to Dead Rock Stars...and several more. (I actually think my favorite event was the CATurday art show, that was so much fun!) At the time I was living in Palm Beach Gardens so it was quite a haul to get down to Broward County to drop off work, but Gina often met me to make it easier...she's just good people.
May 20- Angela Yungk
Co-Founder of Art Hive Magazine, Actress and Model
I already posted my fanART piece of Jessie, and I felt like it would only be fitting to also create a piece inspired by Angela, the other 'queen bee' of Art Hive Magazine. Angela is not a visual artist, but she is an actress and model. She is such a driving force behind the magazine, and an advocate for the arts not only in Palm Beach County, but also South Florida. Angela writes articles, sells ads and does marketing for the magazine and also is the go-to person for interviews...those are just a few of the things that she does. She is just a natural in front of the camera, not only because of her physical beauty, but her inner beauty and enthusiasm that shine through. There would be no Art Hive without Angela.
...lastly...I am starting to deliver some of the portraits that I have been creating, starting with Angela (above) After I left Jessie's (also delivered her portrait!) I was heading back to Hollywood when I got the call that Lea Vendetta was at the shop tattooing...so I turned my car around in Boca and headed back north. Glad I did, it was worth it to see Amanda and Lea, and to hand deliver their artwork to them :)
I am so thankful to Tina over at Muzart Creative Studios for being so supportive of my art. Tina contacted me about being her featured artist for the May ArtWalk out of the blue- made my day! Not only does this give me a chance to show off my hard work during the Downtown ArtWalk, but she likes to keep the work up even after the night so many more people will get to see my work. Thanks, Tina!
Painter, Mixed Media Artist and Advocate for those suffering from invisible, chronic illnesses
This is another artist that I came to know through social media, and eventually had the chance to meet in real-life this year when we both participated in the Armory Art Center Fashion ARTillery Event in February. Despite her everyday battle with chroinic fatigue and other health issues, despite the trials and tribulations of trying to find the right medications and going back and forth to doctors...but she manages to make her art...and it is awesome. Erin's work is expressive and colorful and playful. She paints on anything that doesn't move- even clothing. I think my favorite thing is her various headdresses.
Okay...gonna try to play catch up on my pieces from last week...just because I feel like each talented lady deserves a little bit of fancy writing to go along with the work I posted...so...here goes:
Georgette Pressler, Body Painter
I can honestly say that I had never really seen body painting in real life before I met Georgette Pressler about two years ago. At the time I was participating in the Art Nouveau Events group shows in West Palm Beach and she was just one of many artists at most of the events. When you meet her, the first thing you notice is that she is drop dead gorgeous...then you realize she is nice...and then...wait..she is also talented? Seriously?!
I will always remember that raven piece that she did at the Edgar Allen Poe themed show...definitely one of my favorites...but I love all her work.
Jessie Prugh, Co-Founder of Art Hive Magazine...and one of my dearest friends
I could write for DAYS about this girl...there literally is not enough time or space to express how much I adore this gal. I first met Jessie when we were both teaching at the Armory. I saw her bedazzled phone and...it was love at first sparkle. Since that fateful day we have stayed up til the wee hours of the morning making art and attending art events, danced like crazy folks, laughed (mostly at eachother), cried...I am so happy that she has come into my life. And she didn't come alone. In she introduced me (and Johnny Nice) to her tight-knit group of friends, a beautiful group of people that I admire so much.
But wait, there's more. She is an AMAZING artist, her pen and ink pieces especially...and do not get me started on the way she creates eyes...swoon. In addition to being an amazing friend and artistic inspiration she has also included me in this Art Hive Magazine adventure...and thanks to her I have a way to share my artistic journey with others...and meet so many people along the way. All it takes is one person, one ripple in the calm waters, to set off a fantastic set of events. Jessie is that ripple.
I can't, I just can't. There is too much to say. Just know that I love me some Jessie Prugh, with her pink hair and crazy ways, she is one of the most inspirational people in my life.
Teresa Korber, Painter and Founder of Art Nouveau Events
Teresa is defintiely responsible for bringing so many of the ladies that I am featuring this month into my life. It was particpating in her monthly Art Nouveau events that not only introduced me to so many talented artists, but it really helped me to feel a part of the larger art community here in South Florida. It was tough sometimes, staying out at the events until 2-3am and having to get up to drive to IMS to teach the next day...but it was worth it. I sold work, I got my name out there, I got to hang out with my art friends....it was good times. Teresa was always very organized in planning, promoting and facilitating the events, which she did with the help of her girlfirend Angie Tronic, a talented photographer in her own right. These girls were, and are, truly a power couple. In addition to the ANE gatherings, Teresa is also a painter. Her figurative pieces explore the female form and include her curviliner line patters, and also mixed media on occasion. I like folks that produce and let me tell you- this chica WORKS.
When I see Teresa's face, highlighted by her signature blonde pixie cut, I think of those ANE nights, of her commitment to her art, her beautiful relationship with Angie and always...always...I think of their pup Bailey, the official mascot for the events, who has since passed away.
Lea Vendetta, Tattoo Artist, Painter, Model and Singer
Next up on my list of lady loves...the one and only Lea...and I do mean one and only. I met Lea through my involvement with Art Hive Magazine, and every interaction with her has been nothing but pleasant. When you first meet Lea, it is her physical beauty that captures your attention. She is truly like a tattooed porcelain doll, just flawless. But she ain't just a pretty face- she is also a fierce tattoo artist and painter. Her paintings make me happy, remind me of Marc Chagall's flying and floating figures, whimsical and narrative. But the best part...she is sweet. I just love people that are talented and good people, what a great combination. Lea is a calming, soft presence wrapped up in tattooed arms and limbs and I love that about her.
Amanda Linton, co-owner of Ink and Pistons, Founder of Art Rock, Stitch Rock, Downtown Open Market, Retro Indie Market and maker of sparkly thangs
Amanda Linton is another local mover and shaker, and also another artistic soul that I have gotten to know through Art Hive Magazine is Amanda Linton...co-owner of Ink and Pistons, craft and art fair queen and a glittery soul. I really enjoy attending her events and always leave with some amazing handmade items...and it's easy to do since the events go on seamlessly so folks can just...shop! I have had a chance to participate in a few of the shows at the Slushbox Gallery that she and J.R. put on and everything is always fun, a little funky and well-run. She makes things happen, she is a go-to person and not only that, but in addition to being an artist in her own right with
Kazilla, Graffiti-Street Artist- May 16th
Kazilla is artist that I have only met one time, at Gallery 2014 earlier this year, but I have followed her posts on social media ever since. Her images appeal to me because they usually feature woman, color and pattern- some of my favorite things. And...she is EVERYWHERE. Literally, I see her posts showing work in galleries and on inside and outside walls here in South Florida and in different cities across the USA and also has a presence on the international scene. She is a prolific artist- always working, always posting new art...her images inspire me.
I have seen the #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media and knew what was going on- but I saw an event on Facebook Sunday through my artist-friend Jason Fleurant and I decided that I should create a piece for the event. So I did.
I stayed within the same style that I have been working with; marker on paper, stippling and the circle motif, but I went a little larger and added two female faces. The piece took me a little longer but overall I was pleased with the result. Going to pick up a frame for it and drive it up to West Palm Beach either today or tomorrow.
Today's art was inspired by my art friend, Lisa Perz, also known as the Coma Girl. I met first Lisa when I was participating in the Art Nouveau group art shows in West Palm Beach about two years ago. I loved her work and she was super nice, so I have been following her work on social media pretty much since then. I am inspired by her brightly colored, whimsical creations featuring large-eyed ladies and cute critters. Her work is just so fun an it makes me smile and she is ALWAYS WORKING! So when I saw that she was going to be at Art Rock I knew I had to stop by her table and update my accessory collection with some new pieces.
I should also add that earlier that morning my friend Jessie let me borrow her copy of Steal Like an Artist...one of the chapters mentioned writing a fan letter to someone you admire. Well...instead, I made art because I am definitely a fan of Lisa's!
...and it still fits the theme of 'decoration', at least I think so. Wait...lemme check...
When I think about Lisa's work I think about how she creates these pieces that not only decorate walls (her prints and paintings) but also the home (her night lights, etc) and...well...people! (jewelry, key chains, etc) So then...I was thinking maybe I would do some more fan art inspired by women that I feel make the world a more beautiful place...not sure yet...could be the direction of the remainder of the series...
I thought for sure that I had written a post about my experience at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) back in 2008 (I think that was the date?)...but I couldn't find the post.
But...it's defintely worth posting about! One of the things that I miss about NC is NCCAT, or at least, what NCCAT meant back then. I think that due to budget cuts they have really changed the types of offerings you can take at NCCAT, but when I went I signed up to spend a week learning about the history of ceramics in western North Carolina. (not the actual seminar topic, but that's the gist of it)
Now, for anyone reading this that has no idea what NCCAT is, here is a link to their site, http://www.nccat.org.
Keeping Our Best Teachers: Touching TomorrowNorth Carolina’s teachers are critical to the success of student learning. Yet every year, thousands of teachers leave the profession, drained by the demands of the public school classroom and lack of professional support. Teacher attrition costs the nation billions of dollars and is an incalculable loss to our society’s children.
My sister-in-law, Maria, is finishing up a week at NCCAT this week. I was so excited for her when she told me she was going, and that is what inspired me to go through my old pics, create this blog entry and the slide show below...enjoy!