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1. Toledo Museum of Art "Best in Show"...

I have a painting that is hanging in The Toledo Museum of Art .If you are in the area and can navigate through the snow, check it out. The show is a collection of animal illustrations from the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picture Books.

One of my childhood favorite book characters will also be in the show. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell. My painting is an illustration of me as a young boy and my dog, named Scat.

This illustration is from the book, titled: Speak!: Children's Book Illustrators Brag About Their Dogs (compiled by Michael J. Rosen, Harcourt Children's Books,1993)

The show ends July 5th so go when you won't need the sled dogs.

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2. Bologna or bust!

It's that time of year again: the Bologna Book Fair is starting a few short days! But right now I'm 6152 miles away from it—and that's something that would normally give me a case of the Bologna Blues. BUT!!!  I've had a bit of good news... 

...my illustrations (from Crocodile Shoes) are among the finalists in SCBWI-Bologna's Illustration Show, and I am very honored!

Ever since 2004, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has maintained a regular presence at the Bologna Book Fair — their stand there hosts many activities as well as the Illustrator's Gallery. Participation is open to SCBWI members internationally, and it attracts illustrators from all over.

I'm in good company this year — the wonderful illustrators Isabel Roxas and Maple Lam, to name just two. And in previous years, there has been a stellar cast of artists from around the world: Sophie Blackall, Eliza Wheeler, Jane Ray, Constanze Von Kitzing, Satoshi Kitamura, Jennifer Thermes, G.Brian Karas, and Barbara McClintock.  Not too shabby!

So if you do find yourself in Bologna (lucky you!), the SCBWI stand is at A/66 in Pavilion 26... that's the area that usually has a majority of English-language publishers present. Stop by and say hello!

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3. "CARDED" Art Event (Vancouver)

Join me this Saturday, April 21st, along with 50 other Vancouver artists. Buy a 5-pack of cards, then trade them with everyone else in the room for the ones you want. ~Luc

The creators of Hot One Inch Action present CARDED! a one-night only show of art reproduced on trading cards. The work of 50 artists is presented on trading cards and made available for art lovers to collect and trade. These 2.5″x3.5″ cards are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy random cards in mixed packs of five for $5. Want a specific card? Get into some fast paced trading action with the people around you. How bad do you want that card!?

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4. WonderGround Gallery opening is almost HERE


I always like seeing artist's process sketches because it's like a little peek into their innerworkings. Here's mine and it doubles as a promo heyyyy. PS: I'm FREAKING OUT (in a good way!). See you there! :)

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5. Psycho Donuts

I thought I'd share a few shots from the Psycho Donuts art show. 
You have until July 26 to stop by and see mine and other the artists' creations. 
They're all available for purchase.

You can see by the rotating eyeballs that this place is something special.

There are no ordinary donuts here. There's even one covered in Cap'n Crunch cereal.

The staff is extraordinary, too.

My boys are 'special', too. I think we need a 
padded room at home, too.

Great art on the walls! I love the sepia watercolors.

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6. One of my favorite contemporary illustrators, Anita Kunz, has...

One of my favorite contemporary illustrators, Anita Kunz, has work in a group show in Toronto:

Gallery House is pleased to announce its grand opening and annual exhibition entitled “Miles to go Before I Sleep”, a group show of the work of Anita Kunz, Ray Caesar, Gottfried Helnwein and Catherine Howe.

2068 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6R 1W9 (416) 587-0057
The Public Opening is November 29th, 2012 from 5-9

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7. Bound: An Art Show Inspired by Literature!

bound art show

I will have a piece in this show, “Snow Queen” Mixed Media original.

Date: Friday, April 29th
Time: 7PM-11PM
Location: Dogwood Studio & Art Gallery

Pistol Productions presents BOUND! A one night group art exhibit inspired by your favorite books, stories, and characters! The show takes place Friday, April 29th @ Dogwood Studio & Art Gallery in Ventura (next to Architexture Hair Salon).

Write On! For Literacy is a Ventura-based organization founded in 2001 to empower youth through reading and writing. PLEASE DONATE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN, MIDDLE-GRADE READERS, AND YOUNG ADULT BOOKS. Books must be new or in very good condition.

The notion of art inspired by literature is certainly nothing new. Just as Michelangelo was moved to pick up his paintbrush after reading Dante’s The Divine Comedy so countless artists have been inspired in his wake by the written word. Join us and see an amazing collection of art inspired by literature!

Music by DJ Also
BURLESQUE performance by Lucille Highball! She’ll be performing a routine inspired by a character in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”! Come to the show to find out who she chose!bound art show

More than 15 So Cal artists, have searched the recesses of their bookshelves and will be creating something inspired by a certain title or character that has impacted their lives…..

LIKE Pistol Productions:

LIKE Dogwood Studio:

For more information about Write On! For Literacy, please visit www.writeonbooks.org.

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8. Painting revision

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9. Art Show

I also am working hard to get all the paintings done and hoping a few people can come and see this. It is in downtown or uptown Halifax. A trendy part of town. The painting are acrylic so that is a watercolor also sort of. Just thought I would show you.

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10. Bonni Reid - “Cartes de Visite” My dear friend Bonni...

Bonni Reid - “Cartes de Visite”

My dear friend Bonni Reid has a solo show opening in two days (Feb. 3) at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles. These are some seriously gorgeous paintings. If you’re in L.A., don’t miss it! 

Having a professional career in creating Saturday morning cartoons, I wanted to break from this candy-coated world in order to depict another side of childhood, one that is much darker, haunting or just plain weird — to evoke a time before we child-proofed everything.

By utilizing old photographs of family, friends and found images, this collection portrays the alter ego that resides in all of us — the real inner child which isn’t always what we as adults want it to be. (via “Cartes de Visite” on Facebook)

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11. Darwin Show at Q Pop

Chris Sasaki & Joey Chou are teaming up with the Darwin Show at Q Pop in Los Angeles, opening March 10, 2012. More info (and a few sneaky-peek pics) on Chris’s blog.

More Chris Sasaki: Character Design Blog Interview & Rigamaru (his shop).

More Joey Chou: his blog.

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12. Ryan Heshka: “Ours” — Solo show at Antonio Colombo...

Ryan Heshka: “Ours” — Solo show at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea (Milano)

I love pimping out Ryan Heshka’s shows, not just because he’s a good friend (full disclosure), and he’s quite humble about promoting himself, but I really adore his work. I know I’m not alone though. Here’s some info about his newest solo show in Milan, Italy. Only a few weeks away!

Se siete in città quella settimana, non perdere questa mostra!

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13. Whimsical Fantasy will be at WonderCon

I will be exhibiting for the very first time at Wondercon this year. This year’s Wondercon will be taking place at the Anaheim convention center. I will be at the Artist Alley table AA-185.

Get Your Tickets: http://www.comic-con.org/wc/


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14. Starter Art Show at Bear & Bird Gallery

Heyoooo! I just finished prepping my pieces for this show. I'm really excited and wish I could be there in the flesh. But if you find yourself in Florida, hop on over! The theme is affordable art to jump start your art collection. All artwork by over 30 artists will be priced at $100 or less… start collecting art and you will be proud of your happy home!

On exhibit: May 5 – June 23, 2012

Opening night reception: Saturday, May 5th from 6-10pm
Locals get first dibs, but artwork will also be available online after the opening.

Featuring affordable artwork by: Aleks Sennwald; Amanda Valdes; Amy Earles; Aurian Redson; Betsy Bauer; Brian Butler; Cake Marques; Danielle “knee” Estefan; Danny Brito; DATAMOUTH; Eric Garcia; Erika Taguchi; Gabriela Zapata; Genevieve Santos; Greg Ham; Heather Hitchman; Helena Garcia; Jenna Dickes-Deleo; Jim Pavelec; Jimbot; Jonathan Bergeron; Kay Garcia; Kristiana Pärn; Kristin Frenzel; Mab Graves; Marisol Spoon; Matt Cipov; Michael Fleming; Nan Lawson; narboo; Pam Treadwell; Pam Wishbow; Ryan Hungerford; Sashiko Yuen; Tatiana Suarez & more!

Bear & Bird Gallery
inside/upstairs at TATE'S Comics
4566 North University Drive | Lauderhill, Florida 33351
954-748-0181 | amanda@bearandbird.com

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15. blane - rest at skate session

10" x 10"
oil on illustration board

created for the stoked sessions l.a. fundraiser show.

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16. Cristina Acosta: Luminous Work, Lasting Art

Cristina Acosta

Guadalupe with Crown, the World is Her Heart

La Conquistadora/The Corn Maiden/Dine Spider Woman

Exhibit: Reshaping the Divine - Contemporary Hispanic Retablos Exploring the Divine Feminine

When: Summer 2009

El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Click here to see this series of Hispanic Retablos.

This is quintessentially female, strong, sinous, visual art. It is a contemporary re-visioning of traditional retablo, hinting at the aesthetic of popular commercial artists like Laurel Burch, but containing a depth of spirit. There is a certain richness, an evanescence emanating from the figures portrayed. Acosta has an ability to make a heart connection with the observer beyond the demands and trends of the marketplace, or the prevailing winds of "fine" art communities and critics. I find Acosta's work to be completely accessible, capitalizing and re-visioning icons from a metizo heritage, as well as feminist ideas of the female God-force.

She's also creative in the use of precious and mundane material in the creation of these retablos. In an in depth look at her site, piece after piece reveals she is truly a renaissance woman balancing comerciality with content and succeeding admirably.

Take a look at what Cristina herslf has to say about her work:

Over the past twenty years, my series of Madonna retablos came to me in ebbs and flows via a series of powerful dreams. The dreams started during my pregnancy with my daughter. For the entire pregnancy I dreamt of being a woman on a journey north across dusty plains and through arroyos as I mostly walked behind an oxcart. The dreams ended in a room lit by a wooden candelabra filled with tallow candles and the birth of my daughter, Isabella Pilar in 1993.

I called these dreams my Maria Dreams because in the dreams, I/she was named Maria. Seeking the meaning of those dreams over the years brought me down a path I could never have imagined and deepened my understanding of my cultural heritage. Searching for the meaning of my Maria Dreams eventually lead me back to New Mexico, the land of my Ortiz ancestors.

My paternal grandmother, Catalina Maria Ortiz Acosta, born in 1904, was the daughter of J. Nestor Ortiz and Maria Elena Salazar, descendents of the original Spanish settlers founding the cities and villages throughout New Mexico. Researching my family genealogy (my grandmother spoke vaguely about her ancestors), I discovered that my direct ancestors had participated in the initial 16th and 17th century migrations of the Spanish, traveling North from Mexico City into the region that is now the State of New Mexico. I read books about the era and became fascinated by the types of experiences my female ancestors must have had while living on the New Mexican frontier for generations. With this research nurturing my experience of my personal history, my calling to paint Madonna’s began to take shape.

Born in Los Angeles to an Anglo mother and Hispanic father, early on I was aware of cultural concepts because of the differences between the two sides of my family. Despite their differences, Catholicism was the central theme for my parents. Celebrating their devotion resulted in religious images from the Americas and Europe scattered throughout our home and those of our relatives. Images of Mary the Mother of God as the Guadalupe, Conquistadora and many other versions were always present. Along with those images were displayed American Indian items from the Ortiz ranch.

The artifacts from the Ortiz family ranch consumed my imagination from as far back as I can remember. Handmade Indian blankets and pots, and even a gold menorah (referred to as a “candelabra” by my grandmother) made by Ortiz ancestors generations past (some of the men were renowned filigree gold smiths). Those as well as the chili ristras hanging in my grandmother’s kitchen hinted at another world far from the Southern California beach scene of my childhood home. For reasons I can’t sufficiently articulate, the mix of these images and experiences coalesced into my calling to visually explore and create new images of the Madonna as an expression of the feminine divine.

Each of the retablos I paint results in a new vision of the sacred. For example, painting La Conquistadora opened the door to re-balancing the dominant patriarchal and European view of the divine with the North American native and feminine. In La Conquistadora I layer symbols of the Dine Spider woman and the Puebloan Corn Maiden, seeking to blend the indigenous ancient female images and concepts harmoniously with the Catholic image of Mary. The result is a Madonna that hints of ancient goddesses many thousands of years old at the same time she conveys the current blend of cultures in the Southwest.

I create my work in the traditions of the Spanish/Mexican retablo to reinforce my expression of reverence and convey the intimate experience of sacredness. I find antique, reclaimed timbers for the substrate. I mix gold, silver and copper metals into my oil paintings to both embellish the image and in homage to the gifts my ancestors created for me with their existence. The vintage gold glazed ceramic tiles come from a tile company that operated near my childhood home in Southern California during the 1950’s and 60’s. When I finish a retablo, I write a blessing on the backside of the retablo to convey love to all who view the images.

My Maria Dreams from over a decade ago continue to influence this series of work. May you find your own meanings and blessings within these images.


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17. Three Art Shows at East Los' Chimaya Gallery

Michael Sedano

This week has started out as a gallery week. Sunday, bloguera Ann Hagman Cardinal relates an experience with an irritating woman who made it her business to fault Cardinal's choice of clothing. Although the altercation happens in a department store rather than an art gallery, it is a fine piece of performance art that would have made a superb set of photographs.

Monday, bloguero Daniel Olivas extols the entrepreneurial treats he discovers down in the OC, Santa Ana to be exact, at Calacas, one of those welcoming mercantile and arts hot spots the internet hasn't managed to kill.

Today, I'm happy to introduce ChimMaya, a spot of entrepreneurial genius located in eastern East Los Angeles. ChimMaya has the distinction of being one of those rare eastside galleries to have gotten some ink from the Los Angeles Times. Felicidades, ChimMaya.

El Lay gente will find a trip to this Land of Nod (it is at the east of ELAC) well worth their time. Art collectors with a few thousand dollars can pick and choose from a tempting array of genuine bargains in the three shows running concurrently, 16 X 20, Duality, and Frida.

Visitors on a summer vacation jaunt into Southern California will deprive themselves of one of LA's hidden treasures if they do not find time to make the trek out the Pomona Freeway. Beverly Drive is not in Beverly Hills, but ChimMaya has all the cachet of a chicano Rodeo Drive.

In addition to artwork, Chimaya Gallery offers a dazzling array of women's accessories, particularly purses and exquisite sparkly jewelry. I ran into poet extraordinaire Olga Garcia at the register, as well as Margaret Quiñones-Perez from El Camino College, whose husband Monte Perez, of Moreno Valley College, was buying his wife a glamorous trinket. Garcia emailed me that "I had to control myself at that place yesterday. I did buy the best yellow purse ever! Unfortunately, the art was way out of my budget." My feelings exactly. If I had unlimited funds I would have bought ten or twelve of the works on display.

Ricardo Ortega's stunning pair of canvases captured many an admiring eye. The dark triple portrait expresses the model's beauty stunningly. Unfortunately, the not-dancing Shiva-like figure is so compellingly imaginative that it steals the show.

The woman in red, above, was dancing like Shiva when I happened upon her. Seeing the camera, she stopped and stepped out of the frame. "No, no," I implored, I need people in the shot." She obliged admiringly. I wish gente would realize they have more right to space than a camera. Don't duck under the lens, don't step out of the shot, don't halt your forward progress.

Ortega's wall stands alongside the Frida show featuring San Diego and Baja California artists, in the West Gallery.

The signature piece, the blue Frida illustrating the show poster, is far subtler than web colors allow. It will make you stop and stare, then come back and stop and stare again.

The Frida collection includes one stunning portrait that depicts middle-aged Frida, what she must have looked like at the end of her life, or maybe older. So many paintings, including Kahlo's own, depict her at younger ages, so this older Frida stands uniquely beauteous.

Sadly, I did not photograph this gallery, owing to close quarters and lingering gente, testimony to the enduring popularity of Frida images.

In the main and east galleries, Chimaya was opening the 16 X 20 group show featuring 32 artists. The 16" x 20" canvases hang side by side, encouraging comments and comparison of various painters' styles. This wall shows Dolores Haro, Aydee Lopez Martinez, Yolanda Gonzales, Joe Bravo. Opposite wall, not illustrated, contains additional work by Bravo, Gonzales, Ernie Herrera, and other outstanding creators.

The north gallery offers "Duality," a perplexing display of stylistic syncretism that left me scratching my head in confusion, wishing I could have engaged painter CiCi Segura Gonzales in an extended platica about her work. Filling the east wall was a large abstract canvas of colors and shapes that offers little to challenge the eye and, had this been her single contribution, would have led me to about face in search of something interesting. I have nothing against Segura's abstracts; I own a small piece bought at the now-closed Carlotta's Passion.

On the north wall she hung a circus triptych of colorful doll-like figures that resemble illustrations in a children's picture book. Although well executed, the canvases would have limited appeal to a wide audience. This was evidenced by the passersby who spent scant moments scanning the canvases.

Ni modo, I thought, when I looked to the south wall of the room where people stopped and studied, conversing excitedly about the work here. Arresting portraits. Compellingly executed, dramatic, and highly refined technique. These, too, are "circus" pieces, though the reference is irrelevant to the quality contained within the bounds of each portrait. As the artist notes in her statement, I was inspired by the photographer, Irina Ionesco, who was born into an eastern European circus and worked as a snake charmer. She challenged me to create paintings of her exotic photographs. They lent themselves well to the darker mood that runs through my small circus scenes. My abstracts capture the rhythm and color of the theme. I wish I could show you close-ups of all these, the highlight of the show, which is tough to say when I think of Shiva, most of the Frida, and numerous pieces not mentioned here. Silence on my part is no excuse on your part not to visit ChimMaya. This is a trip you owe yourself, even if just to get that fabulous yellow purse. Oh, that's right. Olga Garcia purchased that one. Better get there soon, que no?

That's the second Tuesday of July, 2009. A Tuesday like any other Tuesday, except you are here, or on your way to East Los and ChimMaya gallery and boutique. Thank you for visiting La Bloga.


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18. Kirkland Uncorked 2009 - My booth

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19. Our Town

Come see my work here on the dates stated above!
...and click on the above flyer to read more about the show!

When you purchase an item from ArtQwerks, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity will depend on the item purchased and I will most certainly appreciate it.

See my store and galleries to the right--->

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20. Choo Choo Machine

Mini painting for an upcoming art show.

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21. Two early heartfelts

[Jpegs taken from CHAC Valentine's Day showings, 2010 or prior years.]

This first piece doesn't begin in a "heartfelt" fashion, but bear with.

There's an adage about Life being the cruelest teacher: first it gives the test, then it gives the lesson.

Actually, there's something just as cruel that's omnisciently administered in U.S. public schools, that's called the pre-test. Those of you sans children or who've never personally benefited from this experience and don't know how lowly it can make children feel, well, don't despair; at some point in your remaining life you or yours may yet undergo the uplifting rigor of a pre-test.

Why test children--even five-year-old kindergartners--on something they know little to nothing about? For the sake of the BASELINE, a word teachers and students come to know as well as their daily schedule.

A schoolchild's progress (or lack of) and effectiveness of the teacher's skills (ditto), you see, justify the expenditure of millions of dollars and sustain thousands of jobs for "academic" number-crunchers and bean-counters whose existence depends on providing DATA to politicians, education corporations and administrators with the justification for cutting teachers, jobs and closing public schools so charter schools can be opened.

Even Colorado's entry into Obama's Race to the Top includes monies to be used for software, hardware and more numbers-people to cure our academic incompetence in international teaching standards. The thinking is that, if we're behind countries like Singapore, China and Denmark, it must be the teachers' fault.

Those millions of dollars and thousands of jobs might instead have been channeled into classrooms to teach children. Maybe with more teacher assistant paraprofessionals--try raising the educational level of 32 third graders by yourself all day long. Or more education specialists instructing in the classroom--try finding time to give differentiated one-on-one to a special ed kid in that same third grade room. Or more office staff to support teachers with children's behavioral problems and counseling--yeah, try teaching while one kid is hitting others and then being informed, "He's your fault and problem."

But our society doesn't believe in spending money in something so obviously beneficial because its targeted scapegoats are the teachers. The final solution is DATA and the obligatory pre-test.

In my case, for the sake of whatever self-esteem my first graders might salvage from such gauntlets, I regularly tell them that an answer of "Right now, I don't know." is acceptable. Thus I get many pre-tests with such responses. After all, how much would a six-year-old know about an index?

So, this week this teacher gave one of those pre-tests. Among other questions, was the following:
"Explica lo qué es un diagrama." ("What is a diagram?")

A few students had

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22. Kunz & Vellekoop: Naughty in Toronto, June 30

So, this is really four pieces of news all in one post. First, Maurice Vellekoop finally has a website! He’s one of my all-time favourites, and I’m delighted to see he finally has a presence online (it’s probably hearsay, but a friend of a friend of a friend of Maurice’s once told me several years ago he wasn’t fond of the internet and had resisted having a site. See, now I’m just spreading rumours! Don’t repeat a word of this!).

Second: he’s also started a blog this year. Don’t miss this scans of the Polaroids he took when covering an event for Vogue back in 1994.

Third (seemingly unrelated, but stick with me): Anita Kunz, another favourite illustrator, also started a blog two years ago, and embarrassed to say I’m just finding it now.

But wait, it gets better! Anita and Maurice are having an art show together in Toronto in two days! TWO DAYS FROM TODAY! It’s killing me to know that I will miss this. Mind you, if I did attend and managed to work up the nerve to speak to either of them, I’d doubtless blurt out something idiotic, alienate myself as a weirdo fanboy, and possibly spill wine on them.

It’s called The Naughty Show (personally, I’d have pushed for VelleKunz, but that’s just me) and will feature over a hundred nudes by Kunz, and originals from Vellekoop’s newest pinup book.

Details for you lucky folks who can make it:
ONE800 Gallery, 800 Dundas Street West, Toronto — June 30: 7:00 – 9:00

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23. The Century Plant Pictures

Hey everybody, I just wanted to share some pictures from my installation/solo show "The Century Plant" in Philadelphia, PA (at the Paradigm Gallery on 2020 South Street to be exact). If your in the Philadelphia area there are still two more receptions to attend on October 8th and October 22nd, both 5-10 pm.


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24. Permit me a self-indulgent plug: Me and my friends from the...

Permit me a self-indulgent plug: Me and my friends from the Jupiter Project are having an art show here in Vancouver this week and we hope you can join us! Everything is lovingly screen-printed onto T-shirts, and priced very affordably. And if you miss the show, that’s OK because our Tees will be available at this new shop for a good long time!

For more info, iPad/iPhone wallpapers, and to see the designs and photos, click here. We look forward to seeing you!

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25. just finished…

this is my finished painting…it will be in the ALNC member exhibit.

I used mainly panpastels…a soft pastel compressed in a small pan (just like an eyeshadow). I found them to be very nice to work with!

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