Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lincoln Arts Festival and Shop Update

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Lincoln Arts Festival this weekend! It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. And thank you to the Lincoln Arts Council for the "Best of Nebraska" award and for all their hard work putting this festival together. :)

Now that the festival is over, all the new goodies I made for it are now in my etsy shop! This includes a bunch of new giclee prints, jewelry, and even some original art.

Taking a little art break tonight to see The Punch Brothers (yay!) and then back to work on a bunch of really exciting group show pieces. Hoping to find some time this weekend to get back into Destiny and maybe try out Minecraft. 


If you are a child of the 80s (or even if you just appreciate the adventure films from the 80s) and aren't offended by over-the-top gore (think early Peter Jackson) then I highly recommend you seek out the film TURBO KID. I really enjoyed it and have been listening to the exquisite synth-tastic score by LE MATOS all weekend.

Also, I had a fun time watching the first three seasons of MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES while I was working. It's a "murder of the week" show set in 1920s Melbourne with a lady detective and her posse of friends solving mysteries and getting into mischief.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Back to Work

I don't know what it is about August, but every year, like clockwork, I get into an art funk and can't seem to get any new art made. It's some combination of hot weather and total lethargy that leads to a complete lack of artistic energy and motivation. Luckily, art show commitments seem to have finally pushed me back into the studio and hopefully out of the funk. 

Next weekend, I will once again have a booth at the Lincoln Arts Festival (after taking last year off). My dad and I spent all day Saturday working on a super-sturdy tent skeleton to help my booth stand up to the gusty winds of Nebraska. Every year I bring more weights to hold everything down and every year it's not quite enough. All my hopes now rest on Uber-Tent.

Here is all the info:

Saturday, September 26 (10am to 6pm)
Sunday, September 27 (10am to 5pm)

SouthPointe Pavilions (27th & Pine Lake Road)
There is a $1 admission charge (kids 12 & under get in free)

I ordered a big batch of new giclee prints and will also have new cards, new jewelry, and lots of original art. As always, fingers are crossed for good weather. And for all of you who can't make it to the festival, all the remaining prints and jewelry will be added to my etsy shop after the event.

In other news, I will be participating in Extra Life again this year and am now accepting donations. Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon which raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I play for Penn State Children's Hospital where my cousin Nick JUST COMPLETED HIS TREATMENT FOR LEUKEMIA! How incredible and awesome is that?!

All donations are appreciated and go to a great cause. Plus, if you donate $25 or more I will send you some art goodies.

During the event I will be playing a variety of games and posting updates (and possibly live-stream links) to Twitter. Who knows, maybe this is the year I learn how to play Minecraft?

Next up is my recent Fantastic Mr. Fox inspired piece "Hot Box" for Spoke Art's annual Wes Anderson show "Bad Dads", along with a sneak peak of what's been on my desk this week, and a few of my favorite photos from my recent trip to Canada. Photo dump!

As you can see, I kind of became obsessed with the panorama setting on my phone. Lastly, here are some of my favorite things from the past couple months (this post has everything!): The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter (a romance with an active, interesting female protagonist? Impossible), My Drunk Kitchen (Hannah Hart) on YouTube (so many glorious puns), Penny Dreadful (it's over-the-top melodrama with gorgeous art direction and lots of great actors), and The Martian by Andy Weir

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July, July

Here is a bit of what I have been up to in July!

First up, here are a few recent pieces, including a Clue-inspired piece for Gallery 1988. 

"Mrs. White"

"Lamp Lighter"


When I haven't been working on art (which is rare), I've been hanging out with the pup enjoying the fact that I have my own back-yard and garden for the first time. Man I love having my own garden. I'm constantly out there looking at cool bugs and getting super giddy over the fact that I grew my own vegetables. I also try to get to movies when I can. Standouts over the past month include TESTAMENT OF YOUTH (absolutely gorgeous and very good but I basically bawled for 2 hours), MR. HOLMES, ANT-MAN, and SPY. 

On the art front, I will have a piece in Spoke Art's upcoming BAD DADS show (this time it's in NYC) and prepping for the Lincoln Arts Festival (September 26 & 27 in Lincoln NE). I will have new prints and cards at the Arts Festival, as well as finally finishing my first batch of NERD LOVE LADIES pieces, which I have been trying to get started on for nearly a year.