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… Still Alive

Sooo I’m back!  I was gone for a couple weeks there… but it’s time for another post, just to catch you all up on exciting things that have been happening and to let you know that i’m still alive.    I have been going through some major life changes… AGAIN.  Every time things get crazy, and I feel like I can’t get a grip, things decide to get even crazier!  Which is fine, I’m accustomed to chaos.  It’s probably why I have to make so much art….Creating things is sort of how I process all the nonsense and energy that flies around my head.   Anywho, i’ll keep all the personal details offline, but in short… No I will spare you ALL the details.   Lets talk about art.

For starters, this piece “Silver Dust and Pepper” is available at the Potters Wife Gallery.   Click the image for more details.

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Also, Many of you have contributed to my ceramics class and access to the studios, the class ends at the end of the month and I will be firing and packing everyone’s goodie boxes.   Here’s a sneak peek of some of the larger pieces I have been able to work on.  Thanks Again everyone who has donated to my cause, here are two of the pieces I have been able to make with your help.  I will upload photos of all the pieces online as soon as They are finished.

Drying up a baby cabbage and an evil giraffe.

Lets see what else is new and exciting.  OH.  I have added some mini prints to my etsy shop.  I have a few cuties available, and a couple originals too.  I’ve tried to keep all the little prints under $10.oo

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The original is available at the MF Gallery.

Okay, that is all for now, I am and will be super busy packing and moving for a couple weeks so bare with me and I’ll try to post as often as I can.  I’m starting a new body of work so lots of paintings are coming!

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Cat Party! Walker Art Center Cat Vid Fest 2013

(Photo from Katie Carpenter)

(Photo from Katie Carpenter)

Sooo…. “Cat Vid Fest” or should I say “#catvidfest”…  Where do I start.  Well, I guess i’ll start by saying I was convinced that I was a cat until about first grade.   Luckily my understanding of social ques kicked in before it became psychologically damaging.   My first treasured companion was my childhood cat “Meeseball” who was followed by many other awesome feline friends.   Now I understand that I was never a cat, but instead cats just turned out to be hairy humans…I had it all backwards.     Anywho, CATS, I was extremely lucky to be able to do a live painting at the Walker Art Center’s Cat Video Festival on Wednesday.   It was a mega blast of cat fortified fun.    Animal Planet sponsored the event, and they streamed it live on their site.   You can see the videos that were featured right here.  Hasbro provided Gold and Silver cat awards for Cat Vid Fest that were  fittingly modeled after the new Monopoly piece which is, naturally, a cat.  Peace out iron… I am extremely impressed by all the work that went on behind the scenes to put this crazy event together and the Walker Art Center did a Stellar job making the Cat Vid Fest awesome, entertaining and just plain fun. 

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The Minnesota State Fair is the BEST state fair. (Photo from VitaMN)

Here's the painting I finished at the event.

Here’s the painting I finished at the event.

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Things really got going when the Cat Videos started! (Another Photo from VitaMN)

It was a HOT day.  Hot is an understatement.  Of course, that wasn’t too big of an issue because no amount of sweltering heat can keep die hard cat video fans away from a party like this.    Around 6:00pm, people started flooding in with gusto.  Some people were decked out to the nines in cat gear.  I really enjoyed the large demographic of different kinds of people that attended the event.   A whole bunch of people stopped by my painting tent to say hi and talk cats and art!  (Thank you!!!)  It really goes to show that for some magical reason, cat videos seem to bring all sorts of people together, because, whether its public or private you can’t deny watching at least one of these cat videos.  Even if you aren’t a cat person, the videos are  amusing and fun, only those with hearts of steel won’t crack a smile at the cat in the shark suit riding the roomba… and why is there a duck walking around?  And the dog wears a shark suit too?   You don’t have to be a mega cat fan to enjoy this event.  The concept of Cat Vid Fest is kind of simple and whimsical, but sooo SMART, ingenious really, and of course its exceptionally silly.   It is cute and sort of dumb, but in a good way… If that makes sense.   It doesn’t seem like Cat Vid Fest is just about cat videos, but more so about the experience of watching the videos with thousands of strangers, meeting other cat people, and waving your freak flag with strangers.    Koo Koo Kanga Roo provided a punchy, pun-riddled sound track and the majestic carved Butter Cat (carved by Linda Christensen) was thoroughly enchanting.    At the end of the night, I got to meet Lil Bub, which was really cool.  She’s a tiny alien babe, sent from space to make you feel happy.   Plus, she has an attractive brain-washed dude that carries her around and does her bidding.  I’m not going to post the picture of myself with Bub because I look really cracked out after painting all day in the Hot Hot Heat.   I will secretly cherish it forever… So instead, here’s my favorite video shared at the event.   I feel really blessed to have been able to be part of Cat Vid Fest 2013, it was an awesome experience from the perspective of both an artist and a cat enthusiast, I was really blown away.  The overall silliness and happy energy of Cat Vid Fest left me swooning for more, so much that I actually went out for more cats the next day. 

This is me looking really derpy.  (Photo from Surry Elle, Animal Planet)

This is me looking really DERPY. (Photo from Surry Elle, Animal Planet)

(photo from @ibran on instagram)

(photo from @ibran on instagram)

On the 29th, the day after Cat Vid Fest,  the creator of Henri, le chat noir (William Braden), Lil Bub, and Grumpy Cat (Aka Tardar Sauce)  were signing their books from 2-5pm at the Walker Art Center.   I wasn’t planning on going but I spontaneously decided to take Vincent and see if I could have “the cats” autograph some books to him.  Got there around 1:30 and were lucky we did because the place filled up fast.  If you have ever had to stand in a long line, in a museum, with a two year old, you don’t need me to tell you that its a good thing we got there a little early.   I was shocked because by 2, the place was overwhelmingly packed!   I haven’t gone to a book signing before, it’s not really my thing to swoon for celebrities (Celebrity Cats are another story, obviously!),  but I really wanted Vin to get a little taste of cat… not literally of course… although he did get a good taste of Lil Bub in the form of a kiss.     He got to see the “Mow Mows” and got his little books and we was so very excited when Lil Bub reached out a few times and bumped noses with him.  The whole ride home we was saying “Mommy Kitty nose kiss” and “Mow Mow kiss Nose”   We also checked out the Abraham Cruzvillegas Exhibition which was very interesting and it deserves its own post.  It was Vincent’s first real museum exhibition experience outside of the MIA.

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Vin almost got a booger on the Bub....

Vin almost got a booger on the Bub….

A grumpy cat inspection

A grumpy cat inspection

I hope you don’t think this is the last cat post i’ll be making because Spoke Art is about to have a really awesome Lil Bub themed exhibition opening coming up  that will be part of Lil’ Bub’s book tour.  The show will be shown along  side Casey Weldon’s “Meow Brow” solo show.  He’s awesome go check him out!  We featured one of his awesome pieces in the Sweet Hot Mess show.    Stay tuned to see my Lil Bub piece for the show very soon!

And lastly, my show at Auguste Clown Gallery runs through the 5th!  The work is available to view or purrrrchase right here and there are a few paintings remaining!  🙂

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Noctilucent Rendezvous!

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Tonight is the Night!  Noctilucent Rendezvous opens at the Auguste Clown Gallery.  Please take a minute to check out the new work HERE.  The work is now available on their site.

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About Noctilucent Rendezvous
This body of work is a deviation from many of my previous bodies of work in that the setting for the pieces takes place at night time.  My usual candy land pallet is now set in a dark midnight world with glittering galaxies and starry dreams. We find the signature characters now at a giant midnight tea party, each piece in the exhibition represents a guest at the tea party.  A combination of alien babes, forest fairies, animal hybrids and human girls secretly eat petit fours in the glow of the full moon.   Here is a piece called “Luna Morphis” she is a moth girl:

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Cats, Clumpies, Packaging and More!

Exciting News Friends!

I’m packing and shipping my work to the Auguste Clown Gallery  for my next solo show “Noctilucent Rendezvous” and i’m just working on getting in the last details and final varnishing.  WOOO.

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Bye Bye Drawings!

I’ll be at the local festival, Plunderfest this year with my family.  I’m designing some special patches that i’ll be selling, so if you see me, ask for one!  I’ll post more photos of these later when they are finished!  I’ll probably add them to my shop as well.

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Oh yeah, and see that clumpy nail polish. I call it “Fresh Step Scoop” but it’s really called “Covent Garden” (Nailsinc) and it is super lumpy and strange. A bunch of people were asking me about it so I figured i’d tell! It has little chunks of holographic glitter as well as clumpies for texture.

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I’m going to be painting live at the Walker Art Museum’s “Cat Vid Fest.”   There will be other artists too and tons of fun.  It is going to be held at the state fair this year.  Grumpy Cat will be there along with some other feline celebrities.  Pretty Excited!   Grab your tickets now! 

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And Lastly for now, These little kokeshi dolls are discounted in my shop!

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It’s Art A Whirl!!

 Ok Twin Cities, if you like Art and you aren’t familiar with AAW, get familiar.  Now.   You can read about it here.

This is where you can find my work this weekend, I’ll be in and out of these galleries and around town all weekend.  Come say Hi if you see me!  😀

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Two peeks will be available at Fox Tax Gallery in NE.  Everything in this show is 4×4 inches!  These tiny eyes were fun to paint.

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Also at the Abstracted gallery, Deuce 7 has curated a show called “It was all a Dream”  I’ll have three new pieces here.  This is the “bloody Mow Mow…”

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And, at Rogue Buddha I’ll be showing a brand new really special piece.  I’m not going to post a full picture here, just a snippet, so you’ll have to go see it in person!  I hope to see you there!  And always if you aren’t local and you see something  you like, you may contact myself or the Galleries for purchase inquiries.

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Coco Valentina custom Blythe

Coco Valentina is finally finished and now up on Ebay!  See the listing here!

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Artists in Storefronts Project: Work in Progress

I have the upcoming pleasure of being part of the Artists in Storefronts project and here is a behind the scenes photobomb what has been going on in order to build my storefront display.  There will be a fun opening event on Dec 5th!  

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