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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's Nearly Fall!

The leaves are juuuuuuust starting to change. There are spiders friggin' everywhere. I can actually go outside without melting. It's almost fall! And with that comes a whole bunch of events and art shows. 

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LINCOLN ARTS FESTIVAL

September 30 & October 1, 2017

Southpoint Pavilions, Lincoln NE


I'm back at the Lincoln Arts Festival! In addition to new prints, cards, and jewelry, I will also have brand new ART BOOKS! I'm so excited about these books and hope you like them too. Plus, I will have lots of original work available, including a bunch of Nerd Love collages. Lets hope for some lovely fall weather and less rain than last year.

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GHOST STORIES (Small Group Show)

October 4-30, 2017


Gallery 9, Lincoln NE
Opening reception: 
Friday, October 6 (6:30-9:00 p.m.)


Immediately following the festival, I will be showing a collection of new work at Gallery 9 along with Vonni Sparks and Carol DeVall. It's going to be a really fun, colorful show - please come and check it out!

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EXTRA LIFE CHARITY GAMING MARATHON
November 4, 2017
I wasn't able to participate in Extra Life last year because I foolishly signed up for back-to-back art shows in November and December. Luckily things worked out a lot better this year. Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise awareness and money for children's hospitals across the country. I always support PennState Children's Hospital, who provided care for my cousin when he was undergoing treatment for Leukemia. Please follow the link if you would like to make a donation! If I can get it figured out, I'm going to try to stream my games throughout the day so you can tune in and watch me get progressively worse as I get sleepy. Maybe some Destiny 2? Or Uncharted: Lost Legacy? Or Horizon Zero Dawn? You guys, I have so many games that I need to get caught up on.

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HANDMADE HARVEST

November 17 & 18, 2017

Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Lincoln NE

I will be selling all of my small wares at the Handmade Harvest craft fair - prints, cards, jewelry, art books, and maybe some very small art (we'll see what fits on the table). This will be a fun event and a great way to get a head start on holiday shopping. 

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MARKET DAY BLACK FRIDAY

November 24, 2017

Capital Square Atrium, Des Moines IA

My first out-of-state craft/art fair! I will be taking my show on the road for this year's Market Day Black Friday sale in Des Moines! The people who run this event are incredibly rad and I'm so excited to be participating.  

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So that's the schedule so far! Because of all of these events, there will be a few times in the next couple of months where my Etsy shop will be closed. But when it's open, you will be able to get the new prints and art books there. Plus, I will be having a special Cyber Monday shop sale, so stay tuned for details. And finally, here are a few new Nerd Love pieces, because text-only posts always feel so barren and lonely. 





Thursday, July 06, 2017

Poor Neglected Blog

Heh, yeah. So I haven't updated in over 6 months. Good grief.

I'm still alive and still making art when I can manage to take a break from my three simultaneous, ongoing playthroughs of Dragon Age: Inquisition (gotta try every romance option, right?). Seriously though, I HAVE been working on all sorts of projects this year.


POP CULTURE


Here are some of the pop-culture related pieces I have done for group shows so far this year, including Archie, Howl's Moving Castle, Twin Peaks, and the Good Dogs twitter meme. I've also been making progress on my Nerd Love alphabet series, some of which are still available in my Etsy shop. Man I wish blogspot had better photo-posting capabilities. *long sigh*

 




 


OTHER ARTS

I've also made a number of original pieces for shows at Gallery 9 and The Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. 






LATER IN 2017

At the very end of September I will once again have a booth at the Lincoln Arts Festival (Sept 30 & Oct 1) and then in October I will have a small group show at Gallery 9. Plus, I have lots more nerdy collages in the works and a number of group shows on the horizon. Ok, time to get back to work (or Dragon Age...).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016. So That Happened.

I mostly look back at 2016 as a dumpster-fire of a year, but amidst all the depression, sadness, and anger, I did have some good times as well. So I'm going to focus on that for now. In May I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Tetons with The Light Grey Art Lab and Yellowstone with my parents. In September I visited my good friends in Portland and attended Rose City Comic-Con. I got to participate in a number of really fun group art shows and in December I had a solo show which I am quite proud of. Plus, I spent a lot of time with my family, which was really important to me. So, there were definitely some good bits. 

Here are some other good bits:


MOVIES
While I watched plenty of movies in 2016, very few of them really stuck with me for some reason. My favorites overall were Moana and Moonlight, with honorable mentions for As Above So Below, Nice Guys, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. My guilty pleasure of the year was definitely Man From UNCLE. It’s not very good (and Henry Cavil has the charisma of a brick) but I just keep watching it. 



TELEVISION
I had a really hard time staying caught up with shows this year. I am so far behind on everything and there are a million shows I want to start and can’t find the time. From the handful of shows I actually did watch, my favorites were Poldark (still need to watch season 2), Ash Vs Evil Dead (still need to watch season 2), Yuri on Ice (still have a couple episodes left in season 1), and Stranger Things (which I actually finished). Maybe i’ll try and be ambitions and get caught up on Game of Thrones in 2017? Or at least finish season 2? I sure hope nobody dies.



VIDEO GAMES
I actually made time to play video games in 2016, my favorites being Dishonored 2 and Uncharted 4. Dishonored 2 featured some of the most interesting art/level design and game mechanics I have seen in quite a while (the level involving time travel was really great) and Uncharted 4 ended up being my favorite of the series, which I really didn’t expect. Other favorites from 2016 include Firewatch, Dying Light (A+ co-op), and Runner 2. I’ve also been replaying the Mass Effect series and Dragon Age: Inquisition. I’m a bit of a BioWare junkie and just a wee bit excited for Mass Effect: Andromeda



COMICS
I discovered the HOOPLA app this year, which meant that I had a much easier time reading new comics in 2016. While I still love having physical copies of comics, being able to check them out for free has been much friendlier to the ole’ pocketbook. Bitch Planet and Rat Queens were my favorites, along with Doctor Mirage, Archer and Armstrong, ODY-C, Court of Owls, and Lumberjanes



BOOKS
I upped my reading goal to 60 books in 2016 and once again I surpassed it (reading 62 in total). Having a Kindle has vastly improved my reading habits. I loved the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (which gave me some much needed hope and optimism following the election). Silver Mirrors by A. A. Aguirre and the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre were also very good.

My favorite romance books (I read a lot of romance books) were Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series (sexy brooding rock stars), Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series (sexy bearded guys, some of which are brooding), and Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series (sexy brooding regency-gents). 



MUSIC
Like basically everyone else in the country, I listened to lots of Sia and Hamilton in 2016. I also listened to quite a bit of The Naked and Famous, Bastille, Little Daylight, and BORNS. Here is a link to my "Top Songs of 2016" Spotify playlist if you are interested.



















ART
Like every year, I went through some months where I had a hard time making art (I think the shittyness of the year added to this in many ways) but thanks to back-to-back shows this winter, I ended up making lots of new collages (52 new pieces I think). And also like every year, I am behind on commission projects (i’m so sorry I’m a flake). I’m more than half way through with my NERD LOVE LADIES project and have plans (hopes?) to follow that up with a NERD LOVE GENTS series. So that's exciting.

My art goals for 2017 (aside from making new art and finishing commission projects) are to try and find the money for a run of enamel pins and possibly a small art book. We’ll see how that goes.
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So that’s my 2016. How was your year?

I’m not super optimistic for 2017, as it is shaping up to be the surreal opening chapter to a dystopian novel. I say we leave earth and create an artist commune on the moon. Who’s with me?

*charges blindly into the new year* Let’s do this. Leeeeeeeroy Jeeeeenkins.