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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November/December


After more than two months of nothing but day job and art making, I have finally emerged from my cave! On Friday, December 2, please join me at the Lux Center for the Arts for the opening reception for my new solo show ARCADIA. The show will be on display throughout December. And if you missed BENEATH THE SURFACE, my November group show at Gallery 9, you can still check out a number of those pieces at the gallery. Images from both shows are now up on my website.


I spent the weekend reading and gaming (boy was it nice to have free time again) but happily I am already excited about getting back into the studio. First up, new necklaces which will be available at the upcoming CRAFTACULAR event on December 8, and then in my Etsy shop soon after that. I am also hoping to have new prints available in time for the holidays. I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

August/September

We are closing in on the end of September (great snakes!) and I am beginning what will be two solid months of art-making. Like some sort of crazed art maniac, I put my 2016 calendar together with two large shows back to back at the end of the year. I am actually super excited for the shows - it just means a whole lot of hard work between now and then. 

Because of these commitments, I won't be able to finish my Nerd Love ladies project until early 2017. I am having a lot of fun with these pieces though, so it's definitely something I will return to. 

I was really lucky to get to mull over ideas for these upcoming shows while on some really cool trips in August and September. First I went to a great family reunion in Ocean Beach, NJ where I put my feet in the ocean, read comic books, caught a bunch of water-type Pokemon, and visited with relatives I hadn't seen in way too long. This was followed up by our annual family trip to a beautiful lake in Canada where I did a lot of drawing, listened to the Stranger Things Soundtrack, and accidentally made my sister cry while we were playing cards.


I came back from that trip, was home for a day (just long enough to really toy with my dog's emotions), and then flew to Portland to visit with friends and attend Rose City Comic Con. This meant I got to put my feet in ANOTHER ocean, chill with awesome peeps, and attend panels by some of my favorite comic creators (Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Christian Ward, and Mike Mignola to name a few). I did a lot of drawing while there as well, and being around so many cool creative people was definitely good for my art spirit. 





UPCOMING EVENTS 
(I wasn't kidding, the rest of the year is jam-packed)

SEPTEMBER
--> The Lincoln Arts Festival (THIS WEEKEND)
Saturday, September 24 - 10am to 6pm
Sunday, September 25 -  10am to 5pm
I'm hauling the tent out of storage and once again selling art at the Lincoln Arts Festival. The forecast currently says rain, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will change. I will have lots of new jewelry, along with new art, prints, and greeting cards. And for those that aren't in Lincoln, all of the new stuff will be added to my Etsy shop as soon as the festival is over. 




OCTOBER

--> TBA Group show - NYC
--> TBA Group show - LA

NOVEMBER
--> TBA Group Show - LA
--> TBA Group Show - LA

---> Group show - Gallery 9 - Lincoln NE  - with Judith Andre (glass) and Su Harvey (textiles)
In July I played Uncharted 4 and then watched Stranger Things, so there will definitely be themes of "kids/adventure/adventuring kids" in my new work for this show. 
November 2-27, 2016

--> Nebraska Artists - Carry The Future
A pop-up art sale supporting Carry The Future, a non-profit organization that helps refugee women and children
Country Club of Lincoln (NE)
November 17 - 5-8pm

DECEMBER
--> Arcadia (solo show) - Lux Center for the Arts - Lincoln NE
The theme of this show is "Arcadia (Utopia)" a location from Greek Mythology which was the home of Pan and a place of  unspoiled wilderness, so expect to see lots of strange animals and wild-folk.
Dates TBA

--> Lincoln Holiday Craftacular
Embassy Suites - Lincoln, NE
December 8 - 4-9pm