Cous Cous

Last week I had the honor of being invited to a belly dancer photo shoot at Cous Cous in Cherry Hill. As some of you may know, Cous Cous may be my favorite restaurant. Belly dancing is my favorite dancing. I had a ball.

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Belly Dancers

Last night was Dr. Sketchy’s Asbury Park’s belly dancing event. I may be the only woman in the world who loves belly dancing as much as I do without ever having tried to belly dance. I adore belly dancers.  Unfortunately, I forgot my paints. I had two stray tubes in my purse, payne’s gray and rose matter. My pallet was very limited, so I’m not truly happy with how these came out.  Models were Sabrina Combs, Felicia Fatale, Lori Venus, and Ra’idah Dance.

5 minute poses:

10 minute pose:

15 minute pose:

 

Half hour from promotional photo by Michael D Zielinski:

 

 

Seven Devils

The Atlantic City Ballet‘s newest show opens next Friday. Caught Up in Swing/7 Sins is breathtaking. I do not have the vocabulary to properly describe the skill of these dancers and the caliber of their choreography. The show features contemporary music like Florence and The Machine and Nine Inch Nails. Everyone in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia should be buying a ticket.

Watercolors from their rehearsals:

Ballet Rehearsal

This morning I had the privilege of painting the Atlantic City Ballet as they rehearsed. The company’s beauty absolutely stunned me. Their skill, dedication, elegance, and joy truly moved me. It is my deep hope to work with them again.

As this was a rehearsal, I worked as they danced. These sketches are fast, wet, and unrefined.

 

Click to enlarge images.

It Takes Two to Tango

There are two main components to being an artist. The first is obviously creating art. The second is the one that I, and many other artists, struggle with. The second is promoting your art.

I’ve been spending the past month focusing on the promotion of my work. It certainly has been paying off. I have my first solo exhibition at the Ocean City Arts Center March 2012. My drawings are now on sale at the Noyes Museum of Art’s gift shop. Currently, my work is showing in three group shows. People are posting my works in their tumblrs and pinterests. It feels good to be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. Thank you for taking the time to tell others about my work. It means the world to me.

Unfortunately, as I’ve been promoting my work, the time for creation of work has diminished. Illustrations like the one above are all I’ve had time to paint. Hopefully within the next week or so I’ll be able to make a serious painting.

Video Game Art for Etsy

I am a part of the Etsy Gamers Team. We are a group of people who enjoy Etsy and gaming. Every month we each create an item inspired by one of our favorite video games. The game of the month is chosen by the winner of last month’s challenge. You may remember the ACEO I painted for January’s game, The Path.

February’s game was Left 4 Dead, a personal favorite of mine. This witch was my submission.

March’s game of the month is Katamari Damacy.  Below is my illustration of the Katamari Prince dancing his little heart out.

Both of these original works have sold. Prints of the Prince and Witch can be found in my Etsy shop.

Three ACEO’s One Post

More pretty girl ACEO’s. Why? Because, honestly, they sell the best. And I like doing them. Reminds me of my animation days.

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All three the size of playing cards, signed & dated on back. Fifteen dollars each. On sale in my Etsy shop.

Business Time

The hardest part about being as artist is promotion. Creating art is easy. Getting people to look at it is another story. I finally got around to making business cards, which is something that should have happened a long time ago.

I’ve been leaving them everywhere and giving them to everyone. There’s no way of knowing if they’re succeeding. If you found this site due to business card, please leave a comment.

There are five hundred. I am hand drawing an individual piece of art on every one.

It is turning out to be quite the endeavor.

This Party Needs Some Color!

Most of my recent works posted have been black and white. Here’s an ACEO to pump up the vibrancy.

(Reminder: An ACEO is a portable piece of art whose only constraint is that it be the size of a playing card.)

And Five and Six and Seven and Eight. Ink, pen, watercolor paper, and matte board. 2.5″x3.5″ (6.4cmx8.9cm).

SOLD

I have so much to show you!

I haven’t been posting, but I have been creating. Get ready for an action packed week of new art. This drawing is from Dr. Sketchy’s. I’ll go more into that tomorrow. The model’s name is “Cherry Bomb.”

Burlesque Ballerina. Graphite on paper.  14″x11″.

Unframed: $50.00

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