Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Visit Home was just like Turmoil in Tutus!

Art shows, Heavy Rebel Weekend, Coney Island and Birthdays are all favorite things of mine. This past weekend two of those fell on the same weekend! It was almost too much to handle. However, I made it through like a champ!

Friday July 4th was the opening of my show Turmoil in Tutus at Delurk Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC. I’ve shown here before when it was Urban Artware but I wasn’t sure what to expect from the new gallery.

Gallery Wall with Tutus!

I have to say it was quite lovely. Don’t get me wrong I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the format of Urban Artware. It was filled to the brim with art in every nook and cranny. Delurk hangs more in a traditional gallery style. The walls were white and clean, the art was a nice distance apart allowing the viewer not to be distracted.

Wall of Animal Necklaces

As for my space- I welcome “distractions ”. I like things decorated. I landed in NC from NY on Wednesday afternoon. After a quick bite to eat I dove into miles of tulle fabric creating tutu pompoms to adorn my corner of the gallery.

Whew! It was a lot of work as the scissors my mom had were not the best in the world and space to work in was not to my liking. Anyway I begged my sister for some help and we knocked it out. Thanks goodness for her help. I also had glittery paper dolls and a few other things I wanted to use.

Thursday was hanging day. Well I enrolled my sister’s help yet again and we arrived at the gallery at 10am sharp. Before most respectable artists are probably even awake.

Lovely Jennifer OKelly was right on time to let us in and have at it.

about 3.5 hours later the show was hung. The nails going into the brick wall was a big time eater-upper! Anyway we got it all done just in time for a late lunch at Bibs downtown. Yum.

Friday was show day. I love show day. It is like Christmas and vacation all rolled up in one. Since I live in New York I don’t get to see my friends as much as I like. So I love seeing them when they come out to my shows because some trips that’s all we get.

My brother-in-law Shawn

Johnny Tugboat performing on the bed of Nails
I started to name names here and say how much I enjoyed seeing you. But then I started worrying that I’d forget someone. But I just want you to know I was happy to see each and every person that took time out of their holiday to swing by!

Yeah common catch up! That was Heavy Rebel Weekend (HRW) car show day. This might be one of my favorite days of the year. I love hot rods. I love getting all dolled up and having my picture made with the hot rods! This out fit might be one of the most important of the year other than the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island. This year I am on a shopping strike so I had to shop out of my own closet. I came up with a vintage reproduction play suit that I got off of ETSY. I wish I could share the link but I got it several years ago and I don’t have record of it.

"Pin-uping" at HRW

Cute American Bully
It was way to hot for puppies out on the hot concrete and black top. I wish everyone would just leave their babies at home when it's hot like that. But I did see a cutie there. He was really wanting my ice cream sandwich I was eating. I think he needed it more than I did.

This is a huba huba cap!



Dad came out to walk a lap with me. Come to find out there were over 500 cars. As soon as we were finished my sister shows up. I was getting ready for the mud wrestling- watching not participating. So Dad was in for another lap!
By this time I had found my brother-in-law and spent the rest of the afternoon with him and his crazy crew. What fun!

Pretty in White



The day was not quite over however. It was time for dinner with my gracious hosts- Eddie and Stephan. They put me up the whole time. It was like a quaint bed and breakfast they ran just for me. Thanks guys!

Sunday was recover and chill day by visiting in-laws and the folks one last time! Then it was back to the “Big City”.

I can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mermaid Parade Coney Island!

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is one of my favorite events of the year. This year however I was not sure I even wanted to go. Lately New York and more specifically New York's people have been getting on my nerves. So I wasn't so sure I wanted to deal with the crowds.

Of course though the call of the Mermaids lured me in! I'm sure glad they did. It was a delightful day. The weather was no less than perfect.

We did have to go early though. Lee and I both had a race on Sunday so we didn't want to be totally wiped out for that.

Ruby's as usual was our first stop. We sat up "camp" out front on the boardwalk. We met a nice couple from the city and hung with them for several hours. 

I was asked several times to have my picture made with people. Mainly because I have a huge Coney Island tattoo on my back. But sometimes people even asked for photos of the front of me! One of them even snuck a little kiss in on my cheek as the pic was made! That rascal!

This photo was actually taken out at Ruby's last year by a photographer from Brazil. I'm sad I lost her name. But that's my Coney Tattoo!

With my whole living simple life style that I'm trying I did not allow myself a new costume this year. I just went as a 1950s pin up gal, using stuff I just drug out of my closet. 

This was taken at the Freak Bar in one of their Fun House Mirrors.

Lee even looks quite nautical for the occasion.

Party Bus

Just a hand full of the Parade watchers

It was a fantastic way to kick off the summer!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

hiatis while practicing the simple life

as per usual I’ve had a little hiatus from my blog.

i have a million and one excuses. well not really. i have one excuse. i’ve gotten all up in this whole living simply life style. which boils down to doing less and enjoying more.

while i do enjoy doing my blog sometimes i just don’t take the time to keep up with it.

all this simple living does not mean being lazy. oh no! never. it just means picking and choosing what i do. this frees up more time to create and that's what is important to me after all.

while i have been being simple, i have been painting and making little animal necklaces. those of you who follow me on face book i am sure have seen them.

i am having an art opening on july 4th at delurk gallery in winston-salem, nc. it’s from 7-10pm. i’m going to be there so before you head to the fire works swing by and see me and what i’ve been up to.


polar bear necklace made from vintage toy

web flyer for the show

Friday, November 22, 2013

Art Swapping is like a Mini Christmas

Back this summer when I was putting brush to canvas I did this little didy.

This was for an art swap that the Sketch Book project over in Brooklyn was doing. Basically it was like a pen pal but instead of a letter you swapped a painting. They also gave us a post card with a few questions about ourselved that would go along with the piece of art work.

I wanted to do something that would say a little bit about myself and showcase the kind of art that I do. Vanity won out and I did a self portrait of sorts. Of course I had to include Monster and Elvira!

After I sent my piece off I started wondering "What kind of art will I get?" "Will it be of a similar style" It was all quite exciting to ponder. Then I got selfish. My thoughts shifted to "What if I get a canvas with nothing more than a crude stick figure on it of a square painted in the center, I'll be mad." Not that my canvas was a master piece by any means, but I did put forth effort and spent several hours on the piece in hopes that the recipient would be proud to have it. Then I turned greedy! I thought "What if the piece I get is by some famous artist and it turns out to be worth MILLIONS!! HAHAHAH!"

Well time went by and ever so often I'd wonder again what I'd be getting in the mail. Then it came just when I had almost forgotten about the swap. It was like a little mini Christmas day. As soon as I got in my door I grabbed the kitchen shears and cut open my envelope. Whew hoo! I love it! It was a painting just like I would like to buy from some one. 

The artist of my piece is Kelly Jo Shows. I emailed her and found her work on line. You must check her out, she is a true talent. You can find her works at Take a look at her Artist's Shoes collection.

Also check out the Sketch Book project on line. They always have great activities for artists going on.