I am happy to announce that my portrait of Jo for JKPP was selected for the MDAC Summit 2015 in Palo Alto, California. Only 100 pieces were selected from over 1200 entries. The show will be up through the month of August at the Palo Alto Art Center.
Veronica Varlow – Inkpad, Percolator and Wordfoto on Ipad
Veronica Varlow is not only one of my fave bloggers, she is also a burlesque star, a reader of tarot cards, weaver of magic spells and a teacher on the art of seduction. I started reading her Danger Diary in the last year, even though i’m not really sure how I discovered her blog. Her posts vary from monthly tarot readings, fashion, how-to’s, magic, and her burlesque adventures. I am always inspired by her posts to try new things and to be a little more adventurous.
I love, love, love her sense of style. Her styles range from pinup, burlesque goddess, punk, vintage, retro and various combinations thereof. She inspires me to wear red lipstick and winged black eyeliner on a daily basis, not just for “special occasions.”
I attended the Steampunk Worlds Fair in Piscataway, New Jersey back in May. I have been interested in Steampunk culture, especially the music, fashion and how to use it in my art. I started taking photos of people dressed in their steampunk finery about three years ago and I am working on an ongoing multimedia project using these photos.
These photos were taken using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. I am using the Tinto 1884 lens and the C-Type Plate film to give the photos an antiqued Tintype look. The Tinto 1884 lens seems to focus on the eyes to give the photos an otherwordly look. Since one of the themes of Steampunk culture is time travel, I want to give the photos the look of something that is out of time, or timeless.
Paul Nicholasi of Idle Hands
I am always amazed by the creativity of the costumes and the themes. Some people are mixing cosplay with steampunk with some incredible results! I am already looking forward to next year’s World’s Fair which will be held May 13 through 15, 2016.
One of my fave summer destinations is Wildwood, New Jersey. The beauty of this shore town is that it maintains its kitschy, retro “doo wop” look, while at the same time adding fun new additions that brings something unique to each visit.
It has become a tradition to make the (at least) three hour drive to this shore town. We love the lights and activity of the boardwalk. This year the Kong ride was added which harks back to a giant King Kong statue that resided over a Wildwood amusement pier.
I have been on Instagram for quite a while now (you can find me there as Ritaflores) and sometimes I like to use Instagrammers whose stream that I enjoy for inspiration for my portraits. I really like ScarletOctober’s fashion sense and her bold make-up. This is a portrait using Inkpad and Wordphoto on the iPad. If you have an Instagram you would like me to follow please add your Instagram name in the comments.