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Art Opening: Never Grow Up: The Art of Comic Con at BlackBird Gallery

Last weekend I went to the opening for “Never Grow Up: The Art of Comic Con” at the Blackbird Gallery and Studio in Jersey City, New Jersey.  In addition to four of my iPad drawings, the group show features the work of Christian Masot, Noel Gussen, Marq Romero, Scott Modrzynski, Alex Perament, Gerald Terado and Lawrence Ciarallo.   From the gallery:

“The spirit of Comic Con is flying into Jersey City! Featuring pop culture influenced works from emerging and established New Jersey artists, the pieces will consist of varying medium and application but will speak to the enchanting theme of “Never Grow Up”.”

The Gallery, located at 189 Brunswick Street in Jersey City, also holds a variety of painting and photography classes for adults and children.  It is a beautiful space for showing artwork and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do next!

  With Christian Masot

The show will be up until the end of October. Contact the gallery for the hours.

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Grounds for Sculpture


I visited Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey back in May. The sculpture park is a beautiful place to spend the day. There was a Seward Johnson retrospective going on which included some larger sculptures (like the Marilyn Monroe statue) which usually travel around the country. The colorful flowers and breathtaking landscapes make GFS a wonderful destination for taking photos and even plein air painting. Since the park is open all year long you can experience the sculptures in different ways as the seasons change. Some of the sculptures can be (gently) touched and interaction with the art is encouraged. Throughout the park are three dimensional reproductions of French paintings which would be a great way to introduce children to art history. There are also indoor sculpture galleries with rotating exhibits.

I would love to spend a leisurely day there drawing and taking pictures.


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SketchCon 3!!!

SketchCon 2013

I was fortunate to be part of SketchCon 3 at CrossFit Act in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. This was my second time exhibiting at SketchCon and this event was jam packed with even more amazing artists and crafts persons than the last one. SketchCon gets bigger and better with each event! Many of the artists and attendees dressed in Halloween costumes which gave the event an fun, Halloween vibe. There were make up artists doing day of the dead inspired face painting and several food trucks. My only regret was that I couldn’t get around to all the tables to see everyone’s artwork. A special thanks to Nolenz Volenz, whose work you can see behind me in this picture, and Ida for the pep talk.

View of my table

Organizer of the event, Christian Masot, live painting

Artist Sara Woolley in costume

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First Friday in Nyack

Antique Store in Nyack

Last night we went to Nyack for their First Friday night. I took along my younger studio assistant to expose him to different types of art. We started with a quick visit to the beautiful Hopper House where there was a group show of paintings. The Hopper House set the tone for the night for me, and as we walked around town I couldn’t help but think of Edward Hopper’s paintings. Next we went to the restaurant Johnny Cakes where we saw a wonderful exhibit featuring art by Janet Lennon and photos by Bob Lynn. We had a “Nighthawks” moment as we sat at the counter and had a strawberry milkshake and coffee. At that point I realized I had left my iPhone in the car so I wasn’t able to take any pictures. After a quick trip back to the car we walked along the Main Street and visited some of the other shops. We came upon a candy store where they were blasting the Tom Tom Club’s song “Genius of Love” and we danced around the jars of candy (my young studio assistant loves to dance even when it might seem inappropriate). There was an artist live painting in the window of the store and artwork hanging throughout the store. Next we walked past a dance studio where a young, dark haired gentlemen was ballroom dancing with a woman in a tight grey dress while her husband/boyfriend stood by looking a little annoyed. Nyack at night seemed magical as we walked past large Victorian houses, antique stores and little candle lit cafes.

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Celebrating Four Years of Through The Lava Lamp

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WordPress recently sent me a reminder that my blog had reached its four year anniversary. So many exciting things have happened since I started this blog! I experienced a lot of new technology, from the iPhone to the iPad, and numerous types of art and photography apps. I started drawing with Dr. Sketchy and discovered a whole new world of burlesque and cosplay. I’ve exhibited my work all over the world, including England, Norway, Los Angeles, Wisconsin, New York and New Jersey. The mixture of art and technology stimulates creativity in ways that I could never have imagined! I’m looking forward to many more years of creating art and blogging about all of my discoveries.


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Affordable Art Fair at the Montclair Art Museum

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This month I was very fortunate to be included in the Affordable Art Fair held at the Montclair Art Museum in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. It was a great opportunity to get out and meet both art collectors and some amazing artists. I brought along my new acrylic paintings and prints of my iPad drawings. This was just my second time doing something like this, and even though it took me out of my comfort zone, it was a great experience! One of the good things to come out of it was that I was quoted in an article in the local news here.

I was surrounded by a great variety of artists, including Krista Valbonas and Dave Dziemian. It was a great learning experience to see how other artists set up their booths and interacted with the visitors.


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On My Easle-My Golden Series

On my easel right now: 4 acrylic on canvas paintings

I am finally catching up on posting and I am hoping to get back to my regular schedule real soon. A lot of exciting things have been happening! I am working on paintings based on my inkpad iPad drawings. I am in love with Golden Acrylic’s Gold paint and I am finding ways to incorporate it in each painting. I am thinking about Gustave Klimpt’s paintings of women. I am also inspired by Alex Katz’s large figurative paintings. I worked on these four paintings concurrently and like to see how they look stacked together as well as in a row.

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