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Instagram Inspiration: @Poshadornments

This is a portrait of Heather, also known as @Poshadornments on Instagram and Twitter.  Heather makes incredible jewelry that she sells on her Etsy site and at various shows around the New Jersey/New York area.  I met Heather a couple of years ago at SketchCon and I try to buy a piece of her jewelry every time we are in a show together.  This portrait is an iPad mashup using Inkpad, Wordphoto and Sketchbook Pro on the Ipad.

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MDAC Summit 2015

Jo Kettlewell For JKPP
Portrait of Jo – Inkpad, Steampunk Tada app on iPad

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.

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Awesome April: @Michellejoni

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I discovered @MichelleJoni initially through the Fest for Beatle Fans as @BEATLES_Fest. We have been going to this yearly festival for more years than I care to mention and it was neat to follow their activity through social media. Shortly after that I discovered her personal Twitter feed and just recently found her Instagram. I love her colorful clothes and wigs (especially the one on this portrait) and her infectious enthusiasm!

You can find out more about her at Michellejoni.com

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Self Portrait at Speakeasy Dollhouse

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This is a self portrait from a photo taken at Speakeasy Dollhouse in early March. I used the Inkpad vector drawing app on the iPad mini. I am playing around with using my QR code as a sort of signature. In this picture I am drinking some of the “special coffee” from a teacup. I loved the atmosphere of the speakeasy, especially the antique furnishings. Below is a picture of an antique cigarette machine that reminds me of diners I frequented when I was younger. A special note about my dress – this is a Betsey Johnson dress that I bought in the 90’s and amazingly it still fits! I can say I really got my money’s worth on this dress.

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Two Magical Nights at Speakeasy DollHouse

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Kat Mon Deui

I was very fortunate to see the immersive play “Speakeasy Dollhouse” by Cynthia Von Buhler twice in the last two months. My first time was in February for a Monday night performance for which I had won tickets through Facebook. The second time was on a Saturday night in March. I was really excited about seeing the show because it featured a lot of burlesque performers who I had drawn at Dr. Sketchy’s. Even though the show was basically the same both nights it was a totally different experience each time because you could follow around different performers and see different parts of some of the murder mystery from different perspectives. Here is a short description from the Speakeasy Dollhouse website:

“This is an immersive event. Each guest will be assigned a name and role. We encourage you to explore. Unlocked doors (or revolving bookshelves) should be entered. Ignore the advice your parents gave you as children, be nosy and talk to strangers. Time is warped here; it is between 1933 (prohibition-era) – 1935.”

The theatergoers are encouraged to wear clothes from that era and it was sometimes hard to distinguish the actors from the audience. The drinks were served in coffee cups and live jazz was played through out the night. Burlesque stars (and some of my favorite Dr. Sketchy models) Delysia La Chatte, Lillet St. Sunday and Kat Mon Dieu performed during the show. The bar and adjoining rooms are beautifully decorated with large paintings and comfortable couches. There is also a secret room hidden by a trick bookcase where some of the more intimate scenes are played out.

This was truly a unique event, and I am so glad that I was able to experience it. In addition to the Play, Cynthia Von Buhler has written an accompanying book and has created an actual dollhouse depicting the story. This Sunday I will be going to a special Speakyeasy dollhouse Dr. Sketchy session featuring Kat Mon Deui and Katelan Foisy.

Katelan Foisy and Kat Mon Dieu

Kat Mon Dieu

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Celebrating My Three Year Anniversary at Julia Kay’s Portrait Party!

Molly Peck For JKPP

March 10th was my three year Anniversary with Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr. I was one of the first members and now the group has 750 members and 31,586 portraits. I have made 241 portraits using the iPad, the iPhone, as well as traditional media such as acrylic paint and pencil. Because the group is always growing there are a constant stream of new artists to draw or paint. I have been fortunate to meet some of the artists in the group, including Julia, and there have been meet ups all around the world.

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Experimenting with the Glaze App

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After seeing several other iPhone artists on Flickr using the Glaze app I decided to try it out. The app creates various painting textures, from thick impasto to more impressionist styles. You can also mix the different filters to create more personalized textures. I experimented with one of my Hipstamatic photos and two different Inkpad drawings. I also imported an image into Artrage to tweak it and add different brushstrokes and texture. I can already tell that this will be a great app for making app mash ups. Here are some initial experiments:

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A Hipstamatic Still Life with different filters

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An image that was imported into ArtRage onto a “Canvas” texture

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An Inkpad portrait that was imported into Glaze

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An Inkpad Self Portrait that was altered with Glaze

I’m really excited about using this with photos as well as my Inkpad drawings to give the images a more painterly feel. What is the next step-real paintings from the images? If you have any suggestions for other app mash ups please leave them in the comments.

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