Yesterday I went into New York City to see the lights and decorations. It was unseasonably warm and the streets were jam packed with tourists, but i still find New York to be magical at Christmas time. It made me think of the scene in “Elf” where they run around the city looking at all the differently decorated Christmas trees. This was taken across the street from Radio City Music Hall.
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No lie, I’ve been listening to Lou Reed’s Transformer for the last week while painting and it was in my CD player when I found out that he had died over the weekend. Lou Reed was one of my favorite artists since my record store years. I’ve had many great memories over the years, like seeing him at the Matisse show at the MOMA in the 90’s, seeing “Songs for Drella” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and seeing him onstage with David Bowie performing “White Light, White Heat”.
I added this photo of myself wearing my Lou Reed t-shirt to Julia Kay’s Portrait Party a couple of years ago and have had several portraits done with Lou’s image looking up at me.
I loved his voice. I loved the way he was such a presence in New York City. I wish I could have seen him sing one last time.
Last weekend I was really fortunate to attend the Kickstarter backer opening for Molly Crabapple’s Shell Game Exhibit in NYC. The exhibit was successfully funded through Kickstarter last year, and as one of the backers I was able to see updates of the artwork as they progressed. It was amazing to see all the completed paintings hanging in the gallery along with the watercolor studies. The paintings were very detailed and had beautifully painted surfaces. You can read more about the exhibit and its origins in this Rolling Stone article.
The opening had a performance by Kim Boekbinder (who has also successfully Kickstarted a concert tour). It also featured Stoya in a bath tub bathing in Molly’s one million dollar bills.
It is really exciting to see how Molly Crabapple is using Kickstarter to change the way artists are interacting with their audience and working outside of the gallery system. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does next.
This is a portrait of Gala Darling for my Awesome April Project. I have been following Gala Darling’s blog since 2010 and have found a lot of inspiration from her writing. This is my third portrait of Gala and you can see the older portraits here and here.
I love Gala’s fashion sense! She was one of the first beauty bloggers that I have followed who I actually could relate to what she wore. She also writes about her travels and she always finds the fun and magical aspects of each city she visits! I have been to New York City many times but Gala always finds different landmarks or restaurants and makes them seem new and exciting.
Gala is also one of the “Head Mistresses” of the Blogcademy. Along with Nubby Twiglet and Kat Williams, these wonderfully creative women have been bringing their knowledge of blogging to different cities around the world. They are coming back to New York in June and I have to be there! For each city they are offering one scholarship for the workshop so in conjunction with my Awesome April Project I am working on a Get Me To the Blogcademy project. I will be making portraits of each of the HeadMistresses and I am contemplating making a video. So wish me luck and check back for more portraits!
Last weekend I went to a special Speakeasy Dollhouse Dr. Sketchy at the beautiful Slipper Room in NYC. Speakeasy Dollhouse is an immersive play written by Cynthia Von Buhler. The models were Kat Mon Dieu and Katelan Foisy, who are both actresses in the show. Silent James, Esther Westwood and Scott Southard, also actors from the show, were in the audience drawing. I loved the jazz music that played throughout the session.
This is another example of a Dr. Sketchy where I wish I could have taken pictures because their costumes were amazing and they posed so well together. If you get a chance try to catch a performance of Speakeasy Dollhouse because it is a truly unique experience.
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
Last weekend I went to Dr. Sketchy’s Pulp Fiction session featuring Amber Ray and male burlesque performer GoGo Harder. Their poses were reminiscent of dime store novels of the 1950’s. It was one of those sessions where I wish I could have taken pictures because the costumes were gorgeous and the two performers struck such wonderful poses together! This is the fifth time I’ve drawn Amber Ray and each time she transforms herself into such different characters.
Here are some short five minute drawings from the session:
Dr. Sketchy’s is now at the beautiful Slipper Room in NYC. There is a lot more room than at the last venue and there are small tables to work on. There is also a balcony where you can draw from and get a different view of the models.