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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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My Fave Blogger: Veronica Varlow

Veronica Varlow

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.”

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Steampunk World’s Fair 2015: Hipstamatic Series

  
Maria Ortiz as Maleficent

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.

  
Mark P. Donnelly

  
Steampunk Scarecrow

  
Unknown Steampunk Ninja

  
Artist Abigail Larson

  

Paul Nicholasi of Idle Hands

  

Cosplay Trio

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.

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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.

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View of my table

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Organizer of the event, Christian Masot, live painting

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Artist Sara Woolley in costume

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2013 Pogo Art Contest

Screen shot of 2013 pogo art contest

I am so happy and honored that my “Percolated Olga” was picked as one of the winners of Ten One Design’s 2013 Pogo Art Contest. My piece was selected in the Wildly Creative category. You can see all of the winners and entries on their site.

Screen shot of C-Net page about 2013 Pogo art contest

All of the winning artwork was featured on the CNet site here.

I love the variety of art that was submitted by over 200 artists. It goes to show that artists of very different backgrounds and experience can pick up the iPad and create some very creative and imaginative work.

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Happy Birthday Andy Warhol!

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Hipstamatic and Toonpaint on iPhone

Today would gave been Andy Warhol’s 85th Birthday. It always makes me wonder how he would have embraced new technology like iPhones and iPads, as well as social media. I am certain that he would have had active Twitter and Instagram accounts. He would have taken it to a whole new level.

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Selfie with Campbell’s Soup Can Shirt

The Campbell’s Soup Can imagery is still going strong. The image on the top is an iPhone photo of some special edition soup cans that came out last year. My shirt is from Uniqlo.

My favorite Warhol images are his portraits. Which Warhol images do you think are his most iconic?

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I’m in MLove!!!

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A couple of days ago I discovered I was featured on the MLove site. The post includes an Inkpad drawing of Amanda Palmer, a singer and songwriter that I have been following for some time on Twitter. Thanks so much MLove!

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