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Hipstamatic Roses

Every once in a while I actually “stop to smell the roses” at the local supermarket, but I also love to take pictures of them with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone.  I especially like to take pictures on the Random mode so I am pleasantly surprised by my photos.  In Random mode, you shake the phone and the “film” and “lenses” automatically change, but you are unable to see which lenses and films are being used until after the photo is processed.  It’s a fun way to get out of a rut if you end up using the same Hipstamatic combinations.


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Frenchy & The Punk

I discovered Frenchy & the Punk quite by accident at the 2014 Steampunk World’s Fair. I watched their Sunday afternoon concert and couldn’t believe how amazing they were and wondered why I hadn’t heard of them before that day. I bought their CD “Hey Hey Cabaret” at their merch stand and listened to it almost every day for a month thereafter. I’ve found that a nice way to relive an event such as the SPWF is to purchase some of the music that I listened to (and it supports the artists also).

Their music as described on their website:

Imagine Siouxsie Sioux and Dee Dee Ramone had a duo that was inspired by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Toulouse Lautrec and Deepak Chopra, this is what it might sound like. One part Dresden Dolls, Sonny and Cher and one part White Stripes. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folky, Steam Punks by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting… fun with a capital F!

   Samantha Stephenson (Frenchy)

  Scott Heland (The Punk)
 Photos from Steampunk World’s Fair 2015 performance.

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Throw Back Thursday: Steampunk City at Speedwell 

 My first Steampunk event was Steampunk City in Speedwell, New Jersey.  I didn’t have any real Steampunk attire yet so I threw together an outfit with some things I had in my closet.  Since then I have acquired different clothes and accessories at the different Steampunk events that I attended.

A recent photo of my newer “Steamgoth” look.

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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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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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Never Grow Up: The Art of Comic Con at Blackbird Gallery

I am really excited about being part of the group show “Never Grow Up: The Art of Comic Con” at the Blackbird Gallery and Studio in Jersey City, New Jersey.  The Blackbird Gallery, located at 189 Brunswick Street, is a beautiful space which also holds art and photography classes.  The opening is Saturday, October 3rd from 6 to 8, and the exhibit is up for the entire month of October.  I will be posting pictures from the opening some time next week.

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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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