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LOL- I accidentally got my booth neighbors face in this picture, she was really nice.

My first time at the May Fair turned out similar to what I had suspected. I like to guess, like when you guess how much gas is going to cost you in total as the tank is filling up. The morning was very slow and most people wait to the last few hours to make any purchases because they want to hang out all day at this busy street festival. I really didn’t get to walk around to see a lot of the other vendors, but I had another bag and purse vendor just 2 booths away, and it seemed that every other vendor was jewelry.  I was lucky enough to have a few loyal customers stop by. This is always exciting, because I feel like such a tiny blip on the radar, and for people to see me and want more of what I have is thrilling.

I forgot how eclectic this little town could be. At the 31st annual May Fair I set up my booth  just a few yards from where I used to live on Haddon Ave., about 10 years ago. Some things about this town have changed dramatically. Like the scope of businesses, and the new available housing. Yet so much has stayed the same. As the people at this street festival started streaming past my booth I remembered the unique characters that I would be lucky enough to observe on a daily basis when I resided here. This little town really has it’s own flavor.

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Wilmington this Friday “Art on the Town”  the art loop downtown and at trolley square.
Free stuff for those participating.

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I’ve been working on a series of paintings for February’s art show
at Poppycock Tattoo in Delaware.
The shop is owned and operated by my friends Tina and Pat.
The opening reception is from 5:30 – 8pm on Friday Feb. 5th.
with refreshments and, and, and, a raffle to win $100 in tattoo time! pretty cool

Here is a sneak peak of what I will be showing. These small gouache paintings have been influenced by many things specific to this show including Victorian images, classic tattoo imagery, and sweet kitty cats (Tina has logged many hours listening to me talk about my cats- you were listening, right?)

King of Hearts- Gouache on paper 5"X7"

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Update: Fabric successfully printed at spoonflower
Calendar construction completed
Now for sale on Etsy!

I tried my hand at a tea towel calendar for 2010, after deciding how much computer work I wanted to include in the initial design. The conclusion; none. I ended up just drawing the whole thing. I haven’t received the actual printed fabric yet, so I have my fingers crossed that it was a success.

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My original painting was featured in this Etsy storque article about free shipping for the holidays. Who knew?
It’s always surprising to me to be chosen from a sea of thousands. I’d almost want to woo-hoo and high five but I don’t care for either of those things. You have to scroll the WHOLE article I’m all the way at the bottom in related items.

Girl with blue barrettes

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Participated in two great shows this weekend. The first on Saturday was the Handcraft Harvest at the Promenade in Marlton.
A show with about 35 vendors. A well run, easy to do show with a lot of shoppers.

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On Sunday I participated in the Arts in Park show at Smithville, Eastampton NJ
Wow! What a great arts event this is. The live music was excellent and included a jam band, New Orleans jazz band, alternative folk rock, and straight up rock band. Tons of kids events and performances, dancers, stilt walkers, art demos, marching band, puppet theater with huge puppets, art cars (I’ve always wanted to meet the people who have the nerve to decorate and drive around in these crazy cars-true free spirits).

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Girls on Trapeze
set up right behind my booth. They were phenomenal. They had the young girls in the audience worked into a frenzy. There was so much going on I wish I could have walked around more. This show is a quality event and you can feel the time and effort that is spent in selecting everything that is involved.

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Okay, it was raining for most of the morning and it put a damper on some of the activities. I dislike setting up my stuff in the rain, as do all other artists and crafters. It’s like playing that game with a balloon where it can’t touch the ground but you have to keep it moving around the room. Exhausting. The rain definitely kept people away.
The artists are really only one aspect of the event, not the main focus so looking was big and buying was minimal -I think for all involved. That is not to say this show isn’t successful. Just maybe not for those who bring in the big bucks at shows.

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She is similar to Hillary on paper, without the ‘tude.
She parallels Laura Bush in her family life, without being a wife mannequin.
Like Kathy Griffin who ironically called one of her tours “Strong Black Woman” she is naturally everything I am not.
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She is easy, breezy, beautiful…as witnessed when she walked down the street with her husband at the inauguration and served soup( I think it was actually risotto) at a soup kitchen six weeks later (not a press event. or was it?).

I have always enjoyed politics and the people who make it interesting from Jello Biafra to George Will (not that interesting, but my father has a similar voice). I don’t openly speak about my politics, with the exception of disagreeing with my Catholic mother on almost everything, even then I try to reel it in.
dscn1338It’s easy to stand by Michelle, she’s not making policy, budget, crisis or economic decisions, but it seems like she’s making her own low key decisions about who she is in the white house.

The painting featured in this post is titled It’s About Beauty. It was painted in 1997 and I’ve always had it hanging up in whatever house or apartment I was living in. The woman in the picture is a model from a magazine. The shape of this women’s body is what compelled me to paint her then and now her body totally reminds me of Michelle’s. Those impossibly long legs. The thin body that is still feminine. The model poise. Those hips!
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