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Superstitious Kitsch

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This is me officially declaring that my *style* is called Superstitious Kitsch. From my paintings, to my patterns, that’s what it is. I’m here to serve your basic witch needs(this is me trying to make a joke off being a basic bitch, it’s not funny if you have to explain it). It’s a bit ridiculous, but it’s also very honest. I value self awareness maybe a bit too much.

I’ve been loading up my RedBubble shop up with new patterns, stickers and clothing. I’ve been taking elements of my paintings to make them into stickers.

The themes are all spooky and witchy aka superstitious kitsch.

I am also thinking of offering my RedBubble shop items as rewards on my Patreon. What do you thinK? I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts on it. To me it seems like a way to reward patrons with practical items.

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Collage for concepts

I pretty much hate collage. I probably don’t like it because I’m not good at it. That’s usually the case, right? Collage takes a delicate touch to do it well, and I’m likely to snip a picture I’m cutting right in half.

I’m in a drawing rut. I spend most my free time at the easel. I’ve lost the skill and comfort of just accidentally scribbling out ideas. I have this large moleskine sketchbook with intimidating blank pages. I decided to force myself into doing something that makes me uncomfortable.

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I have these ridiculous old books all about witchcraft, ghosts and the paranormal and some vintage science books. I also have a box full of glittery paper, scissors and rubber cement.

This has actually been a fun exercise. When I feel like I can’t draw or paint, I can just sit my butt down for cut and paste time.

The plan is to draw and paint on the same pages as the collages. I’m clearly sticking with familiar themes, but I hope the pictures and paper may kick start some new ideas. Marking those pristine pages up creates an anchor for my head.

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Unrequited

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Today I had an unwanted but important realization.

Painting and being unable to get down what you have in your mind feels a lot like unrequited love. It is unrequited love.

Painting badly is rejection. You pine for what’s out of reach. You want what you can’t have, but you keep trying and break your own heart, over and over again

You obsess, torture yourself and sob angry tears. You resent but your intense devotion doesn’t waver.

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I’m glad that I can’t blow up Painting’s phone with too many text messages after midnight, or that I can’t Facebook lurk Painting’s profile page to find out who they might be dating.

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Moving on again and Patreon

I’m getting ready for another move! This will be the fifth time in about three years, and I am ready to stay put for a while. I’ll be moving in with an old friend and her housemates in South Philly. It’s kinda like a punk rock house, except for old people that have jobs and don’t want kids on their stoop.

I am actively looking for a job that I can carry while also attending PAFA. I’ve put many of my painting studies up for sale in my shop, I’m close to finishing some larger pieces, working freelance part time, have my Redbubble shop stocked, and opened a Patreon page.

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Patreon is a new thing for me, and I don’t know that I have enough *fans* to make it work, but I really like the idea and hope it becomes a useful tool for visual artists. Patreon is a site that enables creatives to fund their careers through patrons, rather than individual art sales. Someone may really love your work, but can’t afford that $800 dollar painting you made. Patreon invites art lovers to pledge a monthly amount of cash to their favorite artists or to specific projects. I really love the concept. We can’t all be a Medici, but that doesn’t mean people don’t enjoy and want to support art of all kinds.

What else I like about the idea is that the artist isn’t getting something for nothing. It’s a bit like Kickstarter in that rewards are offered to patrons depending on their pledge level. Also, patrons are able to edit or end their pledges at any time. They can change their mind.

So far I am offering non archival prints, sticker packs, painting studies, coupon codes, and thoughtful art critiques in return for pledges. My page is still a work in progress. I’ll be editing it quite a bit over the next week, but I’d love for art lovers to look at it and let me know what they think. Of course, I hope people consider pledging as well.

The next couple years are going to be tight again. I have definitely lowered my cost of living by renting a room instead of apartment, leaving my car in the ‘burbs with my parents and many other ways. Living cheap is a trick. I’ve done it before. I can figure it out again. That said, school is going to be expensive. I earned a substantial scholarship, but tuition isn’t really what I mean. I am speaking of supplies, food and even time. Time is valuable. It’s what you spend when studying and creating new work.

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