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The Skeleton Follows Me

If you watch my Facebook fan page then you have probably already seen this, but I decided it was too funny not to post on my blog.

I went to a wonderful grade school, Garrettford Elementary, in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania that focused a lot on creative activities for their students from the visual arts to music. Every year and for every grade our school district held the Young Author’s Award competition, where children focused on creative writing and coming up with their own stories. The teachers even printed up our stories, let us illustrate them, and bound them. We felt published!

Above is a gallery of my entry for my 3rd grade class. Those are my drawings as well. I won! I’m still proud of myself! I feel that in today’s world I would have been sent for psychiatric treatment after my teachers read my story. No one shamed me for my little girl macabre sensibilities. I was encouraged. And I still like skulls.

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Art of Business of Art

I’ve revived my old Etsy shop and am now uploading my recent work. Putting work out there for sale is a scary thing, but I’ve already had one sale and that is a confidence booster.

I’m including oil paintings and mixed media drawings. If you are interested in a piece and are local to me I am happy to let you pick up the work and refund any shipping included in the Etsy sale.

I feel like this has been stop on the way of my journey but overall I am rather happy with this body of work and how I’ve worked out my concepts.

Elizabeth Virginia Levesque’s Etsy Shop
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I’ve been incredibly busy the past month. It’s been bittersweet. Great things happening all the expense of time to decompress.

The next show at MOCA VA is almost up. The opening is this coming Thursday night. The work of Robert Sites, a professor at NSU, and former VCU student Jared Clark fills the space beautifully.

I’ve been working on getting the future I Like Soup show going, an ancillary exhibition to coincide with MOCA VA’s future Warhol exhibit, packing boxes and mailing packages, for MOCA VA, keeping up with homework, working at the art supply store and painting for school and other projects. I really wish sleep wasn’t so necessary.

Jason is giving a talk at ODU to the AIGA student group this Friday. If you are in the area please attend. It’s open to the public.

I’ve also been struggling with how to complete a memorial article I’ve been writing about my former teacher. I talked about it in a previous entry.

Otherwise things have been good. The step-babies are doing well. Ian is making his movies. Belle is continuing guitar.

Below is Ian’s stop motion animation, music provided by our friend Chuck Abadam

This is just a snapshot of one of the many things I’m working on.

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The Last of Last Year

Here is the last piece of from my past semester. It’s still not exactly where I want it to be, but it’s not the type of piece I can go back in time on. I need to figure out how exactly to get the effect I want and streamline the process. I feel very close…just, you know, not close enough. The model I worked with is Porcelain, a burlesque performer working out of Raleigh NC.

Another in progress shot…

And here is a lil’ still life I did of rabbits feet.

Today I started my internship at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Virginia. I’ve been there one day and learned all sorts of handy things. If nothing else I’ll be able to do home repair on my own after this semester. I’ve never been happier to do physical labor!