Category Archives: Art Shows

The Crazy Dog Days of Summer are NOT even here YET!

Welcome to June or as I like to call it, the month of craziness! So many things are happening right now and I haven’t had a moment to breathe. While all these things are going on I have more things to prepare for the future if I am going to take my art to the next level. I have been painting and doing art for as long as I could hold an object really. I feel like I have been working for years but I realize in all seriousness that I need to “come into my own”. I need to stop dreaming about what can be, step out of the studio and grab the bull by the horns. I feel that I was at a comfort level and now I am shaking myself out of that. I am in a new zone and while I am a little nervous, I am excited as well.

Oh June we are going to have one heck of a romance and when it is over and we are broken up I am going to need a bucket of ice cream and a massage!

waving your powers around... final image
Currently on display at White Ripple, Are you a Hypnotist

Starting June 6th at White Ripple Gallery
DAve Pop-Up Gallery
Every Saturday this month from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at White Ripple.
I have 3 pieces at the gallery with many of my amazing and talented friends!  Sara Peak Convery,  Christina Sue,  Rick Therrio
Gary L Price,  Lauren Dunning,  Angela Leimer,  Joseph Anthony Coyle, Dawn Diamantopoulos and Jen Jackson

Concepts and Compositions show at Cornerstone Gallery on display from June 8th to July 25th a National Juried Show.
Reception is Friday June 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM. I have 3 pieces in this show. Harnessing Light which is a Dyptich in the Mixed Media category, Bringing Corruption which is in the Drawing category and lastly the piece pictured above (Anne’s Garden of) Eden in the Painting category (just labeled Eden for the show)

Pints and Pallets at Pokro Brewery
June 11th at 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
COME HANG OUT WITH ME AND PAINT THE BLACKHAWKS LOGO!!! Purchase tickets HERE or at the brewery

Lake County
Public Library
Comic Con!
Family Friendly Event!

Saturday June 13th 10am-4pm

I will be here selling some stuffs… a little bit of jewelry (not much) mainly artwork. My main reason for coming is because I am doing a Steampunk Panel from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m!

Please come sit and listen so I have some familiar faces out there to look at and don’t panic! It’s my first panel and I am nervous! I also have some pretty AMAZING friends that will be there with their wares as well so PLEASE throw money at them… You can click on their names to check out their pages!! Check out my art brother and homie Julio aka DJ WarMachine and my personal living dead doll girlfriend Brianne at FrankenWerks Studios

We are all wired the same on the inside (excerpt) mixed media 18x24 2015 $250.00
We are all wired the same on the inside (excerpt) mixed media 18×24 2015 $250.00

June 19th 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Tye Johnson Artistry
Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago IL
With Love We Conquer
Artist Talk and show closing.

hunt and gatherHunt & Gather
at the Lake County Fairgrounds
in Crown Point, IN
Friday June 26th 5-10pm
and Saturday June 27th 12-8pm
More info at
Old Green Shutters Antiques

It is that time of year again for my FAVORITE market. It has the BEST vendors hands down and I am not just saying that. Come for the music and the cocktails as well as the delicious food truck (SERIOUSLY!) as well as all the amazing vintage amazingness and come say hello to ME of course! I know there are a TON of amazing vendors here and I cannot list them all, really I cannot and I am sorry. You need to check out some of my friends though! I love to share the excitement I have for other people’s craft and talent!

First off, Old Green Shutters… click on the link above because this whole event couldn’t take place without this amazing place!

Wooden Jacket Design has some of the coolest and most chic and amazing clothes you will see so save up some dough and hit them up.

Mother Wilma’s Marshmallow Factory. I have diabetes. I will shoot up insulin for this. Yes. Yes I will and I HATE needles so if that is not an endorsement I do not know what is.

Tiddleywink Toffee same goes for here with the diabetes, however I was not able to eat much of this amazing toffee as I reached out to eat some only to find that my hubby had devoured the entire bag.

Chef Bizzaro Millinery SERIOUSLY amazing HATS. Amanda Joyner designed my wedding hat. She does the most amazing work.

The Art of Sophia Rapata I love her down to her funky tent and the vibe that surrounds her and all the art stuffs. I own many pieces. No matter how much art I create myself I think it is important to surround yourself with art from others.

Ariana Koultourides and Ivan Gutierrez are new to the H&G scene
but their art is amazing! Make sure you say hello! Their work is detailed and tell such wonderful stories.

My friends at Hipcatsvintage have the best in Vintage Style for Modern Times! Go see them to make your designer vintage dreams come true!


October is upon us ~ Things that go bump in the night…

I took a break from all the art I have been creating to send some submissions for a Halloween show at one of the local galleries I show at often. I have been off work, trying to get better… I do not post that often as I only can stand being on the computer for so long and then I get dizzy. Sometimes these posts are typed by my hubby as I am sitting on the couch, he’s a good secretary.

I have been doing art to keep me from going crazy. I really want to get back to work already! The good thing however, is that I have been able to focus on art AND also to heal from my injury without all the stress of work.

I worked on this piece first and I call it “A Light in the Darkness”, it was actually a little figure I call Freddie Pie from an old sketchbook of mine. I think he’s cute and somewhat reminds me of The Addams Family character Pugsly. Though he is a lil’ dead boy he gets scared in the dark. He just turned on his “batty go nighty” night light and is going to get ready for bed in his deadsy bunny slippers.

A Light in the darkness- Ink and Prismacolor 2014
A Light in the darkness- Ink and Prismacolor 2014


I have some figures I have been working on, well figures in my style as I am not really that good at drawing real people. I can do it but just do not really like to. I spent a long time in art school drawing real people so I could break the rules and do what I want. The show I submitted to was called “Zombie Apocalypse” first but they didn’t have so many submissions and changed the idea. This idea came from the Zombie thought. I really love watching The Walking Dead, but of course their Zombies are really yucky and I am quite certain they smell like a combination of rot, poop, garbage and everything else nasty in this world. My Zombies would not smell nice I am sure… but would not smell as bad as the “Walkers”. I call this piece “Midnight Snack”

Midnight Snack- Ink and Prismacolor
Midnight Snack- Ink and Prismacolor 2014


I think I might do a few more of these Zombies, hopefully in time for Halloween. I feel like these need some flies buzzing around. This next one made me laugh because Zombies are always looking for “Braaaaains!!!” I call this “Victorious!” because the Zombie has found not one, but two delicious brains to much on.

Victorious - Ink and Prismacolor 2014
Victorious – Ink and Prismacolor 2014

I think he’s rather adorable! Honestly though, I posted these on Facebook and I had a lot of interest from T-Shirts to coloring books. I think at some point when I can stand being on the computer for a longer period of time I will work on that. My friend said that her kid saw these and wanted her to print them out immediately so he could color them.

I should warn you, the piece that you are about to see is NOT cute! I almost sent this for the submission but since families come into this community gallery I thought I would avoid it. A few years ago I decided I was sick of dressing in the “sexy” (slutty *cough*) outfits and I wanted to do something scary. I did my own makeup.
If you want to look freaky like this, you do need the creepy white-out contacts. I used eyelash glue for my rotten skin. Just layer it on thick in some areas but smooth out the edges. Once it is 100% dry… put on your foundation and then a little green powder over the top (not the sparkly stuff). Take a toothpick and use it to tear the eyelash glue to make wounds. After that I used a paintbrush to paint in the blood, even going under the eyelash glue to make it look really good.

I also used red eyeshadow and tapped it lightly around my eyes and lips. I do naturally have one crooked tooth, yep it’s there on the bottom left. I took black frosting and swished it around in my mouth for a bit to get that nasty/lovely mouth rot.

People reacted crazy when they saw me, some people were generally freaked out but most of the guys thought it was “freaking badass” and I got A LOT of attention. My hubby thought it was great that I got more attention than the half-dressed chicks. Everyone wanted to take a picture of me or with me!

The Artist, Risen Again
The Artist, Risen Again 2012

Smiling my face off on a dreary day

So I had entered 3 pieces of work into a Salon show at South Shore Arts here in Indiana. I had been told it was not easy to get work into and I was a little reluctant to try it. I really hit a low point in my career when I didn’t get a grant I applied for. Of course that was my first grant application AND to be honest I had been drawing and painting here and there but nothing too serious. Now that I got that rejection I have been working my butt off!

I entered 3 pieces into this show. One was the Ozymandias Breaking Bad, Portrait of Walter White Box. However it did not make it in. I saw my paper that said rejected and my heart fell.

for the Portrait show at Studio 659
Ozymandias a portrait of Walter White

I entered a piece similar to this, but it did not have the bubbles and it also did not get in. The word REJECTED seemed to shine off of the paper.

THEN LAST BUT NOT LEAST…. ACCEPTED!!! I almost fell over and had to look at it again to make sure it wasn’t a lie. This was actually the last piece I thought would make it. One of the X-Professors from the American Academy of Art in Chicago helped me pick out the pieces. I like this piece but felt it might piss people off. It is American Love Story from a show called Bad Business that I did earlier in the year. I did a blog post about it here.


I didn’t know how exclusive of a show this really was as I had 2 other friends get in. I am not saying that they are not amazing, it is just that I didn’t really understand the extent. I did meet a few people lately that seemed a little sore that they did not get in. They had really nice work too… everything depends on what the Juror is looking for.

I dropped off my stuff today and found that the gallery was already exploding with amazing pieces of art!! I really feel fortunate to be among them as I look around. Honestly I feel like I might have just been the last one they accepted and maybe my piece was just 10% better than someone else’s work.  Should you be someone that reads my blog you might notice I am not an artist with a HUGE ego that fills a museum. I am really humble and wonder if my work is as good as anyone elses. I even get excited every time I sell a piece and do a happy dance. My stuff is priced to move though and can range from $30.00 – $500.00.

I talked to the curator today and she said that out of over 300 entries only 65 got in. Only 15 will get awards and I do not count on winning any money but I am still glad to be counted to be in this show.

Current Show ~ The Candy Cafe, Dyer Indiana

2014 March 22-April 23
Clinton Mason and Leslie Lambert-Mason
Candy Cafe
1066 Joliet St, Dyer, IN 46311

Whimsical art will be displayed through the end of April.
Whimsical art will be displayed through the end of April.

Displaying art in local businesses can be a lot of fun. It can appeal to people that normally might not go to a gallery to see art. In my opinion there are people that avoid art galleries because they feel they are stuffy or that the art will be outrageously expensive. These same people look at art that are in businesses or displayed in smaller venues much differently. I think it is a less intimidating viewing space and of course that helps exposure.

Currently my work can be seen next to my husband’s art in this darling Dyer, Indiana business called The Candy Cafe. They show local art all the time so it is a really nice place to pick up some sweet treats and view some art.

Upcoming Show at Studio 659 ~ Portraits

2014 March 7th – April 3rd
Studio 659
1413 119th St, Whiting, IN 46394final

Ozymandias ~ A Portrait of Walter White (Breaking Bad)

This is a mixed media piece/ shadow box that was created for this show. A portrait of one of my most favorite anti-heroes. You simply must see it in person to appreciate the depth properly. I have done multiple posts on the progress of this piece. Please check it out!

If you are interested in purchase please contact the gallery at (219) 659-8828

Live Art Show at Studio 659 ~ Whiting, Indiana 2014

2014 February 7th – March 7th
Live Art Show
Studio 659
1413 119th St, Whiting, IN 46394

Arrakis Watercolor and Ink Collaboration with Clinton Mason 11x24
Watercolor and Ink
Collaboration with Clinton Mason

My husband and I are currently showing 3 works at Studio 659 in Whiting, Indiana. The image above was a collaboration that is hanging in the gallery that was completed prior to the Live Art Event. The series of images are all names after planets from the book ‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert and we tried to represent them as best we could with abstract art.

Arrakis is the planet that is known as Dune but  later called Rakis — it is a desert planet.  The circular images were intended to appear as if there were multiple suns to show there would be extreme heat. We were not certain exactly how many suns were actually on this fictional planet but we know there are 3 moons.

Ecaz Watercolor, Ink and Marker Live Art with Clinton Mason 11x24
Watercolor, Ink and Marker
Live Art with Clinton Mason

The planet of Ecaz grows a plant called Fogwood which is favored by artists because it can shaped solely by human thought and was nicknamed ‘The Sculptor’s Paradise.” There are small images of plant life and the whole image shows plants unfurling.

Parmentier Watercolor, Marker and Ink Live Art with Clinton Mason 8x10
Watercolor, Marker and Ink
Live Art with Clinton Mason

Parmentier is a planet that we could not find much of a description of. The planet appears in the book Dune: The Battle of Corrin, but my husband has not read this book so does not know the description.  We actually decided to imagine what the planet might look like due to the only thing we could find on the internet. We read that there was a river so we decided there would be some farm live and a little bit of greenery. You can see the farm field on the lower half of the right hand corner. Since there is life on this planet, in the distance on the horizon line we drew a city.

We had a fun time coming up with these images and they look better in person. If you get a chance go out and see them! If you are interested in purchase please contact the gallery at (219) 659-8828