Black Friday Sale

Getting a jump start on Black Friday with 20% off everything sale in my ArtSnark etsy shop.

Black Friday Cyber Monday ANNABEL LEE original watercolor painting brass pendant necklace, Edgar Allan Poe inspired
Annabel Lee watercolor painting pendant with chain

 Plus ACEOs, jewelry and large canvases have free shipping worldwide.

Black Friday Cyber Monday Dark Angel Bettie Page original drawing of classic pinup girl
Dark Angel original pinup drawing 

Please note that all orders will ship Dec. 1st. 

Black Friday Cyber Monday ACEO Red Riding Hood & wolf print of original mixed media artwork
Red's Walk ACEO

Happy shopping & best wishes for a wonderful weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving

Today we are thankful for friends, family, 

.... and too many puppy kisses!

Best wishes to all!


Mixed Media Masks for the Hurricane Sandy Charity Auction

Secrets & Lies - mixed media

The Pulse Charity Auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief is still going strong! As of 7pm (EST) tonight the 10 fabulous bundles of original art, art books (some signed), online workshops & other creative goodies has brought in over $2200.00 to help folks affected by that terrible storm!

There is still time for you to get in on the action! Bidding continues until Sunday 11/11 at 11:59 pm (EST).  As of this post, high bids for each bundle range between $65 - $375. This is a great chance to take home a wide variety or artsy goodness... while helping people in need. All proceeds of the auction will go to The Mayors Fund To Advance New York.

I've donated this set of mixed media masks, originally made for the Poisoned Apples (Snow White themed) show last June. They are made of Papier-mâché, thread-inclusive papers, Polaroid Emulsion transfers, ribbons and paint. They are included in Bundle #10, along with wonderful pieces by talented artists Sharon Payne Bolton, Katheryn Dyche Dechairo, Seth Apter ... plus a signed copy of Seth's latest book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists. 

Each also holds a secret inside. 

Somewhat fragile, these life size masks are mainly decorative. They could be displayed on the wall, or even in front of a mirror.... if you want to give the world a glimpse of what is going on inside.

C'mon - click here to check out all of the fun stuff up for auction. (By the way, the 2 drawings I  contributed are in Bundle #7). There are great photos of the goodies plus links to the artists & authors who created them. And, who knows, you may even find a few things that want to come home with you.


IF - Tree

charcoal on newsprint

"We are back at the foot of the great narrative tree, where stories can, as if by a kind of natural magic, go anywhere...." - Roger Sale

Quick & dirty sketch and post today for the Illustration Friday challenge "Tree." Click Here to visit a forest of takes on this prompt. Be sure to add your own if you feel inspired.

Have you checked out The Pulse online art charity auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief? There are several awesome bundles of art, art-books, how to DVDs & even online workshops up for bid. I donated two charcoal drawings to Bundle #7, which includes pieces from 3 other artists. There is also original work from Angela Cartwright, Sarah Fishburn, Pam Carriker and many more contemporary artists for sale. 100% of  proceeds go to charity. The auction is hosted by Seth Apter's Altered Page blog &  ends Nov. 11 ..... so pop on over super-quick!


Win Art & Help Folks In Need

Face Forward
charcoal & mixed media self portrait

If you hang around here or have popped into my Etsy shop, you may recognize this set of self portraits. Each original drawing measures 8"H x 6.5"W. Materials used include charcoal & conte on paper, embellished wooden frames, and vintage brass jewelry bits & cogs. Both are wired and ready to hang. And ... they can be yours.....

Don't Look Back 
charcoal & mixed media self portrait

... if you are the winner bidder of Bundle #7 at The Pulse Charity Auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

These drawings have been donated to Seth Apter's online auction. It is a great way to add to your art collection, while helping folks in need. All proceeds of go to The Mayors Fund, to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

Seth is a New York City artist/author who wanted to do something to help the many people affected by this destructive storm. He has collected creations from some of the artists included in his book, The Pulse of Mixed Media:Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. These works have been grouped with art-books & even online classes into "Bundles". So, if you win a bundle you get all the goodies in that package.

Each bundle is being auctioned off separately over at The Altered Page. This auction closes at 11:59 pm on 11/11 so hurry over and check out all the goodies. Info on how to bid is there as well.

The lucky winner of Bundle #7 will take home five original pieces: the 2 drawings above as well as 1 handmade book from Leslie Marsh, a mixed media collage from Jill Zaheer, and an encaustic piece by Lisa Jones Moore. Click Here for photos of these wonderful works & links to the artists.


The Pulse Charity Auction - Win Art while helping others

One of my favorite contemporary artists/ authors, Seth Apter has pulled together an auction to aid NYC folks affected by Hurricane Sandy. There are several items up for auction, including a copy of Seth's latest book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists revealed signed by 30 of the artists featured.  

There are also other art books / DVDs. As well as original works by Seth, Pam Carriker, Joanna Pierotti, Linda Woods and many other creative folks who just want to help out. The auctions are in themed bundles, so the auction winners will receive prize packages loaded with goodies!

"100% of the proceeds will benefit The Mayors Fund to Advance New York City.  Donations will support immediate aid needs - including water, food and hygiene supplies - as well as long-term relief and restoration efforts. One hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief organizations and their efforts." - Seth Apter

What can you do help? 

If you want to bid on any of the bundled items, instructions are in Seth's auction post. Please   note: more bundles are being added as the donations roll in, so be sure to check back.

Spread the word! Know any artsy folks? Send them a link. Remember this is for a great cause!

By the way, I have submitted a couple of pieces. When they are put up for bidding, I will post photos & links here so you can check 'em out.