Marissa is another person I have not seen in a million years but should know that I admire her. We met in the theatre department at Columbia College and I was immediately impressed by her intelligence, outgoing nature and humor. She is sooooooooooooo cool! Marissa is one of those people whose opinion I value very much and she’s super smart and thoughtful. If you are in the Chicagoland area check out the 16th Street Theatre where she is managing director.
Phew! Another late one.
This time, for March, I picked another old, Chicago friend, whitney. I also got to meet up with on my trip to Portland! whitney is a fun, colorful person who loves animals and sewing and making cool stuff. One of my favorite Thanksgivings was when she invited me over for an orphans feast. We used to work together at the best cafe in Chicago when it existed along with another Lady of the Month, Melissa.
Oh no! I have been so busy I forgot to post my June Lady of the Month. My day job has been taking up a lot of time and mental energy so I have been kind of slacking in the art department lately.
For the month of June, I have decided to present you with my very good friend from Chicago, Naomi! We met probably a decade ago when I was tabling at the DIY Trunk Show, trying to sell some mini comix and crocheted creatures. Naomi was volunteering and we ended up chatting for quite some time and I thought she was very cool and we struck up a friendship. Later on we started meeting up with some other artist friends on a semi weekly basis to draw or paint together at local cafe's. Naomi is one of my favorite people on this planet, she is cheerful and optimistic with a touch of grumpiness (#oldchicagolady) and a huge sense of humor. She is an incredible artist who also paints in a colorful style and has done some large murals. Visit Monstrochika to see what I'm talking about. The monster in the painting that she is painting, in this painting is a character that she includes in many of her pieces. I miss you Naomi!!!
For further reading: Finding Empowerment Through the Colorful World of Monstrochika
Because today is Mother's Day I have decided that my May Lady of the Month is my mom, Debbie! With her in this portrait is her grand-daughter (my niece) Ivy Lee, another lady that I love to pieces. My mom is funny, wacky and as Ivy would say "Nuts". She taught me to be independent and crafty and always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I love you Mom!
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I admire Noelle for her intelligence, creativity and kindness. She loves animals. When I visited her in San Francisco she had cleverly designed her jewelry studio to be in a closet, so I think she is a creative genius! I also think that if Noelle were to give me advice I would trust it.
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Here is a peek at some things I'm working on in my studio. I found some wooden eggs at Michaels back in May that were on clearance. I offered to paint simple portraits on them as a special for anyone who is subscribed to my newsletter. I am also working on a special project, for fun, working on a series of portraits of 48 of my lady friends and family who I admire. I will be posting one a month starting in January 2017.