September’s LOTM is my friend Api. Api was another person I met during my work study in the Math and Science department. I was blown away by Api’s art, style and kindness. She is a very caring person. I remember her being a great listener and I feel like my view of the world widened when I met her. It was always a good day when I got to work with Api.
August Lady of the Month is Jess! I met Jess when I started working at my current day job. She worked at the gas station that I would visit for my daily snack and cafeine rations. She was always super friendly and I thought she looked like a cool girl with her short pink hair and fun glasses. One day she no longer worked there and I missed her smiley face. Later on we were reconnected when I walked into a small market to find her working there a few towns away. It turned out we shared several mutual friends and we would see each other at karaoke night. I appreciate Jess’s point of view, creativity and kindness. Last I knew she was working on jewelry so if I find out she has a website I will share here when I get the URL.
I miss this woman! I met Katrina during my college years in the Theatre Department at Columbia College. I didn't really get to know her until my last year when we worked in the scene shop together. I was always very shy and quiet and she was/is the opposite of that. I remember that once we started working toghether on scenic projects our bosses would comment on how well we worked togehter, that we were like a ying and yang. I remember we working on some pieces for "Our Contry's Good" and I needed a maidenhead for a ship. We were having trouble shaping her body so we used my bra to shape her boobs since Katrina wasn't wearing one.
Now she lives in Oklahoma with her family and I live in Vermont, but I appreciate that I am able to connect through social media. I love reading her point of view on current issues. She is very compassionate and smart and full of life. I think this painting accentuates her badassness.
PS - This is my July Lady of the Month. Yes. I'm late again. I'm late with August too. Will I ever be able to turn this around? We shall see. I do have the next three finished and scanned...now it's just a matter of posting 'em.
Again I find myself behind on posting the Lady of the Month portraits. I'm actually ahead of schedule with the paintings, but struggle to find the motivation to touch a computer to scan and upload these. But I made it finally!
I decided to do a double feature for May and June. I was stalking some of my artist friends on facebook and found a photo that my friend Eric Bartholomew took of these two ladies working at an Atomic Sketch event - Deva (left) and Vanessa (right). I met Deva and Vanessa through a mutual friend (who I have already featured) and we met semi-regularly at local Chicago coffee shops to work on art and chat for several years. I miss the mini community we had and feel grateful that I was able to spend time with such talented artists who inspired me.
Deva makes these gorgeous paintings of mysterious, ghostly women, usually created on discared wooden objects. See her work here.
Vanessa's colorful abstract landscapes are dreamy. They remind me of viewing colorful leaves on water through frosted glass. See her work here.
For my April Lady of the Month I am featuring my Scenic Design teacher at Columbia College, Jackie. I think my education at Columbia was pretty special because any classes that had to do with my major were very small and we were given a lot of one on one attention. I took several classes with Jackie but my favorite was scenic painting. It was incredible to work on large panels and back drops, splashing around watered down house paint. She taught us painting techniques that I still use today, especially in my newer paintings. Getting that hands on experience with Jackie was invaluable.
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.
I met Lillian a very long time ago. We worked together in a work study at Columbia College Chicago, in the Math and Science Department, along with our friend Tawasha. We didn't usually have too many tasks to accomplish, so Lillian, Tawasha, myself and some of the other work study students would hang out and chat while doing homework. I remember Lillian was very interested in making hats and drawing. I have been admiring her posts about boxing and noticed how healthy and strong she is, and it makes me feel motivated to start an exercise regime after being such a couch potato for way too long. She is simply badass, and also kind, creative and thoughtful. I miss working with both her and Tawasha and feel lucky that we had a chance to bond.