BABES IN TOYLAND

Some time around December, I was in a bad way. My interest in doing anything creative was at an all-time low and I didn’t (still don’t) know why. I put a big hold on joining any local art shows and didn’t even want to carry my usual film camera(s) with me. I’m sure something like that happens to many creatives; I guess it’s our form of “writer’s block”. I also knew those lackluster feelings would subside, I just didn’t know when.

Yet, the show had to go on and I agreed to be the “Artist of the Month” at Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar, an awesome local coffee shop, for the month of February. I was going to force myself to create because I didn’t know any other way to get myself out of this hole. In all honesty, forcing myself to do anything didn’t really work out too well. Instead, it just felt like extra weight on my shoulders because February was looming right around the corner and I had no idea what I would be showing at the coffee shop. But then…………….

….some time around mid-January it hit me! I would draw portraits of women I admired, musicians specifically, who not only pumped me up with their jams, but also inspired me to be comfortable in my own skin. I wanted my new works to exude feminine energy. I wanted my portraits to include women that were strong, smart, talented and persevered through whatever issues may entered their life. I was short on time, but full of the artistic energy I missed so much. Here’s a sample of what I came up with.

Cher

Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna

M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Tori Amos

Tori Amos

I am more than pleased with these new works because this is a project that literally came out exactly like I had envisioned; that’s always satisfying! Take a peek at my store and you’ll find the full collection of babes available as postcard packs and individual prints.

In further proof that my creative dry spell is long gone, I recently released issue XII/XIII of my zine, “From Hell To Highwater“. There was no theme for this double issue and I was particularly excited to include an interview with Caren Anderson, co-owner of Velveteria in Los Angeles. (Read about my initial visit to Velveteria here.) Caren turned out to be an awesome artist herself and meeting humble, creative people like her is where I draw energy and inspiration from. It’s easy to get caught up in the art rat-race that sometimes happens when you’re trying to wear too many hats.

I also released the call for submissions for issue IX; just in time for Long Beach Zine Fest on April 12th! Yep, I’ll be tabling at this inaugural zine fest and couldn’t be more excited. It will be held at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), a museum I have never been to, so bonus points for that! The forthcoming issue will have a theme, which is “Obstacles”, very apropos. Check out the FHTH FB page for more submission info or just shoot me an email if you’d like to participate and I can send the details.

With all this zine stuff and other current works in progress, I feel like I have officially beaten my “Creators Block”. It’s great! It’s empowering! I feel re-energized! You really don’t know what you have until it’s gone…

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