The Dark Fairy and Fantasy Ball

Hello everyone. I’m a bit late to blog this week, but I am now all caught up after vending, and I am so ready to report how the Ball went.

The Dark Fairy and Fantasy Ball was a total success (good job Joe, Aaron, and Jesse!) It had a great turn out, and it was a lot of fun. Here’s the breakdown of my day at the event:

Set up

We got there around 2:30 pm to set up the booth. As you can see here, the organizers supplied me with a table and two walls to hang my work:

Val's booth Before

hallway for the artists

the main room and stage

the lounge for the venders

If you ever find yourself vending at an event for the first time, be sure to give yourself as much time as possible to set up. It takes a surprising amount of time to set up, and you will inevitably forget important things at home. Everything looked pretty good after we set up

Fred and the booth

high end prints

booth

booth

originals

my originals

 Artists and Vendors 

Unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of everybody, but here are some of the super talented artists that were in this event:

the work of Jesse Lindsay

Jesse Lindsay, Becky, and Dan Boles

Wes Rogers

Sushila reading tarot

Luke Green and his work

vendors in the lounge

Lupa's sweet booth

Aaron Shallock’s Aerial Performance

This was the only performance I got to break away from the booth for. Event organizer (and my Buddy) Aaron Shallock did his first public, aerial performance here at the ball. Since I had never seen him do this before, I found myself worried that he was going to fall on his head at several points. It was a beautiful performance, no accidents nor injuries, and he looks like a freakin’ saucy vampire in these photos:

Costumes

Fred dressed as Pan. He makes a sexy Satyr.

I wore antlers, a medieval dress, and was fabulous.

Fred and I had a great time, and we even made some sales!

Alright, back to the grind. I have 2 weeks left of school and it is officially ultimate crunch time. I would like to say congratulations to all of my school chums that either gave their thesis proposal or defense this last week. Everyone who I got to see present did an amazing job. I’m so proud of all of you, and I hope I can be even half as suave when I present in the Fall…

The Wild Hunt (of Portland) and Vending

I’m stoked that I managed to get this painting done this weekend. I know I say this a lot, but I do feel like this one is still a work in progress. Really I would just like another week or two of tweaking it. So here it is:

The Wild Hunt (of Portland) - digital media, Valerie Herron 2012

I’ve been wanting to do a Wild Hunt painting for some time, and there are many different versions that I want to create. This one was supposed to be sort of comical. I brought a few of my favorite Portlanders together for the photo shoot I conducted for the photo reference for this painting. As you can imagine, it was pretty hilarious. My buddy Lupa loaned me all of the fur items you see in the painting (FYI- you can buy these ethically obtained furs and others like them via her website thegreenwolf.com.) I had to later superimpose Fred (who you may recognize from this) into the photo reference. Even though a celestial harvesting co-op or whatever is so much more Portland, compositionally the hunt needed a leader.

I went down to Mt. Tabor Theater to meet with the organizers of the Dark Fairy and Fantasy Ball. They showed me my vending space and  I started to get super excited. I really have to thank Aaron, Jesse, and Joe for being so helpful and flexible with all of my planning and obsessing.

It’s next weekend, folks. You don’t want to miss it.

Now I must go to sleep. This week is going to be insane…

Dark Fairy and Fantasy Ball, Ostara, and More

Hello! I step out of the fray once more to deliver an update to you lovely souls whom are following my art.

I finished and scanned the line work for my Wild Hunt (of Portland) painting. For the assignment, I plan on creating the painting digitally, much like the treatment on my Oberon and Titania illustrations. After school is out, I’m planning on redoing the same painting in the mannor I dealt with my alchemy series.

linework for the Wild Hunt (of Portland)
graphite on strathmore paper

As you can imagine, the photo shoot I conducted to get the photo reference for this project was so much fun.  I’ll be sure to post the results when this piece is finished.

In my free time (which means the hour that I’m waiting for my sleeping pills to kick in every night) I have been working on this piece:

Adder and Hawthorne - digital media, Valerie Herron 2012

It’s the first of what I would like to be a series of plant & animal totem series. I will continue to post them as they are created 🙂

Next order of business: Portland’s First Annual Dark Fairy and Fantasy Ball!! APRIL 21ST!! Will Valerie manage to complete all her assignments in the next few weeks AND get all of her swag ready for vending AND original paintings ready for the gallery show? Of course she will, it will just involve a lot of swearing, lack of sleep and a lack of showering. People that don’t think artists work hard are crazy. Anyway, here is the all of the info if you are interested, AND YOU ARE DEFINITELY INTERESTED!

artwork and flier by Jesse Lindsay

This is a 21 and up event.The First Annual Dark Fairy and Fantasy BallPlease join us as we welcome the coming 2012 Spring in our own twisted way. Enjoy a night of Decadence, Dancing, Artwork, Performers, Vendors and much more.
See mystical dark artwork by local Portland artists, while you dance to the chaotic rhythms of faery music!
Be entertained by local Portland aerial, stilt and stage performers weaving a twisted spell taking you to the twilight world of the Unseelie court…DJ’s all night providing dark music to celebrate the darker side of spring!PERFORMANCES by:

Bhrigha Gypsikelt – Dark tribal Unseelie fae bellydance!

Aaron Schallock ~ Aerial Silks
Chaunda VanTassel ~ Fairy on stilts.

Infamous Nina Nightshade – Dark delightful burleque!

Ari Lynn & Meg Russel from Dreamscape theater – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreame-Scape-Theater/156563571061551

Elizabeth Soots ~ Dark fairy Bellydance!

Plus surprise guests!

VENDORS:

The Green Wolf – animal masks and tails, pagan ritual tools and implements.
http:/thegreenwolf.com

Rosarium Blends – Dark and fae oils
www.rosariumblends.com

La Vie Macabre
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LaVieMacabre?ref=si_shop
laviemacabrestore@gmail.com

Elizabeth Soots
Headdresses, hairclips and accessories.

Bratty Hats Brattyhats.com – Mini hats!

Conjure oils

Visual Artists:

Jesse Lindsay

Valerie Herron

Luke Green

Wes Rogers

Maxine Miller

Dan Boles

the rest TBA.

Costumes are highly encouraged but not required.

A limited number of tickets are now on sale and available through the calendar at the Mt Tabor website.
Save some money and assure your spot !$10 presale

http://thetabor.com/

Poster and flyer image by Jesse Lindsay http://www.facebook.com/theartworkofjesselindsay

Mt. Tabor Theatre
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
$15 at the Door. 9pm, 21 and up please.

As you can see, there are a collection of insanely talented people in this show that you must go see.

Last, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Ostara, Easter, or whatever spring holiday you are observing this time of the year. I celebrated a late Ostara yesterday. I drove out to my favorite hide out (featured in the My Portland drawing) and ate breakfast. Check this view:

Blix says "Happy Ostara"