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By recommendation of an old friend (Miss Virginia Winslow of Feathers of Artemis) Eric and I got hooked up with RAW Artists recently and were chosen as one of their spotlight local talent groups. (This excerp is taken directly from RAW’s About page):

“Our RAW Directors hand-pick and spotlight local artistic talent in film, fashion, music, visual art, hair & makeup artistry, and performance art. With artists from all genres in each showcase, RAW events come together to form an amazing one-night circus of creativity. These showcases occur once a month in each city location (32 showcases a month). ”

Pocket Vinyl will be playing a regular 5 minute-ish set during this amazing festival-type day, at the Russian Lady in Hartford, CT. It will be our first ever Hartford show, so we’re already excited about that. And after touring the historic and multi-floored bar, the Russian Lady, we’re even more excited. The entire event seems ridiculously sweet. We’ll be playing our set alongside some other very talented musicians, and there will be artists set up selling their wares all around the venue as well, and Virginia Winslow will be putting on a fashion show to showcase her beautiful jewelry and clothing pieces.

And if all that doesn’t make you want to attend, maybe this will…

In order to get in with the RAW showcase Pocket Vinyl needs to sell twenty tickets at $10 a pop. Since we’re still so new to this area of the world, we have to admit that we’re both kind of nervous we won’t be able to move that many tickets. (Any tickets we don’t sell we need to buy ourselves, and with our ridiculously low income and barely scrapping by as it is, that’s a lot of money for us just to play a show.) So, to try and entice you to helping us reach this goal I’ve decided to create 20 mini versions of original Pocket Vinyl monster paintings, inspired by the most recent paintings I’ve been doing on-stage at our live shows.

Each piece of art is hand painted, drawn, and inked (no reproduced prints here!) And each monster has a little speech bubble with a little message to the world. Eric also gave me the idea to have all the paintings connected to each other, by painting in a large colourful background first, and then chopping it up into the 5″ x 5″ squares and drawing the monsters. So, in that way, each painting is connected to all the others!

To sum up:

-Purchase a ticket for RAW on-line (before June 4th!) for only $10. (After June 4th we’ll receive a list of everyone who bought a ticket for us.)

-Go to our Facebook “RAW Monsters” album and look at all the monster paintings, and claim your favorite.

-Pick up your very own mini watercolour painting from us at the RAW Showcase on June 7th!

-Or, if you can’t make it to the show but want to help us out anyway by buying a ticket on-line, we’ll simply mail your painting to you after the show!

The full information on the show is here:

Purchase on-line tickets from Pocket Vinyl before June 4th for only $10 here: http://www.rawartists.org/pocketvinyl

The event takes place on June 7th from 8:00 – 12:00 midnight.

The event takes place at the Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello St, Hartford, CT.

The dress-code for this event is cocktail attire.

For more details, visit the official event site: http://www.rawartists.org/hartford/solstice

Now, on to the art!

I started creating these art pieces by painting a large and colourful watercoloured background:

I love having Wynnie, my parents’ kitten, keeping me company. Here she is again, all stretched out next to the finished painted background:

I love how the paint looks, coloured bled into one another. Watercolour has such amazing effects and beautiful accidents.

Once dried I chopped the paper up into twenty 5″ x 5″ squares, and signed, dated, and numbered the backs of all of them.

Then I got to work drawing and inking each individual piece with it’s own unique monster and speech bubble. Here are three close ups:

Once I finished all 20 paintings, I put all the pieces back together again to see how it’d look:

To see more close-ups of each individual painting, check out our Facebook album!

And I do hope you’ll consider purchasing a ticket so you can get your very own free monster painting! Even if you can’t make it to the show! Thanks for everything!