Da Wei does it a little differently - its $980 base for a portrait, then he adds $100 for certain features (facing front, curly hair, teeth, stuff like that). My buddy is visiting from New York (I actually live in Santa Clara about 3 minutes away from Da Wei's shop) and set up appointments for both of us, 2 days apart, tops like 6 weeks ahead of time.
For those who are unfamiliar, the Moleskine Postal Notebook, is an 8-page, roughly 5x7 inch hybrid of sketchbook, journal and greeting card. For the project, I chose to create a small book of pen and ink illustrations exploring some of the pessimistic social views I have floating around in my head. This was a silly little number based on social media and a seeming desperation for likes, especially involving kids.
Sometimes it seems like everything is more difficult than it should be and I find myself saying “It’s like pulling teeth” to every other task in my life. Although not much bigger than your average postcard, the little bugger posed some challenges. By mid October, I still had my costume to put together and a massive, almost-no-sew, woodpecker costume to complete AND a I was aiming on carving a pumpkin. Days past, then days turned into weeks and my poor watermelon was still sitting on the counter. Typically not a fan of female singers, but when Mariah songs are good, they’re GREAT! I say U2 or Darlene Love because I am a fan of the original version’s Spector sound, but for personal reasons, U2 would be my go-to. This is the only religious song on my list, but it’s soooo flippin’ catchy, I listen to it throughout the year. It’s the Bosstones and of any of the songs on the list, it best captures what I enjoy about the season. Full title of this piece is They will offer you deceit and pull at every strand of your kindness, but true grace will never die.
Not only did I work through some negative feelings in this piece, I also worked through my issues with certain colors. I was in the City of Brotherly Love, so I figured I’d trek to Love Park and see the famous Robert Indiana statue. We didn’t win something by begging for votes everyday, there was no competition and no one had to lose. With my extreme thirst and love for the lemony concoction in hand, I created a tribute to the iconic Polar Cup bear logo.
For this piece, I took a detour away from acrylics and went back to my painting roots, which are deeply embedded in the city. This little piece was such a blast to work on AND I got to eat my subject, that’s just double awesome. One afternoon, about 3 years ago, I had a memorable encounter with the famous Ybor Devil Crab. Some people call them Deviled Crabs, but if you look at the signs for them, they are clearly Devil Crabs in these parts.
Our aim for this project was to create an image that honored the history of the area, but had a modern feel. What spoke to me right off the bat was the pivotal roles that some Heights residents had in helping the city grow. Layers of text, a hallmark of Tony’s work, were used in the background to reference the history of print in Tampa. Just prior to designing the mural, we caught wind of the Tampa Bay Express Project (TBX) and the effects it would have on the city. It would have been easy for us to just “do what we do” and slap “Tampa Heights” on it, but that’s not what we wanted. Stating that he is human seems to be an obvious point to make, that is if you have a heart and some compassion.
Once I finally spoke to him, I found out he is one of the nicest neighbors you could ever ask for. Recently, it seems as if the cordial nature of our little community has dissolved, all because of they way one person lives. To simply look at Carl, one would see tattered clothes, long hair, a set of kind eyes and an infectious smile. Yes, he has a massive amount of stuff (I have to generalize because a list of items would be too long), but no one gives thought as to why. After the news came out to shoot, I promised I would write something that wasn’t spun to make him look like a complete nutcase (I know how the media does).
It seemed as if every pile was started with an eco-friendly mindset, but his goals never came to fruition. What we have here is a man getting through life the best way he knows how and a neighborhood divided over what the “best way” is. For Black Tides, each artist was asked to give their own visual interpretations of aquatic myth and legend. Now, these things are described as cryptids and are RUMORED to have travelled as far as the United States.
Back in 2000, I made my first “big” solo purchase…and it was my first bike since the Tomahawk was stolen. My premonitions for the eye may have been spot on, but I’d say Skeletons Unveiled is a definite must-do while in the area. Despite the anxiety it can spark, my interest in the topic usually forces me to face my fears. Once my heart rate came back down after the short panic attack, I was back to excited mode.
He wanted to break it into two appointments, 3 hours each - he says he gets better results when he can do it in layers, after the first go heals.
I imagined what would happen if pulling teeth was easier and holy crap…EVERYTHING WOULD GET EASIER! When carving came up on my to-do list, I ran out and purchased 2 pumpkins for the crew and 1 watermelon for me. As I cooked for Thanksgiving, it just stared at me saying “Michelle, please don’t let me just rot here.
Not only is the color better, but they are WAAAAY easier to gut than a pumpkin, less messy, they smell better and yield way more useable meat than a pumpkin.
It’s round about this point in the current year that I start to prepare my plan of attack for the upcoming year. To keep myself from getting beat down by the negatives I associate with this time of year, I focus on the aspects I do enjoy.
The song by itself isn’t much to write home about, especially with my feelings about Santa, but The Boss can make anything great. When I was a kid, my mom was either listening to U2 or Elton John, so I learned to appreciate his music early on. Back then, there weren’t holiday tunes in those genres, so when I heard this, I was stoked.
Although the feelings behind it may be a bit negative or pessimistic, the intent was to make something beautiful out of an ugly sentiment. It seems as if many people take as much of the good that the kind-hearted offer and only give back lies and manipulation, just to milk more goodness out of a person. Deer are considered to be one of the most graceful creatures in nature and I was recently gifted a couple of deer skulls, so it seemed like a natural choice for a central image. The plant offers a bright red fruit that looks as if it would be sweet like a cherry, but is actually a bitter.
It’s common knowledge that orange is at the bottom of my hierarchy of colors, but purple is simply a color I struggle with.
It was to be a whirlwind trip from DC, to Philly, to Cape Cod, then Boston and NY via plane, train, car and bus.
When the building was within sight, I picked up the pace, even losing a suitcase wheel in the process. Luckily, there was a Taco Bell to help me drown my sorrows and I had the flippy train schedule board to entertain me…while my train was delayed. The award was given to us because at least one person saw our work on the Tampa Heights mural, believed in what we were trying to convey and wanted to recognize us for that.
I would pass on every ice cream truck that went down the street in hopes the Polar Cup truck would come by. Back in 2002, after having issues with gaining access to required art courses at USF, I transfered to HCC and took the bulk of my prerequisites there. I did a handful during a painting course at USF, but once I had finished that course, I wouldn’t touch the stuff.
During one of my usual Saturday morning meet-up at La Tropicana, I challenged a cast of of these crabs to a match of strength.
Chicago has deep dish, New York has hot dogs, NOLA has Po’boys (and a million other things), while here in Tampa we have items like the Devil Crab.
Being a Tampa native and Tampa Heights resident, I was extremely excited to do research for this project. In order for FDOT to make way for express toll lanes or “Lexus Lanes” along I-275, area neighborhoods will be hurt.
Between his sometime eccentric manner of dress and collection of odds and ends, I was a bit caught off guard, but mostly intrigued, when I first moved in.
What was once, at worst, a nuisance has become a huge point of contention between neighbors.
He can make somewhere between $40-$100 a week on recycling, he works odd jobs sometimes (cleaning up after Gasparilla, delivering newspaper, etc.) which can’t possibly provide a livable wage, he has no family that I am aware of, one of his cats was recently struck by a speeding car AND he has racked up a considerable amount of code enforcement fines. People want to point fingers and criticize, but I doubt that any of those finger pointers have ever considered the why. With that promise came a great honor, he allowed me to come on his property and take photos, something I’ve never seen anyone allowed to do.
His stack of straws was begun to, one day, raise awareness of how one small piece of waste can accumulate into a huge problem.


First, there was an in-school wayang kulit (Indonesian shadow puppet) presentation that sparked interest in the art. The exhibit showcases a wide range of puppet styles from around the world, from Burma to Belgium, from Indonesia to Italy. Being a lover of mythology, folklore and cryptozoology, I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the event. As with selecting my animal for Creature Feature last year, I wanted to choose something slightly obscure. Given some more recently documented otter attacks, I lean more on the “they totally exist” side. Giant Rhubarb and Ivy-Leaved Crowfoot flank the bottom, while Foxglove flowers and Hares-tale Cottongrass run along the top. After that, the show will be moved to Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery until the end of August.
I don’t remember the brand, but I do remember it having purple and black zebra-like stripes. I was lucky enough to have something a little more cushy built for me last year, so the Hoffman had recently been reserved for off-road riding with the occasional city ride thrown in. I was robbed a few years ago, with almost everything of value being taken from my home, but this hit me a harder. The news came as part of a promotion for a new Orlando tourist attraction of magnificent scale…The Eye. I think it didn’t cause me stress because they basically looked like super-bright stars, making it easy for my brain to forget that what I was seeing was actually gigantic planets that were HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of miles from us. I don’t understand what motivates most people my age, I don’t seem to find the same things relevant or interesting and I often find it frustrating.
Exercise if you want to be healthy, do Yoga if you want to relax…but, PLEASE, for God’s sake, stop the constant show and tell (unless it’s your job). I truly believe in instinct and that if a person has a deep understanding of herself, she can trust that instinct. I wanted to carve something green, but after last year’s green heirloom pumpkin fiasco, I knew I couldn’t go that route.
One thing I’m hoping for next year is a resurrection of my old super-intense work ethic and follow through.
It has something to do with her ability to reach pop perfection, even with that high pitched squeal (That squeal that everyone tries to replicate while singing along.
The song was stuck in my head for days, then I finally asked a fellow teacher what the song was.
Sometimes I wonder if being selfish, not being caring and sensitive, and attempting to erase every shred of empathy out of my being would make life a whole-hell-of-a-lot easier.
I wasn’t thrilled about such a chaotic sounding trip, especially since it had been all hashed out without my two cents (which is usually something like seventy-five, really).
Next, I thought maybe the famous Rocky steps, which happen to be at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, were doable. We didn’t blow smoke up anyone’s ass, butter any balls, nor did we yack in anyone’s ear about our project. Up against a brick wall, next to a busy street, surrounded by nothing but pavement, my body was telling me it felt more like a bajillion degrees outside. It’s aggression in manhandling that lemon sums up how I felt each time I grabbed a cup of that icy goodness on those super hot days. I’ve raved about La Segunda Central Bakery in a previous post, so it’s not surprising that I chose to honor it with a piece of art. About 2.5 Devil Crabs in, I was out for the count, sick-full and just about in a food coma. It is basically crab meat, onions and tomato sauce shaped into something that looks like a small football, coated in bread crumbs and fried. This piece pays tribute to my city, the food and my battle with this particular culinary delight. I often get distracted by it on my walks and bike rides, so that was definitely something I wanted to incorporate into the design.
The text spells out small bits of Tampa Heights history, from the date it was established to its nickname, “The Highlands”. After learning that Cafe Hey is one of the buildings on the chopping block with the TBX project and hearing hours of community outcry during council meetings, we knew we had to somehow address the issue in our design. In the end, what we created was more than just a neighborhood welcome sign and it did more than honor the history of the area, we made a statement.
On a daily basis, I would see him come and go in his big blue Chevy truck, hauling loads of items back and forth. Where there was once the sound of chatter and sometimes laughter, there are now scowling faces and yelling. Now, add to that, half of the neighbors are in attack mode, even calling news stations out to cause a ruckus. That statement touched me, as I know he rarely has any human visitors coming by, other than to fight him about code violations.
Carl may be scantily clad from time-to-time, but I’ve never been offended or uncomfortable. Shortly after that, I took a trip to Mexico and was completely enamored with the copious amounts of marionettes found in local markets.
There were some of Mexican origin in the mix and although I have a special place for those in my heart, they were not the most impressive in terms of craftsmanship and detail.
Mermaids, Nessie, Kraken, and anything Greek was probably going to be snagged right-off-the-bat, so I didn’t even put them on my list. Physical descriptions of the creature vary, but I went with the giant-killer-albino-otter version for my piece. To aid in giving the piece an overall dark feel, I used a black ground for my central image. The only thing I remember having a want for was a bike, but I don’t think I ever asked for it.
He felt so bad about what had happened, that he went searching for a Hoffman and surprised me with a newer, similar bike of the same brand. I wouldn't mind trying to get an appointment with someone cool just to do a 1-sitting random something. I joke that I have been in my 60’s mentally since childhood and my spirit is from another time. Even though I understand what makes me tick and am honest with myself, I have a difficult time differentiating between instinct and paranoia. Wanting to use only the paper provided rather than gluing pages in, I had to take extra care when using drawing pens.
Typically, falling behind on projects is due to losing track of time and getting a late start. I asked it to hold out until I could do all my Elfmas decorating and then I would carve it, for sure. The more than month old watermelon had gotten a soft spot at the base where it had been sitting on the counter. The fact that I carved this watermelon before it turned to a soggy, rotten mess on the counter gives me hope that I’m on the right track.
I recall going on the yearly holiday drive to visit family and waiting the whole ride to hear this come on the radio. I just imagine him singing to her, well more like her imagining he was singing to her while she watches the video.
Two, because it’s way better than Paul McCartney’s holiday song (I can’t even type the name without the awful thing getting stuck in my head).
But, then I remembered that changing my nature is about as easy as making the sky neon yellow.
The thought of traveling to 5 cities in 7 days caused me severe anxiety, plus my cat came down with pneumonia two days before the trip. At a bajillion degrees, it’s important to stay hydrated, but sometimes feeling refreshed seems a bit more important.
It was at the HCC Ybor campus that I had the pleasure of having Stephen Holm as my painting professor.
Their bread is super, coffee is great, but there is one little gem that always sings to me from behind the glass case. For the central image, we used an image of old Tampa Heights, a view of Franklin Street when the streetcar system was still in use as public transportation, not just an Ybor novelty.
The image serves as a reminder that just below that interstate and across that busy street, there is more than just a building…There is history, there are people, people who care.
Our once quiet and sometimes comical neighborhood has become a battleground and it makes my heart hurt.
In speaking with him I learned that, up until about 13 years ago, he wasn’t able to read or write. There’s never anything indecent going on and, quite frankly, I envy him on hot summer days. I brought a couple home with me, determined to make one of my own, which I did and still have. As an added bonus, there were puppet creations by local artists, including Calan Ree, Daniel Mrgan, Simon Boses and Catherine Bergmann. Although they are water inhabitants, accounts state they are able to travel well on land, making them an even greater threat. All of those other things (stereo, camera, luggage, computer…) may have been more expensive, but I knew they could be replaced. Today, I took my new friend out for a spin through the Florida wilderness and he treated me well. Even though I was amped that something as cool as a skeleton museum was arriving nearby, I was skeptical about it living up to my expectations. All of the skeletons were painstakingly placed in active positions, giving the feeling that they were still alive.


Nonetheless, whenever I discuss, hear about, or even think of these subjects, I become overwhelmed by the vastness of it all. Someone in the house has fancied himself as an astronomer these days, so when he found out that the planetary tag-team was getting cozy up there in space, it was on. Stippling left indentations on opposite pages, but I found the texture pleasing, so I didn’t stress about it.
Couldn’t even get the top off!) Once I got home, I looked at the calendar and realized costumes were going to have to take priority over carving. Didn’t know it until my gutting spoon popped a hole through it and juice began to pour over the counter, down the cabinets and onto the floor. As for the cat, it is said that a raised left paw attracts customers and a raised right brings money, two things every artist needs. Inevitably, it would come on right as we arrived at a destination, so I would wait in the car until the song was through.
When she hits that level of perfection in a song, it’s addicting, which is probably why I could listen to this one so much this time of year. The song has a strange blend of Spanish, English and Spanglish…even with Lavoe faking an English accent while speaking Spanish.
So, with the frustration of knowing I will probably forever feel this way, I chose to find solace in my work. I was looking forward to seven days of alone time, but after the first night, guilt started to set in and Ms. I took my hauled my broken luggage around the entire building in hopes of finding an alternate entrance. I’d put it out there once and leave it alone, then I would see all my competitors posting every day or even multiple times a day. Flanking the central frame of hands and tobacco, I added ferns, Carolina Jasmine and Canna Lilies, all plants that you can find while taking a stroll through the neighborhood.
I was so fascinated by him, in fact, that it took me quite a while to even talk to the man.
Now, he’s taking courses at the community college and aspires to be a lawyer so he can “help poor people like himself”.
His property may be filled with what many may consider junk, but it has never been a bother nor has it caused me anger. I am concerned about his well-being, but criticism isn’t as effective as support and compassion.
To capture the terror that these creatures have been said to evoke, I went a little more gory than usual. With a lighter frame, dirt tires and no pegs, this new ride seemed to glide over the rocks and hills. Orlando is flashy, with each business trying to catch the eye of anyone willing to spend money.
This museum had just about everything from domestic animals to exotic, animals from the tropics to the arctic…and the majority of them were real! Often, people throw the term “humbling” around when speaking of space and the Earth’s place in it.
Perhaps a toy one as a child, but nothing that would allow me to see a planet or make out craters on the moon.
I pick up on energies quite well and I can tell if someone has motives other than what it being vocalized.
Rather than take my typical approach of avoiding any reference or reflection of some of the adverse social and world views I have, I chose to just throw it all out there…and it worked. I thought the delay was due to construction, but after noticing a large number of police with K-9s, I figured something else was up.
Tampa Heights’ proximity to Ybor made it an ideal place for members of the cigar industry to call home. It connected people of a variety of backgrounds from West Tampa, Sulphur Springs, Ybor City and Tampa Heights. Not because I was scared, but because I didn’t want him to be freaked out or put-off by all the questions I wanted to ask him. If one is killed, it emits a death whistle just before dying, signaling for the partner to avenge its death.
I still went through the same emotional cycle though: surprised, then annoyed, then sad, then completely pissed.
I had so much fun, I couldn’t be disappointed when I noticed it was actually Hunter Green, not Black.
For those curious about the HOW of the place, there was a video on the process of getting a skeleton to display point.
I honestly thought they had disintegrated right before my eyes, which would throw the entire solar system out of whack. I’ve slipped a few times, but I always knew in the beginning that there was something amiss,  I just didn’t use instinct’s lifelong counterpart, TRUST. Here’s the deal, if you have to tell a person to smile, they probably aren’t legitimately happy at that moment or don’t want their picture taken. I’ve got my top 10-ish and some stragglers that are good, but don’t make as heavy a rotation in play.
Bruce sounds like he was having a blast singing the song and that little chuckle he does towards the end of the song puts an immediate smile on my face. I offered to join the rest of the team in Philadelphia, but we HAD to got to the Mutter Museum before our train to New England left…no excuses.
After the lengthy wait, I boarded a jam-packed train, with a number of priests filling the seats. I’ve never been very competitive, mostly because in order for someone to win, someone else has to lose. I generally have a policy of no fruit in my sweets, but the cherry is so delightfully chewy that it feels more like eating candy than fruit.
Those facts are referenced with the left hand holding a chaveta and the right is utilizing a telegraph.
Even though he doesn’t have much, he is always willing to help out or send over a sweet treat. One day, my uncle took the trainers off and after a couple of attempts, he let go of my seat and I was golden on two wheels. I was devastated and had a difficult time wrapping my head around why a grown man would steal a bike from me. A couple weeks out and I’m still pissed that people steal in the first place, but I figure whoever did it must have needed it WAY MORE than I did. I’m not a tourist, I usually have a game plan for being there, and I still am overwhelmed just walking down the strip.
In relation to the rest of the universe, our solar system, every star and every galaxy, we humans are tiny. I wanted to create images that spanned across consecutive pages, rather than separate images on each page. Then, I saw the signs saying Pope Francis was coming to town and considered myself lucky that I’d miss the bigger crowds as he wasn’t due until the following day. So much of the city was blocked off that the driver had to take us all the way back to the train station because he couldn’t figure out how to get to our destination.
I’ve even cried at the end of sports games, not because my favorite team won, but because another team lost. The paint was slow to dry, it seemed to just slide all over my canvas, the solvent fumes were nauseating and the paint was kind of pricey.
Hearing older Tampanians speak against TBX during council meetings, I heard how adding I-275 through Tampa damaged the city and essentially split it apart. The story of Grace McGloighlin chronicles such a frightful scenario and provided inspiration for my design. That was probably around 5th grade and I didn’t get another one until I was able to buy it myself. So, I figured the museum could potentially adopt some sort of cheesy, flashy gimmick rather than showcasing bones. So minute, in fact, that it makes me ponder our significance, our purpose and how much we don’t know. That is why I prefer candid photos because they typically give a more honest depiction of what a person is feeling.
So, when Tony Krol and I won a Critic’s Choice for Best Artistic Message to Greedy Politicians in the 2015 BOTB, I was pumped. Each person I spoke to was knowledgeable and interested in speaking about the subject, which is not something I expected.
The lion skull relating to my zodiac sign and my third eye keeping an eye out when my other 2 have been blinded. But, there is this push to have the image of perfection portrayed on the internet, especially in regards to children. As long as little Johnny is smiling in the photo, it gives the illusion of perfection and no one will know he was kicking Suzie in the shin 2 seconds after the photo.
What I heard from the citizens during those meetings is that they want reliable and efficient public transportation. A child could be neglected most of the time, but as long as she is showing those pearly whites at the birthday party, no one is wise to it.
So, I thought of what would get more attention than a kid forced to smile…A two-headed baby, no body, just neck.



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