New Stuff to See

For all of you out there who are self-employed, especially in an artistic career,  you know how much work it is to, well, find work!  Sometimes the actual search for freelance jobs becomes a full time job in itself but when things click and clients start rolling in it’s the best feeling!  You get to create and do what you love while earning a living!  I fully admit to often stressing out between clients, feeling like the next project may never come along, but then someone responds to my application or inquiry with a “yes, I want to hire you for this book, magazine, logo, painting, illustration….” and it’s such a rush!

The last few months,  I’m very happy to say,  have been filled with freelance illustration & design work for clients across the US & abroad, and I wanted to share some of my favorite projects with you.  I’ve also been creating new one-of-a-kind Steampunk/Gothic jewelry as I vend at many events and this is the busiest time of the vending season.  The work below is my specialty…hand drawn pen & ink work, sometimes with watercolors,  as well as some pictures of the new jewelry (ranges from $15-$30 each).  Please feel free to comment or ask me any questions about this work and I hope you enjoy it!  Thanks for looking!

Wolf Pup, pen & ink, watercolors (c)May2014

Wolf Pup, pen & ink, watercolors; client: NJ author, (c)May2014

Ruins, pen & ink; client: London playwright, (c)May2014

Ruins, pen & ink; client: London playwright, (c)May2014

Farmhouse, pen & ink; client: Hawaiian author, (c)March 2014

Farmhouse, pen & ink; client: Hawaiian author, (c)March 2014

Jewelry  May2014

Jewelry May2014

Jewelry  May2014

Jewelry May2014

Art rocks on YouTube & in NJ

This month has been crazy!  And June is building up to be the same way.   This is outdoor festival season, especially in New Jersey!  Once the weather begins to warm up everyone is itching to get outdoors, and arts & music events are the way to go offering a wide variety of entertainment from local talent!  But this doesn’t mean the gallery exhibits stop!  Quite the opposite as many towns offer ART NIGHTS OUT  where many venues all keep their doors open late, usually on a Friday or Saturday night, for people to mill around and experience creativity in many locations at once.  I enjoy being a part of these types of events and here are just a few going on right now or coming up this weekend.  Oh, and a good friend of mine continues to merge music and art and has created a YouTube art video of my work so please check it out (below)…it’s only 3 minutes so won’t take a lot of your time.  Feel free to post feedback too!

HAPPENINGS IN NEW JERSEY:

My SOLO ART SHOW at RUTHIE’S CAFE on 70 Raritan Ave. in Highland Park, NJ has been extended until mid may so if you’re in the area, strop by to view the work and have a tasty, home made meal!  Pieces are selling so see it while you can!

Amsterdam Night 1 35mm photo

Amsterdam Night 1 35mm photo

Art, live bands, vendors, alternative crafts, vintage cars, booze & food all come together at the annual ROCK-A-BILLY ROADSHOW at Roxy & Dukes Club in Dunellen, NJ!!  This is one rockin’ event you don’t want to miss!  An all day affair with lots to offer and I’ll be vending so stop by & say hello!

RockabillyRally2014

RockabillyRally2014

And here’s how art rocks on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGX8TmzieS8

Thanks to my talented friend for creating this unique video montage of me, my work and some friends!  Hope you’ll check it out!  Stay tuned because I’ll be doing 3-4 art exhibits in NJ in June, both gallery shows and public outdoor art fests…more to come about that next time!

 

 

Art & Music in May

May is right around the corner…I can’t believe how the months are flying by but I’m looking forward to many of the upcoming arts and music events that I’ll be exhibiting and vending at so if you’re in New Jersey, I hope you’ll join me at these events but if not you can always check out these venues online that have a lot to offer for artists, musicians & their fans/supporters!

Gallery U Palette Exhibition 2014

Gallery U Palette Exhibition 2014

Palette, Group Exhibition, Gallery U, 439 South Ave. West, Westfield, NJ, 07090.  Opening Reception Thurs. May 1, 2014, 6pm-8pm, show runs thru May.
I’m very happy to be back in this gallery, in it’s beautiful new location, for another eclectic art show!  This space not only serves as an art gallery and upscale hand crafted item & jewelry boutique but it serves to help those suffering from traumatic brain injuries so every purchase helps a great cause!  Come by the art opening and view my mixed media painting in this exhibition.  For more info.: http://gallery-u.blogspot.com

RockabillyRally2014

RockabillyRally2014

 

For all you rockers out there, this Rock-a-billy fest is a MUST!!  I’ll be vending my photo prints, original t-shirts & cards & gothic/Steampunk jewelry at this awesome, annual ROCK-a-BILLY FEST at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse in Dunellen, NJ, Sun. May 18, 1pm-1am!Join us for a day of great bands & artistic vendors, food, drinks, classic cars and more!  See flyer above for details & check out http://www.roxyanddukes.com/ for more info.! 732-529-4464

OTHER COOL ART NEWS…
I’ll be vending & exhibiting at many outdoor arts/crafts & music events throughout NJ…& maybe beyond…thru Spring into Autumn so stay tuned for details to come!  Also, my SOLO EXHIBIT at RUTHIE’S CAFE on Main St. in Highland Park, NJ was extended for another 2+ weeks into mid May so stop by to see the art & have a home made, tasty meal! You can also see what I’m up to on these sites:
http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com  (NEW fine art site!)
http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt(Facebook Fine Art Page)

Not Cyber Mon. but Cyber MONTH

This isn’t a Cyber Monday sale…it’s a 20% off sale on all my original artwork photography & digital photo collages (INCLUDING the X-RAYted series as seen on Oddities!)!!  And this sale runs thru 12/20!!!  Unique, creative gifts with small, signed prints starting at just $20!  Paypal accepted to forestwalker333@hotmail.com!  So, don’t rush to buy mass produced gifts anyone can get everywhere due to the Cyber Monday frenzy…relax & peruse my websites (listed below) & select unique, creative, affordable gifts!  And you’ll be supporting small business/local artists!

HeartRoots (c)Nov.2013 NEW digital photo collage

HeartRoots (c)Nov.2013 NEW digital photo collage

My Business Postcard

My Business Postcard

Also available; original T-shirts, greeting cards & 1-of-a-kind jewelry!!  Cards only $3-$4 ea. + s/h, shirts start at just $20 (includes s/h!), jewelry starts at just $15 + s/h!!  Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping within the continental US…

T-shirt/card design Flyer

T-shirt/card design Flyer

Unique Necklaces

Unique Necklaces

For more images:   http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com

http://laurencurtis.imagekind.com

http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

Rockin’ Holiday Art Events; NYC/NJ

Those holiday TV commercials have started so you know what that means?  It’s that time of year again where the air chills, stores stay open late, it gets dark early & we have to start our holiday shopping!  But why drudge through crowded malls or buy generic stuff online when you can go to fun, free holiday art events, socialize, see unique art and get affordable, original, cool creative gifts?  At the following art events (where I’ll have work available) you can enjoy yourself while finding things that no other place has so hope you’ll join me at these events in Central NJ & NYC, NY!

An ALL-STAR Group show featuring many of the artists who have graced Wendigo Productions & Art on A Gallery‘s walls as well as some new ones!

Celebrate the holiday season with us!  I’ll have several 35mm B&W New Orleans photographs in this show!
Food and Drink! Holiday attire is encouraged!!
All artwork priced for gifting: $300 and UNDER!

Morgana's Murder, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

Morgana’s Murder, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

“SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES”

This haunting art exhibit opened on Halloween & runs thru November.  So, check out the NEW Gallery U location, 439 South Ave., Westfield, NJ & enjoy the show…I have the above oil painting on display!

HOLIDAY ART EVENTS & SALES IN NJ:

There’s already so many holiday art events scheduled in NJ this month & here are a few I’ll be exhibiting/selling my work at…
1. Gratitude Festival at Soma Center & Yoga Studio on Sunday 11/24/13,  4-7pm, 511 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, NJ, FREE EVENT!
www.somactr.com   732-777-9642

2. Holiday Bizarre Art Show & Sale, sponsored by PAZ Culture System, 421 Main St., Highland Park, NJ. 
   Show opening November, 30 ending December,  24, 2013. FREE EVENT.  I'll have many photos available!

3. I'll be vending & showing my artwork at The Court Tavern, Church St., New Brunswick at some music/dance events including 
    the Melody Club Reunion Party on Sat., 11/23!
   Check my Facebook page for upcoming details (give a LIKE/comment while you're there!) http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt

As always, thanks so much for reading & hope to see you at one of these events!
~Lauren


Halloween creeps closer…

Even though it’s been unusually warm here in NJ for this time of year, you can still feel that Halloween chill in the air.  The leaves are just beginning to turn all shades of gold, orange & red, and I’m happy to welcome a big pumpkin plant that has taken root in my little garden from the pumpkin gut remains of last year.  I even have my cemetery settled on the lawn and the decorations are up inside, although truth to tell, my place is ready for Halloween 24/7, 365!

Halloween House

Halloween House

This is one of my favorite times of year when you can sense the mystery in the air, TV features all kinds of Halloween specials and horrifying haunted places, tons of spooky events are going on indoors and out….like this past weekend when a bunch of us went to the Mt. Holly, NJ Witches Ball….so awesome….an entire historic town transformed into an All Hallows Haunt with hundreds of people in amazing costumes!  Many bars & clubs have costume events and I’ll have an oil painting in the new Gallery U location in Westfield, NJ  for their annual “Something Wicked This Way Comes” art exhibit & masquerade party!

Gallery U; Something Wicked Oct2013

Gallery U; Something Wicked Oct2013

This time of year also inspires me to create fun greeting cards and t-shirts, including my new gargoyle images inspired by a photo shoot I did at a friend’s house which is adorned with many cement guardians!  Not that I need any excuse to do this type of artwork but it’s the perfect time to share it…

Gothic Greetings

Gothic Greetings

And it seems pumpkins and mums appear everywhere…but best of all are the elaborate displays some people create on their front lawns…I love driving around and seeing the orange glow of lights, larger than life ghosts, skeletons crawling up from the ground…farms and old buildings are converted into dens of terror and hayrides from hell…this season transcends all beliefs and everyone can enjoy the eerie festivities.

So, whether you trick or treat, have a frighteningly good time out there this Halloween!

BOO!

On the Radio & Fall Art Fests

The colorful Autumn season has begun and there are a lot of ghostly, artsy events coming up in Oct.!  First, here’s some art shows & fests I’ll be doing this month and then I’ll give you the scoop on my  radio artist interview!

ART EVENTS:
1.  Dia de los Muertos Group Art Exhibit, opens 10/1/13 & runs thru 11/3/2013 at LITM,
140 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ. 

I have 4 of my x-ray digital photo collages in this show.

2. PARA-X, paranormal expo/psychic fair at the haunted Elk’s Lodge,  Sat. 10/5/13, 1-6pm, 21 Oakmont Ave., East Brunswick, NJ.  Only $5 admission!  Food & beverages available for purchase on site!  Special guests!  I’ll be vending all day!

PARA X Flyer 2013

PARA X Flyer 2013

3.  Fall Art Exhibit, Group Show at UMDNJ Gallery,  opening reception Thurs. 10/17/13, 4-6pm, Medical Science Bldg., B1515, 185 South Orange Ave., Newark, NJ  Show runs thru  Jan.8, 2014 

4.  D&R Canal River Arts Fest, Art, Music, Food, Kid’s Activities & more!  E. Millstone (Franklin Twnsp., NJ) along the historic D&R Canal, Sat. 10/19 (raindate Sun. 10/230).  For info: 732-246-0009, www.FranklinFoodBank.org

Caged Nerves (c)Lauren Curtis

Caged Nerves (c)Lauren Curtis

AND NOW THE BIG RADIO SHOW NEWS…
I was thrilled to be interviewed about my artwork, for the 2nd time, by renowned herbalist & women’s spiritual teacher/mentor SUSUN WEED on her WISE WOMAN RADIO SHOW!  The interview aired on 9/23 but it’s not too late!  You can hear it on her websites & here are the links to my 1/2 hour interview.  We discuss art & how it relates to both commercial endeavors and spiritual paths!

Mentor site:
http://wisewomanmentor.com/wise-woman-radio?mode=PostView&bmi=1396342

Webblog:
http://www.wisewomantradition.com/wisewomanweb/2013/09/wise-woman-radio-susun-weed-interviews-artist-lauren-curtis-.html

Happy Haunting this Halloween!
Lauren

Mixed Media Frenzy

As an artist, I’ve always been somewhat of a creative schizophrenic…or maybe the proper term is artistic multi-personality??  Anyway, I work with a wide variety of media…started with pencil and charcoal drawings, moved to oils and acrylics, branched to photography and pen & ink with watercolors, finally digital art and collage…and now they’re all kind of merging together in a mixed media frenzy (like the tie in to the blog title??)

In this day and age of things going by so quickly & fads coming and going in seconds…and of me striving to earn a full time living as a freelance artist… I’ve found that having this wide selection of modes to work with can come in handy although I also admit that it can get a bit distracting.   So I have to find ways to achieve balance and focus.  Also, being diverse helps when earning income as I can translate my artwork to t-shirts, greeting cards, reproduction prints, jewelry, etc., which offers options for collectors and clients in a varied price range, making my art more accessible to more people!

My Business Postcard

My Business Postcard

Lately, my personal artwork has leaned much more to mixed media, especially combining collage, either digital or hand-cut, with photography or watercolors.  This allows me to use several of my preferred media all at once and create a new look while expressing my cohesive themes.  I really love utilizing (c)-free Victorian woodcut imagery, as I’ve always loved this era, and combining this element with my painting or photography work adds a vintage feel to modern pieces.  Here’s my latest creation, “Reminisce”.

Reminisce (c)2013, watercolor and collage

Reminisce (c)2013, watercolor and collage  (repro. prints available)

And, while creating fine artwork to submit to exhibits and galleries, I also continue working on my commercial art;  in honor of my favorite up-coming holiday of Halloween, I’m having a pre-All Hallow’s T-shirt sale!  Anyone who orders TWO or MORE T-shirts will get 20% off!  Prices go from $20-$37 each, which includes s/h!  Shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton, come in white, gray or black, short or long sleeve, women’s cut in white, all sizes, including kids thru XXL!  Price depends on size, color & shirt type.  PAYPAL accepted to me at forestwalker333@hotmail.com  Here are a few samples…more can be seen on http://laurencurtis.imagekind.com

T-shirt Flyers; Lauren Curtis T's

T-shirt Flyers; Lauren Curtis T’s

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OK, promo portion of this blog is over…but it serves as an example of various ways to use your artwork to reach many types of people!

So, that’s just a small sampling of how I’ve incorporated my obsession with mixed media into my fine art and commercial work.  Feel free to post any questions about this post or comments about how you use mixed media in your creative endeavors.  Thanks for reading!!

Original Goth Girls

My 1st introduction to the seductive, dark, yet sometimes humorous, world of goth was from watching two of the Queens of the Scene way back when, Morticia Addams on The Addams Family & Lily Munster on The Munsters TV shows .  Even as a “baby bat” I was fascinated by these oddly beautiful woman and wanted to be just like them (& have somewhat achieved that goal although they, to me & many other admiring fans, are still the epitome of Gothic Gorgeousness!)

So, as many of you know, I design & sell my own original arT-shirts and in homage to my fave Dark Duo, I’ve designed the “You Spoke French” shirt honoring the eternal, romantic love between Tish & Gomez, and “Don’t Mess with Munsters!” because, well, you just don’t piss Lily off!  These 100% pre-shrunk cotton T’s are available in all kids & adult sizes, white, gray & black and start at just $20 each, shipping INCLUDED!  If you’d like to sport one of these beauties just drop me an email at forestwalker333@hotmail.com (PAYPAL accepted!) or reply to this blog.

*snap, snap*

Original Goth Girls T-shirts (C)2013

Original Goth Girls T-shirts (C)2013

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Close-ups!

Close-ups!

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Steamy Summer Jewelry!

Happy Summer, Everyone!  I don’t know what the temps are like by you but here on the East Coast of the US it’s hot & steamy…speaking of steamy, vending season is upon me so I’ve been busy creating new Steampunk/gothic jewelry…one-of-a-kind necklaces & bracelets featuring copper & brass toned chain, key, wings, birdcage and other Steampunk charms, pearl, glass & metal beads…some very cool stuff!  Attached are a few photos…so far the pearl memory wire choker & long chain with wings & birdcage are SOLD so get the rest while their steamy!!  Prices are very reasonable for hand made jewelry; $15-$30 each +s/h!  Can’t beat that with a stick!  Paypal accepted to me at forestwalker333@hotmail.com  You can email me there or message me here for more info.

Enjoy your Summer!  🙂

1-of-a-Kind Steampunk Jewelry by Lauren Curtis

1-of-a-Kind Steampunk Jewelry by Lauren Curtis

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