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So this is very exciting, 3 of my paintings have been featured of Words Dance Issue 14. I have provided a link bellow of which you came buy either a digital or print edition. If you purchase a digital edition, I will receive 50% of the commission. It’s beautifully put together and features great poets, so check it out! 🙂

Words Dance Issue #14 

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I finally finished my book “Marie Antoinette Poems”, took forever, although really two weeks is not forever, but it required A LOT of hours to complete. The cards were a nightmare, originally there was not going to be vellum on the back, I was going to hand write the poems, but it proved disastrous on the first card, so I had to go into “make it work mode” and figured painting the backs all gold and printing out the poems in vellum and cutting them out and gluing them onto the gold backs would work, and it did THANK GOD! Anyway I have counted how many times I have cut this fancy little shape of a french rococo frame, 17 times, and that’s counting the two templates.

Each poem was written by me in the point of view of Marie Antoinette of which follows her life, struggles and triumphs in chronological order.

I also made a cute little matching pouch to hold the book, its adorable and cute and I wish it was a real clutch out of fabric so I could use it for everyday items!

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All summer I have been reading the very LARGE Sylvia Plath Unabridged Journals, and the book inspired me to paint studio portraits of Plath. This series features only four painted portraits. Here I have posted the first largest and main portrait of Plath, this image was a rare find, but I will give out more details when all the portraits are finished. At first when I approached this the idea was to paint her abstractly and slightly blurry, but I found myself painting more in tune with the photo. The smaller three paintings were drawn out less exact to Plath, so once I start painting I will decide if the the trio will be blurred or will go more towards a realistic side although I hope they will not, I really want to represent the mental hardship that Plath endured during her life in those portraits.

Enjoy the painting and btw, I have mentioned before my lack of patience for painting, I took a 20 minute break to eat lunch and go to the bathroom during the process of this painting. I stood in front of this piece for about five hours or more pretty much all daylight long. Hopefully I can get two of the smaller paintings done in the same amount of time. I don’t like having projects sitting around, I like getting them done, so I don’t have to procrastinate starting and finishing, I like to see the finished product quickly and I like to do my “me time” as in Johanna just wants to read a book, watch TV, work out, and play on the computer time whilst yelling at Pandora and writing angry political rants and deleting them. Sometimes I’ll write poetry, but its been a slow summer for poetry, maybe this has to do with me being a tiny bit happier, but thats okay because when something finally comes out of my brain its pretty harsh words (maybe the review will publish one this year, or maybe I am STILL  too controversial) yes Im very bitter over this, another reason why I love Plath no one ever wanted to publish her.

Now that I have made you read my crap, here is my visual crap, not crap, but its just a Chicago word, blame my family…

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