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Begonia’s Sister and 2015 show lineup!

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This little lady was created in the month of December in 2014

Graphite on 14 X 17 recycled bristol

The process can be seen on instagram! @April_Alayne

Prints will for sale for a limited time on my Etsy Shop

2014 was an AMAZING YEAR. And I can not thank you all enough for the support. I can’t wait for this new year and what it possibly may bring!

Big changes are happening to the site! So keep posted! I will have a working shop/ checkout and will be giving this whole site a face lift so stay tuned!

My Facebook page will let you in on all the stops and places I am going this year but here is a rundown of what I have so far!  I would love to meet you.

Jan  15-16  DC tattoo expo

Feb 13-15 Philly tattoo con

March – eep? maybe 19-22 Chicago tattoo con   but probably not.

                                                                         April 10-12 Baltimore tattoo con
                                                                                  18-19 Arlington art festa(?)
                                                                                   23-26 C2E2
                                                                         May 6-10 WW Philly
                                                                                14-16 Atlantic city Comic con( if I get in)
                                                                                21 – 24 Denver Comic Con (if I can afford it)
                                                                                29- 31 DC Awesome Con
                                                                      June 5-7 Frederick Art Fest ( if i get in)
                                                                               18- 21  NC Heros Con
                                                                     July 17-16 Baltimore ARTSCAPE
                                                                              31- aug 2 Richmond WW
                                                                    August
                                                                             13-16 WildWood NJ tattoo con OR Mt Grenta Fine art show (if I get in)
                                                                             19-23 Chicago WW
                                                                  September 25- 27 Bmore Comic Con
                                                                  October 7 – 11 New York Comic Con ( if I get in- cross your fingers for me!)
Come say hi friends! If you have any other show you would like to meet me at please feel free to share
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Art & Wine and thank goodness for sunshine!

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Adventure to Jazz & Blues Wine & Art Festival in Historic Federal Hill!

Baltimore gathers to share their talent and drink some tasty wine!


Yesterday was a rocky start.

Starting with going to bed late and then waking up to thunder and rain, then making the horrible realization Chi-fil-A wouldn’t be open to please our taste buds with the scrumtrulecent  “chicken minis” (damn you Sunday!) then getting lost and ending up in Dundalk having to pay a 4 dollar toll! Nathan Kelly (a dear friend and a wonderful help) and I were super worried the rest of our day was going to follow in the same direction.

We made it to the venue on time and alive and my a Christmas miracle actually pulled in the ally (this thing was MASSIVE) where we needed to be! We set up shop one down from the main road and met out wonderful neighbors! The people to my left were a lovely couple!1/2 of that couple  Stephen Kishel created large metal sculptures. Super friendly and very talented.  One of my favorite pieces He created was a red metal Japanese fish! So unique! To my right was a painter and his son. They were also very friendly and had great advise to share with me. MT Goggs (mtgoggs@aol.com) was an amazing artist. I loved his stylized painting of Michael Jackson!

My time was good there! I created a new antler girl and a couple new paintings for the show. My antler pieces always stir up a lot of  ruckus! I hear everything from  “I have to have that” to “how unique” to  “that’s so funny!” (i don’t really get that one but hey we are all different!) to “wow, thats just… disturbing” and even grunts and looks of disgust. I find this to be a great thing. If a discussion is born about something I have created I feel I have accomplished something worth while.

I wish I could have taken more… but here are some pics from the day!

Have a great night everyone!

Always,

April

1st Craft show….and on to the next one.

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So…

Last weekend I did a show with the DC Spring Thing hosted by the Craft Mafia. After staying up till 2 with the help of my wonderful boyfriend, Steve  finishing up Slumber Jacks and peg boards we made sure we were ready for the show! We jumped in a packed truck around 6am ate some Chicken Minnie’s (Try them… at chick-fil-a…holy crap so good) listen to some Florence and the Machine and arrived to the parking lot at 8:30! Right on time! A first for us!

Aside from the parked car in our space at the event and the dc driving in general, set up was a breeze after the car was towed! Sorry guy… you were warned.

The people there were absolutely wonderful and made this easy for a 1st timer!

Jessica Blaszczak was right next to me with her adorable shop called This Little Piggy!! It was so hard not to buy them all up! I was Lucky to have her next to me! Across the ways was the lovely EHL Creations  so nice and her photography is fantastic! Also the very sweet and talented Lucia Tschen Hamilton was down a bit!! Her husband hunted me down to purchas my Anter Art Puro RockNRoll, I was so flattered! And even Cthulhu chick behind me even offered me Sunscreen! Everyone was great and I would be honored to do another show with them!

Not expecting such a great success last Saturday (being my 1st show and all) I am playing catch up with my items and prepping for my next show:

The Wine & Art at Sunday’s Jazz & Blues Festival

SO MUCH PAINTING TO DO! I hope I can at least get 2 more Antler pieces done before then!

Also I have been a busy buy bee working on my jewelry to Spruce up my Etsy! I need 4 sales to make my June goal! And I hope I make it! Perhaps free shipping? or a gift to the next 3 or 4?? hmmm? Let me know what I can do for you! 😉

Hoping you have a wonderful night! I am off to eat some yummy turkey and rice. Be jealous.

Always,

April!



May 11th… what am I up to?

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On May 11th 1987 around 2am  my dear sister  Kimberly (or womb mate as I like to call her) and I emerged from our mothers full belly and today we celebrate!

Well, actually I don’t know what she is up to but my celebrating involves putting real butter on my toast without guilt and not doing my hair or makeup…these things please me.

I have been a busy bee working on all sorts of new items for my shops and bulking up old favorites  for the DC Craft Mafia Spring Thing Craft Show! This will be my 1st ever craft show and however nervous I get my excitement will overpower! I have been rocking out some new jewelry with the wonderful help of my talented friend Lauren! I will blog about it when I have finished the whole collection. Also I have been focusing more on my Antler art! Trying to make them smaller, portable, and more affordable! And, as always, Slumber Jack. I have been working on Slumber Jack Jr! Thats right… baby Slumber Jack.

They will all be available in DC on the 21st!

My studio

Slumber Jacks Birth place

Check out all the neat people who have signed up to showcase their talent! I am so excited to be rocking it out next to all sorts of nifty people on Saturday May 21st!

Dc Craft Mafia

I would tickled to see you there! Let me know so I can hook you up.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Always,

April

WINNER! WINNER! Chicken dinner? No…no chicken dinners.

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So it is 3:00m May 1st 2011. and it is time…

3 winners have been chosen (using random.org) from my blog giveaway!

Lets jut get right to it shall we??

iiiiiiiiiin Third place…………..we have…………….

FRAWGGIE!

You have won 5 dollars off any item your heart desires in either of my shops Alwaysapril.etsy.com or Threadoverheels.etsy.com

In Second place?

EMILY ANN!

You can choose any print you like from Alwaysapril.etsy.com

In first place!

Drum roll please……………………………………..bah dah de duhm da dee duumm!

!!!!JONATHAN!!!!!

Jonathan you are now the proud owner of your very own slumber Jack!

Congratulation to the winners! I am excited to be sharing my art and creations with you!

And thank you  so very much everyone who played along!

If the winners would end me their address’s to Aprilalayne00@hotmail.com I will be shipping your items with the most care tomorrow!

Have a splendid Day everyone!

Puro Rock n Roll

As you all know from my last blog I  have been starting to use antlers in my artwork these days.

For this piece I have combined the 3 of my favorite things; my love for antlers,  Suicide Girls, and sketching.

SuicideGirls is a adult community that celebrates alternative beauty and alternative culture from all over the world. I simply love the fact that their perspective of models are everyday people, people with freckles, un-manicured nails, curves, tattoos, just people.  I recently bought Beauty Redefined as a reference book  and Irenella, a model from Spain, influenced this piece greatly.  Her super sexy look was very eye catching and it made me think of artwork by Audry Kawasaki, whom I LOVE.  So with that in mind I created a piece that is sensual, retro and a little odd. Just the way I like’um.

Like Bjork said, ” Sensuality; It takes courage to enjoy it.” go ahead and muster up some, it ok.

And yes… I just quoted Bjork. Dont judge me….

(Fun Fact: Lady in Spain by Ingrid Michaels came on Pandora whilst writing that!)

Amping Up Arts & Crafts with Power Tools & Bones

This is a new line I will be creating for Etsy.com,  Art in the Park in Westminster MD (hopefully)and perhaps other vendor type shows in the future.

I have always loved the look of antlers, the unique shapes and colors and no 2 are ever alike. Coming from a West Virgina back ground I noticed antler art is usually the interest of county folk and rustic lodge decor type and that inst a style I particularly  care for.

Being a lover of Etsy, I paroozed though and found a fantastic shop selling their antler finds. I dont want to give away my little secret but Mark of hiddentreasures4u.etsy.com  is a super friendly seller with reasonable prices! After a few conversations he helped me start my new collection.

So with this new collection I tried to create a shabby chic, mod pieces of original artwork using naturally shed antlers.      For this piece in particular I used a 16 X 20 piece of sanded down pine, watered down acrylic and graphite to create the white rabbit and with the help of my father, some power tools  and an antler I created the Jackalope.

I am working on my next antler inspired piece today! I going back and forth between an owl or a heavily fringed girl… opinions?

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