Sunday, August 28, 2016

Spotlight on Artist Handiedan

Happy Sapphic Sunday! Today instead of just posting one image on social media, I wanted to do a short blogpost on a new artist I recently discovered.

I came across the artist Handiedan's work last week on Pinterest and am totally in love with it. She's a woman who I can call my contemporary, being around my age (mid-30s), and she's from Amsterdam. Though she works with different media, it seems like what's her most popular work is the really cool pulp/burlesque collages she does, many of which are deliciously F/F!

She takes pieces from different pin-up girls and puts them together like a sexy Frankenstein concoction. At fist glance, you can't really see it, but on closer inspection, you can see in the above piece that there are some disembodied arms on the top girl's legs!

I love the old-world/new-world vibe she's got going on. She takes the classic, almost antiquated pinup look and makes it strikingly modern. She's also done some amazing mural work, like this one below in Berlin:

Consider me a new fan! :) 

If you dig her stuff too, there's a lot more on her --> official website <--.



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Stopping to Capture the Sunrise

Photography is one of my many lesser-known interests. I don't own a fancy camera, and I also have never taken a photography course. But every now and then I'll come across a moment that just begs to be captured, like this morning's sunrise.

Sometimes nature compels me to stop whatever I'm doing and be still. It's a wonderful feeling. As I was rushing to get dressed at dark-thirty this morning so that I could be on my way and start my day, I had no idea that there was such a gorgeous sunrise outside waiting for me. I stopped on my way to the garage and snapped a few photos from several different angles. This one seemed like the best of the bunch to me.

It got me to thinking - how many times in our life will we actually witness the reliable stillness of the sunrise? The sunset? The full moon? These things seem limitless, yet we only really stop what we're doing and experience them on rare occasions.

Maybe if we did more of it, we'd realize that the whole hustle and bustle is all just a big crazy game, and what brings us peace is there, all the time, waiting to embrace us...


Friday, July 22, 2016

Happy 10K Views!

Sometime during the last week, this little blog reached over 10,000 views!

by PhotographybyPixie

Thank you very much for taking the time to stop by and share your time with me. If there's any topic in particular you'd like me to post about in the future, please let me know! This blog is as much for you as it is for me. Thanks again!



Thursday, July 21, 2016

On Pain and Inspiration

I was looking up pics of Naomi Watts for a project when I came across this quote by the fabulous actress:

I feel like there is a lot of truth to this. It made me recall a quote along the same wavelength, this time by Anne Rice and on the subject of writing in particular:

But Anne Rice also tells us this:

I see a lot of authors out there these days who embrace the whole "Tortured Writer" persona, maybe because they're hooked on that sort of drama, or maybe because they feel like it's the only way to be inspired. 

But I think it's really important to remember that as artists (particularly talking to fellow writers here), we must be willing to embrace life's pleasure along with it's pain. To me, the thing that has inspired me most as a writer, is not one thing or the other, not pain or pleasure, but both! I've gotten so much inspiration from simply allowing myself to live life, sometimes dangerously, to be vulnerable, to screw up and make mistakes, and to also make good choices that bring me joy. 

In life, we all have to go through loss, rejection, fear - all those negative emotions. But it's so important that we don't forget to allow ourselves to be happy, too. I feel like all of the best stories out there have a mixture of pleasure of pain, of laughter and tears. The point is, as artists, I believe it is our job to live life and feel every emotion so that we can properly share that emotion and have readers feel it as deeply as we did.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this subject! Leave a comment if you like :)



Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Living Paper Shredder!


THE ART HOUSE featured on

I got home to find that THE ART HOUSE is now featured on I'm so honored and humbled by the great review! Click on the cover art below to take a look at what they said. :)

Also, I can't say it enough: THANK YOU to everyone who has helped support this book, whether by sharing it on social media to help with visibility, buying it, reading it, and/or reviewing it. It means a lot to me, and I truly appreciate every little bit!



Friday, July 8, 2016

Last Night's Dallas Shootings

I live in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex, and I have been thinking all morning about what to say in regard to the police shootings that happened last night...

Do I think some police officers are corrupt? Yes. Do I think some police officers are irresponsible murderers that deserve to be sentenced? Yes. Do I think some police officers are good people who really are trying to protect us? Yes.

I believe in the Black Lives Matter movement. I think the African American people (as well as other non-white groups) in America have been unfairly singled out and targeted by police for years, and it needs to stop, and police officers especially need to be held to an even higher accountability level when it comes to injuring and killing the people they swore to protect.

But the violence Dallas experienced last night will not stop the violence that police officers inflict on civilians. It will only ignite more paranoia within the police force and end in even more violence against innocent civilians.

What will stop this is our coming together as people, of ending the cycle of unfair prejudice that still lingers in America. We can try to get through to adults, but unfortunately, many of them have closed minds and won't listen. So who we really must reach is the next generation: our young children. We can teach them from the get-go that no one man is better than another and that we should love each other based on who we are and not the color of our skin (or country of origin, or religion, or sexual orientation, or gender identification, etc.). When we do that, we can end the cycle of socialized racism and begin to work toward lasting change.

- SK