Baltimore Humane Society Pet Memorial Ceremony

This coming Sunday, September 9, the Baltimore Humane Society will be hosting its first annual Pet Memorial Ceremony in observance of National Pet Memorial Day. The ceremony is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a beloved pet, no matter when or where the loss occurred. It will take place at Nicodemus Memorial Park at BHS’s location in Reisterstown, MD.

The ceremony will include readings and music.

I will also be present as a portrait artist creating quick sketches based on pet photos brought to the event. Portrait sketches will be $15, with 50% going to the Baltimore Humane Society. 10% of any larger pet portrait commissions initiated at or as a result of the event will also be donated.

The ceremony is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested. Find out more on the Baltimore Humane Society’s website.


Cromwell Valley Arts Festival

On August 25 and 26, please visit me at the Cromwell Valley Arts Festival near Towson, MD.

“2 days of showcasing local fine artists, fine crafters, literary arts, local music, wine, food, craft beer, classic cars and kids activities.

The event will take place on the front lawn of the Sherwood House.
2002 Cromwell Bridge Rd. Baltimore MD
Saturday August 25, 2012
Sunday August 26, 2012

$5.00 suggested donation per car”

I’ll mainly be selling originals, prints, and note cards of my “Maryland My Maryland” series.

Light Grey Art Lab Tarot pre-order

News from Light Grey Art Lab!

“We are officially announcing a pre-order the full 78 card deck plus guidebook of the Light Grey Tarot.

We’re printing a limited quantity run of The Light Grey Tarot to accompany our Tarot, Mystics and the Occult Exhibition (Coming to Light Grey Art Lab October 19).

Each 78-card boxed set of the Light Grey Tarot comes with a 32 page guidebook that walks through all of the meanings, symbolism and details of each card, plus instructions on how to read several classic Tarot spreads. The cards are approximately 2.75 inches x 4.75 inches (nice and tall!)

We’ll also be launching all of the amazing full size giclee prints of each artist’s work on October 19, so be sure to check back then to see all of the available prints! We will be sure to keep you posted!”

My Five of Swords illustration is a part of the deck and show.

Pre-order your deck here!

Tarot, Mystics, & The Occult at Light Grey Art Lab

I’m very excited to have been chosen to participate in this upcoming Light Grey Art Lab show. 78 artists and designers were each assigned a card from the tarot deck to illustrate. The show will be going up this October, with prints of the artwork available online and at the gallery. Stay tuned for more information about the show in Minneapolis and how to buy prints.

My assigned card was the Five of Swords. Of course, I had to use the swords suit as an excuse to draw belly dancers. When I researched the meaning of the card, I found out that it’s a somewhat negative card, which can indicate power struggles and betrayal. So the informal title for my piece is “Upstaged.”

Girls Drawin’ on Girls at Flower Pepper Gallery

I just completed these four elements illustrations for the next GDG show at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, CA. The theme for the show is the elements, with a 60s flair. I tried to be inspired by the bright colors used in a lot of art and design from the 60s, and wound up setting the four elements in Hawaii.

Special thanks to four of my lovely dance troupe-mates for modeling for this project.

Prints are available!

Maryland My Maryland opening in Baltimore

Later this month, I’ll be showing my Maryland My Maryland series (at times referred to as the “Marylandia” series) at TruAx Custom Frames in Baltimore.

Please join me for the opening, if you can:

Maryland My Maryland: A Hometown Celebration, Illustrations by Joanna Barnum
Opening: Friday, June 22, 6-8pm
TruAx Custom Frames
4711 1/2 B Harford Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21234

Most pieces will be presented casually as unframed originals, with framing available by TruAx Custom Frames. There will also be affordable prints and note cards available through the gallery.

(If you’re not local, you can still contact me directly to purchase prints or note cards of this series)

Parking at the gallery is street or side street parking. TruAx is in the Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood of Baltimore. Consider also checking out one of the wonderful nearby restaurants. A couple of my favorites are Clementine and Hamilton Tavern.

GDG: “For the Love of Fromage”

Girls Drawin’ Girls is hosting a mac n’ cheese cook off/popup art event in Los Angeles:

A few of us created small cheese-themed pinup pieces for display and sale at the event. Here’s mine- click the preview image to see the whole thing (it contains more than one kind of “moon” so it might not be worksafe for everyone, but it’s classical style nudity, nothing explicit).

The Little Art Show at Truax Custom Frames

Come visit me on Friday! My “Mushrooms of Maryland” series will be on display and available.

The Little Art Show
“Small works by local artists will be on display this month. These works are easy to place in your home and affordable. Weather you are a seasoned collector or new to buying original art, this is a great show.”

Opening: Friday, January 27, 2012
6pm until 8pm

TruAx Custom Frames
4711 1/2 B Harford Rd Lauraville/Hamilton MD 21214

TruAx Custom Frames is a new frame shop and gallery owned by Brian Truax, formerly of the Towson Framing Gallery. If you’re in the Baltimore area, I highly recommend his framing services.

It’s also not far from Clementine or the Hamilton Tavern if you’re hungry…

Distorted Disney

I just sent off two pieces for this show organized by fellow Girls Drawin’ Girls member Veronica Lynn Harper:

We were asked to satirize Disney classics. At first I had trouble thinking of a way to put a dark twist on a Disney story without simply reverting to the original fairy tales, which were often quite macabre, but then I decided to imagine what might have happened to Sleeping Beauty and Snow White if their princes had never shown up to awaken them.

This media is a little different for me, too. Since I needed to ship the work to Veronica, who also needed to take the work on a flight with her, I decided to skip frames with glass altogether, and paint on small wooden plaques with ink and acrylic. Some of the other GDG gals do this a lot so I thought I’d give it a shot. I like how substantial it made the original pieces.

(Click to enlarge)

Jackets & Sleeves at Atomic Books

I re-illustrated the cover of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential for the one night show “Jackets & Sleeves” at Atomic Books in Baltimore, MD.

The concept of the show is local illustrators redesigning book jackets and record sleeves.

A one night only group art show.

Friday, October 7th.
7-9PM. Atomic Books.
Hampden, Baltimore.

Artists recreate their own covers to iconic record sleeve and book jackets.

Featuring: John Bachman, Joanna Barnum, Stephen Blickenstaff, Jim Branscome, Jenny Campbell, Martin Cendreda, Michael Deforge, J.T. Dockery, Nate Doyle, Alex Fine, Julia Gfrorer, Kate Haberer, Danny Hellman, Mark Kubat, Jim Lasher, Pat Moriarity, Joshua McKerrow, Tom Neely, Clint Nichols, Liz Prince, Jon Powell, Brian Ralph, Grant Reynolds, Cat Sachse, Whitney Sherman, Kevin Slaughter, Dave Sobel, Nolen Strals, Scott Sugiuchi, Sara Tomko, Noah Van Sciver, Zach Hazard Vaupen, Jim Ventosa, Erin Womack