A Good Strange Weekend

Thank you to all who came out for the Open House at 1900 Park during the Strange Folk Festival last weekend!

I could not be there on Sunday, but I was so grateful for everyone who stopped by, even to say hello and that purchased my art. Thanks to fans of both my steampunk and dog art.

Some quick pics from the event:


And some great folks showed up for the small steampunk invasion on Saturday!


More events coming this winter including a give away you won’t want to miss! Details coming soon.

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

News and events:

Saturday, 10/8, 10a-5p, CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) Open Studios Tour at 1900 Park: I’ll have art for purchase, there will be an artist’s panel, and we’ll be showing the movie “I Miss Me” for which I was a prop master and art director.

Continuing-AKC Museum of the Dog Artist’s Registry Show. This show will be up through 2/19/17

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Open House at 1900 Park Preview!

This weekend, Sat 9/24 & Sun 9/25, 10a-6p, is Open House at 1900 Park Creative Space during the Belle Époque Strange Folk Festival in Lafayette Square.

Please come, I’ll be just outside the gallery with lots of art, jewelry and antiques. There will be a steampunk invasion meet up at 1p on Saturday.

Lovely new pieces on their way!


See you there!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

News, events, and links:

9/24-25 Open House at 1900 Park during Strange Folk Festival-10a-6p

9/8 CAM Open Studios-10a-5p at 1900 Park

Continuing-AKC Museum of the Dog Artist’s Registry Show. This show will be up through 2/19/17

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of Strax and the Widow in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are just $20!!! Copies of “Revenge and Machinery” are coming to Etsy as well.

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon


Big River Results!

Thank you to all who came to The Countess booth at the Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, MO over Labor Day weekend!

This ended an incredibly busy summer and has kicked off a fall full of events as well. I have several follow up blogs coming this week, just to catch up on all that’s happened. 

First up, Big River. It was a smashing success. We arrived about 8:30am Sat morning and immediately started getting the booth set up. 

Emily and Gary from New London 

Professor Jefferson Parker and Mrs. Maddy Parker
My Auntie Di and niece Lauren (Lady Lo) were great helpers. By 9:30a, shoppers were already coming in to look at the steamy fabulous finds. The booth was so busy that we decided to stay open until 7pm. Auntie Di made a food run to Mark Twain Dinette and we had some of the best catfish ever.


That eve we checked into our hotel and crashed. I had so many sales that I had to create a few more items to sell while resting in the hotel room. I sold out of almost all my corsets and bustle skirts. 

Gary Michelle-Boner won the mustache contest.

Sunday was almost as busy. We sold a lot of antique and new jewelry. I got a lot of leads on pet portraits. We closed at six and ran off to Fiddlesticks, just outside of our hotel. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was to die for. Then it was off to the Riverboat cruise with Doc Phineas and the Steampunk Stompers. We enjoyed the river on the upstairs deck for the first hour. On the upper deck:

Lighthouse in the distance:


We’re on a riverboat with hot air ballon rides back on shore and a train coming. Could it get any more steampunk?:


 We then went downstairs for drinks and dancing. A rousing good time was had by all! Dancing with Doc:

Monday was a bit slow, but we still had sales and wrapped up a weekend of glorious weather. Thank you to all who came out!

Eugena B. Austin won the booth give away goody bag. Congratulations!

Thank you for reading!

Victoria

News, events, and links:

9/24-25 Open House at 1900 Park during Strange Folk Festival-10a-6p

9/8 CAM Open Studios-details forthcoming

Continuing-AKC Museum of the Dog Artist’s Registry Show. This show will be up through 2/19/17

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of Strax and the Widow in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are just $20!!! Copies of “Revenge and Machinery” are coming to Etsy as well.

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Thank You!!!

Dear Friends,

So much is going on that I haven’t had much time to post anything. I went right from the Big River Steampunk Festival to the big opening at the AKC Museum of the Dog for the Artist’s Registry.

Thank you to all who came to both events. A new blog from/about Big River will come next week. 

This show will be up through 2/19/17. Here’s some of the Museum highlights:

Susan Haney, assistant curator at the AKC Museum of the Dog and most of the artists in the show.

Me and my pups, going clockwise: “Schnauzer”, “Naptime”, and one of my masterpieces, “Sleepy Hounds”.

Thank you for reading!

Victoria
News, events, and links:

9/24-25 Open House at 1900 Park during Strange Folk Festival-more news coming soon!

9/8 CAM Open Studios-details forthcoming

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of Strax and the Widow in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are just $20!!!

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Dog Museum Tomorrow!!!

Dear Friends:

Tomorrow is the opening for the Artists Registry Show! Details are: Thursday 9/8 5-7pm, AKC Museum of the Dog, 1721 S. Mason Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131. A $5 donation and an rsvp is appreciated. 

Please stop by!

I’ll be posting pics and info from Big River over the weekend-it was fantastic!!!

Thank you for reading!

Victoria

News, events, and links:

A lot of effort has gone into getting some of my best pieces into an upcoming show at the AKC Museum of the Dog in Queeny Park. Please mark your calendars for the opening Thursday, 9/8, 5-7pm. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of Strax and the Widow in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are just $20!!!
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Rise

Dear Readers:

I have written a post like this one before, but I’m doing a slight retake on it because again, I’m at the precipice of amazing changes in all aspects of my life. 

I started listening to Katy Perry’s “Rise” from the day it was released. There are so many lines in this song that are exactly what I’m feeling right now. Bear with me as I quote some…

“When the fire’s at my feet again.”-I have six art shows in the space of three months. A challenge that has left me tired, excited, anxious, and flattered all at once. What is holding me together is drive, creativity, caffeine, good friends, family, and inspiration. 

“This is no mistake, no accident.”-When I quit corporate America two years ago, I promised myself that I would do what ever it took to reach my artistic goals. This year, I reached one of them, several times over, by having two demo shows and an upcoming exclusive group show at the AKC Museum of the Dog. I finished my second steampunk novel and am working on the third. I’m working on edits for “The Vampire’s Little Black Book Series”. I’m illustrating a novel for my editor. I’m also doing premlimary work on another film. All this on sheer will; the belief that I can do it. I planned this. I implemented it. I manifested it.

“So I call on my angels. They say, Oh yes of so little faith.” Sometimes shit breaks. There are times that I’m sick of being broke and being on a tight budget. Sometimes I’m sick and just crash. I swear, I have prayed and “faithed” my car into running despite knowing it needs still more repairs. And I just put another few hundred in it again this week. I need to have the ugly cry, I just don’t wallow for too long. Hope lives in me and I believe. It’s too late to return to the same old. I refuse to go back to “how things were”. There is no plan B, because faith carries me through what I am meant to do.

“I won’t just conform.” I have strived to make unique art. Lately, I’ve had a lot of requests for students to intern with me, people to work with me or for me. I’ve turned 99% of them down, and this is why: I often work 10-12 hour days. I haven’t taken a real vacation since 2007. I no longer fit the “office” model. My creative world is my home office. Experience has given me wisdom to say no to flakey people. No to time sucks. No to delays and no shows. That means less time on social media. Sometimes less sleep. I don’t have time to binge watch anything but will nap to recharge. However, the rewards are immense. All of which means…

There will come a time when you will need to stop reaching for the stars and become the star. To step out out of the dark and embrace the spotlight. To stop being the fan and grow your fandom. I’m not saying give up everything, but if you’ve been on the couch all weekend and you “really” want to make changes, it’s time to start. Just start, anywhere, anytime. Middle of the night? Start googling answers to questions you might have about a job or career. Or plan. Set a timeline, deadlines. You can’t go upstairs with out making that first step.

“Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it.” Never, and I mean never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Period. And there will be critics and naysayers in droves. Ignore them. Do not post, do not listen to, and do not see a continual stream of negativity. I’m not saying to live without compassion, but you’re not someone else’s bullshit container. Don’t let crap fester in you. Be kind. Be a friend. You know who your friends are and who deserves your support.

Move on and up.

Simply RISE.

I hope this finds you inspired. If not, enjoy this Olympic version of Rise. https://youtu.be/lFIIMEe2Ht0

As always, thank you for reading.

Victoria

News, events, and links:

-I have plenty of copies of Strax and the Widow in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are just $20!!! Please note that the store is now going through a rehab after the summer sale. The store will also be on vacation during the Big River Steampunk Festival.

And Big River is this Labor Day weekend!

A lot of effort has gone into getting some of my best pieces into an upcoming show at the AKC Museum of the Dog in Queeny Park. Please mark your calendars for the opening Thursday, 9/8, 5-7pm. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!


-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:


amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc


-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc


-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP


-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg


-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)


-Etsy-the Haute Hen.


-Instagram-Steampunkcountess


-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess


-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Happy National Dog Day-Dog Art Abounds!!!

Happy National Dog Day!

A lot of effort has gone into getting some of my best pieces into an upcoming show at the AKC Museum of the Dog in Queeny Park. Please mark your calendars for the opening Thursday, 9/8, 5-7pm. A $5 donation and rsvp is suggested.

Here’s pics from last months live Demo:


Thank you to Gena Ellis and Iggy Pup for modeling. 

Last weekend I drew “Dolly” from the German Shepherd Club:


As always, thank you for reading,

-Victoria

News, events, and links:

-I have plenty of copies of Strax and the Widow in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are just $20!!! Please note that the store is now going through a rehab after the summer sale. The store will also be on vacation during the Big River Steampunk Festival.

-LIVE DEMO of pet art at the Dog Museum, Aug 20th, 11:30a-2:30p

-Coming late summer/fall, Big River Steampunk Festival, CAM Open Studios. Amazing stuff. Please watch this space for more details. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon