Garbage, Concert and Influence

Every once in a while I post about things that inspire my steampunk art. I find that  sometimes there’s more focus on the steam part and less on the punk. Not that there’s anything wrong with Victorian history, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Neo-Victoriana, re-enactors, etc., I think there’s room for all of it. 

Last night I had the good fortune to get a free ticket to go see Garbage, a group with punk/alt rock roots,in concert at The Pageant, here in St. Louis, courtesy of Agent Owl:


For my younger readers, you might want to check out Garbage’s music, a mix of grunge/electronica that borrows from the punk aesthetic. They still inspire me.

They were at the height of their fame when I first saw them 20 years ago at Pointfest, a local alt rock music festival (that is still going strong) sponsored by local radio station 105.7 The Point. Back then, I liked them because they reminded me of the dancible punk of Adam Ant and Billy Idol, with goth elements of the Cure. 

The lead singer, Shirley Manson, is still going strong at almost 50, stalking the stage like a tigress. I can appreciate that she even admitted to a mistake and restarted one of the songs early in the set. 

Their pieces are often dark, but lyrically witty, with driving guitars and bass lines, things that apply well to the punkier side of steampunk.

They saved one of my favorite songs for the end, “Only Happy When It Rains”. The video features a nifty clash of glam punk in a dystopian, crumbling surrounding:

There’s a strong dieselpunk vibe in the video for “Special”, video via YouTube:

And a little retro/cyberpunk for the James Bond theme “The World is Not Enough”:

I hope you check out their music. The live show was electrifying. 

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

News, events, and links:

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-LIVE DEMOS of pet art at the Dog Museum, July 23rd and Aug 20th. Please stop by, more details forthcoming.
-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:
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Viral Double Rainbow

A couple weeks ago, I had a great pic go viral via Fox2News here in St. Louis. One of those classic Midwest late afternoon summer storms rolled in and I spent almost three hours at the window. I was well rewarded for my patience. Here’s the storm rolling in:

It passed within a 1/2 hour and this happened:

You can see the double rainbow! And the stronger one ended up in a grove of trees on the Arch grounds. It lasted for almost two hours with the rainbows moving in and out of the clouds and across the river:

That day’s sunset did not disappoint:

Simply amazing!

Again a reminder:

**MASSIVE SALE in my etsy store!** 50% off any item over $20 in the Haute Hen Etsy store with code:

50SUMMER2016 

Coupon good until August 17, 2016. Feel free to share this code with friends and Etsy shoppers! I have marked down many items to clearance prices!!! I need to clear out old art to bring in the new. 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!!! Hard copies of the sequel are on Amazon now but will be added to the Etsy store next month. Both will be in the Kindle store soon next month as well.

As always, thank you for reading,

-Victoria

Links and events:

-LIVE DEMO of pet art at the Dog Museum, Aug 20th, 11:30a-2:30p. Dog art and gifts for sale! Please stop by, more details forthcoming. I will also be in a group show 

-Coming late summer/fall, Big River Steampunk Festival over Labor Day weekend in Hannibal,  CAM Open Studios in October, Open House by Strange Folk Festival. 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

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Amazon Prime Today!

If you’re an Amazon Prime Member, you know that today is full of deals. Please take a gander at my works on Amazon. The shorts will go up in price this fall, as the anthology is finished. And Revenge and Machinery, the sequel to Strax and the Widow,  is available in print, with Kindle version coming soon!

All my links are below, thank you as always for your support!

Victoria

**MASSIVE SALE in my etsy store!** 50% off any item over $20 in the Haute Hen Etsy store with code:

50SUMMER2016 
Coupon good until August 17, 2016. Feel free to share this code with friends and Etsy shoppers! I have marked down many items to clearance prices!!! I need to clear out old art to bring in the new. 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!!! 
Links and events:

-LIVE DEMOS of pet art at the Dog Museum, July 23rd and Aug 20th. Please stop by, more details forthcoming.

-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


A Little Labyrinth

Again still catching up with blog posts from events that happened earlier this year. Last week was yet another event at the London Tea Room, the first film night supporting Threshold Film Arts. I’ll be working with Peter James of Threshold on some upcoming fantasy film projects.

For this inaugural event, the film was “Labyrinth”. The Countess decided to do a little Goblin King cosplay:


Some of the folks from Steampunk St. Louis were in attendance including Agent Owl:


Again a reminder:

**MASSIVE SALE in my etsy store!** 50% off any item over $20 in the Haute Hen Etsy store with code:

50SUMMER2016 

Coupon good until August 17, 2016. Feel free to share this code with friends and Etsy shoppers! I have marked down many items to clearance prices!!! I need to clear out old art to bring in the new. 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!!! Hard copies of the sequel are on Amazon now but will be added to the Etsy store next month. Both will be in the Kindle store soon next month as well.
As always, thank you for reading,

-Victoria
Links and events:
-LIVE DEMOS of pet art at the Dog Museum, July 23rd and Aug 20th. Please stop by, more details forthcoming.
-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

Updates, Thank You and SALE!!!

Thank you to all who turned out to the trunk show a few weeks ago. Been super busy! So much to be thankful for, special thanks to all who stopped by and supported:

Janel Dahm-Tegtmeier, owner/curator 1900 Park, Create Space, and lunch from Sqwires!

Jay and Kristi Draper-for set up/take down help especially! Lord and Lady D’Mort

Kim Kittrell-friend, coworker, and big supporter of my art. 

John Clopton and Becca Lozano-fellow artists/writers.

Dana Byrd-one of my steampunk muses and models. And friend Jennifer Frenz too!

Teddie Schwartze-big St. Louis and national steampunk supporter and Agent Owl.

Julie Wilhelm and Gary Lobstein-super talented artists/filmmakers and all out geek supporters.

Gena Ellis-a brilliant writer, film producer and friend. Many thanks for dinner with Iggy Pup at Laredo.
Pics of me and of guests, enjoy!

Lord and Lady Naipo D’Mort, The Countess, and Agent Owl.

Fellow artists/authors Becca Lozano and John Bryant

A spread of my gorgeous wares!
Jay Draper (Lord Naipo D’Mort) and myself enjoying music by Ralph Butler. 


Gena Ellis with me and my goodies!

Some of my finds at the antique market. Coming soon to the Etsy store, speaking of which….

**MASSIVE SALE in my etsy store!**

 50% off any item over $20 in the Haute Hen Etsy store with code:

50SUMMER2016 

Coupon until August 17, 2016. Feel free to share this code with friends and Etsy shoppers!

I have  marked down many items to clearance prices!!! I need to clear out old art to bring in the new. 

Speaking of 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!!! Hard copies of the sequel are on Amazon now but will be added to the Etsy store next month. Both will be in the Kindle store soon next month as well.

As always, thank you for reading,
-Victoria
Links and events:

-LIVE DEMOS of pet art at the Dog Museum, July 23rd and Aug 20th. Please stop by, more details forthcoming.

-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:

-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