Close Ups From Home, a Blue Moon and the Future

Saturday was my 8th anniversary of my move to downtown St. Louis. I used to say I’d never live or work in the city. Now I do both. So this post’s bit reflective.

Eight years ago I had to make some serious changes. I wanted to work in media, so I left a boring job in finance to work for a tv station. I also sold I house I thought I’d wanted but it was right for me. 

The tv station started going down hill about a year in. It took almost seven years of drama for it to collapse. I say you never lived until you’ve been part of a mass firing (I was let go with about 20 other people). I was only out of work for a few months before I landed with another media conglomerate. 

But I quit. I was meant to do art. My art, which includes two veins: dog art and of course, steampunk, which is the drive behind this blog. 

Deep in thought today:

   
 Friday night was the blue moon, which coincided with Celtic “Reaper” season, or harvest. This is a great time for transformation. And again, I find myself preparing for changes.

The view last night:  
I had a good year so far with shows and writing. I’m readying to take it to the next level. I’ve had a little break for the last week or two. Some of that included a few nasty setbacks. But I don’t want to focus on the past, I am ready to harvest the next stage. 

I’m at last working on wrapping up the sequel to Strax and the Widow, titled Revenge and Machinery. I am psyched, writing and editing after a long time away doing visual art. 

I have such passion for this that I’m starting a Go Fund Me page. It was not an easy decision. I don’t like to ask for help.  Now please, if you’re reading this and think, uh no, please, just hang for a sec. 

My car is old and needs work. I would really like to get a larger and reliable car for trips or have funds to rent. I’m now getting invites to cons and shows across country. I’m getting local and national recognition for my work. My old sedan isn’t equipped for the road ahead. Working for a corrupted company damaged my credit and my happiness; there were many times that I didn’t get paid on time, in many instances, not for days.

To get to the next level will take a little funding. I know a lot of people are hurting financially right now, but I give what I can, mostly in donations of art, especially to animal and dog rescue groups. So I’m not going to ask for more than I need. And if I get over what I need, know that the extra will go into the bellies and hearts of those who really need it. It will also help other small and local businesses succeed as I use them before I go to larger corporate worlds to shop. 

If you don’t want to give, please consider buying my art or my books. The details of my campaign are here:

http://link.email.dynect.net/link.php?H=%2FJ%2F8k2luYXQCu1JpvvbtAJjg%2FZ5exinf5Qk3gYXNecp7iKJG1YHHIbcQvOyVC97%2F2JMEa0rimV%2B60EApMVeMkK1kxYGCIf7J52mXJfYfIvU%3D&G=21&R=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gofundme.com%2Ff76xuubyw&I=20150802174439.0000019d3788%40mail6-13-ewr.dyndns.com&X=MHw3NzY2NjI6VEVNUElEXzQyOzF8Nzc2NjYzOlFVRVVFSURfMjc5ODM3MDQ5OzJ8Nzc2NjY0OkRPTUFJTl95YWhvby5jb207

As always,I want to thank you for reading. I am so glad your are here.

Victoria

-Upcoming/continuing shows:

-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. 

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.


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


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Simply, Thank You!

I want to give a big thanks to all who came to “A Midsummers Nights Steam”. It truly was the biggest single art project I put together. Thanks to Janel Dahm-Tegtmeier, the owner of 1900 Park, Creative Space, Hot Box Cookies and Madrina’s for supplying food, models Dana Byrd and Apple Davies, and Brittany Testa, Kim Bess-Kittrell and Piper Hutson for supplying, well supplies!

Here’s some pics from the closing:

   
    
 
A video tour is coming soon. I’m taking a few days off, except for one 4th of July parade, but will be back soon with all kinds of steamy goodness and the return of the Etsy store.

 As always, thank you for reading!
-Victoria
-Upcoming/continuing shows:
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. 
-July 10th, Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show
-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-TheHauteHen/store currently “on vacation” during the next few weeks.
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Closing Sweet Steam Party!

Dear Readers,
“A Midsummers Nights Steam” closes tonite!

A sample of what’s to be seen:

   
  

  

  

  It’s FREE to come peruse the gallery. Almost all the items in the “A Midsummer Nights Steam” installation are for sale. We have another guest appearance by Eldin the snake and her beast tamer, goodies from Hot Box Cookies and Madrina’s Coffee (cold!), plus some additional libations for donations. The installation is meant to be interactive, so bring your edevices and dress up (if you want, it’s a casual event) for steampunk selfies! https://www.facebook.com/events/1640214982878765/
There is construction around the gallery, BUT it is accessible and the show is open!

Yep, more goodies just added:

   
     

Please stop by if you can, from 7p-10p, 1900 Park in Lafayette Square! 

 As always, thank you for reading!

-Victoria

-Upcoming/continuing shows:

-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. 

-July 10th, Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show

-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND is available for paperback pre-order at “A Midsummer Nights Steam”. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:

http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1

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

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

A Last Sprint!!!

Dear Readers,

I’m in a mad dash to finish items for the closing of “A Midsummers Nights Steam”. And tonite is the show at the Heavy Anchor. A reminder for the steampunk installation:

It’s FREE to come peruse the gallery. Almost all the items in the “A Midsummer Nights Steam” installation are for sale. We have another guest appearance by Eldin the snake and her beast tamer, goodies from Hot Box Cookies and Madrina’s Coffee (cold!), plus some additional libations for donations. The installation is meant to be interactive, so bring your edevices and dress up (if you want, it’s a casual event) for steampunk selfies! https://www.facebook.com/events/1640214982878765/

There is construction around the gallery, BUT it is accessible and will be open tomorrow nite.

Another taste of what’s to come:

   
  

  

  

  

  As always, thank you for reading!
-Victoria
-Upcoming/continuing shows:
-Continuing-Corvid’s Cafe, Cakeway To the West Artists Show
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. 
-Thursday June 25th The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Fair
-July 10th, Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show
-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND is available for paperback pre-order at “A Midsummer Nights Steam”. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-TheHauteHen/store currently “on vacation” during the next few weeks.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Closing Party Info!!

Hi all, please come if you can. It’s FREE to come peruse the gallery. Almost all the items in the “A Midsummer Nights Steam” installation are for sale. We have another guest appearance by Eldin the snake and her beast tamer, goodies from Hot Box Cookies and Madrina’s Coffee (cold!), plus some additional libations for donations. The installation is meant to be interactive, so bring your edevices and dress up (if you want, it’s a casual event) for steampunk selfies! https://www.facebook.com/events/1640214982878765/

I’m working on yet more pieces to be added, please join is for what’s in store.

As always, thank you for reading!

-Victoria

-Upcoming/continuing shows:

-Continuing-Corvid’s Cafe, Cakeway To the West Artists Show

-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. 

-Thursday June 25th The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Fair

-July 10th, Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show

-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show

-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND is available for paperback pre-order at “A Midsummer Nights Steam”. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:

http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1

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

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-TheHauteHen/store currently “on vacation” during the next few weeks.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

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-Fine Art America-store coming soon

2D Items for Midsummer Installation

The installation continues as there is one more full week of art to be added. Next Friday, June 26th is the closing party/ice cream social for A Midsummers Nights Steam, 7p-10p at 1900 Park, Creative Space. Admission is FREE and the show is sponsored by Madrina’s Coffee and Hot Box Cookies.

Today was a day of pure, uninterrupted, creational bliss. I touched up a few pieces and finally finished three paintings:

 
This time piece has allusions to the second book in The Society Series, “Revenge and Machinery”. Sorry for the tease but you’ll have to wait for the book.

“Kate Save the Queen” also is a teaser, but for the third book, “Lafayette to London”.

   

  
And one last tease, “And So the Discussion Began”, an impressionistic look at a Discussion betwixt Lord Wilson and Kate in the Garden. Are they sitting a bit close? Perhaps, that will remain to be seen….

  

As always, thank you for reading!
-Victoria
-Upcoming/continuing shows:
-Continuing-Corvid’s Cafe, Cakeway To the West Artists Show
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. 
-Thursday June 25th The Heavy Anchor Art/Craft Fair
-July 10th, Stray Rescue’s Urban Wanderers dog art show
-July 25-26th The AKC Museum of the Dog, solo weekend dog art show
-A new photo/comic book/essay “The Heroine” is coming soon to Amazon/Kindle. Sorry for the delay, working out a few kinks and have sooo many irons in the fire right now.
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is an ebook on Amazon/Kindle AND is available for paperback pre-order at “A Midsummer Nights Steam”. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is coming soon! My amazon author page link:
http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-L.-Szulc/e/B00CDFDIBI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1428805315&sr=8-1
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-TheHauteHen/store currently “on vacation” during the next few weeks.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon