Inspiration for a Broken Heart

I sometimes find inspiration in unexpected places or one project will inspire another. I did a quick set of shots after a long day at the Dungeon. I dressed up that day as a punkish homage to Marie Antoinette. I’d tried a cheap blue hair powder that worked incredibly well, giving my hair shades of deep blue to faded green. Most of these were just test shots, but with some low lighting, I achieved a tousled gothic look I really liked:

But this last one, wow, I liked it so much that it is going to be used for poster/promotional art for a Steampunk Broken Hearts Ball coming up February:


I just liked the overall look of he shot and how it corresponded to the theme of the show. More details to follow!

A pleasant reminder:

The last day for 50% off!!! (Any item over $21.) The first part of the sale will run through December 26th. After that, all holiday items will be marked down until January 2nd, before leaving the store. So you can stock up on last minute gifts and decor for next year. PLEASE NOTE: I can not guarantee shipping or delivery by Christmas or New Years. Use coupon code for the 50% off: 50LAST2016

Also Etsy has a special promotion for qualifying purchases! Spend $50 in one store by 12/27, get $10 toward a future purchase through Jan. 31st, 2017.

Store link:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
Thank you for supporting small and local. As always, thank you for reading, peace to you and yours this holiday season!
Victoria
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News and events:
-No events in Jan, but big events coming in Feb, including the Broken Hearts Ball mentioned above, Feb. 11th, 6p-10p at 1900 Park Creative Space. There will be a fashion show, escape entertainment and art in conjunction with a steampunk art exhibit that will run through the month of February. The Facebook invite link is here and will be updated on a regular basis: 
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-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.
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Birthdays, an Opening, and the Clockwork Hat Has Died

Dear Friends and Readers:

Today is my birthday and I just want to say thank you for your support! I am grateful to those of you that follow me on social media and buy my art and writing. It’s the most rewarding gift any artist can have. Please take a gander at my sites. The amount of work I’m turning out is just crazy. Just a sample of my photos from shoots over the last two years:


I’m grateful for another day on this planet. I’m celebrating by sleeping in, taking a little walk, (pic from my walk here, no make up day),


purging some junk, watching some tv later and prepping  for the next show, which is this coming Saturday…

CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) Open Studios is Sat. 10/8 from 10a-5p. I am showing with a great group of artists at 1900 Park. I’ll have both steampunk art and books and dog art available. Please stop by! This is at the same gallery where I was at Strange Folk a couple of weeks ago (but will be indoors):


Speaking of Strange Folk, the Clockwork Hat met an untimely death. The face fell and well, it will now be recycled into other pieces. Prints from the photo shoot will be available soon in the Etsy store:


Again, 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

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

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

Black Friday Sale thru Small Biz Sat and Cyber Monday

Dear Friends:

It’s that time of year again. Time to shop small and local. Please support small businesses like mine this holiday season. And I’ve made it easier with coupon code BLACKFRI25 for 25% off all items in the Etsy store over $10! I also have several items permanently marked down already under $10.

Most of this blog is about my process. Today I’d like for you to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am a working artist. What you buy from me helps pay the bills and further my creative endeavors. I appreciate your business, I’m almost at 12,000 views in the Etsy store, I’ve sold a couple thousand of my stories and books on amazon, I can’t say it enough, THANK YOU and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Steampunk Bunny Mask in the Etsy store.

Steampunk Bunny Mask in the Etsy store.

Speaking of books:
As I spoke of in the previous blog, I finished Revenge and Machinery. I hope to have it finished in ebook form by Christmas.

I regret that I was not able to make it to Teslacon. I didn’t announce it formally on my blog (either that I was initially going or couldn’t make it), but my advertising was in the con booklet. Please know that I wanted to be there, but I had some personal issues that prevented me from attending. I am trying to make it to some cons this year, but most likely they will be inside of Missouri and Illinois depending upon how well the Christmas/holiday season goes.

I will be at three local shows in the St. Louis area:

The Holiday Mart at Edward Jones, 12555 Manchester Rd., Saturday December 5th, 9am-2pm

The Lafayette Square Parlor Tour, 1900 Park, Creative Space, Sunday December 13th, 10am-5pm

Holiday Craft/Art Fair, The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, Tuesday December 15th, 6pm-10pm

Strax and the Widow is still on sale for $1.99 on amazon/kindle. The Vampire’s Little Black Book series will continue to be $.99 per short story until I have the compilation completed. So please, take a gander, and share it with your friends! The link is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Strax-Widow-Society-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00NSENACA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444181623&sr=8-1&keywords=strax+and+the+widow
Again, you don’t have to have a kindle to download it, just the kindle app or program for your e-devices.
As always, thank you for reading.
-Victoria
Upcoming/continuing shows/events and social media links:

-12/6 Edward Jones Holiday Mart

-12/13 1900 Park, Creative Space, Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour

-12/15 Heavy Anchor Craft Show
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. It was auctioned last week. I’m not certain who the buyer is just yet!
-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-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Birthdays Abound!!

My birthday was October 5th and “Strax and the Widow” turned one on September 25th. I can’t believe it’s been a year since it’s digital publication.

I had hoped to have Strax in paperback form and its sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” completed. I also had hoped to have a few new vamp stories online and the first ten adventures of Will in a compilation. But this year, visual art took up so much more of my time. But it was worth it. I’ve churned out so many great pieces this year and sold a lot of work. I’m hoping to have most of the steampunk work finished in time for the holidays.

In the meantime, I’d like to celebrate my and Strax’s birthdays with a small sale. From October 8th until October 15th, Strax and the Widow will be on sale for $1.99 on amazon/kindle. The Vampire’s Little Black Book series will continue to be $.99 per short story until I have the compilation completed. So please, take a gander, and share it with your friends! The link is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Strax-Widow-Society-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00NSENACA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444181623&sr=8-1&keywords=strax+and+the+widow

Again, you don’t have to have a kindle to download it, just the kindle app or program for your e-devices.

I am truly grateful to be alive to celebrate another birthday and doing what I love to do!! Thank YOU!!!

As always, thank you for reading.
-Victoria

Upcoming/continuing shows/events and social media links:

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-Please follow at #RaisetheRoof, #RTR, #FOW for placement updates on the “Under the Sea” playhouse. It’s currently on display for the next few weeks at West County mall.
-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-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

 

Steampunk Featured in the MAC

I am positively over the moon to tell you that I’ve been featured with other steampunk artists in the Missouri Arts Council August newsletter!

Enjoy!! The link is below, as always, thank you for reading,

Victoria 

http://custapp.marketvolt.com/link/o6scyqGMqD?CM=657610284&X=73240643

  

-Upcoming/continuing shows:

-please check out my gofundme/passionate artist !

-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:

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-the Haute Hen. Sale with code SUMMER50

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon