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I basically spent the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania by attending another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School in Baltimore.

I arrived a little bit early so I could walk around the Station North Arts District taking pictures with my recently acquired Canon PowerShot ELPH 190IS camera. Thanks to that camera I was finally able to shoot something that I had long wanted to shoot.

RE Harrington & Sons is a repair company that does plumbing, heating, and other utilities. The one thing I noticed about their building is that it has miniature replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell on the rooftop. In the past I tried taking pictures with my Droid Ultra but I had never been able to get a decent shot mainly because the two items are so far away and the smartphone camera gets increasingly grainy the more I use the closeup. I used the Canon camera and the results have been terrific, as you can see below.

I took some more photos around the area while focusing on things that I hadn’t photographed on previous trips.

There was one place I had photographed before but I took a new picture. It’s a building at the corner of Charles Street and West North Avenue. When I first started taking pictures of that building, it was one of those long-abandoned buildings. But someone painted this really cool mural on the building which I always personally liked. Here is the building I photographed in 2015.

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Here is the same building I photographed in 2016, when it was being demolished (along with that nice mural).

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A new building was built in its place and it is now opened as the Parkway Theatre.

According to its website, The Parkway Theatre is a part of the annual Maryland Film Festival except that it shows movies all year long. It’s similar in nature to the AFI movie theater in Silver Spring in that it shows the kind of movies that one wouldn’t necessarily find at a typical suburban multiplex.

I took a few more photos of some colorful attractions in the Station North Arts District.

The next two photos show the “No Shoot Zone” graffiti that has become prominent all over the city. This graffiti project is the brainchild of rapper Tyree Colion and it’s his protest over Baltimore’s appallingly high homicide rate.

The last photo shows the ad for the latest Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at The Wind-Up Space.

Most of the drawings posted from this point forward are definitely NSFW. Burlesque performer Ruby Rockafella was the model for this session. I’ve previously drawn her in 2013 and 2015 but what’s different is that she is currently seven months pregnant. (She said that her baby is due in November.)

I have to admit that drawing a pregnant woman was more of a challenge than I expected mainly because I was trying to draw a convincing baby bump. I found that to be harder than I thought because if I drew it too perfectly round it looked like she was carrying a beach ball inside of her yet if I drew it too loosely it looked like she was simply fat and not carrying anything other than fat. Well, anyway, here are my attempts at drawing a pregnant woman.

I took part in two of the contests that were held that evening. One was where we had to somehow incorporate a gift for Ruby and her unborn child. I began to think about the increasingly screwed up country that kid was going to be born into and I began to imagine a post-Trump era for the baby. I incorporated Donald Trump in a straightjacket with his legs in leg irons attached to a ball and chain. For added measure I placed duct tape over his mouth with an “Ex-President” sign hanging around his neck, made his skin orange, and added that red ball cap that has his “Make America Great Again” catchphrase. Yeah, I know it’s wishful thinking but given all the crazy drama that has happened over the past seven months along with those persistent accusations of Russia somehow having a hand in getting him elected, the possibility of him being removed from office gets more plausible with each passing day. My drawing made it among the finalists but it didn’t win.

I took part in the other contest when we had to guess what Ruby’s baby will be when it grows up. We were told that Ruby currently doesn’t know her baby’s sex so we were free to draw whatever we want. I envisioned her having a daughter who would be the polar opposite of her. (I was thinking about the relationship of freewheeling self-indulgent New Age hippie mother Edina and her more conservative daughter Saffy from Absolutely Fabulous.) I had the daughter wear a full Victorian dress with her hair tied up in a tight bun while acting very repressed. This drawing made it among the finalists but it didn’t win.

I drew one more picture of Ruby Rockafella before the event ended.

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A few weeks ago I went to the latest Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School event in Baltimore, where I shot this promo that was posted in the window of The Wind-Up Space (where the event was held).


Burlesque performer GiGi Holliday was the model for this event so some of the drawings in this post are definitely NSFW.

At one point GiGi Holliday changed into this really colorful traffic light-themed costume, which I tried to faithfully sketch in the drawing below.

I took part in two of the contests that took place that night. GiGi Holliday was still wearing her traffic costume so the contest involved GiGi stopping traffic. I decided to have her sit on a traffic cone while blocking the presidential limo that is carrying the straw-haired and orange-skinned President Donald Trump as he shakes his tiny fisted hand and screams “I’m the President of the United States! Don’t make me grab your pussy! I’ll attack you on Twitter if you don’t leave! Sad!”

That drawing not only made it among the finals but I won after the other attendees clapped the loudest for my drawing! I was especially thrilled! As for the prizes, I received a drawing pad and a small pack of drawing pencils, which you can see in the next photo that I shot a day or two after Dr. Sketchy’s.

Coming on the heels of that victory, I decided to take part in another contest that happened immediately after the previous one. For this one we had to do a beach-themed drawing with GiGi in it. I began to draw on my memories of the time my then-husband and I went to Bermuda over 10 or so years ago and we spent time on the beach with the pink sand. I threw in a seagull, a jumping dolphin, a coconut tree, and a cruise ship.

Unlike the last contest, this one failed to make it among the finalists. I wasn’t too angry or bitter because I was still in that post-victory glow from winning the previous contest. Besides, it’s like what the old saying goes: You can’t win them all.

I drew one more picture of GiGi Holliday before the event ended and it was time for me to go home.

I went up to Dr. Sketchy’s in Baltimore for the first time in a few months. The really good thing about the days being longer is that I’m able to do some walking around the neighborhood after I finish eating dinner at the local Popeye’s (which has its awesome $5 chicken meal bargain that it only offers on Mondays and Tuesdays). Here are a few pictures I took, starting with a few store window shots.

The window in the next photo has words and letters written in white right on the glass itself.

Late last year I noticed that a new mural was painted on the wall between Red Emma’s and The Wind-Up Space, which replaced this one. I wasn’t able to take a picture until recently mainly because the days have grown longer with the arrival of spring.

Here’s an alleyway located near The Wind-Up Space and The Centre (where the Impact Hub is located).

Back in January I took some pictures of The Centre, including the Impact Hub and other windows at night. This time I took photos of the same building while it was still daylight.

This window had a cool looking mosaic. If you look close enough, you can read the words “GO TO COLLEGE.”

One of the windows still had a poster promoting the Johns Hopkins Film Festival, which had recently passed. I liked the design of this poster (including the position of the cigarette. LOL!)

I eventually made my way to The Wind-Up Space. Here’s a shot of some interesting art that was displayed behind the bar.

The last time I was at The Wind-Up Space, that place had a Christmas tree that was filled with Krampus ornaments. The Christmas tree was still up when I was there (even though Easter was just a few days away) but the Krampus ornaments were removed. There was a lampshade treetop, which was pretty hilarious.

The next photo shows one of the promo flyers for that night’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti=Art School.

The rest of this post consists of the drawings I did that night. The model for this event was a burlesque performer named Cherie Nuit. Some of the drawings are definitely NSFW.

I participated in two contests that evening. The first was where we had to somehow incorporate brunch. I drew Cherie lying on a pile of ice cubes at the bottom of a giant glass of mimosa. That drawing didn’t make it among the finalists.

The other contest I participated in was one where we had to somehow incorporate Peeps (in honor of the fact that Easter was just a few days away). My drawing made it among the finalists but it didn’t win.

I did one more drawing of Cherie Nuit before I decided to head back home.

I attended my first Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School event of 2017 in Baltimore. I walked around the Station North Arts District a bit before I headed to The Wind-Up Space.

There’s a one-time movie theater known as The Centre, which is located just a few doors down from The Wind-Up Space whose art deco architecture is eye-catching. Recently that old theater has been renovated into an arts center. The Center really looks nice when it’s lit up at night.

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I walked into The Wind-Up Space where I noticed that, even though the Christmas holiday season ended a few days ago, that place still had a Christmas tree up. I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of that tree because it’s mostly loaded with Krampus ornaments (with the exception of a VHS version of Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory that was hung on the tree).

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The model for this event was a burlesque performer named KiKi Allure and some of the drawings I did in this post are definitely NSFW.

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I took part in two of the contests that were held that evening. One of them was where we had to come up with some graffiti. I couldn’t resist invoking that infamous recording of Donald Trump where he bragged about how he grabs women by the pussy. (And that’s not to mention that he was still elected President of the United States despite all that.) By the way that phone number I wrote is real—it’s for the White House switchboard. That drawing was among the finalists but I didn’t win.

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The other contest I took part in was where we had to somehow incorporate both Elvis Presley and David Bowie because their birthdays are in January. (Of course this month is the one-year anniversary of David Bowie’s death and it was also the same day that I went to another Baltimore Dr. Sketchy’s event.) I decided to have the two men do a dance-off in a battle for KiKi Allure. I modeled Elvis after his role in the film Jailhouse Rock while I modeled Bowie after his androgynous glamour rock phase back in the early 1970’s. This drawing also made the finals but I didn’t win.

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I did one last drawing of KiKi Allure before the event ended and I headed home.

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I recently made the trip to The Wind-Up Space in Baltimore in order to attend another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. I arrived a bit early and it’s still the time of the year where the days are longer so I took advantage of the situation by doing some walking around the Station North Arts District.

Located about a block north of The Wind-Up Space I found something interesting that I never noticed before. Here’s a boarded up building that looked like it might have been once a theater or some other kind of public building.

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In front of this building is a sidewalk that looks like it’s a smaller-scale version of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in California. I found a two concrete blocks that mentioned the annual Maryland Film Festival and a label that said “Heritage Lifetime Achievements.”

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I recognized the majority of names etched in concrete, even though some of the concrete is faded (due probably to a combination of being exposed to the outdoor elements and having people walk on it).

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At one point I walked down North Charles Street towards Penn Station, where I saw this interesting police box that is covered in mirrors and mosaic tiles.

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I walked past the BAMF Cafe, whose windows are now decorated in honor of the current hottest mobile video game on the planet, Pokemon Go.

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I also took a few miscellaneous shots of the area.

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I eventually went inside The Wind-Up Space, where I switched to my drawing pad.

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As you can guess from the above photo, the model for this event was a burlesque performer known as Kahlee Flower. Some of the drawings I did are definitely NSFW.

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One of the contests I took part in was a beach theme. I drew Kahlee Flower as a mermaid. Then I remembered Disney’s recent tendency towards making live-action remakes of their animated features (so far they’ve done remakes of The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty) so I incorporated it into my drawing. I also remembered this year’s elections and decided to cast that fascist buffoon Donald Trump as the Sea Witch in my fantasy Disney live-action remake. That drawing didn’t make it among the finalists. Oh well.

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I took part in one more contest where we did a straight drawing of Kahlee Flower. The next drawing was my entry but I did’t make it among the finalists either.

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I did one more drawing of Kahlee Flower before I drove back home.

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I had a pretty eventful day full of travel, starting with a brief visit to my old school, which I wrote about in a previous post. Afterwards I drove further north until I ended up at the Station North Arts District. I arrived a bit early where I ate a cheap dinner at McDonald’s. (I originally planned on eating at the BAMF! Cafe only to find out that, for unknown reasons, the place decided to close earlier than usual on that day.) Afterwards I did some walking around the area taking pictures while dealing with the heat and humidity (a.k.a. the usual Mid-Atlantic Region summer weather). I shot this interesting looking wall mural that I hadn’t noticed before.

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The next two photos are of this billboard that constantly changes with new messages. (Someone writes a message, then it gets painted over with white paint only to have a new message get written on it.) The latest message asks “WHOEVER DIED FROM A ROUGH RIDE: THE WHOLE DAMN SYSTEM…” (obviously a reference to the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the Baltimore police last year).

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A homeless man naps outside on the steps of an empty building that looks like it has just gotten new windows put in. (Notice the stickers on the windows.)

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The next few photos has all kinds of commentaries.

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I came upon this nice little park on St. Paul Street that has lovely colorful murals painted on the walls and on the sidewalk.

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I didn’t stay too long in that park because it was almost close to the start of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at The Wind-Up Space. The model for this session was a burlesque performer known as Whiskey Joy from Timeless Tease Productions. Some of the drawings I did are definitely NSFW.

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It was only after the event started that I realized that I was running out of paper in my sketchbook, which totally annoyed me because there is an art supply store located just a block away from The Wind Up Space and I forgot to go there to buy a new sketch pad while I was walking around that area. Ugh! I dealt with it by doing multiple drawings on the same page, such as the next two drawings below.

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I did one standalone drawing of Whiskey Joy.

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I took part in one contest that was held that evening. July 11 was Andy Warhol’s birthday and the challenge was to draw Whiskey Joy in the Andy Warhol style. I did this multipart drawing that was based on Warhol’s numerous portraits of Marilyn Monroe. I was only one of two people who attempted this (there were a lot of college students who were there that night—The Wind Up Space is located near the Maryland Institute College of Art—and Andy Warhol just doesn’t resonate with the younger generation). My drawing made it among the finalists by default but I lost to the other contestant.

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I did one last drawing of Whiskey Joy on the last clean sheet in my sketchbook before I left for home.

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Before I headed over to The Wind-Up Space where I attended another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, I took advantage of the increasingly longer days to walk around the Station North Arts District. I haven’t been to that area in a few months (mainly because I got involved with a book discussion group that met on Mondays) so I’m noticing the changes that the area has undergone. There are all kinds of new businesses and art murals popping up in that area, which is pretty cool. It’s quite a contrast to when I attended my first Dr. Sketchy’s event way back in 2011 and the area was still pretty marginal and run-down at the time.

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There are also tributes to Freddie Gray, whose senseless murder at the hands of the Baltimore police and the riots that followed that incident has just passed its first anniversary.

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There is also this really cool mural that no longer exists because the building it was painted on was torn down. Here is what the mural once looked like when I took these pictures on previous visits.

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Here is what the building site looked like on May 9, 2016.

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There is also a Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, which, judging from the signs in the windows, are definitely involved with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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It’s located directly over what looks like a sex shop known as Pervfect Playground Boutique. (Both places were closed when I was there.)

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The last time I was in the area was during my ill-fated attempt to catch up with a Bernie Sanders march that was happening in Baltimore. I checked out the BAMF Cafe, which had opened last year, but I didn’t order anything at the time because I was short on money and I had brought my own lunch (which I ended up eating in Penn Station). I did plenty of gawking at the geek-themed decor. On this trip I not only returned to the BAMF Cafe but I actually ordered a sandwich and iced tea (both of which were pretty tasty) and I took advantage of its free wi-fi. I also took a few more pictures of items that I somehow missed on my last visit.

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After dinner I headed over to The Wind-Up Space where I switched to my pencils. The model for this Dr. Sketchy’s session was a burlesque performer known as Tempete La Coeur. At this point is where the NSFW drawings begin.

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I took part in two contests that were held that evening. One contest was based on the fact that May 9 was the birthday of J.M. Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan so we had to somehow incorporate Peter Pan into our drawings. I made this effort where I portrayed Tempete La Coeur as Tinker Bell but it didn’t make it among the finalists.

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The next contest was one whose theme the organizers were stumped on and they asked the audience for suggestions. One guy called for justice. I decided on something even better. Lately I’ve been reading the newer issues of the Howard the Duck comic book series and I’ve been doing the Throwback Thursday series devoted to the original 1970’s comic book series. So I called out “Howard the Duck” and they decided to do a combination where people could incorporate justice or Howard the Duck or both. For added measure, they even played the theme song from that notorious bomb 1980’s Howard the Duck movie. I made this effort but it didn’t make it among the finalists.

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I drew one last picture before I headed home for the evening.

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Recently I attended a Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School event for the first time in 2016. It was held at The Wind-Up Space in Baltimore and it’s been a few months since I last attended the Baltimore events. I was drawn to this event when I learned that a male burlesque performer was going to be the model that night.

It was also held on a date that was auspicious because several hours earlier I had learned that David Bowie had died. It reminded me so much of the time in August, 2014 when I was at the Baltimore Dr. Sketchy’s event on the same night that I learned that Robin Williams had died. I still remember that night when Williams’ death had slowly made its way via cell phone messages, texts, and push notifications during model breaks as more and more people learned the sad news. At least with Bowie’s death, I had already known that he was dead for several hours by the time I arrived in Baltimore and so did a lot of other people who attended that same event.

The model for this event was Hot Todd Lincoln, who usually serves as the MC at various burlesque shows as well as even producing a few of them. He was hilariously good natured as he posed for these drawings.

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At one point he did this demonstration where he had two people from the audience tie him up with rope. He stood there while we drew him in his tied-up state. Once the timer went off signifying that it was okay for the model to move, he managed to free himself from the rope a la Harry Houdini.

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I took part in two of the contests that were held that evening. One was where we had to somehow incorporate the recently deceased David Bowie into the drawing. I drew Hot Todd Lincoln while doing a combination of two of Bowie’s classic album covers, Aladdin Sane and Diamond Dogs. That drawing didn’t make it to the finals.

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There was one other contest I took part in. At the time the multi-state Powerball lottery jackpot had gone up to $1.4 billion, which was the largest lottery prize available to date. The contest was to imagine what if Hot Todd Lincoln had won the Powerball. For my drawing I did a hybrid of four different stories, starting with having Hot Todd Lincoln winning the Powerball itself. One was having Hot Todd Lincoln sitting on a gold throne that resembled the Peacock Throne that once belonged to the Shah of Iran. Another one was the ultra-rare Wu-Tang Clan album whose production run was only limited to one. Finally, I mentioned the fact that the notorious Pharma Bro was the one who purchased that one and only ultra-rare Wu-Tang Clan album. My drawing was among the finalists but it didn’t win.

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Since I did that drawing, it was announced that 12 of the Powerball tickets matched five of the six winning numbers while at least four additional tickets got all six numbers correct. Ultimately the jackpot was split between multiple people living all over the U.S.

After that contest I did one final drawing of Hot Todd Lincoln before the event ended.

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I went to yet another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School that was held at The Wind-Up Space in Baltimore. Even though the days are still longer, the weather had become the typical August weather in the Mid-Atlantic Region: hot and humid alternating with rain so I didn’t do much walking around the Station North Arts District this time around. I managed to take just a few photos on my way to The Wind-Up Space.

I saw a sign posted that announced a DIY Festival that will happen in this area in October and they are looking for participants.

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Someone had recently put up this really cool looking outside bench in the area between Red Emma’s and Liam Flynn’s Ale House on West North Street.

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In the space next to The Wind-Up Space is this sign announcing a potentially interesting looking storefront that’s opened only on the weekends. I may have an incentive to go back to the Station North Arts District on days other than when The Wind-Up Space is having a Dr. Sketchy’s event.

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Once I was inside The Wind-Up Space I took only two more photos. One was a postcard announcing that The Wind-Up Space is hosting a Drink and Draw event on the first Wednesday of the month. It may be something for me to keep in mind in case I have a need to visit The Wind-Up Space for events other than Dr. Sketchy’s.

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I also saw this interesting looking leopard couch that was in a storage area right next to the stage and near the restrooms. That couch would later be used during the Dr. Sketchy’s event.

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For the rest of the evening I switched to paper and pencil since photographing the model at a Dr. Sketchy’s event is a definite no-no. The model for this event was Sophia Sunday of Gilded Lily Burlesque. Since she is a burlesque performer, most of the drawings in this post are definitely not safe for work or school.

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One of the contests I took part in that evening was one where we had to incorporate the board game Monopoly because it was the anniversary of the day that the game was first released to the general public by Parker Brothers. I drew a scenario where Sophia Sunday was sitting in the spare tire that’s located on the back of the car in the Free Parking space while Mr. Moneybags is ogling her through the back windshield. That drawing didn’t make it to the finals.

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At one point the really cool leopard sofa that I photographed earlier in the evening was brought up on stage and I drew this picture of Sophia Sunday lounging in it.

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I took part in the last contest of the evening. Sophia Sunday was in the process of moving away from Baltimore and her participation in Dr. Sketchy’s was the last event before she moved away. The contest theme was imagining where Sophia was going to go next. I pictured a scenario where she simply moved 30 miles south to Washington, DC after she made history as not only the first woman candidate but also the first burlesque performer to hold the nation’s highest office. (Yeah, I know it sounds ludicrous but I’m old enough to remember a time when people used to laugh at the idea that a Hollywood B-movie actor would be elected president until Ronald Reagan prevailed in 1980.) As the caption reads: “President Sophia Sunday’s First Day in the Oval Office.” That drawing failed to make it to the finals.

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That contest was the last pose that Sophia Sunday did for the evening. It was raining as I was driving home but it wasn’t too bad. I’ve driven in worse weather on Dr. Sketchy’s night in Baltimore so I had no complaints at all.

June 8, 2015 would’ve been my wedding anniversary had my husband not left me for one of our friends, filed for divorce, then remarried her just two months after my divorce was final. In addition, it would’ve been one of those special anniversaries. You know, the ones with the years ending in either the number “0” or “5.”

Yeah, it sucked for me but I was determined to make the best out of what could’ve been a melancholy situation. I decided to write a special post about my memories of the now-defunct Hutzler’s just for the day itself since my mother came close to buying me a wedding gown from that store only to find that there weren’t any available in my size at the time. (We subsequently went to a more traditional bridal gown shop in Glen Burnie that has also since gone out of business.)

Once that post went live, I decided to do some more fun stuff for myself. I learned that The Wind-Up Space in Baltimore was holding another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. In addition, that particular session was the Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore chapter’s 7th anniversary so I thought it would be more fun to celebrate an actual anniversary on June 8 instead of commemorating an anniversary that could’ve been but never was.

Heck, in some ways I went full circle. My husband and I were married in my parents’ backyard in Glen Burnie. After the reception winded down, my new husband and I drove to Baltimore where we spent our wedding night at a hotel there. The following afternoon we returned to my parents’ home in Glen Burnie where we opened our wedding presents then we headed off to BWI Airport where we flew to Orlando for our honeymoon (where we ended up spending the week with my cousin and her then-husband). So it was appropriate for me to spend night of June 8 in Baltimore once again.

Once I arrived in the area the first thing I did was treat myself to dinner at this Popeye’s that had recently opened in the area. It may not have been fancy but I still liked it. (I’ve eaten at other Popeye’s before so I knew what kind of food they served.) After dinner I took advantage of the long days to walk around the Station North Arts District and take some photos before I went inside The Wind-Up Space.

I found this wheat pasted flyer for the Rez Ball XII that will be held later this month. I liked the neon Cheshire Cat. What I also found interesting is that this event is being held in Lanham, which is close to my own home.

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The Station North Arts District seems to be coming alive in color. There are some wall murals that I haven’t seen before with older wall murals whose colors seem brighter than on previous visits. (I have no idea if they were recently given a new paint job or if it’s the effect of the bright spring sunshine.) But, on the other hand, there are still boarded-up buildings that could use a makeover so they could be inhabitable once again. (My big beef with Baltimore is that there are so many boarded-up buildings yet there are a lot of homeless people who are literally living on the streets. It seems so logical for the city to take over those boarded-up buildings, bring them up to code, then find a way of making them affordable enough for homeless people to move in.) Yet the boarded up buildings also have some art on them, as if some artist is thinking that if the buildings are going to remain boarded up, might as well paint some pretty art on the boards. It’s such an interesting conundrum.

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Someone had painted footsteps in bright green paint on the sidewalk leading from St. Paul Street to North Avenue.

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Near the painted footprints, someone did a really pretty mirrored mosaic work of art.

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Then there is this building with a white billboard that’s at the intersection of West North Avenue and North Charles Street. I’ve seen this billboard before on previous trips. Here it is in 2013, when the billboard was nothing but a blank space with a tiny bit of graffiti.

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By the following year, 2014, someone had painted large lettering on the billboard about land banking.

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For 2015, the billboard had been painted over with a new thought-provoking slogan that seems appropriate since the city is still in the aftermath of the police killing of Freddie Gray and the riots that immediately followed it, along with the city-wide curfew.

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The most unexpected discovery I made is located along St. Paul Street. I saw this lush garden through the mesh fencing and some animals. When I initially thought they were small dogs until I saw one of them raise its head and began to move in the way that led me to realize that they were chickens. Actual chickens in Baltimore!

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I realized that I had stumbled upon an urban farm. I know all about urban farms because there’s one located near my town in Edmonston called Eco City Farms. After all the bad news about Baltimore lately (based on both what I read and what I saw in real life), I’m pretty heartened that a group of people are trying to do something positive in the city and that’s a good thing.

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As I walked towards The Wind-Up Space I saw a small construction project currently underway. Maybe the next time I’m in the area this project will be finished and I’ll know exactly what they were building.

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I entered The Wind-Up Space and I saw that the place had a new art exhibit on the walls. I took a photo of this painting because I literally grew up reading Little Golden Books as a child.

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I also saw this interesting looking painting as well.

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Then there is this hanging owl blanket that I really loved. If only I had unlimited space, I would’ve talked to someone at The Wind-Up Space about buying it. Oh well.

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Then there is Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School itself. The model for this evening was a belly dancer named Deviana Fox. Even though belly dancers tend to show less skin than burlesque performers, I still slapped a NSFW on this post because the little skin she showed could still shock someone who thinks that belly dancers need to wear even more clothes so their skin can’t be shown at all. (Yes, there are people in the U.S. who can easily get their panties into bunches over a woman wearing an outfit that shows bare arms or legs.)

Deviana Fox had these large swords that she posed with at times throughout the evening.

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She also posed with this huge hookah throughout the evening as well.

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One of the contests I participated in was centered around the fact that June 8 would’ve been Joan Rivers’ birthday had she not died from complications stemming from what is usually minor throat surgery last year. The contest was to incorporate Joan Rivers doing one of her infamous red carpet interviews of Deviana Fox. I dressed Joan in the same outfit as Deviana while I had her say “She’s wearing MY outfit!!! Copying my style is gauche! What’s your response?” That drawing made it among the finalists but it didn’t win.

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There was one other contest I took part in. Apparently every year whenever there is a Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore anniversary event, something goes wrong. This time one of the people running this event had came down with this cold so she was on stage speaking in this hoarse voice throughout the evening. The contest was to incorporate another disaster that could strike a future Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore anniversary event. I thought of the opening sequence for the British comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus where there are a bunch of animated pictures playing along John Phillips Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March.” Then this giant foot comes down from the heavens and crushes the show’s title. (By the way did you know that the giant foot came from Agnolo Bronzino’s Renaissance-era painting Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time?) This drawing didn’t make it among the finalists this time.

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I drew one last picture of Deviana Fox sitting in a recliner with a hookah before I headed home.

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