Has it really been a month since my last post? There’s no excuse for that although I tend to post more art, more quickly on Instagram these days. If anyone wants to join me there my account is @smollot.

Anyway for my latest piece I did something I normally don’t do which is to intentionally work in someone else’s style, in this case, the fabulous editorial illustrator Maira Kalman. Her work has graced many a cover of the New Yorker as well as numerous books. In that style, I illustrated a woman in costume as a mermaid, since the Coney Island Mermaid Parade is just around the corner. I grew up in the neighborhood next to Coney Island (Brighton Beach) so I’ve been to the parade more times than I can count and I’ve always been inspired by people’s amazingly creative costumes. Even the simpler ones, like the one pictured here (a plastic grocery bag as a top and a couple of six-pack plastic ring sets as a fascinator) can make a pretty powerful statement.) I don’t think there’s any meaning behind the dorky dog costume though.

In other news, I have four of my pieces on display this month at LITM in Jersey City. Get over there if you can; great drink specials and their mac and cheese is what dreams are made of.