I saw on the excellent Dark Garden instagram feed that DG doyenne Autumn Adamme would be having a livestream chat with Midori.
Both of these San Francisco legends are well known to me. I painted Midori, who has an incredibly busy travel schedule as an artist, author and sexuality educator, over three years from 2006 to 2009, as we could fit the sessions in.
I drew her at her wedding at San Francisco City Hall in 2008, and at Torture Garden in London, and spent several happy Fourth of July parties watching explosions from her terrace.
I think the drawing above, from the livestream, captures the deep current of mischievous perversity that glows in Midori when she talks about dominance.
I drew Autumn Adamme several times in the Oughts. Autumn and I had hoped to arrange a portrait in those days but she was then and probably now simply too busy. Instead we collaborated on a Dark Garden fashion show where I drew lots of models in her corsets!
She was in Berlin not long ago, but I was too ill to meet up.
Meanwhile, here is Autumn in one of my favorite of her corset designs, similar to my own Dark Garden corset. Dark Garden has fantastic educational and eye candy content, from their Patreon to their Youtube channel to their gorgeous insta to the fabulous website.
Beloved friend-muse-Patron Eva Galperin has given several livestream talks for her role at EFF (as well as innumerable other talks this year). This is from July, but just finished this week. I know Eva’s mother, who is also a Patron and collector of my work, and as I drew this I could really see her in Eva’s face.
I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep working as a portraitist safely at home.