Category Archives: PAINTINGS

The Blotter Magazine features Drink Me by Mezzanine February 2015

Drink Me by Mezzanine (Mezza9) is the featured

cover art for The Blotter, February 2015




Mezza9 Coloring Book

Cover of Mezza9 Coloring Book
Cover of Mezza9 Coloring Book

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Brand New!

Mezza9 Coloring Book – Features original art by Mezza9 in a fun coloring format. For all ages. 16 Pages. 8″x7″

A Studio Nebulon Publication

Available at Independent Stores and Booksellers Nationwide. Merchants wishing to carry this coloring book, please email:

Including: Pomegranate Books, Wilmington, North Carolina

Lantana’s Gallery, Southport, North Carolina

Button Up, Ohio

Artful Living Group, Carolina Beach, North Carolina

and on



Skymaid Paintings and New Works Fall 2013

Skymaids IV: Tes Yeux, Mon Coeur (Your eyes,  my heart)
Skymaids IV: Tes Yeux, Mon Coeur (Your eyes, my heart), featuring aerial artist and performer Kelly Jo Stull and EllieSkymaids V: Waters of Life














Skymaids V: Waters of Life, featuring flow artist Abby Hertz, dreamer Joel Dreamm and whale






Thinking of a Color, Acrylic & Graphite on Wood
Thinking of a Color, Acrylic and Graphite on Wood
“I’m Thinking of a Color” Elegant, a Dance and not entirely explainable… an energetically charged drawing that seems full of potential. … my favorite painting at the moment. The morning I finished it I was moving Studio Nebulon out of Wilmington… everything was swirling… I’m not sure who sketched this painting, but I loved it the moment it arrived. The figure on the right is Joel Dream and I am on the left. In his dance his hand reaches into my heart. Birds out of his mouth, Birds out of my ear. Listening & concentrating. Inner peace and our interior worlds perhaps flying free.


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Revisited painting tonight! Fell in love with all of its color… it’s dripping and saturated in vibrating color. My camera is still mysteriously glitchy but here are some okay pics. (Seems to work best up close so there’s a bunch of close-ups) Enjoy! oh and yes it is signed now

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A Skymaid painting in progress. “Tes Yeux, Mon Coeur” (your eyes, my heart)

From red and blue sketch to paint. Most recent version is at the bottom. There’s also a photo of Kelly Jo and her inspiring performance on aerial silks.

Part of a series for Lantana’s Gallery.  — at Lantana’s Gallery in Southport, North Carolina. 42″x36″ acrylic on wood

Some final photos:

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…………………….. have a blessed evening………………………..

... some late night critters in the studio...
… some late night critters in the studio… and a painting of the beach – complete with neighboring houses for our special friends.



Temple of Flux Painting by Mezza9

Thank you for viewing! A lot of people have asked for videos of my works in progress. I will try to post the larger paintings in this way. I’m always open to discussion about the painting process. Below is video of the actual Temple of Flux going up. While this is not the view that I had, it is a magnificent view from within the burn and some other shots too. You can see the slender boards of the wood structure clearly and some of the messages. If I find an intact bit on this burn I’ll post that too. ~ Namaste ~Mezza9



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Raffle Tickets available for Live Painting at Carnival of Dreams

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Buy Tickets Here! For Event and or Raffle:

(Winner does not need to be present.)

Raffle of an original painting by Mezza9! Painting to be done at The Carnival of Dreams, March 15, 2013 at The Juggling Gypsy Cafe, Wilmington, NC. 7 pm to 2 am. Med-Large painting, circus floating figure theme.

Raffle time TBA.

All proceeds go to support Pollen Path: Beehive Discoball project which is at its pinnacle moment of execution.

Live Painting Raffle at Carnival of Dreams

Mezza9 will be painting Live at The Carnival of Dreams on March 15 at the Juggling Gypsy in Wilmington, NC. The event benefits several creative ventures of public art that will travel to multiple cities and festivals.
The public art funded by The Carnival of Dreams includes Mezza9’s Beehive DiscoBalls which are due out for release 2013. This is a crucial time for making last minute funding to see this project through to the completion of 6 ft tall Beehive Disco Balls of conical and organic shapes with hexagons & lights galore. $3000 funding is needed.
You do not need to be present to win the raffle. The painting will likely be medium to large and of circus or floating figures.

For details on Pollen Path Beehive Discoballs go here:
For details on the Carnival go here:
Facebook event: Carnival of Dreams

Send $20 per ticket via Pay Pal to


ACES Gallery and STUDIO NEBULON PRESENT: Ecstasy in Air and Water

ACES Gallery

(Arts Council Exhibition Space)

221 N. Front St.

Wilmington, NC

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Studio Nebulon presents

“Ecstasy in Water & Air”

You’re invited to the opening reception for visionist artist Mezza9 on Friday, January 25, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at ACES Gallery, 221 N. Front St.  The opening will coincide with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night, when downtown galleries open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture.             

Mezza9 creates large scale  paintings of the human figure in flight.  A sense of light, movement and silence pervades many of these works, even those populated by her cirque figures in flight, acrobats, flow artists and dancers, suggesting the mood and tone associated with the paintings of the Impressionists. 

The exhibit runs from January 25 through February 20, 2013. 


Amazing Wondrous Stupendous Performance at the FlowJo in Carrboro this weekend!! A must see!

New Mezza9 works of art
to show at the Flo Jo in Carrboro featuring Poki & Ember in conjunction with their show:
 the Trash Rabbit
a show by Button Wagon
Jan 4 – 5, 8 pm
Button Wagon (physical theater and circus duo) returns to the Flowjo with a new show!!
Tickets $15-25 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)
With contortion, mime, magic and a BB Gun, TRASH RABBIT delves into the heart of America.  An exploration of freedom, plastic, poverty, religion, and trash.  TRASH RABBIT is a Button Wagon project which is the collaboration of Matthew ‘Poki’ McCorkle and Ember Bria.  Rated PG-13 for guns and nudity.
More info at
Workshops with the artists on Thursday, Jan 3.
Button Wagon formed in 2010 and currently has two full length productions. Button Wagon has performed in theatres, dance studios, at Fringe Festivals, an old church, and even in a dome. Traveling in a brown-on-brown VW Vanagon the duo has toured to CA, OR, WA, CO, NM, AZ, TX, LA, and NC. Matthew and Ember live in an old movie theatre in Penasco, NM.
Ember — Trained contortion at the San Francisco Circus Center for 7 years with Master Trainer Lu Yi and Mongolian coach Serchmaa Byamba. Her skillful and unique contortion act has traveled the world with repeated performances in German Variety Theatre and in Taiwan. Filmed as a commercial, a video of Ember stuffing herself into an impossibly small TV once towered over Times Square on a 60’ “JumboTron”.
Poki — Matthew ‘Poki’ is fascinated with illusions. A self-taught mime, balancer, and juggler, Poki uses object illusions to bring hoops, hats, and a plastic bag to life. His unique feats have been seen on stage at Ecole de Cirque, Bruxelles; at the Monkey Festival in Loudong, Taiwan; and on stage at The Santa Fe Opera.
For more info regarding Trash Rabbit, visit:

Song gets edits

Song for a New Consciousness

This morning I nearly finished Song for a New Consciousness. She is lovely and now in oils. The oil paint gives here a gloss and a bit of a mysterious look. It was hard to know when to stop painting. She was breathing this morning so I stopped. I’ll look at her again in the dark of tomorrow morning and make a decision to release her. Photos soon, I promise.

In the meantime, here is some video of this painting and the Thank You for my Kickstarter launch.

Always in gratitude of this beautyfull life,

There is an amazing painting reward for one lucky backer, her name is Song. After I returned home from Asheville, (following a chemical burn on my eye and a few weeks off from painting), I returned refreshed and very ready to paint!! The result was a facelift to one of my favorite paintings. I hope you like the results!!! Backers have an option for large and small prints of this painting too!

Song’s sister piece, Seven Sisters is next. Similar subjects coming out of beehives in the sky, several women. This very large work is also listed under the backer rewards on the Kickstarter. I will post pictures as the painting progresses.

Here is the link to the Kickstarter rewards:

In gratitude,


Thank you to Brenda at the Frame Outlet on Kerr Ave in Wilmington, NC for shooting some casual pictures of Song. Stop by to see the painting in person if ya like. It is awaiting its final scan. The folks at Frame Outlet are super friendly!


Spring 2012 Mo Linquist Writes Green Article about Mezza9 Kowalski Painting Techniques and Artful Living Group Artists Reception in Carolina Beach North Carolina

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Artful Living Group
Artists Reception Spring 2012 Green is where the Heart Is

“An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.” ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Contributing Writer

The winter months found her in deep hibernation studying the works of Monet, Renoir, Degas and Manet. These masters taught her that it’s not about just copying the photos.
There is a poetry in selection of the paint – the flow of colors and light. Beings are light. The wonderment comes as the light in the painting appears from the figures. This is the Source of love.
She could also be seen running along the Cape Fear River where she found solace in nature waiting for Mother Gaia to wake up spring.
She gathered charcoal from the burnt forest, which she used for her primary sketches on upcycled cardboard. Nature empowered her, uplifting her spiritual connection.
During this bleak time of winter her goal was to remove herself of ego and prepare to live fully present allowing the natural beauty of spring to contrast by focusing on friends loving each other.
She planted her seeds by painting her friends looking joyous and happy. It was her way to get things rolling. The third part of her process was the physical activity of hooping and yoga, which helped her stay in the flow. “The exercise helped spin the paintings out,” she said.
The woman I am speaking of is Carolina Beach resident and artist extraordinaire, Wendy Kowalski, known also as Mezzanine. Kowalski moved here with her son, Blaze, a year ago as she chose to live a simpler life.
She now walks her son to school taking the opportunity to breath in nature as opposed to the two hours she used to spend daily in her vehicle driving. She may appear to have checked out from technology having no TV or computer in the home but she gets her news off NPR and checks her email at the library.
By limiting these distractions, Kowalski says, it has not cut her off from society, but rather the opposite has happened. She has been opened up more to meet and interact with neighbors.
She has been pleasantly surprised at the group of progressive thinking parents she has met in her son’s school.
Her winter’s work has blossomed in a show, “Notes for Joy,” opening reception 6:30-8:30 pm Thursday April 5th at Artful Living Group and continuing through the month of April.
During the reception DJ Gon will provide electronica – happy, ambient music similar to that which Kowalski listened to as she painted. Ostara, a group of local women will perform two short belly dances during the reception.
“We are spirits in the material world.” Come experience “Notes for Joy.” xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior
design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.

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Been hard at it in the studio… organizing and setting up a new painting wall. The extra 16 ft wall is for “Aron’s Aerosport” which is in project. Part of it will be sneak – peaked at the Carrack Modern show in Durham this Friday night during the Art Crawl. If you’ve known me for a while… then you’ll remember me as one of the art crawl originators… going back is exciting! Been pushing a lot of pre-dawn paint mornings. The rain on the roof of the studio has been intense this week.


  1. Photo show with A Miller Foto went fabulous! She is a great photographer! I’m hugging trees at Greenfield Lake, a nearby favorite spot. This round of photos promotes a kickstarter to come for Beehive Discoballs… a public art sculpture.

Temple Blessings (a painting commission)




Three lovely wood panels now hang above the windows in this spectacular Wilmington home. Custom made wide-striped drapes invoke cirque spirit.

The male and female figures were inspired by the feeling of resolution and wonder about the unknown that I felt at Black Rock City during the Temple burn. The trappings of that day, love notes and I miss yous were the highly emotional and human confections that manifested in these more playful and nearly animated figures and the falling ash became blessings in the form of sweet strawberries. How blessed we are in loss when it implies that we have loved and perhaps collectively that love energy flows in us, around us, through us.