Studio Closeup #3

Today's studio closeup is a Northwest otter "exhibit". The materials used are acrylic paint on wood panel, varnish, paper diorama and stones & sticks from the real world. The piece itself is 4in x 4in and I think that's the smallest I'm going to go in regards to the pieces in the museum series. In contrast, I'm current working on a 24in x 24in piece and I'm speculating that will be the largest dimension I go for these pieces. I get freaked out working big, and you need more paint ($$$) to cover such a large surface but I'm trying to test my comfort zone in such matters. I still prefer to work on the smaller side. For some reason it's far less intimidating for me.

The first photo is of the painting as a whole and the second photo is of the diorama that lives inside.

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Studio Closeup #2

For today's studio closeup piece, I envisioned I was in front of a large body of water; a place that makes me truly feel like a whole person again. You'd think that would have changed ever since there was a large body of water that suddenly surrounded my house in 2018, but all those summers on Washington Island WI, and growing up near Lake Michigan where my parents, sister and I spent many summers on the lakefront swimming, sailing and playing - well, I more than miss it. Creating this piece really took me to a better time and place.

Museum Series: Herring Seagull - 6"x 6" - Acrylic, Wood Panel and Paper Diorama

First photo is of piece as a whole. The second photo is of the diorama that will live inside.

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Studio Closeup #1

To keep me working and focused and not procrastinating, festering about the world or spiraling into a deep dark depression, I'm going to attempt to give myself deadlines here to keep making art and music. Those things have been the only thing holding me together for quite a while now.

Wednesday's will become "Studio Closeup" days featuring art that I am working on or past art pieces that survived the 2018 flood (by remaining upstairs) that collapsed our entire basement. All the artwork I've ever done in my life was stored down there, including all the animation "cels" and films I had made since I was 11. Stories for other times.

In addition, I will also be starting "Music Monday's" of material I have been recording. These will be known as the "Carolaoke Files" so please stay tuned for that as well.

Today's studio closeup is part of the "museum series" I have been working on for 4 years now. These paintings will house paper dioramas and vintage slides inside the pieces.

Museum Series: Rock Wren - 4"x 4" - Acrylic, Paper and Wood Panel

First photo is of piece as a whole. The second photo is of the diorama that will live inside.

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