Freaky Friday #22

Two new Bird People Tarot cards to share for today’s Freaky Friday. Hope everyone has a happy halloween this weekend. I certainly plan on eating all the candy to celebrate appropriately.

Tarot empress 3
Major Arcana: The Empress

Upright Meanings:
Mother, sister, wife

Reversed Meanings:
Blocked development
Financial hardship

Tarot 10 pentacles
Minor Arcana: 10 of Pentacles

Upright Meanings:
Family, ancestral ties
Good investments

Reversed Meanings:
Lack of motivation

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Studio Closeup #54

I’ve been completely engrossed in starting a larger (24” x 24”) Museum Series piece centering around penguins. As you can see, I’m in the super early stages of assembly and painting. The diorama has not been built and no holes have been drilled yet. It’s weird working bigger but I’ve been enjoying more space to add things like slides and one or two more paper dioramas to complete my "exhibit". I have a couple penguin slides waiting in the wings that will also be included in this piece.

Art blog 54 A
Art blog 54 B

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #46

Discoveries made today are that Gwen Stefani’s singing is to what Eddie Van Halen is to guitar playing. “Shredding” comes to mind. I’ve been keeping an eye on Gwen through the internet since she started up her Vegas shows again (SQUEE!!!). SHE IS SO DYNAMIC ON STAGE! And that voice. Jesus Christ Almighty her voice is a crazy work of art. I let out a lot of angst today deciding to sing this. It’s always in the back in my mind that “I’m making too much noise” with my volume and I think that holds me back from progressing. I’ve been working on that in particular lately along with “why do I have any right to attempt this song” narrative. I’m just being totally honest here. Since there are officially no more rules thanks to 2020, well, this has been making things a lot easier in my head, heart and voice. Keeping that in mind. Please enjoy my cover of Gwen Stefani’s “Don’t Speak” and thank you for stopping by today!

Carolaoke Song #46 - No Doubt - "Don't Speak"

Original Song Reference:

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Freaky Friday #21

Today’s Bird People Tarot card offering is the Ace of Knives (Swords) and the Seven of Knives (Swords). The Aces of a tarot deck present a challenge for me due to the lack of imagery on those cards. The wing is supposed to represent the hand in the cloud that's typically pictured on Ace cards, but I'm still on the fence about it. I'll need to finish the other three and see them all together before I make a final decision. This is my process and it's pretty OCD I'll admit. Please enjoy!

Tarot ace knives
Minor Arcana: Ace of Knives

Upright Meanings:
Strength in adversity
Right timing
Strength of purpose

Reversed Meanings:
Unclear thinking
Misdirected energy

Tarot 7 knives
Minor Arcana: 7 of Knives

Upright Meanings:
New plans
Journey by land
Feeling cheated

Reversed Meanings:
Temporary setbacks
Constructive criticism

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Studio Closeup #53

Happy full moon in Aries tonight which might mean nothing or it could mean everything. It depends on what your thoughts are on such things. Today’s studio closeup is a past work existing in slide format only. I painted this in the early 2000’s and was trying to paint the feeling of being inside a theater. Recently I had a dream about this piece - that it had hidden parts that would glow in the dark under the right light (it does not) but that would be pretty great wouldn't it. Lately, my dreams have been exhausting so this glow-in-the-dark suggestion was a welcome respite. The square pieces at the bottom are audience members. The yellow space is stage activity and I think that’s an Angela Lansbury comic playing up there. The candelabra on the left side represents theater lighting. Georgia O’Keeffe shapes represent a red stage curtain; the curtain at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee to be exact. Please keep safe and well this full moon in Aries. You just never know these days.

Art blog 53
Acrylic Paint, Canvas, Collage - "Riverside Theater" - Early 2000's

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