Day Six: vision board

Vision Board
digital rendering

Work on the Planetary Hybrid series is requiring some research and skill development on my part. While I learn the tech I need to know for ultra high resolution photography, I don’t want to take my eyes off the prize, so I’ve got a few possibilities and image experiments cooking at all times. Today’s detail is a snippet extracted from a work which pairs my original art with an image of the interior structure of a spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to the Space Station.

? I do have grand plans for this series, so the “top secret” approach I’ve been taking has both good reason and creative merit.

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Day Five: beetle doodle doo

Beetle Doodle Doo
4” square, pen and ink

Not feeling it today, as they say; so I used my creative devotion time for practicing patience, focus and attention to detail, and a really cool thing happened.

What began as one of my symbols (in pale blue pearlescent ink) quickly started to feel lifelike as I “put meat on its bones” with each additional outline. Before long I saw eyes, wings, antennae… so who knows what secret lives my other skeletons might reveal.

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Day Four: super moon

Super Moon 
8.5×12” mixed media

I think she’s done. Really, really enjoyed this one. And I’m very happy with the results too. From pastel blends to penning to brushes and washes, this one’s got it all. And color too!

New trick: I have a “bad habit” of working on wet paper and it dries as I’m working so it often warps and buckles. When this one was done and set with a fixative spray, I gently wiped the back of the paper with a damp paper towel. Then I placed it underneath some encyclopedias (proving they are still good for something!) and let it dry pressed. Boom! Smooth like new.

This one will probably be made available as prints. Stay tuned.

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Day Two: WIP

WIP
8.5×12″ mixed media (work in progress)

The New England winter weather hit my mood hard today. Decided I needed to just get lost in doodle land. Really enjoyed a nighttime reacquainting with my brushes, pens and pastels after sever weeks of down time. I’m loving seeing what happens when I switch some of my favorite tricks to metallic. This one felt like a much needed, aimless ride down a lazy river in the mountain wilderness.

Tonight’s soundtrack: early baroque.

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Foreboding Fruit

Foreboding Fruit

(poem)

so pretty are these
languishing delicious treasures
glowing in the midnight
of my secret cave
words sashaying around
like working girls
on a busy corner
trying to get my attention
batting their eyelashes
why is it always
the drippy heavy lonely ones
like desolation and darkness
that draw me in
why can’t I be attracted to words
like ebullient and illumination?

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untitled

(poem)

at the inside
at the very deep
and long forgotten inside
where the light begins
where breathing is god
the place where music lives
where all is real
and love is made of liquid light
there with no thick sludge
no density of air or gravity
no menace of morality
there within are you and I
there where the doors lock
from the outside
and prison is everywhere else