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2020-06-18 6:29:54 PM  
Welcome Fark Artists to your Fartist Friday Contest. This week it's Show and Tell: Show us a work of art you've made and Tell us the story behind it. A sculpture you've sculpted, a painting you've painted, a photo you've captured, music you've made, etc - share your artworks.

As an example. here's one of my most recent favorites, a hummingbird's wing I snapped as the sun was setting. I was inspired by Christian Spencer's amazing shot (linked: https://mymodernmet.com/christian-spe​n​cer-rainbow-hummingbird/) of a hummingbird and have been experimenting with sunlight to see how feathers create a prism of rainbows:

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Fartist Fridays are weekly creativity contests that you can participate in with things you have on hand, since many of us are stuck at home right now. If you have an idea for a future contest theme, please send it along to Farkback. Show off your skills (or lack thereof!) while we practice socially distancing together, and be sure to vote for your favorite entries.

The contest is submitted on Thursdays with entries immediately open to TotalFarkers (membership has its privileges!) then goes to Main Page on Friday. The contest closes at the end of the day (midnight Eastern) on Sundays. All times are approximate because we're all drunk.

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This week's theme: Show us a work of art you've made and Tell us the story behind it.

Three separate entries maximum are allowed per person.

Prize: Bragging rights and a mention in the Fark NotNewsletter.

All skill levels encouraged and most importantly: We're all in this together so let's create some F'Arts together - Fark Arts, that is.
 
2020-06-18 7:19:05 PM  
My favorite vase. I've done ceramics since I was a little kid, although my main artistic occupation (and for a while my gravy train) gold and silver jewelry. The jewelry was based in Celtic knotwork, most of my pottery was done and either the Arts and Crafts Movement or Art Nouveau theme. But this is my favorite vase, the one I would never sell or even give away. It's about a foot tall, with some pretty awesome gold, greens and blues that reacted off of each other but we can't use that kind of glaze anymore, it's toxic.

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2020-06-18 7:32:42 PM  
Two of my silver favorite pieces that I actually kept: a knotwork cuff bracelet, hand-cut from sheet silver and a double-sided pendant, also done with cut and pierce work. The bracelet itself took about 15 hours, the necklace not so much. I've made thousands of gold and silver pieces, and even had some in movies. Gangs of New York was the best one. I only kept these because they were my favorite designs, the rest I don't miss.

And Hubie Stubert, I love that thing.

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2020-06-18 7:54:43 PM  
I was an Art History major, meaning I'm much better at the study of art than the execution. It also means I wound up working security to pay rent. I was stuck in a mind-numbing 12-hour night shift where no reading was allowed. I did everything I could to stay awake, and sane. At one point I began doodling on the backs of 3 1/2 x 5 incident cards with a black sharpie. I had just re-read Beowulf so I sketched Grendel and Heorot as they might appear in a tarot deck (The Tower.)
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I wasn't talented or ambitious enough to complete an entire deck. But I was always rather fond of this considering it's all done with office supplies.
Later I put my love of German Expressionism and my Adobe skills to work to create a four-panel Expressionist deconstruction, which is the final draft.

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2020-06-18 8:08:00 PM  
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This is a costume I made a few years ago that I wore for a couple of Halloween contests (came in 3rd in one of them). It's a Dementor from the Harry Potter books/movies, and here it's sitting in a box in my basement bc I couldn't wear it in the house, it was too big. When I put it on it reached over 7 feet. I'm particularly proud of this as it was my most ambitious costume project ever - the frame inside is an upside down tomato cage that the paper mache head sat on, and the arms are dowel rods with lots and lots of black fabric. It completely freaked out a bunch of people each time I wore it which was kind of the point, heh heh heh.
 
2020-06-18 8:29:05 PM  
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I normally draw with pencil and charcoal, but after a while, I wanted to branch out and try something different. So I went looking in a closet and found some old colored pencils.

This is one of the first ones I did in colored pencil. That was over a year ago. No real meaning behind it. I did it originally with mechanical pencil and decided to try doing it in colored pencil. Something about the lips and currants in all those shades of red struck my fancy.
 
2020-06-18 9:00:44 PM  

darkhorse23: hubiestubert: darkhorse23: And Hubie Stubert, I love that thing.

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Knotwork like that always impresses me for the attention to detail and the symmetry involved. My Dad does a LOT of knotwork in his tattoos, and the level of work he put in to create that symmetry has always eluded me. He did the same with his Art Nouveau pieces. He took a lot of inspiration from Mucha, and his very first tattoo was one he designed himself, and it led to his apprenticeship and his career tattooing. My Dad's work is so finely detailed, and rich, and he took such pleasure in the math in the designs. Then again, he is a professional, and his son is an amateur who can occasionally do some interesting designs for comics and the like.

He did a series of cubes made from fleur de lis inspired lillies that he tweaked further, and while they are stunning in their use of positive and negative space, and he's done them as tattoos, what blows me away, is that he reproduced them as three-dimensional models, in balsa, and then painted to resemble stone--one in granite tones with salt mixed into his acrylic, and another with an obsidian lacquer. And they are mirrors of one another with the positive and negative space as well. Which shouldn't surprise me, because when I was growing up he went through a period of creating geodesic polyhedrons of various sizes, made of folded paper, with some additional shapes then raised on the surfaces all over again, and painted in the same stone pattern. We had, dozens of the things when I was growing up, and he was constantly measuring and folding paper, and quietly gluing the shapes, and then when they were perfect, he'd paint them, and set them aside, and start a new one, only more intricate the next time. And those were just his hobby. Designing these fantastic shapes, and then making them out of paper, and turning them into what appeared to be solid stone.

Then he got into knotwork and started devouring Mucha, and out of that, he got a career he n ...

I'd LOVE to see pix. Used to do knotwork flash for the tattoo place next to my store in Hoboken. The symmetry - it makes me happy. I love even-ness and strive for perfection in all my art. Mucha is my hero, art-wise but I love Edmund Dulac and the like.


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The mirror image cubes I only have shots of his flash. Sadly.

But imagine using those shapes in carved wooden cubes and carving them by hand with an X-Acto and a tiny Dremel, and fitting six identical lattices into fairy cubes, and then doing the opposite for another six. The man had the patience of a saint.

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His first tattoo, and in color, it's amazing.

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Yes, he spent a lot of time with the Book of Kells...and he had a thing for Meso-American figures too.
 
2020-06-18 9:02:26 PM  
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Old Squashnose
Dimensions: Under 3" all around.


I went to a summer art class when I was nearly 12, and this is the only piece that survives today.

The story behind this is that the assignment was, obviously, to create a bust of someone. Having almost as little imagination as I do artistic skill (as you can probably tell), I randomly picked Thomas Jefferson. But every time I tried using the clay knife to make the lines for the hair on the back of his head, he kept rolling forward! Finally, I decided it looked like an old Native American woman, and dubbed her with her new name.

One more thing: my mother absolutely loved her; she always told me that she thought it looked like her.
 
2020-06-18 9:59:27 PM  
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This year, I really got interested with Arabic geometric art, Gothic cathedral windows and tracery, interlacing, and with other artistic/architectural influences.

It can be very frustrating at times when you're trying to make sense out of the lines and circles, or when your compass loosens ever so slightly and the inkwork smears, or a million tiny errors compound into a mess. However, when it works out, the result is satisfying.

This is one of the more complicated ones I've done as it involves interlacing and getting the width of the strips right, along with the circle diameters to make a pleasing design and to get everything lined up. Plus blending all those colors took layering multiple colors of colored pencil on top of each other.
 
2020-06-18 10:28:11 PM  
Not really art, but an early effort with Photoshop. I took this photograph on a jet black night in the middle of a rain storm. The original is basically unseeable so I was happy to draw something out of the darkness.

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2020-06-19 12:11:47 AM  
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Midnight Cougar - Pastel
 
2020-06-19 5:56:44 AM  
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"Morning Walk" - Oil on canvas

I wanted to try a fog/mist effect in an oil painting.
 
2020-06-19 10:49:24 AM  
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Milkman art. Early in the pandemic, I signed up for delivery from a very cool dairy outside of town - support local business, take a little bit of pressure off the local grocery stores, etc. In the email I got post-signup, the dairy suggested if we wanted to thank our delivery people, to leave out a bottle of Gatorade.

I thought - huh, that's oddly specific. And a bit impersonal. So I started doodling on the bottle caps (tiny trees or people or random designs) and writing 'thanks!' on the side.

This has evolved to doodling on blank mailing labels; there's only so much you can do on a Gatorade bottle cap. It's a nice Friday morning ritual; make coffee, sit outside on the deck, play with art supplies to let the milkman know I'm thinking of him.

I have absolutely no clue what he thinks of it all.
 
2020-06-19 10:50:46 AM  
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Javelina skull, drawn huddled in my sleeping bag in my tent while staying warm on a cold, rainy January day in Big Bend National Park in Texas.
 
2020-06-19 10:52:26 AM  
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Airplane art. It's a ritual: 1) board 2) do the in-flight magazine crossword and sudoku 3) scribble all over it.
 
2020-06-19 11:26:48 AM  
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Roadrunner - Oil on Canvas

This was the first painting I ever sold. I just love Roadrunners and I almost regret selling it because, well, I love Roadrunners.  :P
 
2020-06-19 12:00:20 PM  
I play with molten glass *grin* (with voting enabled)
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2020-06-19 12:22:41 PM  
Liliia y Max: Named for sister my law - this was inspired by an old 1930's postcard of a fountain in Olvera Street, Los Angeles, and an antique photo of a little girl from my collection.
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2020-06-19 12:23:40 PM  
Done in 5 minutes, a joke challenge at work. 
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2020-06-19 12:29:12 PM  
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The Horseman - Pastel 18x24

This is my favorite husband on my favorite horse. The horse is named Freckles and he was a dandy, smooth as silk to ride. My hubby sets a saddle so pretty, you can't tell where the horse ends and he begins, just THE most natural rider I've ever seen. This quick snapshot is one of my favorite pictures of him and I was so happy it translated well to the painting. This was my husband's birthday present that year.
 
2020-06-19 12:56:09 PM  
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I made this because painted rocks are fun and easy and I haven't been with a fun and easy woman in a long time.
 
2020-06-19 1:16:05 PM  
Total Farkers are probably sick of looking at this. This is for the Liters.

It's called "Order Descending Into Or Rising From Chaos."

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2020-06-19 1:22:20 PM  
Huh. I didn't hit "post," gut it posted anyway. Anyhoo...

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The centerpiece is the Tower of Order. It's made of many hundreds of letters that I cast in epoxy resin and glued together. The top of the tower is the letter O. It's very orderly and symmetrical, like a big crystal. At its top is another O, larger than the others. It's illuminated from below by a laser hidden under the base. On the right is a single, black letter C. This represents how chaos is always threatening to intrude into order. It's an allusion to Yin and Yang, where the white contains an element of the black, and vice-versa. The C is placed where it is to break up the circle and make the O resemble a C.

The R below it is nearly as orderly, but a few R's are crooked. A pair of black H's disrupt the front. Hidden inside near the top are four more black H's. They disrupt the R to make it resemble an H.

The D is even more chaotic, made of different sizes and fonts of D, upper and lower case. Some red is beginning to creep in. Several black A's intrude into the design.

The E is even more chaotic. Many of the constituent E's are backward and sideways, and there are more red and black letters, as well as a bunch of black O's on the front and the side.

The bottom R is just a hollow shell of a letter. It's made of many different fonts and sizes and cases. It is infested with S's. Fallen E's and R's litter the ground around it.

The tower stands in the Yard of Chaos, a combination graveyard and junkyard. It's populated by more than 60 words, all made of the letters in Order and Chaos: A, C, D, E, H, O, R, and S. Those letters are the entire alphabet of the sculpture. No other letters appear therein.

On the left front is the graveyard. It's made of 32 glass tiles with letters on them. Together, the tiles spell out a story:

A SCREECH
CAR CRASH
SHE'S DEAD
DECEASED

Between the rows of headstones are the words ASHES, HEARSE, and DECADES. To the left is the word SCARED. In front is the word CHARRED. A ghost haunts the graveyard. Near it is the word DREAD on top of HORROR. DOA lies on the ground beside it, and SCORCH.

In the front of the Yard is a mobile made of block letters spelling CHAOS. Each letter is made of the letters of ORDER: The C is made of O's, the H is made of R's, etc. The mobile is in contrast to the tower: in motion instead of stationary; an arch instead of a tower.

The rest of the Yard is the junkyard. It includes a pile of tires, scraps of fence, old gears and screws, a leftover panel of R's, SHARDS of glass. The word SORE, in five-inch-tall wooden letters, spans the back half. Those letters are covered with the words DROSS, ERASE, HEADACHE, ACHOO, RASH, and others.

The ground of the yard is covered with weeds and rainbow-colored pasta letters. They're sorted so that where there's a large A on the ground, it's surrounded by tiny A's, and so on.

Here's a complete list of the words:

Order
Chaos
Rorschach
Roaches
Dada
Cash
Odd
Odor
Shade
Dross
SOS
Race
Chore
Scorch
Scar
Erase
Dread
Horror
Scar
Scared
DOA
Hades
Charred
Ashes
Hearse
Decades
A
Screech
Car
Crash
She's
Dead
Deceased
Horseshoes
Charades
Hooch
C2H5OH (alcohol)
Cheers
Ardor
Eros
Dear
Adore
Shards
HA HA HA HA HA HA
Redo
Shredder
Arrears
Error
Deeds
Rodeo
Ocho
Horas
Headache
Harass
Hood
Cheddar Cheese
Erode
Corrode
Hash
Dodo
Caca
Cha Cha
Raca
Rash
Achoo
Road
Sore

I finished this about two weeks ago, and I'm ready to start e new, less complicated project.
 
2020-06-19 1:57:22 PM  
Back in another life, I worked for a friend building custom cabinetry and repro/historically-inspired fine furniture. One day, while resawing some figured maple for bookmatching, we had some pieces that weren't quite up to grade for what we were building. I realized they would make a very nice top and back for an electric bass (my primary instrument.) I threw them in my "keeper" bin and began collecting other scraps over the next couple of months.

That Christmas, my friend went out of town for a long weekend, so the shop was dark. I worked from Friday morning to Sunday night.

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Figured maple top and back, old-growth mahogany butcher-block core (the real stuff, very high ring count), clean maple neck with Gabon ebony fingerboard epoxy-coated. Post-catalyzed lacquer on the body and tung oil on the neck. I scavenged all hardware/electronics from another bass I didn't play any more, and have since upgraded the pickups (Joe Barden) and electronics (Aguilar OBP-3). The ebony, truss rod, and nut were the only parts I had to buy for the initial build.
 
2020-06-19 2:15:59 PM  
Was bored during COVID lockdown and decided to paint Banksy's gorilla with pink mask on my office wall to liven up zoom meetings. 
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2020-06-19 2:46:46 PM  
This is a sketch I did of Sasuke from Naruto some years ago during my heavy anime phase.

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2020-06-19 2:49:11 PM  
Another I did from Yu-Gi-Oh. Kiaba doesn't look too happy about losing!


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2020-06-19 4:13:42 PM  
These two oil paintings were based on a short story.  The paintings are just okay, but the circumstances behind them are what I remember.

I translated the Japanese ghost story because I was studying for my JLPT N1 exam after coming back to the US from Yokohama.  I was poor AF, and had just moved to CA to put my engineering degree to work shooting down balistic missiles with fricking lasers (no kidding) at Edwards AFB out in the Mojave Desert.  I had found the perfect school for me down in Los Angeles run by an incredible artist, the former layout artist of the animated HeMan show back in the day, and also an incredible movie poster artist in Hollywood.

I worked long hours in labs out in the desert every week until Friday and then commuted down to LA.  My teacher gave me keys to the school and I slept in the lobby and showered at the gym every weekend while I painted and drew nonstop until Sunday night.  I put in more art-mileage, Japanese-mileage, and driving-mileage than I ever thought possible.

My dreams came true, I paid off school, passed my Japanese exam, learned how to paint in oils, left the defense industry, and became a professional artist down in LAand now work in the entertainment industry.

It was all hugely supported by my teacher who has since passed away.  It was the most difficult time of my life, but it really played a gigantic part in who I am today.

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2020-06-19 5:41:45 PM  
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Like several other farkers I work in metal. The usual run of retail jewelry leaves me bored, so I find oddball things to make for friends. The Dresden Files featured some 1st century CE Roman coins & I purchased 3 or 4 to try to reproduce those arcane beasts. Filed down the reverse, cut & applied the fine silver sigil, beat some brass & crudely riveted it to give it the rough look I thought it needed. Success! The Jim Butcher fans loved them.
 
2020-06-19 5:42:32 PM  

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Like several other farkers I work in metal. The usual run of retail jewelry leaves me bored, so I find oddball things to make for friends. The Dresden Files featured some 1st century CE Roman coins & I purchased 3 or 4 to try to reproduce those arcane beasts. Filed down the reverse, cut & applied the fine silver sigil, beat some brass & crudely riveted it to give it the rough look I thought it needed. Success! The Jim Butcher fans loved them.


Ack, that's the obverse, neglected the reverse:
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2020-06-19 7:39:36 PM  
I make custom action figures.  Take existing action figures, cut them apart, repose and freeze them, fill the gaps, add clothes and doodads, repaint.  I specialize in Action Figures Nobody Ever Made But Should Have.
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2020-06-19 8:43:55 PM  
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Maybe my favorite thing I've made. It's a thrift store frame, a magpie's tail, a carrion crow's wings, and a carved goat skull I happened upon at a thrift.
 
2020-06-19 9:01:16 PM  
I'd like to thank everyone involved in the introduction of Fartist Friday. It's been a delight seeing all of the stuff other farkers have made.

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Nothing particularly interesting behind this decade(?) old painting over amateurish decoupage. It was a commission by an old friend who is dead to me now, and I wish I had never given the painting to her lol.
 
2020-06-19 9:17:16 PM  
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We were driving through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, southern Utah and decided to stop by the East visitor center. They had a dinosaur skull displayed with no glass around it, teratophoneus curriei. I had just started learning how to do photogrammetry - making 3D models from photographs. I realized that without the glass I could photograph this skull from enough angles to reconstruct it in the computer.

I had to do a lot of digital sculpting to clean up the model, and I did it all with free/open source software. Using references in the photoss I was able to size it properly too.

This is something like a 1/4 scale model. My 3D printer bed was relatively small so I also had to slice up the 3D model and create alignment holes in order to print and assemble it.
This may not quite count as art, but I'm really proud of it. I put my heart into it.

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2020-06-19 10:00:06 PM  
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The flowers are sand cast aluminum from a 3d printed pattern.  Some scrap copper sheet & wire I had laying around, back by pallet wood. Still working on copper patina.
 
2020-06-19 10:18:59 PM  
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Zinc bear cast in an antique cast iron cornbread tray. It had kind of a hot-dipped galvanized look to it originally.  Sand cast bronze balloons. Got some better patina on the lower ones, polished & waxed the upper. On more pallet wood.
 
2020-06-19 10:42:47 PM  
My art teacher at community college wanted us to do a self portrait but she also wanted us to scale the picture up. It was essentially a dual learning project. Draw the picture and scale it larger which you can't really see in this picture.
The self portrait picture I took of myself was made with an iPhone 4 front camera. At that time it wasn't extremely high res so that actually worked for me. It allowed me to see more shadow than I normally would see. I have also trained myself (well before I took the class) to see and appreciate intricate details in pictures. That stems from my time enjoying early '90s Marvel comics that were drawn from the Image Comics founders.
At the beginning of the semester, my art teacher showed us examples in a slide show of what we'd be doing in class that year. I received an A and my teacher was so impressed with my self portrait, she put it in her slide show that she'd be showing future students. I'm very proud of this picture.

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2020-06-20 3:42:18 AM  
A friend had asked for art depictions of the Kraken, and I had just started painting again, so I made one for her. I looked at pictures online for inspiration and realised I had no hope of doing the complicated rigging of most of the ships, so I decided to use a paper boat. A paper boat in the middle of the sea didn't seem realistic, so I decided to do it in a bathtub.
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I've also been watching videos about painting mandalas on bottles, so I've started painting the recycling, but I don't have any good examples of that yet
 
2020-06-20 7:03:05 AM  
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Short story many, many years ago.
 
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2020-06-20 10:17:43 AM  
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Forgot the voteys on the cover pic, here's page 3 in case anyone likes it...
 
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2020-06-20 11:49:33 AM  
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Fine silver and glass taxidermy eye.
I  make charms and talismans out of PMC.
This is just one of many i have made.
 
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2020-06-20 11:55:49 AM  
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Just a couple more i made.
The turquoise is from the Northern Lights Mine in Nevada, so I chuckled putting it in the sky like that. Dumb, I know!
 
2020-06-20 11:59:27 AM  
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I call these plates. :D
 
2020-06-20 12:00:48 PM  
I make these and drop them around town.

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2020-06-20 12:13:00 PM  
Just a bookmark I made.  The original photo has the caterpillar be much cuter, but I'm terrible at translating adorability.  I eventually lost it walking to the library to return the book it was in.  I'd actually taken it out of the book, but must have dropped it trying to put it somewhere safe.  Did someone else find it and use it?  Did it get sucked into a wheel hub?  Is it actually in a place so safe I can't find it?  Who knows.

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2020-06-20 12:32:31 PM  
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This is my most recently completed work. Hand-cut paper collage pasted on a 16x16 inch board.

"Sub-Astral Enfolding of the Daemonaut within the Triplicate Gates of Forlornment"

I worked on this piece during the first month of quarantine, after my work schedule dropped to 1 shift a week. My only tools were xacto knife, black sharpie, and a rubber eraser. I pasted it with mod podge using cheap brushes. In total, it is made of 113 individual clippings. The source material for the images is the 25-volume illustrated series "Man, Myth, and Magic" from the late 60s, which was sort of an occult revival encycopedia for hippies and weirdos, and a precursor to stuff like the Time Life Mysteries of the Universe series.  I found a complete set about 10 years ago at a garage sale and have been working my way through destroying them for my art.

If you like my work, check my profile for my instagram name, I post almost everything there
 
2020-06-20 12:52:34 PM  
I've always had a fascination with neon, starting in my teens.  Flash forward forty years,when I finally decided to do something.  I tracked down an old-school tube-bender and convinced him to teach me.  Through him, I've made the acquaintance of an amazing plasma artist/engineer.  Thanks to these guys, I was able to assemble the tools needed, and got to work.  I'm still really bad, but here's something I made by myself:

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2020-06-20 1:10:59 PM  
I also work in the hot shop:
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2020-06-20 1:19:59 PM  
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This is my most recently completed work. Hand-cut paper collage pasted on a 16x16 inch board.

"Sub-Astral Enfolding of the Daemonaut within the Triplicate Gates of Forlornment"

I worked on this piece during the first month of quarantine, after my work schedule dropped to 1 shift a week. My only tools were xacto knife, black sharpie, and a rubber eraser. I pasted it with mod podge using cheap brushes. In total, it is made of 113 individual clippings. The source material for the images is the 25-volume illustrated series "Man, Myth, and Magic" from the late 60s, which was sort of an occult revival encycopedia for hippies and weirdos, and a precursor to stuff like the Time Life Mysteries of the Universe series.  I found a complete set about 10 years ago at a garage sale and have been working my way through destroying them for my art.
 
2020-06-20 1:38:35 PM  
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Confessional #2: She is hiding. That accounts for the darkness. Acrylic and paper on canvas, 11"x14".  2020.

I used to make collages on cardboard, over a random mix of whatever paint my broke slacker ass could score on the cheap, back in the '90s.  When I finished one I'd give it away to any friend in the proto-hipster, underground psych/folk/noise scene who expressed the slightest interest in them. The materials, the workmanship, and the living conditions in the scene lead to me believe that few, if any, have survived to present day. They're pre-name-change anyway, so they're kind of lost to me regardless.

I had a lot of free time on my hands during the eight weeks of medical leave following my vaginoplasty in 2018, and I couldn't really move around or do anything strenuous, so I dragged out my old supplies and made my first new collage in about fifteen years. From there I started buying real, if cheap, canvases and artists' paints, and I've made about ten over the past two years (my sexchangeaversary is in a couple weeks). This is one of the more recent ones, but I'm particularly fond of how it came together.
 
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