ugh, failwhale

okay, so, here’s the thing–i’ve been making videos and making (slowly) art and doing things, and because work and brain space and the general suckage which is a body that doesn’t work the way that i want it to, i haven’t been getting things posted the way i really, really want to:  not here, not patreon, not youtube, not redbubble–nowhere.

it’s very frustrating, so this is gonna be a kind big post.

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museum trips and other things

so, one of the newer things that we’re doing at The Rainbow Hub is that we’re covering ballets, operas, and art shows.

which means that i get paid to go to art shows now.

we’re also starting to do kinda features on artists, and i’m writing the first of the visual artist profile this week. \o/

(NB:  if you’re a visual artist or know a visual artist, send them my way, yeah?  i mean, we’re really trying to feature young, emerging, and/or unknown artists because–dammit–artists need more exposure.)

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It’s Gallery Nite! And, I still need prompts.

So, yeah, I’m demo-ing digital painting/digital art tonight at Gallery Nite–I’ll be at the ARTgarage–and I STILL NEED PROMPTS.


Y’all are really letting me down, right now.  I’ve had two–TWO!–prompts, and they were both jellyfish.

We gotta do better on our communication, y’all.

All the information in the video because I’m mean, and because, two weeks in a row my Community Calendar has still be relevant.

I may get a handle of this yet.

Also, I did a lot of talking about my new series:  Paper Towns (Yes, like the John Green novel.) and Midas’ Touch (working title).

But, yeah, I’m going to do the prompts combined with the reduced palette color meme so–extra difficulty!

Did I mention that there’ll be a monitor so that everyone can watch me flounder?  Fun for the whole family!

And, I’ll have an array of nifty things that y’all can buy from me if that is a thing that you desire.

*pokes at capitalism*

Sketch-a-day is still progressing apace.

projecTransparency 1.13: (re: inspiration) 

a continuation of the inspiration conversation in which i babble about Gallery Nite, ‘Lain, my new series…es, and just general squee.

hush, squee happens on occasion.

*remember that shirts and things are available over on tentacle-made studios’ redbubble.

*and, that tentacle-made studios has commission page!

tentacle-made studios everywhere:

and, in case y’all are really curious about what i write for The Rainbow Hub, y’all should check out my tag there.

I may have also bought a craptastic video camera that’ll be coming in the mail soon.


Okay, I gotta go do the thing where I post The Rainbow Hub’s social media and get my junk together for Gallery Nite.

See y’all there.



I really, really have had the worst case of exhaustion-related-to-teaching flakiness to ever happen this week. I just can’t. I’m so mad about it.

Luckily, the things that absolutely needed to be finished were completed (a little late but in no way that was more-than-slightly inconveniencing for anyone but me).


But!  In all of this, I’ve been developing a couple new series including predator-prey, which is a corollary series to the unnamed friends series; eloi, which was a series I started back in art school and had largely abandoned (but it was inspired by Stargate:  Atlantis and its obsession with Frank Lloyd Wright); scales and method, which is  an investigation and return to fundamentals and principles that we learn in art school; and something I’ve been referring to as “studio waste” which is still in it’s infant stages, and I’m not certain how or what I’m actually going to be doing with it.

It exists though.

I’m also wandering back into Artist Journals with a series of embroidered, mixed media journals.  We’ll see how that goes.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo, evidently teaching actually can spawn ideas for me?  Who knew?

So, the first of the predator-prey series.

predator-prey: Khnum
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
predator-prey: Stiles
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
predator-prey: All Hail the Mighty Glow Cloud
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
predator-prey: Kodoma
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I’m sorry if y’all have seen them before; they’ve just suddenly decided that they are their own series, so I’m having to shuffle around the designated brain-space for them.

But, the concept behind them–so far–is:

A corollary of the unnamed friends series. While predator-prey shares similar ecology to the unnamed friends series, the predator-prey series is more focused on the potential hybridity of chimeric creatures and non-realistic representations of the natural world.

Of course, because this is me, a lot of this is happening through visual culture products like tv and movies in addition to fairytale structures.

So, yeah.

Also, don’t forget y’all, that I do that thing related to writing over at The Rainbow Hub, so if y’all need more of my spaz in your lives, you have a place to get that fix.


*hand-waves* It hasn’t been that long. Really.

These are not the droids that you are looking for.

Okay, so seriously, I’ve been teaching SAW for the last bit, and it hasn’t been leaving me capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.

So–that’s a thing.  That’s why I’ve been MIA.

But, it also means that there are really interesting images from my classes and the samples that I’ve been making for those classes (which were Drawing Basics, Mixed Media Sculpture, Mural Painting, and Acrylic Painting:  Nature Painting–that last one’s been weird for me since I’m not really a painter and have been pinch-hit teaching).

the mural (in-progress)

The class, which consists of two students (11 and 16), is really banging this thing out.  They’ve designed it, made the decisions about it, and have done 85% of the work on it (me and a facilitating instructor have been helping).

But, yeah, this is their baby.  They’re doing such a good job; I just wanna squish their faces, I’m so pleased.

Okay, the following are going to be my sample/example pieces from the Drawing Basics class…I have pictures of the kids’ work, but I don’t have them uploaded anywhere.


That’s a different post?

fabric still-life in India ink
conceptual furniture: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in colored pencil
abstracted still-life
colored pencil, pastel
abstracted still-life
colored pencil, pastel

So, yes, all the excitement.  There were articles too and everything–and that information is going to happen soon too–but, now, I have to get ready for the Mural Class to come in and work.



Soooooooo, I’ve been up to my pointed, little ears in busy.

Sorry-not-sorry for having been gone without even a postcard.

Okay, I’ve been tweeting, so technically, there’s been postcard-ish things.


BUT!  It’s all been work-related.

Except for the Eureka mainlining…and the Jekyll mainlining–that wasn’t strictly work-related.  Oops?

I also had a job interview and was offered the job and didn’t accept it.  I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN TO Y’ALL WHY I DID THAT.  IT WILL PROBABLY COME BACK TO BITE ME IN THE ASS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

eloi: jellyfish
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

I just finished this guy today.  He started off as a quick one-off piece during the painting day of the Children’s Art Workshops I was teaching for the ARTgarage.  I like him so much that I decided to re-envision him digitally–and evidently, revisit a long ago series I used to do called eloi.

So–that’s a thing that happened.

I dunno.  I kinda like him.

And, other pictures from the workshops (kids more-or-less removed for safety’s sake).

My table at Kids Try Art Free Day!  Yay!

Obviously, I was teaching bookmaking.

Missie and her kiddo at the painted mosaic table.

My unfinished maquette from my sculpture class.  The kids crit’ed mine and everything.  I was so proud.

One of my sculpture kid’s piece.  This is the kid who was adamant the week before about realism.  Maybe I helped to shake something loose for him?

We’ve also had Gallery Nite relatively recently.

It was nice.  I didn’t sell anything, but it was nice.

I’ve also been trying to refine my table because–let’s face it–I’m tired of schlepping everything everywhere. C’est la vie.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, because if I don’t Gnome will be mad (and an angry Gnome is a no fun Gnome), here is Crinoline Vortex (feat. me ‘Trie, eep!) at Gallery Nite.

Okay, I’m gonna go hide my head in shame now.



So, I kinda missed last week because I was up to my ears in all this word for the as-yet-unnamed Fiber Arts Group that I have, somehow, become involved in.

…I’m not sure why I decided to do this.  It seemed like a good idea at the time–and now?  *thppppt*

Alas, alack.  One day, I shall learn better.

And, this week, I have a book demo (for the same group) tomorrow (the normal blog day–for certain values of “normal”), a drawing class, and Definitely DePere.

I’ve also got to sneak off and watch Man of Steel at some point too. <–Still got the freelance gig with The Rainbow Hub should y’all chose to read my work.

This week on the menu?

  • The Internship, or this is me writing with my angry foot;
  • and BAMF Women Superheroes:  The Life and Times of Wonder Woman, or me being an angry feminist.

Good times.

So, yeah.

Therefore, this post is kinda catching both things up, yeah?

Oh, and Definitely DePere.  Y’all should come.  I’m going to be in the Lee Building which is where hey daisy is:  see, I’m a map.

And, guess what?  I now can take cards, so if anyone wants to buy art, I can take the payment.

Can I tell you how excited I am?  Like, I got a new phone and everything just so that I could take electronic payments.

*is so proud of self*

Soooooooooooooooooooo, I am owing bloo another book-binding type, so here it is:

…please ignore that this was shot in profile.  The assistant has already been beaten.

I also wanted to kinda talk about physical contextualization and how it can change the aesthetics of an art piece.

Y’all probably remember the moss from Allerleirauh’s tree that I sold back in March.  It looks something like this:


Y’all also might remember that it kinda changes appearance depending upon it’s context (and how I hang it that day:


Well, I have just recently managed to get the moss from Allerleirauh’s tree shadow-boxed for the people who bought it.  They wanted it shadow-boxed because of where they live:  an old farmhouse in The Back of Beyond that has all sorts of insect possibilities that aren’t always caught immediately (because that’s just how things go sometimes–especially in the summer in Wisconsin), so I agreed to it because they’re trying to do the best they can to keep the piece safe.

And, there’s always the possibility that they don’t understand that all art–and especially the art I tend to make–has a short lifespan.

It’s just the nature of the beast unless it digital art and even then–

So, yeah, here’s the piece shadow-boxed:


So, yeah, there’s a big change in the aesthetic, yeah?

What do y’all thing about the change?  How would you characterize it?  What happened to the vitality?  Is it still there, or has it been mitigated somehow?

I’m going to keep my thoughts to myself for now; y’all tell me what your thoughts are.



As always, I am remiss.

So, yeah, I’ve been missing again. Busy, busy, and–just for a change of pace–really massively busy.

And, currently, I’m sitting at the Traveling Treadlers spinning meeting not doing anything fiber-related. Because of reasons?

I have all sorts of things to tell y’all, but like I said, I’m out and about.

Oh, what the hell.

So, I was at Definitely DePere, and these are the pictures I took at it.













There are vids too that I’ll upload too.

I’ve also recently finished three new, mixed media, conceptual pieces:




Aaaaaaaaaand, if that hasn’t been enough crazy, I taught a bookmaking class over the weekend, taught a bunch of 4th and 5th graders how to make books, picked up a writing gig with The Rainbow Hub as a media reviewer, and have picked-up another fiber guild/group (that needs a lot of help).

Which our last meeting, Sandy Melroy did a silk painting demo for the group. This is what I did with my sample:


I’m demo-ing bookmaking next month.

So, yeah, all the busy. When I’m back at the studio, I’ll try to be a little less list-y for y’all.