lootcrate, gallery nite, pretty deadly, and wicdiv

so–i’ve been busy again, especially since i just picked up reviewing several comic series for The Rainbow Hub:  Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnickThe Wicked + The Divine by Kieron GillenSex Criminals by Matt Fraction (who wrote Hawkeye), and Saga by Brain K. Vaughn (who wrote Runaways).

my Sex Criminals and Saga recap reviews come out later this week, but DECONNICK AND GILLEN BOTH REBLOGGED MY REVIEWS ON TUMBLR.

is this real life?!?!

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stuff and things

So, I’ve kinda started a new project that currently has no name–well, I’m kinda referring to it as Project Transparency, but that seems kinda pretentious–and it’s a vlogging project so–yay?

I made the first entry today:

And–I ended up with me saying something ableist, and I’m sorry.  I’m working to eradicate that sort of oppressive language (that totally encourages my own internalized ableism towards myself) from my usage.  I messed up; I’m still working on it.

I was really trying to wait to start this project until I had a better video camera but who knows when that will be,  so instead, I decided to just jump in with all tentacles.

But, yeah, the idea is to make the art-making process transparent for non-artists.  Maybe even do some more of the stand-and-stir arting (with a fuckton more editing because, omg, those were awkward) or process vids.

Are there things that y’all would like to see done?

I mean, I’ve been doing some digital painting and procreate has this neat function where you can export the history of your piece as a video.  Here’s a playlist of them thus far.

They’re kinda neat to watch.

(NB:  Gnome and ‘Lain are discussing putting my time-lapse art vids to music.  That’s exciting.)

(By-the-by, I’m still trying to be brave enough to put commission prices up other than in that one post I did–what can I say, I’m kinda scared.  Is there interest?  Because, if there is, I’m likely to be, well, I still be scared like whoa, but at least, I’ll know I’m not annoying anyone with it.)

saint ravenstag
digital painting
‘trie blasingame

So, I’m not going to put a whole lot of  the new sketch-a-days in this post because it’s already getting ridiculously long, but again, if you’d like to see the sketch-a-days in their entirety, either check out my #studiosquid or #sketchaday Tumblr tags (since I’ve kinda been doing Pacific Rim and Hannibal sketches for the last couple of weeks).

Also, it’s really easy to just duck into my sketch-a-day Flickr set.

But, I’ve actually managed to complete a conceptual, mixed media piece so–yay!

gilded hive
found object, aluminum mesh, spray paint
‘trie blasingame

And, on a side note with More Information Forthcoming, I’m going to be participating in Definitely DePere again this year.

(It’s also my birthday today.)


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, yeah, it’s evidently my WordPress-anniversary?

Not that I have exciting things today.

Okay, that’s a lie.  I always have exciting things.  I AM THE GOD OF EXCITING THINGS.

…they’re exciting to me at any rate.

Untitled artwork 2013-05-28 (08.45.17-328 PM)
unnamed friends: algae primate revisited
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
wall-eyed Morph-bird 2013-05-28 (08.45.14-918 PM)
unnamed friends: wall-eyed Morph-bird
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Balsingame
Untitled artwork 2013-05-28 (08.45.20-775 PM)
unnamed friends: bubblegum-bitch
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
unnamed friends_ brain-bird 2013-05-28 (08.45.18-504 PM)
unnamed friends: brain-bird
digital painting
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

So, evidently, I’m getting a handle on using my iPad for painting-purposes.  Yay me!  It’s letting me continue the unnamed friends series without being in my studio. <–Sssshhhh…these guys currently aren’t on my Flickr yet.  As special thing for y’all.

On-the-go arting.  I likes it, my precious.  It’s like arting out of my backpack when  I was in art school.

Good times.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denoument: Eater of Worlds (left) & S.G. Dagon (right)
mixed media (like whoa)
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: palimpsest
mixed media
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

One of my most recent mixed media pieces: palimpsest. A palimpsest is “a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped or washed off and which can be used again.”  So, not literally but yeah.  This was once part of a color field diptych that I’ve recycled.

It’s also kinda combining several different modes I’ve been working in:  fiber/art yarn, color field painting, and my taxonomy series. So, that’s a thing.

Honestly, this is totally not my favorite piece; however, I have had several people really love it. I think it’s kinda safe and pedantic and not really doing more than being pretty, but conceptually, the idea is embedded in the idea of the palimpsest as well as making references to Beauty and the Beast (which is so often the safest of fairytales in my mind) but problematizing it by being on the outside of the story–we are but observers hearing the stories told over and over and going to see ruins–and placing visuals cues for women’s work and how Beauty is both the paragon and the subversion of femininity as well as cue-ing for Rose Windows: symbol of the Virgin Mary as well as being one of the main points of Biblical education in pre-literate Europe.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: non-Euclidean geometry (or, The Queen’s Mirror)
mixed media
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

So, I have a massive thing for the Queen’s magic Mirror. Mirrors (and windows) kinda freak me out because they’re these places of Otherness and alterity.  They’re, theoretically, showing us reality, but that reality is different for each person, so how can it really be reality.  It’s very quantum.

And, the Queen’s Mirror is even more-so because it sees everywhere, sees the future, sees the past, is a voice and face that only exists for one person, and can move into our world to become something even more horrifying, more grotesque.  So, yeah, the Mirror is kinda a thing for me.

non-Euclidean geometry is kinda the Mirror taken to different places: objects in space, bulbous and grotesque, the Sacred Heart, and the vagina dentata. All of this framed in fairytale, illuminated manuscript ways. There’s even some Scott Treleavan reference in there in the framing.

I kinda like these little Vine-vidlets for documenting my pieces. They’re so difficult to photograph; I think the vidlets do better.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, this has gotten really long again, so I’m out.