In a connected thought, would people really be interested in seeing more of my random videos? Of me making things, of just random is random-ness, or of me doing challenges? Let me know in the comments.
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.)
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).
Although I occasionally forget tags so check both?
On Instagram, look through the same tags. I have no idea if anyone else uses them, but part of the joy of Instagram tags is seeing all the things you weren’t expecting.
(Y’all would get them all the time too if Instagram actually had a share to WordPress button. But, that’s why there’s an Instagram widget in the sidebar, yeah?)
So, here are some of my current favorites of the sketch-a-day project:
Interestingly–and completely expectedly–the sketch-a-day project is working itself out into digital paintings as well as pastel paintings (and maybe even painting-paintings, but I need to get more canvases, and they’re kinda price-y). I’ve had requests for a book when the year is done? Is that weird?
But, yeah, the most recent adaptations are these guys:
This does, however, mean that I have committed techno-lust and gotten myself a fancy stylus to make the iPad digital arting easier, which means I’m going to start doing digital commissions soon. Right now, the prices are looking like this:
So, I’ve been ears deep in writing (and playing the most massive game of catch-up from the Winter Holidays–seriously, who even thinks having three massive obligation-celebrations within a 6-week period is a good idea?), and that means I’ve been neglecting y’all.
My poor, poor darlings.
I really need to do these posts more often so they’re not so fucking long.
On the upside, I’ve pick-up writing a twice-a-month meta column on Welcome to Night Vale, which is a-MAZ-ing.
Seriously, I’m never going to get over getting paid to write about things that I read, watch, listen to.
Best gig is best.
And, in Art Land, I’ve started as sketch-a-day project to get me drawing everyday (because I’m honestly kind of suck out loud at drawing. DON’T TELL.) and trying new things in a low-risk kinda way.
The results are happy-making for the most part.
My favorites so far are:
Tentacles and WtNV are definitely things that happening. *hands*
I–haven’t processed the photos from the Steampunk Show Opening (not that there are a lot because I didn’t really take any during the Opening since there were THINGS going on that I had to handle), but there are better ones that these.
The Festival of Lights in the Church of Αρcετηεθτηισ
(The Moon, The Deep, and The Devourer)
Αρcετηεθτηισ, oh triadic wondrous horror,
illuminate the darkness of winter
as the light waxes and wanes
and the night envelopes us
Αρcετηεθτηισ, all hail!
The Moon, The Deep, and The Devourer
each in their orb
awaiting cold (re)birth
—a fragment from The Words of the Devourer by Τηεοσιδ, Third Speaker of Αρcετηεθτηισ
The Dress Uniform of Leftenant-Colonel Αβιγαιλ Ποδεσ, Order of the Silver Octopus
This is the dress uniform of Leftenant-Colonel Αβιγαιλ Ποδεσ, Order of the Silver Octopus and Oathsworn Protector of the Realm, 7th Regiment under The Victoria Elisabeta the Second, 5th in success of Victoria the Great, may She live in Αρcετηεθτηισ’ eldritchian splendor forever and ever—Madness Be!—who decreed that the Empire, long may it shine, should forever and always be ruled and protected by the women of Her realm.
These’ll suffice for now, yeah?
The Steampunk Show goes down the 30th, so if you’re wanting to see it, best get to the ARTgarage Tuesday or Wednesday.
And–the new Quarter starts Saturday, so that’s also a THING I’m working on.
It–doesn’t really have a name yet. Something about jellyfish and lightboxes and phoenixes.
So, a pretty decent turn out at the ARTgarage despite the Wisconsin weather being its typical can’t-decide-if-it’s-gonna-snow-or-rain-or-be-ridiculously-bright-and-cherry self. (FYI: It’s snow right now. *SIGH* What-EVER.)
So, if y’all have been following tentacle-made studios at home via Facebook, Twitter/Vine (I’m triesquid on Vine too.), or Tumblr*, you’ll already be fairly versed in all of this, but meh, feel free to skip ahead to the videos if ya’d like.
*I always feel like I should explain about my Tumblr. It started out as a on-the-go, more-free-wheeling art blog and has quickly become a weird hybridization of my studio practice, activism, art morgue, fic and poetry (some written by me and some not), and fandom artifacts (which are important because my art practice is informed by Visual Culture/Popular Culture and fandom iterations of VC/PC have become a part of that for me with fandom’s critical thinking and free-range creativity), so my Tumblr is a bit wild and wacky.
So, stuff sold, which is kinda a nice change of pace, and I’m starting to thing about revisiting the idea of the plushie unnamed friends since I had a bunch of kids kinda go mental over the fungoid owlets.
I dunno. I think the other unnamed friends could translate nicely to something Ugly Doll-esque.
And, that’s kinda beside the point. Gallery Nite debrief–GO!
Miss Zoe from Knits by Zoe and ‘Lain (We went to art school together.) came out and spun with me. It was nice. I don’t get to spend enough time with either one of them since they live in Green Bay, and I’m way-the-way out in BFE-Shawano.
This was my display filled with all sorts of fun things, which the break down was basically–
14 art batts, 10 drop spindles, 5 ball-winders, and 4 knitty-knotties (which I misspelled on the tags because I can never decide if “knotty” has one t or two–what can ya do?).
Additionally, there was some handmade jewelry, fungoid owlets, button packs, and plot bunnies.
Here’s a better idea of what the display looked like. That’s ‘Lain in the back–fighting with her wheel.
And, speaking of Hello Purl (I could explain the tangent, but I don’t wanna! Mwhahahahahahahaha!), there’s evidently a new Arts Events website being developed called something like “Whoa New”. I didn’t quite catch their name, but I did have a nice chat with the Writer and Photographer (who we’re having a One-Degree of Separation thing). So, that’s exciting and totally something that the area needs, like whoa.
Also, my very own Gnome is going to be the musical entertainment at the June Gallery Nite, so yeah, y’all should come out and listen to him play.
…should I be being this enthusiastic and spazzy in a public forum? IDK.
Okay, so yeah, that’s kinda where I’ve been: having meetings with the Andrew Linskins, the gallery manager for NorthCoast Gallery (which is part of NorthCoast Productions) and printing cards and working on more pieces and thinking about installation and trying to not freak out every other minute.
So, a full week.
They’re not the best cards ever, but I tried. <–An artist friend of mine thought they were very nice. I’m just happy I could afford to print them.
‘Cause, they look like this in reality:
Yeah. I WANT PRETTY SHINY GLOSSY CARDS.
*kinda sulks inappropriately*
I am, however, attempting to finish this monumental (for me at any rate) piece so that I can hand it in the front hall of the building that NorthCoast is in.
IT’S NEVER GOING TO GET DONE! /o\
…see, and this is why I hadn’t been posting this week: I’m kinda wreck and leaking emotions everywhere.
Pieces! I finished a four-part piece yesterday.
And, they are supposed to go together like this:
This piece is really inspired by spending way to much time on Tumblr. I’m not even kidding.
And, there are classes! Ya know, if y’all would like to take classes. With me. At the ARTgarage. <–I’m totally going to have to create a sidebar with all of the classes. It’ll be less nutty. Right? Right.
Okay. That’s it. That’s the post.
What do y’all think? Of the show? Of the work? Y’all have been so quiet lately.
So, lovies, I hope that y’all had (or will have) the pleasant holidays or not-holidays of your choice. Mine was insane what with the not!Apocalypse intervening. Although, it did make liveblogging the apocalypse so much fun over on my Tumblr.
Okay, things that I’ve been up to since the last time I was here chatting with y’all:
MAKE CERTAIN TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE! Maybe even click some of the links. Ya know, before anyone throws a fit. Okay?
when he noticed something: work by an artist named Josafat Miranda that looked exactly like his own. Miranda had taken photographs shot by Levesque years ago and painted them nearly to a tee — recreations with added color and flair. He had done the same thing with some photos shot by Marie Killen. Miranda’s pieces were being sold for $4,000 a piece at a gallery booth at Scope.
It’s actually a very complicated discussion, and this may not be the best example as the basis for this discussion because, honestly, we’re not really getting whether or not Miranda had a conceptual re-contextualization of Levesque’s work or not; therefore, a truly informed conversation about this particular incident is difficult to have. <–I actually kinda want to know whether or not he was indicating where he was getting the imagery from. It doesn’t necessarily change anything, but it would expand the breadth of the conversation.
Yet, this is a very interesting fair use vs. intellectual theft conversation–especially since Levesque was less concerned about his work and more about his friend, Marie Killien’s, whose a young, struggling artist and that Levesque provided examples about what Miranda could have done to tread the line of fair use BETTER.
And, maybe, this is the difference between artists that came up through the ranks of deviantArt and Tumblr and other places that have a heavy fan-culture association, who came out of fan culture to begin with, versus those that come out of a purely fine art background: we live off of the mash-up; we borrow heavily; we synthesize, and usually, we’re very good about saying where our inspirations are coming from. Because that’s how we survive as a fan culture.
We also police the hell out of ourselves so that everyone knows where the lines are.
This is a conversation that’s going to have to happen more and more as artists of all flavors come out of these fan places (I see it on Tumblr a lot with cosplay, oddly.) because, as much as it may seem simple and straightforward, there is rarely anything that IS simple and straightforward.
So, what do y’all think about this?
Remember, be reasonable, be thoughtful, be considerate.
So, I’ve been the sickest of little squids the last couple of days (I caught a cold at Thanksgiving from my extended, loving family), and then I had to kind of rush to finish my Art Meets Heart canvas for the ARTgarage, which totally makes it sound epic but it totally wasn’t. <–It was basically spray painting the canvas and then attaching all the bits and pieces to the canvas.
And, because it’s a very 3-dimensional work, a collaged photo-set!
And! I finished my NaNo! I have proof!
If, say, y’all would like to read what I have been writing for NaNo (and I know y’all do ’cause, seriously, why wouldn’t y’all want to hear my manic characters be manic because who wouldn’t), check my NaNoWriMo tag over on my Tumblr.
I kinda like my novel (what I have of it because–OMG!–plot-y novel is plot-y!), but I have 50,000+ words and am nowhere near being done with the actual novel. <–This is freaking me the fuck out. Seriously. I’ve never had a novel be so–novel-y.
And, since I have been sickly-squid, I’ve been watching movies. We all have movies that are our go-to movies when we’re sick or upset or whatever; The Avengers has totally become one of those movies for me (and I could go on and on for weeks–and have!–about how amazing it is), but my other movies (and long-time readers will be aware of this) is Julie and Julia.
I know, they don’t seem to have anything in common, but emotionally, they do for me for some reason. I think it might be that entire “searching for our places in the world thing” that they both have going on: everyone in the Avengers Initiative because they’re all considered freaks because they aren’t “normal” people (whatever that means) and are still unfinished people for various reasons, and Julie Powell and Julia Child because they’re both trying to find who they want to be.
These are themes that are relevant to my interests.
And, I love this moment in Julie and Julia because it comes so close in the movie after Dor and Julia talking about how they never fit in Pasedina and the near-fisticuffs about McCarthy that Julia gets into with her pops. I just love how they reach for each other like “this was the only place we belonged, with each other” and then, just after, their husbands shake hands, and then there’s this feeling of “and now we fit here too with these valiant individuals who are brave enough to love us.”
I like it. I like it a lot.
And, this theme of belonging and trying-to-belong I think is something that always permeates my work since, fairytales, really do have this undertone of belonging and not belonging and figuring out how to belong in them.
So, yeah. Belonging.
And, I have waxed rhapsodic in a drugged haze a bit too long, I think.
I’ve been up to my pointed little ears in work. Gallery Nite was last week, so that’s always kinda epic on November because everyone is trying to get everyone else to buy what they’re selling.
(NB: I actually sold a skein of yarn. Mind, y’all, it was like a $15 skein of yarn, but baby-steps, right?)
I was also busy because my bookmaking class at the ARTgarage went (and I think it went well, but I also haven’t looked at the evaluations because evaluations scare the bejeezus out of me after years teaching College Composition. Just no.)
We made six book-types in six hours: instabooks (five forms), hard-backed concertina/accordion books, pamphlet books (they did 3-hole, and I showed them 5-hole), “easy” Coptic bound (still took an hour and a half), Japanese stab stitch (the easiest version but with supplemental instructions on the other three I have wandering around), and a folded altered-book form.
So, yeah, a lot of books in a very short amount of time.
These are two of the books that we made. Everyone chose their own colors for everything, so no person’s book was like anyone else’s unless the person chose it to be. These were the ones I made during the class so that I could show the students what to do.
It’s actually kinda difficult to make the book and talk about making the book at the same time. I hadn’t expected that for some reason. I think, if the class goes again, I’ll be better prepared for that difficulty.
…it totally didn’t help that I hadn’t made books in a while and kinda hadn’t expected the class to actually go.
I’m thinking about talking to the SAW coordinator at the ARTgarage and seeing if a bookmaking class (or papermaking or some sort of fiber arts class) might not be a good addition to the standard curriculum of painting, pastels, and drawing. Not that that isn’t all well and good and necessary, but it seems like it might be nice to start introducing them to alternative art-making forms, right?
What got me thinking about seeing about these additions is that an art!friend of mine asked me (and a bunch of other artists) if we would be interested in helping out with a high school (portable) mural project. I was, so I am. *\o/*
And, another art!friend of mine is putting together another show and has asked me if I’d like to play. This is my friend who coordinated and curated the Circus Nerve show last April, which was amazing and bizarre and we should totally do another circus-themed show because that was fantastic! The piece I made specifically for the show was this guy:
So, yeah, that’s exciting!
And, NaNo is proceeding apace. I’ve actually cracked 40,000, so only 10,000 to go!
Mind, y’all, I think I’m only through about a third of my actual plot, but meh. This silly thing is actually going to be a fully conceptualized and plotted out novel if I die trying! <–There shall be no dying; there shall only be victory!
And, that brings us to poetry. I have been promising, so here are some of the poems I’ve been writing and posting on my on-the-go studio Tumblr/fandom Tumblr (because, if y’all have noticed, a lot of my art-practice is highly conceptualized from visual culture/popular culture, fairy tales, myths, legends, and well, yeah).