it should be enough. to make something beautiful should be enough. it isn’t. it should be.

(the blog post title if from richard siken’ “landscape with a blur of conquerors” from war of the foxes–siken recently had a stroke, and there’s a gofundme to help with his rehabilitation if y’all have a few dollars and can help? that’s be solid of y’all) Continue reading

something dead that doesn’t know it’s dead. a painting, for instance. an abstraction.

hi–

that’s a line from richard siken’s poem “landscape w fruit rot and millipede”

it’s been a thing i’ve been resonating with–really, richard siken in general

so, i’ve returned to the world–well, i’m returning to the world slowly

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the new year

despite being told over and over that the beginning of the year is somehow this immense, new time of possibility, i can’t help but remember that our western new year is an arbitrary designation of “new” and “start” and “beginning”.

we begin when we begin, and having this imposed designation, i often think, just harms us more than it helps.

but, as with most things, your mileage may vary.

that all being said, there is a certain energy that permeates the west at the new year that does propel us all forward–whether we ascribe to the imposed “new” or not.

which is a weird, random way of saying that these were my projects from last year, and these are my projects for this year.

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welcome to a new year at tentacle-made studios!

for those of you just joining the show, i’m your host ‘trie (sounds like “tree”), and i’m a mixed media, conceptual artist and writer who has recently become a con-kid/exhibitor, doesn’t like capitalization, and lives in the backwoods of wisconsin.

which makes being a con-kid and an artist a little bit difficult.

at least the trees recognize me as one of their own.

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post-nerdcon: stories check-in, pop culture con, and nanowrimo

hello, everyone!

i have finally emerged from my post-nerdcon: stories collapse!  (it involves living in a blanket-fort, being trapped by a very angry murder-machine, ordering supplies, and being super-behind in ALL THE THINGS, so it’s super-exciting but imperative because cons are a lot a lot of emotional labor as well as physical and mental labor.  my spoons:  they are few and far betweeeeeeeeeeeen.)

gentle reminder:  if y’all saw anything at nerdcon–or, really, any cons that y’all have attended that i’ve been at–that you have a MIGHTY NEED for and it’s not up on my storenvy or etsy, just send me an email, and i will ensure that your MIGHTY NEED is filled.

or, if you’ve found yourself needing one of my pieces as a shirt of something, let me know, and i can clean it up and post it to my redbubble.

i’m also going to be changing my patreon rewards up, so they’ll be coming down for a bit while i re-sort them.

now, to the actually important stuff!

first things the first, nerdcon: stories was excellent, and there is even noises that we might get a third one, so DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE.

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new year, POP! Comic, Manga, Grafitti exhibit at the ARTgarage (Green Bay), and new projects

or–more of the same.  who knows.

BUT!  happy new year (day 2), y’all.  we made it, which is something i wasn’t sure was going to happen.

*cues mountain goats*

(nb:  that video is way creepier than i was expecting.)

the POP! Comic, Manga, Grafitti exhibit goes up on Tuesday, January 6th, and the opening reception is January 9th from 5-8pm.  me and my art shall be in attendance.  (go here if you’d like a preview.)

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and–i have a cold

and, about a million and four things to do.

i’m sorry that it’s bee so long, again; the boss has been hiring a swath of new writers for The Hub, and my editor duties went up as well as me being not in full control of my faculties and having added more articles to my list of writer duties, the continuation of sketch-a-day, preparing for the Pop Culture Show at the ARTgarage in january, and–because i needed more things to do–inktober.

and, nanowrimo’s coming up fast.

did i mention my sketchbook project is due in january too?

yep, i’m just brilliant.

why do i do this to myself?!?!?!

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Ugh.

I’ve been having problems getting here and doing the thing where I write at y’all about art and my studio practice, and just, I’m sorry.

I’m honestly kinda–stuck? blocked?–about what to work on lately; although, the sketch-a-day project continues apace, which I never really set any rules for myself other than I would do a sketch every day of 2014 on a 3×5″ notecard.  The project has since progressed into a sort of Welcome to Night Vale fauna thing that I have tagged #welcometonightvalefauna and, more broadly, #sketchaday on my Tumblr.

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:

DIGITAL ART COMMISSIONS

  • Sketch (b&w):  $10 (additional creature $10 each)
  • Sketch (color):  $15 (additional creature $10 each)
  • Lineart (b&W):  $15 (additional creature $10 each)
  • Lineart (color):  $20 (additional creature $10 each)

Specific Series Creatures:

  • unnamed friends (b&w, existing creature):  $25 (additional creature $10 each)
  • unnamed friends (color, existing creature):  $30 (additional creature $10 each)
  • unnamed friends (b&W, original-for-commission creature):  $35 (additional creature $15 each)
  • unnamed friends (color, original-for-commission creature):  $40 (additional creature $15 each)
  • fauna (b&w, existing creature):  $25 (additional creature $10 each)
  • fauna (color, existing creature):  $30 (additional creature $10 each)
  • fauna (b&W, original-for-commission creature):  $35 (additional creature $15 each)
  • fauna (color, original-for-commission creature):  $40 (additional creature $15 each)

I haven’t opened commissions yet, but if you want to leave comments here or email me (in the sidebar) or message me on Tumblr, feel free.  Interest is likely to get me to do things more quickly.

Although, this was all spawned out of The Rainbow Hub (ya know, the place I write things for and am a Deputy Editor for?) commissioning critters from me for the site.

So, yeah.

Let me know what y’all think I should work on or if there’s interest in any of the things *waves tentacle* mentioned above.

Courage.