Four Lineographs and a Wrecked Envelope
Quick exercise to get myself ready for a much bigger project that’s going to involve about 50 individual pieces of relative simplicity made using a paint program no one really seems to love.
Chasm :Landscape & Vertical:
Last time maintenance left our old furnace filter behind, I thought it was an accident and made a collage/sculpture piece called We Control the Horizontal and the Vertical. This time, he did it again, so it’s no accident (understandable, though, as it would mean either carrying over 30 filters around or making that many more trips to the dumpster). I think this may well become a regular thing.
Sorry to disappoint the defacto white knight below me, but I don’t ignore problems. Is it even worth pointing out your own lack of discretion? You could have noted us or simply written a journal on your own damn page about this, but instead you decided to become part of the problem and try to tell everyone else who commented on this thieving liar’s page how to behave towards people who take credit for other people’s work, steal from well-known artists, and post explicit content without maturity filters despite being advised otherwise.
By the way, the art thief in question once had over 100 uploads to his page, over half of them belonging to Jolly Jack. They have been removed following Mr. Jackson’s journal outing him, but many of the rest have been found out as not his. He removed a few more later on, but has said absolutely nothing on the matter. It’s one thing to not care what others think of you, but this pattern of silent running during damage control is less than likely to endear people to your side (or at least ignore you).
In short: You want attention? Fine!
Green Leaf Dress
The bleed-through issue I had with Pretty Gold Dress only really affected half the page, so I just cut it in half and used the cleaner half for this. The green leaves weren’t made with a red marker, but more a maroon or magenta one. It’s always baffling how colors never quite make the swap to negative the way you think they will.
Still didn’t quite get the scale right, but this was really about using up the watercolor paper I was using for the first Pretty Gold Dress because of a bleed-through issue.
Pretty Gold Dress
Probably going to revisit this one; mean the scale to favor the dress more, looking impossibly lengthy. However, I misjudged the scale and ended up running out of paper :/ Still, I think the negative effect on the two shades of blue gives a good impression of gold plates, a la Gustav Klimt.
Voice of the Green (with blue veiny square because why not?)
In researching the works of Marcel Duchamp, I got the idea to do a minimalist work, something that would “make the most” out of only a few lines. Got carried away, but I find that can be the best thing to do with a simple theme.
I think if I ever have to write a ransom note, I’m going to use Muro’s text brush.
I’ve had to unfollow at least two people here since I started posting more regularly. I hated doing it, but as I said in a journal on DevART, until Tumblr comes up with an app not unlike Tweetdeck to help me organize the pages I follow, there’s only so much vertical scrolling I’m willing to do. Is that fair to those people? Probably not, but isn’t it also unfair to those people I follow that make an effort to keep that ratio down for them to get buried like that? I think it is, hence what I’m saying here.
The obvious exception to this is if you’re helping out someone you know and care about (signal boosting) or if you at least throw in your two cents when you reblog. Like I said, I’m following YOU for a reason.
I don’t know how to get the ball rolling on something like Tumblrdeck, but until then, this is my solution, along with having a second account expressly for reblogging.
This is a test of the experimental photo effect filter service. Had this been a proper and finished artwork, it would not have this annoying grid on it and would most certainly not be a mere camphone snapshot of a notebook page taken under awful lighting conditions. This is only a test.
Merely making plans.
There’s a story behind this photo, but I’m not going to tell you what it is yet, except that it involves sunlight, George Harrison, shame, and the mental phenomenon cryptomnesia.
Gift Art for someone I met by way of an April Fools’ prank, which, given the fact that she rocks, I count as serendipity. Anyway, you should absolutely check out her gallery:
Listened to Philip Glass’ score for Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters while working on this. Can’t think of much better background music to painting an intense warrior surrounded by streaks of blood than that.
Today I was at an Easter dinner that I was secretly hoping I’d be excluded from in the wake of a short and unresolved argument over how we somehow have three fricking crockpots, but one of them was given to us by mistake, which made helping out with the dinner complicated for my roommate… let me put it this way: There’s an old political cartoon of Senator McCarthy wrapped up in a giant spider web insisting, “I can’t do this to me!” That’s kind of the problem in my living situation, and I’m expected to have the scissors always at the ready.
Anyway, while sitting with a little dog in my lap, I snapped a picture and used the Tumblr app to post it. After that, I had a quick exchange with my roommate’s sister when she asked what an underscore was, and found myself making a chat post of it. Realizing I was on a roll, and remembering that College Humor video about the Tumblr Dashboard, I decided to make a quote post about cookies (long story, don’t ask or the cookie eater in question will murder me as promised repeatedly). I tweeted about my progress, only to realize I’d made a glaring omission.
I was on my phone at the time, which means I don’t have full access to Tumblr’s features, including some of the icons in the dash. In fact, I only get six: Text, Photo, Quote, Chat, Link, and Video. Audio is notably absent from the mobile app. I guess it makes sense, though; the microphones in cell phones these days seem to be built in as afterthoughts. It makes sense to marginalize that feature, as counterintuitive as it may seem; Smartphones are capable of producing media-rich content with an almost instantaneous and worldwide distribution system, so why would you use it primarily as a telephone? It reminds me of how cell carriers used to mandate that people buying smartphones get data plans, as a way of keeping out the posers who wanted the latest and greatest gear with no real intention of using it. There’s a little more to it than that, but I suspect it’s still the biggest slice of the pie chart.
Still, there are a number of accessories and apps you can get for smartphones to turn them into veritable solid-state audio recorders. A Marantz PMD-660 it will not be, but it will at least be on the level with that digital voice recorder you may or may not have lying around. In fact, I use a little Sony number for my audiologs that I used to post here. I’d been thinking of posting a newer one, tinkering with a script and bullet points, even considering gussying it up a bit with some title music like I’d always intended. When I realized the oversight, I thought this would be a perfect way to bring the audiologs back, a sort of countdown. I posted a link just before this text post, which leaves only a video (which may be a bit, depending on what I decide to do) and finally audio.
I promise I’m trying to keep the personal drama out of my stuff here and the audiolog will have nothing to do with it.