What’s Going On

Haven’t been posting much in the past few days. Sorry about that.

I’ve been working on the latest issue of StinZine (issue #005, for those keeping score). It’s almost done. I’ll be showing off the full thing in a few weeks, but until then, here are some teasers from previous stages:

Dawn’s Preliminary Sketch for the Cover:

My Preliminary Logo Design for Dawn’s cover:

The Production Teasers:

Been trying to figure out what I’m able to spend time working on right now. I started a novel, but it’s stillborn, and I need to do a serious rewrite if I want to revive it. Problem is, Dawn isn’t crazy about me doing a NaNoWriMo novel to achieve this. She knows she doesn’t need to ask permission to do anything she wants to do, but she doesn’t like NaNoWriMo, and she doesn’t like being neglected while I write novels. She also worries about my mental state during activities like these. I worry about hers, too, but more when she’s NOT working than when she is. I guess it’s different when you’re Bipolar. It’s frustrating, but there doesn’t seem to be an answer for it. Either I put up and shut up, or risk losing the only person who really loves me. Life.

So, Balla Khee may have to wait until I can prove I’m not insane, so I can get clearance to write her story.

Meanwhile, I’m also attempting two new large(r) scale canvas paintings, and if those go well, I will do another short series of small-to-medium pieces on canvas board, and then maybe buy a properly large canvas or panel (something like 30″x60″ or thereabouts; maybe a full five feet square) and do something monumental. What I really want to do is lay down or surround myself with a series of four square panels, or eight 2:1 rectangular panels, throw LOTS of paint, and assemble the results together on one large wall, like a sort of fold-out macro canvas. I can’t tell you how strong that urge is. I feel like that idea is going to be one of the big ones.

I also still have the plan to do a Choose Your Own Layers series, by painting a series of layers on plastic sheets and scanning them for a digital presentation, but also just assembling the results ins oem fashion so that folks who want to experience the kind of thing I do when I make this stuff can flip and rearrange layers and maybe even sections of layers to assemble their own painting. I really want to do the digital version, like an app for a travelling interactive museum, but I don’t think it will be seen as real art (yet) unless I have physical versions in large scale for people to mess with and put on their walls.

Oooooh… there’s an idea… paint strip-sized canvases or strip panels (something like 1’x8′) and let people assemble their own wall/hall-length collages, either continuously or in sections, like fake French windows.

I’ve just been wondering if it’s possible for me to develop a set of impasto techniques that doesn’t require a splatter box, and to be honest, I’m starting to think I can’t do it without paint flinging at some stage, so I’m trying to work out the logistics of building a new splatter box as a sort of plastic tent in the corner of the apartment for a few days. Dawn will probably flip, but I really don’t see another way to do it properly without anointing the entire apartment in rainbow-coloured cumshot.

I may just lay down some unstretched canvas I still have, or stretch it over my old printer’s screen frame (currently in storage), and do some good old fashioned drip painting. It’s not as sexy as hurling paint at upright canvases and boards, but then, the last series was also painted with the canvases and panels laying down… just inside a box, where I could throw paint safely. I’d simply go out and buy another box set-up like the last one, but I need a bigger box for the larger canvases and panels I have in mind.

The last series was all about reinventing space. This series will be more about reinventing form. Again, abstract, but different from the previous series, which impressed a fair number of people, but not enough to buy. I’ve been looking at other, slightly more successful abstract artists around these parts, and while I don’t want to steal their gig, it occurs to me that my works are pretty intense and oppressive, and if I start working in larger sizes, that might magnify, rather than diffuse, if I keep laying it on in the fashion I have been.

So there you have it. Stuff is still happening. Not as much as I’d like, but we’re getting there.

Oh, great. The kitten just knocked the water bowl off the shelf onto Dawn’s keyboard and mouse. If they don’t dry out shortly, I can see what my day is going to consist of. *sigh* Ah well. Anyway, Here’s the current setup:

And finally, here’s where the painting is today:
Yes, I’m starting over. *sigh*

Time to get back to work. Thanks for reading.


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