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February 1st has brought me an unforseen relocation. I'm taking a retreat, going back to basics, building from square one, or as Mark Sandman once said, "Starting over from scratch". Back in November, my art studio as some of you may know, was looted, destroyed and ransacked. Ove 50 works of art are gone. All my materials, gone. Lighting, paint, furniture, tools, even the art that my little daughter has made me over the years is all gone. It was quite a blow. But there has been plenty of time to greive. I decided my next course of action would be to take my photos that Ive collected over the years and turn them into prints. Thats what led to this fine site.
But now that Im in a space that I can paint, Im going to be getting back to the messy stuff soon enough. Paint and materials will be bought a little at a time. So for now, Im still hitting the Vellum paper hard, squeezing out Grateful Dead art that suits the Season, turning it into prints, clothing (www.redbubble.com/people/dharmadog215) and stickers. But I needed to take a break from that for one project that was a commission idea for a nice Mama up North in Rochester NY. She requested a "Broken Arrow" theme Grateful Dead piece to commemorate a soon to be marriage with her Love. Its their favorite song, and its been a project that was on my mind anyway. The concept almost made it as a Valentine's card design. This piece will not become prints or clothing. So Im glad I have a photo of the original to share with you all.
You cant really tell from the photo. but I used metallic pencils and ink in parts of it, and it makes it really shimmer. I just received confirmation that she loves it. I hope all of you do as well.
In other news, I will be participating in some First Friday events int he coming couple of months, so stay tuned to see where I will be sellign some art, and which pieces it will be. There will be some music events as well. Since we're on the subject, its time you know that Summer is closer than ya think. Snow on the ground? It will be ggone in NO TIME. Its time to pick what Summer Festivals you are hitting. We are getting our calendars together now for Spring>Fall travels. Stay tuned!