Magnetic Thoughts

Normally, I cannot sit down to write a poem to save my life, with two exceptions: one, I can compose poetry in modern(-ish)  Japanese which is laden with double entendres; and two, I can glance at a random collection of words on my refrigerator door and have an entire poem pop out at me, nearly complete, like some kind of linguistic Rohrschach test.

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Some of them are pretty epic:

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Others, pretty silly:

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Sometimes, two poems will sort of merge into one, like these two did:

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(My ‘little fish’ is a person, you see.)

Classic:

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Sometimes things get a bit suggestive:

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Other times, there’s no suggesting about it.

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But this is nothing compared to what I’ve done in the past. The sets of poetry magnets I have, you see, in addition to the ‘basic’ set, are ‘education’, ‘family’, and ‘naughty’. So you can imagine the kinds of things room mates of years past have been subjected to. 😛

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Shrunken Head II

My latest hat, a private commission. The client actually wanted to buy the shrunken head hat from my private collection when he saw me wearing it, but I declined to sell it and instead suggested he commission me to do another one just for him. He accepted, and suggested a “third eye” motif, which reminded me of my idea for the design which I used.  In the pics above you can see it finished from various angles, under a blacklight to show off the glow-in-the-dark paint, in various stages of progress, and next to the original shrunken head hat.

Since I spend holidays alone, I plan on starting a print version of this design today. It might be a painting, or it might be vector art, I’m not sure yet. I find vector art is more versatile when it comes to reproduction, but I’ll never be as good on a computer as I am with real paint, brushes, and pens. I do like this style I’ve been experimenting with; the monochrome paint-spattered base layer overlaid with hard black lines, with the whole design bordered by matte black false background, is inspired by my flirtation with screen printing and stenciled street art. The use of color in selected details is a compromise between my desire to move my technique to something more minimal than what I instinctively do, and the desire to make a striking, dynamic composition.

Sometimes I purposely make my designs asymmetrical, because if I don’t I’ll become to obsessed with symmetry and balance. So I put little flaws into things, like how one of the laces on the top eye loops into the bands in the hair and not the skin on the forehead, and how two of the laces on the bottom eye are crossed. By making it imperfect from the outset, I keep myself from obsessing myself to a standstill.

If there is one thing I would change about this hat, I would finish the eyes off to be blacklight reactive as well. A genuine oversight.

If anyone wants to commission one for themselves, glowing paint and all, $50 is the base price. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Send support to Standing Rock.

Back to the old mixing board

I wired together what is left of my old audio studio while in the process of trying to sort out a heartache. I don’t consider myself much of a musician, even less of a guitarist, as I’m primarily known for my electronic music and DJing, but this one is made the old fashioned way– no samples of other artists’ work, long unedited recording takes, all drum sounds and synth programs made from scratch without presets, and no repeated looping (not even the drum machine), just pure old fashioned feeling from the shadows in my heart.  I have used the name ‘God In The Machine’ on my original music for about half of my life now, but this is the first time it has appeared in a while.

If thinking of her results in creating this, then I almost don’t care that she will never love me.

Critical feedback welcome

 

Gear list:

Drums- Korg ER1 MK2

Bass- Juno 106

Synth pads- Korg DSS-1

Guitar- Some cheapo thing that only has five strings

Drum/bass sequencing- Notator for Atari 1040ST

Recorded and mixed via Presonus Studio One

Mr. Moose’s Long Forgotten Art Blog

Whoops, forgot I had a blog there for a minute.

 

It isn’t that I haven’t been busy producing art. More like, I haven’t kept a regular blog since I was a teenager. Time gets tight, and things fall off the bottom of the priority list. I guess this blog was one for a bit. But! I decided to poke its corpse back to life using black magic and a stick. To celebrate, here is my latest work:

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“Mr. Moose,” 5in. X 7in. acrylic and sharpie on mini canvas board.

 

This was something I did for the sake of completing something fast. I have several other painting projects that I’ve been agonizing over lately, and I wanted to get something finished in just a couple of hours. It wound up being something in the neighborhood of four or five hours from the time that I painted over the original image (some lame snowman Christmas painting given to me by a co-worker, I think. Whoever it was, sorry, I painted over your painting. Come after me if you like.) until the time I finally decided to stop messing around with the details.

 

“Mr. Moose” is an old nickname of mine. Long story. As I said when I posted this painting on Facebook, things get weird when I try to paint my feelings. Anyways. This one is for sale or trade, but not currently available through my Etsy shop– I’m trying to move it on a more local, immediate level. Email enemyempire@gmail.com or get a hold of me in person if you know me.

Shrunken Head Hat (with progress pic!)

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My latest hat: my own take on a shrunken head. (Technically, shrunken heads no longer have eyes or teeth, they are removed along with the skull.) The laces glow in the dark, because why not? This one took much longer than usual. Not for sale– I’m keeping this one for sure.

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One thing I wanted to do, which I think worked, is compose and place the face in a way which would make it look angry when viewed from one direction (the top down) and sad from another direction (the bottom up).

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Progress pic, with rough draft. You can see that instead of a black background with a colored fill, I decided to do a colored background with black fill and lines. I think it worked well, but it took longer since it’s a somewhat unfamiliar style of painting for me– kind of backwards from how I normally do it.

Bloody Gir Hats (with progress pics!)

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Inspired by the new Invader Zim comic series, I decided to paint a fan art hat featuring the infamous “bloody Gir.” I snapped pictures of it along the way, just to give people an idea of what goes into one of my hats. I skipped the exhaustive stuff about primer and clearcoat, though, and just focused on the art itself:

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Hat painted with primer, then white, then some nice bloody red spatters. You can see the sketch I’m working from on the right, there.

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Then the basics of the body.

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Basic shading

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Yay! Blood!

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Highlights and shadows, beginning outlines

Photo1003Tada! And then I thought, “I should do a blue version, too,” since Gir comes in two modes– the “normal” blue mode and red “attack” mode. Each one took me about twelve or fifteen hours to complete, something like that. These things are inexact, you know.

Art, Music, and Writing by J. Wells