I’ve been working on expanding the Mudras works to include what I call portraits. These are images of other people’s hands and then my zen interpretation of that person.
Our way of communicating isn’t limited to words on a blank screen, let alone the noise that comes from our mouths. I’d argue much more of a story is told in how we use our hands and our bodies to convey our selves.
This concept developed as my dad was dying. I took photos of him to capture his transition from this world to where ever it is we go, consciousness goes after so many years of life.
I started the series using the hands of a dear friend, Miguel, who also is afflicted with Parkinson’s. I asked for some images of his hands, shaking and all. What he sent in response was a beautiful performance video of his hands in motion and experiencing the shaking so typical of his condition. From there, I pulled several stills from the video and went to work.The title of the work reflects our friendship and humor.
After Miguel’s portrait, I felt confident enough to sit down and work on the piece I created as a requiem for my dad. This work required the cooperation of my siblings and nephew. In fact, the work is representative of the family lineage.
In order to start a portrait, I ask the proposed subject a few things about shapes, preferred colors, and so on. What makes this portraiture work is my intimacy with the subject, who is either family or friend.
It is my desire to move this group of imagery beyond my circle of influence and into new territory with people I don’t know, by taking commissions.
Perks are in production! ETA late next week. Shipping begins the following week.
In the coming days, I’ll be working on the production for the actual fine art prints. Thankfully, I left myself some production notes along the way regarding output issues like banding in gradients. Specifically the way I make clouds. A good thing happened along the way to producing this series and we figured out I had a banding problem early on when my then mentor asked for a set of images at full size. Banding happens from time to time when you pull a gradient from the Illustrator platform into the Photoshop platform.
It was an expensive lesson in giclee output limitations and what to do about it, but a good one. (Yeah, it’s tax deductible, baby!)
No, I won’t work Photoshop native, get over it. I’m all about the vectors. (That’s a size joke, btw.)
There is still time to grab yourself a little astrological art treat. No tricks. No sugar, no fillers, vegetarian, eco-friendly too! Seriously, if you were ambivalent about the Hatchfund campaign, but saw something you liked, now is a great time to grab it.
It is tax-deductible and you deserve a gift that gives more than once.
Above, Pink Buddha celebrates by doing the Anchovy Dance.
That’s right, we did it. The As Above, So Below campaign funded at $5801, thanks to three angels stepping up and tipping the scales.
I’ve learned a great deal about myself, getting out of my own way, and out of my comfort zone. I’ve also learned some invaluable insights about how even my are is not all about me, me, me. Rather, it is about how your life may be enriched by having a relationship with the work and then perhaps with the me, the artist.
Because the initial goal was attained, I’ve been granted an extra 30 days to reach what is called my “stretch goal.” This is actually the full budget of the campaign based on being able to engage enough donors to reap the entire inventory of perks or thank you gifts. The campaign is taking donations until November 8, 2017.
I’m still in awe of the support I didn’t know I had. And my gratitude runs deep.
Now, it’s on to what I think is the fun part. Production for the perks and production for the actual art project itself. I’m looking forward to sending out the perks, it reminds me of Xmas.
I’ve also sent in my application for the stARTup art fair and suppose I’ll be hearing back some time in mid to late November. It’s curated, so there may be a possibility that I don’t get in to the L.A. show. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, I’ve been working on laying out the ground work for a new series, completed two more “mudras” and started the text for a graphic novel about cats.