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This post is a little random, I’m aware of it so that makes it ok.  I guess…  Anyways these are some photos of my inspirations for the day and what I have going on in my studio._DSC0625

This little orange patch doesn’t leave my mind.  I found it on a rock right outside my studio while I was taking a walk.  First off, the color.  I can’t even handle it.  Second off, I love seeing how it forms.  A lot of my work deals with swarms and natural growth.  It’s nice to see some ideas on how to make my pieces seem more real…._DSC0628

Here you have turmeric dissolving in Linseed Oil.  Yeah, I know it looks just like that previous photo.  I need to figure out a way to capture this…  Ideas are brewing. _DSC0631

More turmeric pigment.  This one is mixed with water.  I’m going back to my obsession with circles.  It was only right that I made one piece with a circular shape._DSC0634 _DSC0635

These guys don’t leave my side.  That’s nice because sometimes at night it gets creepy.  But they pass out all day and all night in my studio.  I guess they like that I keep a tropical climate in here.  Plus I give them treats…_DSC0636 _DSC0637

Some more cutouts. This one is a largescale installation in progress… I was inspired when I first saw Keira Knightley wearing a hat with mesh in some movie that I really hated… anyways she had a similar pattern on the mesh and I instantly knew I had to make something with it.  It also is supposed to resemble rainforest plants/sea coral.  Really, all of my images are jumbles of representations that are only meant to seem familiar.  You know it’s some sort of organism, but not what kind exactly.  _DSC0638

My fanny pack has become my new best friend.  I take it everywhere and it’s so easy to carry.  I’ve had it for a while now, but I recently studded it.  Gold studs of course…. and this is my little hook of clothing goodies.  The dogs know it’s time to leave whenever I walk over to this hook and grab something off it.  _DSC0640

Bones out drying.  They’re all washed but the next step is to grind them down and then wash again.  _DSC0641Little branches.  So beautiful, I don’t know what to do with them first! Do I put them in a piece?  Copy the shape and the growth pattern?  I don’t know!

 

 

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I’ve had this idea brewing in my head for some time and it just had to get out.  I definitely want to make two of these pieces, one that’s 10 x 10 and another that’s 20 x 20.  But they’re little cutout guys that resemble vaginas or those things that grow on trees in the rainforest.  Either way, it resembles something organic.  I’ve been trying to work on a smaller scale as compared to my larger installation work.  It’s far more time consuming since I want to get every single cut just right and not have frayed edges.  _DSC0602 _DSC0605

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I started using turmeric as pigment.  It’s really the only color I’ve introduced so far to my pieces that I aim to show.  I may grind up some wheat or cinnamon, but turmeric has a special meaning for me.  I drink it in milk or eat it in paste form to bring down inflammation on my foot when it flares up.  I do notice a difference, and try to eat it as often as I can for health reasons.  Because of that, I wanted to introduce it into my work.  It gives an amazing golden color and a hint of scent if you get close.  _DSC0609 _DSC0614 _DSC0615

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All of these little baby cutouts were used too.  It’s a lot of detail, but they make everything come together.  _DSC0619 _DSC0621 _DSC0622 _DSC0612

I’m making an effort to get some walking in while I’m here.  It’s still snowy, but not too cold yet.  I can go out with two jackets and no coat.  I’ve even been wearing capri pants if you can believe it.  Anyways, I’m not a hiker.  Anyone who knows me will say the same.  Even so, I love to walk.  There are miles and miles of trails here that go into the mountains, but I’m not so adventurous.  Instead, I’m making an effort to do a pre dinner walk to collect sage and other plants for new work.  Here are some photos from the magic hour last night.  _DSC0579 _DSC0582 _DSC0584 _DSC0588 _DSC0591 _DSC0593 _DSC0600