Imagine 2018 and the end of a great summer

Imagine Music and Arts Festival on Orcas island is behind me now and I don’t have any more festivals planned at all. It feels good to be back home and going nowhere at all. I’m looking forward to getting comfy in the studio and finishing the many paintings that were started but not finished because I was constantly being swooped into the next adventure. 2018 has already been the most productive year for painting that I’ve ever had; about 20+ paintings so far.

Here is a beautiful shot of the altar that Anu Honey, Jasper Sircus and Tifa Mudita built at Imagine as a center piece for the dome. It was an honor to be asked to contribute the Orca painting that I started at Beloved a month earlier. I think what they created here is wonderful.

 Have you seen a better altar? Photo: Tifa Mudita

Have you seen a better altar? Photo: Tifa Mudita

And I’m almost done with the two live paintings that I started at Imagine. I’m pretty happy with where they each went. One is a study on river life with tall reeds, cattails and maybe some fish? The other shows the Earth, Sun and Moon with a campfire that curls up into the canopy of stars that covers us all.

 Work in progress from Imagine 2018

Work in progress from Imagine 2018

 Another work in progress started at Imagine 2018

Another work in progress started at Imagine 2018

All life is swirling around us always…so much gratitude and love for this life, my community and the opportunity to share my art with all of you. Thank you.

Live Painting at Beloved 2018

My first year painting at Beloved was so much more than I had anticipated. What a dreamy festival: The beautiful people, the incredible music, the cast of live painters and gallery/store crew...basically everything was perfect and well executed. I've never had more fun live painting and it probably shows in the three paintings I made over the course of 4 days! 

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Yes that's right, 3 paintings in 4 days. What can I say, the inspiration was so overwhelming, I was overflowing with creative energy! Truth be told, none of them were quite finished but still, I was a little surprised how much progress I made.

 I painted the initial layers of the orca painting with my hands!

I painted the initial layers of the orca painting with my hands!

The main painting of the three was a little prayer for the Southern Resident Orcas in Puget Sound. I heard that the day I painted it the mother who had been carrying her dead calf for 17 days finally released it and ended her tour of grief. This painting will be featured at Imagine Festival on Orcas Island September 7-9th. 

 Three paintings started at Beloved 2018

Three paintings started at Beloved 2018

New Stickers! The Forest Spirit

I just got these sweet new stickers in the mail! They're beautiful coated vinyl, 5.5x4" and only $4 each.

The Forest Spirit was painted earlier this year and is from a vision I had of an Owl-like spirit who came to me deep in the woods and seemed to say that the spirit of nature was neutral and that all I had to do was surrender fear and doubt and just trust that the universe has my back. Everything will be okay, just stay confident.  

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Hempfest 2018

Hempfest this year was a lot of fun! I spent three days painting outside with 100s and and 100s of appreciative art lovers flowing past all day. I started a new piece and although it's not done yet I think I can finish it in another day or two. 

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 Currently untitled. 24x36" acrylic on canvas. 

Currently untitled. 24x36" acrylic on canvas. 

 

 

Deities and Demon 14th Annual Ball at CoSM

I'm super excited to share that I'll finally be headed out to CoSM to paint with Alex and Allyson Grey! I'll be there for the 14th annual Deities and Demons Halloween Ball! I've heard so many amazing things about CoSM, I can't wait to finally experience it for myself. 

The Multi-Colored Machine

Here is a video preview of my new coloring book "the Multi-Colored Machine". It's available now for $17 shipped to your door or $15 in person if you come visit my studio Praxis Arts in Georgetown Seattle. 

It contains 22 illustrations lovingly crafted over the course of about a year in coffee shops and various arty places. The selected original pencil drawings were then scanned and "inked" digitally and brought together in this volume.

Designed for all ages and methods of coloring. You can add more line work with an ink pen, color them with pen, pencil or crayon. You can use vivid color or even greyscale... you are limited only by your imagination! 

I hope you enjoy it and please share your creations, I'd love to see what you make of these drawings. 

The Multi-Colored Machine

It's finally done and available now for purchase. 22 illustrations to be modified as you see fit. I think it turned out beautifully, I'm very happy with the quality that Girlie Press on Capitol Hill turned in, and I think you'll love it too. It's signed and can be yours for only $17 which includes shipping. ($15 if you pick it up in person). Paypal me at mokusa@mac.com. Thanks! I'll add a video preview of the whole book shortly...

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Beloved Festival 2018

Tidewater, here I come! 

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I'm super excited to announce that I will be joining the live-paining crew at Beloved this year. I'll be up on the painting stage creating something new and exciting from scratch. You'll also be able to find a few works for sale in the gallery as well as merchandise in the store. I even have a new surprise item I'm working hard to finish just in time for the event. 

It's a real honor to be included in such a beautiful festival among so many creative and loving souls. Seriously, I can't wait!

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"Water Spirit" Time Lapse

Here's a time lapse video I made over the course of 5 long days (about 60 hours total) working on this painting from the very start. It is meant to be a companion piece to the "Forest Spirit" painting I made a couple weeks before. I started without any real concept or sketches, I only knew it needed to match the spontaneity and looseness of the Forest Spirit. This proved to be very challenging! You can see in the video how many times I had to rework the face before I found what I was looking for. So here it is, 60 hours compressed into a minute and a half! 

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Water Spirit Painting Progress

I've spent 4 long days painting a companion piece to my Forest Spirit painting. I have at least one more day to go on her but so far I like where this one ended up. It has been very challenging to try and match the spontaneity and ease of The Forest Spirit. I've been making a time lapse video of the whole piece starting with a blank canvas so when I post that you'll see what I mean. Lots of editing! Anyway, these are both works in progress...

 Water Spirit, Forest Spirit 24x36, acrylic on canvas

Water Spirit, Forest Spirit 24x36, acrylic on canvas

The Observer: Nearing completion

After many months of development this giant painting is finally nearing completion. This was one of those paintings that gets off to a quick start and then sits around the studio for ages. I do that often, especially with overly complicated paintings. Anyway, I started this last year (around October I think, if not earlier). I worked on it off and on for awhile and then got sick of it and put it on the back burner for about 4 months. The other day I finally found the inspiration to go back into it and finish it up. It still needs another day or two but the end is finally in sight! 

 "The Observer" Oil on canvas (approximately 6.5x4.5'

"The Observer" Oil on canvas (approximately 6.5x4.5'

A Tribute to the Sun

I'm finally returning to my sun painting that I started at Lucidity Festival. This is a daunting piece and will take many hours to finish but I'm excited about what it can be...

 Working in the studio at Praxis Arts.

Working in the studio at Praxis Arts.

Concentration is Key

I've been spending some time working on this acrylic panther piece titled "Concentration". It's been sitting around the studio unfinished for too long. Time to concentrate on finishing it, hopefully in another day or two. 

 "Concentration" a work in progress...

"Concentration" a work in progress...

Georgetown Art Walk

Getting ready for the Georgetown art walk at Praxis this Saturday. Pretty much everything on this wall is from the last few weeks! Come by this weekend and see what we've been up to...

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I Am the Universe Tapestries!

I'm ordering some new tapestries and the first tests have arrived in the mail. These are of the painting "I Am The Universe", a painting from 2016. They will be about 32x64" and go for $100. As I'm preparing to order the first batch, who thinks they'd like to get one? I can offer them at a discount for pre-orders. Say $85 for pre-orders? Let me know by the end of this week. Thanks, and stay tuned for other designers as well. These look great and I'm super excited! 

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Golden Fluid Acrylic Love

I just want to give a nod to these paints which have been a game-changer for me starting last year. I was using Golden tube paints and getting the desired consistency while painting live was a hassle and never really quite produced the results I was looking for. Golden Fluid paints are the perfect consistency but still have full tinting strength, in other words they're not made by watering down tube paint, their pigment strength is the same as the tube paints yet they're not thick like tube paints and flow easily so you can quickly cover large areas and mix them easily. These combined with a nice big stay-wet palette are a dream. Golden Fluid acrylics have had such a strong influence on my painting that I'm starting to use these acrylic paints in the studio and might even prefer them over my oil paints. At least at the moment.

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I used to only work in oils but when I started live painting I had to learn how to use acrylic paint and it was a struggle at first but these are so much fun to use and I can achieve effects that would not be possible with oils, plus I can work FAST! Totally in love.