Fabulous Freaks & Funny Fantasies News http://sweetlotusart.com The latest news from Fabulous Freaks & Funny Fantasies. en-us Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:31:39 CDT Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:31:39 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Black Partridge & Cat Amongst the Cushions <img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/BlackPartridge.jpg" width="300" height="250" align="left" alt="" /><div><strong>Black Partridge, 16"x20"</strong></div><div>Acrylic with 3D acrylic paint, plus one sequin.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The only time I ever saw a live black partridge was at a great distance, through binoculars, in North India. Something about the bird's compact, rounded shape appeals to me. Also, the variety I saw (and heard) is famous for its very distinctive call, a sharp-edged phrase which sounds more like a mechanical toy than a live bird. The local "transliteration" of its call into human words is: "Paan, bidi, cigarette!", like a tiny avian cigarette-vendor!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/CatAmongTheCushions.jpg" width="230" height="160" align="left" alt="" /><strong>Cat Amongst the Cushions, 18"x24"</strong></div><div>Acrylic with 3D acrylic paint.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Both these paintings glitter slightly because of the 3D paint, some of which is metallic silver. It's not been easy to photograph them. The flash bleaches out the color but in natural light the 3D details look foggy.</div> Fri, 29 May 2015 16:31:05 CDT Evolution of a Small Paintinghttp://www.sweetlotusart.com/resources/img/blog_img/4919/IndianCorn_1.jpg <div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/IndianCorn_1.jpg" width="526" height="725" alt="" /><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/IndianCorn_2.jpg" width="469" height="580" alt="" /><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/IndianCorn_3.jpg" width="415" height="611" alt="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I thought it might be interesting to keep a record of this painting as it evolved. I find I often like the least complete versions of a painting, when it's just a fuzzy, unfocused idea in dream-colors. It's a bit like preferring a little fluffy chick to the fully developed bird. The thing has got to change and grow. The final version of the painting is in the Oil and Acrylics gallery.</div> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:21:51 CST Sold! At a New Delhi Art Auction <div>The auction was held in New Delhi, to benefit an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) called CHARKHA, celebrating it's 20th anniversary. They have done wonderful work over the years, reporting on rural India plus the founder and his family have been dear friends for a very long time.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I had agreed to participate while I still in the US. So I was nervous about getting back in time. The paintings needed to be framed. I wasn't sure if they were worthy of being exhibited. And I hadn't even signed three of them! But everything worked out for the best and they sold for double their base price, for a combined price of $3,500! I was absolutely thrilled. They are small (two are 14"x18" and the other two are 20"square) acrylics on canvas.</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/LeafBoom_small.jpg" width="432" height="504" alt="" />&nbsp;<img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/LeafBreeze_small.jpg" width="432" height="542" alt="" /><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/LinearBlue_small.jpg" width="432" height="455" alt="" /><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/LinearSepia_small.jpg" width="432" height="442" alt="" /></div> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:53:46 CST The Huge THRILL of Digital Prints <div>&nbsp;<img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/Characters_03.jpg" width="576" height="441" alt="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;The pictures are of one of my digital prints alongside the tiny original. In the third one I've included a roll of clear mailing tape to help establish scale. The original is just under 10 inches long while the enlargement is 32 inches long.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I wanted to take quick, grainy, amateurish photographs to post here at my blog because for me it is ah-MAAAAZing to be able to do this: to take a modest little scribble and blow it up large, on great paper and with very good print-resolution. All while sitting at my computer in Newport, RI, scanning the original, posting a few links, setting up FolioTwist and ImageKind to accept payment and &#8230; ta-daaa! One week later, I get this vast print.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You can't see the quality of the resolution in this photograph, but believe me, it's like silk-screen. You can feel the ink on the paper. Blackest black on whitest white.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It may seem as if this is no different to spending a little time at a Kinko's or some other photocopying facility but it really IS. The end result is like a museum shop's printed posters. And without all that struggling with inscrutable machines, slightly superior shop non-assistants and the considerable expense, because enlargements cost a fair amount. And the time. This print, by contrast, costs $42, unframed, plus shipping. Ordering took about as long as it takes to buy books on Amazon.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I've worked with so many different kinds of printing facilities -- from commercial letter-press, using lead type, where my line-drawings were rendered as zinc plates nailed onto bits of wood (seriously!) to &#8230; photo-offset printing in glossy magazines to &#8230; well, now <em>this.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Takes my breath away.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/Characters_03a.jpg" width="432" height="229" alt="" /></div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/4919/Characters03b.jpg" width="576" height="430" alt="" />&nbsp;</div> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:16:53 CST Digital FLowers, Digital Reproductions and REAL ART <div>The first three galleries I set up here with the word <strong>digital</strong> in the title were for artworks that had been created on paper (or canvas), but are available as commercial reproductions from Image Kind.&nbsp;</div><div><ol><li><strong>Digital Reproductions&nbsp;</strong>are of prints and/or paintings. The reproductions are made from scans or photographs of original artworks that are available through FolioTwist.</li><li>&nbsp;<strong>Digital Black &amp; Whites&nbsp;</strong>are a gallery of sketches ("<strong>doodles</strong>" is what I call them) that I scanned and "processed": reduced grey tones to hard black and white, then enlarged them and standardized within a more or less fixed frame. I've added signatures to most of them, because the originals are (in my opinion) too informal to be signed. Most of them are tiny -- about three inches tall at the most. I call them <strong>doodles</strong> because I made all of them while talking on Skype, using a fine nib felt-tip pen on small pads of high quality water-color paper.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Digital Posters</strong> are colored variations of the b/w <strong>doodles</strong>, sometimes with text added. I've colored only the digital versions, and all the adjustments I've made have been done on my computer, using a stylus (Wacom Bamboo) and PhotoShop (more about this in the next point)</li><li><strong>Digital Flowers</strong>&nbsp;are entirely digital. That is, they're not scanned from anything or created by altering photographs of a <strong>spider lilies</strong>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<strong>poppies</strong>. I've never liked using vectors so it's not PhotoShop Illustrator but just plain old PhotoShop, using raw editing tools. When I draw on paper/canvas, I start with carefully planned outlines. But for purely digital images, like these flowers, I start with large patches of bright color that I carve up and push around until I begin to see the result I'm looking for.&nbsp;</li></ol></div><div> </div><div></div><div></div><div> </div> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:10:08 CST