FIRE REPORT SUNDAY 8-5-2018

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Ranch Fire North of us:
207,319 acres – 23% contained   
River Fire  West of us
47,663 acres – 58% contained  
68 structures destroyed.
3,025 Fire Fighters from all over the world are here including New Zealand and Australia.
420 Fire Engines are here including many air tankers, helicopters, bull dozers, etc.
Red X on Map indicates where I am located. We are prepared to evacuate should the fire continue to travel southward.
Wind direction is currently EAST 5-10 MPH
Current temperature is 78 degrees F.
Current Time is 11:00AM
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Bad News and Life Changes

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As some of you know I have had to deal with several serious health challenges over the past few years. Unfortunately I was just diagnosed a yet another one. Peripheral Artery Disease.

The way I work and live my life needs to be immediately altered in order to stem the tide of what could become life-threatening for me.  It is scary, worrisome and depressing at times but I am fighting really hard to remain optimistic and actively fight this with everything I’ve got.

The over-all time I spend working at my drawing table and computer is going to be lessened to quite an extent because of this.

I am sorry there won’t be a monthly freebee for August.

Until next time …

Public Service Post

Life, positive energy

At 63, I have been told I am very unique and lucky in that I have never run across one of these people until now. I am also very fortunate that my encounter with one of them only lasted a month before I realized what I was dealing with and enacted complete ‘no contact’ between us.

I am posting this because I began to wonder how many other people may be struggling with a similar situation but have yet not identified it as what it actually is. This woman’s videos really opened my eyes and validated my feelings and concerns. She also has a complete series on how to recover from this type of encounter.

July Freebee – Cat Nouveau

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Cat Nouveau Online Sample

Happy Fourth of July to all my art peeps out there.

This month’s printable freebee going out to the mailing list is ‘Cat Nouveau.’ 3000×3562 pixels.

I’ve been quite remiss with my studio work lately and the backlog continues to pile-up. I assure you new work will be coming soon – I just needed a bit of a break and have been working mainly in virtual environments designing and building vehicles and generally goofing-off and having fun – which I tend to excel at!

The recent fires here in Northern California have also presented me with some distractions as well.  As did my cat Oscar’s recent health emergency – Add to that I’ve met someone new who seems to distract me more and more … what can I say? I am HIGHLY DISTRACTABLE!  (is that even a word?)

If you have not already signed-up for the monthly freebee’s – you can do so here –

https://cmralph.com/how-to-follow-contact-get-monthly-freebies/

Cat Nouveau is also available on all sorts of products over at my Society 6 store –

https://society6.com/cmralph

Wishing you all a safe and happy Holidaze!

Until next time …

 

Another Fire

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http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php/news/56560-firefighters-battling-blaze-in-spring-valley-that-triggers-evacuations

11:00PM 6-23-2018

We have a wildfire at 400 acres presently coming down the hill towards us. Lots of falling ash – looks like snow.

My neighbors son came over and hosed down our roof while Kath and I hosed down the property and house. It was 104 degrees here today with high winds.

I and the rest of the residents of Clearlake will not be sleeping tonight as we are all on social media and cal fire monitoring evacuation orders.

We have evac bags packed and animals ready to go.

I have decided I am not going to go through this stress every fucking year. I am going to begin looking at selling this house and moving out of the area – possibly out of the state.

Keep us in your prayers.

UPDATE: 1:25AM

fire map 119AM

June Freebee is on its way!

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Motorcycle Dreams - blog

What I’m listening to:
This months freebee is a bit of a departure from my standard ink drawings. I am back to building virtual motorcycles in a brand new virtual workshop and loving every minute of it. I’ve also been experimenting with strange new concepts of animating image textures on 3D surfaces and listening to a lot of psychill music which causes my brain to wander into new unknown vistas. So what came forth this morning was this image. It is based on a stock image drawing and photo from my library but I thought it came out kinda trippy none the less.
Everyone on the mailing list will receive a 3000×2075 pixel printable .jpg file
In a month or two  I will return to my glass engraving and begin my first attempts at lino-cut print making. I tend to work on projects as my passions dictate them and whatever is capturing my imagination at any given time. Serendipity and imagination = fun.
Viva la Freedom to Create!
Until next time …

New Workshop Finished and Phasing-out My Virtual Existence

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Workshop FInishedNew Workshop set-up for Glass & Wood Engraving and Wood Block Print Making

Exciting new projects are beginning at The Undisclosed Studio Workshop. And with them come changes to the priorities and schedules in my life.

Effective immediately I have begun phasing-out my virtual existence in Second Life. As much as I have enjoyed the past 9 years I find that building virtual objects and vehicles holds less and less interest for me and the money I make from them does not cover the outlay I spend monthly on my virtual land rentals. ($50.00+ a month) I have also found that I have a dwindling interest in it as a social outlet – too much negativity and drama lately which is a real turn-off.  I prefer reading a book, listening to music or watching a movie or YouTube for entertainment and relaxation.

Right now I am focused on wood & glass engraving and my introduction to learning wood block print making. One of my first inspirations as a young teenage artist was from the woodblock prints of Gustave Doré and Hiroshige’s Floating World of Edo (Ukiyo-e) of Japan I used to see in library books. I have since added many of these editions to my own personal library. But it was not until I could realize a fully-functional working studio/workshop space that I could finally begin exploring this process myself, first hand.

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So I am really exciting to begin this new adventure and see where it leads!

Until next time –

Spheres of Light

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One night in the early 1990’s I had a dream about beautiful spheres of light gently floating into my bedroom through an open window. The dream has always stayed in my mind and in 1996 I did a series of air-brushed paintings entitled “Spheres of Light” – the show sold out but I had taken photos of some of the paintings. I recently found the photos, scanned them into digital form and restored them in Photoshop.

Your Gift for May

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May is here and with it comes this month’s Free Gift from my studio! If you have not signed-up to receive the monthly freebies – please do! This month I am sending out a printable file of this whimsical drawing. “Needs Salt”  https://cmralph.com/how-to-follow-contact-get-monthly-free…/

 Needs Salt online preview marked

Back to the Drawing Table

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Break's Over

I’ve spent the past two  months focused mainly on designing and building virtual motorcycles and other fun items in Second Life (Second Life is a free 3D virtual world where users can create, connect, and chat with others from around the world)

While this creative excursion has been a lot of fun and even a little profitable, I do need to get back to what I do best – graphic art and filmmaking. That said, I wanted to share some highlights from my creative efforts in Second Life where I am known as Daniel Wolfsong – Artist, Auteur, Inventor, Philanthropist, Adventurer and Compulsive Creator.

As with my Real Life art business – my work days in Second Life can, at times, extend to 16 hours a day. (When I am focused on creative problem solving  I completely lose track of time and quite often even what day it is!)  One of my favorite quotes is: “Find what you love and let it kill you.”

While I will be cutting-back on my work hours in Second Life I will certainly not be curtailing the wonderful quality time I spend socially with friends and family there.

Wolfsong's Jingle All The Way

Blue Porcelain (2)

Built by and Artiat SIGN

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Make Some Noise

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All the equipment and software has arrived and is ready to be used.  Today is “Clean-up the studio and set everything-up day” 

The joy I get from creating music is unlike the joy the I get from creating graphic art or filmmaking. It seems to tickle my soul a lot more.

I have long held the belief that music is what feelings sound like. So maybe that’s why they tickle my soul on the way out!

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audio-sketchbook

 

 

 

 

Vacation Continues with Something Different – stay “tuned”

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BEAT MIXING

Been wanting to try this for about a year – ever since I got moved-in to the new studio. I already have all the equipment from back in the day when I was mixing my own background music for animations.

I have also been experiencing some amazingly complex and incredible emotions lately and, for me,  music is what feelings sound like. So, I’m gonna learn a new skill on my extended vacation.

One of my all time favorite mottos: A full life will be full of EVERYTHING.

Love like you’ve never been hurt before.

Dance like no one is watching.

Sing like no one is listening.

 

Extending Vacation

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vacationI’ve been on vacation for the past week and I liked it so much I’m going to extend it for few more weeks. Because it finally just dawned on me that I own this business and can do whatever I want.

I have been working straight ever since I moved into my new home and studio in April 2017.  Time for a break.

February Art Give-Away

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Celestial Rabbit online preview

For my first month’s Give-Away I will be sending out a fully-sized printable image file of my Celestial Rabbit. This is a 3,000 x 2,400 pixel image (300 pixels per inch). Here is what it looks like printed on 8.5 x 11 paper –

Celestial Rabbit Framed

In order to receive your own copy of this you need to be on my email list. If you’re not already on it – please click below.

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