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 …
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.
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 –
Cat Nouveau is also available on all sorts of products over at my Society 6 store –
Wishing you all a safe and happy Holidaze!
Until next time …
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.
I have a lot of new tools on order – some coming from as far away as the UK and Korea. So while I await their arrival I’m going to take a little media-break and focus on what’s next.
Until next time …
New 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.
So I am really exciting to begin this new adventure and see where it leads!
Until next time –
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.
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…/
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.
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!
My first attempt at mixing beats & playing with loops in the studio. Kinda dark trance / deep house … relax, close your eyes and go for a ride through the primal shadow material of my subconscious.
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.
I’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.
Title: I saw him there
Digital Photography / dimensions 6,675 x 3,479 / 300ppi
Description: A man building a retro-futuristic steam punk motorcycle
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 –