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 –
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My drawings have been getting a lot of “LIKES” on Social Media – 300-400 per drawing. Facebook recently congratulated me on having 18,000 LIKES. In fact people LIKE my art so much they’ve begun downloading and printing it out without paying for it.
While all these LIKES are great for my ego and quite frankly, very addictive (see the videos at the end of this post OR just Google “Is Facebook Addictive?”) – the LIKES do not translate into sales. They are vapor – they mean nothing. So the time I spend prepping previews, curating pages and posts and thanking people for their LIKES amounts to nothing more than an exercise in financial futility.
Early last year Artist Noah Bradley left social media entirely. We all thought, “Yeah but he’ll be back.” But you know what? Noah never came back. When questioned about his move he said – “The freedom of not having to think about social media has been so refreshing. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s able.”
While I hardly have the following Noah has I think it’s time for me to take a little break and see what happens. I have made no secret lately of my frustration with the level of intelligence I’ve been finding on Social Media. I have become acutely aware that every time I log into Facebook I begin to feel either depressed or angry. These feelings have escalated recently in proportion to the greater amount of time I spend on the site. Something is wrong and the alarm started going off in my head – despite feeling bad every time I log-in I cannot stop logging-in. THAT IS ADDICTION. I am also keenly aware of recent articles and interviews with Facebook developers about how it was designed to be psychologically addictive A former Facebook executive reported he would not allow his children to use social media. He says he feels ‘tremendous guilt’ for the influence Facebook has had and its ability to manipulate users, suggesting users take a break from using social media altogether.
And then there’s Apple CEO, Tim Cook who publicly admitted he would not allow kids to use social media.
As the old folks used to say in the Adirondacks, I smell a rat in the wood pile.
So – it’s break time for me. I have deactivated my Facebook account effective 10:50AM PST today.
My email address is open to the public and let’s face it – my studio is called The Undisclosed Studio for a reason. hahaha
Until next time …
I am very excited to share with you that the re-branding of the studio is now complete and I have just drawn-up a business plan for my expansion of services to include:
Personalized Original Fine Art Prints for Home and Office
Personalized Original Fine Art Design For:
Gifts, Home Décor, Motivational Posters, Marketing Materials, Product Photo Mock-Ups, Visualization & Labeling, Book & Magazine Covers, Custom Tattoo Designs, Digital Marketing, Customized Fine Art for Business, Corporate and Nonprofit Spaces.
So – Please Stay Tuned! In the coming weeks I will be releasing more information about new product offerings.