Studio Notes - Day 274

I moved a few things around, added another worktable and expanded my functional desk area - really love how it turned out. I'm also loving the new mic and boom arm set-up- I can just swing it out of the way when I'm not recording.

Finished the website Graphic Art Video, Digital Art Video and Partners in Giving pages.

And yes! It looks like I will finish the Animated Holiday Special BEFORE Christmas! I'll be releasing it on Facebook, Twitter and of course, here. I am having a lot of fun producing it.

I also took some time to work on next year's budget. Looks like I will need to produce some revenue-generating work next year, as Uncle Sam seems to be taking more than he is giving in the next year. Not sure what form these products will be taking - maybe more collectable art prints, bookmarks or cards. We shall see.

I will resume work on my digital art book once I finish the Holiday Special. I had an interesting conversation about my digital art recently. Something I had noticed a while ago that is now being noticed by others - my digital art scenes tend to be rather dark and dystopian.

While I could easily blame that on 2020, the fact is, I have always had a dark side. I have always been attracted to dark, dystopian and post-apocalyptic visions. Because this type of expression is seriously frowned upon or thought to be distasteful by much of polite society, all my life I've sought to hide this from my work and about myself. None the less, it leaks out. Like it did in this little animation -

This is not to say I don't have a light side. Obviously I do. I am a deeply loving and charitable person. But I think the time has come for me to stop repressing this darker side of my psyche in my art work. It's time to express it and allow it to exist in whatever form it wishes to take artistically. Because continuing to repress it really isn't healthy for me in the long run and, frankly, I'm curious what form this shadow material will take in my work if I give these darker thoughts permission to completely exist outside of my mind.

“If you can touch your shadow—within form—and do something out of your ordinary pattern, a great deal of energy will flow from it.”

Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche

With that in mind ...

Until next time ... Here's The Hombres with "Let It All hang Out " from 1967 and Depeche Mode with "Policy of Truth" from 1990


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