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Mask Series #7: The Work Continues

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John:

An update on Mask Series #7…

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I spent a good bit of time on mixed media artwork #7 in my mask series today. It’s coming along quite nicely. This one is entirely more complex than the previous pieces. I hope that translates to something truly nifty that people will enjoy, maybe do a double-take on. And I realize that just because I put a lot of time and effort into something doesn’t mean I’ll come out with something deemed “good.” On the other hand, I’m sure having a lot of fun putting it all together. It probably doesn’t seem like it to my family, though, as I’ve had to go on several scavenger hunts today, looking for specific items that I know I had on hand but couldn’t find. Drove me nuts! I really need a craft/art/sewing room. And one day, I’m sure it’ll happen. So here’s part of what I worked on today. It may…

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Day 234 of my 365 Project

Day 234 of my 365 Project

This afternoon, we didn’t have huge storms like we have had the past few days. I noticed the sun was being blocked by clouds, so I went outside to check out the sky. I couldn’t see the full extent of this at my house. My wife and I took a little drive to see what we could see. I found an area that didn’t have any trees in the way and this is what we saw. I had to do shoot in portrait mode and did a panorama to get whole storm cell. It was magnificent.

I updated my About Me page today. I added that I’m a veteran owned and operated business and that 10% of my sales will be going to the TACP Association. There is a link to the TACP Association for further information about them.

Mask Series #7: Update

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John:

Mask Series update from Unchained Emporium…

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As promised, here’s an update of what I’ve done lately on Mask Series #7 mixed media art project. It’s not much but this part took a good bit of time to paint and dry and figure out. I hope you’ll enjoy the photo. The mask has one dragon eye and one mechanical eye. I purposely edited it with a mysterious and creepy feel. It seemed to go well with those mismatched eyes. I’m really liking it, though! And still having fun!

Here are the eyes of the mask I'm working on for this artwork. I backed the eye holes with black/gold mesh fabric. Then I painted two glass flat-backed floral marbles with fingernail polish. Then I affixed them to the mesh fabric with Fabri-tac. It's an experiment right now. I'm not sure how well the Fabri-tac will hold. I'll test it out for a while. I might even bring this one back home after displaying it for a while. I'm really enjoying those mismatched eyes! Here are the eyes of the mask I’m working on for this artwork. I backed the eye holes with black/gold mesh fabric. Then I painted two glass flat-backed floral marbles with fingernail polish. Then I affixed them to the mesh fabric with Fabri-tac. It’s an experiment right now. I’m not sure how well the Fabri-tac will hold. I’ll test it out for a while. I might even bring this…

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Day 233/964

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Day 233 of my 365 Project

Day 233 of my 365 Project

This afternoon, we had storms popping around us again. There was lightning, heavy rain, and lots of wind. It was so cool. In between the rain showers, I went out to get some shots. It was a pretty epic sky again. As I was getting pictures, I noticed the clouds to my north, so I drove to check it out. This is what I saw. The storm cell was so big, it wouldn’t fit in my camera lens. I had to shoot a panorama to get the whole thing. It was massive. I’m glad I drove a little bit to see what was north of me.

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Interesting Note

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John:

A nice shot of our wall at Cafe Mosaic…

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I find it very interesting how encouraging it is to have one’s work on display, and actually enjoyed. Our local cafe is such an awesome place! The owner allows local artists of Eunice to display some of their work. So not only can you get a fabulous cup of coffee (locally brewed in Louisiana), you can also grab a pretty awesome sandwich, check out what the local artists are creating, and sit and visit.

This is our wall of art at Cafe Mosaic Coffee House. Bottom left to top right: 2 of my mask series, John's fleur-de-lis photo at the bottom and peacock feather macro at the very top, Starshines watercolor, Magiba's paper art, another of Starshine's watercolors, 2 more of John's photos, and another mask artwork. I tried to get as many of them as possible in the frame.

This is our wall of art at Cafe Mosaic Coffee House. Bottom left to top right: 2 of my mask series, John’s fleur-de-lis photo at the bottom and peacock feather macro at the very top, Starshines watercolor, Magiba’s paper art, another of Starshine’s watercolors, 2 more of John’s photos, and another mask artwork. I tried to get as many of them as possible in the frame.

I know I’ve mentioned it before but for new followers…

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Day 232/963

365 Project, Art, Clouds, La Skies, Local, Rain, Storm, Storm Chasing, Trees
Day 232 of my 365 Project

Day 232 of my 365 Project

This afternoon, we had some pretty strong storms come through the area. I got some shots as it passed by the house. I had my camera body wrapped in a plastic bag with the lens poking out. It kept my camera body dry while I got some shots. When my wife got home from work, we did a little storm chasing while the storm was heading north. We got to the cemetery just outside of town and had a wonderful view of the storm. Lightning was popping like crazy (no lightning capture) and the clouds were epic. I took over 600 shots today from the storms coming in and the backside of the storm. It was a pretty cool day for shooting.

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Fun With Glass

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John:

Melody of Unchained Emporium having fun with glass…

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Our girls started painting flat-backed glass marbles again recently. It’s really a lot of fun! You can use glass paint…but we don’t have any. So we use fingernail polish. We actually bought the larger marbles per Starshine’s request. She was looking for fun things she could make to sell at our table when we sit at the Farmer’s Market and remembered how fun it was to paint the marbles. I’d done some Nine Men’s Morris travel game sets for a few friends about 3 years ago. They were meant to be used only when we were with each other, so the travel games were made with only one set of player pieces.

Anyway, back to the events of the last couple of days… Starshine’s idea was to create stones with letters on them. Here are the stones she’s painted so far. I have a weird sense of ‘just because it…

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Day 231 of my 365 Project

Day 231 of my 365 Project

This afternoon, my wife and I went storm chasing. There were some impressive storms in the area, so we checked them out. This beauty was east of me. I got a nice panorama shot of it. We chased for over an hour. We saw a bunch of lightning and lots of rain. I’m not sure if chasing will be on the agenda for tomorrow since there is play practice.

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Mixed Media Mask Series #7: Started!

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John:

The beginning of another mixed media project from Unchained Emporium…

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I started work on number 7 in my Mask series today. The paint for the background is done so I’ll share that with you. Again, it’s purposely edited this way so I don’t give away the surprise when it’s complete. I’m using lots of metallic colors for this one. I /love/ metal. I’d have more piercings if I didn’t spend all my fun money on supplies! One day I’ll balance that…maybe. :)

This is the background for my newest mixed-media art project. I used acrylic paints in purple, turquoise, metallic gold, metallic green, metallic copper, and metallic silver. The canvas is 11 x 14

This is the background for my newest mixed-media art project. I used acrylic paints in purple, turquoise, metallic gold, metallic green, metallic copper, and metallic silver. The canvas is 11 x 14

I used a frame that makes it look like the viewer is seeing things through a dirty window. It goes along with my theme, in a way. I’m really hoping to get a more industrial feel, leaning toward the Steampunk genre, with this project. Stay tuned…

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365 Project, Art, Clouds, La Skies, Local, Storm, Trees
Day 230 of my 365 Project

Day 230 of my 365 Project

This afternoon, there were some nice storms that came through and gave us some much needed rain. I noticed these clouds after checking the mail. It was pretty epic looking. I believe the forecast is for more storms tomorrow. There is no play practice so I might be able to go chasing. I sure hope so.