Absence of Art

I have been away. Away from this blog, away from art… AWAY! 

Of this we have no doubt. So much has transpired since my last post on this blog. Most of it I am still dealing with. Little of it will I mention in this post. Let’s just say more than a couple life altering events have transpired in the past 2 years that have really, really sucked. And it has all affected my art.

I’ve not written a poem in a few years. I’ve seemingly not been working on my art either. However in the past 4 months I’ve been in a unique situation allowing me and incredible amount of free time to build my art-self back up. If you have followed me on Instagram, AmazonRising, you would know I have been very busy. Maybe not as busy as I need or want to be but definitely working on my art. 

I am slowly working on a new website for my portfolio and web store at shannonarts.com. I plan to use Amazon Rising just for my blogging again and as kind of a catch-all of things. But my art will be all me. Branded me.

Please check out all of my new art work.  Think you will really like it. I have eclectic tastes and wild desires which means I do not focus on one thing very well. LOL My portfolio is a smorgasbord of sketches, graphic art, portraiture, plein air painting and a few other styles for good measure. I like to mix things up and experiment. Since getting an iPad Pro a couple-few months ago, I’ve been focusing heavily on digital art. 

That is where I am today. Working on my art more than I have in many years. It brings me joy, provides needed distraction and to be honest, it is the path I chose decades ago, but somehow lost. Well I found it again and the Adsense of Art in my life is in the past. This is the path on which I must follow to the end. 

Broken Glass

Art is
Broken glass
Cast into turbulent seas
In time
Washed ashore
Polished and refined
It forms the sands
Upon which we lie
Drifting away
In warm silence
Lost in the cacophony
Of our own dreams

60 Seconds in My Head: Hyperpensia OCD

Hyperpensia OCD; A harmless yet highly annoying and mentally exhausting condition characterized  by too much thinking, usually uncontrolled though with extreme fast, repetitive, overlapping micro thoughts, memories and internalized vocalization. Often accompanied by a subconscious tic or hyper awareness of tactile sensations like itching, teeth grinding or tapping, bouncing or shaking of leg or foot.

The following is 60 seconds inside my. This is what I have to deal with ever day of my life, even sleeping sometimes. This is not meant as a joke or satyrical post. It is real. I even came up with the word for this condition.  The only time I get a break from the madness is playing my guitar, drawing or painting or taking a certain herbal remedy. Meditation helps but only with the right music and earphones. Music is the only thing that completely silences my mind. Now for the insanity.

60 Seconds…

(wakes up, getting lighter outside)
(tap tap tap… tap)
I have to stop this OCD. Just say no to OCD.

Just say no to OCD. Just say no to OCD. Just say no to OCD. Just say no to OCDJust say no to OCD Just say no to OCD…
Itch on my toe. Just say no to OCD. Just say no to OCD…
Itch on my head. (Scratching) Just say no to OCD. Just say no to OCD. Just say no to OCD…
STOP… Just say no to OCD. Just say no to OCD… Just say no to OCD
(one line of chorus from an Adam Lambert song playing over and over )
I’m here for your entertainment…
Just say no to OCD…
What was that noise…
Just say no to OCD. Just say no to OCD… NIKK STOP IT!
(teeth tapping like morse code. tap tap tap… tap tap… tap.. tap…)
I’m here for your entertainment…
Just say no to OCD… (teeth tapping)
I’m here for your entertainment…
Just say no to OCD… (teeth tapping)
I’m here for your entertainment… (teeth tapping)
Just say no to OCD…
GOD DAMMIT STOP. (teeth tapping)
(random though)
(roll over in bed) (teeth tapping)
I’m here for your entertainment… I’m here for your entertainment… I’m here for your entertainment… I’m here for your entertainment… (teeth tapping) I’m here for your entertainment… I’m here for your entertainment… (teeth tapping) I’m here for your entertainment… (teeth tapping)
(random though about farming)
(Work thoughts)
(random thought about my garden)
I’m here for your entertainment… I’m here for your entertainment… 
(thirsty)
(please just go back to sleep)
(teeth tapping)(teeth tapping)(teeth tapping)(teeth tapping)
I’m here for your entertainment… 
(random thought wonder what Juv and Stei are up to)
Just say no to OCD…
(FLOOD of overlapping (random thought))(teeth tapping) ((random thought)((random ((random thought ))thought)))
I’m here for your entertainment…
(brain overloads)

I fall back asleep and there is silence

Pensive in Stockholm

Pensive in StockholmThis is my latest complete digital painting of my best friend based on a photograph I took of her in Stockholm, Sweden. This was done on my iPad as usual. It is all I have for my digital artwork and works quite well. I use Procreate and good active stylus. I used a technique I had only experimented with before and I am pretty happy with the results. Painting on glass with almost no resistance from the plastic stylus tip is very frustrating at times. Add to that the size of an iPad screen and no palm protection and well… undo is my friend. Total time 5 hours sitting in my favorite coffee shop.

 

Steinunn

Steinunn

This a recent digital portrait I did on my iPad. Steinunn is a wonderfully talented musician and a great friend from Iceland.

Linear Opposition

Linear_Opposition

 

Today’s painting from 30,000 feet. -#art #digitalpainting #digitalart #abstract