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Music to Inspire

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Besides art, music is a great love in my life.  I love to put on some music and just get into the zone while creating art.  No matter if it is brainstorming, sketching, painting, or splattering, music helps me focus on being in the right "head-space" to create.  Two bands that have always helped inspire my artwork are The Beatles and The Grateful Dead.  The Beatles: The first time I heard The Beatles was February 9, 1964.  The Beatles debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Beatlemania had arrived, and I was a fully helpless participant.  Ever since 1964, I have...

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The Process

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At least a dozen times at each show Pat is asked how he creates the artwork you see.  He's decided to write the entire process down.  The art is created by a watercolor, cut-and-paste technique developed by Pat himself. He starts with a blank page of watercolor paper, which he then paints the entire page with a variety of colors. On top of the paint, Pat sketches his design in pencil. He then cuts out the design with a sharp tool known as an X-Acto knife. This creates a paper cutout. This paper cut out is then pasted down on...

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Nautical Inspiration

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Art is inspired by many different experiences.  Sometimes it's the movies we watch, the nature around us, or our own life experiences.   My father was in the navy and we lived on the coast. This has inspired many of my art works to be beach and nautical themed. Particular pieces that my father inspired are Underwater Adventure, Seahorse, and Anchor & Rope.  Underwater Adventure:   My father was a diver in the US navy.  He was taught to dive using a diving bell similar to the one in my painting.  When I was a boy, my father would tell...

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Alcohol Inks

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Last year I heard about a new art medium, Alcohol Inks.  This new (to me) type of paint intrigued me due to the vibrant colors, ease of application, and the weight of the paper that this medium requires.  I had seen another artist's work at an art show that I thought was vibrant watercolor.  When I spoke to the artist, she told me it was alcohol inks.  I immediately began my research.   Through my early research, I found that alcohol inks are an acid-free, highly-pigmented, and fast drying medium to be used on non-porous surfaces.   By mixing inks and colors,...

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Meeting other small business owners

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One of the best perks of this career is being able to meet so many different types of people.  This past Thursday we had the pleasure of meeting Tanner, the owner of Landrop Gaming.  Landrop Gaming is a brand new comic and gaming store in Willimantic, CT. I stopped by during a street fest to see what his shop has to offer.  He has comics, games, Magic the Gathering cards, POP figures, and now... our art!   His shop is going to be carrying our art prints, and he has already requested some custom artwork. Tanner, and his customers, are...

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