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Big Bang: New Studio Visit

It's been a long time since I posted about what's happening in the studio.  I've lost interest somewhat in traditional oil painting, though I'm confident there will come a time when the paint imperative takes hold once more.  I've got a stash of new canvases on standby, for when I catch the flash of motivation for the painting project I'm toying with in my head.

Instead of painting, lately I've returned to photography (the discipline I've pursued for as many years as I've devoted to poetry).  In this post I want to share some of what that looks like lately.  These days, my photographic practice has been going far beyond documentation, editing and printing. 

Studio floor.  I wanted to remember where something landed when it was thrown on the floor. (Obscure--but how many studio floor pictures do you ever see?)

Wall of work!  Here are some photo transfers on fabric alongside a selection of Impossibles taken with my Spectra.

The Impossibles are going to get a separate post as I continue to play with the new camera.

This is a closer view of some of the work.

Here are some of the smaller pieces. One image includes collaged elements.

A pair of second-generation "ghost transfers" including some collaged elements.

For now, I am being somewhat cagey about my process for these, especially the transfers with collage.  That's partly because I'm still working it out.  But also, to explain all of this and give step-by-step instructions is going to take up a great deal of space.  It is possible that I may add some demos to my video page, and/or make up downloadable PDF pamphlets to explain the process.  But I make no promises! 
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