UntitledI designed some very large pieces over the last few months.
I have been doing small details of them to sort out the scale and problem areas.
I’m still not happy with the final design for my sad letterpress bunny, but this detail study turned out nice.
Hopefully the full piece will be realized soon.

She's Not Gonna Choose YouThis is the first new, finished, papercut I’ve made in a while.
There were a few false starts and failures along the way.
I may change the dress highlights and umbrella accent colors.
We will see….
Thanks to Tom Waits for the title.

You Are Free From HopelessnessThe solstice is at 10:48 (Central time) tonight.
Happy Midwinter.
Enjoy the darkness.

The JackdawsThis was inspired by Tuonen Piika and Sielulintu.
It isn’t faithful to the story, but that doesn’t really matter.
No time to write more…

Light
Some people don’t understand what I mean by scale.
The tether and ribs of the lantern on the left and the ribbons on the maypole on the right are the smallest parts of the papercut I’m making.
To determine the size of the finished piece, I need to know how small I can properly cut them out.
I will make one or two pieces to determine the scale the smallest piece needs to be in order to know the size of the finished work.
Often the theme of the finished piece is not reflected in the scale study, therefor I will sometimes create a new symbolism in the study that has no place in the parent piece.

These are the last four of the items I’m taking down to the Art Bar ‘tiny art’ show in Riverwest/Milwaukee for the opening next weekend.
Nine of the eleven pieces I made for the show all take place at night and have similar subject matter.
Also, all but two are double panes and the last one I made (bottom left above) has three panes of glass.
This is still kind of an experimental process for me, but I’m enjoying it, so it’s here to stay for a while.

*(top left was privately sold and will not be in the show)

Diabolical Bunny SeriesThe Art*Bar asked me to participate in their annual tiny art @ tiny prices show this year.
While, I don’t think I will have as much for sale as I did last year, I still should have 10 or so pieces there including these.
These all stemmed from a comment a co-worker made at the post office about how you don’t really need to worry about rabbits because they are harmless. I joked back that bunnies were the most malevolent animals of all and referenced the  Holy Grail.
Anyway… these all started to come to me in the week that followed.
Watch out for bunnies.