The first MBTA orange line print in the slideshow I made to have a graphic, pop art or ink blot affect. And it was trying a new look. Thanks to interest from TurningArt, I produced more pieces in this style.
More info to come on this Boston themed projectand others.
Stay tuned for Part II. The multidimensional Studio Shangri-La Arts & Sciences Podcast is open to ideas and guests. Please message using the contact page. Topics include but are not limited to science & technology, arts & culture, cosmology, philosophy & spirituality. The operating mode is fascinating topics, with an uplifting solutions-based tilt.
It’s a great honor to be part of such a significant public space where lots of people can enjoy these pieces.
The deco botanicals represent the beauty of patterns in nature, then reflected in art & technology, and how these can harmonize. Sugar Maple Canopy is part of an ongoing collection that also glorifies in portrait nature and its healing power, with special attention to composition and style. The original photographs were taken in Cambridge and Somerville.
More info to come on the opening of the building in Spring 2023.
“Are not flowers the stars of the earth?” — Clara Balfour
Please keep in mind that’s a watermark / signature over the online images. The final product would of course not have those on it, but have an actual signature on the back or front corner. These are available on bamboo paper, canvas, glass, metal, ceramic and digital — and framed. The physical conceptual photography pieces are made to order and commissions are available. Not only is that efficient; it’s better for the environment. For physical works that are ready to order now, check out the Shop page which will be updated periodically as other paintings, sculpture, etc become available.
New artwork in the studio and much more to work on this winter, an abundance to be thankful for! A few of these pieces will be placed on the Portfolio page. For every work, there are usually a couple variations and then the favorites go to Portfolio.
Description: Gnosis II by Studio Shangri-La Publications is an concept photography follow-up to the charcoal original, featuring works from the Deco Botanical & Sky collections. This one presents further development to the philosophical and spiritual journey & story.
This track is from back in August, due soon on all major outlets and Beatport, and is out on Apple Music and Spotify already.
It’s about going through Life’s challenges and triumphs and￼ becoming a better person. It’s also about current events and the scope and nature of value, a slice of stirring philosophy for the dance floor.
This is a very melodic and moody vocal track that has a couple of peaks and dramatic moments￼, as well as a generous outro for mixing￼.
This is a collab of different artist aesthetics, and although Rebel Veteran’s part is minimal￼￼, it’s really effective in announcing the title of the track and adding a touch of humor. ￼
Here’s the side-by-side of the two Decision Trees, studies in evolution, programming and nature. The first one is brand-new with pinks and purple, following a wave shape and making use of both symmetry and asymmetry. The new decision tree works well both vertically and horizontally. Once again, both of these are available in a variety of formats.
The above large horizontal piece “33” is from 2020 and is part of the Deco Industrial collection. Though the original photography is of overhead pipes, the title refers to the number of vertebrae in the human spine. Of course the number has other associations, but the spine is what directly inspired the creation of this, in that it’s functional architecture to say the least.
Continuing on the deco botanical series, this new piece geometrically celebrates a well loved plant: “Sugarcane.” What’s especially interesting is this photo is of sugarcane growing wild in Massachusetts.It’s typically considered native to tropical regions. Please don’t flag the sugar as being invasive though! It can stay. 😆 Seriously, DNA is part sugar and salt.
“Alchemy Sun” has been a delight to work on and has inspired a patient, methodical mindset. Fitting with the title, the next stage of work on it will see it become more refined and bold. It’s already come a long way from the initial computer graphic inspiration to the canvas. Sometimes bringing a concept to life goes in multiple stages. This is the first mixed media for Studio Shangri-La and it has been a learning process of using different materials, such as Pyrite, Aluminum and of course Gold Leaf. Shaping these elements on the canvas has been a combination of sculpture and painting. What comes next for “Alchemy Sun,” symbolic of creation itself, celestial light, refinement and transformation — Is testing some new materials and finishes to create the final product. The main structure is of course in place and has been refined somewhat, so it’ll be interesting and fun to see how it further transforms.
Next up for OCTAVES Music Dance & EDM is a collaboration between Odd Circuit, Artemis Amenti and Rebel Veteran. It’s a beautiful melodic track with a progressive House and somewhat took techno flavor. Whatever labels you want to put on it, it’s got an uplifting vocal as well as a sense of humor:
Also upcoming is a deep progressive house flavored track featuring a vocal by San Francisco artist KIRAN. The bass and the vocal on this one are really interesting, yet it’s got enough space to be used in a variety of DJ sets for example.
Something about the character of these Fleurs evokes a French title here. A couple of these variations are featured in Deco Botanical and Nature Portraits on the Portfolio / Gallery page. Keep in mind — that for every piece on the portfolio page, there may well be 4-6 other variations!
After 20 years this transcription of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 for guitar gets its due. What’s special about it? Well, it’s transcribed in the original cello key, which means the guitar tuning in the bass strings drops to C and G.
The drop tuning is sonorous and stirring like the original. It’s important to make sure the guitar has settled into this tuning through so one doesn’t pitch bending out of tune. A fresh pair of strings lends well to this, or even having more than one guitar in a performance situation.
This is a meticulously hand written score and many of the markings are interpretive. There’s some left to stylistic interpretation as well, and based on the performer. Such is Bach! I felt it important to publish the absolute original version of the transcription. And then the next edition will be a digitally rendered score.
The art was made with Wombo.ai and came out delightfully. Enjoy!
All aboard the inter-dimensional spacecraft!The serial science fiction novel “Awasis” begins on Kindle Vella, set mainly in the Boötes constellation as well as Earth. This utopian series involves history, technology, animals and nature.
These are a few of the growing Studio Shangri-La collection of Nature Portraits in which the botanical is presented with personality, popping color and painterly flare. These selections above are more straightforward studies while others in the collections have been more stylized. The contemporary serene Nature Portraits and also modern tech Deco Botanicals are both collections that continue to grow with lush beauty. These can be produced in a variety of mediums and sizes.
Odd Circuit with a remix of K-pop favorites SEVENTEEN and their hit “Darl+ing” — this is a swervy, complex and beautiful rendition that threads in the different vocal harmonies like a tapestry, over a healthy beat and turns one keyboard part into guitar, among other features. Enjoy!