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Taking the Plunge

Going “Commercial”

Taking the Plunge
longtail decoy still life mug by lori corbett whispering eagle studio

Longtail Decoy Still Life Mug

So, I’ve decided to “go commercial”.  I refuse to subscribe to the ethos of “starving artist / designer / whatever”. It’s time to use my education, and get my stuff out there. Prints are one way for the fine art stuff, but I’ve also got some cool graphics that wouldn’t work as “wall art”, and can be repurposed. Yup, I’m still gonna carve, but I’m also going to embrace my other hard-earned skills, because let’s face it – carving alone ain’t gonna pay the bills (in my case, anyway). I fought this decision more than I realized, and I honestly felt that by not carving exclusively, I was somehow betraying myself, as well as those that know me only through my carvings. I feared losing their (your) respect, friendship and following. That’s a very unfair assessment. Even branching out into website design/development felt like a betrayal of my “art”.

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A Glimpse Into My Working Method

An Eagle That Never Flew Rediscovered

A Glimpse Into My Working Method
Eagle Eye

Copyright

Opening up some of my sketchbooks, I rediscovered a project that changed course. It was a commission for a half-sized flying bald eagle, but it morphed into a kestrel fighting a snake. Anyway, the sketchbook was dedicated to documenting the eagle, and nothing else, so there are only five pages with any kind of content.

Nothing else is in that book but Eagle – and nothing else will be in that book but Eagle.

 

 

Because I hope there will come a time when I can make that eagle fly.

I’ll let the photos tell the story of the planning, the research, and the immersion. Pretty much all my projects are done like this, but end up as loose bits of paper and notes in a file folder.

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Paint Mixing Record

Help You Remember Those Mixes on Your Projects

Paint Mixing Record

blank-chartchart-filled-in

Every now and again, I’ll hand out some freebies just to say thanks for reading. This is a handy paint mixing record that I use to help keep track of my mixes. There’s a blank one and one filled in to show you how (and no – I don’t actually type in the info on my own records, but I had to make it pretty). I just keep these in a file folder, along with my reference material, and any other notes made during the project.

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A Swan Rediscovered

A Swan Rediscovered

So, this trip through my book cases is yielding no end of distractions. Today, I rediscovered a commission that was never brought to fruition. Not by my hand, this time. This was long before I had denied myself permission to make art.

It began with a call out of the blue by an architect looking to fill a custom home with specially-made artwork designed for specific spaces. He wanted two full sized, flying trumpeter swans. I still had my confidence back then, and we discussed a price, and drew up a contract for payment milestones. This was huge, and I remember thinking this could be the project that would allow me to make art full time.

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Some Things I Forgot I Knew

The Journey Back to My Art and My Truth – Part Two

Some Things I Forgot I Knew
red tailed hawk feather

Red Tailed Hawk Feather by Lori Corbett

Ooooohhhhhh, I found a treasure trove today! Sketchbooks. Some containing only one or two sketches, others with words and doodles, and some pristine. I can’t help but wonder, “Why would I buy yet another sketchbook, when I haven’t even filled the previous ones up?” Yes, they are different sizes and of different qualities, but still…why?

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