Finding inspiration in Nature (pareidolia)

I took a walk recently on a hike in Southern Oregon’s Redwood forest. The trees are so tall and beautiful and everywhere is covered with moss. Its breathtaking and beautiful, and being the day after Thanksgiving, we had the trail almost completely to ourselves.

While walking, I took many photos of the trees and logs, burls and growths. I saw some mushrooms and some lichen. I thought of how the blank page or canvas in front of an artist can be so daunting, and thought I’d demonstrate how an artist could take photos (by themselves, or by others) and look in them for faces or figures.

Image description, trees, roots, moss and ferns from the Oregon Redwoods Forest

I’m sure if you look at these photos you’ll see shapes and values, but can you use your imagination and nudge those into faces or figures? Take a moment and really look at these before you scroll down and see my drawings. Your interpretations can be completely different than mine.

Image description, a spooky wizard with a cloak whose face is concealed in shadow with his arms raised and a glowing black orb above his head. A cackling witch holding a wand with long springy green hair.

here is a Goofy Muppet version of Totoro.

this burl resembled a cute spider’s face to me, he is even stepping forward toward us.

If you see faces in clouds or the natural grain of wood, you aren’t alone: but you can focus on it: meditate on it, to help fight “writer’s block.” It’s kind of like playing “Exquisite Corpse” with yourself, or is it with the wood spirits? I believe Leonardo da Vinci wrote about this phenomenon and it was part of the inspiration of the German Surrealist Max Ernst. Do you know of any other artists who have written about this phenomenon?

I am a big fan of fantasy art such as the illustrations for Magic: The Gathering. I suspect that sometimes those painters are inspired by nature to give them ideas for composition. Any game that you immerse yourself in and spend time with hundreds of pieces of art is going to leave an impression on you. I’m so grateful for the game and the company who makes it for employing hundreds of artists and bringing thousands of new wonderful beautiful works into our world.

Sometimes I even see an art “wrong” and don’t interpret the piece correctly. This can be a complete shock when you “see” it right or someone points out what it’s supposed to be. Does this ever happen to you?

I love silly Halloween novelty songs and horror soundtrack music. Checkout this weeks episode of the retro cocktail hour.

I wrote a song on my album about horror movies and horror tropes. Check it out here,

It was real fun to put together, I scrapped a set of lyrics that I had put together about being an undead person trying to find a date, and based it on a Richard Sala interview and a horror film protagonist who has fallen for a honey trap, I joke that it’s from Shaggy’s perspective. After I saw “ house of the devil.” I put in some theremin and creaking door and pounding sound effects too. Ryan Schmidt provided the drums and played some of the synths in the rhythm too. I hope you enjoy it!

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Porch fest 2021 with Grey Matter Jugglers and Owzla the OK

I had the pleasure of hosting a show this last summer. Owzla asked me if I would host and I gladly played the role of MC, and brought my theremin and invited people to play. Owzla always puts on such a great show! This is an example of what you can do with passion , volunteers and not a lot of money! We estimate that 85 people were in attendance at this show. Grey matter jugglers we’re fantastic 🙂 I’m available to host shows usually, just ask!

BEAM 2021 and “Climate Change the musical”

Art City Eugene hosts an event called BEAM, this is the 3rd year

This year I submitted an original Animation. This was made with putty, some was the classic “silly putty” and some was “crazy Aaron’s thinking putty” It was just put on bodies I cut out of magazines and took long timelapse movies of them as they melted.

animal portraits

This last year I’ve made several pet portraits using markers, paint, and ink. all of these are based off photographs. I will be offering this service to a winning bidder for an auction to raise funds for Green Hill.

Mecca’s Object Afterlife at OSLP

OSLP in Eugene Oregon, ( more at instagram.com/oslpartsandculture or https://www.artsandcultureeugene.org ) organize programs adults with disabilities and the general public, they have a gallery and work space at

309 W. 4th Ave, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401

They currently have an art show up of art from recycled materials. Each artist had a challenge to make a piece using some trash temporarily rescued from the landfill by Mecca. https://materials-exchange.org I am always so excited when new work reminds me of the aesthetic and spirit of Dadaism. Here are some photos of me and my partner visiting the gallery. We dressed up because my partner was recently crowned “Slug Queen” in Eugene and the art show asked them to judge a favorite piece. They chose the spaceship made out of recycled plastic. (the first piece here.) I highly recommend you check it out in person and see how detailed and creative these works are in person! Support local artists! #recycledmaterials #dada #dadaism #mixedmedia #collage

“Colony” By Philip K Dick

I’ve listened to hundreds of old radio shows, and this is one of my favorites. I recreated it with garageband.

Featured in the cast were Jon Deline, Nick Price, Michael Hanson, Jesika Barnes and Andrew Laniohan.

Sounds came from freesound.org/ or Youtube or I made them myself. If you enjoyed this, try our my production of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or The War of the Worlds” I have more coming, so stay tuned if you enjoyed this!

Eugene Laff Off 2021

For many years I have participated in Leigh Anne Jasheway’s Laff Off, one year I even came in 4th place. The above video is my jokes I cut to bring the 13 minutes down to 5 minutes. Below is the link to see everybody’s comedy. The show was live April 3 and it should be up for awhile. My film is a tad “experimental,” with puppets, costumes and bunnies!

you can click HERE to donate to Greenhill humane Society and watch the comedy show with many other great comics including Max Brockman, Terry Geil, Emilee Jackson, Mike Schwab, Magdalena Dice and More!

Here is another “newish” set: thanks a lot to Max Brockman and Bert Walpack who invited me to do this outdoor: “safer” socially distanced comedy show.

HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY EPISODE 1 and other sci fi radio shows

I have been doing some sound effects for plays for over 10 years now. At halloween in 2019 I did “war of the worlds at Umpqua Community college theatre dept. For 2020 we revived it on ZOOM. That got me thinking I could direct and produce a few more for fun and something to do during this period of quarantine.

So, here is a zoom revival of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: episode 1. If you’re a super fan you will notice some subtle ways we changed it. I’m so grateful to my cast: Helen Being, Clark Kent, Matt Bliss, Francis Pastorelle, Tamathy Howard, and Dana and Nick Price!

The cast for War of the Worlds was Jesika Barnes, Andrew Lanniohan, Joe Buford, Keith Fort, Chris Lyons, and Nakaela Hunt

2020 Edward Gorey Ball

Edward Gorey Ball: 2020 virtual edition

Happy Halloween, thank you for tuning in.

When Spectrum reopens we will host burlesque, music, drag and comedy shows again. For now, we will produce virtual shows like this one. If you’d like to tip the production, donate $5, $10 or more to Isaac on PayPal: strangecharm99@gmail.com

You are free to tip the performers directly if you wish. 

Performers are

Tamathy wrote and directed “The Child” 

With Riley Christensen. With help from Xander Boosinger

Music credit : My Bubba & Elsa Sjunger Visor /Näckaspel/ Sing Swedish Songs

Miss buttons dances Burlesque and does circus arts at Old Nicks Pub.

Josephine D’Love dances with The Broadway review, and produces shows as Red Raven Follies

Jessica Kinser is an artist based in Springfield, Oregon.

https://www.facebook.com/impressionsofdecay

“AudIT” a short film by Jon Deline. Jon Deline a comedian, actor, and clown based in Los Angeles.

Taylor Maiden produces her own shows as “Taylor Made Productions” and with The Broadway Review

Music credit: Bach cello suites

Nanci Mcdonald plays cello in “Baroque Betty” 

Performing “love potion #9” by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Isaac Paris produces shows as “sketchy the clown”

Tawdry Hepburn dances burlesque and produces shows with Unveiled, Eugene’s Queer Burlesque

Artemis Sharpe juggles in various productions in Eugene and Portland

Music credit: “Your heart is as black as night” by Melody Gardot

Morgan Yarborough runs a website and newsletter “our own hands” discussing issues regarding the good death.

https://www.facebook.com/OurOwnHands

All sounds from freesound.org or recorded by Isaac Paris

Betty Jaeger dances and sings with The High Step Society and Baroque Betty 

baroquebetty.com

Chryss Allaback teaches drama at Umpqua Community College

Check out her production of “War of the Worlds” here: 

Maliena Bitchcock hosts “Bitchtalk with Bitchcock” online and performs drag in Eugene Oregon .music credit: Dragula by Lissie

Tip them at venmo @Jammie.roberts-2 Or cashapp $bitchcock340

Beast of Eden is a sexy terrifying loud metal blues rockabilly band based in Eugene Oregon.

Nisha Calkins teaches cello at rise and shine cello studios.

For inquiries, to schedule a lesson, or talk Cello and music please email riseandshinecellostudio@gmail.com.

Dandy Pie performs with various burlesque troupes including The Broadway Review and Scrumptious Scoundrels.

Lyr-a-deux feat. Zâla Runa and Agatha Angina 

they thank Yaps Seager for video and help.

Hocus Pocus Soundtrack for the music credit- Sarah’s Theme And Witch Attack by John Debney.

When in Eugene, visit Spectrum!

When in Cape cod: visit the Edward Gorey house!

Buy his merch at www.goreystore.com

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