Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Current projects....

Besides seeking regular, gainful employment, I'm eyebrow deep into 2 major personal projects: A collection of my lyrics (90), and an LP (10 songs, at least). They're both sitting on the edge of completion. While this is happening, I'm also setting up two etsy shops. One to sell various sorts of delightful stuff, boutique style, much of the content being handmade by myself and a good friend. The other will be for selling the hoards of antique sheet music I've amassed, as well as lots of other vintage printed goods ~ books, t-shirts, magazines, show posters. Perhaps cassettes and vinyl, as well.

I've already put in thousands of hours into this album. I'm feeling really good about it. Somehow it's more precious to me than anything I've released so far, and I'm really putting my all into it. I believe it's definitely some of my best work yet. Hopefully, it will be well received.

The book is stalled by trying to figure out just HOW I want to publish. There are many options these days. I've also designed it as a printed book but want to re-mix as an ebook, perhaps adding art between the writings.

Our hotter-than-ever Portland summer has passed the baton to autumn, and I welcome the season's change. Oregon is beautiful in every season, of course, but I'm partial to fall.

Ciao for now. Happy October!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Adding images ::

More visual art page updates happening on the regular.
Just put up a few examples of my branding & packaging design work from back when, plus a smattering of other projects, including some super sweet sound schematics.

About to add another painting or two.

FINE ART::
GRAPHIC ART:: 

Ciao for now.





Saturday, August 4, 2018

Page updated: Fine Art ~ 2-D

Therein you will find 2-D art that I've made by hand. Paintings, drawings, prints, & my latest adventure - collages. There's a link on the left, or you can get there by clicking here: Mita's 2D Fine Art.

The page features selected works from over the decades. Ones that I'm proud of, which I enjoy,  & that I feel most continue to represent me over time.

More to come soon, as I'm on a big visual art bender lately. The first piece on the new art page was completed only a few days ago, & more water-media will be posted soon.

Of note, regarding my 2-D art: My first job was as a helper/apprentice with a fine art oil painter in Phoenix, AZ. I learned *so much* working with her for 3 years, between the ages of 14 & 17. I prepped her surfaces in the very particular ways that she preferred, which - if a canvas - often required around a dozen coats of gesso, sanded & steel-wooled in between to create the glass-smooth but still-springy surface that she so loved (inspired by the canvases of her fave artist, Salvador Dali). The skills I learned from & with her - art skills, life skills, the art of storytelling - have assisted me in my own life's work ever since.

I also have a knack for imitating the work of other artists, & I've had other jobs assisting other artists with their own creations, as well, including the detailed painting, itself. Various styles.

Here's a list of the mediums/techniques I'm skilled with:

Acrylic
Oil
Watercolor
Gouache (new to me! Fun!)
Canvas & paper stretching & prep
Oil-based linoleum printmaking
Monoprints
Graphite pencils
Colored pencils
Ink work
Collage
Impressionism
Abstract
Expressionism
Trompe L'oeil
Illustration (figurative & otherwise)
Stained glass
Reverse-glass painting
Sculpture
Mold-building/Cast-making
Plaster
Paper Mache
Clay
Fimo/Sculpey
Metalwork
Soldering
Welding (gas, mig, tig)
Carpentry
Stage-building
Set/stage painting
Lighting design
Costume design & building
Model-making
Beadwork (lots)
Batik
Fabric Dying
Embroidery
Applique
Weaving


I'm sure I've left some off. They'll come to me later. In the meantime, if you're interested in working with/hiring me for an art project/job, & don't see that yours is a medium I'm already skilled with, try me! There's a chance I'm at the very least familiar with the technique, & I'm also quite savvy with new tools & techniques. Cheers!



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Page updated :: Graphic Arts

You should be able to see the link to the left, but here's a shortcut: Mita's Graphic Art

Currently, it mostly showcases some of my more recent work, created over the last five years, with some very recent collages (created in the last month, June-July 2018).

Soon I will be adding older work, including the retail packaging design of my former incarnation as a specialist in this regard.

Check back soon for more, or inquire within if you wish to see samples of this work sooner.

~Mita

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wolf Eats the Moon

Based on a true story. Names changed to protect the innocent.

from the 'Catch a Tiger by the Toe' LP, released 12/2014


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This week's most listened to song: An oldie

This spooky little song came from the waste-not-want-not end bit of a tape during my 4-track days. All the music is from my Casio MT-140 keyboard, voice recorded w/ an SM-58, all onto my Yamaha MT-120 cassette 4-track. Some of my fave old tunes were the less-the-one-minute experimental bits that came from those master tape cassette leftovers. This one is no exception, and seems to remain a listener fave. It's also downloadable (free!) via Soundcloud. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

New EP out. Smashing fascism, one synth-pop song at a time.

Not untrue. I do what I must.

A tiny EP. 4 tracks totaling about 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The first track isn't really a song, it's the oppressive feeling of watching the world attack itself as an evil empire grows omnipresent. And it's only 26 seconds long. The other three are darkly oozing dancey synth-pop songs for humans and other monsters.    ::more text below the music::


These songs were born out of a meeting of danceable synthesizer love and extreme frustration about the state of the world over the last year. It all culminates with the ushering in of a terrible orange curse upon our people, hence my release date of January 20, 2017. My muse is... not amused. She's been around a lot in the past 14 months. We've been holed up, like mad scientist toymaker gardners, seeding, growing, building, testing new musics (and even an automaton or two.) However, the songs on this EP pushed their way up and out fast, and are, to me, teachers. I know a lot of composer/songwriters, etc, feel this way, and I have before... but now, quite surely. Casting an unapologetic light on what I see as a very dark time. Wrapped in dark electro-pop packages, delicious, poetic invitations to consider the state of the human world, and our place in it together.

Most of the sounds & songs you hear on this album were initially created using the Roland JD-Xi synthesizer. Sometimes further treated in production, not always. Shout out! I do love that little beast.

Mita Lupa
The Fall of Decency :: Part 1 :: EP
1/20/2017



Mita Lupa :: The Fall of Decency :: Part 1 :: EP graphics and credits


1. The Inauguration of Odious Re
2. Temptin' Fate
3. Everything's Dangerous
4. No One's Receiving

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