Fire and Rain - The Creative Process

Someone once said to me "I would love to watch you work". This video give that a little by showing how I created this piece with all colored stain by hand, on a solid piece of Aspen wood. There is so much that goes into the creative process of something like this, which is why I don't do typical "tutorials". My senses are all on overdrive as they are in the beautiful process of laying down the color and watching it absorb into the grain of the wood while the music drives me in the background. As humans, we have 5 traditionally recognized senses: sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation). The only one I'm missing during the creation process is taste. As good as this stuff smells and even knowing that it's non-toxic, I'm not experimental enough to try and eat it.  8-O

I initially had a lot of popular music playing in the background for this video and there may be moments where you might catch my legs doing a little dance. Had the original audio been available (couldn't use it due to copyright laws on the tunes), you'd have also heard me clapping like a geek at times... I completely get immersed in my art and the music fueling me. Sometimes it might bring me to a warm, cozy place and other times it might bring me to a heated frenzy depending on the musical artist. But in this case, you'll have to just listen to a short catchy rock stock tune and imagine my craziness for a couple of minutes because I couldn't find a way to get the music to loop and I spent way too much time trying to figure out how to get another longer music track on it.. I will tell you (and it's no secret to some) that Steven Tyler and Aerosmith get me rockin' the most. On the softer side, I'm a huge fan of Sheryl Crow. My anthem is "A Change Would Do You Good" because this is my thought process when viewing the endless white, brown, grey and black that so many are drawn to.


Hey this is about COLOR people... let's have some of that.

A change WOULD do you good...

I also had to  obviously speed this thing up because at 45 minutes, I didn't figure too many would hang out for long. I got it down to 7 on fast forward so hopefully you'll still get what you need out of it. And this piece wasn't titled because of the mood of the song, this piece was titled because of the visual. "Fire and Rain" is what I see. You?

Susi Schuele - Artist - Second Touch Art
Susi Schuele - Artist - Second Touch Art