A Good Problem To Have

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A Good Problem To Have

RECOVERY  

About six weeks ago I had serious back injury. Couldn't walk, paint, or drive. Basic movements like sitting would cause my torn lumbar muscles to spasm violently, pinching spinal nerves. The pain was beyond excruciating; I would literally fall to the ground screaming during the 20 second muscle-cramp-of-death episodes. It was probably my most painful experience, and I've been hit by a car, broken several bones, and sat through Jack and Jill.

Although there's still another month of healing and physical therapy, I'm slowly getting back to work this week. The thick, disorienting fog of pain and medication has finally been lifted. 


UPDATE

It's come to my attention that several emails and calls have gone unanswered. That is awful and frustrating, and I sincerely apologize to anyone that reached out and received no response. I was in no state to form cohesive words, which would have been fine because emails were someone else's job. Unfortunately in my absence and for some time before, that job was apparently not getting done. Well, like they say, if you want something done right... 

Until a new manager is hired, I will be handling all the things.

Have questions? Feel like chatting about art? Want pictures of Tonto (my cat)? 

Here's my number: 541.868.4252 Please feel free to text literally any time (it's tough to answer calls while covered in paint or sleeping). The "contact us" now goes to my email address, too (though texting is always faster).

I was overwhelmed with a ton of orders earlier this year, and it's been constant every month since. I suppose errors were bound to happen. Apparently, some orders were marked as shipped in the system but didn't actually go out. I'll be going through each order number to cross check the status with tracking and inventory.  

I started cleaning the studio and found finished pieces that should have gone out a while ago, before my injury. Since I'm handling shipping now, organization is key! I moved inventory into the office where it's safe from dust and easy to track. Most of these pieces are shipping out this week, so keep an eye out.


 

A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE 

It's been so busy, I haven't posted new work on social media or the website. Posting a new piece could result in a large influx of orders, and reducing wait time has been a priority. Yea, it's a problem, a good one to have - but a problem nonetheless. Part of the solution: move to a bigger studio and upgrade the woodworking equipment, make production more efficient. 

Earlier this summer I moved everything into a new studio and started building counters, paint stations, tables, exhaust systems, shelves, and all the things to make all the things. Actually got quite a bit done before I hurt my back.

Here's what I've been making:

Paint Station

 New studio, new paint station

New studio, new paint station

 Smells great!

Smells great!

Apparently most of the paint for this series is black light reactive. Perfect for your next EDM house show!


"Vision" - working on a large batch before releasing it to the public

 Vision - Acrylic & Wood - 14" x 21"

Vision - Acrylic & Wood - 14" x 21"

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Color Studies

 Color Study (The Coast) - Acrylic on canvas 3'x4'

Color Study (The Coast) - Acrylic on canvas 3'x4'

 Color Study (The Forest) - Acrylic on canvas 2'x3'

Color Study (The Forest) - Acrylic on canvas 2'x3'

 Color Study (Skin Tones) - Acrylic on Canvas 4'x4'

Color Study (Skin Tones) - Acrylic on Canvas 4'x4'

Earring designs - inspired by the paintings

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Want to see how it's made? The Instagram feed is active again, follow along for painting and process videos, most of which involve dancing and cats (but not dancing cats....yet). 

 

I'll also be posting a new blog every week or two, mostly with new ideas and designs. Feedback is encouraged; let's build a dialogue so I can create the art YOU want to see. 

 

Cheers, 

Pancoast

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All The Things

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All The Things

Well it's been a bit since my last update

This is mostly due to being constantly covered in paint and sawdust. Making all the things non stop leaves little time for fancy things like computers and bathing.

We are back up and running but still behind schedule. It took weeks to fix the laser. By the end of it I replaced the laser tube, mirrors, lens, belt, exhaust system, laser bed, display panel, and even the control board (similar to a computer mother board). At least now if there's a zombie apocalypse I could build a laser from scratch. Zombie defense laser for the win.

 


Thank you for not freaking out

I was kinda freaking out during the laser breakdown; every time I replaced a part another part failed. It was wonderful to have so many supportive and understanding people respond to our emails.

 

We're finally back to sending out 25-30 orders a week, so for those of you that ordered a while ago, the wait is nearly over.

 

Obviously the work is time intensive, I work about 12 hours a day. I could produce more pieces each week by painting loosely or not paying attention to detail (many people might not even notice), but that would be dishonest and undermine the entire body of work.

This is art that you could have for the rest of your life; it's made to last. I can't cut corners. The subtle blending of colors, edges sanded just slight enough to feel smooth but maintain the composition, and other minor techniques all bring the pieces to life. The pictures don't do it justice, so when you get your piece, you'll see what I mean.


Put The Things In A Box

We had custom boxes made for the wood sculpture pieces! Now we won't cut our fingers building hundreds of boxes with an x-acto knife and packaging tape that always clings to itself and you can't find the damn end every fucking time. 

So that's good.

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Cheers,

Pancoast

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Update on orders / When it rains it pours

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Update on orders / When it rains it pours

Warhol Was Surprisingly Organized

I'll keep this short because we're super busy. 

We received so many orders last month, we had to basically build a new wood shop. The old table saw just couldn't keep up, and the orbital sander was going out. 

Also, the wood shop was a mess after our last production run in December, so we needed to clean and upgrade a few tools. It seemed like a fairly quick job...


...a week later.


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Before

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After

Someone who hated working with me because I'm basically a tornado of paint and saw dust once said "ya know, organization is efficiency." They were right!


A Song Of Sand And Wood

The laser vaporizes wood, which leaves unsightly burn. We sand very piece by hand, or at least we used to. Now that we have a drum sander, were much less likely to get carpal tunnel. 


When It Rains

Of course, after building a more efficient shop and making progress on the orders, THE FUCKING LASER QUITS WORKING. 

We installed a new tube and have another part on the way. It's been extremely frustrating and time consuming, so I apologize to everyone waiting on a piece. When the laser is up and running, hopefully in a day or two, orders will be flying out the door.

We're working about 16 hours a day, so the next post will be about how awesome everything is now that the laser is cutting and life is good, or it'll be about how we died. 

Cheers,

Pancoast

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How not to start an art blog.

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How not to start an art blog.

I've always been averse to blogs, vlogs, and especially klogs. Klogs are basically a worse version of Crocs, which says enough.

Nothing against other people creating blogs; xkcd is a goldmine, after all. Just personally, I've always felt my time would be better spent actually creating, instead of just talking about it. Your attention is valuable, and my colloquial, non sequitur writing isn't. However, due to our recent Reddit exposure, the following flood of orders, and several requests - I've made a blog to document our progress or lack thereof.

Things will generally be short and sweet. You'll get to see behind-the-scenes, works-in-progress, and oh-shit-I-fucked-that-up posts. 

There will probably be pretty pictures of art and cats, too. 

Comment, subscribe, and click the bell....wait. No, that's a different thing. Well, I have no idea how to notify you of a new blog post, which is probably for the best.

Cheers,

Pancoast

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