Today I’m doing my first auction on Tokhun

If you’ve been following the Love Machine Shorts #1 drops and are sad because they’re all sold, I have good news. There was one from the oil series I cut from Shorts #1 because it didn’t really fit.

I’m putting this up for auction today.

Meh! Love Machine CNFT by chiarascuro

Auction details

Where: Tokhun

Starts: 5:00pm EST, Fri Oct 15

Ends: 5:00am EST, Sat Oct 16

Min. starting bid: 15 Ada

Meh! is a standalone minted under its own 1-day policy. That policy is awaiting verification now and Tokhun doesn’t mess around about verification.

Policy ID: f1bc88aa37ad9343e9abdda87abb526b44af83d085f66767023ac9b3

Wish me luck! I’m already kind of nervous. This stuff really turbo-charges adrenal activity. I’ll crash hard and sleep like a log tonight.

final three CNFTs in Love Machine Shorts #1

Today I dropped the last three of nine CNFTs in Love Machine Shorts #1 and posted links to the sales pages on Twitter. Went to Walgreen’s, hit up a drive-through on the way home, and by the time we got back they were sold.

Lights Out, from Love Machine shorts #1 CNFTs by chiarascuro
Lights Out
Claw Machine, from Love Machine shorts #1 CNFTs by chiarascuro
Claw Machine
The End, from Love Machine Shorts #1 CNFTs by chiarascuro
The End

I know I need to get over this, but I feel bad for the people who really wanted one but didn’t get one. It’s amazing to make a sustainable living doing this. But I also want my work to remain accessible, at least on the primary market.

So I want to mint Shorts #2 as limited serials. Then there would be a few more to go around at a lower price. I need to think about the quantities and whatnot, but I’ll announce it soon after I storyboard the next Shorts collection and decide how many of each I should mint.

I admit I’m a little puzzled about what’s so enticing about these. My impatient (almost rabid) rendering seems like something created by the kind of person who repeatedly bangs on the TV when the cable signal cuts out for a minute.

But I’m awestruck and deeply touched by your response.

Thank you.

three more from Love Machine shorts #1

Yesterday I dropped the second set of three CNFTs in the Love Machine shorts series 1. Some of you may know I’m basing this on the original series of Love Machine oil paintings I did in 2007-2008.

But one problem with that series was that I never filled in the gaps in the narrative. So two of these do not have counterparts in the original series — Icarus and Power Lines aren’t just digitally resurrected. They’re completely new compositions.

Magic February, Love Machine shorts #1, CNFTs by chiarascuro
Magic February

Someone on Twitter referred to Magic February as “Van Gogh with swagger” and inquired about the materials used.

I made these in Krita with a Huion HS611 10″x6″ drawing tablet.

As flattered as I am by the Van Gogh reference, I wouldn’t compare myself to him. He’s always been one of my biggest inspirations. I would have been lucky just to clean his brushes.

Starry Night has become the definition of the painted night sky for good reason. The brush work, the swirls, the huge stars … I did want to tip my hat to Van Gogh for the oversized stars.

But he did the night sky his way and I didn’t want to be just one more wannabe trying to imitate it when there are so many other ways to paint a night sky. (Maybe something worth exploring in a future collection.)

Icarus, Love Machine shorts #1 CNFTs by chiarascuro

Someone complimented me on the grungy texture. Here’s how I do it. I start with a solid flat base color and start adding layers of text. Yes, I write on these. A lot. That’s what most of the scribbling is. Most of the squiggly lines come from writing words and sentences, building up layers and layers and layers until it looks like this.

What do I write? Secret messages. Half-baked ideas. Grocery lists. Quizzical musings. Rants. Threats. Promises. Love letters. Journal entries. Everything I want to say. Everything I can’t say because the moment is passed, the person I want to say it to is gone, or it would be horribly inappropriate. Anything random thought that flies through my head.

I was watching Rifftrax movies on Pluto while I was making Power Lines, so there are jokes in here from a couple of my favorite awful films. (Is it just me, or does Bill Corbett do the planet’s funniest old man voice?)

Power Lines, from Love Machine shorts #1 CNFTs by chiarascuro
Power Lines

Sometimes these present interesting challenges. Like how to draw electrocution when in real life it looks nothing like this. How did we as a culture decide that electrocution is best portrayed by making the electrocuted party’s skull visible through their head?

I’m not even sure what would happen if a robot’s head got caught in power lines. Birds can sit on them, so maybe nothing. (shrug)

Cultural and physical quandaries aside, these are all sold as of sometime before I woke up this morning. That just feels incredible. Thank you!

Next Wednesday, look for the last three. Tomorrow I’m dropping the last round of atmosfear CNFTs on Tokhun, and I’ve already started my next series of abstracts.

Until next time …

_atmosfear_ series 2 drops Friday, Oct 1

Ha! I finished series 2 of atmosfear early and now working not only on series 1, but also a Love Machine mini-series to drop on Wednesday.

Here are the CNFTs from series 2 that will go live in the Tokhun marketplace this Friday.

life support, series 2 of atmosfear CNFTs by chiarascuro
life support
it doesn't care, series 2 of atmosfear CNFTs by chiarascuro
it doesn’t care
transmission, series 2 atmosfear CNFT by chiarascuro
centralized, series 2 atmosfear CNFTs by chiarascuro
forces of entitlement, series 2 of atmosfear CNFTs by chiarascuro
forces of entitlement

These are all minted in serials of five for 30 Ada per mint.

Policy ID: 05d3ebebbc04cb68f50364d23dab7ce3aa90a96f71f1a63b77bcfba9

Thank you to everyone who’s bought from me and/or helped me spread the word about my work. The CNFT community is absolutely the best.

And safe travels to my Tokhun family who will be going home from the Cardano Summit soon. Thanks for representing! I’ll make it to one of these in-person things eventually.

even after a few setbacks, series 3 of _atmosfear_ will drop tomorrow

God, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. After I announced on Twitter that I’d drop series 3 this Friday, I sat on my stylus and broke it. So, while I was waiting to get the new one, I thought I’d do some acrylic painting.

But I couldn’t find the white. You can’t really get very far without that. So I went back to the laptop because, dammit, I had work to do. The tablet was delayed in shipment, so for a week and a half I drew with my finger on the track pad.

Slowed me down a bit, but I got everything done on time, including my surprise Love Machine character drop on Wednesday. (By that I mean I was the one who was surprised. As in, why the hell would I do that when my damn stylus was broken?)

So here is series 3.

cabinet to hell, series 3 of atmosfear, CNFT on Tokhun
cabinet to hell
the sky whispers, series 3 of atmosfear, CNFTs by chiarascuro
the sky whispers
sentry, series 3 of atmosfear CNFTs by chiarascuro
keep me awake, series 3 of atmosfear, CNFTs by chiarascuro
thoughts that keep me awake
every day is the same, series 3 of atmosfear CNFTs by chiarascuro
every day is the same

And now that my tablet has come, I’m going to town on the rest of the collection. More soon.

Good night.

launching _atmosfear_ CNFT collection on Tokhun

yeah, i'm fine with that - abstract digital art with text
yeah, i’m fine with that

I finished the first CNFT in my new series, atmosfear. This collection will consist of 25 new CNFTs, released in five series. They’ll be serialized and priced as follows*:

*Prices do not reflect transaction fees and Tokhun commission. The price you’ll see for a Series 5 (15 ADA) is 17.25 ADA.

These will all be minted under the policy ID 05d3ebebbc04cb68f50364d23dab7ce3aa90a96f71f1a63b77bcfba9.

The policy will lock 1 month from today and no more of these can be minted.

Follow me on Twitter to get the latest updates about atmosfear.

Y’all are awesomely supportive — I can’t wait to give you more of what you like.

new minted stuff now in the Tokhun marketplace

Okay, so I sold out of all but one of the initial round from the human spectacle. So I minted a few more. Dug back pretty far in my analog work, too. Some of these I never thought would see the light of day again.

But here they are, resurrected! In no particular order …

it looked like an accident, abstract acrylic painting on canvas
it looked like an accident
evolve, dammit! abstract acrylic painting on wood with text
evolve, dammit! (you first)
glimpse, abstract acrylic and latex painting on canvas board
glimpse (detail), abstract acrylic painting on canvas board
glimpse (detail)
parliamo, abstract acrylic painting on canvas with text
plastic is the new ocean, abstract acrylic and trash painting on wood
plastic is the new ocean
the fog, abstract acrylic painting with text on cold press watercolor paper infused with epoxy resin
the fog

I’m overwhelmed at the response to my work today. I thought if I were lucky, I’d sell a couple and that would have been great.

Now I’ve got to take time off work to make more, and that’s what I’d rather be doing, anyway.

Thanks, CNFT community! More soon …

Tokhun’s marketplace launches today, and I’m dropping _the human spectacle_

Hey, y’all! I’m excited to say I’m dropping my first CNFT collection today on Tokhun when they launch their marketplace today on Cardano. The devs have been working so hard making sure everything works properly before we go live with sales.

The easy way is efficacious and speedy, the hard way arduous and long. But, as the clock ticks, the easy way becomes harder and the hard way becomes easier. And as the calendar records the years, it becomes increasingly evident that the easy way rests hazardously upon shifting sands, whereas the hard way builds solidly a foundation of confidence that cannot be swept away.

Colonel Sanders

It’s called the human spectacle and, thanks to my sponsor Li₿erty.Crypto., will have the following pieces.

a good person, black and white digital abstract art with text
a good person
discourse, abstract digital art with text
fear, digital art with text (darker blue on top, light blue on bottom, with two mid-value blue focal points
love letter, abstract digital art made from layering text from a love letter
love letter
one year later, black and white vector text art made in Adobe Illustrator
one year later
relax, black and white digital abstract art made in Gimp
sunday afternoon at mojoe lounge, black and white digital newspaper art made in Gimp
sunday afternoon at mojoe lounge
the 5th, abstract digital text art made in Krita
the 5th
ti amo ancora, abstract digital text art made in Gimp
ti amo ancora
xoxo, black and white digital text art made in Gimp
your eyes, abstract digital art made from text
your eyes

And … if I can manage to fix what I did wrong in the minting process, this one:

fuck it, black and white vector text art made in Adobe Illustrator and Gimp
fuck it

Tokhun is also collecting NFT donations from us for a giveaway to celebrate the launch. I submitted these:

beginners mind, abstract art made in Gimp
beginners mind
mutiny, black and white vector art with text made in Adobe Illustrator

I literally could not have dropped this whole thing today without the backup from the Tokhun founders and partner artists. They’re some of the most incredible, supportive people I’ve had the pleasure to meet.

Looking forward to exploring this huge, new, fun thing with all of them.

Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement! Can’t wait to put these up for sale.

[preview] the fifth, for my second NFT collection

Here’s a sneak peek into a future project. I’m still making work for my text art collection, the human spectacle. But that collection is in black and white and I needed to make something in color today.

Thanks for the music while I was drawing, Session Twelve.

I’ve lost five family members in the last year and a half. Elderly aunts and uncles, mostly. But the fifth was a cousin and it hit me pretty hard. So I made this to say goodbye to her.

Goodbye, Beth. We’ll miss you.

[Just minted] Mutiny, grayscale vector art

Minted this new NFT on Tokhun’s NFT platform on Cardano today. The third in my first collection entitled Text Art: The Human Spectacle.

I’ll let y’all know when I plan to drop the collection. Part of this will depend on when Tokhun’s marketplace will be ready to launch. They are testing the platform rigorously, so I feel confident with my choice.

Still need to create a few more pieces for this collection, too. Plus figure out all the marketing. But I’m putting in a ton of work trying to make sure this first one goes as well as it can. Even though it’s going to be very small. No more than 15 pieces.

I can tell you each one will be minted as a single (not a serial) because I’m just trying to keep things simple till I learn more. That will allow me to charge more for each one and fund my next project. Because I’m planning a big one.


Yep, right next to my desk I have a bite-off-more-than-you-can-chew machine, and I just crank it sometimes without thinking. Nope, I didn’t mean to start this, but I did.

And there’s no looking back now, I’m afraid.