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  1. Series X: Secret Art and Kitty Cats

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    Series X — by Gwenn Seemel

    Gwenn Seemel is making an art show, but — shh — it’s a secret! All that she’ll tell us is that it will be completely different than anything she’s ever done before. “It will be more than just pretty pictures of animals,” she teases us, showing the camera a cheerfully colored painting of a deer. “But there will be images of fauna, so I thought this would be a good place to start.” As part of her (successful!) Kickstarter project, she promised backers a limited number of doodles of their favorite animals. All it took was a ten buck pledge!

    And now that her project has ended, she’s busy fulfilling rewards and keeping us updated on all the furry little guys she’s been creating as a result. How could I not be charmed by a video titled “Drawing a Cat”? How could you not be charmed by watching her actually draw it? Seriously. Watch. If you can figure out the answer, tell me, because I’ve been scrolling through her work for the last solid hour and I think my boss is starting to take note.

    Here’s the making of:

    Here’s the finished product:

    Pretty cool! For more, be sure to keep up with Gwenn’s ongoing updates over at her project page.

  2. Guitar Heroes: Saving the Acoustic Guitar

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    The Musicwood Documentary — by Helpman Productions

    In 2008, filmmakers Maxine Trump and Josh Granger stumbled across a slightly unusual story: the over-logging of a forest in Alaska, specifically a rare 250 year-old Sitka Spruce, was endangering the future of the acoustic guitar. Coming to the instruments defense were the world’s top guitar-makers (Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Fender), who had banded together to try and convince an industrial logging company to adopt sustainable practices.

    What Maxine and Josh want to know, and what they hope to shed some light on with their documentary Musicwood, is simple — “Could you imagine the world without the acoustic guitar?” To answer the question, they’ve employed a slew of notable, famously finger-pickin’ musicians, whose performances they’ve been sharing with us in a number of recent project updates. My favorite thus far easily belongs to notoriously independent, college-radio-rock-band-of-dreams, Yo La Tengo (where would legendary free-form radio station WFMU be without them). Their hushed performance inside the empty, light adorned hall of New Jersey venue Maxwell’s is a little awe-inspiring.

    The acoustic guitar will not be the most devastating loss our planet experiences while under the thumb of industrial logging practices, but it is certainly one whose emotional resonance will far outweigh its modest stature. It’s hard for me to imagine heartbreak without Neil Young, you know? And, Dad, I either love you or hate you for that. Haven’t decided yet. You can watch the extended trailer for Musicwood, and support the project, here. Check out the clip featuring Yo La Tengo below.

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