My Artistic Process: The Idea

Each step in the artistic process is so different and exciting.  I love sharing my process with people.  I find so much inspiration from other artists in my community, both online and in my area, that share their work and their process openly.  When we share we receive, so in that spirit I would like to share with you a little window into my creative printmaking process.

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Instrumental Greeting Cards

 Double Bass, Mandolin, Guitar, Ukulele, Fiddle and Banjo Linocut Prints.  All 4x6 with envelope.

Double Bass, Mandolin, Guitar, Ukulele, Fiddle and Banjo Linocut Prints.  All 4x6 with envelope.

I love the shape of musical instruments.  There’s something about the scroll of the fiddle, mandolin or stand up bass  that instantly captures my imagination.  I can get lost in the fine wood grains, the curvature of lines and incredible fine detail that goes into these marvelous creations. 

The idea for creating musical instrument greeting cards came after studying the old Lloyd Loar’s Early mandolin models from the 1920’s.  After completing a drawing of Bill Monroe's mandolin from 1929 thought “I’d really love to carve that!”  Then my idea expanded, “I’d really love to carve a whole ensemble of instruments!”.  Within two weeks I had carved 6 instruments with more coming! 

What really excites me about this project is that I get to combine my love of playing music, owning these lovely instruments and printmaking all into one project.

I hope to sell these prints on First Friday Artwalk in Portland, Maine every month, but if you can't make it you can purchase them online here!

 

The First Snow, a song

December 9, 2017.  We had our first snow of the winter today.  There’s no other feeling like it.  It marks a new chapter.  Where getting into the thick of it.  No more messing around!  I love the energy of the First Snow.  I just had to tune my guitar to whatever was feeling right and let it sing whatever it wanted to sing.  

This is recorded peering out over Congress Square Park in Portland, Maine in my massage studio.

Enjoy!  

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“Worn Out Shoes”

This song is about that benevolent force that some call “God”, others “the universe” or “higher power” that has pulled me out of and continues to pull me out of jams I find get myself in.  I am so grateful I have this force in my life.

I wrote this with the help of my good friend and talented country singer Michael Preston when he was living on Sherman Street in Portland.  

 

Lyrics: 

Running around in my ole worn out shoes

With nothing to show

Just holes in my soles

Suffering the hurt I put myself through

I’m blaming others

And the good lord too


If I could just get out of my way

Listen to what all my brothers might say

I’d pick up something I could use

To loose my blues


But I don’t want to change

Or have to re-arrange

I don’t like other people telling me what to do


Then something welts up from inside

A feeling I can’t hide

I give it all to you

And everything moves


Take this burden away from me

I’ll be a vessel for you love

I’ll be free

I can walk down that long dark valley

And never have to be alone

When I’m with you Lord I feel your grace

Without you I’m so out of place

Let your light shine upon my face

And I’ll never be alone

No I’ll never be alone

I will never be alone

“Rubber on Road”

This song is about coming home.  I lived out in Colorado for a couple of years.  I do cherish those years as being a big turning point in my life.  I really do love being back in New England and especially Maine.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to live to far from the ocean again. 

Lyrics:

How do I know what to trust

When all I see around me

Is streets and avenues

I go to work and come home

And get drunk well it seems to me

Not a life I chose

The viscous cycle I abhor

Gonna ride out to that shore

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

 

I take a drive

the city lights

Fade away behind me

To open skies and trees

I think about some girl

In another world

I stopped chasing her

She gave me nothing but grief

I just need a place to go

Gonna ride out to that shore

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

 

Bad choices have made me a lonely grave

But I ain't lying dead

The ocean tides help me to quiet

All the buzzing in my head

There's so much to explore

Gonna ride out to the shore

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

I can feel that rubber

Rubber on Road

“On the Congo”

This song “On the Congo” is about Congress Street, the main thoroughfare in the funny old town of Portland, Maine.  Congress Street has seen so many faces throughout the ages and this tune is a reflection of all those faces past and present.  One of my favorite activities still after living here since 2009 is to wander from one end of Congress Street to the other.  It’s hard to feel lonely when you bump into all the wonderful souls you see on Congress Street.

This arrangement is my first attempt at solo mandolin and vocals. Hope you enjoy!

Welcome to World of Matt!

 
 

I started this site after finally coming to terms with the fact that I am a fickle artist.  Sometimes I get an idea for a song.  Sometimes I get an idea for a comic. Sometimes I get an idea for an interpretive dance!  I used to judge myself for my shifting artistic nature.  "Why can't I just pick one thing?",  I would ask myself. I have finally decided to embrace all the aspects of my artistic expression. That's why I started "World of Matt".  Who knows what I'll be posting?  I'll leave that up to the mysterious spirits of artistic creation.  Stay tuned!