Fine Art – Stuck in Customs

A Bit of a Bug

As you may have noticed, there’s a bit of a bug going on below with the daily images! So, while that gets investigated, here’s a fun little article about NFT Photography. It’s nice to be featured in there but you should definitely check it out as there is some awesome art within.
Speaking of bugs and NFTs… here’s a cool bit of generative art by Zancan. Well worth digging into his world. Super talented and some amazing plotter work. This is one of the creations from A Bugged Forest.

Tomorrow, bugs permitting, the first of my images from Burning Man 2022!

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Jupiter

Here’s another image from the rather awesome James Webb Space Telescope. An totally wild shot of Jupiter. Check out the high res version over on the telescope site.

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Inside Isabella’s Mind

Here’s a little glimpse into the mind of my eldest daughter, Isabella in the form of her concept drawing for the art I shared yesterday…

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Jeff Bezos’ Furry Secret

A New NFT from Isabella

Check out the animated NFT here. (Auction winner also gets the concept sketch for this artwork.)

Note to gentle readers, this is a twisted love triangle that involves Elon Musk (who will soon be revealed as “Chi Chi Sparklemaster”), Furries, Drones, Snakes, and Birds.

It’s a cool night with a gentle breeze. Come, come, sit down by the fireplace, my gentle audience. Allow me to tell you a tale of the ages.

Our tale begins with a woman that was secretly married to a bird that had an unusual “kink” where the bird would poop into her mouth. Everything was fine until the snakes got involved. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the Jeff & Elon bit in a minute. First, we need to build up the universe.

Okay so there is a classic Disney romance happening. Boy meets girl. Boy has a snake coiled around his arm, as does the girl. Girl has a secret marriage with a bird. The boy also has a bird. The bird is not a metaphor for Twitter, so get that right out of your head. Well, wouldn’t you know it, but the two birds start having a side-romance. To make matters more complicated, snake #1 fell in love with bird #2. Snake #2 (keep up!) called the other one a “hypocrtical bitch” (if you can believe it). Anyhoo, as the snakes are having marriage issues, the two birds continue to fall in love.

Meanwhile, there is a distant wolf that falls in love with another wolf. Consider this a David Lynch dream sequence.

Now, back to the story.

Elon, whose zoolatry doppelganger you can no doubt purloin, is just kind of along for the ride. Or so he says. He’s actually totally into Jeff’s baldness, but society says baldness is not desirable. There’s a lot of internal dialog and self-doubt with Elon. Just giving you some character insight here. So, Elon lashes out and hires one of those planes that drag a sign behind them in the air that says “Jef Is A Furry” to create a bit of FUD. Evil Amazon launches delivery drones armed with guns to take down the plane, but this is obvious in the artwork.

Now, it turns out that Elon’s furry gambit was just a wild guess, but, he was correct! Jeff is a furry! But not the kind of furry one would expect.

You see, Jeff is indeed a furry, just without the fur. He’s a completely hairless mole rat in a pile of flesh and he prefers to go by the furry-name “Naked Newton.” Elon is, of course, a huge fan of the boldness and the baldness, so he goes up to Naked Newton to get an autograph, and NN decides to sign it with a gun! He shoots Elon in the foot! So Elon gets all dramatically happy, snapping his fingers in the air and screams enthusiastically “Slay Queen!” And now we come to the time where the story is about to get weird.

So now that Elon has met his idol, he feels free to finally become himself. He dons some hot leather boots with heels, some fishnets and other womanly garb, and then assumes the name “Chi Chi Sparklemaster.” Jeff can’t help but notice and this opens him up as well, and, so, Naked Newton also begins to experiment with his own sexual identity. As you can see, we have a classic Hannah Montana situation developing.

Cut to: Jeff and Elon are playing video games together online. But they don’t know they are playing against one another. Ostensibly, it’s Naked Newton and Chi Chi Sparklemaster and none is the wiser. They begin the delicate dance only two drag queens can maneuverer. And that is where our story takes a darker turn. But we will need to wait for the next piece of art for that bit.

Here’s the audio version of this very tale. If you’re that way inclined…

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Fractals Incoming

It’s been a while since I shared some of my fractal art. The last fractal, Heart Chakra, which was a collab with the awesome Tina Guo sold out on OpenSea. Now there are 2 new renders incoming with existing Heart Chakra holders getting a free one! Here’s a little preview from one of them which has an interesting collab and backstory for another day…

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The Result

For those of you following along with the Sotheby’s auction project, the event was yesterday, and I’m pleased to say that the lot sold for a little over $1m after fees. The good news on top of that is that a chunk of that goes to charity. 🙂
It’s been an awesome project to work on and the teams at Brora/Diageo and Sotheby’s have been great partners. Now it’s time to start getting into the detail on the Scottish photography adventure. Can’t wait!

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The Auction

It’s auction day over at Sotheby’s, London (and online) where you can bid on an ultra-rare cask of 40yr old whisky from Brora Distillery in Scotland… oh and with it you get one of my awesome, museum quality, large format fine art prints (taken in Scotland), a trip around the Brora area with me and we’ll base the labels for the bottles on an image we capture while out there!
Here are the full details on the Sotheby’s site.

Here is the direct link to the auction.

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The Impossible Library

Daily Photo – The Impossible Library

This library holds more secrets than I am willing to share. The secrets are so good, in fact, they would absolutely ruin the photo if you knew them. This is the dangerous nature of secrets, right? I suggest you don’t try to discover them to save yourself the disappointment. – Tianjin, China

From Series 2 of my fine art prints. Available in a limited edition at 1.5 meters by 0.85 meters. More info at TreyRatcliff.com.

The Impossible Library

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  • Date Taken2018-06-13 13:53:19
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Heart

Daily Photo – Heart

Here’s a slice of the Heart Chakra fractal I worked on with the awesome Tina Guo. You can see the full video here which features her awesome cello. If NFTs are your thing you can grab those over here and each contains a different written “heart musings” by Tina and myself.

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  • Date Taken2022-06-05 22:24:15
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Phrazeboard

A bit of fun today…check out this cool treasure hunt by one of my friends, Phraze. As he said:
“This is the GameBoard.
Entirely hand drawn.
2100+ words, 15k+ letters, 200+ hours to complete.”

Epic work! Check out the game at phrazeboard.xyz
*this is not a clue. Seriously, NOT a clue. I know you think this might be me saying that it is a clue by saying it’s not a clue… but you’re wrong. Not a clue. 🙂

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