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Jimmy Danko  Artist. Gorilla heart. Los Angeles.

New day. New piece started. In the shop building out the wood panel. #wip #process #painting #losangeles

Time waits for no one, so a day after returning from the recent Alaska trip I started a new adventure. A new creative outlet to compliment my hours in front of the painting easel. Learning a martial art has been on my bucket list for as long as I knew ninjas were a thing. Eventually I zeroed in on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but through the years I kept concocting reasons to put it off. When I found out @graciebarradtla was opening a gym 5 blocks from my studio in the Arts District I knew I had finally run out of excuses. Yesterday was Day 1 with @orlandogb72 and these two awesome dudes. The metaphorical jiu jitsu canvas is blank. I know next to nothing and feel a bit like I got ran over by a bus, but I had a blast and am stoked to finally be getting after it on the mats. #blankcanvas #jiujitsu #bjj #graciebarra #adventuretime

Fave part of my day in Ketchikan, Alaska after kayaking the Clover Pass: meeting and hanging with artist @ray.troll . #maniacallaugh #raytroll #ketchikan

Putting the final touches on Merman, upside down, with the homemade mahl stick. Dowel + racquet ball keeps my hand steady and out of the wet paint. #process #wip #diy #mahlstick #oilpainting #merman #heman

Bottom half finished, with some before/after pics of the underpainting vs the final layers. #wip #process #oilpainting #merman #gamblin #woodandsteel #maniacallaugh

Almost midnight. Ready to crash. Long day in the studio. Underpainting finished though. #maniacallaugh #oilpainting #wip #process #painting #woodandsteel #merman #heman

On to the next. Merman. Here we go. #maniacallaugh #wip #process #oilpainting #merman #heman #woodandsteel

“Playing With Fire” | 54” x 43” | acrylic on wood panel // Another piece is ready to go out the door. The second in a series of commissions for @streamcreative . High Score 07302017…a reference in the painting to July 30th, 2017. That was the date the offices of Stream Creative were destroyed in a fire. More than a year later, they have not just recovered, but are thriving in an amazing new space where these paintings will find a home. Aside from being inspired by my conversations with them over the past 6 months, the piece holds for me a subtle nod to their determination and perseverance in the aftermath of the fire. I’m honored call these guys friends, and humbled to know a few of my pieces will grace their new walls back in my home state of Wisconsin. #painting #acrylicpianting #novacolor #milwaukee #bucks #donkeykong #supermario #batman #mashup #fire #arcade #uwoshkoshtitans @bucks

Getting close to finishing another multi-panel beast. #process #wip #8bit #acrylicpainting #donkeykong #dyptich

The artist’s path is rarely a clear one. Sometimes the most grounding question I can ask myself to make sure I’m still ‘on the path’ is “Would the 6 year old ‘me’ think what I was doing right now was awesome, or at least fun?” I asked myself that today while painting tiny 8-bit letters, installing gymnastic rings and hanging an old Big Wheel from the ceiling. With all of my past art studios, the longer I’m in them the more they become an extension of me. I’m perhaps having more fun in this one than any other though as it gradually morphs into some kind of gorilla-jungle-gym-art-fort. Of course it also helps to be amongst a crew in the warehouse here on 6th St and have a partner who collectively both not only embrace the unconventional, but encourage it. So today I’m grateful, and fairly certain the answer to the question is ‘YES’. #stayonthepath #sundayfunday #painting #artstudio #gorillafort

Finished the cutouts for @streamcreative commission #2. Feeling good about this color palette. #process #wip #acrylicpainting #8bit #supermario

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