Archive for November, 2009

Aloha!

November 21, 2009

We’re off to Kauai for a week of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Econo style of course which would involve shaking up a Coors to make it bubbly, and umm…I have no clue what a substitute for caviar is.  I will have an art show at A. Ell Design on the 28th while I’m there. If you happen to be in that remote part of the world on that date, come by and say hi. Aloha, and happy turkey day.

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Anutha fo yo muthas brutha

November 19, 2009

Here’s another one hopefully on it’s way to Kauai for my upcoming show. UPS thought that one of my boxes contained hazardous materials (it doesn’t) and I will be sorting that mess out today. The weird thing is, one package made it to the location and one didn’t. Same boxes with relatively the same content. WTF!

This is part of a piece of driftwood I found on a remote section of a beach near my house. I routed out part of it and painted some pretty back in. I love the aesthetic relationship between old and new. Lately, I’m getting more excited about these abstract paintings than my representational ones. So maybe that’s a sign of direction for me.

One aspect of my art that is a bit different than some is that my thought process is backward. I create art with little pre-thought and planning, then when it’s done I ask myself why I created that. I think it creates a venerability in my art where you can see my screw-ups and processes more transparently. So much art and design is about creating this perfect flawless thing to present to the world. Sometimes it lacks empathy for humanities imperfect nature. UPS is a perfect example of this. OOOWWW, you like how I worked that back in? BAM!

Noserider version 2

November 16, 2009

Noserider2
Here’s another small painting I just finished for my upcoming show on Kauai. If you pay attention to my blog or website you will notice I’ve painted this composition before. I don’t normally paint something twice, but I made an exception on this.

Just to remind everyone that up until December 18, 2009 if you spend over $50 on my website you can receive $10 off your purchase if you enter: Cha-Ching in the coupon code area.

Planting Roots

November 13, 2009

Planting_RootsHere’s a quick new painting I’ll be taking to Kauai for a show this month. To me its more of a color sketch than a formal painting. What’s the difference you ask? I don’t know, it’s just how I feel about it. The painting is on an old stool that was falling apart. So it seems appropriate for the subject matter to be of surfers sitting around waiting and socializing. I called it Planting Roots as it seems important for us ocean lovers to daily absorb salt water into our pores.

The Dot and the Line

November 11, 2009

Chuck Jones is easily my favorite animator/director. His body of work has inspired me probably since I was a baby. I appreciate many other animators, but I return to  his cartoons again and again.

His adaptation of  The Dot and the Line amazes me. Here he’s taking the most rudimentary of elements and gives them life and personality. He does this by making the line thick and thin to show distress, having the line crowd the ball in an ineffective pursuit, or in the end discovering new aspects of himself and refinements by forming new shapes that are more meaningful and lasting than the scwiggle’s (not sure how to spell that) instant gratifications. All this communicated by basically a line, a circle, and a scwiggle.

I wonder if the Dot and Line got married and reproduced. Their offspring could have been Adobe Illustrator and Corel DRAW. The timeline seems to fit alright. Think about it.

Skim

November 10, 2009

I love skimboarding. For me it usually takes place in the summer time when the sand on the beaches has built up and there isn’t much swell. The waves that there are floats over the outer bars without breaking and focuses on the shorey. Those times seem to be when I get the most out of it. However, the guys on this movie preview can handle all kinds of diverse conditions. Having a soundtrack that you can conquer a nation to probably helps sky-rocket their ability as well. I’m jealous. I wish I could do a fraction of what they do. It would help me a bit if I purchased an updated skimboard, but I still wouldn’t rip. Mine is an old Victoria skimboard made for me in 1988 when I was shorter and weighed 5 lbs. Needless to say it’s seen better days. Being a somewhat poor artist, buying a new one hasn’t been a high priority. I’ve been riding it long enough for the 80’s graphics on it to come back in style.

This Last Storm

November 9, 2009

storm_day(low-rez)Here’s a photo I took on friday. The surf was big and mean looking. I love running around snapping photos when this occurs.

New Painting

November 3, 2009

StackedHere’s a painting I recently finished. It was kind of an exercise in simplicity for me. My mind always has so much going on that my painting can get…mmm…complicated. Prints of my new pieces will be available on my website in a few weeks.