Archive for April, 2010

TYM Collaboration

April 27, 2010

Here’s some pics of this previous weekend. Courtney and I drank a bunch of coffee and got busy on a collaborative project for TYM. Our subject matter was one of our musical heros, Joe Strummer. The music and style of The Clash has impacted me more than any other band. We didn’t finish this weekend, but we’re excited about their progress and direction.

I like the challenges and benefits of teaming up on an art project. It seems there are enough differences in Courtney and my style to make a visual clash (no apology for the bad pun), but we share a lot of music, humor, and cultural interests to be able to work together.

More will be revealed later.



April 23, 2010

Here’s some vintage Joel Tudor. He surfed better and with more style as a tiny tike than I’ll ever surf. He’s still one of my favorites today. Here’s his Kookbox website.

Record Club-Need You Tonight

April 21, 2010

My buddy Courtney and partner in TYM turned me onto this. I think it’s amazing, and makes me reminisce about fun times at the beach as a kid. Oh wait, most things make me reminisce about fun times at the beach.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, visit Beck’s website.

A Friday Meandering

April 16, 2010

If your working on your computer today, here’s a nice something you can play in the background.


April 8, 2010

Here’s a new painting I did this week for the Sacred Craft surfboard expo I will be at this weekend in Ventura. I think I will call the piece Fury, and I’m almost positive I’m done with it. If there were any more work to be done it would be taking off more paint.

The more I paint, the more I feel I’m being lead on a journey as opposed to having a vision and seeing that through. I was trying to finish this piece the other day and the clock was ticking. The Sacred Craft event was approaching fast. I basically had a finished piece and wasn’t satisfied with it. Then I brought out the sand paper and started sanding off the paint. Low and behold I now feel satisfied with the piece.

I wish I could say that painting is always this enjoyable experience. It is at times, but it’s also very frustrating. Part of the problem for me is that it involves constant problem solving and always growing your abilities. Growing is painful. If I’m struggling with a painting, I’ll look for any chore to do so I don’t have to face the damn painting. This painting has all that emotion wrapped up in it and then some. So I think I kind of like it.

Skateboardanimation by Tilles Singer

April 7, 2010

This is great! I found it on Cartoon Brew.

Automated Art

April 5, 2010

I just went to check the webcam at my local beach. This is a shot looking south that was taken that minute. I didn’t alter it in any way. With the combination of rain on the lens and high contrast of  the sunrise, I found it to be a very moody yet beautiful shot. The sparseness of cars in the parking spaces also adds to the lonely feel. There’s a quick moment of sunshine before the darkness of the next storm hits (insert any interpretive metaphor here). What also fascinates me is there is no intentional source we can give credit to for the photo. Partial credit can go to the maintenance person who installed the camera and the computer for it’s once a minute zero’s and one’s automated programming.

Orson Welles Talks About Audience

April 2, 2010

Orson Welles observations about audience on this video are spot on. What he says here is still relevant thirty years later. It’s too bad Dinah distracts him toward the middle of the interview with surfacy questions about other performers. Even then I think Mr. Welles observations have significant substance.

Some of my colleagues in visual art have become masters at romancing or seducing their audience. Others aren’t masters, they just bash you over the head with a constant barrage of “look at me”. They attempt to dominate as Mr. Welles puts it. I have always personally struggled with either of these methods. This creates a lot of dilemma for me. The “look at me” part of self-promotion gives me ill feelings. My nature doesn’t enjoy the spotlight. I enjoy people appreciating my artwork, but not so much looking straight at me. Putting energy into promoting my art has always taken second place (or third or fourth) to actually making art.

I’m quite thankful for the small group of people that appreciate my art. I’m not a flashy, hipster clone or a “look at me” guy, and you don’t seem to care. That’s my ideal audience. Your support has kept my creative balls (ha-ha) a rollin through the years.

I found this Orson Welles interview on Cartoon Brew.