Archive for December, 2011

Local Knowledge: Stansell Guitars

December 26, 2011

There are many interesting people tucked away in the nooks and crannies of this coastline. One person I’ve known since the late 80’s is Les Stansell. We met because we both love indulging in oceanic activity; and also because the term “population density” applies better here to trees and fish than people. He has a specialty wood-shop where he crafts some of the finest Flamenco guitars you can find. I envy his shop and various wood-working tools, however, I wouldn’t know what to do with most of the tools if I owned them.

The photos above are the results of a visit my friend Joe made to Les’s shop the week before Christmas. Joe needed some Port Orford Cedar trimmed down to make fins for the surfboards he’s been shaping. While I was just along for the ride.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

December 25, 2011


The Maccabees – Pelican

December 23, 2011

Why Creative People Are Eccentric

December 21, 2011

This is a fantastic article that gives some scientific opinion on creative people types. If you are a creative type, this is great insight. If you know and want to understand a creative person better, I suggest reading this:

My father and I both possess a lot of the traits they talk about in this article. I don’t think I want to share too much about this on my blog. I’ll just say that the central theme of all my art is attempting to find a comfortable balance between seemingly opposing forces. Maybe that’s my attempt to not feel like a “Round Peg in a Square Hole”.

Local Knowledge

December 19, 2011

The area I live in is beautiful and inspires a lot of my art directly or indirectly. Be it the ocean and it’s powerful waves, interesting lines on rock formations, the redwoods, local rivers, etc. In a kind of contrast to this majestic natural order are the people that interact with our area on a daily basis. They’re also inspiring at times, but are…human, and therefore kind of funny. Whether it’s intentional or not. This weekly blog entry I’m calling “Local Knowledge” will give you a sense of the beauty, admiration, humor, or bizarre sights I encounter on a weekly basis. I’ll keep it fair by posting my own awkward moments when they occur (I’m brave enough). I’ll have to cherry-pick those since they happen hourly.

I’ll start this week with some inspiration. Our area has lots of natural bridges and caves. Here’s one my wife and I found recently that I wasn’t aware of until this year. I’m slightly ashamed that I didn’t know of it earlier in my life, since I’ve spent so many hours in the water within eyesight of it over the past 30 years. I’ve explored so much of this area, and it was right under my nose. Don’t bother asking me where it is, I won’t tell. The thrill of discovery is much more exciting than the knowledge of it’s whereabouts.

October 27, 1995

December 8, 2011

I found out yesterday that Fugazi recently released a live concert series on their website. They recorded more than 800 of their live shows. I saw them on October 27, 1995 in Seattle, Washington. I found and purchased a copy of the concert I went. I’m listening to it and reliving right now as I write this blog entry.

This band was important to me for so many reasons. First and foremost, they were amazing musicians. Like so many others, the 13 songs album was my first exposure to them. I probably listened to it at least two times a day for months; for the rest of the year maybe once a day. I bought every album after that, and also got into Minor Threat. They were true do-it-yourself, buck the traditional modes of operation type of band. Many other bands acted as if they were, even though they weren’t. Fugazi’s albums were $8 (instead of the normal price of around $16), shows were $5-$15 (instead of $25 for bands of their popularity), and at Ian’s request, the crowd would stay well-mannered at the live shows.

Their influence has affected my creative life in a few ways. I try to have art at price points that anyone can afford. In order to do that, I mostly make my own giclee prints. I’m also attempting to make my own serigraph prints. These are more tactile to me than the digital prints. My originals are also relatively affordable considering the amount of time I spend on them. The do-it-yourself method has also allowed me to survive without much gallery support or many corporate freelance jobs. I’m definitely not as pure about it as Fugazi, but the ethos they believed in runs through my veins too.