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Month: January 2010

An Owl without a Tootsie Pop is like Jesus without a….

An Owl without a Tootsie Pop is like Jesus without a….

It started off with a sketch. Which became another sketch. Which gave me something to do with that horrible monstrosity: I considered painting over this- but I decided to take a different route.  A route that I hadn’t travelled since college.  I decided to glue paper to the canvas and create an unconventional painting surface.  Since originally the guy in my sketches looked like Jesus, and the painting was going to symbolize various things (I won’t go into it, but…

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Cactus bloom

Cactus bloom

Everybody has quirks.  My mother is  no exception.  One unique thing about my mother is a penchant for shipping strange items across the country or bringing them in her luggage.  In the past she’s shipped or brought things like old stretcher bars, oreo cookies and broken lava lamps (no mom, you didn’t break it, it’s been broken for ten years).  This past visit was no different.  This time she brought two plants.  Her choice this time was interesting and if…

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This is a detail shot from a painting on unfinished poplar I’m working on.  It is a portrait of a family member that I found this great emotion packed photo of in my mom’s vault of photos.   One side of my family has green eyes that are made of lots of little bits of brown and blue mixed together.  The eye here is still a little too emerald green for my taste, but I suppose if the subject of…

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radio silence

radio silence

I have three new paintings that are nearly finished.  My thoughts are elsewhere, however.  Every month my expenses go up (okay, sometimes not every month – but January 2010 brought in many rate increases, like a $30 increase to monthly HOA payments), and every month my income goes down.   I was promoted to management two years ago -but still don’t earn a penny more than before the promotion and barely more than I made when I started five years ago.  Luckily,…

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unfinished business

unfinished business

Two of my new paintings are “finished”, but I want to show them to some other people before I say for sure.  They both have some very obvious flaws, so I’m going to let them sit, get some opinions and come back to them later.  While I’m waiting for that I’m starting work on another portrait… but this time using transfer paper from my original so hopefully I’ll get a better likeness.  My boss loaned me seasons 1 and 2 of…

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a very blue day

a very blue day

Saturday began with a trip to Landmark to see Avatar with Sam, her sister and brother in-law.  I don’t know if it was because it was my second time seeing it, but everything seemed much clearer and crisper than in Tucson. Whereas before most “blue cat people” shots seemed still too fuzzy and fake they now seemed closer to “the real.” Afterwards we went to Noodle Planet in Westwood.  Later we split up so that Sam and I could go…

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New things for an old year

New things for an old year

On new year’s eve Sam invited me to go with her to dinner and join her friends and friends of theirs.  There were eleven of us eating at the Dragon Restaurant in Koreatown.  Dragon brands itself as “Chinese Restaurant,” but it is known for its fusion of Korean and Chinese cuisine.  They have eight different banquet deals to pick from for large parties (ten or more).  Much like Korean karaoke, our party was given its own private room with a…

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