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Month: April 2010

it isn’t “clear” at all!

it isn’t “clear” at all!

I’ve been trying to tell this to people for years – but nobody understands/listens.  At work we recently got  20″ TVs to use at our trade show booths because “they’re HD and they’ll look awesome.”  When I tried to explain the resolution of the TV vs. a 20″ computer monitor I just got confused looks and “well I’m not in the IT department” in return.  However, I saw this cartoon and it encapsulates my thoughts perfectly.

Want more proof that HDTV sucks?  Next time you’re watching your favorite HD programming go up next to the TV.  Look at that network logo in the corner.  Fuzzy, isn’t it?  Now look at anything on your laptop and get that close.  Not so fuzzy.  You had a “higher definition” picture with your computer the whole time…

weekend

weekend

On Friday Sam and I took the day off and headed southeast to Temecula.  What I don’t think either of us realized is that the rolling hills of vineyards would not be actually filled with grapes at this time of year, but slowly growing green vines.   Regardless, the scenery was mostly green and vastly different than the busy city.   The point of the trip was not to really see wine, but just to relax a little bit on our break between terms as this past one was the hardest of our program so far.

We stayed at one of the more “awarded” resorts in the area, which gives you something more like a little house than a room to stay in.  It was sort of like staying in a really upscale fully furnished studio apartment.  The pool, spa, gym and waterfall (in photo above) were all within walking distance of our room.

On Friday night we tried to take some night photography on the hotel grounds and some aliens tried to abduct us.  They had already gone to the wine tasting though and were too drunk to keep their tractor beam on us.  There were a few tense moments, one captured in the photo above.

The next day we decided to check out the restaurant and the wine tasting deal for ourselves.  I’m discovering the fact that drinks being “sparkling” probably means more to me than the actual flavor.  I almost exclusively drink carbonated water now at home (and out, if possible), so it is no surprise that my favorite wine was the sparkling “ruby curet” (or something like that).

Here we are at the fountain infront of the resort on Saturday.  Saturday was much busier than Friday with many weddings andother celebrations (including some kind of college prom or something, which was very confusing to me as I kept wondering how high schoolers could drink wine).  At certain points we would actually get trapped on the “campus” because exit points (outside stairways) were being used for wedding photography. 

Sunday we walked up the valley side of Griffith Park.  I hadn’t been on that trail since the “dark days” of 2006, and somehow, instinctively we ended up talking about all of that depressing stuff.  Not necessarily what ails me then, but both of us now.  To make ourselves feel even worse we watched Michael Moore’s latest movie.   With every film he seems to get more and more self-centered.  I really wish someone would take the ball from him and make some serious films about the same subject matter.  Bringing in your childhood priest to say capitalism is evil doesn’t make a great point, Michael.   However, the full 2nd bill of rights video speech from FDR was very interesting.   The full video of Jimmy Carter’s “Warning” presidential address was interesting as well.  It is mind blowing how all our long term problems are never new, just continually covered up by politicians for short term gains.   I won’t say which side does more covering/short term profiteering; but we all know what side Carter and FDR were on.  In a nutshell:  the only interesting parts of the film were the parts like these unedited presidential addresses in which Moore didn’t add any lame “jokes” or “narration.”

art show

art show

Last night’s show actually had quite a large turnout.  I didn’t get any crowd photos, but here are a few shots of me with some friends that made the long drive to Glendale.

tibese

tibese

This week I’d been shuttling back and forth between FastFrame and Aaron Brothers to try to find the right frame for the monster drawing I put up a few posts ago.  After purchasing a frame from Aaron Brothers and realising it just wouldn’t work I returned it, bit the bullet and headed back to FastFrame.  At that point it was already Friday afternoon and I’d have to deliver the piece to the gallery Saturday afternoon.  I looked through a few thin frames with the owner.  We were limited to what he had in stock, which wasn’t much.  However, he did have this super expensive weathered looking wide frame material that was cool.  We went ahead with it.  Even with a 40% discount (because it was extra stock that wasn’t used when fulfilling someone else’s order) the frame was almost $200.  I thought it was a lot to spend when you’re trying to conserve, but the better the frame the better chance of selling the piece, right?

Of course, I got it in time, hurried over to the gallery, and was told that it wouldn’t fit in with the rest of my work because it is the only drawing. 

(heavy sigh…)

I’m sure I’ll get to put it up somewhere at some point in the future.  In the mean time, if you’re in Glendale this Friday please stop by and say hello.  I’ll have six pieces (two old, four new) at the Gallery Godo show that opens at 7pm.

After dropping off the old paintings at the gallery I headed southwest to meet with Sam and go to Culver City.  We intended to visit the book signing event at the new Thinkspace location.

I could be wrong, as I didn’t check, but I believe those two on the end are Ota and Craola.

We didn’t realize that the new gallery space is literally only a hundred feet from LaBasse Projects.   It looks like the hip LA art scene is swinging west ward, with these two major galleries located in Culver City and other heavy hitters (like Copro) closer to the beach.  All the more reason my dream is still to one day be able to move down to the area.  How lame is it that it is harder now for me to move 20 miles than it was six years ago to move 2,400 miles?  (HellaLame!, as Cartman once said)

Before going to the galleries we needed sustenance.  We stepped into the Eritrean/Ethiopian Jazz restaurant.  I tried Tibese for the first time.   They served the tomatoey meat chunks and onions with this great spongy pancake like soft bread called injera that absorbs all the grease.  In fact, while it doesn’t look like a lot of food at first, if I was less of a glutton I could have easily stretched the one entree into four meals.  You see, not only do you get a huge plate with a pile of injera, but they line the entree plate with it too.

new drawing – cthulhunfinished

new drawing – cthulhunfinished

This is a drawing that I’ve been working on for a few months.  A larger image is in the “drawing” section of the web site – easier to see detail than on the image above.  I would always come back to this piece when I need a break from painting or I was trying to work out a difficult problem in another piece.  I got the idea from seeing one of my old business cards upside down.  Those of you who remember my old business cards will know what I mean (just imagine all those tentacles are green).  I’ve been using my old business cards as little “mini-palettes” so I can get up close to a painting without having to pull back to get more paint.

I’m calling it cthulhunfinished because the piece fades out on the sides to get you to focus on the “action” at the center.  However, it is also fading out because I just didn’t want to finish those parts because they weren’t any fun and I hadn’t worked out what I’d do beforehand.  The waves, mountains, etc. are all afterthoughts.  The wings too – which I originally drew in improper perspective (the one on the right was much closer) until Sam corrected me.

I may have this painting in the upcoming show, but I won’t know until this weekend.  I got a frame for it yesterday, but I don’t know if it was the best choice, or how I’m going to crop it (the photo you see above is cropped from a 14×17 sheet of paper.  In the uncropped version there is another part of the boat with a shadowy figure and a huge monster arm reaching up out of the water (to reinforce this is Cthulhu and not a weird octopus).

It is finally confirmed that the show, my first since 2004, will be here on the 16th.  Not sure how I feel about being an art “fool.”   Oh well.  Seems like with a name like that the show should have a theme – but it doesn’t.  I’ll have four new paintings, two of the old college ones (because they’re smaller) and possibly this drawing.  Come out if you can – I’ll be there at the opening on Friday.