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Month: November 2009

the rose bowl

the rose bowl

Before one more person from Ohio asks me if I’m going to the Rose Bowl I’d like to share my coworker’s story… He asked me this morning if I was going, to which I gave the usual reply “I can’t afford $500 tickets.”  He informed me that I was lowballing it, because he just talked to a friend from Ohio that was flying out with terrible seats (40 rows back in the corner) who paid $550 for each seat.

deep diver

deep diver

When I bought all the pieces of wood a few weeks ago I bought one that was really thin.  5.5″x24″ to be exact.  I had many ideas about how to use this space, but eventually each one proved to not be a good fit, I just couldn’t make any compositions work in that frame. Then it hit me:  I’d been doing a lot of sketches of this figure I originally drew in my sketchbook: The idea here was some sort…

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octopus attack

octopus attack

I fiddled with this idea about an octopus attacking a guy underwater for a long time.  I finally decided to try it out on one of the long pieces of wood I bought a few weeks ago.  First though, I took all the sketches from my sketchbook and tried to combine them and bring in some other elements.  I did initial sketches on layers of transparency paper. After toying with that enough I decided to make a more serious drawing…

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brain wiz

brain wiz

Fox Sports West just honored a USC player with their “brain wiz” segment during the halftime of the UCLA/USC game.  The smartest player on USC’s squad has an amazing…. wait for it… 2.9 GPA.

Eczema sucks

Eczema sucks

Years ago, when I was working at CardSupply, my fingers on my right hand started getting weird.  The skin would blister, dry out and crack.  At first I thought it must be from handling paper all day.  However, more than five years later, it is still here.  I’ve tried various remedies, even saw a doctor once.  The doctor told me there was really nothing I could do.  Two weeks ago I decided to try something new.  I knew that part…

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happiness

happiness

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” That quote from Hemmingway is one of my favorites.  I’d have to add though that unhappiness is probably the biggest motivator for intelligent people. To that end, with my latest paint fumblings (see last blog post) I started over with some good old 2B pencil drawing.  I’ve had an image in my head for about 6 months of an octopus attacking a man under water.  I decided to conquer that thought…

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still not going anywhere

still not going anywhere

A few years ago Cindy asked me to paint her.  At the time I was thinking about trying to paint again.  I’ve gotten this inclination a few times since college, and every time my little experiments ended up looking like some kind of visual torture mechanism.  I would “quit” again for a year and then try again and the cycle would repeat itself.  Well, back in 2007 I decided to try again when Cindy prodded (or maybe the whole thing…

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Johnny winter must be flattered

Johnny winter must be flattered

So, I love most of everything Josh Homme and/or QOTSA have ever done… but his first single from his new band is actually a very old single from an old band. This is quite clearly lifted from a Johnny Winter song…