Monday, November 26, 2007

-What's in a Name?

As of yesterday, this website can be reached at WWW. ESAO.COM! I've been waiting for 7 years to get that url and now I don't think it was really worth it.
Story at the bottom of this post....

Before "The Last Hour" had a name, the idea started as a doodle of a mother and mummified child portrait.

At the time I had been listening to the audio book of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" and my sketch quickly became inspired by the atmosphere I imagined from this chilling father & son drama in the ash of post-apocalypse.

10"x14" pencil on rag paper.

No reference was needed to complete the painting. I like to leave it up to the viewer to interpret what they want from my images, but I guess I'll say for this one I imagined it's a sick girl being gently lead to the unknown(possibly death) in the comforting arms of her giant doll/reaper guardian. I decided to not have it carrying a sickle, but a bindle as if the girl's belongings may be in there for her journey.

"Last Hour" oil on wood 16"x24"

a bit closer.

In 2001 was taken so I ended up taking ".net" which was great. The Educational Safety Association of Ontario had owned it but never used it. It was April 2007 when they finally set it free, and the day it expired I went to purchase it.

The domain name went straight to an 'expired domain' auction site called Snapnames. I registered and waited for the three day auction to start later that week. No big deal. Minimum bid $60 so I bid $101 to see what would happen. There were dozens of bidders and I thought "Who are all of these people?" so I googled most of the screen names and found them to be domain reseller companies.

This is were legality becomes suspicious. Before the auction was over I started getting e-mails from domain resellers to buy the name from them(if they won it) for $2500. So my conspiracy theory is that Snapnames gives your e-mail to some domain resellers and if there's a particular interest in a domain name, then they can work together to bump up the bidding.

I won the auction with the oddly high amount of $925. Telegraphers from ages past would be rolling in their graves that a person would spend $132.14 per letter. Trying not to feel regretful that I could have bought a wii, or an xbox, or a life, I'd like to thank my new domain extension for keeping company.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

-Post Number 1

So I decided to redesign my site again with a weekly updated section that will include works in progress, news, upcoming shows, and other associated happenings.

Ok, first things first. I added a few new paintings and more coming shortly. The people at Equal Vision Records are letting me do a print run of these paintings I did for the band Circa Survive a while back. These prints can be purchased in my store section.

This painting has been lying around my house for months and since its going to be in the Aqua Art Fair with Roq la Rue for Art Basel Miami(along with a few other paintings) Dec. 4th, I thought I'd post it up.

Here is a thumbnail and sketch done on typing paper

A tighter drawing scanned into Photoshop with a photo of wood grain and one of a plate, mocked-up with gradients for reference.

Oil on wood 12"x18"

Happy Thanksgiving.