Sunday, March 23, 2008


Last week I lost my DSL service and haven't had internet until now. You get what you pay for I suppose. Now that its back in the form of broadband with what appears to be around a billion TV channels. I guess its going to be a lot harder to find time to continue this blog with the time-consuming demands of watching cable television.

I had this idea of a well with shoes hanging from where the bucket would be and doodled it, then lost it. Just found it under a pile of papers just a moment ago. There's something nice about its dramatic guillotine-like stature.

Losing the initial doodle left a lot more room for re-interpretation when I revisited the idea. I added the owner of the shoes and the well just became a well and nothing more. Though the two sketches are similar in content and composition. I might come back later to do a portrait of a well based closely on the first sketch. No shoes though. Maybe a blade, maybe my old DSL modem, maybe a bucket full of all the diapers and discarded cigar tobacco that accumulates in my building's stairwell every day. I dunno.

Also, with no internet I was listening to Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials audio books again and can say that listening to them had an effect on the mood of the final piece.

"Untitled" 20"x24" oil on wood.
Ok, enough with this time wasting. I gotta go. "Big Momma's House 2" is on.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

-Inspired Procrastination pt.2

Everyone knows what pipe cleaners are. I went to two hardware store and all I was shown was sandpaper, coiled pipe snakes, and something that looked like a bbq grill brush. When I told them its the thin braided wires covered in fuzz that kids have adopted to make craft projects, they had no idea. Same with the Pharmacy and 99¢ store. No luck at the pipe/bong shop either, they weren't open on a Tuesday at noon, natch.

Necessity is the mother of invention as they say. I wanted to make a birthday gift while I was spending my day waiting for USPS and with no pipe cleaners I came up with this...

The postman didn't even show up that day. The next day they came so the prints are shipped and those that bought them should be receiving them any day now. As for foreign orders, they are also shipped.

I apologize for any brown spots on envelopes sent out this week. I didn't realize what happened till it was too late.

Paper: friend and foe.

Also, friends Tom Prior, John Peters, and Ian Baguskas have a really top notch exhibition of photographs at Crane Arts in Philadelphia. If you live there, go see it. They are wonderful to see blown up.

I'm not really sure how many people actually read the stuff that doesn't have to do with my paintings, but having a blog to post other stuff is becoming fun for me. Tomer once mentioned the computer as 'The Great Indoors'.
Its true.