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.


  1. I love how the ground makes it look very calm and peaceful even with a storm coming, and yet the girl looks petrified, by something else maybe coming after her, and thats where she's looking to?

  2. There's such feelings of fear and solitude in this painting. Like A Fear of Loneliness where she just woke up on top of this well and her whole life has vanished.

  3. i love both ideas personally.
    i flew to sf about two weeks ago on jet blue...where you have direct tv about 18 inches from your face...i've been in my own private hell of reality tv ever since. have you even seen rock of love II?! my god, i'm so ashamed of myself...

  4. everytime i look at your work it just gives me a little reassurance that i have a slight chance at making a career out of my art. something to aim for, i suppose.

    hahaha. big momma's house.

  5. Dear Esao, your art is wonderful! I love coming to your site, I guess, I first discovered you back in 2004 or so, when you had your drawing "Falling" for sale for $150 :-) Still biting my elbows I did not get it...
    wish you all the best!

  6. I actually prefer the original drawing, without the girl and with the ladder on the well.

    It speaks more to me.

    Keep on paiting !

  7. Keep on painting. Let me know if you do a show in DC, I'd like to check it out.

    Also, I noticed you sell prints on your site, but do you have originals for sale?

  8. What? Store closed indefinitely? I was days away from buying "Thought"

  9. Fantastic! The image of a well conjurs up such interesting feelings...a mixture of fear and excitement. For those of us who grew up in the midwest there is fear of wells that come from multiple parental warnings about falling in them. However there is also that fantasy-inspired feeling that a well just might be a portal to some magical place. Very cool!

  10. caseyh0825@yahoo.comJuly 26, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    wow i just stumbled upon your site. its pretty amazing.

    i love your work even though its kinda eerie. haha

    well hope you have a fantastic day...week... year....whatever.


    hit me up sometime