Sunday, June 29, 2008

Slytherin Painting

slytherin
Drew this while watching American Experience: Benjamin Franklin, and after a whole day of Harry Potter. I thought it was pretty funny, but most people I've shown it to thought I was just being weird again. I just basically redrew Franklin's drawing "Join or Die", which is one of the first known political cartoons.


Another good drawing that I love is "Annihilate the Traitors", which is a civil war propaganda drawing with an Eagle eating out snakes or something. I tried finding it online, but I couldn't.

This conversation came up where we debated which house we might be in if we ever went to Hogwarts. Marci is pretty certain she'd be in Slytherin, over Ravenclaw, and uh, yeah. I'm pretty certain I'd be in the house that I'd be in and it came up a lot last week at a party. Yes, yes, it is kind of weird we have conversations like this, but I did just make a painting with the words "Slytherin" on it and combined it with a drawing done by Ben Franklin. Yeah. Our friend Zach had a hard time coming to grips that he'd probably be sorted into Slytherin. I consoled him by telling him that Marci would be in Slytherin, and that Snape was pretty cool. The morning after that party our friend Michelle was like, "Zach started talking about Houses, and how he felt bad he was in Slytherin but he felt better after he figured Marci was in Slytherin, and I had no idea what he was talking about". Then we told her that she'd be in Hufflepuff, cause those are the lame-asses who couldn't get in the other houses and showed up at Hogwarts not knowing the difference. Marci would like to add that she thinks Michelle would be in Gryffindor.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Lately

I've been sick for the past 2 or 3 weeks. I actually forgot how long I've been at home. I think I developed an allergy to wheat (it runs in the family), so I've been wheat-free for the past 4 or 5 days and I've been getting better. It's kind of good that I don't have a real job cause I don't know if anyone would be okay with me being home as much as I am right now. But then again, if I was still working I'd probably be working a shitty job that didn't offer health care.

So yeah. Life sucks. I'm still getting some paintings done. I'm kind of tired all the time cause of the benadryl and the herbs I've been taking, but I pushed a small table next to my bed and when I feel like it I paint while watching something on my laptop.

I've re-watched all the Harry Potter movies, re-watch Horatio Hornblower, and re-watched all the extended LOTR DVDs with commentary. Yes, yes. I've also netflixed a lot of random American Experience DVDs: RFK, The Kennedys, The Lobotomist (which somehow tied in with the Kennedys) and I'm getting into this Nova series about the birth of our solar system.

With Moon

I finished the above painting sometime last week. Been getting into fluid acrylics over using medium viscosity. It's easier to get thinner lines with them. When I was in school, I never really had that much money, but I always tried buying nice paint. I remember budgeting out a certain amount of my income to a buying a new tube each week. Now a bit older, it's kind of weird that I had to do that, cause, well, uh, acrylic paint is hella cheap. You can get a bottle of liquitex for like $3, and a tube for $4. But when I was 19 I had a eating budget of $20 a week, a part-time job that paid me $6.33, and I slept on my friend's living room floor for $300 a month and I went to a $20,000 a year art school.

I don't know. It was just weird. I was doing a crafts fair at my old school last year, just cause I remember having fun doing them. And there was this kid there, who made awesome stuff and he had prints for sale. But they were like $15, and they were just amazing prints. But yeah, we traded work. But yeah. It just reminded me when I was a kid I sold paintings for like $20-$40. Cause yeah, cause I was 19 and I can some how ate off $20 a week (If you're wondering what I ate think Ramen, Eggs, Bread, Cheez-its, Dollar Meals, and I ate once a day; also what might have made it do-able was that my friends all worked at restaurants).

By the Way, the kid's name was Sam Handleman and below are his prints.
Sam Handleman Prints

I don't know. Sorry this is just me rambling. I tend to do this a lot when I'm by myself, and then I'm e-mailing someone and then get the brunt of all of this somehow. I was doing some business e-mails last week and a lot of it was just about cobbler and Nova. None of the above stuff was leading to anything, other than me thinking that $20 was a lot of money at one time in my life.

But yeah. I've just been painting. I'm putting all my new work online for that show out east here. I don't know if they're all going to that show, cause I'm pretty sick, so I'm probably not going to go out for it. I don't like going to openings, but I do like installing my work and seeing what I worked on for so long up on a wall. I'll probably save the smaller installation for a show later in October in LA. But yeah. All of it's still up in the air.

Jen Corace Print

corace_pinata
Marci and I bought a Jen Corace print online here from Art Star in Philadelphia.

Uh, I bought it after I wrote that last posting. I was just dicking around the intertoob and I found it. You can kind of guess we like piñatas a little more than most people. Athough I've bought my share of piñatas I've never actually went and hit a one. Mostly cause I don't really beating things. That it's hard to beat something you name.

Yeah. That's pretty much it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Trevor (Jan. 18 2008-June 21, 2008)

Panda Pinata
We were in the Mission going to an opening when I saw a Panda piñata at a grocery store. It was kind of funny looking and we got it for $6. The choices weren't that many. You could either get a panda, a bear (which looked just like a panda but brown), or a blonde girl (?). Yeah who the hell decides to beat a little girl? Well, no one, that's why they had a shit ton of them all over the store.

for the gallows

We hung him in our living room for a few months. We were going to beat him sometime but you can't beat a piñata if there isn't a party, that, and our back yard is kind of cramped cause of all the trees and someone might take out the neighbor's window.

Then our friends down the street were having a party. It was Derek's Going Away, and Adam's birthday. And then Marci decided that the Panda had to go (she liked the new piñata more).

We got another Pinata

He goes well in the Kitchen.

Uh, yeah.

Trevor
For some strange reason we named him. Marci liked "Trevor" over "Bernard", probably cause she knew of a cat named Bernard.


Beat Down
And then he got a beat down.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Penelope Eating Cheerios



Nothing really to post about for me. I've been sick and haven't left the house in about two week. well, just once. to get stuff for corned beef and cabbage. So here's a video of Chubby eating one of her favorite treats, Cheerios. We usually give her one or two, but I let her at the bag this one time.

Yes, yes. Another random treat she enjoys is seaweed paper. she likes the salty bits as well as the seaweed bits, and she especially likes licking the bag.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Madison


Is my new favorite cat on the SPCA's website. She was first with San Francisco Animal Control and now has been at the SF SPCA since April 28th. She's 12 years old, so some people maybe think that's too old, but she's probably super mellow and sweet and just a little bit of fiesty trouble. You should adopt her!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Corned Beef and Cabbage

I made Corned Beef and Cabbage. I got kind of obsessed with it cause I saw Marci eat it on St. Patrick's Day at Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe in Emeryville. I thought of getting it, but I got a breakfast burger instead (a breakfast burger is pretty much like an egg burger, but they throw on some bacon).

Corned Beef and Cabbage
This is a photo of what Marci got that day.

So I don't know what happened. But I guess I just kept on thinking about Corned Beef and Cabbage a lot. And then worried that I wouldn't be able to eat it until the next St. Patrick's Day. So I asked around about places that might serve it, but Irish food only comes out of Bars in San Francisco, and it's usually not really Irish food. It's like uh, Californized Bangers and Mash, or Fish and Chips. Stuff like that. So going to a bunch of Irish bars and restaurants I failed at finding Corned Beef and Cabbage. Although I didn't try Tommy's Joynt, which is like old man's Hofbrau on Vanness and Geary. It's pretty sweet, but I don't know. I just didn't feel like going there for this.

So yeah. after failing at finding it for that one day I figured I should just try to make it. And then I found out how easy it is the make Corned Beef and Cabbage. It's 3 hours of cooking, but you don't really have to do anything except to watch the pot boil or simmer. Just some cutting of vegetables and boiling the crap out of the meat. In the cook book Marci has, it's under "Boiled British Dinner". Everything involved costs about $18, and you can serve about 6 people. Which I think is about how much Marci paid for her dinner at Rudy's if you include the tip.

While waiting for it to finish I watched a little bit of Harry Potter, with a timer on hand to make sure I didn't burn anything.

Oh, On another a similar note, my friend Rob has a food blog that he's kept up for a long while. He's learning to put pictures on it. You should go read it if you're looking for a place to eat in San Francisco. Most of it revolves around Taquerias and Coffee.

I gave him a can of Chock Full of Nuts. He referred to it as "Chock Full of Insanity" cause I guess it gave a little too much pep. Chock Full of Nuts was my coffee of choice when i lived in LA for a year. They used to drink it a lot on that show, "News Radio". I used to get excited about it every time I saw in the background of a television show or movie. And they used to carry it at Trader Joe's up until mid-2005. I kind of freaked out about it when it got discontinued but I found it at the local Ralph's on Sepulveda and National. But they only came in little canisters, which was kind of annoying. I can't find it here, so I switched to Lavazza when I moved back to Oakland. Which is espresso coffee, and is really good an pretty intense, as well as kind of expensive.

LavAzza

And then I stopped drinking coffee altogether.

Yes, yes. You don't really need to know that. That's why I started a blog so I can say all this useless stuff somewhere and not annoy my girlfriend with this need to spew nothingness out of my mouth.

You know what I really hate? Is when you get used to a product, that it almost defines you. That's what I really hate. But even more I hate is when some ass-hole decides to discontinue that product. Like certain paints, you don't change the way you make that paint after everyone is used to the way you've made that paint for like forever.

Yeah. and the same thing with brushes. I've been using W&N Cirrus 660 One-Strokes 1/4 inch but they stopped carrying them, and now I think they're just discontinued them entirely. I bought a few years supply of them, but I'm worried what will happen when I run out of those. I guess I'll have to find another product, but I don't want to dick around the art store looking for a brush I would like. The One-Stroke was perfect. It did what it said, All in one stroke. Also It was pretty sweet, I could do lines with it with just the tip and not have to go find a round brush.

Another thing I don't like is how some art stores price things differently online than they do in stores. How are you suppose to budget out your upcoming expenses if the prices don't add up. Going through old receipts is sort of painful. Also I don't like how I can't get the medium I like in a bucket unless I went online. Or have it special ordered and talk to a stranger. I only get 28 oz at a time. Yeah. WTF?

Actually I'm not really upset about that sort of stuff. Using the Cirrus 660 line just makes me lazy, and I'm sure I'll find the right brush. Also getting 28 oz means I'm less likely to contaminate my medium by accident (you know by putting a brush with pigment in the bottle or getting cat hair in it, or if I don't paint for a while some of the medium chips of the lid and falls in the still usable medium, and then I get all these little rocks in my paint). Yeah. It's just it was nice knowing where to go when I walked into the store.

Okay. that's it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hot Pants Party


Me, Adam, and Jason in a kilt, from Adam and Dawn's flickr. Hot pants party hell yes.

Friday, June 13, 2008

San Francisco SPCA

So, for my Tiny Showcase charity I picked the SF SPCA because that's where we adopted Thor. They have super great facilities where the cats live in little glass rooms full of toys and fish tanks and the staff and volunteers are really great. Thor had a cat tree, a mini-person bed, and got behavioral therapy 'cause he was code green for crazy. We had a meeting with his behavioralist where they gave us tips on how to deal with something called "over-stimulation". Anyway, Thor is awesome, so I thought I would give you all a link to where I first saw him- late at night perusing the cats at the SPCA online here. Here are a couple awesome ones that they have right now:

Ollie!

and Hillary!

Ferris Came over to Draw.

Ferris Drawing
Ferris and Deth

Ferris Plock
and I are in a collaboration show later in the Summer. We decided to sketch together and then work our way up to painting with each other. I fed him some of Marci's cobbler.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler

So I made a peach cobbler last week and it turned out really good, but I'm particularly partial to strawberries and strawberry shortcake (especially the one from Bakesale Betty) is pretty much my most favorite food ever. So anyway, I decided to try the recipe with strawberries instead. Oh man, it turned out so good! It's pretty much just a bunch of fresh strawberries with lemon juice and sugar and then topped with a double recipe of buttermilk biscuits with a little bit of sugar and some vanilla. I use whole wheat flour 'cause I like to be at least a little healthy and then I don't feel guilty about eating it for breakfast! You throw the biscuit dough on top of the strawberries and tuck it around the sides, dust it with some sugar, and then pop it in the oven. Then I made some homemade whipped cream to go with it. For my whipped cream I just use a little sugar, but extra vanilla!

Strawberry Cobbler

Monday, June 9, 2008

Tiny Showcase!

Cannibal
darkness

I have a set of two prints coming out with Tiny Showcase tomorrow- hooray!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

marci sitting on a turtle
This is a picture of Marci when she was little sitting on a turtle at the San Francisco Zoo. Pretty amazing that they used to let you do that.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Our Cats During Eastern Promises



Thursday, June 5, 2008

Solid Rubik's Cube

Made this for Zach
I made this for Zach for his birthday. It's a Solid Unsolvable Rubik's Cube. I thought it was pretty funny. But I don't think anyone gets my sense of humor. Ehh. My cat Thor liked chewing on it.

Magic Rock

Another Magic Rock (2)
In April I carved a Magic Rock out of balsa wood. It took forever. But It came off looking pretty sweet.

My friends are hippies and some of them got into rocks. Or crystals. Whatever. Like I got a special crystal from Joe for my birthday. He didn't tell me the healing qualities of it cause he said if I knew what they were they probably wouldn't work for me cause I'm so negative on the whole deal.



Oh, uh here's a picture of Zach next to a sign for the Old Rock Guy in Pescadero.

the old rock guy

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

Marci made a peach cobbler from scratch. It was pretty awesome. Especially with French Vanilla Ice Cream.

Hello!


Hey, you. You got here before we could do anything.