Monday, April 26, 2010

Finishing Up

Cosmic Existentialists
I finished up painting for that show last night and packed everything up. I kind of didn't document everything, just cause, yeah. But it all fits in one box. There's 39 paintings in all, 4 16"x20"s, 4 9"x12"s, 1 11"x14", and 30 5"x5"s that go together but sell individually to make something like 25"x30".

The show is at Together Gallery and opens next Thursday the 29th in NE Portland (The link takes you to Google Map), and runs till the 24th of May. I'm in the show with Ryan De La Hoz, Ryan Bubnis, Jesse Reno, and Jonathan Edelhuber.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Subscribers Issue

Juxtapoz Subscriber's Issue
Came in the mail. You can get one here.
You can read the interview online here.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Come Back, Dr. Caligari

Found this at Pegasus and Pendragon's on Solano for $2.


Is it weird to make a painting of your neighbor's cat? Eddy's one of the 8 cats that live in my building. She's super loving, isn't much of a fighter and tends to get bullied by the other cats (other than maybe Hermione), so her owner lets her out pretty rarely, and mostly at night. I've been seeing her a lot lately when I go in to bed around 2 or 3 in the morning. She's really friendly and when she meows nothing comes out.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Volcano Painting

Sierra Negra
Sierra Negra is a volcano on the Galápagos island of Isabela. This my third volcano painting, the others being Kilauea (2009) and Vesuvius (2008). I painted Vesuvius cause of some documentary I watched on the History Channel, and Kilauea, cause of a Nature documentary on PBS, and Sierra Negra cause of the Galápagos DVD.

I also made this dude:

Friday, April 16, 2010


We made a huge mac salad together. There's 8 eggs, a cucumber, a yellow bell pepper, cilantro, tomatoes, and some other stuff. I made another salad, with just salad greens, mushrooms, yellow and orange bell peppers, endives, and tomatoes. We've been putting paprika on our salad dressing cause the Afghan place we like does it.

At the Produce Center I picked up some strawberries. They're huge and pretty awesome.

I switched our coffee to this. My mom bought me a can of Café Du Monde while we were in San Diego, but I can't find that here so I went with this instead. I found the Dark Roast Ground version for a little less than $4 at the Long's down the street. I pretty much bought it cause I liked the packaging.


We were in the school library and I noticed these in the Philosophy section.

They're Edward Gorey covers, but they had them rebound.

We were on campus to see Sam Handleman's show. He makes pretty awesome work.

Big Longs is the best.

My favorite pencil is the Mirado "Black Warrior". You can get a dozen for $2, or 40c each at the art store.

Other happenings:
I finished In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan so I ordered The Omnivore's Dilemma. I accidentally ordered the large print edition, so it's like 700 pages and kind of resembles a brick. I just don't like reading hardbound books and I tried looking for a paperback and I accidentally got this. So yeah. My bad. Each page is like a paragraph and a half. I also have this other book I think I'm going to read first just cause I need something to read while we're in Portland. It's The Origin of Species: And The Voyage of the Beagle. Uh, I pretty much bought the book for it's cover, and cause I'm cheap and got two books in one. There's some nice stuff on Darwin on PBS that you can watch online. What Darwin Never Knew is pretty sweet, and Darwin's Darkest Hour is pretty good in that funny made for TV kind of way.

This particular tin of sardines sits between the back cushions of Marci's car. It's in mustard sauce so Marci refuses to eat them. I found a tin that's just in water so we're going to try that sometime in the near future. Zach thinks we got it cause of that scene in Peewee where they're eating them on the train, but Marci wants to eat them cause of that scene in The 'Burbs where the meet the Klopek's and Tom Hanks is advised to eat them by Princess Leia. Yeah. I want to eat them cause I read it in this Michael Pollan book that it'd be smart to consider eating some of that stuff. Yeah, whatever Michael Pollan says.

Marci's on the Cover of the subscribers issue of Juxtapoz this month. You can read the interview here. And some more stuff from Juxtapoz.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Still Painting

Finished this last night. It's 16"x20".

These are the small pieces put together. Will be making 5 more to go with them.

Hopefully for Portland I'll have:
(4) 16"x20"
(4) 9"x12"
(30) 5"x5"

Right now I have:
(3) 16"x20"
(1) 9"x12"
(25) 5"x5"

We have to go through taxes, but pretty after that I have until now till the 26th to finish 9 paintings. It's pretty doable but it pretty much means I have to hunker down and not get distracted.

I was working from 2pm-4am, and then I worked until 6am which totally threw me off when I woke up at 3pm. So I decided to switch my schedule to an early morning schedule by going to sleep that day around 11pm. I somehow woke up at 8am and have been on an early morning schedule since. It's kind of weird. I think I was making some bad color choices when there isn't enough natural light in the studio. I hope I can just keep on this 9am-12:30 schedule until I'm done with this show. It's kind of nice.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Still Painting

My current work schedule is from 2pm to 4am, but I'm not tired at 4am. It feels like I could work till 6, but I go to sleep at 4 cause it's kind of feels wrong going to sleep after dawn breaks. That and after a few days of working past dawn, I have a crash day where all I do is sleep.

But I think about working till 6 cause it feels like those two hours would be pretty productive.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I have a bunch of old paintings that don't fit with the new ones, so I either have to add onto them or paint over them. Most of them get painted over. I don't know, it's easier than starting from scratch.

This image is from December 2008.

Late Nights

Friday, April 9, 2010

Moe's Books

I should be paintings instead of buying books but Marci's car was in the shop and she had to make her way over to campus with a ton of books so I went with her to help carry some of them. By the way, if you live in the bay area, and you're looking for a painting teacher, you could have Marci be your teacher through the ASUC.

But yeah. I pretty much had 2 hours to kill so I killed them in Moe's Books. I found 3 more of the Edward Gorey Doubledays there, and the guy at the counter discounted them for me for no reason other than maybe being just very nice. The average I pay for a used book at Moe's is just under $2. But yeah. I found "The Awkward Age" by Henry James (the last of 4 of the Henry James books illustrated by Edward Gorey) for $3, "Selections from the Writings of Kierkegaard" for $2 (I found out that the Kierkegaard section is 4 shelves instead of just 2; I still have to find "Fear and Trembling"), and $1 for Basil Willey's "The Seventeenth Century Background".

Trois Gymnopedies (First Movement) Gary Numan

Studio Visit

Studio Visit
Our neighbor's cat, Hermione was scratching at the door so I let her in. She went about marking her territory.

hermione at the door
She saw another neighbor's cat, Sweet Pea, and proceeded to stare him down from the doorway.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nineteenth Century German Tales

Spectator Books

Went by Spectator Books on Piedmont and found these books from Gorey's Doubleday Anchor Series.

Greek Tragedy by H.D.F. Kitto, Mimesis by Erich Auerbach and The Classic Theatre Vol. III: Six Spanish Plays Eric Bentley.


I made these paintings last night. Uh, they're pretty bright. I was going to over them with a black pattern, but instead went over with a lighter color. But yeah.

Painting for a group show in Portland on the 29th.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Kate Beaton

If you've been following our blog for the past month and a half you might have noticed the multiple posts of Edward Gorey paperbacks we've been trying to collect, so yeah. My friend, Rob sent me this link a few weeks ago. It's a few strips by Kate Beaton based on Anchor Doubleday covers done by Edward Gorey (We have the five covers she did strips of, and she got the images from the Edward Gorey House website). Kate Beaton is probably my friend, Rob's favorite artist, which says a lot cause he's not really into art or much comics that I know of. So it pretty much means I should probably try reading her stuff sometime. I like her funny cat t-shirt. And her shirt about reading.

The Soy Sauce of My Youth

The Soy Sauce of My Youth.
Which isn't even soy sauce at all. Uh, when I moved to San Francisco I always wondered why I stopped liking soy sauce, and it wasn't until I found this bottle a few weeks ago that I realized my favorite brand of soy sauce isn't even soy sauce. It's just seasoning sauce, which is a mix of stuff with soy sauce.

So yeah. I put this on everything now and it's pretty effin' sweet.