Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Brendan Monroe/Evah Fan Paris, FR (Sept 4)

I don't know. Maybe someone reads our blog in France. Brendan and Evah are both having a show, but it's in Paris, and they've been living in Sweden for the past year. We actually took over their place in Berkeley, and I paint and sit exactly where Evah sat.

Galerie L.J. is pleased to present Figments by American Artist Brendan Monroe. The exhibition will mark the artist's second solo show in France.

Brendan Monroe's universe is populated with characters and landscapes reflecting the depths of his subconscious. His aim is to recreate a place of solace and escape from reality, while holding onto the humanness of a thought. This imaginary world is presented as a novel experience and designed to be seen as if it were a series of thoughts or dreams. It is a place that is always evolving and characters are constantly stepping on and off stage. His characters are part element and part human. For example, anonymous humanoid forms in which each might reflect a different emotional quality more strongly than the other; a hidden desire or confidence to explore. This escape from reality is a peace of mind that carries with it an edge of unfamiliarity and mystery.

Brendan Monroe continues to explore his own mental world which takes the form of certain abstraction, contemplative and serene. Small agencies of molecular acorns or potatoes and not as present but the spotlight is on vast lunar landscapes and stringy rivers of color.

Brendan and his wife, artist Evah Fan, have recently moved to Stockholm, Sweden where they continue careers as artists and illustrators. Monroe received his B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in 2004. He is co-represented by Faye Fleming & Partner in Geneva, Switzerland and Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Galerie L.J.
12 rue Commines FR-75003 Paris
M(8) Filles du Calvaire

+33 (0) 1 72 38 44 47

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is So Good

Scott Pilgrim film
Scott Pilgrim Comics by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Scott Pilgrim at Oni Press
Interview with Bryan Lee O'Malley on NPR
More NPR Stuff.

It's Really Hot Right Now

Ghost with Cat in Forest
I took a shower three times yesterday after going out and running errands and my cats look like they've melted onto the floor.

I finished this and another last night. This painting took me a while, but only cause of the heat. I watched a pretty bad detective show on PBS while finishing it up. It was Inspector Lewis- "The Quality of Mercy".

Slowly but surely I'm putting a show together. The opening is the 2nd of October in LA at GR2. It's a dual show with Ferris Plock. If it was a solo show I would be freaking out cause I have like 6 paintings so far with a little over a month to go. But yeah. I'm just working.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Still painting

In Waves with Sword
It's been really hot. Like San Diego hot. So I don't really start painting until just after sundown. Which is alright since I wake up at 2 in the afternoon.

That was a remake of this old painting from 2008. I wanted to add stars, and redraw everything better.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm painting

I copied an Edward Gorey layout from one of his book covers for this painting.
I'm building up work for a show in LA. I made a set of what I have here.

Bellairs, John "The Ghost in the Mirror"

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Change Jar/ Historical Women

I've kept a spreadsheet of my change jar for the past year. I then made a chart. I saved about $200 in a year, by paying for as much as I could with cash and putting all my change in jars.

Uh, I am painting, I'm just waiting for stuff to dry. I'm also compiling a list of historical hunnies. It's kind of hard cause history really isn't frothing with a lot of smart ladies that got to actually do anything while they were still hot. I did find this pretty sweet image of Martha Washington. Marci's related to George Washington (uh, her name is Marci Washington).

If you want to know my list:

Top 10 Historical Ladies

1. Martha Washington

2. Elizabeth I

3. Hayley Mills

4. Jessie Ann Benton Frémont

5. Dolly Madison

6. Charlotte Brontë

7. Mary Ann Patten

8. Ada Lovelace

9. Lola Montez

10. Nancy Harkness Love

There were others I guess you could put on the list, but I don't particularly think they're that awesome.
- Mary Queen of Scots. Kind of hot but that gets negated cause she was also kind of dumb.
- Marie Antoinette. Uh, also kind of dumb.
- Mata Hari. I just watched a documentary on her (It's in the bonus section of the Young Indian Jones (Season 2)). Uh, I don't think she's that interesting.
- Joan of Arc. A little too into God. But she did kill a lot of Englishmen.
- Cleopatra. I don't care.
- Hatshepsut. I don't care.
- Emelia Earhart. Uh, she was actually kind of dumb. Fearless, yeah, but mostly a publicity hound with a good sponsor.
- Jackie Kennedy. She's no Hayley Mills.
- Anne Boleyn.

Yeah, I'm sorry. I'm a dick.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Eddy's out and about. She was getting bullied by another cat named Kit until Marci chased them away. We usually just see her late at night.


New Colors

I just finished the above painting last night. I've been trying to find another good color for a night sky for a short while and I think I found it. I wanted to have some foreground be black and maybe have some black trees. I don't know. It'd be weird to have a black ground, black trees, and then a black background.

Below is the first painting I used with this color:

It's nice to do the little ones when I'm trying to figure out paintings. Just cause I can make 5 or 6 in one sitting. That and there's no real risk.

I don't know. Shit's bright.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Morning Glory Pool


Between the Folds

I watched this documentary on origami. It actually wasn't as bad as Marci thought it was going to be. I actually kind of liked it a lot. Uh, yeah. Late at night, I pretty much will watch anything on Netflix Instant View. I tried watching "The Land Before Time", and it's pretty hard to get through as an adult. When I was little my mom got me a stuff dinosaur of Little Foot from Macy's. I watched the movie only once, but I remember that stuff dinosaur for like ever cause I slept with it until I was like 13. I know you're not suppose to be sleeping with stuff animals when you're 13 but I was pretty lonely as a kid. Shit, that paragraph went so many places.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ferris Plock's Solo Show (SF) Saturday, Aug 14

The Shooting Gallery is pleased to present Rest for the Wicked, a solo exhibition by San Francisco-based artist, Ferris Plock.

This new collection embodies the artist's trademark character-based works along with a Ukiyo-e inspired sensibility. The exhibit is the artist's debut show with The Shooting Gallery and will be comprised of 15-20 small to medium pieces composed of a variety of media such as acrylic, gouache, gold leaf, a...nd spray paint on wood panel. The opening reception for Rest For The Wicked will be held at The Shooting Gallery on Saturday, August 14th, 2010 from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be on display through September 4th, 2010 and is free and open to the public.

The Shooting Gallery
839 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Anderson Ranch

Marci took a landscape painting class at the Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado. She was gone for a week and I uploaded photos from her time there here.

Double Punch (Saturday August 7)

Look Alive
I have show this week, Saturday August 7th at Double Punchin San Francisco. The show was curated by Ryan De La Hoz, and included, Michael Sieben, Pars Kid and Jon Vermilyea.

1821 Powell St, San Francisco, CA.

Rob Sato

Rob Sato's having a show in LA on the 7th.
You can read his new interview here.