Sunday, November 28, 2010

Winter Shows

Here's a drawing I made. I'm in a few group show. There's always year end shows in December. I actually said "No" to three others, just cause they're always at the same time, and some folks ask artists a little late.

The first show was at Lopo Gallery in San Francisco. It opened this past Saturday. I didn't make it out there, and I would have written about it, or at least take a photo of my art in it, but it was a busy week cause of Thanksgiving, so I did none of those things. It was set up by Ken Harman, who also took photos of the show.

I'm in the year end show for 111 Minna on December 2nd. I just have to drop off my painting tomorrow. Its just one. I might do the Sketch Tuesday thing. I'm sort of just feeling it out and seeing if anyone else I know might do it. Marci's kind of busy, and I don't like doing those things without knowing if my friends will be around.

The last show I'll be in December will be at Double Punch. I was just going to take it easy and send them framed drawings, but then I realised I had nothing else better to do so I'll be hopefully sending them 4 8"x10" paintings and one 11"x14" painting. A long time ago I bought a bunch of panels in various sizes, but pretty much settled on 9"x12", 16"x20" and 20"x24" as my favorite sizes. But I just have a bunch of 8"x10"s and 11"x14"s just lying around so I've been trying to use then in group shows. I have one of these paintings done, the other 4 I just finished the drawings on. The show is on the 10th and the deadline's probably the 7th so I have plenty of time.

Oh, yeah. These shows are all in San Francisco. I know, most exciting post. Hopefully I'll remember to take photos of the things I make.

Bernard Shaw's "The Black Girl in Search of God"

I've been looking for this book with an Edward Gorey cover for a really long time. I sort of just caved in and bought it online. I got it for $1. It's not an Doubleday Anchor, instead it's a Putnam Capricorn. The illustrations inside are done by John Farleigh and apparently quite controversial when it was published with this book.

It's added to our Edward Gorey Book Cover Set on Flickr.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's hard not to get sucked into gimmicks in photographing with your mobile device. I like using Instagram.

Pole Star

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Slytherin Revised

I made the above painting two years ago. It's kind of a weird painting that combines Harry Potter with Benjamin Franklin's very famous "Join or Die" political cartoon.

I thought it was pretty funny, and I showed it in a few places for like 2 years but I don't think anyone really got it cause no one bought it, so I ended up just giving it to a friend.

But then, recently another friend asked about that painting, so I told them I'd remake it for them. I really do like re-making stuff, just cause after I finish something I always think about how I could have made what ever I just made better. The first time I made that image I pretty much just drew it out and then just inked in the line. It probably didn't take me more than 3 or 4 hours to finish.

This is how I redrew it. The only thing I really changed was moving the text around, and rewriting "Join or Die" to look like a font that would come out of a type set. And I looked up what a real snake's tail looks like instead of drawing it out of my ass.

I bought this funny pencil. It's from Faber-Castell. It's called a grip 2001, It's triangular going down and they have grip marks on it. It's also like $1.19 for just one pencil. The lead actually comes out alright, but it's pretty much acts like a Mirado Black Warrior (which is just 29c each/or $3 for a dozen), but the eraser is much nicer. So yeah, I guess it's worth $1.19. I don't know why I don't like lead pencils, but I drop my pencil a lot cause I never have a firm grip, so my lead always gets broken.

This is my painting after I put down all the colors that aren't black. It's a pretty simple palate, just greenish grey and white.

I've been using high viscosity paints. Lascaux's alright, and I use a lot of Liquitex. I used this color straight up for the inside of snakes, and then mixed white, with a drop of French blue grey for the snake's body in general.

I use a 3/4 flat watercolor wash brush to fill in my color.

The white I use is from the tube cause the high viscosity is a bit thin, so to get something really white on top of a dark surface would take a lot of layers. This just takes three.

I then drew in the scales of the snake. I was going to paint "Join or Die" in all black, but I then decided to paint the text white with a black outline.

The next step is to paint in my lines. I use Golden's High Viscosity Carbon Black. It's really smooth and it dries really fast. Since it dries so fast it means when I put it on my palate I just put a drop down little by little. Just cause it'll dry up and form a skin if you're using it for a while (a while being about 45 minutes to an hour).

I use a Kolinsky Sable Brush. It's suppose to be the nicest, but I've used synthetic/sable blends and they work just as fine. I get e-mails from kids asking me how my lines get so thin, and I don't really know how to answer that, other than to buy thin brushes and use Golden High Viscosity paints. But I did have chunky lines when I first started painting, and I think it took me about half a year until I noticed my line work getting smoother, so I think most people would just work that out if they just painted a bunch. But I think the high viscosity paint helps out cause you don't have to water anything down.

Also the high viscosity paint is kind of forgiving. If I fuck up with my lines, I'll let the paint dry and then take an exacto-knife and scratch out my mistake.

4 hours later, this is what the finished product looks like...

...until I realised I fucked up. I fact checked the original 13 colonies, and Vermont's not one of them. I left off Georgia. So I scratched out VT, remixed the background color, and put in GA. To be fair Benjamin Franklin left off GA, and grouped New England as a single entity, so my original drawing was based on that. I knew that Maine was part of Massachusetts, but then I just assumed Vermont was the last colony. But Ben Franklin also carved his out of a wooden block so I guess it's okay if he took a short cut.

And that's it.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kitten Pile

Myleen sent us this link.


In Space Drawing
I'm trying to make more drawings as finished projects. I don't know if that's working out so well. Mostly cause it's taking me a while to finish anything. This drawing actually involves a little bit of paint.

San Francisco Arts Commission Passport 2010

This year I got to participate in the San Francisco Arts Commission's Passport Project. It was their second year. Pretty much they sell these little books, or passports and the buyer goes around a specific neighborhood in San Francisco to specific booths manned by artists who then stamp their art into the person's book.

SFAC Passport 2010
Uh, I forgot who did the cover for the books, but they look pretty sweet.

SFAC Passport 2010

Timothy Cummings
Timothy Cummings (one of Marci's favorite painters).

Jovi Schnell
Jovi Schnell.

Deth P. Sun

Jason Jägel
Jason Jägel.

Ruth Laskey
Ruth Laskey. I really liked seeing Ruth's stamp throughout the day. Marci used to work with her at the CCAC Library on the Oakland Campus.

Nigel Poor
Nigel Poor. I'm not familiar with Nigel Poor's work, but I liked that his piece included the Mayor's thumbprint (now the Lt. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mary Snowden at Braunstein/Quay (San Francisco)

Mary Snowden was our painting teacher at CCAC. She moved to a rural part of Rhode Island and started raising chickens. She has a show up at Braunstein/Quay in San Francisco that just went up and it's pretty awesome.

Mary Snowden
This piece is oil, linen on thread.

She works the thread like paint, and it makes the surface a little more three dimensional.

Mary Snowden

Mary Snowden
She also make several nice portraits of chickens.

Mary Snowden

You can read a short interview about the show here. The show runs till December 11th.

430 Clementina
San Francisco, CA 94103

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jacob Hewko

Marci bought one of Jacob's shirts.
Marci bought one of Jacob's shirts. The Men's XS fits pretty perfectly for her. Jacob's one of the best drawers I know. I met him at SF State when I was 19 and he was 17. You can see the prints he makes here.


Jacob's Description:
I wanted to try and make surfing shirts that are about waves and surfing more than product placement and advertising. the lettering is in cyrillic (which i can't read) implying a message that isn't clear. the imagery is whimsical and bizzare. An online translator was used for the russian, so i have no idea how accurate the phrasing is.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Post Office

It's almost Christmas so that basically means I have to take more trips to the Post Office. It kind of sucks, but it's better than not being busy.

So yeah. I usually go to the North Berkeley Post Office, which is pretty awesome. They take numbers, have the same 3 employees that are pretty efficient, and if I just need to ship domestically I can use the automated machine and skip the wait. But they're so efficient, and there's never a lot of people in there, that the wait is about 1 to 3 minutes. Sometimes longer if other customers don't have their shit together. Another awesome thing, is that they consider my prints and zines documents so I don't have to write out customs forms.

The only draw back is there's no window service on Saturday, so I can't ship media, and I can't ship to other countries on those days. So if I have a bunch of packages and if a good amount of them are foreign, I just would rather wait till Monday. But today I had to ship out my orders, and most of them were international so my only option was to go to the Downtown Berkeley Post Office, which by the way, really sucks, cause everyone goes there, and although they have more windows and they take numbers, it takes them a very long time.

But yeah. I get my number and then I wait, and when I get up there, the lady tells me I have to fill out these custom forms, which isn't that big of deal, other than it's kind of tedious. But then when I get up there again, she reads my descriptions, and goes, "What's a zine?" Which is weird, cause in the 8 years I've been sending stuff out to people no postal employee has ever asked me what anything i'm shipping is, but yeah. I tell it's like a little hand-made book, and the word is short for magazines. And then she goes, "Well, This is America, and you have to write your descriptions in English." Then I repeated that zines were short for the English word "magazines". Then she replied, "Well for us old-timers you should write the real description". And then I was like, "But the word "zine" is older than you...", but before I continued on, I then I realized I was one of those guys who was arguing with a postal employee so I gave up and scratched out "zines" and put down "books".

But the thing is, not to really argue to no one in general, is that they don't even know what I'm shipping. I mean, who checks? I could be shipping nothing for anyone knows. I could be shipping an empty envelope to Dundee. Or what happens I'm shipping something that most people wouldn't know what they were? Like a catheter, or a thurman. I don't know. I don't know. I think I got really confused when the lady asked me "what's a zines", but then it got even more complicated when she said I had to use English cause this was America. Which she wasn't being racist, and I never thought she was, it's just that this was in Berkeley, and you don't normally hear people telling you to use English "cause this is America", unless you were in like somewhere else. Like Idaho or Ohio, or somewhere else not in the Bay Area.

There actually is no reason to make a post about this, other than to say I hate going to the Downtown Berkeley Post Office, especially during the "Big Game". And I really hate filling out customs forms almost as much as I hate filling out delivery confirmation slips. And Cal students in any line I happen to be in. Or people who ask too many questions, or complain about the Post Office with strangers at the Post Office. And I kind of hate the number system at the downtown one cause there's so many people there, and you have to wait so long, you can't just put your headphones on and zone out until you get to the top of the queue, you have to listen to all the numbers.

Other than that I don't really complain about the Post Office.

My local post offices over the years:
1. Piedmont (1998-2002)- The first Automated Machine I saw was here, and it was awesome cause no one knew how to use it, so it was all mine. I went here for my time at CCAC. I traded paintings with other artists, and I traded stuff to random people for sending me stamps.
2. Emeryville (2002-04)- I moved to 54th and San Pablo and the local post office was in Emeryville, which was only about 10 or so blocks away. I actually didn't go here that often, cause I had just left school, and I had to work a real job, and I didn't sell products or prints yet. I shipped my artwork for group shows through UPS, but I went to the Long's Drugs to do it, just cause it was on my way to work.
3. West LA (2005)- For the one year I lived in LA this was my Post Office. People in LA like to randomly talk to strangers, so every time I was using the automated machines they'd ask about it but they'd never want to use it cause it didn't take cash, and at the time they didn't dispense stamps.
4. North Oakland (2006-2009)- Fuck. They started discontinuing the vending machines that sell stamps, so people got really upset about that, and I had to hear every time I went in here. It seemed like every time I came back from here there was a new story to tell, like the one time a Nigerian guy wanted the clerk to re-issue a money order cause he lost his the other day, or the amount of times people would just come up to the teller with a trash bag full of stuff asking how much it would cost to send their stuff. People would pull the fire alarm and there wasn't a way to turn it off unless the firemen came, and so you'd hear a constant siren that could be heard for miles. It was quite possibly the worst fucking Post Office to go to, but only cause everyone who went in there was a jerk.
1. North Berkley (2009-). I love U.

Friday, November 12, 2010