Monday, April 25, 2011

The Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky

I found this at Moe's for $3. It's an Edward Gorey Cover I've been looking of since I first started looking for them.

I don't think he did the illustration but I'm pretty sure he did the cover text. The earlier Anchor Doubleday's don't list the illustrators in the actual book.

I always wondered why this book was so scarce, cause I seriously looked everywhere for it. It did come out in the 50s during the red scare, but I don't even know anyone old enough to tell me if that would stop a reader from getting their hands on a book by Leon Trotsky.

Working

I'm still painting for those two shows. I don't have enough time to scan in the new work. I'll probably get around to it in late May or early June.

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On a whim I bought this Moleskin planner/calendar for $12 while waiting in line at the art store. I was going to give it to someone but then I found it a few days after the new years. Usually I plan my shows out in a notebook, but it ended up being a good place to organize my work.

I have to average 3 paintings a day, sometimes I do 3, sometimes I only get one done. but I try to paint everyday. There are days where I don't know what to paint so I have to set the day aside to figure out stuff to draw.

I haven't had to make work for two solo shows in a long time. I think in 2004 I had to do two in two months. But back then my stuff wasn't so detailed and there's more steps now then before. Also acrylic takes about 8 minutes to dry when you're dry brushing, so by the time I'm finished doing the last panel I can start another coat on the first panel.

I got a red pen to mark down the days left for that show in Northampton. 44, 43, 42...

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I started writing down the time and color to keep me on track with painting. I kind of get distracted pretty easily by stuff. I can finish a few paintings in a day cause I paint a few at a time. Usually about 8-10. Then by the end of the day I'll hopefully finish 2 or 3.

Some of my lighter colors I have to put down more than 2 layers so it's good to just do them all at the same time. This also saves me time cause I don't have to clean my brush so often.

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In the note section I write down my ideas and I make a tally for each show. Foe is getting about 96 paintings, and LA is getting about 150. I'm shooting for more, but yeah. 3 a day.

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I don't know who ever uses the notes in these things, like the distances between major cities and international dial codes, so I just doodled little ideas. Most of them are kind of dumb.

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Yeah, without a pencil, I draw like a retard.

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I have a studio but I've just been painting in the living room, mostly just cause I feel like it. I'm using our bookshelf to organize the smaller works for the show. The top left hand corner is the stuff I have to put medium on and scan, the top right hand corner is for panels ready to be drawn on, the lower left side are the finished 9x12s, and the lower right side are the finished 8x10s. bellow the 9x12s are the panels I have to frisket on, put a coat of stars and medium and then need to be scanned.

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If my paintings were to get damaged they would usually be because they were with me, so I'm trying to be more careful with them. I started wrapping them in wax paper. and packing them up. It's a lot of paper to waste, but a roll of wax paper is less than $2.

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What I really like about making these 5"x5" paintings is that I can pretty much make any image I feel like making without feeling obligated like I have to make everything awesome.

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To make my 3 paintings a day quota I have to make a few monochromatic paintings, although this one took three hours to ink in.

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I should take real pictures, but instead I use Instagram. One of my friends say it's like autotune for your camera.

Monday, April 18, 2011

For Forever I'll Be Here

flier spread 72 by Marci and Deth
flier spread 72, a photo by Marci and Deth on Flickr.

"For Forever I'll Be Here"
April 29- June 4, 2011
Reception: Thursday May 5 5:30-7:30

Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
www.renabranstengallery.com

Friday, April 15, 2011

NY Riots

Untitled by Marci and Deth
Untitled, a photo by Marci and Deth on Flickr.

I decided to make a NY Riots painting anyway. I really just wanted a reason to paint multicolor flags.

Every Riot in Manhattan.
1834 Anti-Abolition Riot
1837- Flour Riot
1849- Astor Place Riot
1863- NYC Draft Riot
1870- NYC Orange Riot
1871- 2nd NYC Orange Riot
1874- Tompkin Square Riot
1934- US Nazi RIot
1935- Harlem Race Riot
1964- NYC Race Riot
1969- Stonewall Uprising
1970- Hard Hat Riot
1977- NYC Blackout Riot
1988- Tompkin Square Park Police Riot

Monday, April 11, 2011

LA Riots

LA Riot Painting by Marci and Deth
LA Riot Painting, a photo by Marci and Deth on Flickr.

I've been meaning to make a proper update, but I think putting off everything equals me not updating at all, so I think I'm going to stop doing that.

Here's a crappy photo of a painting I just finished right now. I was going to make a riot painting for Oakland, but there's only been 4 in the history of Oakland. Then I was going to do one of New York but didn't know if should count Brooklyn. I'm more familiar with LA Riots anyway.

True Story, In 1992 I was 13, and the Rodney King Riot happened in LA. I lived in San Diego and for some strange reason we had a riot in my Junior High. It lasted for 3 days.

1871 - Anti-Chinese Riots
1943 - Zoot Suits Riots
1965 - Watts
1966 - Sunset Strips Curfew
1992 - Rodney King
2000, 2009, 2010 - Lakers' Championship Riots.

Yeah, the last three were pretty dumb reasons to riot.

Friday, April 1, 2011