31.3.10


I’ve had Donovan’s voice in my head on and off the last few days.
Mellow Yellow is such a sticky tune...

The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick. -Frank
Follow the yellow brick road...
(But don’t run into that back drop!)

Blue is the male principle, stern and spiritual. Yellow the female principle, gentle, cheerful and sensual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the colour which must be fought and vanquished by the other two. -Franz Marc

... and though she’s not really ill,
there’s a little yellow pill... -Kieth and Mickey
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a
yellow spot into the sun. -Pablo Picasso, talking about himself again.
Amber Aureolin Papaya whip Buff Chartreuse Citrine Cream Goldenrod Ecru Olive Flavescent Flax Fulvous Gamboge Golden poppy Golden Green-yellow Stil de grain Beige Hansa yellow Icterine Blond Vegas gold Isabelline Arylide Chrome yellow Jonquil Khaki Lemon Chiffon Lime Maize Metallic gold Mikado Mustard Naples Navajo Old Gold Apricot Peach-yellow Pear Saffron School bus yellow Sunglow Tangerine Urobilin...

28.3.10


So, this will be the a self indulgent page on a project (circa '04?) mentioned in the before post.
Just for fun.
Lonnie gave me the OK in the comments. So, to forge ahead. I will write under if there were words to go along with the painting. You know, as designers, one wants to be as darn clear as possible...

This project encompassed 95 painting in 95 hours executed as a live window display. There were 95 prepped canvas' along with to-size matching fancy frames, sporting white-out, already installed in the shoe gallery. Below notice a photo where you can see the hours and painting being 'ticked off' as time went by. We were armed with gallons of paint, brushes from a flogger to a one-hair, and stack of favored scrap to the liking, we hoped, to please every taste. Throw in spontaneity and ability to dance around each other and a bit of loud music and you have a successful event where all 95 paintings found good homes and the money raised in the auction going to a children's charity.
It was, as Lonnie said in the comment, 'damn honest work.'

Undies of the men in black.

He continued to design his amusement park, if only in his mind.

The marionette then realized that the scenery for ActII was under her skirt.


A painting to match the sofa.

Her apron became a joke, a novelty, and eventually a tourist attraction.


(Fake working)




He was a different kind of fish.
(Resemblance or coincidence?)

hours / paintings



Hey, Terry showed up! Getting ready in the morning....


The charm in the work was to make it looked as though lots of different artist had done the job. Some more finished than others.
I think this was my favorite from the collection, there were so many more....
The notes from Gustav K. to an art director asking for changes on a WIP.
Punch LONNIE... on his blog.
-J

25.3.10

Well, as these things go I was looking for one of my favorite signs placed early one morn on the dirt road into the Renaissance Fair (Black Point Forest/Novato). Something about the ‘...to the end of the earth being closed because of dust-off '.... when I came across this rat thingy that was taken when we worked in Hong Kong...

Ok, so I continued looking and found a handful of WIP images of paintings, some looking finished, from the
95 painting in 95 hours
series that was done for the 95th anniversary of major (meaning expensive) department store. I must say the stack was pretty amusing, even now, and I do remember the audience outside the window liking the ongoing live display work.
But before I start scanning and send this into the ether ... I reckon I need to ask Lonnie ifin it’s okay to show this, after all this time.
I don’t know why not?
Lonnie? Are you there?

23.3.10


Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.

The man that cannot visualize a horse galloping
on a tomato is an idiot.

Leave everything.
Leave Dada ....
Leave your hopes and fears.
Leave your children in the woods.
Leave the substance for the shadow.
Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future.
Set off on the roads.

No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the
appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
-André Breton (at different moments)

I echo here...
Art, then, is an elaborate dance around something you can’t make.
Add a muffled boom and a ring of smoke appearing at the bottom of the cartoon canyon.

A welcome to those of you over from BOOKWORK... I'm not posting there any more, I've come to realize it's as though I am putting guest into two different rooms...

19.3.10


Somehow feeling the need to vindicate myself,
for the moment, and say that I can draw ‘sweet’ also.

I naturally go toward the asymmetrical in design work.
Actually have to think or rethink into ‘symmetrical’ to work something in that way. As some folks naturally see the symmetrical, and then work through that onto the asymmetric side of things.
Do you get what I mean?

15.3.10



I once thought that you would rob
the truly appreciative minds
by laying down for the last time.
Rubbing your fingers to your temple instead of the
large hand you would faint in.” -kb

Life and death fit so very close together
and the hand of god looks more like a fist.

Mag5 @ Magpie Tales....

14.3.10


One of my favorites.
Okay who can tell me what movie this quote comes from.
If you know or want to take a guess, don’t give it away! Please do not come right out and say it in comments ... leave it in a cryptic code, or as, ‘the movie where yada, blah, yadity-blah happens.’
I’ll know what you mean. I promise.

images from
When Sword Swallowing does Not Impress

10.3.10




...Being Red Skelton

Three memories with Hats
1. There was usually a group of musicians over for the day or the fortnight blasting looped tapes out the window to see street walkers reactions. A few of these virtuosos were obsessed with Einstein on the Beach at the time. Most of these guys were transplants from a music commune up in Woodstock. I think, by some of the sounds that were crafted, they majored in comprehending feedback.
Some of the guys made up the Swollen Monkeys. They split.
They regrouped to become the Butthole Surfers. They split.
Never underestimate the value of really well thought out rock’n roll name.
We’d have parties depending on what we wanted to score. For instance a Hat Party. People invited would know hats were mandatory. Eventually everyone would get drunk and a sea chapeau would be left behind. Voila. And, if it ever got too weird, I could always crawl into my loft and pretend I didn’t know what was happening.

2. I went down too see the opera production director with a hat in question pinned together, mocked up to the nth detail. Upon seeing it, he ripped it apart verbally and shredded it literally. Humiliated, I came back up stairs to the craft room where Charles was huddled over a balsa block pining a turban. He glanced at me sideways for a moment & caught the mortified shock on my face with the hat draped over my arms in pieces. He offered,
“...Oh, I forgot to tell you he’s in a snit today...”
From Charles I first heard of the ‘blind nuns at dawn’ stitch.

3. Manhattan winters are slap-in-the-face cold. Turning up toward the sun to warm our faces, we walked along planning a trip to the flower mart. We carried three ‘regular coffees’ from Chock Full of Nuts steaming into the chilly early morning air. Heading down to the Bowery we traverse Union Square where we recognized the huge pile of fabric as Evelyn. She embodied a fashion statement by building a hat ornament day to day. If you had the time, you would notice that she added a bit of this or that to her chapeau everyday until her headpiece became too heavy. She’d have a two day break and then begin the building ritual again. She inhabited a homeless dingy heap moving from this place to Washington Park on quieter days. Kyle and I had been paid in cash for a restaurant installation the day before, so life was good. I casually handed Evelyn a twenty dollar bill and coffee as we passed her in the park. Her frosty breath rose from the lifeless pyre into the crisp air. When she bolted and came chasing after us, we didn’t know if she was in trouble or if we were.

Happy TT, for more chapeau...(...at sixty bucks a throw...) go to Theme Thursday.
On Thursday, of course.

8.3.10



Mr. Brown:
It`s one thing to out-think a man, quite another to outsmart him.

Mrs. Brown:

And who will say which is which?

National Velvet

5.3.10

I’m not really here yet.
I’ve walked up to the library to have a go at public net visiting.

And now I have confidant if not vindicated feeling that when I dump my life’s plunder to move into a cave I can indeed do library blog-thingy.
Of course I will have trouble with the VAs ... to illustrations the words.
As this'in here.

She was never really all there, but we never knew where to find her.