Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sketchbook Sunday: Some Girls and Portraits

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When I am at lunch, I like to fill my time with doodles, making lockets, or playing some words with friends. I have been drawing lately, and here are some of my sketches for some art shows I am working on. I like to make different girls and fashion them in cute outfits. They are going different places, like on a walk or to a picnic.

Apple season. #illustration

Some #drawing going on.

Folk girls.
These are some of the small drawings these portraits came from.

Some from my sketchbook.

Some animal portraits.
And I also made some small animal portraits that I have been dreaming up. Maybe these can become some watercolor drawings or one inch buttons?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Perfect Day

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“PERFECT DAYS” are easy to achieve…well, for me at least! Just take me to a decent record store where I can dig for music for a couple of hours and then take me to a museum or gallery where I can stare at cool and interesting stuff for another couple of hours and…viol√°! PERCECT DAY ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!

We had one such “perfect day” in Pittsburgh, PA nearly a year ago. We hit up the almighty JERRY’S RECORDS late one afternoon and preceded to dig through their massive inventory of used vinyl, looking for hits and deals…

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After the shopping spree, we headed over to the WARHOL MUSEUM to meet up with Missy’s friend Steve, and his girlfriend Nicole. Nicole works at the Warhol as an educator and liaison for the museum and she treated us to some behind-the-scenes after-hours fun…

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We got to play around in the museum’s INTERACTIVE STUDIO, which we had all to ourselves. We ended up silk-screening a bunch of souvenirs for ourselves and touring their offices, in addition to all the general shenanigans that ensued…

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Missy and Steve effing around with Warhol’s iconic BRILLO BOXES:

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One room in the Warhol had all these rows of television monitors, each one playing a tv program or interview featuring Andy Warhol himself. Each monitor was equipped with a pair of headphones that you could use to listen to the playback:

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In another room painted all silver, you could film your own version of an Andy Warhol “SCREEN TEST”…
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weekend Wind-Down #177

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The fate of my HALLOWEEN COSTUME last month was sealed over this past summer when I found my funky old BALACLAVA at my parents’ house back in Riverside, California. I had found the ski mask at a thrift store a long time ago…then, when I moved from California to Georgia, I neglected to bring it with me and it disappeared for years. As soon as I found it (while looking for my high school yearbook, which was also AWOL), I got the idea of dressing up as Russian punk band/art collective “PUSSY RIOT” for Halloween.

Fast-forward to last month and Missy and I decided to go as “PUSSY CAT” and “PUSSY RIOT”…we shared these images with our Facebook pages, but forgot to share them on the blog until now. You can’t tell, but I’m wearing a red “CCCP” t-shirt and my electric guitar to complete my costume:

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On a totally unrelated note, I went stag to the Caledonia Lounge late this past friday night to see Austin’s awesome TELE NOVELLA perform. The band, comprised of the remnants of two other great bands, AGENT RIBBONS and VOXTROT, sounded like a cross between CATE LE BON and COMBUSTIBLE EDISON…that probably doesn’t mean much to you but…trust me. It’s an incredible combination. The band members like to “dress up” and wear costumes (as evidenced by several YouTube vids) and their live show was no exception…band leader Natalie Ribbons came on stage wearing a BEEHIVE WIG and a jump suit, looking every bit like a young KATE PIERSON, of legendary Athens band, the B52s. They looked good and sounded even better. AND…they were nice enough to throw in one of their TOTE BAGS (design directly below) when I purchased music from them – in three different formats to boot:

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FAVORITE MOMENT FROM THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – I liked going to the park…
RAOUL – Seeing Tele Novella at the Caledonia.

WORST MOMENT FROM THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – My electric blanket stopped working!
RAOUL – Mom having to go to the ER for c-diff on her birthday…luckily, they caught it in time.

FUNNIEST MOMENT FROM THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Nilla running around the house, chasing balled-up pieces of paper
RAOUL – Adult Swim’s “Too Many Cooks”

WORD OR PHRASE OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – “A knit to wear”
RAOUL – “Teacher never cared for me / Preacher said a prayer for me”

FAVORITE MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Brunch at The Grit.
RAOUL – Lo mein at Tin Drum.

WORST MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Pizza at Transmet. It’s not what it used to be!
RAOUL – Pizza at west-side Transmet…sooo BLAH.

CURSE WORD YOU USED THE MOST THIS PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – None! I never do! (yeah, right! – R)
RAOUL – Probably the “eff word”

PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Siouxsie and The Banshees, First Aid Kit, Morrissey.
RAOUL – Belle & Sebastian, Tsunami, Tele Novella, Morrissey, The Smiths.

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