Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Yesterday I suggested that Ashland residents, two in particular, could come distract me while I tried to finish a mural I've been dragging out. The two took the bait. I met Jack at the dog park and I've learned that he works at Brammo Motorsports here in Ashland. What? A company that makes "niche production vehicles" here in this gay little theater town? I had no idea. Jack asks me all kinds of pertinent questions as he has starting visiting the blog, but I have no way to reciprocate. I only have a dormant Hot Wheels interest in cars. I don't have a way to engage Jack about this engineering/design thing he does. I'm going to have him give me a facilities tour soon.
Just as Jack was leaving, Marga appeared. I got to paint and chat for the entire four hours! Marga brings to the discussion a whole 'nuther wax ball. But, like with Jack, I'm just getting to know her, and yet, she can "know" me through this blog, which puts me at a disadvantage, unless I'm willing to talk about me-me-me for four hours. I feel as if I have spun various versions of my life story lately. I've been very careful to keep my self-portrait as truthful as I can. I've been thinking about this recent AP story: "A candidate for Southern Oregon University student body president has admitted she was lying when she claimed she had a cousin who was killed in the Virginia Tech shootings. Brandi Freeman spoke at a candlelight vigil held by students at the university campus in Ashland Thursday night. With tears streaming down her face, she had claimed she had lost her cousin in the shootings that left 33 dead at Virginia Tech. By Friday, Freeman admitted to making up the story to appeal to voters for the student body election next week."
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I just keep on painting.
Jack and Marga each bring up a lot of basic "how" "why" and "what" questions that I normally take for granted or gloss over as inconvenient. It has been really great to think of these things while crafting-out on a day job (night job now) mural while simultaneously preparing for a solo show. Here are three things I heard myself saying last night:
- sometimes the seven foot diagonal of a door jam determines how big you can paint.
- paint the dog before the fleas.
- please allow me to change my mind about anything I say tonight (or on this blog).
Oh, and to bracket my night, starting with Whiting's postchunck, I thought I should end with this morning's couch routine.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
This client used a cherished glass bowl as inspiration for the dining room paint treatment. There was one spot where the transition was awkward, until I broke out the flame-vines.
This other client had all kinds of different furniture that we sort of tied together with various paint tricks.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I've been chipping away at a mural in the evenings. I usually like to do "my own thing" after everyone is in bed. Alas, I'm over-booked and I haven't learned to say "no" when it comes to work. So, while I was contemplating my next move on this 12 foot high and 30 foot long mural, it occurred to me why I so enjoy the scale of these ink drawings right now. At two in the morning, after 5 hours of swimming in the environment of a mural, it is so refreshing to just focus. I also realized that I am going to tackle an 8 foot painting soon. I've done plenty of large paintings before, but I don't ever recall thinking of them as murals, that is, environments to walk through, around, or by. Oooh, I can hardly wait. Also, Miso can now hang with me in the studio. I've given up trying to teach her to stay in a corner. We're both much happier if she is smack in the middle of the floor.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Their quality is pending.
I sent him an email:
is it about being prepared, without being scared?
imagine the worst
it is healthy?
dreams and nightmares must be respected?
I've been meaning to post the artist vs. the crazy as;
outside society looking in
outside society looking out
meek does not mean naive?
strong should mean balanced?
It all is woven into the relationship between the society and the individual.
How do we respond to individuals outside of society?
We've (assuming I'm inside some society) got to be ready for imbalance.
Would I have the gumption to wrestle a hijacker?
Is it true that the majority of Death Row inmates do not connect their forthcoming punishment to a crime?
When you get so far outside society that your actions only make sense to you. . . what happens?
Yes. Study war.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The exchange at Pretty Lady's post Grammar Patrol has me flipping and flopping. Am I wrong in seeing an essential conservative/liberal root to all this?
Isn't communication the fundamental goal? I suppose details like the many meanings of "reification" is essential to someone like me who treats abstractions as if they were concrete, (and I'm talking about day to day abstractions like why paper money has value as well as how the emoticon ;) functions as a knowing wink) but isn't there an element of fascism, exclusion, or denial of entropy to some of these rules?
Remember this e-mail?:
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On a related tangent, read about Oregon's plain language bill:
"The bill calls on all executive branch agencies to begin writing forms, manuals, letters, e-mails and other communications in the plain-language standard of communication.
Plain language means short, easy-to-understand sentences, everyday language and documents designed to be easily read and understood. More simply, it means an end to the confusing bureaucratic and legal jargon that plagues our government documents and forms."And back to the exchange at Pretty Lady, I find myself thinking of O'Reilly's Blogger Code of Conduct. Meaning and nuance are to be danced with, not resolved. That was some good readin'. Thanks especially to Fish or Cut Bait's staff members Chris and Jacques.
Whereas: Literate, informed citizens are essential to the vitality of our city and survival of our democratic institutions;
Whereas: Public libraries serve as gathering places and as community centers that are at the heart of our unique communities;
Whereas: Public libraries enhance the services of schools by providing resources and services to youth that foster lifelong literacy;
Whereas: Public libraries as part of a county library system cost our citizens less than running a separate library outside the county system;
We proclaim and resolve that it is in the best interest of the students of Ashland Public Schools that we support the Ashland Public Library and the Jackson County Library System of which it is a part
We express our support for Ballot Measure 15-75, the levy to provide three years of financial support for the operation of all Jackson County libraries.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
can personality exist without society?
do hermits have personalities?
what is the personality of our society?
can you live in society and still be outside of it?
can you be anti-social without being criminal?
is it ok to be angry at society most of the time?
do all poor people hate society and all rich people like it?
who decides on the things that our society values or stands for?
what is the role of art in this society?
(These questions came from Jacques de Beaufort} Will he ever post again?
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Nothing mystical there. Just cool shit. I got lost in these other links while trying to understand swirling fluids:
The experimental nonlinear physics group, the physics of everyday life, ferrofluid in a rotating magnetic field, The Rosensweig instability in a ferrofluid, , a diffusion limited aggregation applet, a review of Philip Ball's book, The Self Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature, Java simulations of pattern formation.
Now that I've mentioned music, go trade CD's for one dollar at la la.
yeah maybe I should.
here are some bookmarked paintings:
Storm II, 2004
Oil on Canvas
36 x 36 inches
I really can't recall how I bookmarked Melissa's blog. Some of her paintings had me leaning into the monitor.
acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36"
via Helquin Artifacts
I think I was initially appalled by these paintings. But I'm kinda takin' a shine to them. However, the titles can irk me a bit. All this Asian culture seems to be streaming at me. I am not Asian. I don't want to borrow from or imitate, emulate, copy, or romanticize Asian things. It is going to be hard not to do that with my ink drawings. That and Pollock. I've been avoiding everthing to do with ole Action Jackson. I suppose I'll eventually break down and actually dive into the guy's oeuvre.
Watercolor, 21 x 29.5"
I saw this person's paintings in a local gallery and I panicked. I felt my inky-ways could easily look like hers. I was discouraged. I don't like her paintings. Its going to take some soul searching to figure out why.