Tuesday, July 26, 2011

(V) Negotiations

There's a new video on YouTube from The Non-Permanent Parliament - all your dreams are real! I made this one with some incredible people from the cast of Equus, and I can't get enough of it. Also, it's not part of a series - no Morty or Zombie Bruce this time around - which may be a plus or a minus for you. Watch it anyway!

Check it out by clicking HERE, and please take a moment to rate, comment, and/or pass this video to a friend. Please help me beat Morty the Pug for viewers - we can do it!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

(I) El Bizarron - Illustration Fail

One time, when I was but a wee freshman in college, I took this career test, a test to determine what our aptitudes were and where best to put them. In addition to a number of other things that I've forgotten, this test told me I work best under pressure, that I'd be great as a journalist or someone that needs to meet high-pressure deadlines.

These test results have stuck in my head since then. I was a procrastinator before then, but after I was a procrastinator with proof that procrastination was in my best interest; this is how I do my best work! Just like a journalist!

Most of the time it's true, if exhausting. But sometimes, as with the above image, it just doesn't work out. I made this painting last minute for a friend who was having a benefit for his mother, who's very sick. She's originally from Cuba, so I found a Cuban folk tale: How El Bizarron Fooled the Devil. It's about a simple man who goes to do manual labor for the devil, tricking him into believing he is too strong and formidable to be trifled with. (Why the dude goes out to work for the devil is not really explained.) I planned to paint his mom kind of hovering in the air, serene and beautiful, holding a large red flower, with the devil curled around her feet.

I've posted the part of the painting I like, and the rest is too awkward and shameful for viewing. Censored! Have I learned my lesson? Of course not. I work best under pressure!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

(I) Update - A Tree Grows in Bako mounted!

My friends who commissioned the three-panel tree painting "A Tree Grows in Bako - Say Amen!" just sent me pictures of the finished product, mounted in the front entry of their home in Bakersfield. It's an incredible piece, and I'm honored that they love it enough to give it such a place of pride.

Monday, July 4, 2011

(I) Bad Ant

My latest contribution to my blog with my artist friend Matt, known informally as The Goo Blog. To see the ongoing artistic conversation, CLICK HERE.