Thursday, May 26, 2011

Giant Art Show

Need somethinta do tomorrow Saturday night?

Chillin' Productions 13th year anniversary is hosting a show with 200 artist and 80 fashion designers! It is great to be showing a couple drawings there again!

The basic information goes:
When: May 28, 2011
Where: Mezzanine
444 Jessie Street, SF CA 94103
Cost: $10 at the door
Must be 21+ID

For more information click here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Warhol Again!

I just realized I am a couple months late in sharing the painting that I did for the Warhol Reimagined show.

If you missed the show, click here where you can view a slide show of the opening.

I did a piece inspired by Andy Warhol's Cream of Mushroom Soup.

It is called "Suillushake" and the medium is acrylic paint on board. Not sure when I will add this to my website yet; I am still deciding how much it will fit in/ stand out in my "concept" series because I don't have many pieces in there associated with brand name food products. We will see...

There were so many great artists there:

Check out the factory artists!
Check out the soup can artists!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Roots in my Face

After a few new city-scapes, a new drawing of a fish wearing glasses armed with a gun, and a 16" x 16" painting that belongs in my "concept" series that I just finished a couple hours ago (still have yet to upload a pic of that on the internet), I am ready to move on to the next idea!

But before I do, I thought I would make a post about finding inspiration in nature, something that my blog needs a little more of... there is only one "plants" label on here so far.

Plants can be inspirational from their unique qualities and their many bizarre forms can act as gateways to new ideas.

Beauty is not just on the outside. Even plant roots can be beautiful. What is normally hidden from our view grows right at our eye level with this plant.

It is known as Curtan Ivy or Princess Vine. You can read the description below (click for a larger view).

They feel waxy and smooth...

I love the gradation from the green leaves to the red tips of the roots. From afar, its like a curtain of hair, or a curtain of veins!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Saving the Dead 1

These couple weeks I am finishing up numerous projects, and will put them up on my website soon. But of course, I have not forgotten...

I realized that it has almost been a year since I picked up my first dead. My busy schedule has pushed the end of this experiment for a little longer than I wished. But finally, I am another step towards closure for the bird and mouse.

One container filled partway with bleach, and another container filled partway with linseed oil, a few paper towels, gloves, and I am all set to go. The animals were dropped into first the bleach, to break down the dried flesh, and then their parts were dropped into the oil to seal and harden the bones, and to stop the bleach from breaking down the bones further. Sounds easy right?

First lesson learned: I need to pay attention. Duh. Pay attention when dealing with more than one animal. Unless you are an expert at bone identification pertaining to animal species, do not drop two different animals into one container.

Second lesson learned: Regularly turn the animals as they float in the bleach. Because they float, one side of their bodies would break down, and the other side would remained unchanged. Uneven flesh being worn away results in uneven bone erosion which results in lost bones. This was a mistake I made with the bird, and that resulted in a bird skull that disintegrated on one side and left the other side crumbling. Hence, no bird skull, and only the beak. :-(

Third lesson learned: I knew that the small bones would be a pain in the ass to salvage, but unless you have the necessary tools, it is nearly impossible to get any bones out in one whole piece. The bleach broke down thin areas too fast and the bone became soft as wet paper, tearing easily. So maybe starting out small for this type of project is not the wisest decision.

So, to start my collection, I have a pair of bird legs, a bird beak, and a mouse skull with the back missing. The back missing from the mouse skull is not a total loss, as I can see the inside skeletal structures.

Now all I have left to do is to find a display box. Then I can put this aside and move on to other animals.

And, to add to my accidental collection of dove eggs, two new abandoned little ones, now housed in my ugly sculpture.