Uploaded new painting “Twinkle.” This painting can be as philosophical or as light as you feel. The goldfish is in loving memory of Malcolm, Staci’s beloved goldfish who just passed away. We buried him under the willow at Lake Louise, where he is now together with Daisy and Dawn. It is a cheerful spot frequented by families, lovers, and ducks.
Papillia’s fur is, of course, synthetic. She won’t let me get the python pants. I considered the title “Wish,” but settled on “Twinkle.”
Uploaded Gotta Gotta Go in the drawings page.
I started doing my drawings in between paintings, sort of as a break–they have no subject matter to speak of, and they were intended to be nothing but pure fun for myself. In some ways, that makes them purer than my paintings in that, they’re art for art’s sake–just pure fun.
If you’re in the Miami area, and if your schedule permits, The Satellite Gallery will present me at…
Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair-Art Basel
December 4 – 7, 2008
Charcoal Studios, 2135 NW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33127, Wynwood Arts District,
General admission is free.
I’d be honored to have your presence!
Uploaded The Town Howls at Dusk in Paintings section. This one was supposed to be just fun and devoid of any meaning–a sort of break from the heavier subjects I’d been dealing with. As I worked on it, however, I began to realized that it wasn’t so vapid after all. In fact, I came to realize that, if I had to summarize all that I feel is important in life, this would be one way to do it, I think. And that may be why this one feels very special to me–it feels like this is a painting I’d been meaning to do all my life.
The “2+ HOV” sign is something you see in some cities in the USA–it stands for “2 or More–High Occupancy Vihicles,” and it means that, you can’t drive in that lane if you are the only one in your vihicle. It’s a way for crowded cities to provide a fast lane for buses and carpools during rush hour, but I’m using it as a symbol that says, life is a road you can’t take alone.
The number 17 is a tribute to my dear friend Joanne Thomas who passed away in 2007–it was her special number.
Uploaded “The Bruggemann Triptych” and each of its panels in the “commissioned” page. These were commissioned by my dear friend from Phillips Academy, Reid Bruggemann, as illustrations for a piece he is writing about the Hindu deities. I normally stay away from religious subjects, but when a friend wants a favor, all bets are off. Besides, there were supposed to be boobs and blood everywhere–how could I say No?
Back in ’94, when I graduated from Middlebury College, I was then leaving the USA to go live in Japan, indefinitely. Reid drove several hours just to spend a couple of hours with me before I had to go. I remember we shared a pizza, then looked into each other’s eyes, knowing it may be for the last time. That was one of the saddest moments in my life, and the memory of his expression haunted and encouraged me for what would become a miserable decade for me. Reid kept writing me during that decade, though I was almost never able to respond.
I’m back in the USA again, and Reid and I have been able to see each other. I think our interests have shifted some, but almost 20 years on, there is an undying love that keeps us in each other’s heart.
Uploaded new painting, “Xany and Lexy,” in “commissioned” section. It’s a wedding portrait for my dear cousin and friends, who are getting married in November. They wanted it to be set in the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, where they had their first date. Waiting patiently outside is Zhenia, their beloved Siberian Husky. I pumped it full of cheesy, romantic symbolism, because that’s what I do. I think it’s a lot like wedding portraits from the Renaissance, complete with suggestive food, faithful dog, and memento mori.
Once, when I was in trouble, Xany offered to drive over 10 hours to come get me, drive me back to his place, and let me stay with him indefinitely. They are people with uncommonly generous hearts, and this painting is full of my warm wishes for them.
Uploaded “Papillia at the Carmike Ten” in “drawings” page. This is just a doodle I did while waiting for my dear friend, the (greatest) film critic Ken Hanke, at the cinema. Somehow, it seems to capture something fleeting and lovely about Papillia. It’s as if we were watching something together, then I looked over at her and found her reactions far more mesmerising than whatever I was watching. Or something like that.
I’ve created a new page “studies.” These are some of my favorite selections from the studies (etudes) I did in preparation for the paintings.
New image of “Blender.” Finally got a digital camera (Canon Powershot SD 790 IS, 10 mpx). Shot “Blender” to test the camera (White Balance set to Tungsten). Used Gimp to highten color brightness and color contrast, and to correct lens distortion. This image is so much closer to the original painting–I love it.
I’ll be in a show at The World of Wonder Storefront Gallery (WOW), 6650 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90028-6219, USA. (323) 603-6300. www.worldofwonder.net or wow-storefront-gallery.wowtv.tv. http://www.myspace.com/worldofwondergallery
The show will have an Asia/America theme, and is called “Crazians,” naturally. Curator Moye Ishimoto.
The opening reception will be Friday, July 11, 8:00 pm to midnight