Posted on 31 May 2012 - 3:19 pm | by jeff | Filed under: Family
Well shit. I bought a Justin Bieber song last night for Evelyn. She “needed” it for the school talent show. Her and her friends will be doing an awesome baton performance and what better way to do it than to a Bieber song. How did I become such a sucker? If I could go back in time I would say, “Bieber? Hell no, girl! I’m not buying you no Justin Bieber song. You HAVE TO use this if you want my support in the talent show.”
“Or this, but only if you wear a kilt on stage.”
As it turns out I ended up with this.
Oh, I almost forgot. Evy’s first choice was “Starships” by Nicki Minaj. I have no idea who introduced her to Minaj or why she thought it would be appropriate..what with lines like:
“Have a drink, clink, found the bud light
Bad bitches like me is hard to come by”
as well as:
“And I ain’t paying my rent this month
I owe that
But fuck who you want, and fuck who you like
Dance all ya life there’s no end in sight”
Naturally, I did put my foot down on this one. Where does a 10 year old even come across this stuff? I was shocked. In that sense, I suppose the Bieber song wasn’t such a bad thing. But still, it did cost me $1.29, which is almost an In-N-Out burger.
Here’s another little painting I updated. It started as a spray paint and ink on paper piece. Very small, the size of a business card.
I cut the owl out and mounted it to a piece of paint splattered wood.
It is hard to capture silver or chrome in a photo, so just to let you know, the splatters in the background might look white, but they are actually silver (and orange), which looks pretty awesome on the black background.
This is a one of a kind original painting wood. The edges have been painted black and the surface has been coated with a thick layer of clear plastic resin. The resin coating provides a protective high gloss finish. It basically looks like a yummy piece of shiny candy.
Wire has been attached to the back so this is ready to hang right out of the package.
This one is titled “Attitude Owl”
4.75″ x 5.75 (approx.)” – mixed media on wood
$75, plus shipping
Posted on 29 May 2012 - 11:47 am | by jeff | Filed under: Artwork
I painted this a couple of months ago.
It’s spray paint and ink on paper. Although I received some good feedback about this little dude he never managed to find a home. So, I decided to update him a little. Simply putting him in a frame wasn’t something I was interested in so I cut him out. Then I cut stars out of some of the leftover background scraps. After that I glued the cut out pieces to a piece of wood I had painted. Then I painted some little dots here and there. And I ended up with this.
The last step was adding a glossy protective resin coating layer over the top.
This painting is now available in my etsy shop.
It is $75, plus shipping and is 5.5″ x 5.5″
I haven’t dedicated any time to messing around with my music apps for about a month. I’ve been making a lot of artwork though, which has been nice. This past Tuesday while Evy was at baton practice I put together this loop with ielectribe while sipping my beloved Thai iced tea at SLO Donut Co., which is my hangout spot of choice while Evy practices her twirling. Anyway, I’m pretty happy with this little loop. Eventually, as I learn more about this making music stuff I’d like to put this loop to use somehow. If you can listen to this with headphones please do. It sounds totally different and a lot better.
I am super excited about getting one of these. Of the $25,000 goal Steve King has already received $129,000 to back his project and there is still 23 more days to receive funding. So yeah, this will no doubt end up being one of those “most funded” superstar Kickstarter projects.
I am hoping to finish this painting* by the end of the weekend, so I am cutting my internet umbilical cord. That’s right, no facebook, no laughing at craigslist posts (hint, hint) and no…uh, I guess that’s the whole internet. So yeah, none of that.
I will reattach the cord and get connected to the digital world after I complete this painting. I’ll still be checking my email so if you need to get in touch please use the contact form.
* Details about this painting:
It is 4′ x 6′, mixed media on wood and is a commission for a business that will be opening very soon in downtown SLO.
I’ve had this thing for about four years. Maybe five. For some reason it will only work with Windows 98. I can only guess that the manufacturer did not design this to ever be upgraded for other operating systems. Remember when people thought that our heads would all explode and computers would spontaneously combust at midnight on January 1, 2000? That ridiculous Y2K scare? I bet this vinyl cutter, or “plotter” as they are officially called, is the only relic that suffered from Y2K. The engineers that designed it didn’t believe the world would go on once the year 2000 came along. They thought we, as a people, would never need anything beyond Windows 98.
Anyway, when I first got this plotter I made one sticker with it. Within the next week my laptop, with Windows 98, refused to turn on. Literally, the thing just died. I had an older computer that I tried to hook the plotter up to, but the thing is from 1999. I mean, look at this set up.
Look at that tower! I’ve lived in apartments smaller than that thing. This computer is pre-ethernet and so pre-wifi you should be changing your pants because you peed them from laughing so hard. For you youngsters out there, that means to get this beast connected to the internet you need an actual phone cord. And a dial-up connection. That is your only option. Anyway, for some reason I have never been able to get the plotter to work on this old machine. It has caused me countless hours of greif and frustration. Every few months I pull this dusty thing out and give it go and nothing. There is some sort of magic in the night tonight that made it work…FINALLY.
Now, I can make my own fancy vinyl cut out stickers.