Thursday, December 28, 2006

art now

How to start again? paper? drawing, sculpture, computer? ideas, what? I am currently lost a drift in time shifting to a new point where one is to start and it always scares me.

Am I doing a new series or continuing something left undone. Shapes, colors, building, photos, drawing, paint, mixed media, one key piece begins the journey, the life like preparing for a marathon, I need to do a show. I need to make some art.

First I need to run.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Art Show

I have an art show coming up in about a month. I know roughly what I need to do and I should start working toward that now. I am not writing much currently as I am doing quite a bit of freelance and I have my head down studying new software and techniques both for teaching and for a new direction I want to go in with my work, I am doing mor animation work and I am thing more web based design and art pieces. I have got a copy of Maya that will be the next big thing to tackle and I have become obsessed with stop motion. Look for some stop-motion to appear on my site soon. Never enough time.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

new art ideas

Still haven't been able to find time for art. I have this idea to make models of buildings based on photos I take around LA, I am not sure if they would be literal interpretations of a specific building or buidlings or if it would be a kind of construct of several parts. I see them in glass cases and with at least one I imagine it floating in the glass case with the underground visible. I see the glass cases being like old style museum cases like I remember from the British Museum, old dark polished wood, with molding, the plinth prsents a problem for me as I see it as stark white but that seems to be in conflict with the cases anyway I can solve that problem down the line.

I would also like to make some of people miniture but I think these would be best if I made them in Maya and used some kind of rapid prototyping process to print or produce the scultures. I have a clear image in my mind for these pieces. My concern is they maybe too dry or lack humour but that could be solved by the choice of subject probably.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


I want to make some art soon. I haven't been making art much lately just working on classes and trying to get my leg to heal. I have some freelance work to take care of first.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Indochine Vien

Here is the Indochine Vien ad I just did that I had said yesterday that I would upload.

Casita del Campo

This is a new ad that I just made for Silver Lake's legendary Mexican Restaurant, great bar, excellent margaitta's. The place is visually warm and friendly and I wanted to express that in the ad. The grid is inspired by the stained glass and mosiacs that abound at this great eating place.

I am working on a new web site for design work, I am probbaly going to do it in flash. II am going to keep Jon strictly for art stuff and experimental web ideas. In the mean time I will post some ads I've been doing because I am frustrated by not having time to set up a real design site.

I did a photo shoot on Saturday on my crutches, the crutches acted somewhat like a tripod. That reminds me I need to get a new tripod. I used my own photography on this and another restaurant ad that I did for Indochine, a hip Atwater Village Vietnamese eatery that I would highly recommend. I will upload their ad later.

New ad

Here is my latest ad, inspired by my running injury. I am myself on crutches after spraining my ankle training for the 2007 LA marathon.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


I may well be absent from this blog for some time, I am busy with other things and it is not serving the original pupose so much anymore. I may return in the near future or I may never touch it again, I am unsure about it's future right now. I still like the idea but I feel I could spend my time more wisely in other ways. I could well end up adding some examples form time to time. However, I may start a different blog with a whole new agenda.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Long Time

If anyone checks my blog, I apologize for not posting. I actually had stuff to talk about but I haven't felt like blogging. One of the reasons I started the blog was to get me back into thinking about my own work and doing some art. From that stand point the blog has been reasonably successful. I have been doing some art and I have had first show in years. I will attach the add for the show that ran in the Los Felz Ledger. The show went well, there was quite a few people there and I sold a couple of pieces. I now have another show that I can plan for in November at the Cafe Metropol Gallery in downtown LA.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Girly Stuff

I like the color and the contrast of the sharp and the fuzzy, I like the punk thing and the prettiness coexisting. This one is good…I think, I like this better than the last one. I need to print and draw on top. blah, blah, etc. I am trying to kick myself in the arse but I can't be arsed and besides my leg is too short.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My Muse

This is another in a series of photographic pieces that I intend to print as gigclee prints and paint back into.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Plain Jane

Plain Jane in the back at The Black Maria Gallery at the Last Opening "The PMS Show" This is the night Olga and I bought "The Twins" a tryptich by Plain Jane.


Ramone and Kabo, taken at the Blue Nile Cafe at the last Look Inside event.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

New Ad

Here is my latest ad for, part of an ongoing branding project.

Saturday, April 29, 2006


This image is from my blog if you click on the image titled Out of the Dog House this is what you will see instead of a larger version of that image. I was going to fix it but I thought it would be more interesting to show you this image as it is.

On to something

I am not in the mood for writing again, but this series is shaping up pretty well. I have to call Epson to get the # for servicing my Epson 3000 large format printer so that I can print some digital canvases…YEAH! Bully for me.

I am going to a Look Inside show tonight in Long Beach. Look Inside is an online arts mag setup by ex-Brooks students. Jonas Lynch from Look Inside has asked me to be the featured artsit for July, that should be fun.

Go and check out

Thursday, April 27, 2006


OK, I gave my students a deadline project today, they had to do a four page mailer in 4 hours, filll out forms for submitting artwork, make PDF's and e-mail by the end of class.

In keeping with this deadline theme I am going to do a pice of artwork in 20 minutes, GO!

DONE!! Phew

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


You know hair, like the musical and the stuff on our heads, and bodies for that matter.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

photo collage

Yesterday I walked around Silverlake and took photographs of interesting architectural stuff, signs, textures and the like. I am going to start a series of Photoshop art using images like these.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Lost for ideas

I want to do a piece for my blog that's really good because I haven't been doing as much as I would like. Maybe I could make something that is using photography, although I am not sure what. I think I will go and take the shopping out of the car and make the bed, then maybe I'll have a better idea as to what I want to do.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


I don't know what exactly these are for, I drew them some time ago and I don't even remeber what for. I was cleaning up my hard drive and when I do that often come across little gems like this.

You are here

I think this is a bit of a crap idea but I had to blog something today because I haven't been doing it daily and that is the goal. The You are here bit is OK, I'm just not sure about the lineart.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Up and blogging again

Last week was way to crazy to get any blogs done and I feel very guilty about it. I had a project that unfortunately I can't talk about here just yet that needed to be finished, many late, late nights. I think I got about seven hours sleep in the last 4 days.
Anyway, back to normality, yesterday I slept for 10 hours and I did the same today, now I feel like I have caught up with my sleep.

The image I am uploading to my blog here is the latest in a series of ads that I have been running for

Saturday, April 08, 2006

illuminated connections

This piece took longer than intended, it was meant to be a drawing that took about an hour and a half but wound up as a digital painting that I kept fiddling with. At one point I was almost complete and I went to save and Photoshop locked up, fortunately I got a sreen capture but it was at a point where I had applied a blur filter to a layer and I was going to mask areas back to the sharper version below. Anyway, I think it came out alright in the wash. I spent about 9 or 10 hours on this piece so I guess that might help make up for not doing a piece of blog art in a few days.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mum's cards goes out today

Here is the envelope, physical communication over distance, my parents still haven't got e-mail even though I said I would pay for it. There is something beautiful howvever in this digital age of sending an actual object that takes a week to get to England. Anyway, I like decorating the envelope.

Web art

I was racking my brains tonight, it's late and I'm tired again. The only thing I came up with is web art, a site or sites designed as art. This is something I have considered before but I haven't explored. I like the idea of creating art using new media especially as a lot of what I am grappling with is to do with connections that are formed and how this relates to our hyperlink experience today. I imagine a site where you can explore pages that play with the idea of what a webpage can be. I could also use the site to experiment with the medium from a technical standpoint as well as a conceptual one. I could use Flash, action script, and XHTML, CSS and JavaScript and see what is possible with these different web approaches, push the boundaries of the medium. I don't have a clear enough idea of the content at this point, I can certainly pull upon the visual vocabulary of my work, the abstract depiction of connections but I imagine a truly multimedia experience where sound, video, animation, photography drawing, writing, etc. are all employed to tell the story. For the most parts web sites seem to be informative and I was wondering if a site couldn't work somewhat like a film only in a less linear manner of course. I don't think that this is a new idea but I haven't seen sites like the ones I have in my mind. The other point I am unclear about is whether or not the site should be thoroughly planned out from the point of inspection or if I could grow the site organically, there maybe some point between those poles that makes more sense. The final point, this would make a great Masters topic to explore, if anyone knows of a school that is really strong in the area of new media in the Los Angeles area, UCLA perhaps?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

No time

I just wanted to make a note because I don't have time to make art today. However, I wanted to say that the last blog, the IKEA piece I am really excited about and I had the idea to make a whole book out of the full directions for a piece of IKEA furniture and publish it as a book on Lulu as well. I can imagine a set of painting growing out of the seeds of what my blog has so far accomplished and that's really exciting. I just need more time.

Monday, April 03, 2006


This weekend I returned to IKEA, it's my first time inside an IKEA store in what seems like a long, long time. There was a period when we first moved into this house, when the kids were much younger that we were constantly going over and spending a couple of grand and then returning half the stuff the next day due to missing parts or damaged pieces, I remember my sores from the allen keys fondly due to the distance in time that separates me from the actual experience. IKEA is unique, a phenomenon of our times, the maturation of modernism, Bauhaus ideals made real through world markets, huge production and the cleverness of the designs to be made accessible to the masses. I love IKEA, not as much as Apple, their customer service could be better and I don't understand why they always manage to miss a couple of screws or plastic thingies out of at least one box. It’s almost as if it’s a conspiracy to get you back into the store. Once you go back to return stuff or get additional missing parts you have to buy Swedish frozen yogurt and Swedish coffee or go to the restaurant and eat Swedish meat balls to wile away the time while you wait for you ticket number to be called in the area set aside for returns. Sometimes you take your well-worn copy of their catalog along for reading material and end up deciding to buy a new kitchen, you know, as you’re there already. After all you’ve got the truck in one of the prized parking spots right up front, you can actually see it outside the yellow sliding doors just past the 10 foot high red letters that spell out Hej Då which is of course is Swedish for good bye. The reason I love IKEA is because they have made ordinary people aware of, if not great design, good functional affordable style. I also love the system of buying a kit; it reminds me of my childhood building Airfix models with all the little parts that need to be glued together. Anyway Saturday we bought the furniture, Sunday we returned it and got the replacement parts and then Sunday evening Ingrid (my daughter) and I built it.

The art that accompanies this piece is taken from the IKEA directions for assembly. These directions are one of the greatest examples of information graphics on the planet, no words, works in 50,000 countries and on 74 planets even the dog could use them, if only he had a thumb for the allen key. I love precise diagrammatical drawings with scribbles, yin and yang.

The art will be posted in about 1 hour from now.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

It's all about the connections

Nuff said

Still Life

I did this as a simple gif animation but I now think I should make it into a Flash animation. Anyway that is why this is called Still life. I also think this could make a nice "Still Life" painting (sorry for beating you over the head with the Still Life pun). I don't think I can upload flash or video to blogger so I may have to look to a paid alternative at some point. I must say I do love Blogger though they have good modernist designs and easy to use tools.

Friday, March 31, 2006

I lost my frame

I have been experimenting with Google ads and moving them around on my blog, I am actually making some money from it. I was thinking of making a chart based on where the ads are on the page, what color the ads are and so on. I did have them at the top of the page but which seems to be much more successful but I aesthetically it takes over the page. Anyway, since I was moved the ads from the top of the page to the sidebar I lost the frame, I tried taking the ads out of the sidebar but that didn't help. I also looked through the code but I couldn't find the error if anyone has any ideas, I would like to fix that.

Charts and graphs

I am getting more interested in the idea of art based on information graphics, paintings and sculptures. I think it's interesting taking the data away or the context away and simply showing the visual representation of the data.

This one is a purely aesthetic stab.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Back to the diagram

My focus at this time in my life is becoming more organized. The plan above is symbolic of that. This design is part of a larger interactive project I can't talk about here right now but I see it as a painting as well with the typography removed.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Magazine Rack

I had mentioned it earlier and so I figured I should upload an image of it. I have also made designs for a Shelf using a deStil type letterform. When I find the design i will upload that one as well.

Here is a couple of others, I may have to see when I make a model to scale but the magazine rack could be sold along with a glass top to double as a coffe table.

Mum's Card

This is the art that I did for today. I also started working on the design for a magazine rack that is based on the capital letter W from Gill Sans.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Web painting

I had meant to do this one yesterday, anyway here it is. I have been trying to upoad the image and it's not uploading.

Sunday, March 26, 2006


I haven't posted in a couple of days. I waqs so tired at the end of this week I just had to let it go. I am going to make a bit of art and then I'll upload it later.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

e-mail art

I sent an e-mail to my friend Wal in London asking if he would be interested in doing a show via e-mail in LA. This is an idea that I have thought about before. Send plans and files or recieve plans and files via e-mail and then print and make into a show. I am pressed for time but I wanted to just note this ideas any I'll work it through in more detail later. I also wanted to say more about web like structures, in fact the show could be about web like structures. I would love to do the same show in London and LA at the same time and have the opening on a web camera showing the other opening.

These were images from a Google search for web structures.

This is a sketch of a diagram from a book I am reading on getting things done.

I was walking up and down in the backyard this evening as I do and I got to thinking about webs, web like structures and web style diagrams. It's a form that often crops up in my work. I often feel like all my mental energy that goes into art is primarily about creating connections between disperate things and experience. I love the math problems and the collage like insane decode from magazines that the charcter in A Beautiful Mind kept making, that to me is art. Another strong point that struck me, though I'm not sure how this helps is the fact that I am more interested in things I don't fully understand. If I understand something I need to move on. Anyway, tired, finals week at Brooks, stuff to take care of, over and out,

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Duchampian diagrams

This diagram is based on Duchamp's etching The Large Glass completed in 1965

I don't have time to blog so here's an e-mail I got from my friend Wal about the diagrams are sexy blog.

Duchamp was interested in the appearance of 'science' ie diagrams and created his own 'science' as a means of creativity. You may be familiar with his metre that he used to measure?

I love stuff that has been produced for one purpose and its appearance is entriely fucntional, but has the happy by-product of being beautiful. I also love those scraps of paper that are left over after a discussion that are splattered with scribbles of illustration and that are meaningless to even the conversationalists shortly after the conversation has ended. Pollock always said that the painting is dead the moment the last drip of paint hits the canvas.

I love areas of human involvement that are now being reclaimed by nature. The shells of defunct petrol stations are a particular favourite.

The new bookcases have arrived and the many sections are now to be carried up two flights of stairs. I am currently resting between carrying the sixth and seventh section.


Mr Wal

This is one of the things I always liked about Joseph Beuys's drawings too.

Monday, March 20, 2006


I had written a blog and was working on the art for it but I ended up having to force quit out of Photoshop and I accidently force quit Safari forgetting that I hadn't published the blog yet, oh well. Before I lost my writing I was talking about taking action. The first step is to design some paintings and sculptures for a show I want to do at the Black Maria Gallery. I did a drawing in Photoshop but as I said it crashed, I did get a screen capture though so here it is.

I felt I needed to try this as a vector because I see the paintings being this way.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Diagrams are sexy

This is an appropriated image with text added, a diagram from the manual that comes with the JVC Everico video camera I just bought. This image touches on two areas of interest in my work. The first of these areas of interest is the way that conmsumer products, especially technology help to define us for good or bad. I already mentioned this on this blog. The other area is a stylistic rather than conceptual thing, I have long had a fascination with diagrams, exploded views of engines technical drawings and information graphics in general. I think it's interesting that people never get famous for doing this stuff, yet the best diagramatic art rivals the best graphic arts such as poster design and packaging. I am interested in the functionality of these darwings but also the clinical detached style can be useful for coopting for fine art and editorial illustration.

By the way today is my Birthday, I'm as old as the hills.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


my mind isn't working right now, Here some art about how sleepy I am.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Old ideas come to the surface

This process of blogging is dredging up old ideas. Some of these ideas have been with me like friends for years now. For awful long time now I have had a fictitious character named Norman Gray that I developed. Norman has a fairly well fixed identity but his role in my artistic endeavors shifts around. I don't think of him as an alter ego as such, although I suppose you could describe him that way. I am not sure whether he is dead or if I should resurrect him as a part of my process. I don't recall exactly where Norman began maybe in some stabbing attempts at writing a novel. Around 1999 I had this idea that I could make art pieces I didn't have the time, money or space to produce by making them a part of a novel, the act of description if vivid enough would make the pieces exist and I have generally had more fun coming up with ideas than actually making the objects themselves, in this way I am a conceptual artist but I really just a dreamer. I see a lot of this ideas, symbols and personal visual vocabulary as being a complex web that is slowly forming in my mind over time, for along time the mundane aspects of life like working and cleaning house were a distraction from this very important mental construct that I was engaged in. Today I have a far less grandiose view of this mental activity or inner life but I enjoy its richness it makes life meaningful on so many different levels.

The other thing that this blogging process has dredged up is the amount of themes and threads that run through my work. I am often interested in the idea of real and not real, Norman Gray is a good example of this. The shed is a reoccurring theme, Norman Gray actually lives in a shed, and the shed however symbolizes the brain and specifically stored memories. The shed is also representative of a basic form, it's the most rudimentary form of architecture, pure function no frills. I like the way in England you get these old garden sheds at the end of a garden that are weathered by age, they seem so humble and so noble all at the same time.

The eyeball is another iconic image that often comes up in my work obviously symbolic of vision but I think there is more to it, the eyes that my work often conjures up are usually breast like. I have no idea what that's all about. I like the work to be somewhat mysterious, I want it to come from a place that is in the shadows I like exploring these hidden veins of truth but I think if I really found the answer it would spoil it for me.

Tonight I am going to make a piece of art around some of these themes.

This is the piece I made, connecting the dots, falling apart, confusion, overload, etc.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Latest ad

I got the chance to place an ad in the Los Feliz Ledger every month, I don't really have a business to advertise so I do a piece of art each month based on my eye symbol. I would like to expand this idea so if anyone has a magazine and will give me free or cheap advertizing to make your periodical more beautiful or for trade I'm interested. This is the 6th in a series of ads, I will put the other 5 up here when I get around to copying them from the G5. They all have in the corner as a sign-off but they are really supposed to be ads for arts sake.

No Time

I am back at work after the weekend and I am limited in time so, to temper my obsessive nature I will have to limit my blog to 20 minutes today, the piece of art I made is a comment on my lack of time, this was done in Illustrator. It'’s currently 10:43 AM. I need to get this finished for 11:00 AM, deadlines. Oh no, deadlines!

I am out of time and blogger is not letting me upload my image. This is very annoying.

I had one more go at uploading before leaving and thankfully it worked.

Sunday, March 12, 2006


I took my decent camera for a spin today, I wanted to take some photos of found words. I like taking flix of old signage and hand done signs. I didn't take a lot of shots maybe around 50 and some are not that exciting but I got an idea for exhibiting color photos small mounted on boxes that stick out from the wall at different depths.

Personal style

I am often perplexed by the idea that my art needs to mean something and that the meanings need to be fully formed. Should pieces of art form a cohesive body of work? On the surface it seems obvious that the work should all hang together but there is a part of me that insists on rebelling against this assumption and my gut says rebel. One of the things that has always attracted me to Gerhardt Richter’s work is the fact that he continues to do two distinctly different types of painting, pure abstraction and photo-realism. My work has themes but I like them to be loose. I remember in an old Thames and Hudson book called Modern Art Since 1945 it explained how Hockney aimed to make art that was in a whole bunch of different styles, it struck me then that I like to explore different ideas different, styles, techniques and approaches all the time. Anyway, I am sure that eventually when I look back on my life’s work that there will be threads and stylistic similarities that are unmistakable but I can’t see it, perhaps I’m too close to the process to really see the big picture. The point of this entry is to announce to myself and anyone reading that I don’t care, I just make art, someone else can do the judging.

I need to make some art to go along with today's blog I will do that later on.

Bomb boy

This is a piece that I had started some time ago. One of the reasons for me doing this blog is to sort out in my head what ideas or sets of work I have an organize a show. I am hoping to set up a show at The Black Maria Gallery in Atwater Village some time this year. This set of sculptures would work well at Black Maria, I could do with some wall stuff, probabaly paintings or collages to go along with them. I just left this one because I'm not crazy about the way the bomb came out I. I am going to go ahead and finish this one up and paint it regardless and then start on another, maybe a woman pushing a stroller.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Photos of domestic communication

These are a couple of pictures I took the other night. My beautiful wife Olga created this typographic masterpiece, non-verbal communication with style, the power of the written word, moveable, re-usable type, it's got it all.

This piece called "Swallow" was shot the same time but I manipulated it. When I was arranging the cookie letters I didn't intend it to look like the Hollywood sign but this makes this image all the better for me.