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.