Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Inspiration Tuesday #4

Happy birthday to Charles Bukowski! This guy is one of the best and one of my earliest inspirations as an aspiring artist. A true King of Kings!

If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is. - Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Inspiration Tuesday #3

My apologies on missing the past couple of Inspiration Tuesdays posts. I was out of commission after some maniacal dentist came my way a stole two of my wisdom teeth right out of my mouth. I sat there with blood soaked gauze stuffed in my mouth as he walked away with a wink and a smile. Needless to say I was left writhing in agony and not feeling very much inspired about anything (Except my dear bottle of Vicodin).

Speaking of Vicodin here is this week's much overdue third installment of the Inspiration Tuesdays...

The only thing I did for days was lay on my couch and watch endless episodes of House MD via my DVD box-sets. I am a huge fan of this show and I wish that someday I will be the Dr. House of the art scene.

Seriously though, how can anyone not be inspired by this video? This is the coolest opening theme to any show ever! I can't get enough of it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cheap Art For Sale!

So there's a new bar/grill in town called the BeerHive. I've been there a couple of times and I can say the beer selection is top notch! I haven't had a chance to get any food, but people always seem to be scarfing it down every time that I've been there so it must be good. Besides all that, the have monthly showings of local artists and I'm stoked to be apart of this next batch.

I'm sharing the space with another artist from around here, Rebecca Rose. I saw some of her stuff when I was dropping my work off today and from what I saw it looked pretty rad. I didn't have a chance to get any new work done for it so I am using this as an opportunity to clear out my studio and try to get rid of some older paintings that I had sitting around. There are 10 total pieces of mine there and the show opens tomorrow night and stays up until sometime in August. All my work's prices are marked down so if you want to get some righteous art on the cheap head to the BeerHive!

The BeerHive is located in the Strip District section of Pittsburgh at 2117 Penn Ave. Check them out online at: http://www.thebeerhive.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Inspiration Tuesday #2

I've been listening to a ton of Pink Floyd these days and this is one of my favorite numbers of theirs. The best part of the song is at 6:27 of this video. It's got a killer breakdown with some fantastic guitar work over top. Definitely gets me in the mood to groove on the brush!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Inspiration Tuesday #1

So I decided I'm going to start publishing random things that inspire me. Instead of me making sporadic and haphazard posts I've decided to serialize these posts and aptly title them,Inspiration Tuesdays. This way it will force me not to be such a ghost on this blog machine all of the time.

Here is today's first installment:

First up, Bacchus! God of our beloved Grape. I don't know the artist's name that did this (if you do be sure to let me know). Look at him peeing. Drinking and peeing at the same time. I love it!

These guys are scary as hell if you ask me. They are Bamileke dancers in Africa. Those masks are so ominous and creepy, I can't get enough of them.

And lastly, if anyone knows what this is from and the first person to make a comment about it will win a special prize from me. Seriously, this is great!

Stay inspired my friends!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Brand New Dano!

When I first heard the absolutely phenomenal sound of the Danelectro 1959 guitar I knew I had to have one. Popularized by Jimmy Page, this guitar has a sound like I've never heard before.

I must admit, before purchasing it I was a little wary of its "lipstick" coil pickups as I haven't ever played with them before, but from the second I plugged the beast in I knew I had made the right choice! These pickups have such a warm and bright tone, but can also get down to the brass tacks when you need 'em to for those epic solos!

I've had this guitar for about two weeks now and I can't tell you how stoked out I am on this amazing instrument! I can't put the thing down. Only reason I am making this blog post is 'cause my fingers are bleeding and can take no more of that wild woman.

Jimmy Page with his Dano

Friday, April 1, 2011

Glimmer Show at Anno Domini Gallery!

Hey San Jose, be sure to swing by Anno Domini Gallery tonight for their April show, Glimmer! I have a bunch of new work in it as well as three other terrific artists! It's going to be a smashing time.

"Artists don’t typically run from the darkness, they walk right in and shine their light brightly so that we all may share in what they see. This illumination can have profound effects upon the viewer. Glimmer is a faint glimpse into the minds of four emerging artists."

Check their website for more details. Hope to see you there!