I recently seriously cleaned up my desk, & found the following scraps: the Virgin Mary via la pieta book from the noho dump, many birds, the contents of my fridge at various points in time, vintage food porn, flowers, hamburgers, kittens, & of course of course Britney, apparently saved for something, what it was, long forgotten. I also found the origin photos for my core visual languages, i.e. nautical imagery, cows, abandoned bones, classic diners, street signs, eggs, cars. What to do next?
Collage & Draw of course.
Red Hook Diner/BABY DRAMA.
Downtown N.B./Is A Bird?
(dedicated to Beth, obviously).
Mussells/All About Annuals.
Cows/LUNCH COUNTER LEGEND.
Ah, random collage with very specific rules. How I roll. P.S. My Desk is no longer clean nor organized, so more collage must be in the works.
Who immediately buckled from the pose above into the one below: Also, a rare appearance in the picture-haul by event organizer Elizabeth MacDuffie: All in all it was the most fun Cirque yet. I just wish the drawings had been a little more thorough.
(but I had a week in which I attempted to fill out our food stamps application, sold a shit ton of overpriced groceries to hypocritical rich people, & had a few spectacular eating disorder-related meltdowns).
As I've gained technical ability and experience over the past year, the sensation has crept over me that a certain spark is going out of my portraits. Months ago I felt compelled to lend some ontological purpose to my work, and the best / worst I could come up with was "fuck you, imma do what I want." You may scoff at the banality of my description, but I have a massive chip on my shoulder about art and I wouldn't want to endow my works with the same self conscious neediness I exhibit. They should be tough enough to stand up for themselves and critics be damned.
"Polish" and "Attitude" don't often coexist in the same portrait, so I was glad to see that all I needed to give my work legs again was a little re-exposure to "fuck you, imma do what I want." Enter the World War II club:
Where else can you find so much "fuck you, imma do what I want" just floating around in the air? The bar is practically mortared with the stuff:
Think that's dumb? Yeah? Well "fuck you, imma do what I want."
I don't mean to turn into a preachy jackass on the blog here: that's not what Drinking and Drawing is for. But we're sneaking up on our first anniversary, and certain observations are becoming difficult to avoid.
Cirque du Trois is right around the corner: January 30th, to be precise. These little media circuses are always fun, and also one of the only places you can see a real Drinking and Drawing "performance." So come on by, and buy us drinks. Much as with the two previousevents, I worked on the poster:
I'm actually not super happy with how this one came out. I'm down with the original drawings, which I'll post later, but the poster just fails to tickle my ticklish bits. Ah well, lessons learned.
Some folks seem to fancy it though, and if you're one of them delicious (and signed) 17 x 11 prints will be on sale for like $4 or $5 at the show.
With long-time ally Brian finally resident in Northampton, things are shaping up for one hell of a winter. Already I'm back to drawinglonelymen at Hugo's more regularly than I was even a month ago: And, I got to meet Lisette's cool uncle, Jim: Then we hit The Elevens to see a one-night-only Amazing Love and get waaaaay too drunk: Thankfully these china markers I'm getting into are really forgiving:
Also, has anyone else noticed how much worse I was at this a year ago? Jesus, looking through the site archives is brutal.
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