Friday, July 31, 2009

grocery hell #1

I have this crap mindless day job. grocery cashier. Sometimes it makes me want to kill myself. One day I read this by David Foster Wallace.
& on another day recently DnD inspired me to just draw, at work, cause DnD was born out of turning the bad stuff into art and getting over it (drunkenly). (although I'm not drunk at work )
& isn't the whole point of DnD NOT KILLING YOURSELF through Drawing (& having fun?)? 
without any further explantion, some scenes from grocery hell. (this will be a continuing series. dedicated to DFW at all times. fuck I wish you were still alive & writing).

fresh meat & seafood. plus some lists I made.
there's some bacon dancing in the margins.
people are assholes, but food is visually appealing. get me that bumper sticker, please.
7.31.2009: it rained, a lot of people bought cookies.

Life is really hard, sometimes, & one of my main strategies for coping came from someone who killed himself even though he was brilliant. hard to deal with during the day to day bullshit at the grocery store. Thank christ for DnD, cause we are survivors (even if through alcohol) y'all.

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when you spend more time drinking than you do drawing. Ugh.

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just a sneak preview...

of awesome, incredible, awe-inspiring, cannot be expressed yet on the internet, things to come.
just sayin'. rin's portrait of the three of us, having the most fun ever.
on the other page, me scribbling out my frustrations with the fact that I couldn't see the stage. hey everyone get out of our way, we're Drinking & Drawing, we'll fuck your shit up. We need to be able to see the fucking bands, y'all. or otherwise I just sit in the booth & drink beer & draw things like this.

also, everyone, wasn't July a good month for DnD? Review the archives, July 2009 really ruled. Milkshakes, bacon, arabian princes, asses, not killing yourself, sunflowers, PBR,
south deerfield = crap, glitter, cosmo quizes, the fourth of july, thursdays! toast & the dragoncat, thunder, cute girls, & the sierra grille. wow. what a month. SERIOUSLY. check it out.

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thursday thursday

ah, thursday nights. DnD night. it's great when your weekly drinking/art group is providing your major source of life security. but whatever. Myself, & of course the rest of the internet, we can always count on thursday nights for AWESOME. & that's what she said.

it's finally (sort of ) like summer here in northampton, SO...OBVIOUSLY...outdoor DnD. we headed to Veracruzana & scored the prime outdoor table. On a reasonably summer like night (come on summer 09, come on already) beer + food + evening light = the perfect conditions for DnD. While I was waiting for jed to find our food, here is a girl on a bike in a snappy striped shirt. while I was drawing her, the noho police were hassling a possibly crazy homeless man. He kept saying, "I'm not drunk. hassle the people who are drunk." & although I wasn't even drinking yet, I still thought he was talking about us. plus beers & art supplies on our table. I love how socially awkward it is for us to draw outside on main street. Someday, people will tell their children about us, how very much art geeks we were.
Linkour food. Drinking & Deliciousness series. I really like food being involved in our DnD activities, we need to keep this shit up. fuck yes, yum.
off to the office to watch True Lies & do some watercolour & some clean up, then to the sierra grille for the second anniversary of Reanimate the Baystate. Mark Sheehan in a classic pose, texting/taking cell phone pictures at the edge of the stage.
alison & rebecca dancing at sierra tonight. & a raffle ticket. jed won a gift certificate to sierra. DnD as a collective better be seeing some food, yo. & drawing it of course. Jed draws the asses, I draw the snacks.
& finally, alison & rebecca's DnD contributions.
yeah, I could have been packing tonight, but food/music/beer/friends/conversation & DRAWING are clearly more important. we all gotta have our things that keep us sane, y'all, & sometimes that's better than practicality. WTF will happen NEXT WEEK? OMG. OMG.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This Man

This man became a flower before our very eyes.

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Monday, July 27, 2009


And sometimes, I even pay attention to the lighting in bars: it's dim. Well, it doesn't happen that often.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Trials & Tribulations of the Glitter Pen

Last night, in honor of Cher's
very kind offer to let us be semi-official during the screening of Azwan's film Off Da' Chain (official for the second time! why do people keep allowing this?
ridiculous.), jed & I invested in some glitter pens at Stop & Shop on our way to the 11's. This didn't go well. This AWESOME, PRICELESS, CLASSIC drawing was damaged. & I accomplished crap like this.
I'll admit it. I was really off my game last night. Look at Jed's post if you want anything actually good, amusing, visually stimulating, witty, etc. The best drawing I did at the 11's was this, which has nothing to with anything other than all the weird obsessive bullshit that goes on in my head. & the glitter pen then kind of torn up my sketchbook.
In conclusion, Drinking & Drawing is undecided on the subject of glitter pens. On one hand, GLITTER. On the other hand, DESTRUCTION. Hmmm.

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Azwan vs. The 'Herst

So Drinking and Drawing was actually requested for Cher Lovestrong's screening/performance of Azwan's film Off Da' Chain. Here is the man himself, the Prince of princes, Azwan:
My perm. It will end you.

And just for kicks, an appropriately thugged out Cher:
Don't be steppin' on Local Media's turf, yo.

More to come later, maybe. The pencils I did that night were kind of a mess so I'm not sure what I'll be able to salvage back at the office.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Odds and Ends

These are pretty old, but never got posted for some reason. My archive of D&Ds is enormous so I've been trying to dole it out slowly.

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I think that this qualifies as a good time.

in contrast to my last post, scenes from the last roughly 24 hours, in which there were very good friends, incredible dreams, & some amazing food. & much laughter & silliness.

dinner with rin & tim, 7.22.09, at my soon to be former apartment. instead of packing, I unpacked the little I've so far managed to pack & we cooked a last minute incredible dinner out of random items in my pantry & vegetable drawer & porch garden, during which rin proved once again that he is in fact a genius. wild & brown basmati rice, caramelized onion & mustard sauce, & roasted yukon gold potatoes, summer squash, eggplant, with garlic, olive oil & fresh thai basil & thyme. with nasturtiums. all entirely vegan, & we bought no groceries for the creation of this meal. & the vintage cloth napkins were beautiful & individually chosen. a dream I had in the early morning, waking up on the couch with some of my best friends & dusty rose. caught in a rabbit storm. 7.23.09.
breakfast at the green bean with rin & tim, 7.23.09.
another dream, a recently reoccurring dream, of muffins, plus jed's banana peel from the yellow sofa today. & a drawing of the astonishing muffin we witnessed but did not purchase at the green bean, the raspberry marshmellow brownie muffin. no really. 7.23.09.
pizza at sam's with jed tonight, plus jed's sketchbook. pizza in the bar series. jed's slice of pizza was insanely large, so he wins. this drawing would be better but we were there fifteen minutes before closing & bob wanted to kill our arty hipster asses so we ate & drew fast. & I cannot apparently spell "slice." "Sclice." fuck spelling.
We are Drinking & Drawing.
It's those sunflowers again. Tonight, finishing up a night of DnD at the Dirty Truth, 7.23.09. Guess what, it was raining. These sunflowers keep coming up. some guys next to us were having an amazingly offensive yet hilarious conversation about women & later walking home we saw them both pissing in a fountain. nice.
all in all, a good day. confusing & random, but I'm all right with that.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

That Ass

I don't know, I drew an ass. It was at the Elevens on Monday and it belonged (still belongs?) to the lead singer of The New Collisions. Not sure what else you're supposed to draw when there is a gold miniskirt under a spotlight in a bar otherwise lit so dimly that you can't even make out the sketchbook on your lap.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009


It's an old man! And Alison, playing pool! Actually, those two things were unrelated, but they were both drawn at Hugo's so now they get to share a title.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I'm actually on someone ELSE'S blog!

24 hour animation projects were kind of my personal forerunner to the insanity which is Drinking and Drawing, so I'm happy to see another art blog do a post on one of them:

Go post a comment or something! Don't let our fame evaporrraaaaaaaaattteeee...

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another shitty day ends with a night at the bar.

as it should.
this, the 19th of july, was a particularly sucky day. I think for everyone, at least in our town. these are the same sunflowers lisette more beautifully drew. nothing like Drinking & Drawing to take the edge off of life being crap sometimes. Because we are also aware that sometimes it is awesome. Anyway, sunflowers. & a real flower. the dirty truth, 7.19.2009.
Shane, bartender at the Dirty Truth. I like Shane & he had nothing to do with my horrible mood, but this drawing of him is suffering from it. & from the fact that I was indeed drinking wine like a pro that night. whitehaven sauvignon blanc, my favorite wine (in case anyone wants to buy me a drink, buy that. available in noho at the diry truth & the tunnel bar. hint hint hint.). delicious. but fuck, you buy me a pbr at hugo's I'll still love you forever. xoxo.
on a happier note, from tonight at the 11's: two girls watching the show. nothing on earth could possible say "massachusetts" like these girls, they should be on the state flag, the rmv website, on your tax forms. when I was living in louisiana these girls would have brought me to tears with nostalgia. I guess I drew the bands tonight too, but honestly, these girls were way more visually interesting. the 11's, 7.20.2009.
there you go. scenes from the bar, where I hide while the rest of my life collapses dramatically around me. is this blog getting too personal for you? but what's more personal than the musings of drunk people? is this an art blog or what?

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Various: Late July

Barley wine at the Dirty Truth. I like the way the head clings to the glass on the wines way down, down.

A sunflower behind the bar last night. I didn't feel like looking at people.

Took Kat to a noise show at the VFW. She survived, thanks to random odd woman's variation of "Part of Your World" at attached bar's karaoke, and a $1 j-e-l-l-o s-h-o-t.

Jono. cat sits, chap books, gardens, rain hates, @ Bishop's.

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A quiet night out

Well, at least for her.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

DnD: Better Than Killing Yourself

& so it is. It also comes in handy when you are feeling out of place at a dance party. Scott Alden djing at Amazing Gloves, the 11's, 7.15.09. There was no real reason for me to be all angsty that night, but I wouldn't be a founding member of Drinking & Drawing if I didn't sometimes enjoy being socially awkward. Also, here is a good example, also from Amazing Gloves (I for some unknown reason dated this drawing 7.12.09, but that is a lie) of one of the challenges of being a Drinking & Drawing watercolourist: variable light quality. Watercolouring in very low light is um, interesting. These drawings were done on the couch in front of the sound booth at the 11's during a dance party, & you can see the difference from these drawings done at local burger during the daylight & at kathy's under diner light. I actually like both. & watercolouring in the dark is such a classic liz thing to do it's ridiculous.
But even creating red, muddy, possibly crappy watercolour paintings is certainly better than killing yourself. An inspirational message brought to you by Drinking & Drawing.

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Ink and Thunder

I don't actually care for PBRs. As in, you probably can't get me to drink one unless I'm inappropriately drunk.

A girl who was playing pool.

Something I finished while I was there. A little bit of pretty angst.

This wasn't supposed to be Liz, as it started out as some girl at the bar, but I think it turned into her.


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Nothing Good Ever Happens in South Deerfield

if this "art" thing ever fails, we are going to take our standup comedy routine on the road. 7.16.09. rin, jed, & I, hugo's, talking trash. or talking art. same thing. classic DnD. also, remember rin? he really should post more.

rin: "girls are hot." jed: "yes, & when I draw them they look like men with eyelashes." liz: "when did I become such an abstract expressionist?"
(everyone: "cornucopia of pabst.")

jed: "speaking of skanky looking girls, I had the craziest thing happen to me last week."
Drinking & Drawing: It's ok, but it's not pornography.
jed: "you can't really hide behind a pencil. you sure as fuck can't hide behind an ink brush." & the TRUE INTERNET CLASSIC : "how does anyone tell anything? NIPPLES."
ah yes. sorry South Deerfield, but Drinking & Drawing can't argue with the opinion of EVERYONE ON EARTH.
Drinking & Talking: Jed comes up with the astonishingly awesome phrases, I provide the collage backdrop & the scribbling.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Last Night

Okay okay, here's my stuff from last night. First up, bored girl on the steps of Fitzwilly's:
"I don't know what her name was, but she was a drunk."

And yeah, "I'm a sausage!" returns, due to popular demand. I drew some other stuff, but it was kind of crap. So this is what you get for now!

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