UGLY LOVE REDUX

12.11.2019

I shipped off one of my last Christmas commissions today and prepping the other commission to be picked up within the next week or so. I’m in that weird down time where I don’t have a commission I need to get done and I’m getting ready to visit home for the holidays. SOOOOOO,

I figure now is a wonderful time to reinterpreting an old piece. One thing in particular I enjoy about re-imagining these older pieces is deciding which techniques to keep and what elements to change. For example I haven’t used black outlines as much as I use to and that was my bread n’ butter back in the day so I’ll most likely use that here. That being said it’ll be fun to keep these characters more or less in their original form from 2005 but give them the full 2019 treatment. (damn, is this painting really 14 years old?)

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KOALA donation!

So 2020 has been a bit of a year so far huh?

I have another painting I’m waiting to share since it’s a surprise for someone else but it looks like this is going to be the first one I post in 2020.

Many of my artist friends have beat me to it and created their own wonderful Koala themed artwork to try and help out with the fires in Australia. So here is my contribution.

This piece will cost $220 with free shipping within the United States. 100% of that will be donated to ( WIRES – Emergency Fund for Wildlife )

Also in the comments below I’ll be posting a link to my REDBUBBLE account in which I’m selling an “artJWB Koala” design. Any artist profits I make from those sales I will donate to Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria.

I’m more than happy to post a video or image for you confirming my donations from REDBUBBLE sales as soon as they pay out to their artists. If you post/confirm your own donation of $220 to either of these fundraisers I’ll get your address and ship this “KOALA” painting to you ASAP!

I’m currently trying to get by as an artist, I’ve basically been working as an independent contractor since arriving here in Fort Collins. I do art as much as I can and pick up other work on the side where I can find it. That makes it so I can only do so much to churn out work that I donate 100% of the profits. I’ll spare you my soapbox because I think most if not all of you know how I feel about the environment and how humanity has treated it. Most if not all of you know how I feel about other major issues that have dominated the news since the year began. It’s very hard for me to find that balance between making sure I live my life in a joyous and honest way while simultaneously watching so much tragedy unfold around me. As of right now I figure this is the least I can do, when I can find the time, I’ll continue to try and find ways to help out, even if it’s just a tiny scratch on the surface of it all.

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“The Outsider” begins

I’m loving this show so far, it sets such a creepy tone. I know that for a time Ben Mendelsohn was considered to play Pennywise in an adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT”, also a fair amount of the script in “IT: Part 1” was written by Cary Fukunaga who directed the whole first season of “True Detective”. I know that these first two episodes of “The Outsider” are directed by Jason Bateman and written by Richard Price but I can’t help but wonder what could’ve been with this sort of take on one of King’s greatest works with Mendelsohn as Pennywise and Fukunaga at the helm. Either way, “IT” being my favorite King book and this show putting me in that super creepy headspace is something I’m excited about. I haven’t read “The Outsider” yet and I’ll be sure to when this series wraps up. For those of you that have read it, what do you think of this series so far?

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WIP 12.6.19

Just got the background colors laid down for the last two commissions I gotta get done for Christmas. A lot of bummer things have happened in the last 2 weeks as well as some wonderful things. The art abides.

When I was laying down the yellow my usual container wasn’t quite able to contain the size of this particular canvas. My usual solution was locked up in a shed where I don’t currently know the whereabouts of the key, so I had to brainstorm. I went rummaging through some of the cardboard boxes I have in the garage and realized I had an extra 36×48 canvas sitting inside one of them. The reason I had forgotten about it was it had a big ol’ gash right in the middle of it. It was pretty disheartening when it arrived like that some time ago. Ive decided I’m going to work on it anyways and somehow work the gash into the piece. I’ll just let it slowly accumulate paint until the scene comes into my brain, sort of like an old favorite piece of mine titled “RE:purpose”.

Worse comes to worse, I can always jam a banana in the hole and secure it with duct-tape. That way I can sell it for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami.

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Doctor Sleep review

Other than those slightly awkward “nudge nudge” moments I felt like this was a great Stephen King movie.

I’ve never read the book so I can’t say one way or the other if it’s a great adaptation but as a movie it certainly has that particular “King” vibe. My favorite aspects of the film were when the story moved away from “The Shining” and moved it into new territory, expanding on what the actual concept of “Shining” is.

As far as creepiness goes I felt it was wonderful and some of the acting was truly great. My favorite perhaps being Rose the Hat played by Rebecca Ferguson. She was simultaneously seductive and abhorrent, and she played the role of “this is just the way it is” in an absolutely predatory fashion. Despite her evil intentions I just wanted more of her and to understand her machinations more.

Once again the elements that took me out of the film were the direct Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” references, the “nudge nudge” if you will.

I think they tried their best to make everyone happy with some fan service and it was just a bit too on the nose for me. There was one moment where Ewan McGregor turns to the camera and all I could think was “don’t you dare wink at us right now.”

Everything else from score to cinematography is established to have the look and tone of “The Shining” and I feel like they did the absolute best they could. There’s a part of me that loved that aspect of it and there was another that just wished it struck out on its own path even more.

Either way I want more horror like this, I recommend it for sure.

Shine on ya’ll, Shine on.

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Album of the Month: September 2019

“Violator” by Depeche Mode

March 1990

“Over the last five years I think we’d perfected a formula; my demos, a month in a programming studio, etc. etc. We decided that our first record of the ’90s ought to be different.” – Martin Gore

When I moved to Florida for a bit pretty much right after High School I spent a lot of time going to my job at K-Mart and then coming home and sitting on the computer playing “Star Craft II”. My musical tastes were a whole bunch of metal and maybe some reggae but not too much beyond that. As a I was getting bored of the music of the game I started going through my sister’s album collection out of curiosity.

There was a lot of albums I loved in that collection but one that started a long abiding love for the band that made them was her Depeche Mode albums. I had always loved “Enjoy the Silence”, I have vague memories of sitting in the back of whatever vehicle as a kid and hearing it come on over the radio and the he melody and beat just plastering a smile on my face. Sometimes at night when I was younger and I couldn’t get thoughts of Pennywise eating me out of my head, I’d turn on Q.92 to just distract me and occasionally the station would play the song, it would have an immediate soothing effect.

It never occurred to me over the years that the album that song came from might be any good. Once I threw it on I fell in love and it almost instantly. It opened a whole new world for me musically. I’m still a stubborn bastard when it comes to music so it took a long time but this album was certainly a gateway to more genres, styles, and moods. “Violator” isn’t even my favorite Depeche Mode record but I’ll be damn if it isn’t perhaps their magnum opus and it certainly was my introduction to them.

This album is pure concentrated nostalgia but don’t get wrong, it can make you nostalgic for the very moment you’re listening to it.

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