Dallas, Texas – November 22, 1963

It takes Photoshop about a second to render an image like this. It takes me about a month to paint one. Seven hundred eighty 5/8″ squares (including ‘edges’ not visible here). *hint* Step away from your monitor (or remove your glasses if you wear them) and the image blurs/merges into somewhat more recognizable shapes.

My inspiration here was the idea ‘memories/thoughts’ of/about events, time, place, etc. are often built-up in a second hand way… through photography, film, other media… blah blah blah. Anyway, apologies to Chuck Close fans. Believe it or not, I did not intend to completely rip off the master when I started this project. The guy is an absolute beast… I have no idea how he does it… ridiculously impressive.

Random question time! If you could have a conversation with any US president, who would you choose? I think I’d have to go with Lincoln (my first Lincoln piece here).

About this image: acrylic painting on 16″x16″ canvas

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Riddle

I built most of this curious contraption, but the text / ‘Devinette’ embroidery was outsourced. Hot-glue gunnery is problematic enough for me… it seems like operating a needle would really have been pressing my luck. Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!

About this image: digital photograph moderately modified and mounted in 12″x12″ framework with found objects

Baby Bella Mushroom

Sorry for the short week… hopefully the next one goes a bit better. And now, a scene related to a different kind of mushroom.

Pete: “There are five different types of chairs in this hotel room.”

Ben Stone: “Holy f**k! What are they all doing in here?”

Pete: “These are five different types of chairs.”

Ben Stone: “Get ’em outta here, man. This is too many chairs for one room.”

Pete: “There’s a guy that works for this hotel, his whole job is to find chairs. Look at this one. Look at it, it’s gold, and red and it’s kinda shiny, shiny thread… unbelievable… it is beautiful. And it feels… amazing.”

Ben Stone: “The tall one’s gawking at me, and the short one’s being very droll. I don’t like them.”

– Paul Rudd & Seth Rogen – Knocked Up

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified

Back Thursday…

I will be out of town / away from my computer for the next several days so I apologize for the lack-o-comments. While I’m not sure how this will all play-out, I should have a new post ready for the big Thursday show and I’ll do my best to stop by and visit before then if I get the chance.

Have a good one, everyone…

Dirty Harry

Mandatory Dirty Harry post (something calmer Monday). Now, go ahead… have a great day.

Harry Callahan: ” I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: do I feel lucky? Well, do ya… punk?”

– Clint Eastwood – Dirty Harry

About this image: digital media – vector art portrait created with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop overlayed on modified  ‘ Dirty Harry ‘ film still

Darkroom No. 2

As today marks the one year anniversary of this blog I thought I’d post a second darkroom photo (Darkroom No. 1 was my first post so this seemed fitting). The multiple-mes are a result of keeping the camera shutter open for the entire time it took to process a print (6 – 7 minutes… after test strips and exposure).

My most sincere thanks to everyone for taking the time to stop by over this past year – I always appreciate each and every visit! Making the stuff I post here is a ton-o-fun, but it wouldn’t be nearly as exciting without such great folks to share it with. I might not have the highest stats in the world, but I definitely have the best visitors… you guys are awesome! Thank you!

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified