After Aesop; Industry

Here’s a crow… thing. You’re probably thinking, “this looks nothing like Brandon Lee”. Admittedly, the likeness isn’t quite there. This crow looks  more like his cousin. Don. The used car salesman from upstate. Nice guy, Don. He can get you a sweet deal on a gently used Buick.

About this image: (where to start?) digital photograph and type – gel medium transfer onto aluminum/book; digitally colored graphite drawing – gel medium transfer onto book; acrylic background; found objects; all mounted in 12″x12″ panel

Four Kings

I’m still indecisive… which explains the 4-styles-o-Elvis. In the end, I might prefer them combined. Besides, 4 kings can be a difficult hand to beat.

Teddy ‘KGB’: “Lays down a monster… should have paid me off on that. The **** did you lay that down?” *throws tray of Oreos across room*

Mike McDermott: “Not Hungry?”

Teddy KGB: “Mr. Son of a *****, let’s play some cards!”

John Malkovich & Matt Damon – Rounders

About this image: charcoal drawing on Bristol Board, highly digitally modified

Mesa Verde

DUDE! It’s so 3-D in here right now!

WAY back when I put this together (late 1800’s) the cool kids were all about stereoscopic cards, slightly offset images viewed through a stylish pair of glasses (mine were totally Wayfarers) that altered one’s depth perception. 3-D! Or so I’ve heard. I wasn’t into it, as I was still tired-out from my youth… which I spent constructing cliff dwellings.

About this image: digital photograph and ‘card’ scan – highly modified

A Second Hand Travel Log

In an attempt to keep things balanced (as they never are around here) I’ve decided to post a mixed media piece today. Or four. But they pretty much go together. I think.

I’ve never been to any of these cities, but I did sell the pieces… so that was pretty cool.

Now where did I put that Dramamine?

About this image: mixed media – graphite drawings of structures / maps & solvent transferred ‘stamps’ – scanned / combined with digital type – gel medium transfer onto (4) painted 10″x10″ panels

Anna No. 1

You’ve likely noticed I’m a big fan of attempting to recreate processes I completely lack the knowledge/materials to explore. So, its probably no surprise I’ve recently been faking old wet plate collodion photographs (to the best of my ability, anyway).

Hmmm… am I still dishonest if I admit to being so? Will a fallen tree make any noise if the chicken came before the forest? Perhaps we’ll never know.

Isn’t Anna lovely, BTW?!

About this image: digital photograph highly modified / combined with acrylic plate scan

Houdini… (complete)

So, just to bore thrill my captive readers a bit more, I’ve decided to post my completed ‘Houdini Project’. It has changed slightly from before, after some general abuse and just a tiny bit of fire damage (pretty much just a standard weekday around here).

Anyway, tune in again tomorrow for something different-ish. And remember, only you can prevent Houdini fires. Or… something like that.

About this image: charcoal drawing – digitally colored, distressed and mounted in 8″x10″ frame… thing.

Of Mardi Gras & Fake Daguerreotypes

It just wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a mask… and fake daguerreotypes (until I can learn how to make real ones).  Yeah, I know, according to AlternativePhotography.com,

“Daguerreotypy employs toxic chemicals that improperly handled can do irreparable damage to your lungs, nervous system, environment, family, pets, and neighbors…”

Blah blah blah. Whatever. I still think this old photographic process is ridiculously interesting. In the mean time I guess I’ll stick to acrylic and aluminum flashing fakery. *sigh*

Party on, everyone!

About this image: Digital photo highly manipulated – gel medium transfer onto aluminum

Ol’ Blue Eyes

I was considering saving this post for Frank’s birthday… but who can wait for next December? I don’t have that kind of patience. Also, some days I just feel “Ol’-er” than others, so this piece seemed appropriate.

Any favorite Frank tunes?

Anyone have blue eyes?

Anyone have ‘the voice’?

Anyone a chairman / chairwoman of the board?

About this image: Charcoal drawing/portrait with digital selective coloring – gel medium transfer onto record (not an authentic Frank – it’s the Harmonicats… if I remember correctly) mounted on 8″x10″ panel.

Supply

Hey, man… you can put your *wheat* in there (insert your own original and/or modified Saturday Night Live quote here)!  That line was highly revised, and let’s face it… not quite on par with the Bass-O-Matic or Cowbell skits. Any favorite material of your own? Oh well. You probably aren’t here here for my SNL lecture series… unless… you’re that clever land-shark, aren’t you?!

About this image: Digital Photo (elevator in Alton, Illinois) highly manipulated digitally and transferred onto… uhh… faux  iron framework on/inside 12″x12″ panel.

True

It’s that very special time of year… where I post a photo of the random, Valentine’s Day junk I made for my lovely wifey. AND introduce you to the SpilledInkGuy / Refrigerator Magnate school of how not to miter a joint.

Here at the SIG-RM school of how not to miter a joint you will learn how to: go through a small forest of lumber (and not produce any random complementary angles, much less two 45’s)! We may not demonstrate industry standards OR be… literate, but we’re totally on the cheap! Just 4 easy payments of $19.95 for a poorly Photoshopped degree! Huzzah!

About this image: Mixed media… found objects… n’ stuff. On/in an 8″x8″ Panel.