Thursday, February 26, 2009

ArtKart In Action

These photos were sent in by my new friend Patrick Sands. He's a Photography major at Columbia College and he just happened to be shooting some photos downtown the same time I was setting up my ArtKart in front of the The Museum Of The Art Institute.


I've been pretty busy working on a commission piece (I'll have pics up of my progress soon) for a good friend and patron and haven't had a chance to roll out the ArtKart this week- but like my wife says,"paid gigs come first." Not that it matters because the weather has been rather uncooperative. But looking ahead, next week's weather looks to be nicer. So, in all probability, I should be out in full force on Wednesday - stay tuned. But while working on my commission job I've been able to dedicate some time to a new stencil. Here's my progress so far.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Adventures in Wicker Park

This is probably my favorite of my Mies Van Der Rohe IIT building series.
This painting is of Beatrice Dalle, the french actress. My initial reaction was I thought it had been a failure. It just didn't turn out the way I imagined it would. I wasn't gonna even let you see it. But I've changed my mind. It's kinda got a raw feel to it, that in some ways is very different from the other stuff I've done. It looks more like a drawing than a stencil.

Today I finished 6 new paintings to bring with me to Wicker Park to sell. Once down there, immediately I noticed a discernable difference in temperment of the denizens of Wicker Park compared to those good people of downtown Chicago. People were too cool to even give a passing glance at the ArtKart. My hopes were slowly being dashed at the prospect of selling any art today. I stood at the busy intersection of North and Milwaukee for about 45 minutes without
one nibble. No one even asked for a card. Which is rare. So, I decided to move further down Milwaukee.
Once there my luck changed immediately because of some special visitors. My friend Anna Katrin and Christine stopped by. Anna brought me a much needed coffee and a delicious cookie. Thank you Anna, you don't know how much I needed that sweet, hot caffeine. It was cold today. Frigid and blustery, and I'm not just talking about the attitude. I'd been out there an hour already and that wind was starting to get to me.
While they were there, I sold the Burroughs piece and then Christine bought the new Bukowski
painting. And soon after that, I sold the Sugar piece and a Skyline canvas. I was feeling good but I had some guy who saw me taking in all that cash and I felt he was thinking of trying to roll me. I called Jossie to come get me. It had been two hard hours of selling and it was time to go home.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Inside The Painter's Studio

Today, I started work on five new paintings. I probably won't finish them until early next morning. After letting them cure for a couple of hours, I'll take them and my extras from last week and head down to Wicker Park to sell them. I'll be in front of Bank of America on Milwaukee and North from 1:00pm till 3:00pm.

LOVE U 2 DEATH SHOW @ Revolution Tattoo

Chucho's pillows.
I was excited to see another stencil artist in the house but was saddened to learn he was from Austin, Texas and wasn't at the show. But on the flip side, him not being here makes it easier for me when I steal his idea for a Prince painting.
Here's a pic of some of my friends (from left to right) I think his name is Nico, Zore64 and Demon in the V.I.P. room.
Here's the tasty treats they had for sale at the bake sale table. There was a rumor the cookies were laced with PCP. But at this time, that is just a rumor.
You can see my three pieces on the top right. In the back you can see Erik DeBat aka RISK's sweet door piece. But what you can't see, because I'm trying to keep this Blog appropriate for family viewing is his sick and depraved mannequin installation. I guess you had to be there.
Here's Becky and Cheri getting in the way of me trying to take a picture of Slang's new awesome painting.
Revolution was packed as soon as the show started. This picture was taken at 8:15pm. It was a real good time from beginning to the end.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

ArtKart coming to Wicker Park

If the weather co-operates, I'll be taking my ArtKart to Wicker Park on Sunday. Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another Take On Burroughs

This stencil just gives and gives. The background colors are really strong on this piece. I painted it on raw canvas so it has this weird bleeding effect. It looks even better in person.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Yesterday was busy. I finished 14 NEW paintings. I was pretty stoked at how well they turned out. I truly believe that I've turned a corner. I celebrated by accepting an invitation for dinner, from my good friend, Matt. We went out for Ethiopian and ate like kings and had some great conversation. Tomorrow, I'll be downtown selling these babies, if anyones downtown and wants to find me. I should be at State and Randolph from 12pm - 3pm. Text me in case I move or get hassled by the cops. My cell#773.720.7055





Hello Death...a portrait of Bukowski

Saturday, February 7, 2009

It was a good day

Woke up and immediately got to work. I cut a new stencil which will be part of the new series of paintings I'm doing. Then I cut vegetables for a pot roast I'm making today. By the time I got everything prepped it was about 10 am. I think I'm gonna cook it on low for about 10 - 12 hours. So, I guess it'll be for tomorrow. Then I watched "Burden of Dreams," a documentary about the filming of Werner Herzog's "
Fitzcarraldo" a movie about Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of the Peruvian jungle. Now, "Fitzcarraldo" is an amazing movie on it's own and easily one Werner Herzog's best but this documentary is Fukin amazing. The "behind the scenes," facts here are way more out there and incrediable than what happened on Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." Very inspirational and highly recommended.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Busy day

I stretched 14 canvas' today and went to paint stores to look for some mistints. For any artists out there Benjamin Moore flat house paint is the bomb. Better and cheaper than even the best artists paints from any art store.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Now this is a tirade

Christian Bale has got nothing on Director David O. Russell. Watch as he goes batshit on Lily Tomlin on the set of "I Heart Huckabees."

Chicagoist Interview

Here's a pretty good interview with your's truly.


I'll be exhibiting some new work at Revolution Tattoo next Friday. Hope ya can make it.