Portrait of An Artist: ME!

September 11, 2014

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2014 Mixed media on board 16×20

Disclaimer: Now I in no way consider myself on the rank as the artists listed in the series to put myself here. But I just didn’t know what other categories to put this one in, so….
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The Pop Of Gaga

April 23, 2014

2014 Mixed media (ink, pastel, collage on board) 16x20

2014
Mixed media (ink, pastel, collage on board)
16×20

I admit Lady Gaga has some crazy sense of fashion. Bubble suits, the masquerade masks, meat dress…oh my how much farther can she go?

This piece needless to say is dedicated to her. It took a bunch of magazine clippings from fashion catalogues ( not to mention REAL bird feathers; don’t worry no bird was harmed in the process, it’s actually my pet bird’s that he shed).

Plight of the Honeybees

December 12, 2013

2013 Paper cutout, ink on paper 30x22

2013
Paper cutout, ink on paper
30×22

There was a TIME article about honeybees disappearing at an alarming rate all over the world. Scientists believed a certain virus and increased use of pesticides in many rural areas are to blame, but there are speculations that microwaves from cellphones and wi-fi are more of a problem, because they are disrupting the bees’ navigation senses and therefore they are unable to properly locate their nesting and harvesting grounds. And that means many plants and trees that rely on the bees for transporting their pollen for fertilization and growth are in danger. With almost every human being on the planet in possession of a cellphone or wi-fi powered devices, that’s way too many waves for the bees to handle.

I had piles of colored poster boards I was contemplating what to do with it, and inspired by Matisse’s cutout art I cut up the pieces in circular forms to represent the microwaves and strategically placed them on a gouache-soaked board.  I then drew the little bees with ink, purposely “cut off” some of them to illustrate a point that is how bees get lost in the mass of airwaves caused by our endless obsession with our cellphones.  Even bees need some peace and quiet too, like us, so why shouldn’t they deserve some respect?  Where else are we gonna get our honeys and apples and almonds?

There was an interesting quote from an old Asian lore about “to throw a pearl at a swine,” which means that something valuable as a pearl is deemed worthless at the hands of the reckless and the ungrateful. There is also an expression “old money” and “new money”. “Old money” referring to wealth that was …

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