Jim Jarmusch

On 04/27/2010, in General Nonsense, by Asa

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.””

 

Thank you, rain

On 04/24/2010, in General Nonsense, by Asa

My sunflowers are growing more every day:

I’ve already transplanted my California Greystripe. It’s only about 8″ tall right now, but (hopefully) will grow to a height of 6 to 8′.

Our herb garden is a bit out of control, particularly the oregano:

 

BYOBW

On 04/22/2010, in General Nonsense, by Asa

Finally getting around to posting pictures from this year’s Bring Your Own Big Wheel. It absolutely poured the entire time, which was great. What little traction and control you had with your giant plastic trike was easily revoked. Nothing is fun without the risk of personal harm.

Hats off to the dude who went down in a two-piece and rabbit ears. I’m a bit sad that I didn’t get a picture of my favorite person there: a man dressed in full Amish garb tearing down Vermont on a wooden big wheel. You win.

 

On a trip to the library the other day, I decided to take the stairs all the way to the fifth floor- this is only worth noting because I’d never been until then. I wandered around rows and rows of cds and lps before making it to the over-sized book section. There’s a great selection of major periodical art movements, as well as heaps of illustration and design books. I spotted something that looked like a bookmark tucked into one, so imagine my surprise when I found this instead:

I felt like I had just won something. I may have to borrow this idea and see what sort of response- if any, I receive from strategic public placement of blank self-addressed postcards. I have a few things in mind for my response, but I’m trying to contain my excitement and wait until I make a piece that I absolutely love before sending it back.

 

Ice cream is a food group

On 04/11/2010, in Uncategorized, by Asa

If you live in West Berkeley, do yourself a favor and get to the Grocery Outlet to pick up a half pint of Dove Chocolate & Brownie Affair. It’s dreeeaaaaaamy. And cheap.

Dove people: email me and I’ll let you know where to send that check.

 

A Quick Look

On 04/11/2010, in General Nonsense, by Asa

Once again, I’m in that horrible habit of starting way more things than I can realistically finish in a timely manner. I feel like I’m letting my energy spread out a bit too far… Focus focus focus! Here’s a peak at more art cards, ink blots, and some doodles from my sketchbook.

I’ve been really into drawing and painting on these 6″x6″ pieces of linen canvas paper. They’re absolutely perfect! I like having the option of a smooth or textured surface, which gives me more freedom in terms of medium choice. The size seems to be good for what I’m doing- they’re large enough to stand on their own, yet small enough for me to hand them out as gifts/trade with other artists.

This is looking rather sloppy at the moment, but I love the idea of blending repetitive geometric shapes with more organic elements. I drew a giraffe in a similar fashion, but gave it to a friend before I had the chance to scan it. I’ll definitely continue to experiment with this style.

More ink blot goodness with Black Magic (and some white paint drops- whoops). I could do these all day.

Don’t quite know what to think of this one… I look at the branches of the tree and see a bouquet of middle finger salutes.

I recently reread Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. A good friend lent me his copy years ago and I’ve been a fan since. I was inspired by the cover art of the international version, beautifully executed by John Gall.

I’ve been watching way too much of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

This is more of a concept than an actual piece. I’d like to try this on a large scale. Perhaps I’ll put that table top to use?

What else needs to be said? It’s a peacock on Jupiter.

And just for kicks, a slightly beak-y Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. I started this months ago at a friend’s house and just recently found it stuffed in the bottom of my portfolio. Drawing chin stubble is strangely satisfying. Maybe I should do a study on facial hair? Finally, Christian’s designer beards collection may come to light.