Really feeling like spring

Unable to sleep at all last night, by 8am I gave up the futile struggle.  Since it was still quite early that meant the farmers market would still be going on so I jumped in the shower and headed out to score some fresh Naan bread and possibly some good fruit. Unfortunately neither would be found today, however I did find some nice shots.

It’s Truly looking and feeling like spring here in Japan town.  Bees are out like crazy pollinating and the blossoms look lovely. By luck I went with my camera and took some shots.  This inspired me to actually update the photography section…finally. So now there are lots of new pictures to view in the 2010 and the newly made 2011 section 🙂

Well, I suppose it is time to get back to painting today. I hope to post more pieces up on Etsy later tonight as well, so check it out later this evening.

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Latest painting

“The World is Yours” 12×14″ acrylic on panel.  Larger size can be found in the 2011 painting section.

So for awhile the quakes in new Zealand and Japan have been on my mind a lot. Needed to make something and this just came together.

There is still so many who need help, especially those effected by the Sendai Quake. If you would like to help, you can donate to the red cross, for those who are on the fence know it is also tax deductible. If you go two posts down from this posting you can find  a lot of very valuable news links regularly updated in both English and Japanese.

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Three shows this weekend, New piece made today

The last week has been very difficult for many. For days I was looking for many close friends and loved ones lost in the Sendai quake, I was one of the fortunate to know everyone I was looking for is alright. But there are still many more who are missing and need help, so we cannot forget to help out. However I know many of you who come here do not come for current events, but for the art.

This weekend I am a part of three different shows. One in Brooklyn, one here in San Jose and the last in San Francisco. Here’s the info.

MF GALLERY PRESENTS:
THE 40oz SHOW

The theme is simple:
40 oz Beer Bottles
Customized by over 40 Artists,
For Sale starting at just $40.

OPENING PARTY
SATURDAY MARCH 19TH 7-10PM

THE THEME IS SIMPLE: 40oz BOTTLES, CUSTOMIZED BY OVER 40 ARTISTS, STARTING AT $40.

Lawrence Van Abbema, Mike Bell, Cory Benhatzel, Christine Benjamin, Michael Foley, John Stuart Berger, Eric Bleich, Stephen Blickenstaff, Scott Boilard,
Alexandre Boisseau, Dave Brockie, Fernando Carpaneda, Daniel Caspera, Shawn Conn, Jono Doiron, Erica Doll, Mary Doyle, Feightner,
Missy Feigum, Rudy Fig, Kirsten Flaherty, Bob Gorman, Christina Graf, Political Gridlock, Nathan Groppe, Peter Gunn, Jaz Harold, Scott Holloway,
Annie Hunter, Jevin June, Luis “Zimad” Lamboy, Brianna Lengel-Bail, Mike Maas, Enrico Macchiavello, Sean Madden, Matt Maguire, Drew Maillard,
Greg Maillard, Erika Jane Mallette, Sara Antoinette Martin, Tara McPherson, Valery Milovic, Corrie Monson, Michael Lee Nirenberg, O_O,
Mitch O’Connell, Broke One, Annette E. Padilla, Pyro Painter, Bianca Panzram, Our Lady Of Perpetual PMS, Lisa Petrucci, Matthew Pleva, Pasquale Reca,
Jake Remington, Eric “Eyeball” Richardson, Peter Rodriguez, Alexa Rose, Lou Rusconi, John Russo, Martina Secondo Russo, Frank Russo, Scarecrowoven,
Dan Scheckler, Aarti Sharma, Smitty, Adam Suerte, Aaron Tompkins, Vahge, RT Vegas, Glenn Wernig….

…These and many more of today’s best Underground Artists have been asked to customize a 40oz Beer Bottle in any way they see fit. Many of the artists have
made their own label, thus creating their “own brand” of beer. Many have painted the bottles or collaged onto them. Many others have completely transformed
the bottles into sculptures and art objects.

The Opening Party, on Saturday March 19th (7-10pm) will be a Cash & Carry event, meaning that buyers will be able to take their purchase home that same night.
Prices start at only $40, making the art affordable to all collectors!

As a special treat on Opening Night, MF Gallery will also be selling Limited Edition Collector’s “MF 40’s”. These bottles will be full of beer, which can be consumed
at the party, or taken home to be enjoyed at a later date.
In addition to plenty of beer, refreshments will be served, and punk/heavy metal music will be blasted! Most of the artists will be in attendance. Admission is free and
open to all ages… 21+ to drink.

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond Street, between Butler and Baltic Streets in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, NY. Take the F or G to Bergen, (Exit at Bergen and Smith,
walk 2 blocks east on Bergen. Turn right on Bond. Walk south on Bond for 3 blocks.) the A to Hoyt/ Schermerhorn, (Exit at Schermerhorn and Bond. Walk South on Bond
for 8 blocks.) or the R to Union. (Exit at Union and 4th ave. Walk west on Union for 3 blocks. Turn Right on Bond. Walk North on Bond for 4 blocks.)

The art in this show will be on display until the end of April. After opening night, MF Gallery will be open by appointment only. Contact Martina or Frank at (917)446-8681 or info@MFgallery.net to make an appointment to visit the gallery. The entire show is also available for viewing and purchasing online at: www.MFgallery.net.

For more information, to request high resolution images or to set up interviews, please contact Martina Secondo Russo at info@MFgallery.net or (917)446-8681.

 

SJ WORKS Auction: Saturday, March 19 with final preview starting at 5pm and Auction at 7pm

Three paintings donated to works going up at the auction.

 

Delicious

work inspired by food & drink
March 16th – April 10th, 2011
Opening reception:  Sunday, March 20th, 2-6 pm

Delicious, our annual show of work inspired by food and drink, is like a visual Thanksgiving:  it’s literally a feast for the eyes.  This year’s show is our seventh, and we’re proud to include work from over 90 local artists.  There’s something for every appetite:  still lifes straight from the farmer’s market, landscapes of vineyards and farms, scenes of local eateries and bars.  This year’s show is equal parts comfort food–cupcakes, donuts, tv dinners and cocktails–and produce, reflecting the eternal battle of the food pyramid.  You can choose sides with impunity…we’ll never tell.  A list of participating artists is below; click here to see some images from the show.

Painting

Brandon Smith

Kanna Aoki

Lindsey Kustusch

Michael Chamberlain

Michael-Che Swisher

Michael Moss

Karen White
Paul Ferney

Chris Grassano

Mark Sweeney

Laurie Wyman-Heron

Michelle Waters
Wayne Jiang
Margaret Wade
Heather Burton
Mamie Walters

Victoria Mimiaga

Susan McDonough
Chad Wood
Claudia Rilling
Jason Liekhus
Kate Barrengos
Pam Heyda
Missy Feigum
Robin Purcell
Carole Bigot
Audrey Welch
Lucinda Kasser
Steve Javiel
Tami Sloan Tsark
Woody Miller
Carol Tarzier
Michael Loomis
Kim Holl
Jason Werner
Kelcie Tinker
Andy Stattmiller
Jen Norton
Sofia Carmi
MaryLou Correia
Michael Foley
Magdalene Chan
Dana Hooper
Florence Gray
Jay Mercado
Sara Cohen
Noel Wales
Ann McMillan
Sherrill Miller
Kieran Collins
John Melvin
Carole Rafferty
S. Newman
Jeanne Lotta-Sellars
Karl Roeseler
Sharon Steuer
Tonya Zenin

Prints, Etching & Photography

Barbara Wyeth

Sylvia Gonzalez

Linda Pedersen
Ayu Tomikawa
Kara Wood
Katie Gilmartin
Teerawat Palanitisena
Melanie Metz
Laurie Chase

Encaustic & Mixed Media

Brian Behnke
Chiami Sekine
Murphy Adams
dk haas
Josh Coffy
Charlene Kelley
Michael Frank
Maureen Shields
Donna Duguay
Caroline Dahl
Lisa Vuskovic

Sculpture

Sofia Harrison

Jim Rosenau

Peter Hurney
Koji Nagao
Patricia Blau
Stephanie Langley
Monique Tse
Christine Benjamin

3D-Edddy
Liz Mamorsky
Bettina Pauly
Jack Stelnicki

Elizabeth Ashcroft

Drawing

Elizabeth Ashcroft

Sylvia Gonzalez

Phyllis Rockne

Carol Allen

Winthrop Prince
Julia Cone

Other Media

Jake Wrench – restored vintage clocks
Lorna Newlin – ceramics
Sarah Morse – cork necklaces
Rae Trujillo – handmade book
Bettina Pauly – handmade book
Heather Logsdon – handmade wallets
Brian Behnke – phobia magnets

Also, new painting made today. 8×10″ acrylic on panel.

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Sendai Earthquake in Japan

photo by meteosottoceneri.ch

For hours now I have been calling, texting emailing former co-workers, ex’s and friends over there. It reminds me of the Hanshin quake back in 1995, I pray it will be less devasting in the long run.  Trying to connect phone calls through have been hit or miss, I suppose the phone networks are being stressed by a lot of people trying to call.  Just seeing the footage makes my heart sink. Let us hope that more people are recovered soon.

UPDATE: 9:37pm. Got a hold of many, handful of people left. I know usually I post about art, but as a former tenant there with many close ties to Japan this hits me deeply. It’s more important than simply talking about art or events. I’m making new art, but this is important and information is invaluable.
UPDATE: 7:13pm 3/12/2011

Earthquake has been updated to 9.0

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/11-march-2011-northern-japan


For those looking for regular updates I have compiled a list of locations to go to:

Audio podcast updates:

check NHK world. They play in english.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/index.html

Video updates streamed

JIBtv
http://jibtv.com/program/?page=1

NHK on ustream
http://bit.ly/f474wK

CNN (often playing the world NHK world feed)

http://www.cnn.com

various Japanese News sites
http://newsonjapan.com/

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/

http://www.asahi.com/english/

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/

http://www.japantoday.com/

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/

If you wish offer support pease contact The Red Cross:
http://www.redcross.org/

I’ve heard of potential effort relief scams, so I can only really recommend the Red Cross for their humanitarian efforts.

日本語のニュース

http://mainichi.jp/

http://www.asahi.com/

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/index.htm

http://www.47news.jp/news/flashnews/

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Creative block is over!

nearly a month of feeling uninspired and unable to create I have begun new works.  Just made a quick sketchy piece for a 40 oz label to be sent to Brooklyn this week.  Two other sketches done tonight as well for possible pieces, I’m just happy to be past the block.  As for my injury, I am now 90-95% healed and walking around. Did not want to talk about it until it was better.  Disgusting pics may end up in a series or sorts, but not just yet.


Tweaker

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Happy VD, Sucka!!!!!!

I don’t believe in this BS holiday.  Be cool to people year round, love passionately and be romantic everyday. Don’t be a dick year round except for a few holidays and think it makes amends, it doesn’t.  Now for  A Message from Mr McOuchy.

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Current shows, Pieces still available. Added tons of more images

Hey there guys, a ton of affordable works or art are available at Psycho donuts still in time for Valentines Day. If you’re in the bay area you owe it to yourself to get down there and grab your sweety, or yourself something kick ass. A preview of the works can be found at this link
http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=288779&id=671641623&fbid=10150099415671624

For those of you who are in Southern California, I have a piece currently on display at the Cactus gallery.

A Murder of Crows and Other Avian Stories
( 4th annual bird themed exhibit
)
Show runs January 8 – March 6, 2011

As for this site, I have added a ton images to the Painting and Illustration sections.  Check them out.
As a bonus, here’s a sneak peak at a piece I am contemplating making.

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Working out the kinks, 46 new paintings added

So the new site is coming along. Just spent the day adding 46 new paintings to the 2010 section. Check them out. Many are still available. Contact me if interested of course 🙂
I have come across a few bugs I’m trying to squash, but if you come across some, or some suggestions it’s always appreciated.  Thanks.

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