Monday, December 26, 2011

2012: A Golden Year

"Bah! Humbug!"

I'm in a Dickens phase. It's just coincidental timing with the Holidays that I happen to plunge into Dickens now. I haven't tried any Charles Dickens since he was required reading in High School. I treated myself to a special purchase of books for my birthday, five books by Dickens. The first two I am reading simultaneously, "Pickwick Papers" and "Christmas Books".  And I'm really loving them.

I've been hard at work architecting since the first week of December and haven't had a chance to work on any more collages since then, but I will get back to it sometime in January. My New Year's Resolution is to start using gold foiling in my artwork. So many of my books here at home have gold foiling in one form or another and because of my reading habits all of this shimmering gold is constantly in my face, and I love it. It's so warm, for lack of a more poetic word. Fake gold doesn't cut it. Only the real stuff has the magic. I think it would really add a striking touch to my art. And I figure it's a very realistic resolution to have. And a sensible one. And an enjoyable one.

After all, there's no such perfect a kiss as a kiss wrapped in gold.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Finally finished my latest collage, a little self-portrait of the court jester.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Aging Teeth

I turn 35 today. So I spent the weekend celebrating. Friday night we all went and drank way too much at our favorite haunting spot, Billymark's West, over on 29th and 9th. Then Saturday my friend Jim took me to see Tori Amos at the Beacon Theatre, marking the 10-year anniversary of the first night I ever saw Tori play live, which also happened to be at the Beacon. Of course, we went out drinking again afterwards at a little dive gay bar around the corner from the theatre, where an intimidating drag queen proceeded to accost me. Then on Sunday I headed out to Long Island to spend some time with my Nana. We spent a good couple of hours watching the Spanish channel together, which is a bit strange as neither one of us speaks Spanish. But it was on when I arrived, and she didn't seem to want me to change it, so I let it be.

Needless to say I am still a bit green and achy from the weekend. I can't even bear the thought of whiskey right now. Today I am back at my latest collage, which I haven't touched since last week. Here's a detail shot of a small section of it:

Yes, those are teeth. Aren't they quite beautiful? I wish mine were that sparkly. The collage is coming along nicely, I hope to be done with it by mid week.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Bag of Bones

This next collage is taking forever! More like a mosaic than a collage. And like I already said it's sort of a round-about self portrait. Kind of. But that's all I'm saying about it. Will hopefully be done with it this weekend sometime...

In the meantime, here's a hint:

Monday, November 21, 2011

I Love You Ms. Mosshart

I've started working on a new collage. The last several collages I made over the past couple of weeks have all been the same size, 8"x10". So I decided to step it up with this next one, 11"x14". Mostly because I want to go a different direction with this one. I want to steer away from all the strange sci-fi dreamscapes and do something a bit more... head-on.  A self-portrait, in a sense. But not literally.

Today I'm obsessing with the voice of the beautiful bombshell Alison Mosshart, lead singer of two great bands, The Dead Weather and The Kills.  I'm letting that seductive voice of hers guide me along the colorful stripped-away pieces of this next collage. For her sake I hope it doesn't turn out to be a flop. If it does, I may not be able to listen to her voice ever again.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Goddess of Night

Today's collage-  Nyx in her adyton, preparing to give her next oracle.

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's Architecture. Can't you tell?

Two more collages from my college years. Two of the first collages I ever made. One of these may be a re-post... sorry if it is.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Equus Ferus

They're wild. They're horses. And I even think they've got their own planet.

She's Queen of the Universe

She's intense. She's everywhere. Her lazer-look can turn you to lava. But really, underneath it all, her heart is a jewel-rose, warm and bright, and at the end of the day she's just a pussycat. She's the Queen.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Attention Etsy shoppers!!

I just put my own storefront up on Etsy. I was going to wait until I had more pieces available that I'd be willing to sell to the general public, but I got antsy. Antsy for Etsy.
So, here it is. Go buy something:

Now I have to get going on some more collages. Check back soon- I should have at least 2 more done by the end of this week.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Horse Is A Horse

Just a little collage I made as a birthday gift for a friend. All the pretty horses...

A Catskill Weekend

This weekend my family and I headed up to Potter Hollow, way up in the Catskills, to tend to untended family business.

It was such a beautiful day, the sun was warm, the hills were all autumn-rainbows upon unbelievable carpets of green, all capped underneath a cloudless dome of blue. Every time I go up there, all I think is, "I could live here! I want to live here.." But beautiful landscapes and charming farmhouses aside, there's just not much going on up there. If I had a career writing & illustrating children's stories, maybe. But as a starving architect? No.

And finally, finally, after two hectic life-altering years, we finally planted Dad's headstone in the ground, next to Oma and Opa in the picture-perfect Potter Hollow Cemetery at the base of the mountain upon which our family house sits. Our house... which we are desperately trying to sell, in an unsellable market.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

College Collage

In lieu of my traumatic life-flashed-before-my-eyes-bicycle-car crash this morning (I'm ok, I think...), I've decided to post some random collages I made way back in my college years, over 10 years ago. Some of these I think are pretty cool, others I think are... eh, ok. But I like that I'm finally getting back into it, and without the pressure of hovering art class teachers (even though the ones I had were pretty damn cool). Some of these creations were just random esoteric we-think-too-much-because-we're-architecture-students type sci-fi environments, and others were actually used as presentation renderings for a few of my design projects in the architecture studio. My favorite is the little guy in the second collage. He's such a looker. I like to think that he is me.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday's collage

Here's yesterday's collage. I kinda like it.

Friday's collage

I've decided to bury my sanity in mixed medium. Get ready to see a ton of this shit coming from me over the next several weeks. Like it or dislike it, you might also find me trying to sell it on Etsy. And if you're smart, and a tiny bit cultured, you'll buy a piece or two.