Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Vino e Amanti

I had dinner at my aunt's house last night & her place is VERY Venetian themed, which inspired me to create this. As I was sipping my wine, I was taking in all the colors of the Venetian glass around me & really started to miss Venice. I woke up with this image in my mind this morning and just decided to do a piece dedicated to the city & culture. If you've never been... I suggest you do so before you die.

Wine has the grandios power of turning any room/mood/person quite colorful and lively. I happen to be quite enamored w/ all of the incredible masks made in Venice for the carnivale every year... hence the subject wearing one. Venice also happens to be one of the most romantic places on the face of this earth... hence the flowers & part of the title. Yahhhh. :) Again, quality is shit bc of a lack of a proper scanner/camera but it is what it is. I had bigger plans for this piece but it was too late by the time I realized that I had accidentally started my Venice piece on the back of another previous artwork of mine. :( Sad pandas all around. So, I kinda had to just wing it. It has many a flaws but it's from my heart
<3 Perhaps one day, when my skills aren't as sophomoric as they are now, I can revisit this & do Venice better justice. In my defense, I was just trying to do something fun and not get caught up in technicalities. India inks on watercolor paper 9 x 12.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

I Like The Way It Tastes.

This is another self portrait therapeutic piece. I've been struggling with a lot in my life lately, especially myself. I know that just like everyone in this world, there's a good side and a bad side to me. But sometimes, I feel I only have a "good" side to mask the real awful side. I've done a lot of horrible things in my life... maybe moreso than the average person and perhaps, that is why my life is as such. Only in the end of things will I truly know the answers to anything. And maybe not. So, here you have it. I titled this piece 'I Like The Way It Tastes' because I do. It feels good to be a bad person and do bad things, sometimes. Again, sorry for the shit quality photos, don't have a proper camera or scanner atm.
This is actually the second version of this idea, the first looked like this:
The photo is taken at a weird angle that makes the arm look shorter than it is and I fucked up the shadow. I decided I should try a more creative approach anyway. So, the second version is made of cut out pieces of bristol board (everything is actually separate, eye, shirt pocket, hair, skin, eyelash, etc) colored w/ India Inks pasted on 9 x 12 watercolor paper as opposed to the original that was just pencil and black & red ink.

The only good thing depression & reclusive behavior is good for is time to make mediocre products. Better than nothing, I suppose.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Writings From the Past Pt. IV

One of my good & old friends, Scott, and I have gone through a lot of ups & downs in our friendship. At one time, Scott had feelings for me and attempted to woo me w/ his words. Lucky for him, he happens to be quite the poet. This still makes me smile.

Jenn asked me to continue from the previous free-written...
So, I went off topic and started rhyming about her. This one's for you, Jennifer.
(P.S. The blog title is of the song I listened to partially as I wrote this.)

Just a Free Write
i just want you to know that to me, i think you're beautiful /

a mixture of kelly kapowski and winnie cooper, too /
you're the super glue, that holds this heart of mine together /
and without you in my life, would crumble worse than the city of rome - never /
could i have imagined that this heart of mine would blacken /

by the fact that what we once could have had can no longer happen /
i'm not acting, just rappin, hoping i might be able to show you just a fraction /
of how much i care, my apologies for referencing math and /
know i'm just spittin' some free-written off of the top of my hairpiece /
don't stare please, not like i'd be staring at your derriere, peace! /
i want us to go to a land called disney /
and i hope that you might have a good time with me /
but strictly, understand that i might not remain on consistently good behavior /
you know that i'm not a player, but instead i'm just a rhyme sayer /
a dragon slayer, who wants to get comfortable in your lair ;) /
if you ever wonder "what's scott doing?" know that i'm right there /
right above your left breast, in your heart, in a high chair /
but i'm not no baby, nor am i implying that you would be mine either /
but believe, if we were together, we'd shine through this ether /
i'm not a preacher, but i am a believer,
that things happen for some reason or another /
but don't deny me when i say (in pharell's voice) I JUST WANNA LOVE YA!* /
but be who i am*, i mean no disrespect ma'am /

just know that my heart's not one to fuck with, like the Wu-Tang Clan**

- Scott N. aka Scotty Blaze
July 9th, 2:10 a.m.

* Pharrell's guest vocals in the chorus of Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U"
** The Wu-Tang Clan song "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin' To Fuck Wit"

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Another old sketch. Was done quickly & it's quality is also shit bc of my phone but I still like it, for what it's worth. It's not a good sketch, by any means, but was listening to this song in Switzerland while I was alone & it prompted this. Just nonsense. Nonsense, nonsense, nonsense.

Let's go to sleep in Paris,
And wake up in Tokyo.
Have a dream in New Orleans,
Fall in love in Chicago,

Then we can land in the motherland,
Camelback across the desert sand.
Take a train, to Rome, or home,
Brazil, forreal.
Wherever I go she goes.
Wherever I go she goes.

-- "Paris, Tokyo", Lupe fiasco


Internet Dating.

So, my friend Carl & I decided to collaborate and do an art project based upon internet dating. His was way better & I got lazy and never finished this concept. I planned on a doing a different idea but just never had the motivation to do it. Anyway, sorry for the crap quality of a photo, using my phone bc my camera is currently in Chicago :)