PHEW!!! I recorded some sounds yesternight for hours and felt a little inspired/ defeated by the whole thing. I had my mind processing stuff a million miles an hour with clarity but felt overwhelmed with my lack of ability and came out empty. Then this morning when I pulled this back out from finishing it a few days back, & I felt awesome! This thing is so much like my moms 1st quilt she made for me! Its a crazy strange feeling!
I think this one is nearly done. Or done.... I cant help but feel something is missing in this one. But I feel pretty rad about how vibrant the plant in the vase is! Also the glass! Also I am proud to have created an image again that I wish I could put in my mouth! Theses colors & textures make me feel like this whole scene would be like some juice filled soft gummies. Black berry juice and soft powder sugar exterior. Like sugar moss.
This one as well is for my show coming up june 1st friday.
Two more pieces for a show I am completing new work for, to open 1st friday in June. Im trying to vibe right now as hard as I can on a these 4 things that I am really nuts on at the moment and it is coming together in a real gross but Grossbeautiful way!
This was the 1st "successful" new image I made that will be up in a new show come 1st friday in June. It strays pretty far from my original vision of a new series but I am pretty pleased. No penciling/ no pre layout/ Pure of the moment realizations of only pre conceived elements.
Extreme inspiration + Fear + Love = Getting Awesome
You know when you have those dreams, where all the raddest stuff that you love is going on. You are just surrounded by all your favorite stuff, and all your favorite people. Then you do a bunch of super crazy stuff that not only blows your own mind, but man the people you love are eating it up! They think you are the raddest person they know! And you are all like, nooooo, your the raddest, no really! You ARE!!!! Then you wake up and realise that none of it was real, and that it didnt really happen, and now you have to go to your job where everyone thinks you are mentally challenged, and that you are the lamest person they know. Thats kind of like how this video was for me. HAHAH!!! I am trying so hard to be a prima donna!
Short Run was amazing last year, and I did 2 live performances. One was a music set to Stefan Grubers animation and the other a live performance of 3 of my Church of Awesome thought comics accompanied by Julia Gfrorer & Suzette Smith, in Stefan Grubers animation room. I tabled with Andrice Arp and had so much crazy fun with my best friends and got to stay at Short Run organizer Eroyn Franklins amazing pad along with my two of my closets slosies Theo Ellsworth & Andrice. Eryn's place was so lovely & it was a treat to see her awesome life!
This Video is super Rad! And gives a pretty beatutiful look at the vibe of the show. But aside from a quote about my sales you would never have know I was there. It was like it was all one crazy dream! What a beautiful dream!!! I cant wait for the one coming up! This is seriously the most fun, loving and best organized show I know!!! If you havnt been the last 2 years, please watch this lovely document and come get rad this year:)
I watched this with the audio off at work (so as to not draw attention) and unfortunatly one of my coworkers noticed the moving images and was all like "whats that porn!" I toild him "it was a comic show I was in and i'm in the video somewhere i'm told". Then when I found I wasnt except the quote He said "Are you on that Men of Comics show"? I told him I was "too pretty for that tv series and I hated it. Its not believable for people with my looks or Ben Afflec's for that matter to make mainstream super hero fair. But I wasnt pretty enouph for Short Run where everything is beautiful". Then He wanted to talk abou Walking dead........
Hey everyone! Come see this weekend a very special lecture piece at SoHitek Gallery. It is with guest speaker Jaysen Paulson who does a podcast called Cosmophilia! The lecture accompanies the art show that I helped organize in honor of Erik Carlson the owner and operator behind SoHiteks birthday & his astrological sign the mighty Taurus!
Its at 6pm Saturday evening!
You can also come spend more time with the art & really soak in it!!!
Sword in the stone by me Sean chrtistensen. Its Awesome But True
So I am at Hollywood Theatre to meet most of the presenters & performers to check projection, check sound and pre assemble some sets the friday before The Gridlords show. Everyone was so beautiful and in awesome form and Rad mood! Everything got handled with ease and then I went and ate Pizza with Emily, Wally & Alex of Marsuplala. After Pizza we ran over to a photo copy ring to print some handbills real quick and while in there I spied a handsome dood with an what just from his side looked like an older Chromatics tour shirt. I hadn't seen it and wanted him to know I thought it was rad! He politely said thanks, showed it off a little and hustled out. No more then 5 minutes later he pulls back up tells me he's in the band & they are leaving for Portugal the next morning. Then He asks if I want as many Chromatic t shirts as I want and any copies of the records for free that I don't have or more if I like, and that my friends could take what they wanted as well. I went ballistic and melted all over the disco waves of generosity! Everybody got shirts & records & everyone left smiling with joy! That was a great start to the Gridlords Vibes!
Stumptown Comics fest was one of the best ever for me. I opted out of doing the festival as a whole except for being fittingly on a panel under the guide and curation of Chloe Eudaly & side by side with mega pal Julia, Daniel Duford, and Jon McNaught. The panel was a rad one called TWO FACED ARTISTS LIVE DOUBLE LIF IN SINGLE BODY. It was about what it means to be involved in what is commonly divided as comics and illustration & then fine art, & if there is a difference between the two, or if maybe the term fine art is in fact an old fashioned term built in times of similar classism as ours current. It was a pretty good discussion overall, but it would have done better to have been given much more time. 45 min wasn't enouph to cover much & I didn't get much into the depth of things. I felt like Daniel had a lot further to guide us as well. He and I both surf territories of expression in art that fit within many labels of art at once. I wanted to talk in particular about performing arts & how its blend with my comics work functions. There's lush territory for understanding labels in there. Ultimately though I firmly believe Like Laurie told us, "Language is a virus"and like Tina said:
"Words in papers, words in books Words on tv, words for crooks Words of comfort, words of peace Words to make the fighting cease Words to tell you what to do Words are working hard for you Eat your words but don't go hungry Words have always nearly hung me".
Anyhoo, with my pass to be on the panel and in the company of Andrice I went in briefly to the fest and just said hello to buddies mostly and reminded everyone about gridlords that night. Everyone seemed so excited for it which made me feel so good because I had worked alone to organize it and it was our biggest show yet! There was so much love in everyones faces over it! I met a few nice people that were from out of town too which was fun. I got new books by one of my favorite dood Cameron Hawkey, some short stories by buddy David Lasky, a couple fake zines by big publishers of Dash Shaw comics. Andrice and I bolted and ate & tried to relax before the big show.
About 8pm Emily picked us up in the Emilymobile and we swung over to The hollywood Theatre. There we were met by smiling faces ready to help me put on the show! The only bummer was a really lame Ametuer indie film fundraiser full of tan body builder men auctioning off there t shirts & short skirted ladies wearing too much perfume hobbling in heels under pounds of mac club. They went 30 minutes over there allotted time and we got pushed to start late. But we got awesome and set up as fast as we could! The lobby of the theatre was buldging with people to see the show in no time flat! Everyone was so delightful and in the raddest show mood! It was truly like being on the muppet show! I felt like Kermit racing around trying to keep an eye on everything and having a whole other behind the scenes show of antics! Pure magic!
A picure is worth a thousand words but the picutres taken at gridlords hardly cover what went on. But you were probably there and it was amazing right!!!
The audience was just about 200 people which is only 100 seats under what that auditorium can seat. If there was time to cry with joy I would have been! PURE BLISS OVERLOAD!!!! No show in the history of time to my knowledge was ever radder & I dont have a clue (except for this one thing I wanna do) how to top it!
Afterwards it was about 1am that we left the theatre and met up at Wally (that he shares with many of my other friends) of marsuplala's house with Erin Tanner, Katie Obrien, Max, Elysia, Chelsea Kamm and her band mate Alisa and we drank beers and burnt off all that excited energy playing silly games and getting awesome until about 5am! What a wonderful night! I wish it never ended! Man reintegration back into the world of reality and going back to my awful job was a FUCKED UP feeling. HEAD TRIPLORDS!!!! I gotta find a way to get awesome everyday! Planning the greatest event is already hard and then going to this place where you are belittled for 8 hours to pay rent is just clearly a weird ballance.
Anyway, check out all of the excitement on the gridlords page! YEAH! Oh and stay tuned for Video of most of the performances:)
below is Wally that night at like 2am still getting rad in part of his costume with the rest seated at the fire place. These photos were taken by Andrice Arp.