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Friday, November 30, 2007

Holiday Wreath

Here's my newest work today, it's a store that sells IPODS, obviously, called "MASA" for short. This design turned out really nice, almost like a stained glass painting. Standing on the inside, you can look through it to see every stroke of the drawing that casts really interesting colored light all over the floor of the store. Festive for the people inside, as well as graphic enough for the people going by who happen to be stuck in construction traffic on the freeway.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bigger Scene of the Art I Did Yesterday...

Here's what the former pic looks like in the scheme of the whole job. Someone asked me about this because they had seen just this one feature that I showed yesterday. It's just a piece of the puzzle. I think my fave is doing snowflakes, because I can make each one entirely different. Of course, they all must have six sides, shouldn't they?

Some More Window Art

Hope you feel suitably greeted!

Here's some lettering that I did for a car dealership who sells classic cars. These doors are about four feet wide, so the lettering is about seven or eight inches tall - enough to be seen from the cars going by on the street.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gymnastic Skater-dater

I like that this figure I recently painted for Christmas window decorating is above the Santa figures below it in the window.

Some More Holiday Art

Here's a scene I did entirely out of my imagination for a Gymnastics teacher yesterday, while I was hearing very little kids screaming in the background. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Painting Gingerbread Houses and Ribbons

It's that time of the year again when I mess up people's windows. The proprietor of this locksmith shop is named Tony, and he is one of the nicest people I have ever met. So every year I spend much more time at his window making art than I'm being paid for because he's such a pleasure to hang out with and do things for. Plus he does seems to love his work.

I know most artists with a sense of design would imagine that there are too many things going on in this window. But Tony seems to like it to look as crowded as his shop is inside, where it is lined with every conceivable toy concerning cool locks and safety items.

I told him that I'd seen a lock that was shaped as an oroborous - a snake eating its tail. It was a very cool lock, and he said he had to have it in his shop. Where I saw this lock was in a toy store in Woodstock, NY called "Tinker Toys." Wish their website had pictures of their toys and ways you could buy them, but that shopkeeper is already too involved in running their shop to mess with online access. Many of their toys need to be played with to appreciate them anyway.

Here's a little easier to see detail of the little gingerbread house and cookie people in the same pic above:

Monday, November 19, 2007

Hope For Useful Communication

Got a comment about my hoping that communication could result in someone actually using my experience on this blog to hopefully not have to slog through the whole banana and reinvent the wheel all over again. But I'm not sure this is possible. This is very discouraging if you're a parent - watching your kids having to go through their own learning about life.

Hoping for certain results and the practical doing of it that actually brings about the hoped for results are often regretfully far apart, unfortunately.

I was very lucky to have had some extremely wise parents who took these sorts of things to heart and practice for me...which came in handy while messing up some kids' life later on when I found myself in the parental role.

On this subject, I was poking around the internet and found this link to an ebook that had some really fascinating things to say about raising adults vrs. raising children. It's chapters of a free ebook titled: "Ten Things You Should Never Say To Kids