Sunday, September 26, 2010

Backyard Theater

It's hard to describe where I was last night--two back yards
on W 49th st lit by candles, torches, and christmas lights strung
up in the trees. There were maybe a hundred people, milling
about, eating, drinking, sitting with friends or meeting new ones.
Kids were climbing trees, and a duo with an accordian and a trumpet
serenaded the gathering. When everyone was finished eating, the
crowd gradually migrated from one back yard to the other, bringing
their folding chairs with them to sit down in front of a stage. Local
theater companies, musicians, and dancers performed a variety
of acts. The famous Bread & Puppet theater was also in attendance,
and they put on an incredible show.

My favorite act was by All The Saints Theater Company,
who were hosting the whole event. It was the story of
a monstrous judge (based on a children's book called
"The Judge"), who was repeatedly sentancing innocent people
to be hauled off to jail. The whole thing was performed in song,
set to a thumping drum beat and unearthly accordian music.
The whole crowd was clapping, and the pleas went something
like this:

"Please let me go Judge,
I didn't know Judge!
That what I did
was against
the Laaaaaaaaaw!
I only said what I saaaaaw!

A Horrible Thing is coming this way,
creeping closer every day,
its eyes are scary,
its tail is hairy,
its paws have claws
it snaps its jaws!
I tell you Judge, we all better pray!"

Then the judge in turn proclaimed each victim
insane, and had them carried off by his devilish
assistant. In the end, of course, the Horrible Thing
came. It was a huge skeleton/dragon puppet, operated
by three performers in black clothing, and it gobbled
the judge whole, which was mighty satisfying and the
whole crowd cheered. It was great stuff, gave me
some shivers.

And here's a real quickie painting of my guitar.
20-30 mins?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sketchbook Mush

Lots of stuff in the works, but I can't show you!

A job that hasn't been approved yet, something
that may end up being semi-anonymous, and a
surprise for someone! So in the mean time, here
is some sludge from my sketchbook.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lt. Dan

So it turns out our new roommate has a cat.
His name is debatable, but we are calling him
Lieutenant Dan.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Peter Rabbit T-shirts

Oh yeah, I forgot to post this a while ago!
But I made some Peter Rabbit Family Jug Band
t-shirts on my last day at Hackerthreads.

Some of the characters you see here are Peter
Rabbit himself, The Peanut Butter Fish, and
Reverend Wriggles. I guess the other guys still
need names, and of course the band is always
growing, shrinking, and changing. Come on,
let's jam!

Moth on a Night Light

Some practice painting from a photo
I took at the beginning of summer.
I think this took about 45 minutes?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Across the Street

Gettin' settled in to the new place in
Richmond. I drew this sitting out front
of our building this morning. The buildings
on our street are really cool. Felt sort
of exposed drawing out there with people
walking by all the time--I wasn't drawing
in public much this summer, gotta get
back at it.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sketch dump 9/4

Here is a chronillogical pile of stuff from my
sketchbook. Some of it is very recent and
some is a week or two old--from the last trip
down to Richmond.

Tomorrow I will make my next trip to Richmond,
this one rather more permanent! Will rendezvous
with Lt. Rees at W Main Street at approx. eleventy-
oh-hundred, there to establish camp and construct
suitable fortifications.

It actually turned out to be quite a wonderful
summer in the end. I learned a lot, met all sorts
of interesting people, and did all kinds of things
that probably would have scared the crap out
of me a couple years ago.