Monday, June 29, 2009

Dental emergency. Freak accident.

Spent the day down in Wildwood with my mother enjoying the summer weather that has finally arrived. Perfect day for it too; warm, cloudless, breezy day. Would have been even better if I hadn't lost my HB pencil! I know this makes just about no sense to most people reading this, but there's only one HB in the box! Total tragedy.

Prepare to fast foward

I am,as we like to say, a humid mess tonight. Not sure what I'm allergic too, but my face is covered in an itchy inflammation. I had a bit of it on my jaw and forehead yesterday which I attributed to Zoee giving me kisses. But it's doubtful since it's spread to the rest of my face without any Zoee interaction to blame.

I know my life is full of excitement, but try to control your jealousy.

The Benadryl is starting to kick in... so tired.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

How could we all have died at the same time?


I really don't like this very much at all, but here it is anyway. I worked long enough on it that I might as well show it. It's total crap. Oh well.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Aren't we under the weather everyday?


Due to feeling decidedly under the weather today, I was unable to do anything fun. Such as, attend the painting party that was going on at Zane Street tonight. So I may not have been up to social creativity, but I was able to sketch this little portrait while mooching in front of the TV/computer. I hope I don't feel like this tomorrow. bleh.

Whew. What a day.

Today is a day that will go down in history.

- Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with cancer

- Michael Jackson suffered fatal cardiac arrest

- Joel Madden and Nicole Richie visited the Ocean City Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. (Not to be confused with Ocean City, MD)

Though, surprisingly, Joel & Nicole lived to tell the tale.

So, all in all, just a monumental day in so many ways. A sad, weird, and somewhat unexplainable day.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Just hiking around the forest..

When you're low on cash, get back to the basics. Be one with nature. That's just what Jamie and I did. I have the mosquito bites on my foot and forehead to prove it. Jamie made out a bit better since she killed a bug and left its dead, lifeless mush on her hand as a warning to all other bugs. Though I suppose the moths couldn't avoid her even if they tried. Bugs asides, we had a nice, toll free time. Not to mention I unintentionally posed as the high school photographer, which was such an honor. Luckily there was lots of recreational things to photograph.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Life is a strange fast trip, I'm just glad we all have seats

I may or may not have mentioned in previous posts about the fantastic camera my father made the executive family decision to buy with my mother's money before their trip to California earlier this year. Despite the large financial weight a camera like this cost us, it's a great camera and when they move to California, I think I'm going to hide it from them. The really cool thing about this camera is my mother can use her lenses from her old film camera. So, she put this big sick lens on with the intent of trying to snag some close up shots of birds, and I did just that. But not some wussy bird feeder shot! Hell to the naw! Way up in a tree! Sick! I'm going to have to hide this lens too!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Why, they might even make a motion picture about you.

I finally finished this today. It's been something I've been working on here and there for a few weeks. God only knows why I'm drawn to doing things that require me to do so much detail. It was such a pretty scene. I couldn't resist it.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

You killed my pine!


Visited the Trocodero in Philly to see Metric. The lay out of that old theater may have been fine in it's opening days, but it's kind of annoying now. The upstairs is only good if you can get there early enough to snag a seat and the floor is only good if you're really tall. And lots of people in this world are a great deal taller than me; even with my gigantic platform boots on. And worse than the tall people (who can't help being tall) are couples that go to shows. I'm sure there are plenty of couples that go to shows and aren't annoying, but if there are, they never stand near me. I'm always near some couple that's kissing and being overall annoying. The couple I got squished behind at this show really took the cake. I was really losing my temper with them. I was only able to vaguely see between their heads so OF COURSE they had to kiss like every 2 seconds. And the girl had to take pictures constantly which caused her to hold her camera up in my eye view over and over. And even worse than that is when they'd be trying again and again to get a cute couple shot DURING the show. Over and over she's holding the camera up and we're getting blinded by their flash. And I was hiding my face cause I don't want to be in their shitty photos! When another girl in front of me started dancing and lashing me with her hair, we decided to give up on our spot and move to the back. Which is where I actually enjoyed the show very much. Emily Haines is incredible. Not just as a musician, but that chick does her aerobics. I would have been laying on the floor wheezing if I did a show of that length with that much jumping, dancing, and high knee running! I have said quite a lot in this update. A lot of ranting. I just wanted to say the show was awesome. The audience, though? Bunch of tall a-holes!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bobstock 2009

We were booked for Bobstock 2009 in the middle of 2008. We were booked for it when Nathan and Jimmy were both in the band. Back before Nathan moved to California for three months or Jimmy quit. Back before we had any idea that we'd go through two drummers and have an entire different guitarist by now. Be that as it may, we still played this show despite all the changes. And despite all the rain. It rained on and off during most of our set until we got to "Knife Fight" and the heavens opened up. Ah well. Rain, shine, or complete band over haul; the show must go on!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cause I'm the apple and you're the tree

I haven't done many oil paintings. This is my third one. Perhaps I'll post up the other two I did one day. Oil paintings take a long time to do. Lots of waiting around for it to dry. Lots of building up and pre-planning. These are all things that I'm not great at. When I set out to paint this, I had a general idea of what I wanted to do and accomplish, but it definitely developed as it went along. But I'm pretty happy with how it came out. Two things I really love to photograph are the trees and the sky and so it's only natural that it's something I like to paint. Hm. I think that's all I have to say about that. Ciao!

Monday, June 15, 2009

I like me so much better when you're naked

You may or may not have heard of Ida Maria yet, but I stumbled upon her music on YouTube of all places late last year. Doesn't seem like it was that long ago, but it definitely was. Definitely rocked out to her music in Florida. Be that as it may, Jamie kept a much better eye on her developing career, buying her album and I suppose joining her mailing list that happily alerted her to the show Ida was playing at the North Star Bar. So, we hit it up. I was annoyed that the North Star Bar decided to remove all their tables and chairs from the room and the couch from upstairs. No where to sit! Not to mention the 40 minutes it took them to sound check for Ida. That kind of wait does not get me siked for a show. Cause all I think after everyone song is, "How much longer cause my feet are killing me.." And it was an alright show. Not the greatest I've ever seen. A lot of her songs are pretty similar to one another so I was a little bored at times. Not to mention she definitely won the award for the fugliest stage outfit I've ever witnessed. Some of Gwen Stefani's looks were bad at the show at the Tweeter the other night, but the horrible spandex leggings that Ida had on with that sparkly, old lady in Atlantic City vest was atrocious. Ah well. Pretty decent way to spend a Monday night!

She was an American girl



Due to extreme temperatures in my room, I'd lost touch with my music. Since my father put my air conditioner in my window yesterday, I was able to be reunited. Creativity was flowing til visiting family arrived and I had to leave it and go and be social. Which normally leads to my mother getting a fire going and me just playing with Gizmo and my camera. I quite like this photo. Gizmo is like king of the castle. Not a very fabulous, glamorous or regal castle, but it's home!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Heart Stock no. 4

Beyond Bounds

The fourth of my still unnamed series. It's been called "Trash Art" a lot, but I don't think that's really a good name since there's not really any actual trash besides the trash can in the first piece. That being said, I'm going to call the series "Heart Stock". It might be a rather obvious title since it's made of ripped up pieces of card stock. Less obviously, I feel like I'm sort of "taking stock" of some romantic themes. I don't know how to explain that any better. In my head it makes sense, though. I don't have to explain my art to you!!! ;)

Anyway, this piece took me a long time to complete. The longest out of all of them. And right now, it's my favorite one so far.

One last thing: Thanks to everybody who has commented and said they like these or have told me they like these. It's nice to hear. It's not necessary, but it's definitely appreciated and nice. Thanks!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Let's get back

Believe it or not, I went and saw No Doubt at the TWEETER Center. I wasn't siked about it. A few years ago I would have, but that was before Gwen went solo and spread her annoying wings. And I felt really weird watching a show where there was no new music and it was just a bunch of songs you've heard a hundred times before. I mean, that's normal when it's at a festival show with all the short sets, but this was a full length show and song after song was an old song I already knew. It was weird. Even at Paul McCartney shows he plays his new music. I dunno. It was weird. It's hard for me to explain. The show was alright, though. Not great. The LED light show was better than some of the music going on. But it was pretty upbeat. Gwen has a lot of moves that I know I'll see in the club any day now. Too bad Lisa ate that bad sandwich...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

You are a killer

Went to see The Hangover. I kept hearing it was funny and reading it was the hit of the summer and when most people are happy to hear good reviews like this, I get a little nervous. I hate hype. It's usually wrong. It usually lets me down. But in this case, I felt the hype was deserved. Zach Galifinakis' best role. Though, I Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper were not slackin. So, if you like crazy, sometimes slapstick comedies, go and see this movie. And, hey, Heather Graham is in it. Remember her?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

You slay me

This is the card I made for Lisa for her birthday. It's safe to post now. And I feel like it's been a little too long since I put some art up in this blog. I need to get on the ball. I've been slacking a lot. When life weighs heavily on me it shows in my art, my music, and my messy room. I've been slacking in all three areas. Shit, I need to go set up the coffee maker. Can't slack on that. My granny needs her cup of joe!

ps. this is supposed to be Buffy

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It just grew from there



Nathan left town. Again. This time he's trying out alternate living on the East Coast up in the lovely, and seemingly popular Brooklyn area. We'll see how long this one sticks. I give it 6 months. Then he'll come crawling back!! ;)

Don't murder a hobo on the first day, Nate!
ut oh.

Monday, June 8, 2009

take off my heels, i dont want to be a hooker ghost

Spent the day with Eavvon in Philadelphia. In the planning of this day, we planned to not make plans. I wasn't exactly thrilled with this plan, but he insisted and it turns out that not making plans is a bad plan. Doesn't mean that we had a bad day, but it did result in my having some serious blisters and not being able to show off my amazing bowling skills the following night. Despite that, I learned some things about Philadelphia that I didn't know. I also learned some things about my feet and my flip flops. And I learned a lot about the care of blisters too. Too much to share in any great detail, but trust me. I know a thing or two about a thing or two. Mmmmhmmmmm (Sling Blade)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Uptown!

Finally Leesa decided it was time for her to play catch up and turn 25. For her birthday, I pretended I had glasses. I do have glasses. But I never wear my glasses. I wear contacts. But I do have glasses, though. They just happen to give me a headache and I don't like not being able to see anything when I look down, left or right without moving my head. So, like the smart ass that I am, I bought a pair of clear glasses and wore those. Though, in this picture, I'm not wearing them, Lisa is. But she didn't get to keep those. So, great present, huh? I also got her a shirt that mocked one of her favorite hobbies. All in all, I'm a pretty terrible friend; terribly awesome! But, oh what a night it really was, oh what a night it really was... Hope you had a happy birthday, dude! Too bad it couldn't have lasted longer! Stupid time! Next year I'll try to stop time for you! If Zach Morris can do it, how hard can it be?

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Are you Hootie?

Got home pretty late, as in pretty early, and hung around thinking that my mother was going to have some crazy early flight to get up for and it turns out she didn't have to leave until nearly 9am. So, I didn't wind up going to bed until after that. Then I drug myself out of bed in order to go to my hair appointment. Should have blew off the hair appointment and everything else and gone to Florida with her. Not only would it have saved me a lot of grief, but I could have gotten a free tattoo. Yes, my mother got her first tattoo AND it was FREE. My mother is street rat crazy. I love her. Which is the most obvious thing ever.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Do your worst

Despite our lack of ark, Jamie and I went to Jammin' Java to take part in the bass player coalition going on in Vienna, Virginia. Mostly former Army of Me bassists were present, but Jamie fit right in. I was hoping that I'd meet some bass players that aren't mean bullies, but all I found is that no matter what bass players you're around or what state you're in, they're always going to group together and bully everyone based upon what instruments people do or do not play. Can't win with bass players. Furthermore, I hope they know that they're lovable whether or not they play bass or not. Though, I'd probably love them more if they let me live!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Depressed skull fracture

Fatal Flaw

The third in my crumpled paper series. I still don't have a name for it. There was "Heart Attack" and "Trash Art Heart" and now this one. I don't know if you're getting sick of these, but I've recently been kicking around the idea of some others. So, I hope these are enjoyable to someone...

Monday, June 1, 2009

And my head STILL hurts

It's never a good sign when my room starts looking like this. I'm one of those people that keeps a pretty tidy room and I tend to clean it every night before bed. I just feel better going to bed with things organized, but when I'm in a bad mood my priorities shift. They shift into "I don't care about anything" and thus cleaning up before bed was left by the wayside. But! Despite my mood (my headache)! I cleaned my room! It's clean now! Did I take a picture after though? Nope. That definitely fell by the wayside. Eh, can't win them all. You'll have to just take my word for it.