Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Glen A. Larson wrote, produced and created some of the greatest imaginative shows of my childhood. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Knight Rider, and Battlestar to name a few. He passed away the 14th of November. I can't imagine life without those shows. As an artist and a dreamer they inspired me in so many ways. Thanks Mr. Larson. If there is an afterlife, I know someone who will be eager to chat you up and talk Battlestar once you get there.
Good grief! I miss this blog and my followers. I'm not sure what happened, but the things I must do in a small amount of time have increased exponentially for me. I'm barely keeping my head above water. I don't even understand what has changed.
The J-O-B has worn me way down, but that doesn't exactly explain why I feel constantly out of time. I can't find time to paint or write. I work, head to the gym, come home, walk the dogs, eat while watching one TV program, bathe, and go to bed.
This is not the life I wanted.
What happened to painting all night? What happened to the stillness of the late night/early morning at 3 AM and standing outside enjoying it on a painting break?
What happened to not even knowing what time it was?
I feel I'm on that treadmill I always heard so much about as a kid and I have no idea how to get off without killing myself trying to do so.
It's killing me anyway. I had so many damn tests this summer. Needles, proding, cameras down my throat, chunks of me taken off, blood stolen, internal pictures of almost everything and you know what the conclusion was?
STRESS. IBS do to STRESS. The beginnings of CHRONIC STRESS. Anxiety. Fatigue. Migraines. Muscle binding. Lowered Metabolism due to sitting. Higher Body Fat Index due to sitting. Depression.
I wish there was a doctor's note for that. It's not that I don't want to work. I do! Just not in a very open, public, noisy, sensory overloading, political and social game-playing department at a University from 8 am to 5 pm or later that has nothing to do with Art.
A nice quiet studio. Start around 2 PM and don't stop until you drop. Work all night into the next day.
Creating. Not sitting and causing my muscle fascia to bind, my hip flexors to start displacing themselves and my ass to grow three times its normal size.
The amount of cortisol in my body is poisoning me.
This last weekend, I turned 40.
I'm hoping this is a turning point.
Jack Kirby didn't create the awesome Superheroes he did until he was 44.
Many greats didn't start until much later. They had to get fed up and walk away from the machine first.
I'm done. I just have no idea how to leave. How to pay for my house. Feed my pups.
I'm so tired...and I have no time to hone my skills.
Well, this is my new year. My new decade. I'm done NOT being an artist.
Wish me luck.
Monday, September 15, 2014
The photo above is of my friend and her sweet new baby girl. The painting hanging on the wall was painted by me. This photo seriously makes me feel legit.
I remember always being completely amazed at artwork as a small child. To see another human being being in any way moved by something I created is intensely inspiring.
It makes me want to make so much art I might explode.
You know what else makes me feel legit? People that want me to paint them something. I have two commissions right now and that really feels good. It's been a while.
All of this stuff together as well as having a relaxed and positive day job make me very hopeful for the future.
Who knows? This art thing might work out afterall.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Godzilla roared into theaters this weekend and I was more than eager to see this attempt by Americans to make the King of Monsters come to life.
I was forced into sitting through the last attempt. I'm not kidding. Someone bought my ticket and when I tried to get up and leave I was held down on both sides of my seat. Ugh. It was awful.
This time around I was very satisfied with my movie experience. A true popcorn movie that held true to the source material and even managed to get me to tear up at the end.
The plot was simple and nothing fancy and the acting good for what it was. Godzilla was a little heavier looking than I expected, but it wasn't distracting. The final monster battle was everything I hoped for.
Probably my only complaint was his roar. It was close, but lacked a little something. Still, it only bothered me because I absolutely love Toho Godzilla's roar.
So, if you love cheesy monster films or like Godzilla at all, you're more than likely gonna have fun going to see this one.
Oh, and keep an eye out for the homage to Mothra.
Friday, May 02, 2014
Let's not let Godzilla take away all the fanfare from Gamera on his upcoming 50th Anniversary. Gamera is getting a movie in 2015! If you aren't familiar with Gamera, he's a giant mutated turtle that protects Japan.
The original Gamera was produced and released in 1965 by Toho Studios.
If you aren't real familiar with Gamera, but want to know more, you're in luck!
Amazon has just released a great collection of Gamera on Blu-ray.
Gamera volume one is in it's native language of Japanese with English subtitles. Personally, that's the way I prefer my films. Even cheesy men in rubber suit monster films. There's often a huge difference in the story line if it's dubbed in English.
The first film included is the original 1965 Gamera. Next is Gamera vs Buragon from 1966. Then we have Gamera vs Gyaos from 1967 and finally, Gamera vs. Viras from 1968.
Now, I assume if you are still reading this, I don't have to explain to you what type of movies these are. They're cheesy fun monster films with heart. If you can't get past the idea of a giant mutated turtle, then don't waste your time here. If you're a monster movie fan though, this is a must have collection for you!
The collection is $14.99 right now on Amazon.com
That's a monster of a deal!
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Who's ready for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie? I know I am! While DC is hemming and hawing and being afraid of girls, Marvel has embraced a talking raccoon. This movie looks like it is going to be a blast!
Kotobukiya has produced a great statue of the fearless mammal.
Kotobukiya has produced a great statue of the fearless mammal.
5 3/5 inches tall, Rocket Raccoon is standing on Groot's shoulder and ready for action.
Pre-order now for Fall delivery. It will run you about $55.00
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Now that I am all in for Game of Thrones, I can start searching and finding GOT collectibles for everyone to SQUEE! over. The first one I've found that I really want is completely affordable and something you can keep in your pocket.
A replica made in IRON of the coin handed to Arya by Jaqen H'ghar.
The coin of the Faceless Man.
It is 1 inch in diameter and weighs in at about 5 1/2 grams.
How much you ask?
$13.99 at Entertainment Earth and more or less around the net if you really do some searching.