Sunday, November 27, 2011

blech 2 thanks

Blech 2, the second installment of classic Warp records, and Warp-related music old and new went down at Pittsburgh's Wood Street Galleries last Saturday night. My friend Chris (Slinky) and I were happy to play out some of our favorite tunes that evening, ranging from the more down-tempo and ambient style, to the dance-friendly tracks, as well as the more abstract stuff. A special thanks goes out to Chris for organizing the event, to Jonathan for all of his help, to Mary and Shaun for the choice beverages, to the folks who attended and especially to those who danced, and anyone else I might have missed. I also want to thank my legs and feet for not giving out on me while dancing like a happy madman to some of Chris' set. It was a real fun time and we hope to host another one in the near future!

Below is a classic from Black Dog Productions "Bytes" album, under the Balil alias, entitled "3/4 Heart", still sounding fresh as ever nearly two decades later. Until next time.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

november splotch monsters

I'm still on a roll with the India ink when making these Splotch Monsters, and went even looser when painting it onto the tan craft paper. I really tried to go for some type of ancient look with them I guess. Now I'm moving on from the tree theme and the craft paper, back to white watercolor paper. This time I'm going to do more medleys, or combos, just to achieve some sort of dynamic of interaction between some of the beasties in a composition. This should keep things pretty interesting this month. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

everyday moments via instagram

Much like painting or drawing from life, taking photos can teach us to be present and "in the moment" more often. It's the tiny, seemingly mundane everyday occurrences, interspersed between the more grandiose that make living worth while, if we take the time out to slow down and pay attention. One of my all time favorite quotes comes from Ferris Bueller, when he says "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around, you might miss it." This is something I need to make a concerted effort to focus on this upcoming holiday season. In the meantime, while I've been pretty occupied with wrapping up a few big projects, I managed to look around some myself and captured some of those tiny moments from the past couple of weeks, to share with you, with the help of my I-phone and Instagram. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

early november stroll

It was good for once to have the weekend to ourselves, as Kris and I stayed home Saturday and Sunday, rather than travel to this place or that place as we've done during the past few weekends. It had been a very "tree-centric" weekend too, as Kris worked on a gorgeous Autumn tree watercolor painting for an upcoming show, and I tackled a large painting with trees for a class, as well as some pages for a comic book project, which included many drawings of trees. Much inspiration had been taken as well from our everyday, outdoor surroundings, as many of the trees are beginning to shed the last of their leaves. You can see this inspiration in a new series of Splotch Monsters I've also been working on.  While the colorful leaves are always a highlight in Autumn, which seemed to have reached their peak color last weekend, I also enjoy the naked trees, with their bare branches which seem to suggest their true colors, minus all the color. I'm a fool for Fall, and always will be. I can't imagine how a person couldn't be, honestly. So, I had to at least take a break from the painting and drawing on Sunday to get outside for a walk. I always tend to forget how incredibly refreshing these walks outdoors can be, especially after being cooped up indoors a while. Of course, I made sure to take some photos to share with you here, however, it's not quite the same as being outdoors and seeing the trees in real-time. So get off your computers, get outside, move around, look around and take a deep breath. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

blech 2 invades pittsburgh soon

I'm pleased to announce that myself and my good friend Chris will be hosting another "Blech" dance party at the Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh, later this month. In the spirit of the original, stellar Blech mix compilations on Warp Recordings, we'll be playing out some of our favorite classic Warp tracks and related material. As for myself, in addition to early Warp, Skam, and Rephlex music, I'll be spinning some related current tunes. Expect to hear the likes of Grimes, Machinedrum, Burial, Forest World, and Keep Shelly in Athens, taking turns with AFX, Gescom, The Black Dog, and some good old school techno, electro and who knows what else. For me, music - especially great electronic music, like art, is a life-long passion, so I'm pretty psyched to share the love. I know Chris' set will be excellent too, so we hope to see folks come in from the cold, bring a positive vibe, and get lost for a few hours in the interstellar sound. We're also planning on providing some of our own visuals that night. See the flyer (nice job Chris!) above for details, and if you're in the Pittsburgh area, hope to see you there!