Archive for February, 2012

Whitney Memorium

February 28, 2012

My friend Veronica deJesus is a Bay Area artist. She is known for memorial drawings that live on after the deaths of celebrities and ordinary people. While I’m a bit Whitney Houstoned out right now (RIP), I love this creepy cool memorial drawing Veronica created. If you ever go to San Fran, visit Dog-Eared Books to see a wall of these memorial drawings. That’s how we first stumbled upon Veronica’s huge talent.

New Drawings and an Updated Store

February 26, 2012


Today I am posting a couple new Adobe Ideas drawings that I’ve recently finished. Right now I’m very interested in using simple colors, shapes, and theme. I think they are turning out very well.

I also wanted to point you to our new store over on Etsy:

Drop in, take a look, and buy some artwork. Maybe even a copy of one of these new pieces. Your support is very much appreciated!

Which Way do you Fold your Origami Crane

February 23, 2012

I don’t normally blog about music – but I think this song is worth it. My dance company, The Fourteenth Ward, has been looking for  a chill veil song. Our music up to this point is intense and psychological, and we wanted to lead our audience down a more introspective path at some point in our set. Here is the song we chose, by Trevor Hall.

Beans and Macaroni

February 21, 2012

I miss the days of making art from glue, paper, macaroni, beans and pudding.

Tammy Faye

Tammy Faye

The other day, I was chillin and thrillin with my pal, Princess Kennedy and she told me about a friend of hers who has gotten famous making art out of all of the above (except pudding.)

Jason Mecier is known for celebrity bean portraits. He also makes yarn art, macaroni art, candy art and art out of items found in junk drawers.

Here are a few of his portraits – and also a business tip I learned from him. As a pop artist, he loves to replicate the image of the likes of Dolly Parton and Farah Fawcett. Somehow, the artists often end up buying his portraits of them. I think I’ll do a fillet crochet portrait of Ellen Degeneris or Bobby McFerin and see what happens! Check out Jason’s website at for more info.

Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

February 19, 2012

"Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" - Paul Gauguin

One of my favorite paintings is Paul Gauguin‘s “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?”. The painting is meant to be read from right to left and shows the different periods from a woman’s lifetime. The three women on the right show the beginning of that life, the group in the middle symbolizes the journey through adulthood, and the final figure is an old woman reflecting on and coming to grips with all she has been through.

This image often flashes in my minds eye, especially the central figure. The way she grabs that fruit, maybe from the Tree of Knowledge for all I know, with no regrets… getting ready to take a bite. I think she is beautiful. This painting, and all the women in it, are beautiful.


February 14, 2012

Some flowers I did a few years ago that I thought I’d post today. Enjoy!

Man Ray’s Mouth

February 12, 2012

ArtDuh owes a debt of gratitude to Dada artist Man Ray, mainly because he provided the inspiration for one of our logos, the infamous floating lips. I don’t know that I was really thinking of Man Ray when I decided on that logo, but while I was working on it, I knew exactly where it came from.

I seem to write a lot about the artwork I’ve been thinking of most in the week leading up to my Sunday post, and today’s post is no exception. For whatever reason, I’ve caught myself repeatedly imagining giant lips floating like a spaceship over the valley. Will those lips laugh at us? Will that mouth take a bite? Or maybe it’ll just continue to hover and smile… I dunno, but I know I like the image.

Man Ray was an American artist, born in Philadelphia, who later moved to Paris and became a leading figure in the Dada and Surrealist art movements of the early 20th century. He is probably best known for his work in photography and film, but his paintings are pretty nice too!


Divine Love

February 7, 2012

The Fourteenth Ward of the Rubber Room School of Dance and Flexibility will perform at an event called Divine Love on Saturday night. The show begins at 5 p.m. at Lumenas Studios, located at 625 south 600 West in Salt Lake City. It’s a family friendly event that closes around 9 p.m. for kiddo’s bedtimes.

We are excited to dance for a great cause, the $10 tickets will be donated to the Utah PRIDE Center to keep great programs going to serve the GLBTQA community.

This is the Fourteenth Ward’s first belly dance showcase event, which will be all belly dance all the time. The event’s line up looks amazing and includes:

Oryantal Dansi
Sofia Featherwood
Kita Zira
Gypsy Flame
Rodrigo (song)
Marta Reeder
14th ward of the rubber room
Ian of Dustbloom (music)

INTERMISSION (15 mins with Dj good-e)

Tabla Arabia
Maren Lacy (poetry)
Elizabeth charlesworth (poetry)
Habibi Habibi
Rodrigo (dance)
14th ward of teh rubber room
Amanda Borba
Dayna Mckee
Antigua tierra (music)
Oryantal Dansi

And bring your money because there will also be a silent auction.

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

February 5, 2012

It came as a bit of a surprise to me that there was a comic, a graphic novel I guess, released in December 2011 that was based on an old and unused screenplay written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl. Henson had the idea for the script early on in his career, as far back as the 1950s, and in the 60s and 70s he and Juhl developed the story and shopped it around, but couldn’t ever produce the film because the story is so strange.

It all begins with the hero, Mac, stumbling into a strange town. He cannot quite figure out why everybody is celebrating his arrival with a parade, dance, and music. But the celebration doesn’t last very long though, and soon the sheriff approaches Mac and tells Mac to get outta town, while everybody turns against him.  Mac flees across the desert, and it isn’t a Gunslinger who followed, but he is hunted by a mysterious man “Patch”. What happens from there is a surreal dream sequence that I won’t even try to describe because, like most dreams, it is very far removed of everyday experience.

Artist Ramon Perez took the old script and did an amazing job translating it into a graphic format. His artwork is perfect for the story, as are his layout and design work. Even though it is a strange story with almost no words, Perez made it easy to follow and understand. I think that is what I like the most about this book, the story is told perfectly in a graphic format with almost no words. I love that. | Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand | Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

Colt Bowden’s Last Show as a BYU Undergrad

February 2, 2012

Please head out to the BYU library to see my friend, Colt Bowden’s last show as a BYU undergraduate student. He is pretty much the best. You won’t regret it. Here’s the poster, the show opens on Groundhog’s Day and closes on Valentine’s Day.


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