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Update — Sep 25, 2013

More products! Tons of super cool buttons!

Update — Sep 5, 2013

And now… portrait mousepads! Scroll down to the bottom of the post for pictures!

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It’s been far, far too long since my last blog post, and rather than make up a bunch of lame excuses (blah, blah, blah, blah, exhibit, blah, blah) let’s get to some really cool news, shall we?

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Robby — macro photo on 12 x 12 panel

I recently closed a solo show at Pannikin Coffee & Tea in La Jolla, with over 70 pieces of art on display including large photos, small “landscapes”, videos, and 55 “portraits” of many of the characters that have been appearing in my art over the past 8 or 9 years. Originally, these portraits were intended to be nothing more than decoration: 12 x 12″ panels printed with a metallic finish on double thick mat board and mounted near the ceiling to look down upon gallery visitors while they took in the “real” art.

Surprise, surprise…

The portrait panels were a big hit! There were robots, animals, kewpies, bathing beauties, devils and monks; pretty much something for everyone! Where normally these characters — even in my largest photos — are printed to a scale not much larger than their original tiny toy-size, here were seen at 25 times normal! Features you’d never make out with the naked eye were blown up to life-size proportions giving each character real personality in a way that connected with visitors to the gallery.

This all got me thinking…

Why not create a line of cool Portrait products featuring many of the characters that appeared in the exhibit? Think of possibilities!

And so, I’ve very pleased to announce the first line of products featuring my portrait images! Beginning today you’ll find a wide selection of cool Portrait Watches and Portrait Mugs in my online Wind-up Dreams & Vinyl Nightmares shop.

Watches come in a variety of different styles, allowing you to pick your favorite character and experiment with different styles and bands. The mugs (we have over 100!) come with three large images, or tiled with 24 repeating images all the way around.

Swing on over to the shop, or checkout the update to the store page on my web site.


Purple Buddha Watch Franken Stein Tiled

Mouse Mousepad

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Hello Spring!!! As April rains and longer hours of sunshine bring growth and renewal, we yearn to refresh our living space. Through the month of April, Rebecca’s picnic hike, Dancing the Temperance Two-step, and Helen’s trip to the fertility clinic will be 15% off. Sweet Rebecca sitting amongst a field of flowers is a perfect choice for bringing the vibrancy of Spring indoors. In Dancing the Temperance Two-step, the early 20th century children’s encyclopedia, The Book of Knowledge, is prominently displayed. We felt this made it the perfect photo to feature in honor of Library Week (first week in April) and School Librarian Day on April 4. There’s just something about the feel of the warm sun on bare skin that brings out the Spring Fever in all of us, isn’t there? We’d like to keep this kid-friendly, so we’ll just leave it at that and say Helen’s trip to the fertility clinic will remind you of that lovin’ feeling no matter what the season. It’s amazing how looking at these fun, happy pieces will lift your spirits, so check out these great deals and more on Etsy.

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Vinyl Mysteries of the Caffeine Alphabet ended its month long run at the La Jolla Pannikin this past weekend, and all of my robots, records and alphabet blocks are back home awaiting their next photographic opportunity. The show was every bit as successful as I had hoped, bringing great joy and wonder (though few sales) to visitors to the quaint little coffee shop at the creative outskirts of La Jolla’s design district. Feedback has been universally positive and I thank everyone who visited the show and passed along kind words of encouragement.

What’s next, you wonder?

Stay tuned!

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Vinyl Mysteries of the Caffeine Alphabet opened at the Pannikin in La Jolla this past Saturday night on one of the absolute hottest nights of the summer. In spite of the sweltering heat, I had a great time chatting with the folks who came by to see my first solo show, and I spent most of the night psychoanalyzing my own work (which is oddly therapeutic). Thank you to everyone who dropped by — especially my friends Dawn and Mike who travelled all the way from Los Angeles to provide support. Dawn was extra prepared by bringing a video camera. Early in the afternoon, before the evening reception, I took them on a rambling, stumbling tour of the exhibit, which is captured for posterity on video tape. If I get some good footage I’ll see about posting it here so that more people can laugh at my bad socks.

Amanda and Renee, the owners of the Pannikin were really great, giving me free reign of the gallery space to sort of transform their coffee shop into a retro-inspired vinyl wonderland of LP covers, tin robots and wooden blocks. You can see pictures of the framed pieces and the installation here. But just in case you don’t want to bother with a link, how about a couple of quick snapshots?

Lorraine leaps upon the red carpet to get her first delicious taste of paparazzi fame at the 1959 Grammies

Okay, this gives you a nice, general idea of how the show was setup. Oh! But first, allow me to thank my fine assistants — Lin, Jo Anna, Vince and Gunnar — all of whom helped me get everything hung on Friday night (when the temperature threatened to melt the tin from around the sturdy bodies of my robot brigade). Kudos, gold stars and much appreciated thanks for their role in making my show look really great!

On to a little “Gallery Setup Analysis,” so I can point out a few things about how the show was hung. First, in the upper right corner of the above photo you get a peek at the installation that rimmed the main room of the Pannikin (and throughout). The inside of Pannikin is an old, converted bungalow, and the main room is the original living room of the house, featuring a book rail that hangs a foot or so from the low ceiling. Normally, the rail is packed with old books, games, and assorted coffee pots and antique collectables. All the books and games were taken down so that I could line the shelves with vintage, cheesecake-ish, record albums from the 50’s and 60’s, though I chose to leave the coffee pots on one side of the gallery because I thought they complemented the installation quite well. In front of the records I set up robots and wooden blocks, which were used to spell various phrases.

Above: P-H-O-T-O  A-T-O-M-I-C  S-H-A-K-E-D-O-W-N. All told, I think there are around 300 or so blocks in the exhibit.

First up… how about those frames? As always, every piece in the show was matched with a custom frame chosen to fit the mood and style of the photo. In this case, it’s a gleaming gold frame with an inward cast to emphasize the glitz of a Hollywood awards show. Framing costs for the show set me into bankruptcy, but what price art, ya know?  Above the frame you see a pair of wooden blocks “13” which match up to the titles and prices on the art works sheet for the exhibit. We went through a lot of putty Friday night… which I hope holds up under the hot month of September! Over the weekend I stopped into the gallery a couple of times and none of the blocks had fallen off the wall and into someone’s latte, but I still took the opportunity to press them all firmly into place.

To the right of each piece we mounted the show title cards, which were custom made for the exhibit. The tags are mounted onto recordable CDs that mimic retro vinyl records — grooves and everything! (Thanks to Kristy D. for the tip on finding these specialized boutique recordable CDs.)

I prepared a set of “coffee robots” for the exhibit that were placed in various places standing guard over the artful proceedings.  Here’s a close up of the coffee robot in the above picture, along with a tower of blocks.

I liked the image of tin robots emerging from a cup of coffee beans, an element featured in the title piece for the show, and repeated with these simple miniature sculptures.

I provided pretty simple “opening reception dining fare” for all my guests — wine, water, juice and chocolate — served from atop and within vintage record players.

Yum! There were also stickers on hand with images of the featured piece — The magnificent minds of medicine gather round to examine Nastasscia from the inside out — which (in a spectacular stacked frame) was definitely the hit of the evening!

Hmmm… actually, on second thought, the most popular hit of the evening were my business cards. So good that no one could take just one. With nine different designs and each a mini work of art, most people opted for a generous collection, and I was very happy to oblige.

I hope you have a chance to visit the Pannikin to take in the show in person, sit down, have a bite to eat and enjoy their fabulous coffee. The exhibit will be up through the month of September. Have fun!!

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I’m finally getting around to posting pictures of Mona and the metal men by Mark Bryan, which I brought home to San Diego last month in the back of a rented SUV. (I really need to buy a larger car….) The painting is the centerpiece of my living room, and at 42 inches high it occupies a hefty space above the TV armoire. The picture above was actually taken at night, with the painting illuminated by recessed lighting in the ceiling (much thanks to the previous owners of my house for conveniently locating gallery lighting in the living room).

Here’s a nice shot of the painting in the daylight, with an IRIS print of The Debutante by Mark Ryden to the right.

Nooooo… the painting is not flat, though it certainly looks that way in the photo. The painting (on wood) continues onto the sides — no framing required!

I like it!

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Mona and the metal men Mark Bryan, 2006 44” x 24”

Happy New Year everyone!

I’ve taken the past couple of weeks off from updating my site, but there’s never any rest for my various creative efforts.  Why, that would simply be dull! During my time away from the web I’ve continued to explore various writing, photo and art endeavors, which I’ll be bringing to my site in due time. The first bit of news to share is the acquisition of a fantastic new painting, as seen above, Mona and the metal man, by Mark Bryan, which will be on display at Carlotta’s Passion in Eagle Rock between February 24 and April 1, 2007. Mark’s work is featured in the latest issue of Juxtapoz, which includes an insightful interview and images of several Mark Bryan paintings — including Mona covering a full page. Though I’d seen bits and pieces of Mark’s work at various group shows, I had no idea of the depth or scope of his efforts until reading the article and visiting his web site. A visit to the site is highly recommended!

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