Oct 31, 2014
After Yun and I vacationed in Tuscany, I went to Berlin by myself for a few days. It was much different than I thought it was going to be. First off, the joint is enormous. I spent hours and hours walking and would hardly make a dent. This is a drawing I did of the Berliner Dom. The buildings were all new and modern. None of that skyscraper stuff like New York. I ate Currywurst all day long. It's a groovy artsy place, so I fit right in. I visited all the old neighborhoods, drank some beer and avoided all the museums.
Oct 29, 2014
The movie, "Nightcrawler," opens today nationwide. Yun and I went to the premiere in New York the other night. Jake Gyllenhaal stars. His character is edgier than Walter White in Breaking Bad. Is is a wildly original film. The screenplay is brilliant. It was written and directed by our friend, Dan Gilroy. His wife, Rene Russo also stars. It was produced by his brother, Tony Gilroy, and edited by their other brother, John. That's right, the super Gilroy family. I highly recommend it. It's perfect for this Halloween season. Trust me on this one.
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
Here are the new labels I made for the canning I've been doing. My wife laughs at the crazy things I do. Our cupboards are filled with jarred tomatoes, pickled onions, asparagus and peaches. Now I put labels on everything as if I am Del Monte's. Little squirrel faces peek out at you from every shelf. It is fun being nuts.
Oct 22, 2014
Ever since I was a little kid, I've had an obsession with ice cream trucks. I guess in some way, we all do. We've been trained since we were little to jump up and go crazy when we hear the bells of an ice cream truck. How about that dumb song, the Mr. Softee truck plays. My friend, Reid Paley who lives in Williamsburg, said that Mr. Softee used to park under his apartment window everyday in the summer. The song playing for hours each day nearly drove him to insanity. Secretly we've had our brains infiltrated like Pavlov's dogs. One of the first ice cream trucks ever on Long Island was, Bungalow Bar. The truck was shaped like the Good Humor truck except it had an actual roof that looked like a house on top of it. The door to the truck was a white picket fence gate. In my hood when the truck came around, we used to sing a jingle that we made up. It went like this, "Bungalow Bar tastes like tar. The more you eat it, the dumber you are." Who could not love ice cream with a theme song like that? No wonder I ended up in advertising.
Oct 20, 2014
My friend Sue Rose made a great observation. She has claimed that there are hidden messages and satanic symbols to be found in all the intricate details of my drawing. My new book is apparently full of them. That's right, I'm being compared to the Beatles. I will not confirm or deny any of these, "so called rumors". You will just have to look for yourself.
Oct 17, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
This Tuscany drawing is my "paste of resistance." That's French for, really great tomato paste. It's of, the Duomo in Florence. It took me 2 sittings to finish it. I put in every detail I could find. My friend Michelangelo was also an artist who liked to put in every detail. Him and I are detail guys. When he built The David, he gave him a big head of curly hair. The hair juts out over his forehead and hangs above his eyebrows. He did this for a specific reason. Michelangelo knew the David would be displayed in public. He also knew pigeons like to sit on the heads of statues. So if a pigeon sat on David's head and he took a poop, it would completely miss David's face on the way down. He thought of every detail. When I was doing this painting of the Duomo, I purposely wore a groovy hat. As I painted, I hunched over my drawing. I too, know that pigeons like to fly over me and go to the bathroom. BUT there would have been no way it could have hit my watercolor paper as I was protecting it. Me and the Mich are very much alike. Friday I will post a little film I made of Tuscany and me drawing there. I suggest you watch it.