Nov 30, 2012
Here is the painted version of the black and white drawing I'd done in London. As I stated before, I used a new kind of watercolor block. This one is hot press and I've only used cold press in the past. The paint does not go on so well. Cold Press works like magic but Hot Press is a drag. It takes forever to dry and is difficult to work with. I needed all my skills to make it work. If I can't find a reasonable substitute soon, I may be stuck trying to work with this stuff for a while. It won't be pretty. The result is OK but the ordeal of fighting the piece of paper each time is a nightmare.
Nov 28, 2012
Here is a drawing I did on a new watercolor block. The only problem is this is Hot Press not Cold Press. I bought this block in London to try as an experiment. I didn't have time to put watercolor on it on sight, which I always do. So I will add watercolor to it when I get home, using a photo I took as reference. This is just to see if this paper is usable. I will post the result next and tell you how it went.
Nov 26, 2012
$hi# always happen to me. I can see it coming a mile away. In San Francisco, I order a drink at the hotel bar. The bartender tells me they just ran out one second ago and have to go to the basement to get my Jamesons. OK I'll wait 15 minutes. When I order at a restaurant, the waiter brings everyone their food. I can see by the look in his eyes, he's forgotten to put in my order. My food arrives 45 minutes later. I've been selling my old DVDs online at a site called Glyde. When you sell one, they send you an envelope. You just place the DVD that got bought into the envelope and send. Stamps included. Real easy. It's just that my envelopes never show up. I'm always sending e-mails for help. I'm lost in the system somewhere. Why always me? My elaborate watercolor paintings are all done on 10 X 14 inch Canson cold press watercolor blocks. I've grown very fond of the size. I recently found out they just discontinued making them in that size. "You have to be kidding me." I can't get them in any art store or anywhere online for that matter. They just don't exist in the world anymore. I'm doomed. There are other kinds of blocks but the paper has too much texture and it's hard to draw on them. I tried smaller ones but the size is just not right and bigger sizes are just too big. I can't make enough detail to satisfy my drawing style. This is a big problem for me. I may have to retire. This was my last piece of paper I had left. I did this in London during Hurricane Sandy. Why me? Why me? Why me? Maybe it's the sign taped to my back, that reads, kick me.
Nov 23, 2012
I always catch people staring at me on the street. They usually think I'm some movie star that they know. I'm often mistaken for Cedric the entertainer or Seth Rogen. My friend took these shots of me recently and I can see why people approach me. I'm a dead ringer for Steve Carell or Tom Cruise or even Catherine Keener for that matter. Anyway, I don't mind posing for pictures with people or signing an autograph or 2. It's better than trying to explain I'm not really who they think I am.
Nov 21, 2012
Whenever Yun and I go to London, we have have afternoon tea at The Wolseley. It's a fancy ass place but we love it. They serve damn good tea sandwiches. I eat like 10 of them each time we go. We hadn't planned on being in London. We were trapped there when Hurricane Sandy hit New York city. All the flights were cancelled so we made the best of it. As I was drawing, the Russian waiter kept coming back to look over my shoulder. He told me many people draw like I was doing in the place. He'd seen many sketches and he said I was by far and away the best he'd ever seen in there. I guess that's not saying much but I'll take it.
Nov 19, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
Yun and I once again traveled to Ireland. Another one of my cousin's was getting married. We stayed at my cousin Miriam's house with her husband Alan and beautiful daughter, Isabella (who was the stars of one of my other videos). We had a blast. I was able to condense the 4 days down into 2 minutes. It's a great video if I must say so myself.
Nov 14, 2012
Your average person doesn't have a monk for a friend. Being a colorful character, I do.
In the past, I've written about my association with a Buddhist Temple in Korea. This is a little painting I did of my friend, Do-Mun. The man is always smiling. I would too if I got to wear those groovy robes like he has. I mailed the original to him. I'm sure he'll like it.
Nov 11, 2012
One of my coworkers has a groovy dog named Casper. Her name is Noelle. She asked me if I could draw him. I said I would give it a shot. I must say I captured him pretty good. He likes to sit and watch the cars drive by. He can do it all day long without moving.
Nov 7, 2012
Nov 4, 2012
My wife and I had to go to my cousin's wedding in Ireland. We had round trip tickets to London that we hadn't used, so we flew to Ireland through Heathrow, which is a nightmare for anyone who has ever switched planes there, knows. It takes over an hour an a half to get to your next plane, but that's another story. The wedding was lovely. We were returning to New York on Sunday. When we got to Heathrow, Yun got a text from American Airlines saying all flights to New York were cancelled due to the pending storm. We looked at the board but it didn't say anything yet. Yun and I knew it was true though. We ran to the ticket counter and they told us it was very true. So we booked a flight later in the week to Manhattan. We only had carry on luggage so we didn't have to wait to get our bags back, which would have been a horror show. After we were done, it got posted that everything was cancelled. Suddenly people were coming from every direction in a panic. We walked out calmly and headed for London. We stayed with friends and were able to have a nice little extended holiday. Thankfully we missed the whole storm. I enclosed a photo of 3 of the kittens that I write about in my drawing.