and this shall be the new portrait

i reached an important stage in my beard yesterday. every year there gets a point where i can push a pencil from one end of the bottom tuft through the other side... if the pencil holds, and hangs under my chin without the aid of my hand... then my beard is a full fledged adult beard. that day happened yesterday and i was proud to be the owner of said beard.

on another note... sometimes i get nervous that there are no things that i can encounter where i say "whoa... i never even knew that existed". but i am happy when i am proved wrong. for instance, when we are younger, there is a whole world of things that once you experience, your eyes are opened extremely wide because you never even considered what you just experienced because you didnt know it even existed. for instance, like a first kiss ever... thats an experience that you've seen, but until you take part in... you really can't gauge those feelings. or being in an airplane for the firs ttime. or perhaps you taste pesto for the first time in college and you never even knew that flavor existed. well... i figured that once i left college, that those experiences would be few and far between... but luckily... just last week i experienced another. for the first time ever i experienced the flavor of concord grapes. up until that point, i often questioned candy-makers choice in the grape-flavored-candy. i always thought... this doesn't taste like the grapes i am used to eating. but just last week at the farmer's market i tasted a concord grape... and not only is the flavor exactly what was used for impetus for the grape-flavor in candy... but the gelatinous innards of the grape make for fun playtime for your tongue as it tries to pierce the funny membrane. please try one if you never had, they are really weird.


on another note even more notey... i attempted to take part in a rooftop mural for the new design high school of new york. i was asked to paint a 12' x 22' mural on the roof of this school along with street artists and graffiti artists and was pretty excited to do some public art... but when i got to the roof last night... i found it raining and deserted. even though i checked multiple times to see if the event was still going on regardless of the precipital situation of the evening... i was told over and over that it was still on. so here i go, walking through the lower east side, with a projector, transparencies, paint and the like... getting wet in the rain.... i finally arrive to the roof and find this....





a little disheartening actually... though very interesting and strange to be standing on an unfamiliar roof in manhattan in the rain by onesself.

to lift your spirits though, there is a new artist whom i quite like. a very old woman nowadays who lives in philadelphia named helen siegl. here are some of her woodcuts...














these woodcuts are quite simple... but beautifully done. i really like the second color printed slightly off of registration and how she uses is in just the right ways. these prints reminded me of some beautiful prints i saw this summer when fiamma and i were traveling through mexico... we woke up one early morning and went to a  government building to see some diego rivera murals which were beautiful indeed... but also the library had some beautiful prints from an old book called el mexico de beinto juarez. i've looked all over to see if this book was available, but i can't find it anywhere... the whole morning was a great morning with nice light... and the art was pretty inspiring. here are some images from that morning...



this was the morning light which i felt pretty good about.



here was the main mural in the building that told the history of mexico from left to right.












showing these images just reminded me that i never shared any images from my trip to mexico with fiamma and up the west coast with josh... i will have to upload those images soon, but i've been musing for a good while now and i have lost the patience... please remind me if i forget.

in the meantime, here's a few more images, a rivera sketch which i like (i am also finding it hard to find a book of his works on paper, if anyone has seen one please let me know).



and as i was waiting in line when adam hopkins came to visit out front of grimaldi's pizzeria, i stumbled upon a judith supine that i believe to be my favorite yet. which also reminds me that i have an idea for a bit of street art, i think it is quite humorous and will work well, i just need to figure out a few kinks in the situation and once i do, i will tell you all about the plan. in the meantime, heres the judith supine....


and finally, here are a few pics from my new apartment. in it i have my own studio wherein i can be productive without having to work in my bedroom like i have for the previous years... i am hoping this will incite some new work...



notice the j po inspired plant in soup can.



i like placing apples and oranges atop this toaster, but soon might be returning it to craig one as he has befriended this heating mechanism and misses it so it seems.



tumbletwine on the praire carlton...



ok. have a nice day everyone...

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