Phish Stickers

 Added to November 30, 2019
Nov 302019

I got tickets to the Phish shows here in Charleston, a band that I have seen dozens of times since I was young. My all time favorite group. One of the best parts about this band is the community, the fans. I decided to create something to hand out at the shows.

I painted this in Virtual Reality with a program that makes you feel like you are spray painting on a gigantic wall. It’s awesome how you can “trick” your brain into thinking you are holding a can of paint and make you feel like you are in an alleyway or subway. I saved the final art and turned it into a sticker… I handed out about 60 of these at the shows.

The Tiny Tree

 Added to November 21, 2019
Nov 212019

My job ain’t too difficult here. Sometimes all I have to do is visit the beach, and the ocean washes up all kinds of art for me… This evening I was walking along the waves waiting for the sunset when I noticed this sea sponge that looked like a tiny tree. I dug a hole, placed it, moved some shells around, and snapped a photograph.

Transit Of Mercury

 Added to November 11, 2019
Nov 112019

I took this photograph of the sun today… If you look closely, there is a tiny black dot inside of it. That is the planet Mercury making it’s transit – passing between the Earth and the Sun – something that only happens a handful of times every century. This will not happen again until 2032, so we’ll have to wait 13 years.

Fun Fact: Mercury goes around the Sun very quickly, but spins very slowly, meaning a year would go by before a day does… So that Phish lyric was correct: “Your day is longer than your year!”

Poetry In Pictures

 Added to November 7, 2019
Nov 072019

When I take my camera out, my goal is to come home with one image that has potential. This evening I wanted to chase the sunset, but clouds blew in. Almost everything was covered, so I turned my eyes in other directions.

I noticed a black feather laying in the sand. I picked it up. I then noticed a little area of the beach that was catching light. I stuck the feather in the ground and called it macaroni… wait, no. I then zoomed way in, focused, and waited for waves to come in and out. This exposure with bubbles created a nice contrast. To me, even though simple, an image like this can speak to us on an emotional level that 95% of photography just can’t do. We shouldn’t be making photographs, we should be making poetry.

Mandala In The Sky

 Added to November 5, 2019
Nov 052019

Many times my work as an artist is unplanned. I do something, that turns into something else, then I combine it with something I did even before. Like a tadpole becoming a frog, it evolves and changes right in front of my eyes. Planning is good, but over-thinking can get in the way of unexpected progress.

Creating patterns from photographs has been an obsession of mine for the past year. Now I am spending a lot of time watching the sun. I decided to combine a mandala pattern (created from a photograph of sand on the beach) with a sunset image. To me, watching the sun is spiritual, and so the combination is quite nice. This quote really matches the feel of the image for me: “Emotions are like waves… Watch them disappear in the distance on the vast calm ocean.” – Ram Dass

The Dreaming State