Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Anyway, I wanted to do a painting that captures the true essence of nerds everywhere. So I studied them closely for 1 year.(And by one year I mean 4 minutes at the Salt Lake Public Library.)Then I got distracted by a dude twirling glowsticks and then another dude with gigantic parachute pants and clown make-up. (I believe these to be the "peacock" of the nerd species.) I wanted to see what really makes a nerd tick and as it turns out they are really in to changing lightbulbs. Who Knew?! Weird right? You watch a nerd for 4 minutes, you're gonna see one change a lightbulb. That's the National Geographic of it. The rest of the stuff in this painting is purely speculation and conjecture. Cause as it also turns out nerds are pretty boring. Even within 4 minutes at the library, so you gotta start making stuff up. I mean, most nerds probably don't have a fish tank implant. Why would they? It's not practical.
Anyway, This one is for you nerds. You finally got your respect.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
So anyway, everyone always wants to hang out with the super cool artist guy and they're all like "Hey Jonathon, why don't you come over this weekend and help me move. I'll buy you a Big Gulp." or "I'm having a party and I need someone to clean my house before anyone shows up. Can you help me out?" So even though you don't always feel like it, you gotta take care of your fan base.
The painting above is about rocking the nation, but keeping a low profile by having a good disguise that makes you look like a girl hiding in a plant. You gotta be inconspicuous, trust me. Also, nobody is gonna mess with a girl hiding in a plant.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Then as you lay on the floor wondering if maybe that wasn't such a good idea, you look at your painting and think "man, that thing is still as awesome as I thought it was 30 minutes ago." And that's when you start to notice everything that's wrong with it . But now you're too sick and lazy to fix it (also you might be falling swiftly into a diabetic coma).
Well it's 5 years later and this portrait of Perry Farrel is still flawed and also still one of my favorite paintings. (Take that Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett fans! This is not a picture of either one of those guys, so stop saying that.)
And to this day Perry Farrell from Janes Addiction still comes to my studio to hang out and stink the place up when he takes off his shoes, and I'm like, "Really Perry? You can't just leave the shoes on while your here? This is a really small area with poor ventilation and you're just gonna take your shoes off? Now the whole place has a really nasty Doritos smell." (Perry doesn't care though cause he used to be in a really cool band.)
But what do you do? He was in Jane's Addiction......The End
Friday, November 5, 2010
My newest entry for the upcoming "Grind" show introduces us to Sam the snail... Nope, too much alliteration. He's Tom the snail and he's pissed. You can't tell though because he keeps it all bottled up. In fact he looks rather docile at the moment(Docile. Another great word. Not as great as tonnage though. Tonnage sounds like a karate chop to the spleen, so it wins.) What's he so upset about? Look at that shell. That is the Winnebago of snail shells. And as my friend Shadna says "he's got a heart on" or at least he will if he keeps up the good work. I think he's pissed because he doesn't know what the hell that black swan is doing. You never do with black swans. They're all mysterious like that and sometimes they eat snails. So thats kinda lame.
Right now you're wondering why I haven't addressed the fact that his eye and lips are coming off. Maybe that's what's got Tom all riled up. Nope. As usual, art is all about deeper meanings... Meaning, I don't know. I'm not a snail scientist.
Anyway check back later when I learn everything about everything for a detailed explanation on the physiology of snails.
photography by Desarae Lee patron saint of snails and skateboards.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Anyway, Here is a piece I just finished for my upcoming skate deck show "Grind" in December (with a bunch of other people because it's really a group show).The one where I win because some cute girls get in a fight over who will buy my board. Don't worry(why would you? It's a girl fight?) it ends well because they both concede to not only buy the deck and take turns skating with it, but offer to make out with me later. Everybody wins! (except their boyfriends)
What about the art on it Jonathon?
Yeah, what about it? It's awesome. Like Karate Kid.
I'm aloud to say that because it's one of my favorites so far. Almost as favorite as Karate Kid. As my good friend Davy Baby says, "All you have to do is wash yourself". It pertains, trust me. the piece itself is a representation of how I feel when a tree is growing out of my shirt.( It sucks by the way, don't do it.)
Anyway I think that about sums it up.
Come to the Grind show on Saturday December 4th. There will be lots of rad decks for show and sale. Blindside is sponsoring the event. They're a skate shop. I assume there will be lot's of cute skater girls fighting. At least that's how I imagine it.
Monday, November 1, 2010
First day of the blog. Just figuring out how to use this thing. I'll be posting my art (new and old) and maybe talking about it a little. That's how I do. I'm like a gerbil that has escaped from the cage and now I'm hiding in your wall making annoying scratching noises and biting your toes when you're asleep. Somehow that's a metaphor for something. You know what I'm talking about because you're as crazy as I am. Long live the pencil and the paintbrush.