2 Pianos, 4 Hands

Thursday, December 26, 2019

2 Pianos, 4 Hands

Aside from the extremely drunk fellow (that was asked to leave at intermission), 2 Pianos, 4 Hands at Playhouse in the Park was very, very good.

My only experience studying music was through choir, but the core concept of embarking on an arts education resonates. The musical/play follows two actors as they play many characters from grade school through college. Some story arcs were particularly heavy, but it all added up to something quite moving. Extra props to the leads who balanced playing, piano, singing and lots of dense staging, characters and dialog. Highly recommended.

Holiday spirit

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

I spent the afternoon on Christmas Eve selecting (hopefully meaningful) photos from the year for friends and family. Then I fired up the darkroom and made black and white prints… Played some holiday music while everything dried in front of a space heater… Got things framed and wrapped before the clock struck twelve.

It was a fulfilling process—reflecting on those dear, keeping the mind and hands busy.

I really want to do more of this in 2020.

Spent this Christmas Day driving around and dropping off gifts for everyone.

Closed it all out with a big meal and holiday spirit.

A Holiday Eve

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Inflatable Santa with beard of acrylic hair.

Brunch with the Duvalls. They got me a portrait of Edie! (It’s from Crown and Paw if you’re curious.)

Cat watch

Monday, December 23, 2019

Checking in on these two.

The Rise of Skywalker

Sunday, December 22, 2019

I saw my first Star War in a theater at age twelve. It was Return of the Jedi. I immediately became obsessed, mostly with all the vehicles. Those speeder bikes!

During those summers I would spend days at my dad’s machine shop in Williamsburg, Ohio. Mom did accounting in the office and I would putter around and try and stay out of everyone’s hair.

They let me use the photocopier—within reason—and that led to my first commercial art and entrepreneurial experience.

I drew a collage of all the major characters from Return of the Jedi, complete with logotype treatment of the movie title in black and white and made a bunch of photocopies. I’d take those prints and color them in by hand.

Then I set up a table outside the shop with my wares and tried to sell ’em. I sold one, maybe two? I’m sure my parents put friends up to it. I took the money from the sale and went up the street to the ice cream place and got a soft serve cone.

I tried to find one of these drawings or a copy to no avail. Seriously, I’ve been through about 6 boxes in storage and gone down so many rabbit holes. One path led me to a box of toys and the image below.

How’s all that for a tangent?!

Fast forward many years and I still love this silly space cowboy show. (Let’s ignore the prequels for the moment.) I loved The Force Awakens and thought The Last Jedi was excellent. So I was pretty excited for this “last” installment of the Skywalker saga.

It was a sprawling, dense, visually thrilling, hoot. Spoiler with my favorite part? (You’ve been warned.) Chewy’s moment at the end. Totally ridiculous and lovely.

One last tangent. When I got a toy Jabba the Hut back in 1983, it looked very different than what was on the box. The color was all wrong. He was… ochre.

So I painted it.

Don’t believe the ochre? Check out the first image on this comparison of Jabba toys over the years. (Now that’s dedication.)

Nope, one more tangent! What up, movie posters?

Still hogging the space heater

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Edie is still favoring the coffee table for some reason. Me? I’m wearing the cushion on my couch thin because the right arm is perfect for a mousepad. Pair that with a lap desk and I’m one step closer to suckling a Big Gulp from a straw and being a full-on representation of the future portrayed in WALL-E.

Wall-E fat lazy people

Unrelated: The aspect ratio of WALL-E is 2.40:1. Most movies are 1.85:1

Also unrelated: I was wondering, what’s up with Steak ‘n Shake? All the ones around here are shuttered. Turns out they’re trying to shift to single-store franchisees (Chick-fil-A model). They say it’s temporary and I hope that’s true.

48

Friday, December 20, 2019

My 48th trip around the sun began with a workout. More on that in another post.

I got to the studio afterward and Tom presented me with a gift from his family. That picture above? That’s called Blenko Glass Factory and it is by none other than Charley Harper—a convergence of favorites I never knew existed.

The piece was originally published in the Ford Times digest in the 1960’s. He made lots of work for the publication over the years.

I had to shoehorn in a mountain of work this day, but I was motivated to sprint as there was much to do.

Treated to lunch by DJ.

Walked back through the neighborhood and crossed paths with Mak.

Popped into the new independent bookstore in Northside. WHAT? Yes! And it was a VERY GOOD bookstore. It’s called Downbound Books and they manage to pack in a ton of favorites in 500 square feet.

Back to work for a bit and then wrapped up the evening celebrating my shared birthday with Richard and our friends down in Kentucky.

First day of 48? Solid.

Handful of photos from the evening right here

Tizzy

Thursday, December 19, 2019

If I drew something to represent this time of year it would feature an octopus with tennis rackets on every tentacle.

So many balls in the air.

One ball required getting blank tees and sweatshirts from our distributor and running them back down to the studio to print and ship and ensure delivery by the holiday.

I hadn’t been to the new warehouse for the distributor before. The building was an enormous monolithic slab on the outer belt of the city. Driving up to it felt like approaching a cruise ship or star destroyer.

Anyway, yadda yadda yadda. Items got printed and out the door.

Unrelated: Is that a new Panera logo? I’ve long thought they were way overdue for an identity refresh, and though I’m not sold on this treatment at least it’s not a san-serif?