Diptychs & Triptychs – Don’t blame me, I recently watched a Francis Bacon documentary & occasionally listen to Lou Reed

Hello again everyone,

I finally decided how to use some of the watercolor sketchbook pieces I completed the last time I was in Los Angeles.  These works were not previously available because I wanted to keep the sketchbook “Ckirk Dear Diary 2013″ whole, but I finally said, “Fuck it”, and that’s how this all came about.  Anyway, the works I mentioned are part of an autobiographical theme I came up with called “Off to Hollywood”.  In fact, most of my work is autobiographical in some way or other, but that doesn’t matter.  Some of you readers may remember my last L.A adventure, but I seriously doubt it considering the modern-day epidemic of smart phones, short attention spans and bad memories.  Don’t blame yourself though, it wasn’t that important and what can one blogger expect in the age of the 24 hour new cycle.

That being said, I hope you enjoy these diptychs & triptychs.  If not, don’t be too hard on me….I recently watched a Francis Bacon documentary and occasionally listen to Lou Reed.   

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“Some people are just assholes”

Three 5 x 8″ sheets, watercolor on sketchbook paper, 2013

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“Tony Castro”

Three 5 x 8″ sheets, watercolor, ballpoint pen, & graphite on sketchbook paper, 2013 – 2014

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“Off to Hollywood”

Two 5 x 8″ sheets, watercolor, ballpoint pen, & graphite on sketchbook paper, 2013 – 2014

Until next time,

ckirk

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Mike Kelly Explains His Work

Hello again everyone,

A friend of mine paid a visit last week.  We were discussing different types art and artists who we like.  Mike Kelly’s name came up in the conversation.  My friend exclaimed, “I love that guy’s stuff.  I don’t understand it, but I love it.”  I had to admit that I really didn’t understand his work either.  I first heard about Mike Kelly through an art collector friend who I correspond with regularly.  I plowed through plenty of images of Kelly’s work, but never really investigated what was behind it.

Anyway, I had some free time yesterday, so decided to use it to learn and hopefully become inspired.  I found an artist talk where Mike Kelly’s work is broken down and explained by the artist himself.  It starts off a little slow during the introduction and takes about 10 minutes to really pick up, but if you can get through that, I think the talk becomes very interesting.

If you have ever been curious and have a little time to spare, check it out

Until next time,

ckirk

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“There are days I feel like making up a silly alias and spray painting giant dicks all over the city”

   Hello again everybody!

I hope all you guys were  fellated at least once last week and that Oprah gave all the gals a new luxury car!

Now that that’s out-of-the-way,

check out my latest handmade print!

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“There are days I feel like making up a silly alias and spray painting giant dicks all over the city”

Size yet to be determined
Emulsion, acrylic, oil, graphite & oil pastel on watercolor paper, 2014

The statement it’s self is something I mumbled last night before brushing my teeth. The idea for the props I used during the photography stage  came from somewhere else.  An artist pal of mine named Joey Seeman posted a section of an old Avengers comic on facebook a while back.  Apparently the phrase “Straight dick” used to mean something else entirely.  Anyway, you can see how it all naturally came together.

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Until next time,

ckirk

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Bill Hicks Virus

 

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“Bill Hicks Virus”

8 1/2″ x 11″
acrylic transfer, graphite, oil & elmer’s glue on watercolor paper, 2014

Until next time,

ckirk

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Finger Bang You In The Ass Art Works

I had some fun in the ol’ sketchbook. Sadly it was about a week ago that I created this piece about visualization. I visit the sketchbook frequently, but it’s been more to jot down ideas this year than to do actual drawing. I don’t know if that’s a good thing but I’m sure time will tell. 

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“And everyone wants to blow me, but I don’t let em'”
Ballpoint pen & oil pastel in sketchbook, 2014

Until next time,

ckirk

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One day I’m going to take all of your selfies and do something really nasty with them

Hello again everyone,

I was recently contacted by a young art student in Northampton.  For her project, she’s studying up on different artists who do well at infusing emotion into their portrait work.  I always respond and do what I can to answer questions posed to me by students. As we corresponded about capturing emotion in portraiture, I noticed how much my personal interests have  changed since the last time a young artist reached out for a project.

I’ll explain what I mean.  I worked on some watercolor & oil portraits about a month ago to get back into the practice of painting.  They came out really well and in my opinion, look excellent.   The problem is, I found the actual process incredibly boring and uninspiring. I still enjoy looking at and appreciating portraiture, but it’s gotten to where painting them isn’t very much fun anymore. I have worked on a few  portraits since then but I’ve been trying to have more fun and have quit worrying so much about the technical issues of things being the right size and in the correct place.  I never figured I’d see the day when I lost interest in painting realism but  maybe it’s just a phase I’m going though. Who knows?

Either way, I’ve never hesitated to change when the life of my art depended on it.

My art has changed quite a bit over time.  It was usually altered as my technical abilities became more advanced or I learned something new but there were a few instances, namely my 2013 watercolors, that I just decided to let loose and toss technique out the window.  My sketchbooks have also provided that type of freedom, though my current sketchbook is filled more with ideas than actual drawings. I’ve also recently taken up printmaking again and abandoned drawing all together where this type of work is concerned.  Could the prints be transformed into beautiful oil paintings…of course, but why bother.  Sculpture has also been on the menu for about the last year, but unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get back around to that medium just yet.

I guess the point I’m trying to get around to is… I’m happy to be in an experimental growth period again.  Growth isn’t always comfortable but I suppose it’s necessary from time to time.  I guess I could have just said that instead of typing the three paragraphs above but I like to write to.

So anyway,  if you’re still up to it after the long read, give the oil pastels below a look.

 

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Untitled, oil pastel in sketchbook, 2014

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“#givemeallyourfuckingmoneynow”

 14″ x 17″, oil pastel & acrylic emulsion on 100lb acid-free bristol vellum, 2014

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“It’s getting harder and harder to find good content”

14″ x 17″, oil pastel, mineral spirits, acrylic & graphite on 100lb acid-free bristol vellum, 2014

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“One day I’m going to take all of your selfies and do something really nasty with them”

14″ x 17″, oil pastel, mineral spirits & graphite on 100lb acid-free bristol vellum, 2014

Until next time,

ckirk

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