Thursday, July 21, 2005

What is an Art Crash night?

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I figured a few of you (as in that one guy who keeps sending me the viagra emails) might want to know how I do, well, what I do. This is an image of some of the stuff I finished early Wednesday morning...some of them need to be touched up again and/or inked but I thought it might be fun to show you how scarily productive I can be sometimes. They'll all show up on the site eventually but in the meantime you can gaze at my unfinished paintings. Because you know you're interested. Admit it.

I have no idea why I started calling my hardcore work nights "Art Crash" nights. I think it has something to do with the fact that I paint until I have to crash. Or something like that. So here's my ritual:
Rent a minimum of three movies, hopefully with some sort of connection between them. While renting a series of movies (like Child's Play 1, 2, & 3) is sometimes fun, I try to be a little weird about what the film has in common. For example I did 3-D night a while back; renting Amityville 3-D, Friday the 13th Part 3, and 13 Ghosts (in Spectra-vision or whatever). Tuesday however I wanted to do a "scary Cop" night. While attempting to rent Samurai Cop, Scanner Cop (technical Scanners 4), and Demon Cop.....I got thwarted. Samurai Cop wasn't in English and Demon Cop had been rented never to return. I ended up getting Scanner Cop, Bad lieutenant, and I love a Man in Uniform (one of the best films I've ever seen....really.)
Now that you've got your movies....
put them in and Paint, Paint, Paint. Art Crash nights aren't for painting any one particular thing....I use them for experimentation. Experiments like: "What happens when I paint on metal?" or "How many different ways can I draw mutant scary teeth?" I put plastic over everything and start painting. When I'm done with one I start another. By the time I'm done with a few more down the line the first one is dry and I can retool it/add another layer of paint and begin the whole process again. It ends up as sort of an Artistic version of the Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland, as I rotate where I sit every fifteen/thirty minutes. Also it might be important to mention that many times I drink and smoke far too much during an Art Crash really depends on my mood. This obviously affects what I paint but I like to think what movies I watch have more of an influence on me. I LIKE to think that.
Fun Fact: Jared can tell you what movie or movies he was watching when he painted anything on the site. Almost. Or so he pretends. He also occasionally types about himself in the Third Person. Occasionally.
Anyway I think I'm just writing this because I didn't sleep Tuesday night and was up late (being social and still painting) Wednesday. So I'm STILL tired. All in all, I finished over twenty paintings as part of my Art Crash night. Which is kind of cool to realize after you're done. It's also kind of weird when you notice you had some sort of subliminal command telling you to paint cartoony deep-sea Angler fish. Over and Over again. Maybe I SHOULD sleep. I keep trying to, but catch myself painting more. I think I may have a problem.



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