The Great Wazu! (& WIP)

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Thanks to the wonderful helping hand of fellow artist & friend Justin Patterson, I now have a few paintings hanging in The Great Wazu, a delicious deli shop in Parsippany, NJ. It’s a cozy place with walls covered in artwork by people all around. You can see my paintings surrounding two of Justin’s large paintings. His impressionist style totally suits the distant view. Underneath Justin (right) & I (the other guy) posed for a dual-selfie with our paintings.

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I was also the only artist to put up an artist statement, which gives me the impression that’s something only college students do. Good thing I took it seriously, read it yourself!

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They may not be the last, but these three paintings are a series representing my fears of losing my fantastic hair, and everything that might come of my life as a result. My first painting, “Cult of Sanctuary,” depicts a bald representation of myself seeking to soothe the cold void on my cranium with soulful readings under a warm candlelight. “The Omen” forebodes complete annihilation of all things wonderful on my scalp and living as a blue humanoid in a cold forest. Finally, “Corporate Casual” shows my deep fear of having no direction from my lack of hair, and resorting to people pleasing and big business to consider my life fulfilled. Though today I may splendor in the blessing that is, the potential to lose it reminds me to savor every moment (to which I remember).

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(Here’s a recap of those paintings)

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16″x12″ Acrylic

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Underneath my statement I planted a little stand with business cards! (you can tell which painting is my favorite)

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I feel like such an aspiring entrepreneurial artist-man.

Everyone else put their cellphone numbers, which I was hesitant about. Telephone communication is rather off-putting to me, it’s rather dividing from where you presently are to talk to someone way over somewhere else. I also have instinctual apprehension because the internet is like the world-wide billboard (though a sandwich shop isn’t quite the same). At least when you’re reading, you’re reading something right there. BUT I’ll totally talk to you if it’s necessary. Shoot me an email, we’ll talk. We all make sacrifices in life, that is one of mine!

BY THE WAY…

I took a break from that animation to make some more progress on this fine, lovely…

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Let us begin with a gander at my latest painting:

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“Corporate Casual” (Acrylic 20″x16″)

This is a remake of a now twice redone sketch from my early college days (the other two on Photoshop). You can see how the first remake doesn’t pack the same punch that the original rough sketch had, but I think I’ve finally done it justice.

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I apologize for the long delay between posts. Gotta work on my rhythm.

Rhythm. It takes some to say it, or makes rhythm in saying it.

As we grow, our tastes develop. We find new details in things we like that thrill us more than what we looked for before. With music, I moved from overall sound (a production thing), to technicality (lots of notes), to texture (a way you layer the notes), and then added rhythm. The key to texture is the space between the notes – it changes how you hear them. Harmonic texture is what notes you play – is it pretty? gritty? Rhythmic texture is the pace and placement of those notes – is it smooth? rumbly? If there’s too much of the same texture, it flattens out – turns neutral – like white noise (and usually becomes boring). Doesn’t matter what flavor it is, you can only have so much pizza before it goes bland and you can hardly enjoy it anymore. Eat nothing but pizza for a month and you get a taste for why I’m so picky with music (or everything).

Half the reason I haven’t had anything to show recently is that I spend a good amount of time composing. I want some really dark, intense metal – without the flatness of screaming or whacking the guitar with a brick the entire time. I’m very technical, but I want to avoid sounding like a Bach enthusiast and just sweep and arpeggio for 40 minutes and call it an album. Being that I can’t even do that yet, I’m doing a pretty good job of it (pat on the back).

I have most of an acoustic album written, (aimed at having a metal tone) but that’s on hold for a bit while I’m gathering material for a real metal album. It’s much more fun right now. I even have some tasty lyrics in the works – that I will SING. I don’t want to program drums, but might have to for the demos. Though I also like industrial, so maybe I’ll work it in. Time will tell.

If you want to listen to two songs that are nothing like what I just described, here’s my SoundCloud page! (Dendrex) http://soundcloud.com/dendrex

I may start recording the finished acoustic pieces and get that album out of the way sooner than later. And as far as art, I want to dip into landscapes now and do some character designs, though little is certain at the moment. Time will tell, and I will tell you about it.