Hello, You Busy Bees

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If your lives are any similar, there’s been much to do in the recent past. I have merely works in progress to share with you this time ’round. I wish I had more.

Only part of the scene

Only part of the scene

FredStock! Here’s a black holed sun in space. Not going for fancy animation, but I want the pieces to look pretty. I have a little more than this drawn, but this makes a nice picture.

And this thing is coming along. I need to spend more time looking at it and tenderly giving it the attention it deserves. Though there are other priorities, I also can’t just rush through it. The point isn’t to just have a painting, you need to savor every moment of it. The results can be glorious, but you need to seep into every moment leading up to that climactic finish. Great things are built with great energy. Immerse yourself in your passion.

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(WIP)

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some things to do…

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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.

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Touched up “The Omen.” The apocalypse scene is clearer and the hand is more defined.

16"x12" Acrylic

16″x12″ Acrylic

Here’s the old version for comparison.

The Omen

That’s cool ‘n all, but something new to see would be fun, rye?

I happen to be a busboy at The Corner Pub in Flanders, and The Corner Pub happens to have a chalkboard in the bathroom – AND CHALK! So here’s a good sample of what some guys have been peeing to lately.

For Oktoberfest

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For Halloween

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There came a point where people would draw phalluses with their finger or write obscenities, and my boss would be inclined to erase it. Or it would just get erased because reasons. I figured “Maybe a wall of demons isn’t everyone’s cup of tea…” So I tried to compromise and make friendlier pictures. Note- tried.

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Good effort, I thought. But some got erased the next day anyway, so I started to not care again.

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A little note for your future biography of me – these chalk drawings showed me how simple it is to make a whole picture with just a few colors and varying intensity. This eventually led to finally trying out full paintings.

So it begins…

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To celebrate my first blog post, here’re my recent paintings:

“Cult of Sanctuary” (acrylic 20″x16″)

Cult of Sanctuary

The Omen (acrylic 16″x12″)

The Omen

This second one may still be drying as I’m writing this post.

I plan on using this blog to show some artwork, doodles, talk about convoluted theories, occasionally spill some dirt on upcoming projects, etc. Well timed with the start of this blog is my newfound interest in painting, and it’s been a blast so far.

I was most motivated after discovering the work of Zdzislaw Beksinski. He has a way of getting under your skin with an elegant atmosphere. So deliciously hellish. Check it out.

Zdzislaw Beksinski

http://art.vniz.net/en/beksinski/

That’s all for now.