I’ve returned to the studio and brought boxes of paint and some stretcher bars to re-stretch the crucifixion painting and to take stock of where the “Aviator’s Dream” stands. It seems to me that I need to get some ivy painted into the foreground in order to complete the composition, then I’m done. I also need to get to work on the new pieces for the CSUCI show.
The boxes of paint came from the closet in my home studio where they have been my secret stockpile of oils that I purchased years ago when I made a series of portraits of the rapper Master P. I have at least two more crates full of quart cans. I made a lot of money on commissions from rap stars and invested in several thousand dollars worth of good studio oil paint, hoping to never run out of paint again. Of course, now I’m running out of paint. Curiously, the ones I’m running out of are not the ones that I expected to need, because the way I paint has changed since then. I have plenty of bright colours that I seldom use any more, but I’m low on blacks and browns.
You can catch a glimpse of my Master P. paintings in theÂ MTV Cribs videoÂ visiting the No Limit general’s house.
Meanwhile I realized that I never posted a decent picture of the completed Fama painting. It’s on display at the Hillcrest Centre in Thousand Oaks right now, so I’ll head over there at some point and take some decent pictures from straight on.
I have a show coming up at Studio Channel Islands at California State University Channel Islands in a gallery that used to be a padded cell. It’s entirely made of cast concrete, so it’s a booming vault of a space that should be great for performed elements of the show. I’ll exhibit a combination of paintings and sculpture from the Cabinet. I hope you can come to the reception. We’ll be doing at least one performance piece in the space while the exhibit is on, watch this space.Â