Getting Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed (Now In Technicolor)

 

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Color Pencil on Strathmore Paper Cut 14 x 11

2014

 

After a long night sleep, you groan and rub your eyes and wonder what you could of done the night before to leave you in such pain that morning. You slide one foot, then a leg followed by another leg out and off the side of you bed in an attempt to slide or pivot yourself out from the warmth and comfort of your bed and into the real world. Finally giving into the reality of life, you lift your heavy head, roll it on the popping and cracks of your neck and with one last sigh, you put your feet down and lift your body up on your hands only open your eyes to see all too late that you are on an edge of a deep canyon.

-T.B.

Allsea Surfer Dream

 

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Color Pencil on Strathmore cut 11’ x 14”

May 2014

 

As he stands wearing his board shorts, his surfboard resting on his head, the surfer looks out at the ocean and dreams of the tall waves that that deserve to be ridden, the sea air in his face as he is splattered by a ocean mist. With the Allsea bridge behind him, Waldport at his back, the surfer looks at the ocean and dreams of waves large enough to actually ride.

– T.B.

Uh-Huh

 

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Color Pencil on Strathmore Paper cut 11”x14”

April 2014

 

As he listens to his girlfriend as she discusses and explains her day about the argument she had with one of her friends and how unfair and it seemed how her friend’s boyfriend had not listened to her, he looks passed her at the car pulling up beside them and says: “Uh-huh…”

– T.B.

Prince Harry Stars In Graphic Novel

‘The Royals: Prince Harry’ Available At Comic Retailers August 24

By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — A comic book chronicling the life of Prince Harry of Wales will be released in late August, publishers announced Thursday.”It’s time to focus our attention on the Wild Child, Prince Harry. … Prince William might be the one getting married, but Prince Harry continues to make waves all over the world,” publisher Bluewater Productions said.

“The Royals: Prince Harry” will join the graphic novel series dedicated to Harry’s brother William and his wife, Kate Middleton. “The Royals: Prince William and Kate Middleton” was released in April to coincide with the royal wedding.

“As Americans, we are fascinated by the British royals. They fit within our construct of a celebrity-fueled popular culture. But more than that, they represent an air of pomp and history that we just don’t have,” author C.W. Cooke said.Cooke has written comics for multiple series including “Female Force,” which features the life stories of “strong women in politics” such as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the company’s website.

“The Royals: Prince Harry,” featuring art by Justin Currie, will be available at comic retailers August 24. The standard comic will cost $3.99, but a collector’s graphic novel will also be available online for $7.99, according to the statement.

“Kurdt Kobain’s Primal Scream of Angst

"Kurdt Kobain's Primal Scream of Angst"

“Kurdt Kobain’s Primal Scream of Angst”

 

In the pages of Rolling Stone magazine, a magazine that I have faithfully read and kept every issue since the fall of 1993, I came across this image of the man I soon came into being associated with as my altered sate of being. Kurt Donald Cobain performing on stage wrenching from his very soul every note and word that he feels it to be necessary to chant out. The stage lights cast down on his unwashed hair that cover most of his face as the outline of his small shoulders are seen draped in one his legendary sweaters. This was my first attempt at pastel.

 

Of the many icons of my youth and the stages in life, it is Kurt Cobain that I have the most trouble looking at. His music can be played non-stop through out my life and yet his face has caused me to pause from time to time. He was a handsome man with a charming smile. The only time I was able to see him perform was on Saturday Night Live in 1993 with Charles Barkley, RuPaul and Sebastian Bach of Skid Row.

Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana

Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana

RuPaul was a friend of Kurt as well as Skid Row was one of the bands that Kurt liked as a youth. After performing “Heart Shaped Box” and “Rape Me,” the show ended, as it had for its entire run, with the whole cast and guests waving goodbye. At this point, as an artist, I had noticed Kurt’s square shaped hands. It was not until I had read “Come As You Are” that I realized Kurt so slight of frame do to his stomach ailment. His hands looked large in contrast to his small arms. His waving and grinning at the end of the show was all the more unique in his eating a pastry and being dwarfed in height compared to Barkley and long time friend and band mate, Krist Novoselic.

Rolling Stone no. 674, January 1994

Rolling Stone no. 674, January 1994

Close to my graduation from high-school and for my eighteenth birthday I walked to the local mall after school with a friend and fellow Nirvana fan and purchased “Cobain” fresh off the printing press. The book had a collection of the various Nirvana articles that Rolling Stone had done through the short career of Nirvana. To this day, it still urps me that the only Rolling Stone magazine I do not have is no. 674, January 1994. As a favor I let a friend borrow it only to never have seen that guy again.

Not having much money in my teenage years, I did not have a lot of posters and this compelled me to make my own.   This pastel depiction of Kurt was an attempt at a Nirvana poster.

A Vedder Jam

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Color Pencil on Strathmore 11” x 14”

November 11, 2009 – 12 hours

The name of the alternative rock group Pearl Jam came from the introduction of their new singer.  After the original singer of the Sub Pop band Mother Love Bone died of a drug overdose, the bassist and founder recruited a San Diego surfer named Eddie Vedder.  After Vedder had covered the final formulation of the band and all original planned tracks for Mother Love Bone, he wrote a couple new songs as well.  This plus a few other factors gave Vedder the ability to add his input into a new name for the group.  The name was conceived as a band decision however it was fettered through Vader’s family.  Vedder said that the name “Pearl Jam” was a reference to his great-grandmother Pearl, who was married to a Native American and had a special recipe for peyote-laced jam. (1) – Tim Benjam

(1) ^ a b Neely, Kim. “Right Here, Right Now”. Rolling Stone. October 31, 1991.

"Eddie Vedder" 1996

“Eddie Vedder” 1996

It should be noted that the color version of this portrait of Eddie Vedder was done 0n November 11 – 17, 2009 which are important dates both in the country of America and in my life span.  The original sketch was done in 1996 and has spent close to to fifteen years in my portfolio.  The revision came as I had grown uncomfortable with the light sketching style that was the norm of my life in the late nineties.

After stubbornness and the love of color in my art urged me to do a really refined portrait of Mr. Vedder.  After smoothing out his hair and trying my best to recreate that slightly stained and faded coloring to his grunge style shirt, I started on the background of Red and maroon.  Somehow Eddie Vedder will for ever be in a marron coloring in my mind.  Blue and purple blotches began to arise and the idea of jam came to mind.  In all it was a stones throw away from Pearl Jam’s name.  Also Vedder in the place of Better stated that I felt this Eddie portrait was “A Vedder Jam.”

My Stand at the First Friday Art Walk

My Stand at the First Friday Art Walk

October 2, 2009

On a gloomy day in the beginning of October, I decided to go ahead and appear at the Rancho Bernardo Winery for their First Friday Art Walk, which is an art fair that happens every first Friday of the month.  The previous First Friday I had cancelled due to the hundred and four degrees temperature and I did not wish anyone to die of a heat stroke.  This First Friday the forecasters had planned for rain.  Three drops of rain to a Californian is a downpour and in fact the average weather report from a local weather person is along the following:

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“So, Weather Bob, what is the forecast like?”

Weather Bob

“Fine, back to you.”

A Place to Hang My Hat On

A Place to Hang My Hat On

With that weather state of mind I decided that since I live in Southern California there would be no rain.  The sun did not shine through the clouds and I parked in the farthest parking lot to unload my exhibit.  Setting up my tables and grid walls I could not help but notice the parking lot twenty feet from where I was setting up.  The first thought was that I would be the first booth to be seen and the second thought was why the hell did I not park there.

IMG_2382After re-parking and settling down for the evening around five in the afternoon, I noticed that the Art Walk, that went from five to nine that evening, had only four other booths with artists.  By six that evening I had bought a mocha from a nice man with a broken finger and then two shakes to fight off the heart burn from the anxiety that no one has shown up for this event.  By half past six the sun had gone down and still no one had appeared.  The Café Merlot is a very nice restaurant only it is stationed at other end of the Winery and only those that would be finished eating and that parked where I parked would be walking by.

The Sun Goes Down

The Sun Goes Down

The sun going down at six in the evening did cause a different problem; I had no lighting to shine on my work in the dark.  When I thought of my concept, I planned on being outside and using the sun for lighting or that the Winery would be slightly lit for the occasion however both theories were very wrong.

When no one else showed up for the event, we the artists discussed among ourselves what was going on in the art community.  A much larger art show was planned for the next day and it was decided that that show made everyone skip this show to go to that show.  Another reason was the three drops of rain that scared everyone indoors that evening.  The Winery employees remarked on the lack of artists that are normally watercolor painters.  The simple theory of their reason for a lack of appearance was brought up that rain and watercolor does not go well together.

“Brothers:Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy”

Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician. He was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and acted as one of his advisers during his presidency. From 1961 to 1964, he was the U.S. Attorney General.
John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt – White House Press Office (WHPO)
After his election into presidency, his father, Joe Kennedy Sr., asked John F. Kennedy only one thing of his second oldest son and that was to have his third oldest son, Robert F. Kennedy be his Attorney General. Part of this request was to keep Joe Kennedy’s family in power as his youngest son, Ted Kennedy was to hold Jack’s Senate as soon as he was old enough and the second part of this thought was to keep F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover in check.
Robert F. Kennedy had a reputation to put up a good fight as he had in his experience as the chief counsel of the 1957–59 Senate Labor Rackets Committee under chairman John L. McClellan. In a dramatic scene, Kennedy squared off with Teamsters union President Jimmy Hoffa during the antagonistic argument that marked Hoffa’s testimony.[6] Kennedy left the Rackets Committee in late 1959 in order to run his brother John’s successful presidential campaign. In fact when Robert started helping his brother, many had a sense that Robert would appear to be ready for a brawl.
When acting as Attorney General, Robert Kennedy quickly proved himself by using his past experience handling organized crime.
Robert Kennedy’s tenure as Attorney General was easily the period of greatest power for the office; no previous United States Attorney General had enjoyed such clear influence on all areas of policy during an administration. Yet to a greater extent, it was President Kennedy who sought the advice and counsel of his younger brother, and it is to this extent that Robert Kennedy remained the President’s closest political advisor. Kennedy was relied upon as both the President’s primary source of administrative information and as a general counsel with whom trust was implicit, given the familial ties of the two men.
President Kennedy once remarked about his brother that, “If I want something done and done immediately I rely on the Attorney General. He is very much the doer in this administration, and has an organizational gift I have rarely if ever seen surpassed.”
Brothers: Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy

Brothers: Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy

Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician. He was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and acted as one of his advisers during his presidency. From 1961 to 1964, he was the U.S. Attorney General.

John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
Robert F. Kennedy at the White House, 1964

Robert F. Kennedy at the White House, 1964

After his election into presidency, his father, Joe Kennedy Sr., asked John F. Kennedy only one thing of his second oldest son and that was to have his third oldest son, Robert F. Kennedy be his Attorney General. Part of this request was to keep Joe Kennedy’s family in power as his youngest son, Ted Kennedy was to hold Jack’s Senate as soon as he was old enough and the second part of this thought was to keep F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover in check.

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt - White House Press Office (WHPO)

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt - White House Press Office (WHPO)

Robert F. Kennedy had a reputation to put up a good fight as he had in his experience as the chief counsel of the 1957–59 Senate Labor Rackets Committee under chairman John L. McClellan. In a dramatic scene, Kennedy squared off with Teamsters union President Jimmy Hoffa during the antagonistic argument that marked Hoffa’s testimony.[6] Kennedy left the Rackets Committee in late 1959 in order to run his brother John’s successful presidential campaign. In fact when Robert started helping his brother, many had a sense that Robert would appear to be ready for a brawl.

999p. Senator John F. Kennedy (And Bobby Kennedy)When acting as Attorney General, Robert Kennedy quickly proved himself by using his past experience handling organized crime.
Robert Kennedy’s tenure as Attorney General was easily the period of greatest power for the office; no previous United States Attorney General had enjoyed such clear influence on all areas of policy during an administration. Yet to a greater extent, it was President Kennedy who sought the advice and counsel of his younger brother, and it is to this extent that Robert Kennedy remained the President’s closest political advisor. Kennedy was relied upon as both the President’s primary source of administrative information and as a general counsel with whom trust was implicit, given the familial ties of the two men.
brothers_1President Kennedy once remarked about his brother that, “If I want something done and done immediately I rely on the Attorney General. He is very much the doer in this administration, and has an organizational gift I have rarely if ever seen surpassed.”

Robert Pattinson: Never Think

"Robert Pattinson: Never Think" Color Pencil on Card Stock Paper cut 8.5" by 11" July 9, 2009 - 6 hours

"Robert Pattinson: Never Think" Color Pencil on Card Stock Paper cut 8.5" by 11" July 9, 2009 - 6 hour

Coming to a dead end of any ideas for a title for another Robert Pattinson portrait, I had to reflect that the first was of a humorous editorial of Pattinson’s hair, however the second was thought at first to be of his glare or his snarl of a pursed expression.   The attention that “Robert Pattinson’s Unruly Hair” has had in an art showing has made me do another of him.   I find myself becoming a Pop Artist more and more these days and have yet to fully come to terms with it.

I just so happen to have picked up the soundtrack to the film Twilight .   That is, the album Twilight is made up of songs performed by various artists including Linkin Park, Collective Soul and a “Rob Pattinson.” Based on the song, “Never Think”, that Pattinson did for the soundtrack for his better-known appearance in, Twilight .   The song has a Jack Johnson feel to it and does show some talent on the side of Pattinson.

An Art Showing at a Place in August 2009

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"Robert Pattinson's Unruly Hair"

A week after missing a day of work I received a phone call from work and almost had a heart attack.  It was a friend, who just wanted to remind me that the next day was the art showing and I should arrive early for the setting up of the art exhibit.  The gallery is a hallway converted for art to be exhibited.  A row of stage lights lines the ceiling all along the passage way as well as a little bit around the corner.  Arriving early with two bags of art, I walked through the entrance area and was asked what I was carrying.  Decapitated heads was the snappy remark that came to mind, however I just said that it was a surprise.

The group that puts up the artwork at these displays are made up of six or eight women that each have a duty assigned to them and they all take part in hanging the artwork.  There is one man that helps out and happily does so.

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The sign design I did for Bob Sephens

The group was glad to see my loot and me as so far only three others had submitted works.  Incredible woodwork was already sitting at the base of the wall, woodwork of portraits of Picasso and the Three Stooges.  Three photographs of great caliber and photo-shop knowledge also were submitted.  A painting of a Chevy Impala was submitted, however I felt urped at the artist when he was asked what year was the classic car and he responded he did not know.

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"The Ladies of Grey Gardens"

My art was placed along the wall for spacing and the pre-made labels were dispersed.  When I signed up for the showing, I had put down a “Self-Portrait,” “Ladies of Grey Gardens” and about seven “Portraits” down in the forethought that I did know at the time which portraits I would submit.  When I did bring out the portrait of “Robert Pattinson’s Unruly Hair” it was labeled, by a resident, as a self-portrait.  I am not that full of self-disillusion.

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"Self Portrait Spring 2008 aka Lost in My Dreams"

The man hanging the pictures asked about the “Self Portrait” after I sorted the labels out and wondered which of the people in the portrait I actually was.  It was not the nude Billie Joe Armstrong and it was not the sleeping River Phoenix, however when I did say that it was the man sitting in the middle as the focal point he observed that I shaved a few pounds off.  Well, damn this is how I see myself.

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"A Snarl"

The actual portraits of Billie Joe Armstrong had to share a pre-made label as I over did my number of entries by one.

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"The White Sweater"

The “White Sweater” was a choice of a quiet portrait.  I left any explanation to none and I have not been asked whom the person was.  No one would know who the person in the white sweater was.

The “Ladies of Grey Gardens” were received well however I did have to correct many, as they are perceived as men.  I said that was going for a Michelangelo look to my women.  This illustration and the Self Portrait did give an impression that I was a fan of the Lord of the Rings.  This caught me off guard, as I did not do any intentional Lord of Ring art as a subject matter as I had five years prior with Frodo that still haunts the memory of many.  However, one morning a guest did ask if I was a Lord of the Rings fan and I said yes.  She stated that her son was as well.  The fact that I had just bought a book on the Lord of the Rings artist Alan Lee who draws like I do and I tried to incorporate his style into my works at the time.

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“Some call me... Tim”

A last minute substitution was of “Some Call Me Tim” from John Cleese portrayal in Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail.  The original choice for the show was “The Morning Stare” as I wanted a humorous art piece, however I had written explanation to go along with “Tim” and I wanted the exhibit to make people laugh.

A few days prior to the exhibit, I did “It’s not the Years, Honey, It’s the Mileage,” a portrayal of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones from his last film.  Done specifically for this showing, I did the portrait with the idea that most of the population from the

"It's Not The Years, Honey, It's The Milege"

"It's Not The Years, Honey, It's The Mileage"

area would know who Jones is.  In the end, it was Robert Pattinson’s portrait that caught everyone’s eye.  In fact I had a bid for it on the first day.

Three weeks later since the showing started and all I heard was mostly about Pattinson and not a word about Jones.  To quote the almighty Chuck Berry, “As for the old folks go / it just goes to show you never know.”