Monday, November 2, 2009
I have returned and will try to keep this baby updated again. Here's a sweet picture from my recent Halloween trip to Washington DC.
P.S. If I happened to slap you in the face this weekend I apologize...but you probably liked it.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Today we mark the death of Michael Jackson. I am personally saddened because he represented one of only a handful of musicians who have had a profound impact on the decisions I have made in my life. The man was troubled, his actions bizarre but his music brought me joy and for that I am thankful and I will miss his presence.
Be wary of people running their mouths. The King of Pop had problems, there is no doubt about that. But the people who will spout off jokes and disregard the art tend to be talentless and non-contributing and they will never affect .01% of the number of people that Michael Jackson did.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I had a very interesting New York experience that culminated in a fine drawing executed on Tuesday night.
This took four hours and was critiqued by the remarkable Joshua LaRock while it was being drawn. The paper is larger than my pitifully small scanner so there's some noticeable distortion on the right side of the scan.
I'm available for portrait commissions.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I just found something that I think you all might enjoy. In 1890 John Singer Sargent painted a famous Spanish dancer who went by the name La Carmencita. His result was a very fine painting of a very interesting subject.
Recently I found a video of Carmencita performing in front of Edison's Kinescope Machines. According to the Library of Congress, Carmencita was the first woman to perform in front of an Edison machine.
It's fascinating to me to see the same subject presented in paint and film as a display of the changing modes of documentation.
Art geeks assemble!
Monday, May 18, 2009
I need to attend Bonnaroo this year. Everyone I love is going to be singing there and to not go would be a major problem. Thus I am accepting donations. Please give...your Phill needs you.
A small donation can provide this face with a mind blowing experience. Please give today.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Every once in a while I feel like a complete stranger will paint a picture or sing a song specifically for me Janelle Monae has done just this. Behold.
Her album "Metropolis: The Chase Suite" is a science fiction story set to digital and traditional orchestration. I think you'll like it a lot, plus she's really pretty.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
You are charged with filling a 30 gig iPod with information that will be used to educate the future of the human race. This will be the only source of knowledge that future generations will have from our time.
What Books, Films, Music and other media do you store on the device?
I'll post my list in the coming days.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I read a few web comics on a regular basis. Here are some of the ones I like most:
Questionable Content - It's like friends...but more awkward.
Penny Arcade - They play Pokemon and D&D. Gabe has become one hell of an artist.
XKCD - Smartest stick figures ever.
Three Panel Soul - The painted comics are my favorites.
The Abominable Charles Christopher - The tales of an existential Yeti and his quest through the forest.
Tell me what you guys read and I'll post links. Does anyone know of a Sci-Fi web-comic that won't make me want to vomit?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
James Gurney has an incredible blog about painting, art and life. Today a part of his post made me laugh.
"I have no idea what the squirrel is thinking. They seem to be driven by a mysterious combination of determination and paranoia...and now and then a fierce Killer Instinct."
Isn't it soooo true?
Squeak Squeakum Squeak Squeak,
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
THATS FUCKIN CRAZY!!!! I DRAW BETTER IN MY SLEEP FAM! I CANT EVEN BELIEVE THIS! MY SHIT IS WAY DOPER!
LOOK I EVEN PHOTOSHOPPED MY SHIT TO SHOW YOU BUT ITS TOO DOPE FOR BLOGSPOT AND THEY KEEP GIVING ME ERRORS!!!! WHAT THE FFFFFFFUUUUUCCCCCCCKKK!!!
SERIOUSLY FAM IM TIRED OF EVERYONE HATIN AND SAYING HOW MY SHIT AINT THE BEST.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I want to say that I like pretty much everyone. And I don't mean just the people I know, though I certainly like most of you a great deal. I mean, I like total strangers simply because they're new and different.
Over the last few days I've been reading about other countries and their governments and traditions. On completely separate occasions I've caught myself thinking "I really like Spanish people." and "I sure do love France." and then just today "Wow, German people are cool." It was when I thought that about Germany that I realized that I can't identify a single group that I genuinely do not respect or in someway admire. Maybe I'm just lucky?
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Two things! First, visit the Grand Central Academy's Blog. They show great work and recently a whole bunch of their artists won awards at the Art Renewal Salon. The blog is here.
Second, while you're here, have your mind blown by NASA the track is called "Gifted".
You don't have to lie, you liked that a lot,
p.s. Watch Gangs of New York and The Departed as soon as possible and tell me about how amazing they are.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I am not going to see Wolverine, Transformers 2 or Spider-Man 4 (when it gets made). This is because X-Men 3, Transformers and Spider-Man 3 were some of the worst movies I have ever seen. If I were to go to a cafe and get terrible coffee...and I mean horrible, weak, bitter, disgusting coffee, would it be wise to go back to the same cafe for a sequel? The answer is no.
If we all keep dishing out money to see movies that are probably going to suck, these companies and their directors are going to keep getting away with making shitty, weak, bitter, disgusting movies.
P.S. Fuck you Sony Pictures.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here's the deal, if you can help me find a job that meets the following criteria I will give you 100% of my first paycheck...no questions asked.
The job must:
1. Be full time.
2. Be some kind of Creative Service.
3. Be located somewhere between Toms River and New York City.
4. Provide enough money to move north of Ocean County within a reasonable amount of time.
Happy hunting. I hope I find one before any of you guys do. I could use that paycheck.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Under Ronald Reagan the wealthiest Americans paid 50% taxes on their earnings. Under Richard Nixon they paid about 70%, under Eisenhower they paid 91%. All three were Republican, none was ever accused of being a Socialist.
Barack Obama is trying to raise the tax rate on these same people from the current 35% to the astounding 39.6%. Obviously he has pictures of Chairman Mao and Josef Stalin hanging in the oval office.
Stop thinking about it, I'm right.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
It goes without saying that I have a native distrust of billion dollar multi-national corporations. But GE is trying hard to make me believe that they are up to something good (which they will no doubt overcharge us for in the future). Their alternative energy website is really well designed but is pretty short on the details of their technologies and plans. Have a look and tell me what you think.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Why do some people not want to work when they're at work? Why do some people assume that their coworkers and their bosses are supposed to be their friends? Why can't we all just be professional at work? Why am I asking you these questions?
Where am I?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The Animal Collective are a group of geniuses sent from the psychedelic warp zone specifically to please me and those who are fortunate enough to be like minded. To prove this fact I present you with the cover from their most recent album entitled Merriweather Post Pavilion:
See? I told you!
Lion in a Coma,
Monday, March 2, 2009
Yahoo! News (in their infinite intelligence) referred to the following request, made by Christian Bale, as "Odd".
Christian Bale was McG's first choice to play John Conner, whom he calls "the most credible action star in the world right now." McG offered Bale the part while he was shooting "The Dark Knight," and he initially turned it down. Bale told McG that if he could refine the script to the point where it could be read on stage without any special effects and still be a compelling story, he would agree to star in it.
That's not odd, that's smart. This movie might be good.
Come with me if you want to live,
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I'm thinking about taking a trip up to Massachusetts to visit some very important museums. The Clark and The Norman Rockwell Museum. Both are fascinating and they are surprisingly close to one another. I'm going to go in late March or early April, if anyone wants to come with me let me know. It's always more fun to road trip in a pack.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sometimes I have issues regarding Van Gogh's paintings, but more often than not I just fall right into his pictures and enjoy myself. MOMA has a cool website about a show they're doing about his night paintings (a subject I'm obsessed with). Click here to see it.
I was also impressed by the website itself. Check it out, particularly the portrait of Eugene Boch, the Ultramarine is incredible.
Met vriendelijke groeten,
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Valentine's Day is this weekend and I would like to remind everyone that the origin of the holiday is the Roman Festival of Lupercalia which of course was far superior to our tradition of chocolate and cheap jewelry. To quote the Roman Historian Plutarch:
"At this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck"
That's right kids, naked Romans running around slapping each other with riding crops. You're gonna have a hard time enjoying your dinner reservation with that image in your brain.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
A long time ago I found an awesome watch design studio called TokyoFlash. I of course want all of the ones that look like they belong in Blade Runner or Dick Tracy and feel that you all could afford to chip in and buy me one. They've also recently started to make bags and hats and all kinds of conventional goodness that I want. Have a look, buy me stuff.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Oil painting. It's like the universe's way of saying, "You're not there yet buddy...keep trying". But the universe grants different people different skills Casey Baugh for example, has all the skills I want. Check him out, drool for a while. He's like a young Richard Schmid and it makes me crazy.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Just as you were beginning to viewed by me as human being you go ahead and ruin it by releasing an album with the worst album art I have ever seen IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.
I just...I try so hard to like you Lil' Wayne and you just keep slapping in the mouth with reasons to dismiss you.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Imagine what a mixture of delight, confusion, surprise and mild sexual attraction feels like. Got it? It feels good right? Thats how I feel when I am confronted with an object that contains either bright lights, spectral color or a large touch screen. It's a good thing no-one has ever combined the three because I would probably ejac--I'm sorry what?
...Oh my god.
There are no words in Elvish, Entish or the Tongues of Man to describe how I feel about this machine. All know is that I want to fly to wherever it is and marry it so that I can physically defend it when anyone but me tries touch it.
Confounded and Aroused,
Saturday, January 17, 2009
“I am an example of publicity — a great deal of it,” Mr. Wyeth said. “I’m grateful because it gives me the freedom to go and try to do better. But I never had any great idea that these people are understanding what I’m doing. And they don’t.”
Thursday, January 15, 2009
It is my pleasure to announce, after months of construction, the opening of www.Phillustrator.com! It's not perfect, but it works and I'm damn proud of it. If anyone is having issues running it please let me know by commenting on my blog or by sending me an email. Now I can work on making better pictures for the gallery section.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I'm learning Adobe Flash and ActionScript 3.0. I enjoy programming to a degree, I see it as speaking to a computer in it's native language. Isn't that cool? "Hey, Ma! Check me out, I'm speaking robot!"
You know what I don't enjoy? When I type two commands that ARE IDENTICAL except one goes to one address and the other to different address and one works just fine and the other crashes my movie. I don't enjoy that, not one tiny bit.
Thats like firing two identical guns at two different targets in different directions. And one bullet hits the target as expected, but the other bullet doesn't. Instead it disappears and causes the car you brought to the shooting range to explode! Doesn't that sound like fun? Isn't that something you want to learn?
No? Oh Ok.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I decided to do a painting of the beach I grew up visiting. I tried my best to adhere to the proper artist's sequence in creating the piece. First I did a bunch of comps on paper.
I chose one that works almost perfectly on the 1/3 rules. And then went ahead and did a color comp in watercolor.
Needless to say, this was a complete waste of effort because of nature's adherence to Gargiulo's Law of P+ApM(T)=F (Phill+Analog Painting Materials (Time) = Failure). So I ditched the water color effort and moved straight to digital. Two days (and five cups of coffee) later I came up with this.
I pretty satisfied with it and it represents exactly what I had in mind...it just isn't exactly Ortley Beach. I hope you enjoy. And Tiffany, you'll just have to wait for Laocoan...that might take some time.
P.s.- Right click on the images and then choose "View Picture" to get full views. Does anyone know a good hosting site that won't put ridiculous links on the bottom of my pictures and will still do a decent job?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I took a little break from blogging so that I could enjoy my holiday without worrying about commenting on things. It was, in retrospect, bittersweet but thats not what I'm writing about today.
I have been becoming more and more obsessed with gadgets that I can't afford lately and my newest tech pleasure is the blog Engadget (ya see what they did there with the name?). These guys are covering the CES show better than any other website and is making me want to pull out the credit cards and go all pre-recession at my local Best Buy.
The trend I'm most excited about are the HD Camcorder line-ups that every major brand has released. If you dig around Engadget you'll find some. I love that we can film hi-def digital on a handheld and as soon as I can I'm going to get my hands on one and do my best P.T. Anderson composition impression. Speaking of hi-def, this is a technical demo for a new Canon HD that almost made cry. It's simple but beautiful...just how I like it.
Tomorrow I'll post a new painting!