Reflect

May 26, 2015

 There is something magical about water. Every perspective has something knew to see. 

Oak Glenn

Take time to ponder. Reflecting on your experiences can realign focus and uncover truth.

Mother

May 24, 2015

Here is another greeting card. The idea was from the mind of my 3 year old. It was given to a friend for her birthday and first Mother’s Day.  

graphite, colored pencil, ink.

The one that almost got away

May 19, 2015

I am getting ready to trade some of our vinylly found classic rock vinyl for some soul funk and jazz vinyl this weekend.  A balance of power if you will.  So I went digging through the boxes we have that I haven’t looked through since our kick off shindig in March.  As I was flipping through the boxes for classic rock I came across an early 70’s Joe Tex record.  What in the world was this monster doing in here.  I can’t believe we had this for sale, in the $3 bin no less.  I must say, nothing beats digging through your own records and finding some gems you didn’t even realize were in there because from the time you purchased the record, to the time you found it again, your perspective on the music has changed. This, to me anyways, is evidence that we are inhabiters of our own perception of time and space.  We were so focused on curating some vinyl to showcase and sell that this record was completely passed on and boxed up.

I digress, I remember I made a pretty good find of about 25 records a couple days before the vintage market back in March.  I posted about the epic Meters first pressing that I found which is just a classic album I couldn’t believe that I had found for a wallet busting $2.  The excursion also produced this Joe Tex record.  It has a few minor scratches and the cover is a bit tattered which is most likely why we put this in the $3 bin but it plays great.  I am thankful that no one had the Joe Tex fever that day, because they would probably be rocking this joint as we speak and writing their own blog about how they found this record for $3 at a vintage market.  I hope this is a bug that I can pass along and that everyone gets infected.

Joe Tex played on the King label back in the early 60s with James Brown, and wrote some songs for Brown.  This particular album came out at the same time that Tex converted to Islam so it oozes with angst.  There are a couple really funky tracks mixed with some soul ballads.  It is an all around solid album.  I have included the title track which was one of Tex’s biggest hits of his career.

Photography

May 13, 2015

Lately, my eldest son has been very interested in photography. He has continuously asked to use my phone to take pictures. Most of them are blurry, but he always gets a good one. The thing I like the best is when he shows them to me, he explains what he likes about them. “This is my pants dad, but look at the rug. Doesn’t it look cool Dad!” I am always amazed and proud at how observant he is, and how he seems to have an understanding of his photos. Here is his pants picture, followed by photos that he told me to take:

Kai’s knee

   

Cucamonga manroot, Oak Glenn

   

Black bird on the floating dock, Oak Glenn

  

Big stinky pigs, Oak Glenn

  

Albert’s curled tail

  

Albert

  

Our buddy Sunny the bearded dragon and toy friend

 

Funky Summertime

May 13, 2015

I have been finding some pretty ridiculous records at garage sales week in and week out, this weekend being no different.  I don’t even remember the last time I came home empty handed.  Most of the time I am bringing home classic rock, and while I do enjoy Pink Floyd, I don’t need 4 copies of The Wall (which I have).  Nowadays I get really excited when I see some jazz or soul or funk records which my collection is seriously lacking.  Even better when I find some soul jazz, jazzy funk, or as I like to say, so fuzz.  I showed up around 7:30 at a garage sale that started at 8 in Capo Beach.  I should have arrived around 7:15 but sort of lost my way daydreaming of the Eugene McDaniels records I was going to find.  When I pulled up there were already a few people digging through boxes and the owner said the garage sale started a while ago.  My heart raced, oh no, its all gone.  But to my delight there they were, 4 boxes of records glimmering in the morning sun.  As I started to flip through the records, a cool ocean breeze ran through my hair.  How much are the records I asked, $3 the owner replied, it was on.  I was taking my sweet time and found a couple blue note labels, which is a really sought after jazz label, including Herbie Hancock who is one of my favorites.  Just then I saw Barney come walking up the driveway.  I met Barney a few months back, he has a booth at the OC fairgrounds and sells all kinds of stuff including records.  He is local to the area and I have seen him at a few garage sales.  So I started to go through the records faster but he is just too fast.  I found this Solar Plexus record (that I posted below) that the cover immediately drew me in.  I asked the owner what it was and she explained it had some Brazilian rhythms and this and that.  Honestly she had me at Brazilian so I grabbed that one and continued my search.

Not sure if its a habit, jealousy or what but I always watch what records other people are flipping through next to me.  I saw Barney pull out Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly, my head sank, I have wanted that record for a while and I can just imagine all the good ones are now gone.  I politely let Barney finish going through the other boxes so I could move on to the remaining 3 boxes.  To my delight, there was a goldmine of jazz that he didn’t grab.  Oh Barney.  I made out like a bandit and seriously uped my jazz collection, 10 records in all.  A few blue note labels and some other stuff I have never heard of.  Turns out the stuff I never heard was actually pretty rare, which I guess is why I never heard of it.  Including a Walter Bishop Album, who played with Charlie Parker back in the 50s.  It was a white label promo on the Black Jazz label, which is a pretty obscure label, so I couldn’t pass it up.  He does a nice version of summertime which has been covered by artists from Billie Holiday to Sublime.  It is definitely so fuzz.

The best part about the whole experience last weekend is when Barney said, so I’ll give you $12 for all of this and the owner was like, $3 a record plus this belt, that will be $60.  Even the Andy Williams records, yes especially those.  Hahaha, what a hoot.  Barney proceeded to put back the ABBA records he was holding.  I then went up to the owner, who we had a nice conversation about a few of the records, and counted my records for her, 10 total.  I said, so $30 then, and she replied $25 will do, because……, well just because.  Deal!  Moral of the story, don’t be such a Barney, Barney.

Ma, Rare Earth

May 10, 2015

To all the mothers! If you haven’t heard of the band, Rare Earth, please check them out. I can’t describe how awesome they are. My wife and I have a second hand store we frequent for records. This one day we didn’t see anything we recognized so we each bought a record solely on the cover art. My wife chose a green and black cover of stylized face with glasses on and I chose an album of a black line drawing of a naked fat woman riding a small rocking horse. After we had purchased them and were sitting in our car we discovered they were the same band! Rare Earth.

This album is dedicated to Ma. This post is dedicated to Ma, and this day is dedicated to Ma. Mom, I love you!

Toon! Toon!

May 9, 2015

Sometimes my team wins. Sometimes they lose. The results are important, but they aren’t the reason why I am a supporter. Fight for our life!

Newcastle united

Toon! Toon! 

Bloomed cactus

May 8, 2015

This is the same flower as the past post. They opened just before the rain.  

open says sun

  

open for business

 

Standing taller

May 7, 2015

i posted this a couple days ago: 

 

Here they are 3 days later. 

 race to the sun.


Amazingzing! 

Lets Play

May 6, 2015

This is a follow up to the last vinyl post so I will keep it sweet.  The vinyls I ordered from Brazil came yesterday, much faster than expected and I couldn’t wait to rush home from work to throw them on.  The Jards Macale self titled is just incredible.  Let’s Play That gave me goose bumps when it came on.  I love the way he screams out lapiz (which is pencil in portguese), then sings the chorus (Let’s Play That in english), it progressively becomes more incomprehensible as the chorus evolves and just becomes noise basically.  Then bam!, the song breaks into this unbelievable jam.  I was walking around my house like a chicken looking for feed.

I also threw on the Jorge Ben album.  My mother in law was rocking out in the kitchen and kept say valeu Jay!  When Xica Da Silva came on she told me how she has been to the house where Xica Da Silva lived.  Xica Da Silva was a Brazilian slave born in the 18th century that became rich and powerful.  She is legendary in Brazil.  So besides being a ridiculous jam, the song has song some inspirational significance, which is appropriate for the Africa Brasil title.

These are my two favorite Brazilian albums.  Enjoy!

Stand tall

May 6, 2015

This little guy is one year old. We got him at the Yucaipa festival last year. The 3 little buds have shot up fast. I am looking forward to seeing what color they are.    

blooming cactus

 Cactus are so cool.

Orbital light leaves part 2

May 6, 2015

 

drawing on canvas

   

Animals on parade

May 5, 2015

Fatherhood has inspired me in so many ways. Lately, I have been getting my boys (2 and 4,) involved with my drawing. I ask them what to draw and they make up something, usually it involves some type of animal doing something silly or unusual. Kids sure do have a great imagination, and it’s always fun to see it in action. 

These 2 paintings are from the mind of my eldest. They were first drawn on blank greeting cards in the car while waiting for mom to finish our errands. Both are acrylic on canvas. Both are for sale.

 

moose car with antlers

  

hippo sub

Kids are awesome! 

Thank you

May 3, 2015

The weekend was fantastic! Thank you to all those who stopped by to gaze at some paint. I always enjoy talking with people about art. Sharing and receiving new tidbits of information. Meeting my neighbors. I am inspired by my surroundings. Thank you Yucaipa!  

yucaipa blvd.

 We plan on posting up for a Friday night farmers market. Stay tuned for upcoming dates. 

For those who were unable to attend the festivities, here are some new works for your eyeballs: 

Riding a lip ballon.

  

orbital light leaves, with sailboat.

   

 

Part 2

May 3, 2015

Here is the other part of “Lookout dunes, New Berry Springs.  

acrylic on photo on panel

 

Sold together.

  

For sale. 

May 3, 2015

Sand dune lookout, New Berry springs. In search for the elusive Air Barrel. Part one:  

VW with dunes, New berry springs

 I will post the second image later. Artwork is sold as set. Or, come up to the arts and music fest in Yucaipa, and see it for yourself! Noon to 7, Yucaipa Blvd. just past California St. 

Jane Goodall love. 

May 2, 2015

I just received some likes from Roots and shoots day of peace. So this post is dedicated to them , and Jane. I have had the amazing pleasure of meeting her with the original portrait I did. Thank you for what you do and what you have given.  

Assorted prints from the icon series

Expect change.

Loaded.

May 2, 2015

Artwork is up and ready to be gazed upon. Works from Surf soul realism series, icon series, endless summer series, and new comic style work.  

arts and music festival, Yucaipa

  

Theo booth pano.

 Come on down!

Locked but not loaded, yet. 

May 1, 2015

The booth is ready for ammunition. Drawings and paintings will be hung in the morning.  

 Sales start at 11am, so you’ll be able to get your Saturday lie in. Flock of Seagulls are on at 7:30pm, and Berlin follow at 8:30. That gives a good window for enjoying Yucaipa’s old town, and supporting local artists and local business. 

 

 Yucaipa arts and music festival. 

May 1, 2015

The fest starts tonight. What are you doing this weekend? Cruise out to Yucaipa and join in the festivities.  Artist row is located just past California St. On Yucaipa blvd. But that’s not all that’s going on. Good times and great oldies all weekend long. See you there!

map of yucaipa arts and music fest

    

A golden idea.

April 29, 2015

 

Unknown illumination.

April 29, 2015

I found a box of blank greeting cards in my “Mary Poppings bag”, so I decided to challenge myself and draw on one everyday. They will be for sale at the Yucaipa Arts and Music festival this weekend. All cards will be original drawings. We will be set up Friday evening and be open for business until closing time on Sunday. Cruise on through! 

Drawing on greeting card.

  Orbitals light a soft path. A hard line divides. Crashing, repeatedly; sleeeeeeep. 

Spring, alive.

April 24, 2015

Spring is on the March, or should I say on to May! 2015, the year of the sheep, has been rolling through quickly. All around, life is surviving. Take your time and notice the amazing sights and sounds that has been so artistically given to each and everyone on us. Here are some of our sights for your eyeballs.  

Apple blossom festival, Oak Glenn

    

Blooming cactus, SBCM Redland

  

Blooming succulents, Yucaipa

  

Unidentified in the backyard, Placentia

    

Flower picture, Redlands

  

Backyard citrus, Yucaipa

  

Camo hopper, Yucaipa

    

Acrosternum hilare, Yucaipa

 

Basking at San Bernadino County Museum, Redlands

 

Alligator lizard buddy, Yucaipa

   

Past Reflections

April 23, 2015

Board cutout

 I have been whisked away by life’s strong current. I remember when; and my mind drifts with the high tide. Dreaming constantly. The time is now, and my best is yet to come. All things cycle in rhythm; with purpose. In waves; and that is what I look for, everywhere. Repeating lines. Constant. Moving. In time.  Smells, sounds, sights, tastes and feelings. They will always be in me. Ready to awaken a memory and throw my mind into glide.  The little things are the most important. My life is complete and growing. The ocean is a part of me always. My life’s journey will return to memories, familiar and made new. It has happened. It will be. My faith is strong. 

Newbies

April 22, 2015

Last week I wrote that I picked up Dr. John’s single “Right Place Wrong Time” on 45.  So it breaks my heart to say that while I was cleaning this record, I discovered that it is cracked.  I tried to play it anyways in hopeless desperation to no avail.  After sulking around the house for about 10 minutes, I took the gift card good ole grandpops gave me for my birthday that I have been saving for just an occasion, and made the trek to the record store.  There are two stores that I frequent often, one is run by an old jazz artist and he carries almost exclusively used vinyl, including a large selection of Brazilian MPB and Bossanova.  I go there if I want a music lesson.  I can spit out just about any vibe I am going for………. blues with a some horns and a funky drum beat and bammm, Joe will play something that will just blow my mind, and tell me who plays what, and he played with that guy and this guy and he is a beast, etc.  I love this place but I will be there for hours and not what I was looking for in my glass case of emotion.  The other has a great selection of new sealed vinyl and I heard one of Dr. Johns newer albums lately and was intrigued.  So I decided to go to the latter and low and behold there were multiple copes of the record I was looking for.  Thanks grandpa!  Turns out this album “Locked Down” was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.  It came out in 2012 and won a Grammy for blues album of the year.  This album is a monster.  I like to think I am fairly up to date on newer music, at least I was in 2012, especially if it was Black Keys related which I was a huge fan back then (still am).  I can’t believe I missed this one.  Lets just say my tears dried up pretty quickly once I rocked this album in my car on the way home (vinyl came with a CD).  Dr. John was and still is a giant.  My only regret is that I didn’t discover this sooner and will never be able to see this set live.

After the Dr. John purchase there was still a small hole in my vinyllyfound heart, which I just filled minutes ago.  There are a couple Brazilian albums that are top of the list ridiculously incredible ear candy.  I don’t usually buy reissues but these are older albums and the chances of my finding these Brazilian albums at a garage/estate sale are slim.  Even Joe can’t find these.  I have been watching on ebay but I don’t want to spending the $70+ price tag these are going for.  So I broke down and bought the reissues which are exclusively from Brazil.  I haven’t seen these, even the reissues, for this cheap so I had to pull the trigger.  They are on shipment from Brazil so I will not see these for a month or so.  The first, Jorge Ben’s Africa Brasil has been on my list of top albums for years.  He is my favorite most versatile Brazilian artist and I am overjoyed I will finally have this on vinyl, even if it is a reissue.  The album contains a track, that if you are ever at a Brazilian party, which I usually am, and you play this track, everyone in the party will just about lose their mind.  This is an anthem for sure.  Theostyle had the pleasure of seeing him live in Rio De Janiero a few years back, so ask him if you have any doubts to the greatness.  The second, Jards Macale, I just discovered a few months ago.  I would never find this record here, it is rare even in Brazil.  I need to become more acquainted with his catalog but this particular album was my most recent mind blow.  It sounds like a three piece jam sesh.  This is the recipe for simple but profound.  I am digging the trifecta song posts.  Enjoy!


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