Sunday, December 27, 2009


It's been a while since I've posted the photos I've taken of our awesome crew..
So.. Here are a few ^_~

Thursday, December 24, 2009

New quadtych leather mosaic abstract photos.

Howdy everybody, Merry Christmas!

Here's the pix of that greyscale quadtych I was talking about doing at Lisa's.

Once framed, I'm not sure if they'll be displayed linearly or on a square as pictured.

Any suggestions?

Happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Epoxy Crisis!

I don't know if anybody goes on this blog anymore, but I thought I would give it a shot and see if I get any bites.

Ok, it’s not a crisis, but I could use any help or advice about epoxy.

I have 307 pills and capsules I made out of clay and wood and I recently coated them in enamel paint. I will attach them to a canvas painted with enamel paint as well. Enamel creates a plastic-like effect once dry. The pills and capsules fit easily in the palm of one’s hand.

I know that I will need to use epoxy to attach the pills to the canvas, but when I went to the store, I didn’t know what epoxy to purchase. There are three types: instant drying epoxy, epoxy plastic, and epoxy gel (there may have been an all-purpose one too, but I can't remember since there were so many brands available). What is the difference? I want to use whatever will keep the pills on the best and not something that will snap off too easily. Any advice would really help.

Some pictures of the pills:

(I just added color to the pills today. I will remove the blue tape once they're dry.)



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Phil's Super Sweet 16, I mean 40th Birthday Bash!

I'd love to see some faces from class but I only have Kathleen's email because of the interview assignment.
If you'd like to get in, shoot me an email to and we'll add you to the E-vite list.
The party is Saturday, January 16th 2010 from 8PM to Midnite.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's normal to suck for awhile

This is the part of that video Lisa was telling us about today to check out. Ira Glass. The part where he plays back his early work is funny.

Monday, December 7, 2009

cover it with diamonds & get mucho dinero

Hey Guys,

I was doing some homework and I saw a headline for this. I thought it was a giant fly head when I first saw a picture of it. Damien Hirst inspired?

I don't know, guys. If this is the way to get by in college, I might have to break into a couple of pawn shops to get some diamonds... anybody want in?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Free Art Fridays

Hey Everyone,
So everyone got together again for another free art table event at the Oakland Art Murmur this last Friday. I saw a car that looked like a giant snail- snail-mobile. The Hatch gallery had a great show and johansson projects had some cool machines. Thanks for everyone who showed up, I hope we can make this a routine, and if everyone is invited to make some free art. During the end of the night, Kenneth and Kris found a giant piece of cardboard to draw on so all of a sudden it turned into a live drawing event! Here are some photos.

Hatch Gallery

So during the free art event at the Oakland Art Murmur on Friday, I went around to some of the galleries. The best show of the night was at the Hatch Gallery.

Ross Cambell and Jeremiah Jenkins

I thought everything in the show was very very clever, everything was humorous yet serious at the same time. There wasn't a statement of any kind for the show but my impression was- the impact of western ideals, for example- the samurai helmet made out of american tools- the baseball- grenades. There was also a credit card- mouse trap. Everything was a mix of two different objects- that make one object, maybe the artists are trying to say the two are not so different?

For more information on the show or to contact the Hatch Gallery-

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Another Free art Friday?

So what's up with tomorrow night? Even without free art I'm down.
I'll be there toward the end as I work til 9PM but I'm hoping to see some familiar faces.
Let me know if there's an endup spot after the galleries shut the doors.

Righton, Phil

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sunnyvale Art Gallery

Hi Everyone, I went to the Sunnvale Art Gallery yesterday. I did'nt even know that Sunnyvale had an art gallery until I looked in the pamphlet that Kirk gave us. The art gallery I went to was actually a different gallery than what I found in the pamphlet though. This gallery just opened about 3 or 4 weeks ago so it's pretty new. The Sunnyvale Art Gallery has a cafe and sells art supplies too. A lot of the artwork I saw was realistic but there were different kinds of artwork like abstract photography, abstract painting, traditonal Indian (like from the country India) and cartoons. Many of the artists at the gallery are members in the Sunnyvale Art Club. There were a few artists there who were not in the club but most of them were. The club has been around for 50 years. I'm not sure if all of the members have been apart of the club for 50 years or if the club has just been around that long.
Anyways, I thought that the gallery was nice. It's on El Camino Real close to the Rooster T. Feathers comedy club.
One of my favorite of the artworks was a painting called "Swine Flu" by Angelo Lopez. I hope that you like the pictures.


This has been one of my favorite artist for a while now. I found this video of her that explains her process, her work, her motivation.

And here is a picture I took of one of her pieces I found about a year ago in San Francisco on 24th st and Hampshire St.

back in the 90s...

Hey everyone, I went to Seattle this weekend and while I was there I found some of my old school work from elementary school. I wanted to share this one with you. I was in 2nd grade... I thought it was cool because I remember being more creative than the other kids but I don't remember wanting to be an artist when I was young. I never thought of it as a profession until college...but apparently, back in 1995, I wanted to be one.

"In ten years I will be 17. I will be an artist. I will paint pictures and I will do a lot of pictures. Then I will put it up on my wall. Then my wall would be nice."

My drawing totally shows how much Bob Ross influenced me! See my happy trees? RIP

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kinkade - Ahhahhhaaaahaa

I love the idea of this show in SF. The title is: "Kinkade Cannibalized! - An Exhibition of Augmented Thomas Kinkade Paintings." I do not consider Kinkade an artist so this is a sweet revenge for me. Anyway read the article and look at some of the flicker pics. Some are hilarious. My favorite is the toilet paper one.

Read more:

Have fun,


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Art School Confidential

The post about the movie "Untitled" made think about this other movie I saw called Art School Confidential which also had to do with art. I liked this movie a lot. It was pretty funny. I have mixed feelings about the end though. It's on DVD now.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Rena Bransten Gallery/Ruth Asawa

Today, I went to see the work of Ruth Asawa at the Rena Bransten Gallery. Asawa is an American artist of Japanese descendant who creates biomorphic, three-dimensional sculpture composed of crocheted and tied iron, brass, and copper galvanized wire. She learned basketweaving techniques while at Black Mountain College and during her time in Toluca, Mexico. Some of her crocheted shapes are reminiscent of traditional Mexican egg baskets, while others feature patterns she derives from her childhood experiences living on a farm (they mimic the watering lever she would stand and play on as a child). The shape of her standing on the lever resembles an hourglass, which she recreates in her work. She considers these sculptural forms line drawings. She states they're transparency and interlocking/interweaving in space can only be done with line. Light is also cast upon her sculptures to create different shadow configurations.
Asawa describes her tied sculptures in terms of nature, calling them "trees" or "branching forms." Modeling first from nature, she then turns them into more abstract forms, using geometric centers with four, five, six, or seven points. The number of points define the shape and form of the branches.
Lastly, Asawa's two-dimensional works on paper, drawn in charcoal or brushed with ink, feature abstracted pine trees, pointillist-inspired landscapes, and stylized ocean waves. She draws out each surface with repetitive paint smears or charcoal markings, which later become larger organic shapes (some of the images may be blurry).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How many artists does it take to change a light bulb?
---Ten. One to change it, and nine to reassure him about how good it looks.

How many surrealists does it take to change a light blub?

Hey guys,
so I'm sure everyone has heard about how difficult being an artist is after graduating. You're not around your peers anymore, there are no teachers to come by with their insight and no critiques to go to for constructive criticism. All of a sudden you're on your own. Seeing how well this blog has been going, I've made a new team blog that acts like an online studio. I'd like this blog to be a way to stay connected with each other long after we all graduate. Like our teachers stress, it's important as artists to stay in touch for networking and support. We've created a small supportive art community here at CSUEB and I hope that we will all continue to be apart of it after graduation and beyond.

The blog is
If you want to be a contributor to this blog, comment with your email address and I will send you an invite to be an author.

Ways to use this blog:
-upload pics of your sketches or studies for feedback
-show works in progress/completed works for feedback
-promote any shows you are in
-to talk about any conflicts with your art making or use as therapy because you know we all need it [senior "seminar" is actually code for senior "therapy" ;)]
-art news/opportunities

For those who already have their own blog--feel free to forward blogs to 510 studio visit that you want everyone else to see.


Online Survey: Part II (Debriefing)

Hey Guys,

I just wanted to say thank you to those of you who completed my survey!!!! I really, really, really appreciate it!!! I don't know who filled out the survey, but I did receive comments and a couple of those comments were things only art people would say -thanks for the laughs.

Debriefing Information:
The survey was a measurement of learning and thinking processes based on dominance of the left hemispheric brain or the right hemispheric brain. People who are dominantly influenced by the left hemisphere of the brain often process information using sequences, logic, structure, verbal expressions, and symbols. In contrast, people who are dominantly influenced by the right hemisphere of the brain often process information holistically, randomly, intuitively, creatively, and through imagery. Those who equally use both hemispheres of the brain are considered balanced or “whole brain” thinkers.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more information, let me know. Thanks again!!! :D

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This guy reminds me of Roberto Alvarado..


Untitled-the movie

I found this on the movie guide section of EB express. The movie has good reviews, and its out now. goodstuff
check out the trailer on the youtube link below or go to

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Oakland Art MURMUR pt. 2

Hey Guys,
Here are some more photos from the Oakland Art Mur Mur this friday. This is part.2 to Kathleens post. We all had an idea to put out a free art table in the street between Johansson Projects gallery and Rock Paper Scissors. We were among all the vendors that were trying to sell stuff- but instead of selling, we gave away art for free.

What does giving away free art mean? How does it make you feel? Are we making a statement? It was a fun night, made people smile, got to talk to strangers, interact and hang out.

If anyone is interested in giving away free art next month at the next art murmur, you can contact me through my email- I can try to answer any questions you might have, or talk to mostly anyone on this blog and they can inform you.

Photo Credit- Victor Salazar/Tony Hoang

Have a great tuesday!