Whitney Memorium

My friend Veronica deJesus is a Bay Area artist. She is known for memorial drawings that live on after the deaths of celebrities and ordinary people. While I’m a bit Whitney Houstoned out right now (RIP), I love this creepy cool memorial drawing Veronica created. If you ever go to San Fran, visit Dog-Eared Books to see a wall of these memorial drawings. That’s how we first stumbled upon Veronica’s huge talent.

New Drawings and an Updated Store


Today I am posting a couple new Adobe Ideas drawings that I’ve recently finished. Right now I’m very interested in using simple colors, shapes, and theme. I think they are turning out very well.

I also wanted to point you to our new store over on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/artduh

Drop in, take a look, and buy some artwork. Maybe even a copy of one of these new pieces. Your support is very much appreciated!



Which Way do you Fold your Origami Crane

I don’t normally blog about music – but I think this song is worth it. My dance company, The Fourteenth Ward, has been looking for  a chill veil song. Our music up to this point is intense and psychological, and we wanted to lead our audience down a more introspective path at some point in our set. Here is the song we chose, by Trevor Hall.


Beans and Macaroni

I miss the days of making art from glue, paper, macaroni, beans and pudding.

Tammy Faye
Tammy Faye

The other day, I was chillin and thrillin with my pal, Princess Kennedy and she told me about a friend of hers who has gotten famous making art out of all of the above (except pudding.)

Jason Mecier is known for celebrity bean portraits. He also makes yarn art, macaroni art, candy art and art out of items found in junk drawers.

Here are a few of his portraits – and also a business tip I learned from him. As a pop artist, he loves to replicate the image of the likes of Dolly Parton and Farah Fawcett. Somehow, the artists often end up buying his portraits of them. I think I’ll do a fillet crochet portrait of Ellen Degeneris or Bobby McFerin and see what happens! Check out Jason’s website at http://www.jasonmecier.com for more info.

Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

"Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" - Paul Gauguin

One of my favorite paintings is Paul Gauguin‘s “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?”. The painting is meant to be read from right to left and shows the different periods from a woman’s lifetime. The three women on the right show the beginning of that life, the group in the middle symbolizes the journey through adulthood, and the final figure is an old woman reflecting on and coming to grips with all she has been through.

This image often flashes in my minds eye, especially the central figure. The way she grabs that fruit, maybe from the Tree of Knowledge for all I know, with no regrets… getting ready to take a bite. I think she is beautiful. This painting, and all the women in it, are beautiful.

Man Ray’s Mouth

ArtDuh owes a debt of gratitude to Dada artist Man Ray, mainly because he provided the inspiration for one of our logos, the infamous floating lips. I don’t know that I was really thinking of Man Ray when I decided on that logo, but while I was working on it, I knew exactly where it came from.

I seem to write a lot about the artwork I’ve been thinking of most in the week leading up to my Sunday post, and today’s post is no exception. For whatever reason, I’ve caught myself repeatedly imagining giant lips floating like a spaceship over the valley. Will those lips laugh at us? Will that mouth take a bite? Or maybe it’ll just continue to hover and smile… I dunno, but I know I like the image.

Man Ray was an American artist, born in Philadelphia, who later moved to Paris and became a leading figure in the Dada and Surrealist art movements of the early 20th century. He is probably best known for his work in photography and film, but his paintings are pretty nice too!