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Archive for June 21st, 2011


"Le Migrane"

Today it thunderstormed.  I get sinus/migraines whenever there are violent thunderstorms.  Lucky me!  I am a human barometer.  Whenever there is an atmospheric pressure change for a thunderstorm, my sinus cavities and surrounding nerves are squeezed, resulting in blurred vision, nausea, and severe pain.  I am in the practice of loading up on motrin and rubbing my face with peppermint oil (over my sinus cavities) whenever a storm is approaching ( I feel the pressure a day before the storm hits).  This eased the pain of the migraine, however I am always left with the nausea and blurred vision.  Enough of the explanation of my headaches and weather.  This is an oil painting of my headache today.  The red is the flame of my inflamed nerves  growing if I don’t take pain medicine in time.  The blue is the extinguishing effect of the ibuprofen dulling the headache.  The yellow is the partially extinguished migraine.

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"Gone Churchin'!"

This another blurred square patchwork painting.  I painted tiny square with oil paint on a 4″x2″ canvas.  I let it dry a little, and then blurred it with a dry round brush.  It’s Sunday and I still haven’t found a church that I really like on the northside of Chicago.  All of the square are the jillions of churches that I’ve visited.  I’m ready to become a member of bedside baptist, lol.

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My car is currently defunct!   I live in a major metropolitan city with great public transportation, so I don’t plan on getting it fixed anytime soon, especially with these high gas prices.  I live on the safe splendid north side of Chicago, however I have a meeting for one of my community service organizations on the south side of Chicago.  I decided to be brave and take the l-train to the south side.  I figure that it was time for me to put aside my fears and prejudices against hood-ish people.   I planned to catch the bus from my l-train stop to my meeting.  Well I was in for a surprise.  The buses run like every 5-10 minutes rain, sleet, or shine on the north side.  Not so for the south side.  I waited like 25 minutes and no bus, so I decided to walk the 1.5 miles to my meeting.  This was like the green mile.  Almost everyday 2 year olds to 15 year olds get shot by random gang violence on the south side.  I decided to pray and walk anyways as long as I was on a bus route street.  I figured that I would be in plain view on a bus route street.  I hoped that it would make me less likely to get raped, robbed, or murdered.  The south side is so sad, dirty, disgusting, and downtrodden.  There was a unbareable heaviness, a mist of dispair… a curse of some sort.  Anyways, this painting has a blurred background representing my fear of the corner hustlers and what lurked around the corner.  There is also a red jagged path super-imposed over the blurred background.  The red is the possible bloodshed if I walked into a drive-by the jaggedness is my lack of sense of direction trying to find the community center for my meeting.

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TGIF!!!!  I really dont have anything TGIF to paint about, so I will paint about something that is still on my mind from yesterday.  I went to the farmers market during lunch because I really wanted some fresh strawberries.  As I was coming back from the farmers market, there was a homeless man with poor posture with a sign saying that he didn’t want food, and that he only wanted money.  I gave him a strawberry.  Perhaps I should have given him more that one strawberry, but oh well that’s what I gave him.  This is an oil painting on a 4″x2″ canvas.  The background are blurred red, blue, grey, and black geometric shapes with a white sillouette of the homeless guy in 3 slumped poses  reaching out for a strawberry.

 

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