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Here are two new abstract paintings I did this week….


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Wilmer Murillo

I stumbled across Wilmer Murillo’s VIRB page the other day and absolutely loved his work. It’s got this truly wonderful combination of seemingly light (not to be misconstrued as “light weight”) subject matter with just the right hint of something darker and a little sad. And I absolutely love the proportions. It’s right up my alley.

Wilmer Murillo – “Looking for Truth”

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There are a number of works I’ve seen lately that are totally blowing my mind. They tend to revolve around the idea of deconstructing these common things that are virtually woven into our DNA (not a new idea, I know). Two of the projects take our common notion of what a “house” is and basically pull it through a 5-dimensional shredder, bending and twisting and exposing those parts that we know are there but never see. To me, this does three things:

a) it forces you to reconsider both the world in general and the world in which you exist comfortably (and in which, perhaps, you shouldn’t feel so comfortable) and, ultimately, the vulnerability of that world,

b) it feels very much like a metaphor for all those things that require faith to exist, including god, love, and your own sense of comfort (see above), and

c) it reveals the parallels between our fabricated world and and the natural world (peel back the skin and there are the bones).

Below are two photos that are seriously overloading my brain right now. In a good way.

Robbie Rowlands
Robbie Rowlands

Dan Havel and Dean Ruck
Dan Havel and Dean Ruck

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I am proud to announce the launch of the new and improved dustinparkerarts.com, the online home of my graphic design and illustration portfolio. Be sure to check it out and give me your feedback.


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I thought this was interesting….


PARIS – We knew Leonardo’s masterpiece was varnished. With time this varnish has become yellow and has altered the aspect of the original colors. How can we find the initial aspect of Mona Lisa? Researchers at the CNRS have maybe found the solution. With advanced optical techniques and by using a multi-spectral camera, they have analyzed the composition of the color reflected by the surface of the painting, in hundreds of millions of different points. They carried out the same measure on samples of pigments from that time. By comparing the two series, they have untangled the three respective parts of the Mona Lisa: the varnish, the superficial layer and the under layer. The technical conclusions on the under layer show it is made of umber – a mixture of 1% vermilion and 99% of white lead. What is most interesting for neophytes is to learn that in order to give this intensity to his colors, Leonardo seems to have been the first Italian painter to have used a glaze (a multitude of diluted layers of one same pigment). This confirms once again his innovating talent, inspired in this circumstance by the progress made by the Flemish artists. This new technique should allow us to look at other masterpieces with different eyes.

I love that a painting is organic. That a painting is alive. That a painting ages and decays and changes color. The painting never stops evolving until it is completely destroyed. Until it is nothing but dust and memories.

You can never see the same painting twice. The painting is constantly changing, and you are constantly changing. You are both slowly dying. Slowly turning to dust. Slowly fading away. Slowly changing color.

Always in flux.

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Emo Abe

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This morning I woke up at 7:30 am and crawled out of bed. I washed the grease out of my hair, and put on a fresh coat of deodorant to cover up whatever funk might be lingering from the day before. I brushed my teeth and grabbed the one clean shirt that was on top of the laundry pile. I was running late and I didn’t have time for my morning hygiene regiment. I had to be at Office This at 8:00 am to check in at the AIGA Student Portfolio Forum. This year I volunteered to be a judge for the annual event sponsored by the Wichita Chapter AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts).

SPF follows an interview format where the judge and student meet one on one as if the student was presenting his/her portfolio for a job interview. Once the interviews were completed the students set up their portfolios for display for the other students and judges to see. Then all of the judges would review the various portfolios on display and select winners for various categories, such as best illustration, best print, best advertisement, and best overall portfolio.

During my senior year at Friends University I competed in SPF and won the best illustration category. The following year I joined the AIGA board and took on the position of Information Chair, which is a fancy way of saying I was in charge of marketing events and sending out press releases. That year I also played a big role in the organization of SPF and designed the poster, awards, and other materials for the event. Later that year I decided to step down from my position at AIGA to free up more time to pursue other projects and have more time to make art. I also let my AIGA membership expire. Sometimes I feel a little guilty for abandoning AIGA but I still try my best to attend AIGA workshops and events, and I try to volunteer when I’m able.

This year SPF was held at Office This, a shopping mall that has been converted into office spaces and conference rooms that businesses or individuals can rent for a very reasonable fee without signing a lease or making any long term commitments. The spaces also come fully equipped with computers, telephones, printers, internet and all of that other office jazz that you need to operate a modern business.

I like the idea of a ready to use office space that you can rent short term or long term. I can see the benefit of using such a space, but the majority of the office spaces were vacant. Just a bunch of empty cubicles. Rows of unused computers. No signs of human life whatsoever. The place had zero character. It was just a bunch of office spaces in an abandoned shopping mall. Nice corporate offices that most corporate stiffs would love to call home. I would want an office space with a little more personality. An environment that would fuel my creativity. I would want to stand out and have a space that is unique and shows the character of the business I was running. I think Office This is providing a unique service and I think it would be great place for many small businesses and freelancers to call home.


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