Thomas Arthur Schaefer

Thursday, May 31, 2007

The World Is So Small And Stupid

I'm out of town on business right now... and I've had the damn'dest time finding a free wifi signal. The place I'm staying has dial-up which is a joke... not to mention my laptop doesn't have a phone jack... I live in the year 2007 unlike some folks. McDonalds charges you $3 for limted blocks of 2hour periods that expire when they say. Starbucks just charges way too much... but I finally stumbled upon a small local coffee shop that just served me a killer quad-latte and has free wifi... so I'll be back here in the morning for sure. Can't conduct business very well when there is no damned internet around.


MAY 31, 2007
KANKA - People In Windows 10 (3x5 postcard)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

In Need Of A Disfunctional Lover

Put the final coat on an experimental piece I'm working on. It's really just a test for 3 larger panels along the same line. Shredded tabloids and shredded b/w newsprint. The only thing I'll probably do different when I do the larger ones is paint the base board white before I begin to apply the thousands of strips that are going to be needed for the works. I knew there would be some transparent bleeding with the newsprint when I did it, but I'd like the base to be white if there is going to be bleeding v. the tan wood color it has showing through now. This small one has over 4,000 strips... so the big ones will probably be in the 10,000 range each. They definitly take some time to do as each strip is applied by hand... but there is no other way to go about it really. But they will stay as is... no other changes once they reach this stage. They are meant to act as large vibrating abstract color fields.

(bad camera phone pics)

Also finished the based structure for some large 8ft long panel pieces along the same lines as the above works. These were done before the other though. I'm going to be painting some abstracted portraits of celebrities on each panel... getting back to my photorealist oil painting roots again. Haven't done that type of work seriously for a few years now, but I think it's the one elemnt most everything I'm attempting lately is missing. Just bored with everything I've been working on... nothing is good enough it seems. I originally was going to keep it as one whole work, with no overpaintings, with all the panels connected. As things go I've changed my mind and am going to break it into 7 works instead. Not totally set on my celeb pics, but it's probably going to be all my favorite snotty bitches... Hilton, Lohan, Spears, Richie, Aguilera, Simpson, & Barton... but the list is bound to change I'm sure. The works are horizontal though... not vert. like in the picture. The portraits will be done twice on each work. Once on the left and then mirrored on the right... each looking toward the center of the work... or each other. Going for that two-faced celebrity ideal. Not sure as of yet, but I may be including a centered object, word, or autograph as well in the composition.

(bad camera phone pics)


MAY 30, 2007
BARKER - Blue Burger Wraps 05 (3x5 postcard)
KANKA - People In Windows 09 (3x5 postcard)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fried On Current Issues And Topical Treatments

Back to the business at hand finally...
Began work again on my set of 10 Ham/Avacado paintings. Mounted the right painted/collaged portions to the base frames last night. This after I had painted them earlier with a mint green acrylic and then stained a truer green with a mixture of oil paint and a drying linseed oil.

I'm going to let the newly afixed portions set for a few days. Then, I'll add the over drawing outlines to each work and then it's off to the races. Need to find myself a nice spiral cut ham that isn't to large, but has thick enough slices that will serve my needs. Next, I'll need 10 ripe avacados so I can extract 1 large slice from the center of each and afix those to the base structure as well. Then the 10 pieces will be left outside in the sun & elements for a few weeks and I'll let nature take hold. Should be interesting.

Final steps include adding circuit boards, wires, lights and the growth vessels on the right side of the works.


MAY 29, 2007
KANKA - People In Windows 08 (3x5 postcard)

Monday, May 28, 2007

Lick It Up Tight


MAY 28, 2007
BARKER - Blue Burger Wraps 04 (3x5 postcard)
GEIER - Discount Food Allergy Medicine Cabinet 02 (4x6 postcard)
KANKA - People In Windows 07 (3x5 postcard)
ZELTZER - Things You Left In My Trash 02 (4x6 postcard)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

Dusty Trail Under Fake Moonlight


MAY 25, 2007
BARKER - Blue Burger Wraps 03 (3x5 postcard)
KANKA - People In Windows 05 (3x5 postcard)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Misplaced Mismatched Socks


MAY 24, 2007
KANKA - People In Windows 04 (3x5 postcard)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Before It Rains Anymore We're Thrown To The Light


MAY 23, 2007
BARKER - Blue Burger Wraps 02 (3x5 postcard)
KANKA - People In Windows 03 (3x5 postcard)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Neck Snap, Crackle & Pop


MAY 22, 2007
KANKA - People In Windows 02 (3x5 postcard)

Monday, May 21, 2007

Joshua Mauldin Is A Monster

Devils do not get into you mind and engender you place your baby in the microwave. Devils do not exist. Only mental dysfunction.


MAY 21, 2007
BARKER - Blue Burger Wraps 01 (3x5 postcard)
GEIER - Discount Food Allergy Medicine Cabinet 01 (4x6 postcard)
KANKA - People In Windows 01 (3x5 postcard)
ZELTZER - Things You Left In My Trash 01 (4x6 postcard)