Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Second National Bank Building

I love the facade of this building so much that I am considering a woodcarving that will feature it:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Work in Progress: American Building

The light areas are where I put modeling paste.  From a color perspective, the white of the modeling paste and the wood color do not go good together at all.  This will not be a problem once I start painting.  For now, though, I have posted a black and white photo to try to minimize the color clash.
This woodcarving is based on the following photo:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Finished product: sun/moon and building

 Here is my finished product.  It is now for sale (with different photos and a reduced price) in my Etsy shop:

Work in Progress: sun/moon and building (part 3)

The whiteness on the building is from the coarse pumice stone paste that I used.  Ultimately, I found it to be too coarse for what I wanted to do.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Album review: Terrapin Station

Even though I hate ranking things, if someone were to put a gun to my head, I would consider this to be the Grateful Dead's second-best studio album.
Being a collection of ultra-produced songs—in a manner invoking British art rock—, the album provides a perfect contrast for the band's live recordings.  The album gets even more interesting when one notices that the band, years after its release, starts to imitate parts of it in their concerts.
As an owner of the album for over 20  years, I only recently developed such a high estimation of it.  I used to do what many other listeners did: skip the first five songs and focus on the seemingly more ambitious title song.  Now, however, I can also appreciate the layers of care that have been placed into the shorter songs.
My only complaint about this album is that it is too short.  All I am asking is for an ultra produced version of every Grateful Dead song!