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Chau and B.J.'s notes from Space City

Archive for July, 2008


Here’s something I’ve been working on using a Prang watercolor set lying around the house. Hopefully I can develop it into a series. The ideas were drawn from new stories and current events that have lingered in my head for awhile.  In the beginning, the composition was going to be more complex and crowded, but I kind of like the void in this painting. At the same time, I know I need to experiment more and not fall back on previous styles, so I’ll do more of that in the next piece.


It’s been too long since I’ve painted. No more excuses!

Creativity is really a rebirth, a true tone we feel for ourselves and for our world. It is the expression of an individual based on his experiences, dreams, emotions and desires.”

Peter Lindbergh

I took this picture in Galveston, Texas towards the early evening.

Polaroids are one of my first loves. I believe it began when my siblings and I had our picture taken with the mall’s Christmas Santa Claus (I’ll try to track that one down. It’s pretty funny). Over the years, I’ve accumulated a large collection of polaroids. Hopefully, I’ll be able to archive them in the near future. Maybe one day I’ll turn it into a book. Gosh, remember when they came out with Joy Cams? I even have a few pictures from those.

I enjoy the instant pleasure they give you, and the one shot is all you have nature of the camera. With the convenience of digital cameras, we are so use to editing, deleting, and going shutter happy before finding the perfect photo. There’s also a tangible quality to polaroids that is often missing from with pictures today. How often do we really develop photos after they’re post it online?

Peter Lindberg once said black and white images constitute an interpretation and not a true representation of reality, and for me, the same applies to polaroids. sigh, I hope I can stock up on film before they all run out.

I’ve been following John Copeland ever since I stumbled across his sketchbooks where each page stands as a piece of art itself. His style has evolved over the years but his work is always captivating. In his newer paintings, he hints at a much darker tone, both in the way he paints and the subject matter, and they allow for multiple narratives to enter into play. Here the past and present collide to create a sense of uneasiness and anxiety. A comment of our time maybe? Nevertheless, I enjoy the ambiguity.

“for the wise men and the fools”
johncopeland.com