Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yelling "Bus"

zdepski's illustration: The Stamets boys lived down a long lane. After a big rain, we would wait for them to get in the wooded part. Then yell BUS at the top of our lungs. Jeff played Tuba and Jim played Baritone Sax.

The Stamets boys lived down a long lane. After a big rain, we would wait for them to get in the wooded part, then yelled "BUS" at the top of our lungs. Jeff played Tuba and Jim played Baritone Sax.

yes... we were assholes. Jeff and Jim... I'm sorry. I was a jerk of a neighbor.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Iris Society

zdepski's illustration - Our parents would drag us straight from church to a meeting of the American Iris Society. Three hours of slides of flowers.

Our parents would drag us straight from church to a meeting of the American Iris Society. Three hours of slides of pictures of Hybridized Irises... slide after slide... droning monotoned voices... blah, blah, blah...

THEN back to church for evening services, choir practice and youth groups.... I hated Sundays.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Planting Season

Zdepski's painting: Planting Season - 28x28 inches acrylic on canvas

Planting Season

28x28 inches acrylic on canvas

Dipped into the pigment for the first actual painting in four years. It's been sketched out on the canvas for half a year. I took the day to get my studio in shape for a commission I have, but I couldn't resist dipping in and making a mess while I prepped my paint box and brushes.

I forgot how much crud needs to be gathered together to paint somewhere other than my own studio. I need to be fully self contained, so that goes for lighting, drapery, mahl stick, fresh water container... it's not something you can put together into a single "go-bag".

Commission next Thursday; a sitting at the local gallery that reps me. The client wants something special for her wedding anniversary. Nice to be requested to do these sorts of things.

Mischief Night: The Widow Cohen

zdepski's illustration: Mischief Night 1973: The Widow Cohen was Off-Limits... Too Nice.

Mischief Night 1973: The Widow Cohen was Off-Limits... Too Nice.

This is one of the panels from the upcoming Magic Bullet 7 Comics Collective Newspaper in the Washington DC region. The theme for #7 is Halloween... but I remember Mischief Night as the most exciting night in October.

The MB7 version will be in Ink only, whereas this version is graphite and digital color... you're seeing the bonus version.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Stretching & Gessoing Canvas

A basic how-to tutorial for a common art studio project. Stretching your own will save time, gas and money.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pine Barrens

zdepski's illustration - We always had to ride facing backwards. The NJ Pine Barrens were the worst.

"We always had to ride facing backwards. The NJ Pine Barrens were the worst."

The old Dodge Cornet station wagon was a beast. My brother and I were the youngest of seven kids. We always got shoved into the rear facing seat... no side windows, and the back door window would suck in the killer exhaust fumes. So... we suffered like dogs... bald, whiny dogs.

Friday, July 5, 2013

1978 B.C. Rico Mockingbird

Here's the unboxing video of my 1978 B.C. Rico Mockingbird. I haven't seen it in 15 years, before I moved out of Pennsylvania. I had loaned it to a college friend of mine, and we just lost track of it. He boxed it up and dropped off at FedEx a couple of days ago. I just got it today.

It only had 5 rusty strings on it, but the neck still looks straight. It has a fat 50s Gibson profile, but the neck is a full two octave scale, which is nice. I think it would be a nice metal guitar, so I may strip it down to the underpaint and spray it satin black. I've always hated white/cream guitars, so no love lost if it get's a new coat.

1978 B.C. Rico Mockingbird

I just want to find out from B.C. Rich if the 1978 Patent Dispute guitars have any value. It already is not an original machine. The Bridge Pickup is an early Seymour Duncan Invader, though the neck still has a stock GOTOH humbucker. I also don't think the Preamp is an original option, and was added by the previous owner in the early 1980s.

B.C. Rico Mockingbird Switch and Pickup configuration.

My close friend and old fellow band member, Bob wrote me in an email:
"Don't tell me you didn't get a little misty-eyed when you opened the box (Hell I did:)). Remember, most old girlfriends don't come back at all, let alone in repairable shape."

Do any of you know much about these guitars and their value? I'm itching to modify it since it's already been messed with.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Farmall Cub Rides Again!

My brother Mark, who is the test pilot in this clip, just finished a 15-year project of restoring our families 1961 Farmall Cub back to running order. We used this little honey for mowing our lawn with its 48" belly mower and plowing our veggie garden with it's tilting plow. The Cub also has a 12 blade Disc and multi-tined Harrow for smoothing out the plowed field. It was a great little family tractor, and it brings a tear to my eye to see it running again! Great Job, MARK! Also, a shout-out to Mark's friend Chuck for the engine expertise and ample work space to get all done!