Thursday, July 31, 2008

No Way!

After a few false starts, I made these two drawings. The No Way one is inspired by Sister Corita Kent whom I heard about on Weekend America a while back and just remembered again today while racking my brain for something to do today. I discovered that i really like words, so expect more words in the future.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mic Check

I guess the music inspired me tonight. I need to get some real inspiration soon...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Inspiration Troubles

Hopefully tomorrow's will be better.

Holga Shots

Here are my 35mm Holga shots from Saturday. Below are some bonus shots from the same roll form the last time I went out to see the big trees. I really gotta fix that big light leak which causes the bright spots. Enjoy...


I made this drawing yesterday so I'll count it as a make up for Friday when I didn't draw anything.

Monday, July 28, 2008


I read an interview with Jason Dill today which included a few collages he had made which got me thinking about making collages, so that's what I did today. This one is very similar to the work of Thomas Allen.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Brendan Ash: I Salute You.

Skateboarding in Hampton Roads is difficult mostly because of the lack of spots. This Sunday while out on a skate mission Brendan spotted a building foundation then went over by the Police Station to get a barrier needed to make the spot good. Brendan was rewarded for his efforts with this gnarly front board captured on both digital still and video cameras. Brendan Ash, for going above and beyond the call of duty, I salute you.

I am counting these photos as my art for the day, I still have to upload yesterday's photos for that day's art, and I blew it on Friday, sorry.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Boot Picture

The fish is done so i drew a picture of my newly repaired boot on the back of one of my old business cards.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fish Day 4

I think I finished the fish today. It didn't come out as awesome as I'd hoped, but I had fun making it and learned a little bit about painting on metal. More random stuff to come as art month continues.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fish Day 3

Here is the third day's worth of work on the fish. I added the scales to the bottom. I think tomorrow I'll go over the whole bottom with a solid color with the scales kind of creeping through. I think I also need to fix that bottom fin. All the fins need some work to be honest.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fish Progress

Since Kellie is starting a month long kick of daily art I am too kind of by default since I like to hang out with her and make art too. I tried to add some depth to my fish today. It's not perfect, or even that good, but I'm learning as I go. Living with an art teacher is great. Kellie gives me advice and I don't take it. She must deal with that kind of stuff all day at school. (thank goodness it's summer so she only gets it from me.)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Drawing A Fish

So today I was overcome with the urge to draw a fish. The creative juices got flowing earlier in the week when I saw Jeff Canham's work. I started wanting to blatantly bite his style but use skate words instead of surf/nautical words. When I got my piece of metal to work on I felt like it was the perfect shape for a fish, so I looked at a bunch of fish pictures and came up with this guy. It isn't any particular fish, but It was fun to make and experiment with acrylic paints. It needs a few more layers, and a lot of advice from Kellette, but I'm pretty stoked on it so far.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Brendan

Many Beers

Digital Beer
Andrew trying to understand our non-drinking.

Happy 30th Brendan. We had a great time last night. Sorry for everyone that isn't pictured. I ain't no cobra snake or anything.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Most of you probably know that I blog for The Skateboard Mag. In that position I get a lot of press releases and favors asked for posts about whatever. KW forwarded to me an e-mail requesting that I post the new trailer for Mumble Magazine's first DVD, Little Giants: Volume One which is about artist Don Pendleton. I'm a big Don Pendleton fan, so I asked KW if he could get me a complementary copy of the DVD. Bob K wrote back to KW saying he would send me a copy of the DVD and that until seeing my address he had believed I was not a real person.

"I seriously can't believe he's actually a real dude. I wasn't kidding this whole time when I told you that I thought you made him up. The mailing address would be a little extended of you to try and keep the illusion going; I believe he's real now." Bob K to KW in an e-mail

It's kind of exciting that someone like Bob K has ever thought about me at all. I'm just a lowly skate blogger who lives in Virginia and has little contact with the real skate world outside of the internet. It's also exciting to think that he thought I was fictional. I take it to mean that my blogging was so impressive that he thought no single real person could be responsible for all of it. He probably figured it was a named used at The Mag so everyone could promote themselves without looking like they where on an ego trip.

Whatever the truth is, it's nice to be noticed.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

New Banner

You may or may not have noticed that I have a new banner up on the blog. The image comes form Charley Harper whom I discovered after he did a board series for Habitat skateboards a few years ago.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Face Lift

After working at the hospital for a few months, I finally got to film a surgery. The procedure was a face lift and breast lift done at the doctor's operating room, not at the hospital. They lifted the breast first by cutting kind of a triangle under the breasts, then removing the triangle of skin and pulling the sides of the triangle together and stitching it up in an upside down T shape onthe underside of the breast. Then they restitched the nipple to the newly formed breast. While filming the breast lift I kind of forgot that it was an actual person being worked on. You zoom in and focus on the details and forget the big picture.

Next was the face/brow lift which was the main event. An incision was made from ear to ear along the hair line then the flap of skin was flipped up over the nose so the doctor could remove the muscles above the nose that wrinkle your brow. Next the skin was flipped back into place, trimmed then sewn back into place. Then incisions where made below the ear so the doctor could pull the cheeks and neck back.Filming this surgery you could not forget that it was a person being operated on because the eyes where open and blankly staring up at nothing. The whole time I kept thinking about how much the patient would be hurting the next day and wondering if it would really be worth the pain and suffering.

It was an amazing experience to be right there in the operating room and seeing the doctor at work. I was impressed at how well the scars where hidden although I am sure there will be some visual signs of the procedure once the scars heal. If people got to see what I saw I think there would be a lot less plastic surgery going on. At the end you could definitely see an improvement, but I am not sure if the results would be worth all the pain.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Where I've Been

While planning our trip to Peru I found user reviews very helpful, so when we came back I wrote a few reviews to help out future travelers. To write the reviews, I had to create a profile at In that profile, they create a map featuring all the places you have been. My map is above. I look forward to putting more pins in my map, but I think it looks pretty impressive right now too. I'd love to see what you guy's maps would look like.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Apparent Lack of Blogging

If MostlyTempleton is the only blog you look at you might think that I haven't been blogging. Well, I have been blogging like crazy with daily updates for MostlySkateboarding and multiple updates every day over at The Skateboard Mag and in addition to all that I post every Monday over at Good Problem too. So if you need to catch up with me, check those out, but hopefully I'll have some stuff for MostlyTempleton too in the coming days