Tag: Peoria

On being a nerd as well as an artist!

Daz Lartist I AM ART you are as well

I know that you all see me as a modern day cool as fuck punk rock Renaissance man world famous artist, zen master and hunk of manly beef candy but the core this persona is built upon on that of a humble nerd.

As a young child I would go for long walks with my dad and we would look for archeological treasures in the English countryside. I wanted to be an archeologist long before Indiana Jones existed but the idea of it being a job never registered with me. Digging up treasures for study seemed as normal a part of life as expressing your self through art. Discovery of history and of reality is our innate right as humans!

I was in the computer club by the time I graduated high school in 1984 and even bought an Apple IIc in 1985 which cost twice as much as the gaming laptop I’m writing this on! I basically only ever wanted to write stories, make art and play games on computers though.

I consciously became a dedicated artist (long before I ever saw a computer) because I was energized by my fellow home-made comic book collaborators Richard, Mark and Edward and we were inspired by the great British comics Starlord and 2000AD et al. Things like sentient robots and space aliens were utterly believable to me and when you combined that with the action of war it was complete magic! Fuck you Robo-Hitler!  eat laser-lead *blam blam blam*!

2000AD ABC Warriors

I went to college to further my love of art after I briefly dipped my toe into war. Luckily my honorable discharge from the military was during a rare time of peace (right before the first Gulf war). Being a nerd my imagination was always way into the realm of fantasy but college, while it had it’s share of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, wasn’t as hedonistic as much as it showed me that I really just wanted a regular monogamous life with quiet time to think about things. I’d rather piece together the secrets of the ancient world and uncover the origins of man than live the life of a playboy.

art school pulp novel cover

I’m so much of a nerd that I play World of Warcraft aka WOW. It’s a part of the balance between work, chores, art, my relationship with Hollye, my physical and mental heath, spirituality and recreation.

World of Warcraft - War of The Thorns
World of Warcraft – War of The Thorns event. My troll beast master hunter is not amused at the burning of the world tree.

This modern world allows me to do my mundane chores and bodily functions while indulging in entertainment – you know, watching YouTube while pooping or making breakfast! I watch video game videos, philosophical talks by folks like Alan Watts and cutting edge science and investigation documentaries like the one below that blew me away. Don’t click it yet, let me explain why it appeals to me!

I remember being displeased with being forced to take a class called Earth Science in college; it was mandatory and I learned nothing new from it. It was the same old – here’s the crust here’s the mantle here’s the molten core that we can’t actually prove but you better answer this test with it being a fact or you will fail the class. The same stuff I had already learned in grade school but now I was paying someone to say I knew it – and how did it matter anyway if I went to college to be an artist – at least teach me something I didn’t already know.

Mainstream science kept telling me and people like WaykiWayki who made that fine video above that certain things we saw, felt and experienced were actually impossible –  which makes no sense but we were just supposed to be ok with it. Sorry, but I’m a nerd, I can’t just be ok with something that is anachronous – time travel and aliens were ok answers for my younger self but they don’t feel right to my grown up nerd self.

Remember these anachronous objects below that are impossible if we believe mainstream science? Well, now we have an explanation that not only makes sense but feels right. Finally, after 12 years of pre-college and six years of college – I have answers!

anachronous hammer in solid rock

anachronous object in solid rock
I copied those items from http://www.messagetoeagle.com/11-extraordinary-out-of-place-artifacts/

Here’s another thing that I was taught over and over that never felt right – all those amazing temples and buildings supposedly carved out of solid rock – well now we have a much more plausible explanation in that same video no less! Maybe the buildings are older than we think and maybe that rock doesn’t take millions of years to form – at least consider the possibility before saying “it’s impossible”.

Kailasa India

Of course it feels wrong to believe that people just started carving a gigantic temple from the top down out of solid rock! That rock is not 300 million years old! The temple was built like other stone buildings of the time then lava covered it and then they dug it out – how come this idea wasn’t even considered as a possibility? Oh yeah, aliens, I forgot.

Archaeologists Baffled By The Kailasa Temple
Archaeologists Baffled By The Kailasa Temple (because the idea that it was built in the regular way and then covered with lava and then excavated, you know, like what archeologists do, is too difficult for them to understand)!

Jay and Silent Bob and science

I love archeology – I wrote about Gobekle Tepe the other week but I find that my mental health also needs escapist entertainment of a different genre too!

Gale Breaking Bad - super nerd!

I spent all day, on and off, watching that geology video and making this blog post. I exercised with weights for a bit, enjoyed the company of my awesome girlfriend Hollye and played a little bit of WOW too. I’m just a nerd! Oh and of course I love Devo!

I added some free hand painted dandelion seeds to my Studio C mural on sunday – I will be adding more later! They are adding disco lights to make the place even more of an experience!

Mural at Studio C Peoria with dandelion seeds! by Daz Lartist
Mural at Studio C Peoria with dandelion seeds! by Daz Lartist
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Fleeing horses and dragon murals

Not everything flows in zen like fashion in the wonderful world of art! I have the intention of painting a dragon mural for my friend Shawn and will, but it seems I’m taking the long way to do it! I started with the sea monster painting (in the other post linked here) and decided I could do something similar for Shawn and then I painted the one below – imagining that the dragon was blasting the poor horses! It wasn’t very dragony though oops need another dozen feet of wall space to make that work!

Blasted by a dragon horses! a oil paint muraflage (mural on canvas) by Daz Lartist
Garage studio June 2017 Daz Lartist
Garage studio June 2017 mural started (again) – Daz Lartist
Fleeing horse by Daz Lartist
Fleeing horse oil on canvas by Daz Lartist

I then added in the background for the horse and started on the dragon.

Daz Lartist with dragon mural started!
Daz Lartist with dragon mural started!
Dragon mural in progress by Daz Lartist
Dragon mural in progress by Daz Lartist

I ultimately started over (again!) on a new piece of canvas over the old one (that already was on top of the sea monster one)! haha!!!

Daz Lartist August 2017 dragon mural re-started
Daz Lartist August 2017 dragon mural re-started – now I’m making it more like a fairy tale with a more sea-monster-esque dragon and a figure instead of the horse!
Daz Lartist - August 2017- garage studio - dragon mural restarted!!!
Daz Lartist – August 2017- garage studio – dragon mural restarted!!!

Life-sized horses, elephants and dinosaurs murals plus coloring book walls in my 2016 LART Studio!

This mural below ( a muraflage ) is about 10 feet by 30 feet and is mostly oil paint on canvas! I painted this randomly (zen) in my studio that we called ‘the LART Studio’ at The Studios At Sheridan in Peoria (2016). I enjoyed having such a large space to work on large projects like this where I stapled canvas to the wall, primed it and then just went to work with mostly oil paints. Nothing was planned out but when you work that way you can surprise yourself with some unexpected results! The studio was a little too expensive for Hollye and I to keep more than a year but we participated in the CIAO First Friday events and made a lot of people happy with our public coloring book walls!!

Allegory of imagination Mural by Daz Lartist

The local newspapers (Peoria Journal Star and affiliates) referred to this place as a “hot spot” for it’s CIAO First Friday gatherings right after my gallery show in the central area! You can see from the picture below that my gallery show was fun!

http://mortontimesnews.com/lifestyle/20160420/sheridan-main-corridor-has-evolved-into-hot-spot

Studios at Sheridan Peoria Illinois CIAO First Friday gallery show- paintings by Daz Lartist
Early stages of horses mural - Daz LartistEarly stages of horses mural - Daz Lartist
Early stages of the life sized horses and girls mural – Daz Lartist
Life sized horse oil painting (in progress) by Daz Lartist
Back wall mural and paintings - Daz Lartist
Back wall mural and paintings in my 2016 studio – Daz Lartist
Daz Lartist 2016 studio panoramic
Daz Lartist 2016 studio panoramic
Daz Lartist and Connor Mcmanis 2016 LART studio
Daz Lartist and Connor Mcmanis at one of our 2016 LART Studio First Friday events – we made one of the walls in the studio into a coloring book for the public!
Lart Studio at Studios on Sheridan 2016 First Friday coloring wall by Daz Lartist and Connor Mcmanis
Lart Studio at The Studios At Sheridan 2016 First Friday coloring wall by Daz Lartist and Connor Mcmanis
Lart Studio coloring wall - Daz Lartist backgrounds with animals drawn by Connor Mcmanis
Lart Studio coloring wall for 2016 First Friday public – Daz Lartist backgrounds with animals drawn by Connor Mcmanis and lots of help by Hollye B Green!
Peoria Illinois public all coloring without a care - LART studio CIAO First Friday event 2016 - Art by Daz Lartist
Peoria Illinois public all coloring with crayons without a care – LART Studio CIAO First Friday event 2016 – Art by Daz Lartist. People from (I’m guessing from what I remember) about age 3 to 90+ participated in this community art project – All artists are peers – just grab a crayon and make your mark with intent!
Mural by Daz Lartist 2016
Mural by Daz Lartist 2016 – this angle shows the ‘night mare’ horse in more detail!
Daz Lartist life sized dinosaur mural!
I never finished this life sized dinosaur mural but it was good practice and fun! – Daz Lartist
Life sized horse mural by Daz Lartist 2016
Life sized horse mural by Daz Lartist 2016 at the LART Studio in Peoria Illinois (unfinished).