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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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The world of smell

Smell is a vibration that animals experience far more richly that humans do. I was thinking of this as I randomly swirled this art tonight!

The world of smell by Daz Lartist
The world of smell by Daz Lartist
Dubbo critter by Daz Lartist
Dubbo critter by Daz Lartist

Below are the latest phases of my murals at Studio C in Peoria Illinois.

Dandelion allegory mural -by Daz Lartist
Dandelion allegory mural -by Daz Lartist
Mermaid mural - by Daz Lartist
Mermaid mural – by Daz Lartist
Studio C Peoria mural by Daz Lartist
Studio C Peoria mural by Daz Lartist

Art inspired by our bird feeder!

We have a bird feeder outside of our kitchen window that is visited by dozens of birds daily and they spill over seeds for other critters! Everyone wins!

Bird seed love liquify filter art by Daz Lartist
Bird seed love liquify filter art by Daz Lartist
Tiny bunny!
Tiny bunny!

Here’s me by the mural I worked on today! It’ll probably take a couple more sessions to finish it up!

Daz Lartist Studio C mural July 15 2018
Daz Lartist Studio C mural July 15 2018

Paint it Payne’s grey!

Mural in progress by Daz Lartist - using mostly Payne's Grey and white oil paint!
Mural in progress by Daz Lartist – using mostly Payne’s Grey and white oil paint!

I was born in 1966 at the same time The Rolling Stones released the song Paint It Black in the UK and right before Revolver by The Beatles took music in a whole new direction. The Doors were signed that year too and even the Fugs had an album out. It was the beginning of a new phase in the musical arts, darker and more real; it was the precursor to punk rock and it was the soundtrack of the wave I was born on.

In terms of the visual arts the master illustrator Maxfield Parish died right before I was born. His phenomenally beautiful work seemed quite antiquated compared with a time where even Life magazine was curious about a whole other visual world entirely.

1966 LIFE magazine cover
1966 LIFE magazine cover

Right as I was born, young men my parents age were being drafted to go kill other people for a political difference they barely understood – and the cool people in society were pissed off about it. That righteous indignation spawned zine art that my generation massed produced with Xerox machines and carried over to the Photoshop made digital paintings I make (the liquefy filter). I’ve made a lot in color but somehow the monochromatic ones seem to have the most visual depth.

Consciously Decide Your Judgement -Photoshop liquify filter art
Consciously Decide Your Judgement -Photoshop liquify filter art

I made the above art as a flyer with the following text on the other side (yeah, you probably won’t get it either but that’s cool – it’s art baby)!

rightplace-righttime

Pearl liquid by Daz Lartist
Pearl liquid by Daz Lartist
Landscape with Donkeys 1798 by William Payne circa 1776-circa 1830
Warning! Looking up artist biographies online can be depressing – use discretion when you want to learn more about an artist – you might just want to look at the art and be inspired instead!
Everyone Likes Hot Dogs! Click to read this great blog by Hollye B Green!
Everyone Likes Hot Dogs! Click to read this great blog by Hollye B Green!