In this post I’m going to be adding the animal activist artwork that I’m making and hoping to do more of. Animal activism about endangered animals, animals rights, veganism, speciesism, animal abuse prevention, spay and neuter to prevent pet over-population etc… those are the causes nearest and dearest to my heart.
These are some of the paintings and art images I’ve created so far in 2019. I do have some more paintings I was working on until I got tired of breathing the fumes. I’ll finish them when I finally have a room separate from my main living area where I can paint and let the paintings dry and let them finish emitting toxic fumes before I bring them into the living and breathing area. Until then I’ll probably just continue doing digital work.
Here’s an assortment of images I created in 2017 and 2018.
Most of these images were created on my phone, even the drawings were done on my phone, drawing with my finger. I loved how the limitations of drawing with my finger influenced the style of the drawings. I also loved being able to lay down and be comfortable while I was drawing on my phone after sitting at my computer working on graphic design all day. I do need a newer, better, faster phone to be able to work on any files large enough to print a decent size though.
Several of these images are spontaneous accidental artworks that were created by digital corruption. I love the spontaneously glitched images but I also want to improve my own databending skills someday.
Although I took many many photographs during this time, I consider most of them in a different category such as simply photography, landscapes, future artwork resource material or documentation rather than being my art. I have included a small selection of my favorite unaltered photos here. You can find more of my photography on my instagram account.
Toward the end of 2018, I completed 2 traditional paintings on paper and started a third, that was finished in 2019 and will be added to my 2019 portfolio as soon as I create one. I’m planning on doing a series of small paintings on wood in 2019.
My unfinished instrumental project tentatively named Spaghetti Infinity. “Spaghetti” because some of the music sounds like weird Spaghetti Western style music… and I’ve always loved spaghetti. “Infinity” because it can be something hopeful to believe in but also because some of this music is pretty repetitive.
I started building a video to go along with this interview of me by DJ Dominic Trix from Wednesday 6/3/09 2-5pm on KFJC 89.7 FM but I never quite finished the video so I’m finally putting the interview up by itself in the meantime. Here’s the story of how the interview came about and a follow-up meeting between the DJ and myself in Santa Monica. I wrote the below paragraphs back in 2009.
I wrote the following introduction in 2008. I’m re-posting here, now with some minor edits. I can’t believe how much time has passed and that I never finished the new music that I was working on at the time… oh well at least I put some of the old music online…. maybe someday I’ll get back to working on that “new” stuff again or I may just post the pieces that now seem “good enough”, they are kinda cool as is, just very sparse and kinda childishly experimental. I’m not sure I will ever want to finish the others at this point, it might be better to just start from scratch if I ever record again. In the meantime I’m re-posting some stuff from my old blog and adding some new things here and there.
I was in the bands Laughing Academy and Tin Brood in the early and mid 1980s with Joe Dean. Prior to Laughing Academy and Tin Brood, Joe and I had been in 3 recording and performing bands together in Santa Barbara: fX, a few Circles and Victor the Florist (I may be posting music from those bands at some point). After playing in bands together in Santa Barbara, we moved to Los Angeles in 1983 and formed Laughing Academy which morphed later into Tin Brood. We wrote a lot of material that never made it onto an album. We were good at writing, but bad at selling ourselves. A lot of our music was recorded live with a single microphone or once or twice off the mixing board at live gigs, but we did also record ourselves on a reel to reel 4-track on a few occasions.
These recordings include myself, Elizabeth Montague, Joe Dean and Thom T (that was the name he went by most of the time, but his real last name was something like Tankionovich) on guitar. Joe and I switched off between keyboards/synthesizer, bass guitar and vocals. Joe was an amazing bass player, I had just started playing bass when we started Laughing Academy. If the bass is ripping, it’s Joe playing, if it’s simple with fuzz on the bass, it’s me. We had several drummers over the years and at the moment I’m not going to be able to tell you all of their full names, but I can tell you that Rod (China) Figueroa (Christian Death, Super Heroines) recorded with us early on when we were Laughing Academy. Guitarist Dag Midtskog (Chinas Comidas) played with us at that time. Also as Laughing Academy, we played and recorded with drummer Steve Roth in 1983/1984 (Steve’s current Spiritchasers project). For a short time we played with the drummer from the band DV8 (Barry Schneider) who we knew because Thom used to play with him in that band. We also played with drummers PK, Mitchell, Chris and Ron (last names unknown, sorry guys). Towards the end of Tin Brood, Joe started playing the drums because we were always losing drummers, Joe had an experimental drum style/drum kit, for instance he played standing up and he used a metal trash can lid as a cymbal, he also played synthesizer. During that time, I took over on bass and didn’t play keyboards/synthesizer, we both still sang lead vocals. For our final live performance at the Roxy in Hollywood, we had two drummers (Joe and drummer PK, who also was playing with ‘Detox’ at that time).
If I sang the song, I wrote the song initially and then took it to the band to collaborate on, and that’s the way it worked with Joe’s songs as well. If he sang it, it means he wrote it and then brought it to the band to write our own parts. A couple of songs may have deviated from this method, but for the most part that’s how it worked.
So far most of the songs here are songs that I wrote and sang, I have more invested in those songs, and they were already in MP3 format. It will take a little work to dig up more of Joe’s songs, but I’ll try to get to that eventually. As a band we did about half my material and half his material.
The is Joe’s bio from his Soundcloud page: Joe Dean was born in a log cabin that he helped his Mother build. He has played bass in fX, A Few Circles, Victor the Florist, Laughing Academy, Noise God, Tin Brood, Crawlspace, Maria Silver, Object:blender, Christian Lunch, Constant Llama, ¿What Street?, The Mooseheart Faith Stellar Groove Band, The Watts Band, Three Eyed Fish, The Jack Brewer Reunion Band, Cast of a Thousand and Sassafras. Joe Dean’s current main project is The Wrinkling Brothers.
Around the time that Tin Brood stopped performing, Joe Dean and I recorded this experimental vocal music.
This post is a work in progress. I will be adding to this collection of songs and images over time.
Thanks for listening,
In 1984 my band Tin Brood was the opening band for the amazing Tones on Tail when they played at The Music Machine in Santa Monica, CA. I guess I was too shy at the time to introduce myself to the band, I was stupid that way. Fast forward to 2008 and the age of the internet, I became friends with Glenn Campling, the bass player for Tones on Tail. We were both just starting to use multi-track recording software on our computers, having started both of our musical careers in the analog age, though both being very computer literate using computers as graphic designers. For recording and mixing, Glenn was using Logic Pro and I was using Pro Tools. Somehow in 2009, on different continents, we managed to record this song together.
I’ve decided to finally put some of my old music up on this website. I don’t know why I never have before. Hopefully someday I’ll have time to finish my newer recordings or to make new ones. Life got extremely complicated a few years ago and recording music had to take a backseat to my other work.
I’m having fun making abstract digital art in Photoshop. read more…
I took these photos of my own shadow against the cliffs facing the ocean at the beach on September 29th, 2013.
I shoot a lot of photos. I used to shoot with a film SLR camera before point and shoot digital cameras became affordable. I miss having an SLR but I do not miss film. I love the fact that I can shoot as many digital photos as I want and it costs practically nothing. I shot these with an inexpensive Nikon digital camera. read more…
Hi, Elizabeth Montague here. Thanks for stopping by my site. Below are a few samples of some recent digital artwork of mine.