Friday, May 26, 2006

It is offical. Thanks to the hardwork of Michael Cianfrani, the new website,, is now officially up and running. I will spend the next few days (and many more days beyond and beyond) posting new artwork and works in progress.

I urge everyone to visit, comment, critique, question and enjoy.

The site functions as a blog with new posts describing new pieces. The posts are categorized based on medium, size, materials and are all easily navigated.

Friday, May 19, 2006

I took down a very ancient narendra website back when I was promoting myself musically. On it were these three photo-groups. They are from a trip I took with Irene a few years ago when she was doing a class at Bumble and Bumble. I wandered the New York streets during the day while she was in class and while my friend Kent was working. The first day I ventured out it was raining and I ran smack dab right into the Philippines Pride parade and started snapping pictures. The others are from my journeys out with Kent.

This site is moving soon. Just so you know. There will be a new functioning art-focused site with pieces and prnts for sale so watch out.

In the meantime I promised someone I'd post some pieces. I want to wait for the majority of them as a good friend is helping me out with a site but here's a few.

from a series of envelopes both watercolor and spray painted. they go as a set or individually.
this one: 5.75" x 3.25". spray paint on paper

spray paint on wood
6" x 4.25"

spray paint on wood
6.25" x 4.5"

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

More pictures of Atticus. I took these for our extended family members Moe and Patty. I am working on more pictures of Gabrielle but she is at that age when she sees me with a camera she hides.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I am changing the name of this blog. It has been named Casual for a very long time now. It started off as Casual Socialist then it became shortened.

I figure no one is going to grab hold of their dreams and, as my friend says, walk through that open door by being casual. It's a cop out and, frankly, lazy.

If I were a superhero I would maybe kinda save the world.

Art from the show. Camera courtesy of Michael Cianfrani. I am just posting a few because there will be more on the way via a new art site.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Atticus daycare class picture.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

My friend and fellow art spacemate Michael Cianfrani is teaching a batik class and is inviting anyone interested to join.

First off, here are some pics of batik shirts and here is the info in Micahel's words.....

Batik class
eidolon art studio
7001 N. Glenview

in Roger's Park. Just off the Morse Redline stop.

Well, here are all the details:

I will be having two, three-week beginner's batik classes starting this month. Enrollment is $80 a person, all materials, wax, chemicals, dye, use of tools, and two American Apparel tshirts(retail value of $32), included.

Saturday's class starts 5/20, ends on 6/3, and will meet at 3pm
Tuesday's class starts 5/23, ends on 6/6, and will meet at 6:30pm

Classes will run an average of two to three hours.

The first class will cover the basics of the scope of the process, from treatment of the material, to tools and wax application and basic dyeing methods. Students will wax their first shirt, with art that will be provided, unless the student brings in art considered to be appropriate to the medium and skill level. Discussion of art for the following week will follow.

The second class will be waxing the second shirt with student provided art. Other treated shirts/material available at this point for waxing for an additional fee. Basic verbal preparation for the following dye baths and color selection.

The third class will be dyeing of the materials. Discussion on varying dye methods, fixative, crackling, and backstain control. We will also discuss wax removal in detail.

After the third class, I will remove the wax from the students shirts, unless they are motivated to attempt the process, and will meet with the students at later time to return their shirts to them.

IMPORTANT - There are only three slots per class, so please let me know if you are interested, and what size American Apparel shirts you would like to work on so that I can pre-order them and have them treated, dried, and ready to go for the first class. If you register late, I will have a small stock of shirts in various styles and sizes, but you may not find them to be your first choice.

Remember, these make great gifts, so think about what might fit a friend or family member, and recall that American Apparel shirts tend to fit smaller than most brands. I use American Apparel because of all the brands I have batik'd, they accept the dye in the deepest, most consistent manner. Peruse their website for size information: I mostly work on Men's 2001 style or Women's 2102 style. Most anything from their site that comes in a white cotton could be batik'd with, go ahead and think creatively and let me know what you would like to work on, but different items may have different cost, and may require additional tuition. If you wish to wax additional shirts on the second night please let me know so I can also compensate with additional materials to have ready for class time. If you wish to bring your own material for the second class, this may also require a small fee for wax, chemical, and dye, but be aware that the material, be it pillowcase or inexpensive tshirt from Walgreens, will not take the dye as well, and may be disappointing in strength of color.

I will be ordering shirt stock for classes on Monday 5/15. You can register for the classes now and wait to give me your preferred sizes until then, or register up to the day of the class but will be left with remaining tshirt stock to choose from.

Payment is accepted at any time up until the first day of class. If you wish to pay (with a credit card if desired) through paypal, please do so to this address . Checks or cash are also accepted before or at the first class.

So please let me know as soon as you can which class you would like to sign up for, there are only three available seats per class.

Thanks much, let me know if there are any basic questions you have, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Michael Cianfrani

Monday, May 01, 2006

It is to the credit of the American media and press that there ineptitude plays itself into this Monday morning. I have called, googled and watched and seen very little from the main networks regarding Stephen Colbert's speech at the Correspondents Dinner. I understand the risk of generalizing the media as a whole - a lot of small press and international organizations have replayed and reported heavily on it.

Watch it. (get a free site pass - you'll see). Whatever your opinion is at least it should see the light of day.