Monday, May 7, 2012

Home Brewing next on my agenda?

Ok, so I admit I'm one of those guys who is always trying to find new shit to do. I'm always looking for something to express myself creatively or to just have fun with. Some sort of hobby to keep myself from going totally batshit crazy, you know what I mean? Sure I have my Harley, so I can always get away from real life, but that's not what I mean. I love to golf, but I have very few friends locally that have the time to play (and I don't either). I enjoy playing tennis, but again I don't have many friends to play with and I don't have time to commit to a league. Still, I need something to do! I like to create. Over the years I've tried drawing, painting, writing and screenwriting. I'm not very good at any of that. Last year I started taking pottery classes and while I really enjoyed it, I didn't enjoy the way the class was set up. No real instruction, just, "throw it around like this...smooth it here...slap some glaze over there." Hell, they didn't even let us put our own pieces in the kiln! Oh well, maybe I'll try it again some other year.

Recently though, I've returned to an idea I kicked around five or six years ago. Homebrewing! I love beer and have always thought it would be fun to try my hand at making my own brew. So now I'm doing my standard research and fact finding about what it takes to make beer at home. I've been reading up in magazines and at internet sights like http://www.homebrewtalk.com/ ,http://www.byo.com/  and http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/ as well as visiting my local homebrew store https://www.facebook.com/MainGrain and the New Orleans homebrewing store http://www.brewstock.com/ to gather as much information as possible. Everyone I have talked with at the stores and on the online forums have been extremely helpful and willing to answer all of my dumb questions. And to a person, they are all so passionate about homebrewing. So much so that its immediately clear that this is one fun hobby!

My plan now is to go ahead and purchase a brewing kit like this one as a fathers day gift to myself. I have a neat little desk area outside in my garage where I can set everything up and start this new creative adventure. The cool thing is, if the beer actually tastes good, I can drink my creative outlet! Check back in a few months and I'll let you know if I pull this one off. And if it really takes off, I may have to go back to that pottery class and make some way cool steins to drink all my beer!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ken Law, an artist to watch!

I'm going to take the time today to introduce you to artist Ken Law, who I think is currently producing some very interesting works of art. 


Ken is an American living and working in Taiwan. Mr. Law considers himself an "Outsider" artist. The term Outsider artist basically means someone who has not had serious formal training in the art of painting, or it can refer to art that is outside of the mainstream styles of art.
I found Ken totally by accident as I was cruising through e-bay looking for some original art to buy. Now, my tastes generally lean more towards impressionism and realism, but for some reason Ken's work struck a note with me. There was something about his color palate and strange subjects that drew me in. I looked over his work a few times and after a couple of days I decided on a piece I wanted to buy. But, as luck would have it, by the time I returned to buy the painting, it was gone! (smart buyers out there) But I knew I wanted a piece of his work, so I kept looking and bought a work called "Back to School". I love the colors and textures of the piece. The painting almost glows. 


Ken paints with mixed mediums such as acrylics, watercolors/pencils, charcoal, oil pastels, dermatograph pencils and gelly rolls. He has done his works on paper, canvas and wood. He has recently began to branch out in his style and is adding some excellent abstract work to his portfolio. 


So if any of you that stumble across this blog, and are looking for some interesting modern art to add to your collection, or give as a gift, please go take a look at Ken's work on Facebook Ken Law and then go check out his Etsy Store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kenlawartist

.....just don't go buying up the pieces I want!