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Élböw Töe  ENDGAMES - “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness”. ENDGAMES are an ongoing series of interactive artworks by artist Brian Adam Douglas.

http://www.endgamesinteractive.com/

This Saturday I am having a memorial for my mother who died after a brief but intense battle with lung and brain cancer in January.
My mother was an amazing person, I could not have asked for more supportive parents, and she always believed that I had a knack for being able to listen to my inner voice and trust it. That has always stuck with me. She was definitely one of my muses in my works, and still is.
This cut paper piece from 2007 basically started me on the path of having a career as a gallery artist. She was amazing because she would allow me to present aspects of her that I knew that she would not share publicly. I miss her dearly.

The Sad Game, It Felt Love – O' My Heart (Detail), 2007
Cut paper on found wood with UVLS varnish
24 x 37 inches

#mom #memorial #art #cutpaper #paint #rememberance #fineart #contemporaryart #faceted #heart #brianadamdouglas #elbowtoe #throwback #archives

And I was thinking today was not going to be a good day... #gorillaz #newsongs

Ah, parenting...
Both my children failed their hearing tests at their check ups. It appears that their ears were full of wax.

Had it removed today. The change in behavior is palpable.

#parenting #parkslope #brooklyn #earwax

My illustration class is the boutique Pictorial Problems class. We are small, but we are mighty.

4 out of 5 of my students got accepted to the Undergraduate Illustration Show and the fifth got waitlisted. I am so damn proud of these kids for sticking it out with me. They really rose to the challenge and their work reflected it.
My one regret is having lost so many students that did not want to stick with my program, but I have some tweaks planned for next year that will hopefully iron out some of these wrinkles.

A scene from Lolita, painted by Taylor Pelton.

#art #fineart #illustration #contemporaryart #student #teaching #sva #schoolofvisualarts #newyork #nyc #brianadamdouglas #lolita

Digital finger painting.

First day of spring, time to thaw.
I love this app, the lack of control. One can't see exactly where one's finger is to the pixel on the screen so there is so much more risk. It reminds me of an old mentor, Jack Potter who would tell his students to draw with twigs if they were getting to facile.

#subway #ftrain #drawing #digital #color #passenger #reading #brooklyn #nyc #elbowtoe #art #fineart #fingerpainting #digitalart #digitaldrawing #brianadamdouglas #elbowtoestudio #artlife

There are those people that are born artists, they just can't not be making all the time. Sebastian is one of those. He is so musically gifted. He sat down after music class and came up with this song. Something very Phillip Glass-ish or Brian Eno-ish going on.

This morning he sat down and recreated the song and expanded on it.

#parenting #parkslope #brooklyn #music #musician #art

I am a tough teacher.
I know that.
I lost a number of students mid semester because my bar is incredibly high.
I push drawing and composition.
A lot.
To see the progress that the students that toughed it out have made; it makes me so proud of them.
I am not sure they see the difference, but I do.
Their projects are up for selection on Monday and I have great hopes for all of them.

Portrait by the incredibly talented @thirddegreebernie .

#art #teaching #studio #brooklyn #nyc #redhook #elbowtoestudio #brianadamdouglas

Teaching @pa8ha , one of my students at @svanyc how to pull relief prints without a press. Loving how these are turning out. Makes me think of Sue Coe.

Her Junior Year Project is based on Miller's The Crucible.

#art #fineart #printmaking #woodcut #reliefprint #print #black #white #wood #noose #teachingsva #illustration #brianadamdouglas #nyc #newyork #wip #student

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