For this month’s T-SQLTuesday, Aaron Bertrand asked what we’re passionate about – but outside of the tech community, and asked for pictures. Seems like a great way to get to know about us.
From my personal blog and my Instagram feed, you probably already know that I’m into cars, travel, and food, so I wanted to pick something different to share with you.
I’m really into Sas Christian’s paintings. (Warning: her stuff is mostly safe for work, but her husband Colin does a lot of NSFW sculptures. Those are awesome too, but just giving you the heads up before your monitor fills up with a high-resolution alien sex organ.)
I walked through our place and took photos of some of my favorite pieces. For years, Erika’s said we have too much art, and as I edit down the number of photos I show you, I realize she’s right. (I bought another one yesterday.)
I adore this 2006 piece. She’s just bad ass. The first time I saw this painting in a book, I thought she was wearing a watermelon t-shirt – I thought the holes were seeds.
I’ve got a signed print and the artist’s proof, and heaven forbid the original painting ever come up for sale. I would trade a kidney for that.
After collecting a few prints, I moved up to her pencil sketches:
I love her pencil sketches, and luckily for me, so did Erika, so we ended up getting several that hang on the living room walls. I love that these are subtle – they force you to get right up on top of ’em and take a close look at what’s going on:
Eyes are a big theme in our house, too – a lot of our art involves eyes. Kinda creepy now that I think about it.
Which leads me to the first original oil paintings of Sas’s that I could afford:
A series of 8″ x 10″ works with different faces:
I used to have the Peepholes on the wall behind me, but Erika pointed out that they looked really creepy to clients when I was doing conference calls.
Sometimes she collaborates with her husband, Colin, on different techniques. This one is 18″x24″ on wood, done with metal flake paint:
Glitters spectacularly in the light, and reminds me of a bass boat from my Kentucky childhood.
“Nova” is the little eye sculpture covered in Swarovski crystals, sitting in a little pile of keepsakes. Sas and Colin have done some neat stuff with crystals – I really, really want their recent Twinkle to Death sculpture. I’m just hoping one of you buys it before I find a stack of hundos under a couch cushion somewhere.
Wanna learn more about Sas & Colin Christian? Here’s a few links, but keep in mind that like a lot of art, some of it is very not safe for work.
- SasChristian.com – her paintings, and her Instagram feed
- ColinChristian.com (NSFW) – his sculpture, and his Instagram feed – seriously, he’s not safe for work. I have a couple of Colin’s pieces, but there’s a reason why they’re not pictured in this post. Don’t come blaming me when you see Miley Cyrus wearing his sculpture of a unicorn’s sex organ.
- Juxtapoz Magazine – I found Sas & Colin via the lowbrow art movement, and Juxtapoz is a good place to see other styles of lowbrow.
- Beautiful Bizarre – magazine not really dedicated to lowbrow, but has a few other artists I like.
- Yuri Shwedoff – another artist I love, but he focuses on digital work. Wolf Pack is one of my favorites, and I love watching the video of how he does it.
I wouldn’t say I’m passionate about art, although you’ve now given me yet another artist to look into getting prints to hang around the house…
Once the wife and I figure out where to hang all the art we’ve currently got…
a fellow kentucky bro? aw yea.
Hahaha, yeah. I still miss Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, too.
oh you’re from way out. I’m nky.
Today I am passionate about Dan Tyminski, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, etal. Please enjoy.
In a recent interview (this one https://youtu.be/u4EnuzuFV8k?t=27m27s) I learned a tip. That looking at a painting in the sun – especially one that’s focused on a lot of saturated color – can be gorgeous. Your peephole paintings might count.
Wonder if she’d accept a stack of Paul Whites in exchange for some art?