Category Archives: A la Carte

paintings and other art which are one-off, have no companions, themes, nor collection to join. as such, they hang out together for your enjoyment

Tsuchida Cottage Art Gallery (in process)

New addition by Jean Smith (see also: Mecca Normal) / this lady reminds me of someone, somehow… do you know who?

Needs properly hung but wanted you to say “hello”.

Also, glimpses of:
* Miyake Noriko
* Grateful Dead pacific Nw box by Roy Henry Vickers  (thanks Trev!)
* Gravelly Beach series (me)

Elsewhere in house: Michal Korman & many others (this is a note to self to document further)

Note: There is another by Jean who is doing so many interesting projects to build an Free Artist Residency (FB)  somewhere in BC… check her interviews for more of her great story.

Memento: Set Designs (for an Evergreen College class), 2003

Set design: inside “Stan” parliamentary building

My university journey in general, and Evergreen college time specifically, had many starts and stops taking in total from 1987 at Utah Technical/Valley Community College to 2004 graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Inter-disciplinarian studies at Evergreen in Olympia, WA.

Digression: While there are times I regret not having an “usual” university experience which I had anticipated being an “outstanding student” during much of my school time, there are some advantages of being a non-traditional student of having more diversity of age and background and expectation in the classes.

Anyway, along this journey, my pal Jay Stewart and I restarted Evergreen doing a class (something about Global Management and Leadership) which was held in-person on Olympia campus one complete weekend a month, with online work filling the time between.

[Noting: this was “early days” online learning which was an interesting thing to observe. Plus, the comprehensive weekends allowed you to do a lot of group work in a short period of time.]

Yeah, Evergreen in particular is particularly in love with “group work” and we had various group projects, some of which we could choose our group and some we were assigned a group… Ostensibly to teach us to work with people we weren’t necessarily familiar with or whatever.

Now, my usual inclination is to be that “person who drags everyone with them and makes a fun community out of the whole thing” but I was determined not to do that but, sort of ended up that way as much of the group floundered and spent more time talking about “why they couldn’t do things” than they did actually doing anything, and spinning useless energy on deciding when and how we would meet to talk about how and when we would do things. Generally very frustrating.

On the day of the presentation, some members went completely off script thinking that they were so fucking brilliant and loquacious they should just change everything on the fly because they were super good and a 10th grade debate class or something and I was fantastically unimpressed. (hey look i was learning!)

Our presentation with something about reforming labour laws in sweatshops or building up unions in emerging economies or promoting economies while protecting environment… something like that. So, I wrote a couple of plays (note to self: find these plays and publish them) set in a Central Asian, post-Soviet country (called Stanastan in the finished work) and did my favourite sorta arts-and-crafts part of making giant backdrops on refrigerator boxes with powder tempura paint. They were spectacular – ha!

I was so frustrated at the end of the talk that the prop some cells were left for custodians or late night ravers to dispose of, but in going through old notebooks, I found some sketches of my mock-ups.

Of course the finished works were even more majestic :) and interesting but looking at them brought back the flashback of just dealing with a bunch of hangers-on in the group. Probably a bad thing that that’s my memory but there were some other part of the class I enjoyed I suppose,…

I remember a presentation about poet-dissident-president Vaclav Havel and the frequent requirement of public speaking in the class (obviously) was a benefit for me. Plus hanging out with Jay during our clandestine lunches was cool.

As it goes, I went on to do some more of these kind of weekend classes, in some cases, going out to the Aberdeen campus studying legal/judicial systems, economies and privacy with a notion to go to law school which fortunately, did not pan out.

Set design: oil fields in a post-Soviet, central Asian country

Flowers (pink, on desk) / acrylic

paint-A la Carte-Flowers (pink, on desk) / acrylic
Flowers (pink, on desk) / acrylic

Flowers (pink, on desk)
acrylic on stretched canvas
2019, Nusa Ceningan

daveo + ryoko

Flowers (blue, on table) / acrylic

paint-A la Carte-Flowers (blue, on table)_acrylic
Flowers (blue, on table) / acrylic

Flowers (blue, on table)
acrylic on stretched canvas
2019, Nusa Ceningan

daveo + ryoko

Misquotes (various) / vol. 1

 Misquotes (various) / vol. 1

Inspired by cloth prints – often sporting papyrus typeface – spouting dodgy quotes which may or may not have been said (or accurately translated) by Dalai Lama 14 (or otherwise), Gandhi (which one?) sold at beachy templey gift shops (cough Bali cough), and by frequently misquoted analects attributed to Gautama Buddha (propagated by *experts* on PBS documentaries), i scribbled a few non-sensical mis-quotes in a notebook somewhere in Indonesia (or was in Thailand or Philippines?). No matter, just for momentary amusement. There are others, maybe i’ll find somewhere.

In the meantime: (Don’t judge me) Make your own, print em in papyrus font and see them hang in coffee shops and Malibu beach homes. 

To gain anything, first you need to lose everything
Lost in translation

Fresh (imaginary) / Flowers x 2

painting flowers blue
Fresh (imaginary) / Flowers x 2
Acrylic on stretched canvas, 2018-9

Made in collaboration with artist/singer/arborist
Ryoko Fujita (藤田良子)
of Okayama, Japan.

Self-portrait, with cheese / mixed-media collage

Self portrait with cheese 8x10 mixed media
Self-portrait, with cheese / mixed media collage

Self portrait, with cheese
collage / mixed-media
1993, Rhodt, Germany

Satan lives in Moab: painting + story (born from a song)

My pals in the defunct Provo, Utah band from the 1980s had a song called “The Devil Lives in Moab” and the Canyon Country Zephyr newspaper also had an article about Satan sightings in the area. With these facts in mind, i wrote a story about Satan living in Moab and (as the song dictated) sold hot dogs. Then, for a spoken word performance of the story, i (and Marty Kendall) painted this mixed media mural on a refrigerator box. Along with a few others, it lived in my VW bus for many years and now it is gone.

Arts and Crafts: Personal Paintings in Progress

A rapid tour of Dave’s paintings in progress with partially finished paintings (mostly from Europe: Spain, Portugal and Belgium) draped in various states of completion in a working kitchen studio.

High Camp Cabin (Scottish Lakes) / watercolour

paint-A la Carte-Scottish Lakes High Camp Cabin
Scottish Lakes High Camp Cabin

Watercolour pencil on paper
2001

Angry Piglet / Backdrop

paint-A la Carte-Angry Piglet – Backdrop
Angry Piglet / Backdrop

Angry Piglet / Backdrop
Mixed-media on Refrigerator box cardboard
circa 1989, Logan, Utah

Satan Lives in Moab / Backdrop

paint-A la Carte-Satan Lives in Moab – Backdrop
Satan Lives in Moab / Backdrop

Satan Lives in Moab Backdrop
mixed-media (with Marty Kendall) on refrigerator box cardboard
circa 1989,  Logan Utah