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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Talk about frustration

I suppose it must be frustrating being the governor of one the largest economic states in this country you know all that money flowing in and out and you only making around $100,000.00
give or take a million from the campaign trail.

How did these people in charge get so out of touch with the every day reality of the working class or as they like to refer to theme as "lackeys". I know that there needs to be a structure in this society but I really think that the leaders need to beLink accountable for there actions. I recently heard Senator Dick Durbin speaking about how he feels that George Ryan should have his sentence commuted what message will that send to our sitting governor as he goes through this stage of his career does that mean that he's going to have his sentence commuted as well?

Now on to my frustration dealing with how I'm going to fund my very own "micro-economy".
I am getting all those projects that are the table finishes that means portraits framing and all the other stuff in the studio are in play so if any ones out there that willing to make contribution to my campaign fund now is the time these thing are f%@^*! golden and I'm not going to give them away for F%@^*! nothing.

until next time please keep all your elicit conversations off the phone you never know who's listening.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Down goes Bloggo-Down goes Bloggo

Well there you have it another Illinois governor goes down and every one is surprised or are they? Ok well thats enough of that I just can't wait until the day they take the "SHRUBS" away in handcuffs and dickless Cheney too.

Its been very slow going at the studio I'm still kind of reeling from the CPD project but moving on from that trying to field more calls for exhibits and getting better grant writing to apply for more grant funds. I did get a good lead from a friend about this great program that I can run workshops through and not only get paid for it but have the kids participating paid as well so I'll be applying for that some time soon.

Thats it I'll get back to writing soon I'm off to the studio

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote because it makes you feel good - or at least starbuchs will give a free coffee

Okay so just when you I think I have every thing in order I get hit with " sorry your not in our cards here have you voted here before" how do I respond to that I mean I've only voted there off and on since I was 18 and everyone knows me there and yet we all look at each other and shrug.

The solution "step over to the table over there" yes thats right the table over there they have no idea how this happened but it'll all be straightened out with a
provisional ballot.

A voice goes off in my head - Never ever accept a provisional ballot yes thats right it was my "Tio" Casimiro talking to me. As a young man Casimiro instructed me on the art of voting (in the 9th ward) the first thing you do is look the person behind the table in the eye and you tell them your name as they are looking for you in the list they're sure to make suggestions to you about the vote your about to make don't listen just shrug it off as a joke and if by any chance they can't find your name in the registration rolls and try to give you a provisional ballot tell them why don't you just throw it in the garbage and save me the time.

Yes these things do happen and my issue was easily solved with an actual ballot but imagine all across this country how many people may be going through this situation imagine that all people will probably have there votes thrown away. Even with all this we have to remember its our right and responsibility to vote its not a luxury or a hassle if the people of Iraq stood in lines for hours to cast there votes in clear vision of people who would later menace them then it should be no hassle to get out there and wait 15 minutes to throw in your vote.

Not to mention that this will be a historic day and how exciting has all this been but tomorrow the work begins so lets all be prepared because it will take all our efforts to undo whats happened the last eight years.

Enough of the lecturing I'm off to paint I've been at this cafe for at least an hour and now it's time to get to work lots more to follow as soon as AT&T gets there act together with our DSL.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What an incredible two weeks

It started last week with the great opening at the HPAC and after an exhausting week of preparation it continued into this week end for the Bridgeport Art Walk.

I wish Artist were treated as well as we all were at the opening for the "Not Just Another Pretty Face" opening it was unbelievable I really want to thank Patric McCoy for commissioning me for this great exhibit and of course every one at the HPAC for putting on this show.

The Bridgeport Art Walk was a continuation of all that great energy. It was great to hear some one say that they felt great positive energy at the opening reception.

I want to thank D. P. for all her hard work I also would like to thank Jspar and Manu for really being there to help put the studio together as well as Joey J and Fernski.

With all that being said goodnight and I hope to see all of you again.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Here we go!

Not much else to say other than...its go time. Wish me luck and all that other good stuff, thanks to everyone that helped in any way and with that its time to turn in my presentation.

Either way I feel great that (with the help and input of friends and family) I created a fabulous proposal.

Here we go!

Not much else to say other than...its go time. Wish me luck and all that other good stuff thanks to everyone that helped in any way and with that its time to turn in my presentation.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wheres my bailout plan?

Well okay some times I admit I do over spend at the art store and I have tendency to eat (some times healthy) but I'm not irresponsible I just have an addiction to making art.

This said, I am announcing that congress has decided not to bail me out of any financial stress I may be experiencing (to my surprise!) Instead the government has opted to give the bankers of this country a hand and send them on some fabulous spa retreats where they will receive some much needed facials(no pun intended).

But as I understand the DOD has been taking some interest in my work and perhaps they will add some of my paintings to there brilliant collection lets see how that turns out.

On a more serious note I have been hard at work at some of my projects. I have made it to 88 paintings for the studio reception and the piece for the Milwaukee Show is going very well. And now that we have been connected upstairs I plan to be more consistent with the blog and all other postings.

Today was a very interesting day I got up a bit later 9'ish and attended a luncheon at the Union league of Chicago. There was a very good panel discussion concerning the fostering of community of Chicago based artists moderated by James Yood who has been an the art scene and writing about it for years. The Artist Vera Clement made some very valid points about the churning out of artist from art schools such as the art institute of Chicago and how is the world going to absorb these new artists. I guess that statement could be read many different ways but I know one thing these new Artists better be prepared to face a challenge and I do hope that the new generations of Artist find success. I have to say I was very surprised to see some artists get up and leave during this discussion maybe they had better things to do (or somewhere else to promote themselves).

Anyway for now here are the things I look forward to in the next couple of weeks. Cleaning up the studio, going to a panel discussion on "The Collector" which my good friend Patric McCoy will be participating in, finishing "the" presentation, finishing number 100, Hyde Park Art Center Exhibit, and of course "party time" at the studio! (don't forget Artists need bailouts too)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Playoffs anyone?

Ladies and Gentlemen...... Your Chicago White Sox will go to the playoffs this year and from there who knows what can happen.

Congratulations White Sox! now bring us back another World Series title.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

This is just to important to talk around but I am just amazed at how my fellow citizens can ignore reality and buy into all the hype. Is it that we are afraid of the "boogey man" or is it the other thing you know the thing we will not discuss because its not "PC".

Well thats it if we can't see past all the crap its a sad day to call yourself an American, I mean are we safer with Russian bombers stationed in Venezuela? Is are hard earned money working for us when banks are collapsing? Are we better off with a weaker dollar? and of course all the CEO's are making off with huge pay days so at least we can rest assured that even though Mr. McCain can't remember how many houses he has at least he can relate with that upper 2% that so badly need those tax breaks that the other 98% will never see.

Oh fuck it, where did I get the idea that we are all supposed to be equal in this country. Maybe I should just lower my ideal by all means why should we the people of this country stand in the way of these "great Americans".

Thats it, now I will get back to work after all I still have my dream and its only going to as well as I make it go.

I hope that some you have been able to go over to SCC to take a look at the exhibit that I have hanging. I have been invited to participate in a great exhibit in Carbondale, IL so more and more the work I am doing is being accepted so that feels great I know theres a whole lot of work still to be done but never the less its always gives you a boost to be included.

Thats enough for today for now I hope we can take a dose of reality and see through this hype.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Here We Go!

Well here we are summer is gone (once again) and the time has come to start the shame less promotion. The summer has been really good to me it has presented a lot of opportunity I have been very fortunate to be included in some great exhibits as well as receiving some important commissions. With all that said the beat goes on and there's a ton of work to be done I am continuing the 150 paintings for the open studio reception and I'm working on a proposal for an important commission, so here we go.

Some of the things I have accomplished this summer, mural for "Barrington" nursery, exhibit at OP Gallery for Latin American Art Fair (21 pieces), exhibit at Loyola University "Immigration Through Art " (3 pieces) and of course designing and producing a 11' X 32' mural at a CPS. Thats just a few things I did this past summer.

Here is a pic from the 150 new pieces I am creating for the October 24th reception at the Studio so I hope you all enjoy it.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Trying to Understand the ego

Why is it that people don't understand that there is enough for all of us, why do we insist on being so selfish that we grab as much as possible and try to hold on tight so that none of anything ever gets away... scarcity mentality its a killer disease.

Well thats enough of that, it has been a very eventful two weeks. My mural at Columbia Explorer School is going very well and I just took a great trip with a group of fabulous art collectors
to Atlanta, USA and let me tell you I now know the meaning of "Southern Hospitality" everyone
we met was so welcoming and accepting of not only of me but of the whole group.

I have also been invited to exhibit at the South Suburban Community College in South Holland, IL. (a solo exhibit) That'll be great for exposure. The paintings in the studio are moving along nicely and the portraits are moving forward.

I don't know what else to go on about, at this point there is so much to write about my brain can't focus to let it all out. So enjoy the pic and keep tuning in sooner or later I'll be consistently writing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Comet Hale-bopp 1995-2008

Comet Hale-Bopp, Born 1995 and lived life as free and careless as a canine could. He passed away on the 29th of June 2008 and is survived by his two humans DLT and Pando.

Comet will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him. The time he spent with his humans was brief but very eventful I could write endless stories of his adventures and endless charisma but I feel that is best left to legend.

So good bye Mr. Hale-bopp, no more will you wiggle away as DLT applies "the claw" on you as you playfully wrestle but perhaps we will meet again.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Here we go again

Well its June and it feels like summer, all I know is that I have a full plate in front of me.

First I am Making good progress on my mural but it feels like it needs about two more months of work.

Second the portraits are getting done and I am very happy with the progress so thats a good thing.

And of course my plans for producing 150 paintings for the October event well for that I am thinking of creating a large piece and cutting it up into 150 pieces, They're going slow.

For the last couple of weeks I have been spending a lot of time doing paper work and there's more of that coming up.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Yes its me again and let me tell you I am appalled at the fact that I have a competitor advertising on my BLOG spot but then I looked at their site and no worries they can'tcompete with my work.

Now that
that's been said on to my plans for October the whole concept of 150 for 150 has
been receiving a very interesting reaction. This weekend spoke to a whole bunch of people
about it and the concept of cultivating a whole new group of collectors is very exciting.

I am
participating in a group exhibit at the Crown Center Gallery in Loyola university which
opens this Saturday so if anybody would like to join us we will be attending the reception
with Niece who just had the traumatic experience of graduating from the 8th grade.

got to go lots of painting to be done at the studio.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thats it, its over

Wow what a great couple of weeks it has been. I know you all are probably asking yourselves where the hell is DLT? Well now! I just don't know where to start but let me tell thinks are well over here and there only going to get better.

It was sad to see the set I created for "Dreamlandia" go to the wrecking ball but thats life and it was great to see such a fabulous production become reality for all those people that took there time to see the production I thank you.

Well thats all I have time for right now I am going to my very own "Dreamlandia"

So enjoy this awesome pic. Oh I just wanted to add that it is always nice to applauded in print
by the major theater critic in Chicago - thats all.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Okay here's a new BLOG for you

Well I'm back from a great day out in the field and ready for some more. I don't know what that means but rest assured I'll get to the bottom of it.

Opening night at the R.E.A.C. first annual Latin American Art Fair went very well there was some very interesting people and a few of my pieces sold which is always a good thing! And my project with J.T.O. started today and the piece is started well but the traffic back needs to get better (so all you people out there on the 355 get with it).

Well thats it for right now except I would like to say to all those people out in Sunnyvale CA - stay thirsty...Stay Thirsty

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Challenges

Now its on to organizing the May 10 open house and Bridgeport Art Walk which means new challenges for me.

The good news is that I have a great concept for the October Opening. I am challenging those people who say that art is not affordable - I am calling it 150 for 150 thats right I will produce 150 paintings watercolors, oils and mixed media then sell them for $150 dollars each.

So Lets see I have two Murals for Columbia Explorer School a great project for JTO out in Barrington a couple of portraits and 150 painting to get done within a six month period, definitely a fun next couple of months!

In the mean time here is another pic for those of you who asked about pics.

And don't forget to stop in to the Ogilivie/Pertl Gallery next week for the first annual Latin American Art Fair which will be happening at the River East Art Center on Illinois Street. I will be participating with the OP Gallery a very fine Gallery.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Where's your Dreamlandia Now

Well Dreamlandia has landed and lots to tell but little time to write.

For me this work is very relevant and makes the audience
aware of the situation as it is, all though this is a very uncomfortable
thing for a lot of people I do feel it is a start to a dialogue.

The production its self is sharp and very visually enticing (speaking as
the set designer and artist). I think you all have to experience it and come
to your own
conclusion then we can take a poll.

Pics to come later tonight(or tomorrow).

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

My Very Own Niagara Falls

Well here I am blogging for all to read and let me tell you its been quite a great couple of weeks. Let me start with the "DeLaTorre Winter Water Falls".

It was a Wednesday one of the coldest days of the year and I took the day to paint on my mural and other things in the studio, well as I was conversing with my neighbor we both hear water running and start (at a fast pace) making our way to my
studio and sure enough there it was, my very own Niagara Falls right on my table with all king of works in progress- as well finished pieces. As I struggled up current to try and save what I could, my neighbor helping as much as she could I had this sudden feeling that I was the luckiest S.O.B. alive if I wasn't in my studio that day all these works and probably much more would have been destroyed as it was there were many casualties but very few fatalities. So there it is I needed some space for it to process but all is well and I am continuing to create.

And for the next episode more adventures with two tonne tow trucks in snowed in alleys.
For now please enjoyed a portrait of one my favorite creatures on the planet.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Well I'm not sure if this blogging machine wants me to Blog today, nothing but technical difficulty but here I am. I am trying my best not to throw this limestone brick that I just happen to have in my hand right through the TV.... bush's last state of the nation address do I need to say more? Good Night!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Well Here it is

Ok to my one fan who has complained here it is my new blog post. For the last week I have been intermittently working at the studio and going out to St. Charles, IL working with my friend JTO developing samples for his companies portfolio so its been a very crazy existence out of the house by 4:45 back to the studio at 3:30 to work on "dreamlandia" scale model, lots of fun!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Progress in the studio

I have been hard at work at the studio and its been paying off I have started a new series in between painting on the mural and portraits posted is a picture of one the new pieces. The mural is going well I am planning to have the first level by the middle of the month and its just about there.

I am also getting started with the set design for the "Dreamlandia" its going to a great challenge to get the best design and images for the production I have a particular idea for
the set it not complicated but still captivating.

Well I hope that you all are have a great new year so far until next time, Stay thirsty

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Support for the Arts needed

Hey every one I hope you all had a happy new year and that it will be a great year for every one . Every one can now check out my work on this new site its a very good opportunity to purchase work right off the "net" check it out give me some feed back I'd like to hear what you think.

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