Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Vacation Photos: Singapore Street Art

mindy and i just returned from a 10 day trip to singapore.  we visited family, met new family members, ate everything the hawker centers had to offer, and searched out some street art.

singapore has come around a little bit on street art since the last time i was there in 2012, when SKLO was being arrested for spraying 'my grandfather road' at intersections and placing cheeky singlish stickers on crosswalk buttons and other spots. we found several works in the the touristy section of haji lane and arab st. and several murals from a mural campaign dedicated to singapore's 50th birthday.  all were, of course, commissioned works as graffiti in SG will still get you caned, fined, and jailed for a couple of years, but none the less the works were solid.  local crew RSCLS seems to be at the forefront of the movement in singapore along with local girl sheryo and her aussie counterpart the yok, and SKLO and her rebel daughters affiliates. good on them for putting some color back into a culture that seems to lack visual creativity and subculture propaganda, and the government is accepting their significance to the art world.

here are some pictures if you'd like to see:

@ Bras Basah Complex.

@ Queen Street.

@ Gillman Barracks.

@ Haji Lane, Arab Street, and Kampong Glam.

@ Taman Jurong Shopping Center.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

birds on the balcony

Today i installed a new mural in the Sovereign Catering Office at the Fowler House in downtown Lafayette.  it's titled 'birds on the balcony.'

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This is a tiny room with a window and door and a balcony, but it feels quite claustrophobic in there, so my initial thought was to simply make the space feel bigger, and i wanted to pull in some of the architectural and upholstery details from the historic home.  all the of the patterns and features are taken from other parts of the house, like the staircase and the dining room ceiling.

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and lastly, to make the space feel alive, i mixed in some disney-style birds flying around and sitting on ledges. it's a fun space with a calmness in all the ornate layers.  i hope it makes for an inspiring work space for my friends at Sovereign Catering. you can visit them at


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Eggplant Dirty Rice (by "Amateur Gourmet")

It was hard to think about making dinner every night when Zach was out painting the Seurat mural. So we were harvesting all these beautiful eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers from our garden and just leaving them out on the kitchen counter.

Last night, we decided to use our bountiful harvest to make one of our favorite vegetarian dishes -- eggplant dirty rice, a recipe I love from the Amateur Gourmet site. I followed much of Adam's recipe, except I threw in about 3 or 4 of our tomatoes and used half white, half brown rice. The tomatoes release quite a bit of liquid, so if you are using only white rice, you might need to adjust the amount of broth you add. But if you are using brown rice, you can keep the broth at 2.5 cups. I also skipped the oven and just cooked the rice on the stove. If you like to use your oven, check out the temperature and time Adam used here.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 onion, finely chopped
3 celery ribs, diced
1 medium eggplant, or 3 small eggplants, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
3-4 tomatoes, diced
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup soy sauce
1.5 cups rice (I used both white and brown)
2.5 cups vegetable broth
salt, to taste

In a cast iron pot, heat olive oil and cook celery, peppers, and onion  until lightly browned.

Add eggplant, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, black and white peppers, cayenne, and season with salt. Cook for about 8 minutes or until eggplant is soft.
Stir in tomato paste, soy sauce, and vegetable broth.
Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Let stand for 10 more minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve hot!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sunday Morning Wabash River is done!

lafayette indiana street art mural

sunday morning wabash river

lafayette indiana street art mural

The mural is done, but this morning Zach and I went to the wall again so he could add the title for the piece.

lafayette indiana street art mural

lafayette indiana street art mural

If you live in the area, go check out the piece downtown at 219 Main Street! It's in the alley between Bernadette's Barbershop and Chase Bank.

p.s. if you are looking for a paid opportunity to add some color to a wall in town, we are looking for artists to participate in Alleypalooza. See this post, and this request for proposals for more information!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sunday Morning Wabash River: Day 9

Nine days. 

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Zach finished his largest mural to date in just nine days. It's really a crazy feat if you think about it.

We couldn't get a decent picture of the completed mural this evening because of the glare from the sun. We'll have to take pictures on a different day. In the meantime, here are photos of all the characters in the mural. The largest ones are about 15 feet, and the smallest ones are three dots tall.

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sunday morning wabash river

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