Tuesday, July 31, 2007

skeletal remains of the day

I drew this tonight in a bad mood....the skeletal remains of the day.

watercolor and charcoal...



re-listed mural study

the original buyer pulled out of the deal on this piece.

explained on ebay:


swim to the moon

Let's swim to the moon, ah ha
Let's climb through the tide
Penetrate the evenin' that the
City sleeps to hide
Let's swim out tonight, love
It's our turn to try
Parked beside the ocean
On our moonlight drive.

jim morrison

22 x30 watercolor on rag paper.


detail of glass

I know it doesn't look like much but I spent fifteen years trying to get to this point in glass. There are some mistakes here due to equipment but I know why they happened and they are now solved so perfection is just around the corner...

"aside from that mrs. lincoln how did you like the play?"

Glass Portrait

I spent most of yesterday pulling out my hair dealing with 6 hours of equipment problems. I finally solved those problems and remade this portrait .I wont say who it is because I hope you can read that for yourselves. I made this piece as a test not as any kind of political endorsement etc. It was strictly a matter of choosing a high profile person and the hair was what I was mainly interested in interpreting into glass. This was my second attempt at the same person as the first one I made was too "stern" looking and mean. I am expanding my work into glass portraits, a field very few people if any have attempted. The main reason being is that they are so damn difficult and one scratch ruins your whole day/ week/ month....I think this piece works minus a few flaws and I am sure my friend vinny will like it. This piece will be presented to her through a connection of mine.

Monday, July 30, 2007



I will be etching a lot of glass in brooklyn this week so not as much updates as normal. If anyone has a balance or owes money It would be great to send it to me as I am going upstate to paint on august 3rd and would prefer to have it all squared before I depart!

god bless

Sunday, July 29, 2007

colony collapse

I think we are facing something much worse than all the other daily fears we are spoon fed by the news each day. 25 percent of america's honeybees have died off. If we lose the honey bee we lose one third of all food products you buy in the supermarket. I think that spraying millions of gallons of anvil to kill west nile virus probably did not help the bees. I am sure they are not immune to the west nile pesticide anvil (as it will knock a bird right out of the sky on contact.) I never heard of anyone dying from west nile except for one elderly woman who had a compromised immune system. I guess drawing irises made me think of depressing fact.

Iris design

Here is a very unusual direction for me. I usually avoid flat planes of color or such "straight forward" design. When you paint on auto pilot (as I often do) you never know where you hand is going to take you you just have to have faith in the cosmos to bring you through. I think the composition works and there is not much else to stand on here aside from color and composition lose one and you lose the piece.

12 x 18 watercolor and acrylic.



Iris Woman

Here is a nouveau inspired painting I made this morning of a woman abstracted into an iris. Irises are my favorite thing to paint and women are my favorite thing to try to figure out. I think I will be more successful mastering painting rises than figuring out the female mind. This piece could have easily fell apart but I think it works because it harks back to the old lautrec posters etc. before the art world became to cool for itself and relegated good art to the label "kitsch."

12 x 18

watercolor on rag paper

ebay: http://cm.ebay.com/cm/ck/1065-29296-2357-0?uid=87404769&site=0&ver=LCA080805&item=290144245044&lk=URL

Saturday, July 28, 2007


This was painted a while ago when I was doing a lot of mural work. It is a field Iris flowers on gold leaf...it 1s about 20 by 30 must re-measure... I am holding for an interested client then will release it is she passes on it.


detail number two of previously mentioned painting.

detail of sad eyed lady

Here is a detail of the face from my painting described in previous entry.

Sad Eyed Lady

Here is a watercolor of mine my friend found in his basement. I made this in 2000. It is a portrait of my ex girlfriend. She was my only "bad" breakup as I managed to keep at least a human connection to every other girl I ever dated.
She was very wealthy and the idea of marrying into money was nice and tempting but It did not feel right. In the end the house of cards fell and I made for the high roads. Wealth is a strange animal and I think sometimes it tweaks people as much as poverty if they you are not careful. This piece is already nicely framed and the glass makes it hard to photograph without reflection. Serous inquiries only on this piece as I would like a minimum of $700.00 for it and I am not sure I even want to sell it....I will post more details of image in a moment.

26 x 34 w/ frame watercolor...



I will be back up today...took a breather yesterday...new work up as well.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

madonna with horsehoe crab

Here is the latest update on my glass design. It is the madonna with a horsehoe crab. I am not an athiest nor am I anti-christian and my work is never meant to be heretical. I think the horseshoe crab is a sacred "animal" and has been around in the same form long before mankind ever showed up on the scene. I think a man like christ would have felt the sacredness of suchanimals, especially something as ancient as the horseshoe. I am very excited to make this piece in glass once I perfect the drawing. I must study hands to get them perfect or all is lost. In the davinci masterpiece "virgin on the rocks" One can almost feel there should be a crab in the lower corner to complete the picture. I will have a cala-lily inspired border to frame this piece.

quote of the day

"genius is concealing your sources." S. Dali

Blood of eden

I found this in my parents garage today. It is a painting of the garden of eden. I find it interesting that the ancient sumerians also had a garden of eden and that there are many things in the bible that have history long before the bible was written. joseph campbell wrote a lot about this...This is a large painting about 5 foot long by 18 inches high.

oil on masonite...

Glass Art


I will be spending the next three months or so working on glass art. I will be selling the original drawings (there will be many of them!) I think they will be very nice collectible pieces. I am trying to take my glass to a new level of perfection and I will share the entire process with you from beginning to finished piece. The glass pieces are for galleries and will sell for around $3,600 and up, so buy buying my original sketches and designs you will be helping me get the work together as well as getting some nice drawings--- and you will be invited to my eventual opening night. Please support me in this task as I really want to get an entire body of work together! There will be some paintings as well but mostly works of glass inspired by lalique, steuben, tifanny and dali. This is the first piece I am going to carve in glass (It is the first sketch for the first piece. I have much design work to do on it but I will be selling each stage on here. I am starting with this head and working "outward" as my intuition guides me.

This is a large drawing 22 x30 (pencil on strathmore paper)



Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Whether or not you like picasso, (I personally prefer his early work) It is undeniable that he was a true genius. If you read his words carefully and what he had to say about art and philosophy, If you listen carefully, you pick up the crumbs of his genius. I find quotes of his that cut right to the bone of the matter and make things clearer for me in how I see art.

quote the raven:

"what does it mean...for a painter to paint in the manner of so and so or to actually imitate someone else? What's wrong with that? On the contrary its, it's a good idea. You should constantly try to paint like someone else. But the thing is, you can't. You would like to. You try. But it turns out to be a botch...And it's at the very moment you make a botch of it that you're yourself."

work space

here was my work desk today. I could have a desk thirty feet long and still make a mess of it.

eyes (detail)

I see the doorway to a thousand churches.

great words..

as a kid I messed around with writing a lot..eventually you have to choose your battles (so I chose the visual route.) I still like good writing and good lyrics and such...I fell that the following words paint an amazing and clear picture of a surreal, distinctly American reality. They are by roger waters. (The actual song is equally as fine as the words.

In truck stops and hamburger joints
In Cadillac limousines
In the company of has-beens
And bent-backs
And sleeping forms on pavement steps
In libraries and railway stations
In books and banks
In the pages of history
In suicidal cavalry attacks
I recognise...
Myself in every stranger's eyes
And in wheelchairs by monuments
Under tube trains and commuter accidents
In council care and county courts
At Easter fairs and sea-side resorts
In drawing rooms and city morgues
In award winning photographs
Of life rafts on the China seas
In transit camps, under arc lamps
On unloading ramps
In faces blurred by rubber stamps
I recognize...
Myself in every stranger's eyes
And now, from where I stand
Upon this hill
I plundered from the pool
I look around
I search the skies
I shade my eyes
So nearly blind
And I see signs of half remembered days
I hear bells that chime in strange familiar ways
I recognize...
The hope you kindle in your eyes
It's oh so easy now
As we lie here in the dark
Nothing interferes, it's obvious
How to beat the tears
That threaten to snuff out
The spark of our love


my assistant left ebay feedback for about one hundred people today...If anyone who has bought art would be kind enough to return the feedback (good or bad) please do so! trying to square away the details...


thank you


Dream Shine

The phenomenon known as planetshine occurs when reflected sunlight from a planet illuminates the dark side of one of its moons. Typically, this results in the moon's dark side being bathed in a soft, faint light. The best known example of planetshine is Earthshine, which can be seen from Earth when the Moon is a thin crescent.

I used this concept loosely as basis for a painting that is a dream state, a place where the heavenly brain is illuminated by the soft under belly of the unconcious during nightly slumber.

22 x 30 --inks, watercolor and white acrylic.


girl on the beach

see below for description.

charcoal and watercolor on paper.

22 x 30


a day at the office

I drew this big picture today. I sometimes push my ideas of what art is and what my style is to the point of breaking. Working big is great for the soul, I like to draw outside on big expensive sheets of paper. I have a divided nature, part of me is quiet and calm and reclusive and other part lives very large and loud. You get to be physical when you work large. You get to get involved in the process on other levels instead of just a cerebral one. I met a nice artist- girl at the beach and realized this is probably an unconscious snapshot of that moment.

If you know where you are going then your are lost---gardega

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

new work

I painted this today when I was thinking about how everything comes to an end...relationships, summers, life...even the bad things in life come to an end..

jim morrison wrote these words about the same idea.

I love you, the best
Better than all the rest
I love you, the best
Better than all the rest
That I meet in the summer
Indian summer
That I meet in the summer
Indian summer
I love you, the best
Better than all the rest



still life

I picked a lily from my landlords garden...(hope she doesn't read this) I haven't done any still lives in a long time and would like to do more. sorry for bad photo of work...

15 x 20 watercolor


great video!

to all my people "out there" you must watch this video it is a great look at reality vs. perception. I hope if you are work you can still watch it! It will change your whole day, I promise.

Note: I did not know that it gets religious in the very end (I posted it before I watched the whole video)--the "perception" part is what interests me...

link below:


color of the day! cobalt blue

Believe it or not the name cobalt comes from the german kobolt (underground goblin) it is a very costly and very stable color. The great artist maxfield parrish was known for using cobalt blue in his skies so it was also sometimes known as "parrish" blue. Cobalt is often used by gardega when I am in need of the "swirling skies of genius." I often use cobalt for one part of my sky and ultramarine for another part. They are close friends and never quarrel on the canvas. Maxfield Parrish painted in glazes, I will explain glazes in next post!


Monday, July 23, 2007

website is up

Okay...www.gardega.com is up. It is a bit rough in spots and there is mostly older work up (the site was built in 2004 and never really used much, so there is some old crap up that makes me cringe. ...I am getting rid of the illustration work up now and there will be no cartoon work...the site will be a work of art I hope and make life easier and less "linear" than just a blog...please forgive any shortcomings, they are being worked out ASAP.

update on website

My new website will be up in a few hours...the structure is there with just some "filler" art I will be working on it and uploading new work each day for you to see as well as keeping the blog alive. I love the layout of the site and will share it-- but will have to start adding content asap. it has a few bugs I am working out also.

cover art

I do pro bono work (book covers) for citizens against government waste. I believe the government has two purposes--- to take away personal liberties and tax us excessively so it can spend our money like a drunken sailor. Citizens against government waste is a DC based entity that wants to reform earmarks and make the government spend money more responsibly. I cant see anything wrong with that notion. I choose no side in politics except responsibility. Anyone want this original pen and ink? the color was added in photo shop....the original is 25 dollars. now back to our regular programming. Here the little swollen piggy cant get under the low poll numbers of a limbo bar.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

after goya

Goya has always been a hero of mine....he spent his last days in darkness exploring the dark underbelly of mankind's soul.

pencil on pastel paper.



nude--sketchbook page

Another sketchbook page from moons ago...hard to look at my older stuff sometimes, other times not so bad.




oil paints

thanks for the oils, clay...I was all out of white and cerulean blue!

sketchbook page---butterfly

Here is a sketchbook page of mine. I think I will work her up into a finished canvas. If someone wants to buy this I will finish it (if you wan tme to) and sell it for 75 dollars or best bid...




I was driving down the road on the way to my mom's sixtieth birthday party. On the side of a road was a file cabinet (out for the trash) something told me to pull over and look in. My whole life I have collected arrowheads ( I have some american indian blood in me.) In the bottom draw I found a wooden box and inside the box I found these american indian artifacts. The larger stone has some symbols carved into it.

set her free

MARSEILLE, France — A woman has been arrested on suspicion of kissing a painting by American artist Cy Twombly and smudging the bone-white canvas with her lipstick, French judicial officials said Saturday.

Police said they arrested the woman after she kissed the work on Thursday. She is to be tried in a court in the southern city of Avignon on Aug. 16 for "damage to a work of art," judicial officials said.

The painting, which is worth an estimated $2 million, was on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Avignon. It is part of an exhibition slated to run at the museum through Sept. 30. Officials did not provide further details on the painting.

Twombly is known for his abstract paintings combining painting and drawing techniques, repetitive lines and the use of graffiti, letters and words.

Born in Lexington, Va., in 1928, Twombly has lived in Italy for nearly a half- century. He won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2001.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Iris Moonrise

When I was growing up I made thousands of mirror and glass designs most of which I sold. Because of my work in glass I developed a feel for art nouveau line. When you work in carved glass you are dealing with line as opposed to color color or mass. Those years of working in glass and line have stuck with me through the years. I have to restrain myself at times from "throwing" a nouveau inspired border on my work as I etched a thousand mirrors with such designs. This was an old sketchbook page with white iris and a white moon.

12 x 18
watercolor and pencil



old sketch of a dancer

Here is an older sketch of a dancer with a few wrinkles and some age....

8 x 10



good morning!

I was going to carve glass today in brooklyn but I have opted to work on this site instead and upload new work! Have some cool drawings I am going to upload today. I cant take those cave man commercials and may have to switch insurance companies but I digress.


Thursday, July 19, 2007

coming back to life

Where were you when I was burned and broken
While the days slipped by from my window watching
And where were you when I was hurt and I was helpless
Because the things you say and the things you do surround me
While you were hanging yourself on someone else's words
Dying to believe in what you heard
I was staring straight into the shining sun

Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime

I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life

I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the waiting had begun
And I headed straight..into the shining sun

David Gilmour

oil 8 x 10

blue spirit

I painted this today---Alex does not know why he painted this. I think I have been drawing and painting too many beach scenes and figures and I needed to walk through the other side where the shadows and nightmares grow.

8 x 10

oil on canvas



Gunther's tap room

one of my favorite old bars is gunther's tap room in Northport. It is a place with a ton of history and walls that hold a lot of stories. To this day the main clients are a mix of blue collar, clammers, baymen and regular everyday northport people. One reason I love the place is that Jack Kerouac spent his final days in orthport and was a regular at gunthers. He used to sneak in flasks of whiskey because he was broke in spite of his fame. It can still be a bit rough in Gunther's at times and once I was grabbed by someone who didnt like me drawing his picture at the bar. It is a very popular place on thanksgiving. I once spent my whole thanksgiving in there drawing pictures of the lost souls chewing on turkey. I made this oil sketch from a drawing I made that thanksgiving. It needs a bit more work and was fun to paint. I need to add the gunther's lettering on the window as well.

8 x 10 canvas

sunset at beach

Here is a sunset study from crab meadow beach...still working on this oil study as it is not where I want it yet...

8 x 10 oil

crab meadow beach---fall

Here is a small oil study I made at crab meadow beach in Northport last fall. It is oil on an 8 x 10. I really consider these oil sketches not paintings. I know there are a lot of artists who paint small finished paintings, for me these are simply personal studies or notations as to what I am seeing front of me.



oil paint

I need two tubes of paint one is cerulean blue oil color and the other is titanium white oil color. I try to use old holland colors..If anyone wants to send me those I will trade for a small painting. The art store is far away and I always forget to go when I am in NYC. I will trade an 8 x 10 small canvas as it will save me an hours time..Believe it or not it is hard to find individual oil color tubes on ebay! Thanks for contributing to my laziness. (Mary is not allowed to send me this item.)


wagon trains

I find it interesting that a plane stuck on the tarmac for 4 hours makes it to the national news. It was not that long when americans took wagon trains across america and were lucky to make it across alive at all. Maybe we are not supposed to make it across america in five hours. Millions of flights take off and land every day without problems. Maybe its called being spoiled.


I have been fascinated by these ever since I discovered them in 1999. You can google them or read a bit on them in in wikipedia. I started using them as inspiration in my work long ago and then I discovered that dali had also used them as in some of his work so I knew I was on the right track.


my new watch

I bought a new watch on ebay for running ,an iron man watch with lots of buttons and timers for laps. I go to 7-11 this morning to buy my big gulp at 5:30 AM as I usually do. The guy working gives me a strange look when I ask for the NY Post (as I usually do.) He tells me the papers are not delivered yet. When I get home I realize it is 3:44 Am and my watch is wrong. I have no idea how to set it either. I have three clocks in my apt and each one is wrong including my computer clock. At least now I have some free time.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

My 500th entry

I feel my 500 th entry is a milestone and requires me to thank some people. If I leave you out it is because I am sick today and not thinking well.

thanks to:

Matt T.
Mary (the greatest DJ in NY)
Barry from hoboken- nice man
Clay--- my nobu connection and great guy.
Bevy from Nike (thanks for the gift!)
Barbara from miami
Melanie from new zealand
Nick from LA
linda C.
Kim D.
Bruce from LA
grant v
Andrea for the lunches
Jim A for the music
john n. for the cape cod house
jeff G.
and to everyone else I forgot ..thank you!

New Website!

My new website will be up in less than a week. It is a very unique layout (based on the sacred horseshoe crab.) I will still have a blog going as part of the site for ongoing daily updates.

Good Morning

serious thunder this morning, sounded like there was a bowling alley upstairs.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

after mucha study---winter woman

I guess I should make it clear that almost all my copies of my heroes are from my teenage years and do not represent my skills at present. maybe I got worse (who knows) I was a mucha freak in college and everyone laughed him off until he became the "go to guy" for the same people who laughed him off. I always pushed the decorative arts and artists when others faces were buried in the smelly socks of sargent.

strange world---solitude

I never understood the point in rendering a painting to death. Is that so strangers can stand around and point out that you rendered every hair in detail? The japanese were the great art masters. Hokusai etc..they give you the impression of the wave not the photo of the wave. Dali's genius lies in that his hyper detailed painting were simply "comments" on the idea of photographic images as opposed to being photographs themselves. While the abstract expressionists were slashing away like house painters on a wall, Dali was rebelling with hyper realism but hyper realism wrapped up in a surrealist skin so it still worked. Gardega is not Dali so he paints like gardega.

King of Kitsch

This is a glass portrait I made of odd nerdrum. (My favorite living artist.) He calls himself a kitsch artist (although that is merely tongue and cheek poking fun at the artworld because he is looked down on by the elites because he is a classicist and a genius) I work a lot in glass which can also be described as kitsch (depending how it is handled) I thought it a perfect thing to make a glass portrait of the "king of kitsch."

Before and after--shower door.

I made this for a client about 8 years ago....Terrible photo of finished and etched mermaid. This was one of two mermaids I made for a client. I still have the original drawing somewhere.


Shower Door design

this is now on ebay....I have described it on ebay and further back in my blog.



Bloody Red Sun

I painted this when I was listening to this song....l think these words are as good as anything ever written by Rimbaud. Rimbaud was a genius poet who died young and was an influence on Morrison as well.

There's blood in the streets, it's up to my ankles
She came
Blood in the streets, it's up to my knee
She came
Blood in the streets in the town of Chicago
She came
Blood on the rise, it's following me
Think about the break of day

She came and then she drove away
Sunlight in her hair

She came
Blood in the streets runs a river of sadness
She came
Blood in the streets it's up to my thigh
She came
Yeah the river runs red down the legs of a city
She came
The women are crying red rivers of weepin'

She came into town and then she drove away
Sunlight in her hair

Indians scattered on dawn's highway bleeding
Ghosts crowd the young child's fragile eggshell mind

Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven
Blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice
Blood in my love in the terrible summer
Bloody red sun of Phantastic L.A.

Blood screams her brain as they chop off her fingers
Blood will be born in the birth of a nation
Blood is the rose of mysterious union

There's blood in the streets, it's up to my ankles
Blood in the streets, it's up to my knee
Blood in the streets in the town of Chicago
Blood on the rise, it's following me

Red Halo

I am not sure why I started painting halo clouds..I am not even sure if they are religous, alchemical or otherwise symbolic. They keep coming out of my hand so I dont ask why.

July 17, 2007

Good morning. I have a bunch of new work on ebay and will have even more today...I should have about 20 pieces up by days end. (There are about ten now.) Another sunny day in the northeast. I have a collector visiting today, always a lot of work getting set up for that. If anyone is still waiting for work the final shipping date of all back log will be tomorrow when my assistant is back from vacation.

aside from that Mrs. Lincoln how was the show?


artist of the day! --- Redon

Redon also describes his work as ambiguous and undefinable:

"My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined."[3]

Redon's work represent an exploration of his internal feelings and psyche. He himself wanted to "place the visible at the service of the invisible"; thus, although his work seems filled with strange being and grotesque dichotomies, his aim was to represent pictorially the ghosts of his own mind. The most telling source of Redon's inspiration and the forces behind his works can be found in his journal A Soi-même (To Myself). His process was explained best by himself when he said:

"I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased."

Monday, July 16, 2007

Strange world-----dead before he lived

this is a small painting I painted and I am not sure why.



here is another abstract doodle from a sketchbook.....read below for description.


Sometimes I do abstract drawings/ paintings to warm up my hand before I make a real painting. I never showed these to other humans as they are basically the same as an accountant doodling in the margins of a balance sheet.



interior landscape

I came home from dinner tonight and just picked up my brush and made this landscape without thinking about it....I was just messing around but it seems to have worked. I sometimes try to imagine/ paint what Atlantis looked like.


Alice in Winter Watercolor

12  x 16 inches on arches paper to purchase https://tendollarart.com/products/alice-in-winter-watercolor