Saturday, December 22, 2007

Paint by Number Landscape


Oil on Canvas
24"x30"

Monday, December 17, 2007

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

Friday, November 02, 2007

Why Carson Daly? WHY??

Why does Carson Daly have his own late night show? I just don't understand. His show, Last Call follows the Emmy Award winning Late Night with Conan O'Brien which in turn follows the number one late night show for years and years - the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Leno is funny - he caters to a more mainstream crowd due to his earlier time slot so the show does not get too rowdy but it's classy and fun and - well - it's an institution in this country. Jay Leno has done a fantastic job of staying on the top of the ratings game for decades - and he started his career as a stand up comic - an entertainer. Conan O'Brien is just plain hysterical. His show takes full advantage of its later time slot with goofy, seemingly random sketch comedy, twisted humor, and his own right on the mark comic sensibilities. Conan began as a writer for Saturday Night Live - a perfect fit for the New York based late night show and showcase for the man's talents.

But as soon as Conan is over, another show comes on. It's the third in the lineup and I've come to believe the show that tells the nation, "Hey--it's time for bed. No more TV. We will now make you wish you hadn't stayed up so late." The show is Last Call with Carson Daly. The equation simply does not make any sense. Daly came into the public eye (as far as I know - and correct me if I'm wrong) with the MTV show, TRL (Total Requests Live). It was a format perfect for a clean cut and moderately hip HOST - not a COMEDIAN but a host. He stood around in New York and interviewed "hot right now" musicians and performers and introduced music videos in front of a wild live crowd. He was good at that job. He was a good HOST. He was not funny. He didn't need to be funny. He had only to show enough personality to fill in for where the screaming crowd and the rock stars fell short.

So now here he is: Un-funny, non-comedian, HOST GUY who was somehow given his own late night variety show. Writers write jokes for him but it's like watching Tiger Woods attempt stand up. He has guests but can never seem to ask them anything interesting and instead appears to hide behind his desk, growing visibly uncomfortable with any personality variance that might require improvisation or comic relief. As a matter of fact, I've seen him apparently make guests feel uncomfortable with his odd nervous banter as they attempt an on the air conversation. It is as though someone gave him the job assuming that hosting a show and hosting a late night COMEDIC variety show are the same thing.

How many great comics would love to have a chance at Last Call? How much talent was overlooked in order to decide on such a lackluster follow-up to NBC's late night classics? How much ass kissing and executive statistical chart reading had to occur in order to justify an attempt at creating a funny man out of a preppy but visible(?) snorefest with the swagger of a freshman journalist instead of giving the opportunity to a true comedian - a performer with charisma, a keen sense of comic timing, and showmanship that have made the variety show what it is since the beginning of television?

Seeing this guy on the air completely baffles me. Perhaps the executives sleep through that part of the broadcast and just check the stats on prime time. Or perhaps I'm really missing something. Anything's possible.

The Impossible Quiz

Good luck with this one...really.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Terrestrial


©Copyright 2007 Jason Loya
Ink and Pencil on Paper

Monday, October 15, 2007

be

I meditate on
The silent, silent sound;
The sexual spiritual
Semblance of a man--

The sound that echoes reason,
Treason,
Disease, and all that feeds
On emptiness and endlessness
And ceaseless busyness--

And somewhere in the din
Behind the howling wind,
A gentle warming breeze
Whispers quietly
The simple secret:

be

And it's clouded by the noise
Once again...

©Copyright 2007 Jason J. Loya
Note: This is my 100th post. I have had this blog since January 2, 2005.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Just Built a Website...

I recently completed my first website gig for someone other than myself or my company. It is a site for actor, Matt Ritchey and I think it turned out rather well. You can see my handiwork at mattritchey.net

I find it interesting that I can add "web builder" to my resume because I have for so long shunned digital art in favor of fine art (painting, sculpture, drawing, etc). While I am still not a huge fan of straight "digital art" - as in "paintings" done on computers, web building is a bit different. It started because I needed a site and didn't have the money to build one - but did have all of the top notch web building programs.

So over the course of the last couple years, it became sort of a challenge to myself to figure out how to use the tools to create something not just functional but unique. So far, I have been pleased - though I'm sure I've lost a lot of sleep and A LOT of hair in the process.

So while I do not see myself becoming a career web designer, it is not a bad way for an otherwise starving artist to make a living being creative and I'm proud of my work to boot. So if you want, check out jasonloya.com (parent to this blog), mutinyuniverse.com, and the latest: mattritchey.com I know I'm no ├╝bergeek with all the young web gurus out there - but I'm trying! :-)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I have had some of my work available through a site called imagekind.com for a while but being that I am an artist and not a marketer, I haven't spread the word much. Below is a banner that links to my imagekind.com galleries. I chose this site because they not only offer prints but also the option for custom framing in many different styles and a wide selection of paper weights and textures. I have some prints available through my cafepress.com store but they do not offer the wide variety of services found at imagekind.com.

So if you are one of the 4 people who look at this site and have an interest in a quality art print, take a look!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Blog Rush

So it's really very rare that I write anything here informational. Usually it's poetry or pictures. That is probably why I don't get as many hits to this site as I'd like. It may also be because I'm not selling some hip product. In any case, this one's for the bloggers. My good friend, Ryan (www.deramos.org) discovered this cool widget system called Blog Rush. It's free and very cool because you sign up and put the widget on your blog. Then other people's blogs with similar content show up in the little window and likewise, your blog shows up in everyone else's window. It's a VERY new service but a very good one for making a visit to your blog more enjoyable for readers while getting plugging your site at the same time! Anyway, given that most people who read these things also have one themselves, I thought I'd share. You can go HERE to sign up or check it out. Thanks for stopping by JasonLoyaCreations!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Alphabet


Oil, Pastel, and Ink on Canvas
18"x24"

I used a different technique for this one. Normally I like heavy oil and glazing. For this one, I started with thick paint and oil and then went to turpentine washes with oil paint and pastel. I like the illustrative look that I achieved. It's different than my usual fare...whatever that may be.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Rumors


Charcoal and Oil Pastel on Paper
11"x14"

Saturday, September 08, 2007

The End of Time


Christine slowly raises her hand, petrified with fear. The Stranger grins and holds out his hand. Suddenly, Christine's body seizes. She grabs her throat. She seizes again and heaves, finally opening her mouth and pulling something out...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

THINGS OUTSIDE

You can order prints of these and some of my other art at imagekind!







All images ©Copyright 2007 Jason J. Loya

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Picasso Video

Here is another video by the same filmmaker who made "Women in art." Wonderful!

Women in Art

This is a fantastic video that I found on youtube:

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Big Winnings


Oil Pastel, Pencil, and Ink on Paper
11"x14"

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Poetique, Live from NYC

This woman is fantastically full of passion and inspiration. I only know her in that cyber sort of way but she must be a kindred spirit. Check her work out at http://www.myspace.com/poetickhaotique and http://www.myspace.com/kacie954. Always support people who spew passion - they give this world the hope that it needs to go on in such wild, wild times.

Monday, July 30, 2007

H.R. Giger

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Human Condition




Oil on Canvas
18"x24"

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Man Behind the Curtain

Alone - a loss -
A brief confusion--
And in the end
He took the time
To -- wait -- who?

The man behind the curtain--
The one who keeps you guessing--
The one with self disaster
Written on his eyes.
There's a man with
Catastrophic self destructive madness
Hidden in the being on the lawn--

It's catching you know
It's not what they say it is--

It's some kind of fervent flu -
A virus with a potent punch
And a plague to follow through...

He stands there on the lawn
Seemingly not blinking
Or not seeing
what he's done -
He waters all the plants
He does a lifeless dance
He frolics with the ants
And he waits for the final curtain call
But to no avail
For the stale stately smile
That washed up on his face
Is sterile as the sand upon the shore
And poisonous and bland
As a thousand tiny ants
As they dance a wicked dance
Or maybe more...

©Copyright 2007 Jason J. Loya

Adam's Apple

Headlong
A wayward wind
A wayward man
A toxic din

Long last
A Sanity
A vigilance
A rarity

What's wrong
With undue guilt?
With what you've felt?
With hand made hell?

Cuts deep
And bleeds a bit
And bites your lip
And takes a sip

Not that
You had a chance
You wore the pants
You stood your stance

Knew well
It wouldn't last
It had to pass
It had to crash

Just when
You thought you won
You had your fun
You made your run

Headlong
A waning trend
A fading wind
A fallen man.

©Copyright 2007 Jason J. Loya

The State of Things

Hoorah! Hooray!
It's yesterday!
And tomorrow
Has come and gone!

©Copyright 2007 Jason J. Loya

In the Stillness of Night

Light in the corner
In a dimly lit room
What is that odor?
Is it lying sweet perfume?
Toxic ruminations
Feed on misconfigured mind
And animals would shiver
With the wild breeze of time
Are we growling?
Are we growing?
Have the ants shown any slowing
In their purposeful rendition
Of a line?
Have the ants shown any slowing
In the corner that is glowing
In the dimly lighted room
So full of lies?

©Copyright 2007 Jason J. Loya

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Brick Box

This is an oldie but a goodie. Directed by Tim Smith, 2003:

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

This painting is called An Arbitrary Answer to a Complex Question. It is thick and has tiny letters of the alphabet typed with a typewriter on vellum and then cut out and spread throughout the upper region of the piece.


Oil on canvas 30"x40"

This is a beautiful thing that only happens in a photograph:

Thursday, May 03, 2007

EPIC ANIMATION



An epic film by Jason Loya

Monday, April 23, 2007

Twenty-nine and a Half


This is my first form based, non-mixed media painting since Sublimation of Grief.
Oil on Canvas
18"x24"

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Doppelganger



This is an oldie. I made it in 2004. It was a study for a feature idea that never quite made it.

Monday, April 09, 2007

I Know You Live (Version Z)



This is the BOX version, also directed and edited by Ryan DeRamos and produced by Jason Loya and Mutiny Universe.

White Rhino



This is a music video for the song White Rhino by The Society of Gloves. It is directed by Ryan DeRamos and produced by The Society of Gloves and Mutiny Universe. Did I mention that it KICKS ASS?

I Know You Live



This is a music video for the song I Know You Live by Peter Chavez. It is directed by Ryan DeRamos, Produced by Jason Loya (that's me) and Mutiny Universe, and stars Roshelle Pattison.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Structures


Structure I



Structure II



Structure III



Structure IV

Figures


Figure I



Figure II



Figure III

Monday, March 12, 2007

The Canticle

The Canticle is an epic poem that I began writing in 1997. It surely will never completely end. Here, I share what I have written thus far for the first time. CLICK THE TEXT BELOW TO SEE THE PIECE IN ITS ENTIRETY. Enjoy

The Canticle
by Jason J. Loya


Underneath the pink umbrella
lies an unsuspecting criminal.
Is it even appropriate to
offer any sentiment?
Alone -- a loss
a brief confusion
Alone -- beyond
without a motion
He sits there slyly smiling,
deeply craving loneliness
but all's not well because if it were
the falling sky would breathe in tune...

Saturday, March 10, 2007

A Reflection on Nature

Corrosive morose understanding
Isn’t the same
If it isn’t amazing,
Fluid and out of control

Out of the hole
Out of the hole

Flying so violently
Then there’s a lull
But it’s hardly
A good-hearted storm outside
Blinding the
Good-hearted troll

Fond, disengaged understanding
Couldn’t be more of a lie
As long as it promises prominence,
Comfort, and plenty of time.

©copyright 2006 jason j. loya

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Large Spider





All images ©2006 Jason J. Loya

This is the huge spider that was setting up shop outside my apartment before it so graciously gave its life to art. He is now immortalized in the center of the red rubber band circle in Project X².

Project X²


Mixed Media on Canvas 30"x40"

This is a piece that I worked with Robyn Gorgos on for about 2 years. We did Project X before this and really liked what came out of the effort. This one took much longer because we just couldn't seem to settle on a feel or a style. After several different images inhabited this canvas, the thing finally started to come together in the fall of 2006. The canvas now contains so many great ingredients and textures, I don't think they can all be listed here. These are a few: paint, marker, rubber band, real ants, plastic ants, string, plastic army man, giant spider, rubber glove, neck tie, oil pastel, tape, encaustic, grass, dirt, carpet fuzz, thermostat wire, thread, and the letter f. I really enjoyed doing this project and I think it makes a great pair with Project X. A lot of emotion and care went into this piece as Robyn and I each went through different things in our lives over the course of its creation. While it is best viewed in person to appreciate all of the texture and complexity, this blog will have to do for now. Here's to Project X²!