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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Subject:She's gone Jack, let her go
Time:1:02 pm.
I'll keep posting here but honestly folks:




get on it, yesterday
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Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Subject:Joslyn Kuchinski
Time:6:56 pm.

Joslyn Kuchinski
11" x 14"
oil on panel
Tristan's Illustration

I approached this painting a year ago. I didn't like the way it was turning out so i started it over again last week. this time 11 x 14 instead of 9 x 12.

Back when i was in New Hampshire i had a friend that was a hair stylist. They would do my hair for free, to repay the favour i told them i'd paint a portrait of their daughter. So to keep the painting momentum going i just fired this one out.
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Time:2:37 pm.

an illustration for a short story in the book, This Black Hole
11 x 17
Oil on board
Tristan's Illustrations
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Monday, February 15th, 2010

Time:12:27 pm.

A portrait of Robin Henry-Wilson
11 x 14
oil on board
Find more of Tristan’s illustrations at thewhiteleaf.com

I finished this painting in under 20 hours; record shattering speed for me. I’ve never painted someone while they were around to watch the progress or even stand over my shoulder. It was surreal. I loved watching the look on her face as she’d run by and point, “that’s me!”
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Monday, January 4th, 2010

Subject:Oscar Mike
Time:1:56 pm.
So the wife has blessed me with an Xbox 360. Much thanks to absinthetic for pointing us to the sweet, Walmart Online deal that allowed us to pull the trigger.

Speaking of trigger, you'll find me on, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 almost exclusively.

If you care to tango online, i'll be the guy that just mêlée knifed you after dodging your bullets head on. I like to make my kills personal.

Either way add me: thewhiteleaf or drop your gamertag in the comments.
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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Subject:Dremel, warm weather and Avatar!
Time:12:24 pm.
dremel 300
Dremel 300 series

just picked up this bad boy and a sheet of 2' x 4' hardboard.

I'm within walking distance of a home depot. With my new print and mount technique i may never have to purchase a prepared surface again! Cost of the 2 x 4 sheet of hardboard? Under 5 bucks! that's what i'm talkin about.

I can float and mount my printed drawings on the hard board then trim them to size once the paintings complete.


On an even brighter note, tonight, we'll head to nearly 80 deg weather for an 11 day FL vacation. It'll be a white Christmas this year...a white sandy beach Christmas!

Finally, this friday, AVATAR!!!!!!!!! 3D, James Cameron, PEW PEW PEW!
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Monday, December 14th, 2009

Subject:Interviewed by Michael Ortali
Time:1:26 pm.
I was interviewed by designer, Michael Ortali. You can read it on his beautiful website silent-strength.com
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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Subject:Latest of the Living Room
Time:1:26 pm.

I haven't post any recent photos of our latest apt. This is after the wife's holiday decorating last Friday.
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Friday, November 6th, 2009

Time:7:46 am.

We at The Despair Faction & Official AFI Message Board would like to wish you a happy birthday today!

The above photo was from Halloween. 1000 pts to anyone that guesses my costume. Two hints:

1. it has nothing to do with Eyes Wide Shut (i've never seen the film)

2. Comic book geeks i'm looking your way.
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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Subject:Sam Worthington Illustration
Time:2:32 pm.

"Alas, I knew him!"
An illustration of Sam Worthington from the movie Terminator Salvation
oil on board
11" x 14"

Illustration By Tristan

Finally got the thumbs up on this guy and sent it off to the Society of Illustrators this morning. I had a ton of fun with this especially the skull as you may imagine. I feel like i pushed the mood on this piece more than any of my other work in the past. That's a technique i have to keep in mind going on.

if you've got any questions about it just ask. This guy's my favourite illustration and now hangs above my bedroom door.

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Monday, September 7th, 2009

Subject:gouache painting of bottles for the wife
Time:10:57 am.

5"x5" goauche on watercolour paper

This was a fun still life that got me painting after a month of Freelancing with Macy's.

My wife wanted a new piece of art to fit this silver frame in our kitchen. she asked for bottles and colours that match the nesting dolls.

I pulled a few bottles from above our cabinets and sat down with some gouache. I've never done a real painting with the medium and it wasn't bad. I've always wanted to do gouache colour studies.

I told her they're fast and easy so if she needs anything else just let me know!
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Time:3:19 pm.

Dis-info-nation, a fold out album cover for the band Feeding the Fire
11 x 14
oil on panel
find more illustration at thewhiteleaf.com

This piece was essentially done AGES ago but i've been having a few creative differences with the client.

After lots of going back and forth through emails, phone calls and eventually photoshopped changes. The band agreed that my version was better than what they had in mind and the illustration should go to print in its original form.

This job was an interesting one.

You can now find me on tumblr, http://thewhiteleaf.tumblr.com/

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Friday, July 31st, 2009

Subject:We Are Fragile
Time:4:03 pm.

Prints of those flying jelly fish are now available through inPRNT.
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Monday, July 27th, 2009

Subject:Summer Storm
Time:9:42 am.
About two blocks from home.

Believe it or not this is my wife and I after we've abruptly turned around to avoid the storm behind us! You know you're in a sobering situation when you champion walking into this!

As always, I was hoping for a Tornado to touch down. For some reason i felt as though 500+ mph winds would have no adverse effects on me or my neighborhood. I guess it's just the kid in me.
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Time:2:12 pm.
So i've been on a baby kick.

we've got SOME TIME so hold your horses but it's been increasingly on my mind.

After seeing Paris and Prince Jackson yesterday that pretty much sealed the deal.

i also think i NEED a little girl.

All my life i've been told i look like Michael Jackson. whip these genes up with my wife and I'm pretty sure i got great shot at brewing some GORGEOUS children.

Of course comes the inevitable name game.

I decided that all great black men have names that start with the letter M, e.g. Malcom, Michael, Michael, Michael, Martin, Marcus etc

So I gave Robin my suggestions for names and her replies went something like this:


Megatron: No (had to throw it out there)

Marious : eeeeh maaaaaaaaybe

Maco: No (yes as in the shark!)

Mercutio: No (wtf why not?!)

Maxwell: Yes


Gretchen, Gertrude or Guenevere (NOT GWEN NEVER GWEN!). She liked Guenevere the most but i like Gretchen. She thinks it's too granny but i say HEY that's the point! it's throwback! Told her if we have three girls expect the trifecta

Akasha: She all but refuses! COME ON! QUEEN OF THE DAMNED!!!

whatcha think? it's about time i father some US Royalty!
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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Subject:Now i want a daughter
Time:7:13 pm.
oh my goodness. Paris Jackson breaking down at her father's memorial today.

Not a dry eye in this house.
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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Subject:We Are Fragile
Time:1:39 pm.
We Are Fragile, a wrap around album cover for the band Isle Of Thieves
14 x 20
Oil on Strathmore 500 Series Illustration Board
find more illustration at thewhiteleaf.com

this was fun. I'd like to get this one framed.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Subject:Lady Justice
Time:11:19 am.
Lady Justice, private commission,
16 x 20
Oil on Panel
find more illustration at thewhiteleaf.com

This is a painting I was commissioned to do. The painting will be given to the family of a young lawyer who passed away.

This painting got me thinking in limited colours again and more importantly about speed. I like larger pieces but for the sake of time i'm going to keep tighter deadlines smaller in size.

You'll find detail shots and progress images below.

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Friday, May 8th, 2009

Subject:Moving, Painting
Time:11:14 am.
We're all done moving into the new apt and have most of everything set up. I was able to post some of the progress of my latest piece. Here's the story.

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Subject:Gravehaven feedback
Time:1:22 am.
"People have listened to us solely on our album art."

Gravehaven, the band that commissioned this illustration and album cover.

Well it doesn't get much more flattering than that!
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Monday, April 27th, 2009

Subject:Talk that sexy talk to me
Time:5:18 pm.

Oh boy! according to my Zune i've been taking this album kind of seriously.

BTW does anyone else own a Zune? I LOVE this thing but don't know anyone else to add as a friend.

my handle is thewhiteleaf as you may have guessed.
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Time:3:27 pm.

I cashed in my credit card world points the other day and snagged a free deep fryer.

This is most dangerous to cool ratio item i own. It gets what i describe as "deadly hot" within seconds.

Keep all the health jokes and comments to yourself because everyone that has seen this thing in action has had the exact same reaction:

Gleeful delight and squealing followed by, "OHMG!" these french fries are awesome.

This thing cooks what i describe as "damn-good-sporting-event-concession-stand-quality-french-fries" in under a minute. Think i'm exaggerating? come on over I'm making spicy crispy chicken wings this FRYDAY!

On the polar opposite end of the spectrum we snagged the crock pot i've been pining for. So far we've made Mexican Casserole and baked four cheese pasta, both with about a 5-7 hour cooking time. The flavour this slow cooker opens up is unprecedented. I've never seen spices amplified like this. My fridge is busting at the seems with food. The Crock makes meals that feed dinner parties. I keep inviting people over and giving away food but there's still plenty left.

I'm currently gearing up for the 10 hour 3 packet pot roast; that's 3lbs of chuck! Who wants in?
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Monday, April 20th, 2009

Subject:Angryblue letterpress print
Time:8:30 pm.

My buddy Justin angryblue sent me a nice care package that arrived today. Gorgeous letterpress on this print.

You can find more of his work here angryblue.com and on the t shirts of people you see on the street if you pay attention.
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Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Subject:Studio Setup
Time:5:09 pm.

This is something i've wanted to do for a while. We're packing up to move and my wife wanted me to take a picture of my setup...or should i say HER set up.

As usual one day i came home and my life was a lot easier due to my wife's redecorating/organizing gift. She moved my supplies to this tray and put the paints in these buckets. From there our IKEA addiction took over.

Here's the spread and how one can efficiently oil painting in an NY apt.
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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Time:5:48 pm.
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Sometimes i see it coming but more often i don't. Just like a bird that's firing around your house it's better to let it settle before you attempt to get a grip on it.

My wife doesn't doodle she decorates!

The above left photo is a corner of our kitchen. I had no idea what she had planned for those hanging baskets when she picked them up but at almost one year of marriage i've learned to stop asking "what are we gonna need that for." That's rookie talk!

First it held coffee, then something else, then something else i can't remember, then i think wine, then we got a wine rack and now it holds, 4 RED glasses, the current RED bottle of wine i cracked open this week, an empty milk glass with reeds and RED something or anothers. Clearly this matches the RED lunch box on the top shelf and the RED outlined bingo spinner she found online. Oh yeah what's that on the microwave? RED and white vintage S+P shakers. As i'm writing this she says she wishes the cabinets were painted something else but we're not allowed to do that.

In the photo on the top right we have the metal shelf that used to be on the right wall of her sewing nitch. It contains an assortment of old vintage sewing stuff that match. Not to mention the plastic containers that used to be ABOVE the cabinets in our kitchen, I have no idea how she got up there i just remember seeing them up there one day and now they're not.

Finally in the third photo almost nothing you see here was here before and I'm sure it won't stay there before our lease is up in a month. I did get her that Panasonic TNT 8 track player for the win.

What's my point here? I understand how and why everything goes where it does but i sure as hell could never put any of this together myself. There's a reason why rich men have black EVERYTHING in their homes. Expensive electronics are designed by men for men because we have no "real" taste in decoration; all men know this. Save for the few blessed with the gift of Jeffery Lewis <3 most men see organizing as putting things in a nice stacked PILE. We see decorating as throwing up a poster on the wall, framed if you really like it, signed and hard to find if you're trying to impress.

I'm learning though. I'm EXCELLENT at keeping things clean and i'm even getting better at putting things back where i found them. The latter gets difficult when where i found them changes so frequently. Nonetheless I enjoy my living, breathing apt of decor. I realized this when i threw a fit this week when we missed Target's sale on a bright RED crock pot. I NEED TO SLOW COOK POT ROAST OVER NIGHT! Today, i used my old World Points to purchase a deep fryer instead of a DVD or some other typical guy electronic toy. As i flipped through my options i couldn't help but appreciate how many home goods they had to offer. I later questioned what demographic i fit into now that I care more about appliances than portable entertainment equipment.
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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Time:12:54 pm.
The Queen's Daughter
16 x 20
oil on panel
find more artwork here http://thewhiteleaf.com

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Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Time:1:49 pm.

holding a mirror
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Time:4:29 pm.
Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone

THANK you very much doctorobnoxious
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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Time:5:13 pm.

By the way, the hair is gone.
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Friday, February 27th, 2009

Time:8:40 pm.
Johnnie Walker Black on the rocks while I start tonight's painting, "see you in my nightmares."
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