Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Long Beach Pro Surfing

CJ Hobgood (2001 ASP World Champion) at the professional surfing event on Long Beach, NY

Kelly Slater - Long Beach, NY 2011

I went to the ASP professional surfing event at Long Beach, NY.  I suppose in all sporting events you (meaning the crowd) are part of the event - but in this case it's something a little extra as the athletes walk right through the crowd to compete as the bottom photo shows.  That's Kelly Slater - he's the 10x world champion - I've never been to a professional golfing event - maybe it's the same - but I don't think any other sport let's fans come within 50 feet of an athlete when they aren't on the field/rink/whatever.  I really like the top photo as I was using my camera phone which has about a 1 sec delay from the time I hit the button and the photo gets taken - so I was ready to get a shot, hit the button, and then the commentators announce that he (CJ Hobgood) had just won the heat, then the camera clicked.

It was a great feeling to watch this event and be right there.  I never really followed professional surfing to any great extent when I was younger - but I knew who the top guys were (Tom Curren, Cheyne Horan, et al). The surfing industry likes to create myth and legend out of the surfers and as kids we all fell under it.  Going out and watching the top surfer of today I have a little more perspective - pretty much that these are just people - but it was nice to be swept up a bit in nostalgia for my own youth and the impressionable state you are in when younger.  But I was left with more than just fond memories of youth - I was inspired by what I saw today - canceling out all the publicity myth building BS - these people have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today.  Anyone has to appreciate that. Plus I got to see some great surfing.

See a few more shots here - I don't have any photos of the waves as the phone camera really doesn't shot at a distance.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 4

Lido Beach, New York - 8:30 am.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Beaver Kill Campground, NY State
At least in this picture it is only a soda she's drinking.
1972 Chevrolet Suburban

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Ad

New Eyebuzz Design ad in Edible Hudson Valley - spring 2011 issue. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sketch Book

Milton 5.0 online comic strip by Tim Thayer
Today I sat down to finish a strip - final brush and ink over pencil - but my hand was shaking a little.  It had been a few days since I'd inked anything in and sometimes being out of practice causes this...but this was a little more - maybe just low blood sugar?  Anyway, I had to abandon the finish work and just worked in the sketch book - going over some older stuff in the book with the pen and ink I already had out.  I've been interested in using a "freer" line and so this seemed like a good time to experiment a little. I'm not ready to jump in and redo all the strips I have - but I could see using a looser line as the strip progressed.  Charles Schulz after having heart surgery was left with a shaky hand - I'd assume at first this must have been devastating to him - but of course he continued Peanuts and this, although not entirely intentional, shaky hand gave him a new expressive line for the strip - improving it that much more.  In my case, I probably just need to eat a bagel - but at least it gave me a chance to test out the looser line. 


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Camera Series

gouache and watercolor on paper - Tim Thayer art
Gouache and watercolor work on watercolor paper.  Part of the camera series (Hasselblad) - available for $20 at our etsy here (original art for 20 bucks! Yes, it's true).

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Babel Fish Neil Young

I've had a good time with the translation service Babel Fish.  I like to start in English and translate to another language and then translate that back to English...below is Neil Young's Old Man - English to Spanish to English again:

Watched of the old man in my life,
I' m much as you were.
Watched of the old man in my life,
I' m much as you were.

Watched of the old man in my life,
Twenty-four and there' alive
so much more in a paradise
That only does that it thinks of two.

The love lost, such cost,
Give me the things that don' t obtains lost.
Like a currency that won' t secures the shaken wheel to him to house.

The old done man a glance my I' life;
m has taste of you much 
I need somebody to love
the complete day to me
Ah traverse, a glance in my eyes 
and you can say that' s truth.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Library of Congress image - kids with toy guns and overalls in Texas
Library of Congress photo by Arthur Rothstein - Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection - Weslaco, Texas, 1942