“Monster?” Gallery Show in LA

Posted on Friday 10 July 2009

I’m a part of this gallery show Travis Louie put together at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA opening tomorrow.
The show is a collection of monster paintings done by some cool 20 + artists including Travis Louie himself.
I have seen some amazing art work done by my fellow Out of Picture buddies such as Bob MacKenzie, Vincent Nguyen, Peter, Nguyen, Willie Real and Mike Lee.

Opening July 11th
Copro Gallery at Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave T5,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Opening reception 7pm-12am Saturday 7/11

And this is my contribution.

“My Piano Teacher, Mrs. Asaoka” 11″ x 14″ oil on panel

This is based off of my childhood experience of taking piano lessons from this lady named Mrs.Asaoka. She always slapped my hands if I missed keys(well…., I never practiced home…) and told me I sounded like a little piglet when I sang. (yes, she really said it!) She was probably a nice person and wanted me to play well but my child’s instinct just didn’t accept her garish dresses and marble angel statues by the gate of her house…. Man, I think I would have been playing in Carnegie Hall instead of drawing cartoons today if my genius music talent hadn’t been destroyed by this traumatic experience!

by Bob MacKenzie. An incredible piece indeed!! Check out Bob’s blog to view their beautiful paintings. I wish I can buy them all!!

21 Comments for '“Monster?” Gallery Show in LA'

    July 10, 2009 | 10:32 pm

    Hey Dice,

    Love the atmosphere in this piece, I really like how “dark” it is.
    It has a very different feel from the rest of your work.

    One question though, what is that white line to the right hand
    of the teacher? Is it from the scan or from photographing it?
    I just find it a little distracting is all.

    Great job though that characters are awesome

    July 11, 2009 | 4:28 pm

    love this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 11, 2009 | 6:23 pm

    Very cool composition! Do you do much preliminary work before starting a painting? I find that stuff just as interesting as the finished piece.

    July 11, 2009 | 9:10 pm

    Haha, the piano piece is awesome!

    July 11, 2009 | 10:45 pm

    superb! i wish i could make it out there to see the originals.
    the lighting is amazing, and scary!

    July 12, 2009 | 10:02 am

    STUNNNNNING PIECE Dice!!! I love it

    July 12, 2009 | 10:48 am

    Ricardo – I think that’s a conductor’s baton

    July 12, 2009 | 1:55 pm

    hahahahaha ! I hope she could see this piece ! Man, you rock ! (and your mushroom haircut is so 70’s)
    Still the master of Light, no doubt.

    July 12, 2009 | 3:26 pm

    whoa your art is amazing!
    found you through Bobby Chiu’s twitter
    I’m def throwing this into my blogroll to keep updated!

    July 12, 2009 | 8:35 pm

    Wow! This piano teacher truly is scary! She’s amazing!

    July 13, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    Beautiful!!! And it’s a great idea. I feel a little bit scared when I see her face. It most be hard to learn piano with this Mrs. Asaoka. But thanks to her You do amazing drawing cartoons.

    Great light!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    July 13, 2009 | 10:04 pm

    Those are beautiful. The piano one is just great! I relate to it, too. I’d love to see the original. Are you using a lot of palette knife on this one?

    July 14, 2009 | 2:55 pm

    Love the piano teacher one!! HE! HE!! I can sooo related to that experience as a small kid …. LOL

    July 15, 2009 | 4:22 pm

    I think this is the prettiest piano I have ever seen in my life ! I like the pose of the boy in the spotlight like he

    July 15, 2009 | 6:43 pm

    wow dice. this is my all time favorite painting of yours.

    July 16, 2009 | 1:40 pm

    Dice san~!
    I love the painting! Gorilla obasan is awesome! lol
    I totally had the same experience, but she never slapped my hand….
    She made me cry couple times though… probably because I never practiced at home either :-p

    July 23, 2009 | 12:25 pm

    I love that piano pic…she would’ve scared me too!!

    July 24, 2009 | 10:41 am

    Thanks for the nice comment! And yes, like someone mentioned, it’s a conductor’s baton.


    Yes, I did quite a few sketches for this work. This type of paintings which I paint out of my head as opposed to painting from live models or outdoor, I try to have a solid study before I start.
    This particular painting, I did sketches on photoshop which is a great sketching tool since you can quickly try various compositions.

    Thanks Buddy!

    Thanks James. The painting went to an new owner in Canada!

    And thanks so much for purchasing this silly piece. Absolutely thrilled to know you and Kei are the new owners of this piece. I hope you like the original since you bought it off of online.

    thanks for clarifying! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heh heh. I even made comics with mushroom characters when I was a kid.

    Thanks a lot! I’ll try my best to keep this up! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Muchas Gracias. Hablamos pronto en nos emails..

    I did not use much palette knife in this one though I always use a lot of it normally.
    This, I wanted to get the sold atmosphere so I stayed with soft sable brushes the whole time. The only area I used knife was for the straight lines on the piano. Knife can give a real good straight edge.

    Heh heh, I think lots of us teachers like Mrs.Asaoka in our childhood. Especially asian teachers I guess.. You should do your own version of it!

    Thank you!
    I can’t say I play any instrument. I did pick up guitar when I was in collage and I guess thanks to Mrs.Asaoka, I pick it up fast. but I totally don’t play well enough to say I can play it… I play with it once in a while making silly songs etc..

    thanks buddy!

    arigato-!! Why do piano teachers slap students hands? ?? I really think that only makes kids not wanna learn.
    Hope you are doing well!

    Believe me. She can eat you alive…

    August 12, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    Dice, your “Piano Teacher “is amazing! I love it! Her figure looming in the dark is just wonderful.

    August 30, 2009 | 6:29 pm

    Wow, that kid at the piano is such a striking image. That’d make a great short! Very spooky!

    March 11, 2010 | 6:03 pm

    Well done man! Piano piece is awesome! Great talent! ๐Ÿ™‚

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