Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cool signaturs on the iPad, President Obama, Michael Blake, Soeren Kjaergaard, Vijay Ayer ....

I was exited to see our President sign an iPad. I have asked the jazz musicians I have painted on the iPad to sign their images. (Well, not all of them, just he ones I was able to catch after the performance). Here's an image of President Obama scribbling his name on the iPad, and images of some of the signed iPad paintings I have. Note, no pen, pencil or stylus needed, your fingertip works fine!
And the ArtStudio app works just fine too - and all the other drawing and painting apps I would think.

At a recent rally in Seattle, Sylvester Cann had President Obama sign his iPad. Running the Adobe Ideas app on the tablet since "the President doesn't sign autographs along the ropeline because pens can be used as a weapon," Cann was able to get what he claims to be the first Presidential autograph under these conditions.

"Secret service was leery about the idea, but they warmed up to the idea and the President thought it was cool," Cann wrote "He looked slightly surprised, but proceeded to use his finger to scribble on the iPad."

Cann has set up a Google webpage to showcase the signature and a video from the signing as well as to track media mentions of the event. It's named, simply, "I figured, 'Why not ask?'"

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Celebrating Ambrose Akinmusire's birthday with another iPad painting.

Ambrose Akinmusire and his quintet were generous with their music and in answering questions at the next day workshop, 4/27, put on by Redwood Jazz Alliance in room 131 in HSU's music building. It was well attended and appreciated. I was tired after the late night party, and I admired the stamina of the quintet.
I made several new iPad sketches, here's the first one of Ambrose in his yellow shirt.
I am also posting a photo of myself painting on the iPad at the HSU concert the evening before. And a closeup showing the painting in progress. Additionally, a photo from the after party at which the jazz artists and friends are looking at the iPad paintings. (photos by G. Inkeles)
Painting at a live performance is a performance in it self! A challenge.
I am right now listening to Henya from the CD When The Heart Emerges Glistening. Good listening...

Saturday, May 7, 2011

iPad painting of Marcus Shelby Orchestra at Yoshi's in San Francisco

It was a wonderful evening in SF. We took the bus from the Embarkadero all the way to the Fillmore. Sauntered down the street past all the boutiques and cafes until we got to the jazz district. Yes! There we met with friends Rich and Jenny, had a delicious meal. I loved the black cod and the sushi too. And then we got the hear the music.
And, as I have been doing since I got my first iPad (yes! I am now on my second iPad) I got ready to paint during the live jazz performance. Shelby launched into the Ellington songbook and I put in the backdrop in the first of six layers. After I moved into the second layer, sketching in the numerous musicians (a big band after all!), I was told by the ticket taker, to turn off the iPad. Oh no! So, I waited a while and started up again trying to hide it ....well, he came back. Saddened and disappointed, I though, I could perhaps convince him to let me continue, so I got up, and smiling hopefully, showed him my Esperanza Spaulding (everybody loves Espe!) iPad paintings. ( you can see them below in my blog), and the beginning of the Marcus Shelby painting. And, to my happiness and relief he loved them and gave me permission to continue.

Here's the painting. I hope you like it too. I am selling signed, limited series, fine art prints of my iPad paintings. Send me an email if you are interested.