Wednesday, August 4, 2010

2 New paintings and explanation

An explanation of my Jazz cafe paintings ( with Jack Kerouac quote)
By Carl Ristaino

Through-out the years I have created a series of paintings and drawings on this theme.
Each one influencing the last one, in a continuous evolution.

I spent a good part of my youth in smoky bars and dank basements listening to bands of all types,
under the influence of alcohol among other things.
I think one can go out an experience something in the moment of the music
that can not be translated on film or recorded with audio.
I have been painting this painting all my life in different forms.
I've been trying to capture that blurry memory,
that untranslatable feel that is there and then gone.
It's a flow, it's a vibe, and the whole room is moving with it.

I believe the great Jack Kerouac said it best…

" it's jazz, the place is roaring, all beautiful girls in there,
one mad brunette at the bar drunk with her boys - one strange chick I remember from somewhere,
wearing a simple skirt with pockets, her hands in there, short haircut, slouched, talking to everybody -
Up and down the stairs they come - the bartenders are the regular brand of Jack,
and the heavenly drummer who looks up in the sky with blue eyes,
with a beard, is wailing beer-caps of bottles and jamming on the cash register and everything is going to the beat
-- it's the beat generation, it's beat. It's the beat to keep, it's the beat of the heart,
it's being beat and down in the world and like old-time lowdown and
like in ancient civilizations the slave boatmen rowing galleys to a beat and servants spinning pottery to a beat...."

Friday, April 10, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring Training

This is a close up of the crowd (from my latest fenway painting). Some notable characters in the crowd are Bob Marley, Steven King, Jeff Smith, Ankit and Darsh.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Almost 2009

Veiw from a window in work

This is a view from a window from work , I drew on a post it ... also on post it project

Friday, December 19, 2008


With this snow storm on the way. I figured I would put up nice summer fishing scene.