Friday, January 20, 2006


I've painted this in 1973


Blogger El editor said...


Friday, January 20, 2006 9:21:00 pm  
Blogger Elliot said...

1973 - the year before I was born.
Fine work as always.
Is the blonde fellow someone in particular?

Friday, January 20, 2006 9:43:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Grac(t)ias, Mr Editor!

Elliot, I was THIRTY!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2006 12:32:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Ahhh...No, Elliot..The blonde fellow was just type of cool dude that abunded in London in those times.
They still around in Canada, I saw plenty of them two years ago.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 12:36:00 pm  
Blogger delu said...

qué maravilla de colores, cómo dominas la acuarela, qué envidia :-P

El rubio tiene una estética muy setentera, sí. Podría ser un ryan larkin o algo así

Saturday, January 21, 2006 2:50:00 pm  
Blogger Process Junkie said...

Muy fina esta ilustración, convengo con delu, se debe agregar que tu destreza con cualquier medio es deslumbrante. tenés prefrencia por algún medio en particular?

Saturday, January 21, 2006 3:39:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Thanks, Delu y Process:
Mi preferencia tecnica es la de una buena tinta china bien negra y grasosa...Buen papel, de cualquier tipo y pinceles mochos y resecos para que la linea no sea virtuosa.
Unos buenos discos de tango de los veinte y los cuarenta...O Jazz, de cualquier tipo..Desde The Original Dixieland Jazz Band a Albert Ayler..O sino musica clasica en la radio, con preferencias por Ravel, Debussy y Stravinsky.
Para color prefiero pasteles o crayones. (o la computadora!)
La tecnica me resulta menos importante que la musica que oigo. En este momento estoy escuchando a Thelonious Monk con John Coltrane.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 3:59:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Translation of the above (Delu and Process asked me about technical preferences):

My technical preference is for a good Chinese ink, very black and greasy. Good paper of any kind and some old, shabby brushes, blunt and dried up, to avoid a virtuous line. Some good tango records from the '20s and '40s in the background...Or any kind of jazz... From the Original Dixieland Jazz Band to Albert Ayler. Otherwise some classical music on the radio, preferably Ravel, Debussy and Stravinsky.
For colouring I like pastels or crayons (or the computer).
For me technique is less important than the music I listen to. At the moment I am listening to Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 4:09:00 pm  
Blogger Process Junkie said...

Gracias por elaborar, pienso igual, la música es de suma importancia (en este preciso momento tengo al Chivo González y a Ornette Coleman en "heavy rotation" uno me calma y otro me agita) y aunque tengo una marcada preferencia por el lápiz (de cualquier tipo) en fin de cuentas me da igual. Presiento que el medio o material es responsable y hasta cierto punto determina el "estilo".

Tus obras cambian de acuerdo al medio utilizado ( y de seguro, por muchas razones más) pero a pesar de las diferencias en tratamiento y estilo, tu voz suena clara y tu firma es totalmente reconocible.

Thanks for the detailed explanation, I feel the same when it comes to music, it is indeed of the utmost importance (at this very moment I have Rubén "Chivo" González and Ornette Coleman in heavy rotation, one calms me down me and the other one rattles me) and although I have a strong preference for the pencil (of any kind) in the end technique and tools matter little. I sense that the medium or materials are responsible for (and to a certain extent, determine) the "style".

Your art morphs according to the particular medium you use at a particular time (as well, I'm sure for tons of other reasons) but regardless of the vast differences in treatment and style your voice rings true and your signature is totally recognizable.


Saturday, January 21, 2006 5:04:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Claro que aqui omites (Omitimos?) mencionar un elemento ultra importante para la calidad de los trabajos...Un ojo avizor y mucho deseo!

Of course here we have omited an important element for the quality of the artwork...An attentive eye and lots of desire.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 5:50:18 PM

Saturday, January 21, 2006 6:01:00 pm  
Blogger Process Junkie said...


Saturday, January 21, 2006 6:53:00 pm  
Blogger delu said...

"but regardless of the vast differences in treatment and style your voice rings true and your signature is totally recognizable."--> i agree with that, Junkie. It's really difficult to change techniques and materials keeping a common denominator or the same personal style. I wish i could achieve mine in a few years.

What kind of work turns out when you listen to no music?

Saturday, January 21, 2006 6:55:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Similar but silent (Well, it is possible I may be whistling or singing to myself while I am working!)
I used to draw in a sketchbook in London underground trains, and in cafes or often, when I visit friends, as we talk...Or watching TV..For me it is important NOT TO CONCENTRATE TOO MUCH IN WHAT I'M DRAWING...I like surprises.

-You are a VERY GOOD artist, what's YOUR method?

Saturday, January 21, 2006 7:38:00 pm  
Blogger delu said...

There are characters, stories and songs in my head i want to talk about. Every friend of mine has an alter ego in my world i like to draw :-)

It's like taking a photograph of a moment from an imaginary life. But what i've imagined is always much better than what i do with it!!!

You seem to know a lot about jazz. Do you play any instrument or similar?

Saturday, January 21, 2006 9:09:00 pm  
Blogger Elliot said...

Thanks for everyone who posted comments in English.
It's always nice for me to know what you're all rattling on about.

You say you try not to think too much about what you are doing and I relate to this.
I personally find planning and worrying over roughs is a very good way to end up with a dead picture.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 9:52:00 pm  
Blogger daniela gutiérrez said...

qué curioso...el rubio podría ser mi papá. Yo nací en 1965 en Edimburgo, Escocia en una comunidad hippie. Desde los 18 vivo en argentina pero cuando voy a visitar a mis relatives por allá todos tienen ese aspecto de jovenes viejitos.

Betty is looking at him in a very lusty way.....

Monday, January 23, 2006 8:13:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Och Aye, Che!

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:15:00 pm  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Bravo. This is wonderful!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 6:54:00 am  

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