Still Mourning TNB

by Jamie Bennett

My friend, roommate and patron Dr. Thomas Nesbit recently passed... Well he passed in February but I was hoping, on some level, that it was all an elaborate hoax. You are truly missed. I missed you when you were still alive and should have made more time to visit you.

My condolences to everyone who knew Thomas... I only wish I knew him better and for longer. If your looking for a great read than download Deep Fried by Dr. Thomas Nesbit. I keep hoping this is some sort of social experiment and he calls.

I had always hoped that he and I would get to work on his next big book. Here is a link to Thomas's obituary, as well as, a link to his site where you can purchase Deep Fried

Thomas was one of the coolest, nicest persons that I ever did meet.

S.E.E. See Everything Everywhere

by Jamie Bennett

S.E.E. is and incredible metaphysical zine that is all about consciousness. It's roughly 28 pages long and packed with incredible artwork from multiple artists, across the globe. It is a really interesting read and I am glad to have participated in the project. The print quality itself is really good. Chris Reynolds, a long time friend and fellow artist, was the brainchild behind this publication. He truly outdid himself.

I immediately wanted to help Chris when he told me about this project. I offered to create decals to help promote the project and I ended up creating three different sets. If you are one of the first 100 to order a copy of S.E.E. you will get one of the original decals. Copies are only $5 and you can order them by mail or in person, if you live in Payson, Ariz.

To the left you can see the cover of the publication and a teaser from an interior page. I can't stress enough how pleased I am with how the publication turned out. I will probably begin producing copies for the Willamette Valley.

Please select "Read more" to view some of the decals that were created for this project. I have also posted information on how you can receive a copy of this zine. Please order a copy and support the very talented artist that made this project possible.

I love the decals that were produced for this project. I used  artwork that Chris mailed to me but with my own interpretation. You can get an idea of what was produced to the right. Mudhead is a character that Chris uses in his personal artwork. I took this character and added some final touches to him for the decals. I also created a couple new characters so it's a 50/50 split of Chris and my artwork. I have already received photos of these decals on personal vehicles as far away as Connecticut.
If you want your own copy of S.E.E. please send $5 to the address below. The first 100 copies will receive a decal.

S.E.E. c/o Chris Reynold
1304 N. Beeline HWY #29
Payson, AZ 85541, USA

I really hope there is a second issue. This project was a lot of fun to work on. The end product was incredible and I feel very lucky to know an artist as talented as Mr. Chris Reynolds.

This portion has been posted after the original post. I just wanted to share that the publication appears in the Fluxbox Exhibit curated by Keith A. Buchholz, at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Joan Flasch Library. 


Christmas in Retrospect

by Jamie Bennett

This Christmas the family and I went to visit the in laws down in Southern California. Anne came with us and we all had a marvelous time. We towed the Airstream down the I-5 behind our Chevy conversion van and it was so much fun. We visited the Winchester Mystery Mansion which was incredibly bizarre and simultaneously intriguing. All the old textures and artwork was most impressive. I don't want to give to much away but if you are ever in San Jose it is totally worth stopping in. This vacation was a most welcome adventure after a long year of advertising and I am now totally refreshed.

I played Santa three times this year.  I was Santa at the grand opening of the brand new Guaranty RV travel center, at the Chevy dealership and finally I again delivered warm socks to underprivileged families. I had a blast. When I play Santa I give 110%. I have the voice down and I stay in character regardless of who I am speaking to. I even deny playing Santa when I am out of character. I tell people that I was at home sick all day.

For the most part I dealt entirely with the children. I listened to what they wanted and insisted that everyone be good boys and girls for their parents. I also took several fun photos for future social media posts. All the kids were most polite and even those that looked skeptical weren't brazen enough to risk any future presents by outing me. Some kids were afraid of me (including my own) but that is to be expected.

This year I also delivered hats and socks to less fortunate families. A news crew was there and the story did appear on television (the newscast was not archived online). There is, however, a small blurb about it. 

It is most rewarding to work at a company that cares.

New Site – Under Construction

by Jamie Bennett  is being overhauled. Cascade Colour became an official LLC over the summer and we just wrapped up a ton of work for the Lane County Parks department. It is time to give the old site a facelift, as well as rework it's optimization for mobile devices. This site and blog is a work in progress but we hope that you find the commentary insightful and the artwork inspiring.

New to the team is Anne C. Anne joined Jamie this summer and worked with him freelancing for the Lane County Parks department. It was an exciting experience in team building and we got tons of exciting pictures to share with you. 

We currently have a back log of blog stories to post, so please be patient and check back in the archives frequently (as I continue to amend our history, over the next several weeks). I hope this blog serves as a resource for like minded creatives, that you find value in our posts and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Some pages are currently empty. I am hoping to finish those pages some time this or next week but at least the portfolio pages are up and running at this time.


Halloween – Fall Harvest Festival 2013

by Jamie Bennett

So Halloween, 2014, for any number of days, over a two week time span I paper mached a giant monster head and arms for a popup tent trailer. I mixed equal parts flour and water and this is the largest paper mache (thing) that I have personally completed to date... out of paper mache. I used all my seventh grade chicken wire training and assembled this beast.

The monster is a Rockwood Tent Trailer by Forest River. I believe it was 19 feet long, which is short as these models go. The monster's bones are paper wads and chicken wire, sealed in a gesso mesh of paper mache. I used gesso and a Rustoleum spray paint to seal the thing against the elements. I made teeth with bunting and the tongue is  red astroturf. It had a uvula. I balasted with sand and bungees. I was exhausted when this was done, my hands hurt but it was an epic photo op for the guests of the Northwest Adventure Rally. 

... My family went as Pandas for Halloween.

In addition to the monster I painted these cutouts. People love cutouts. As a kid I thought similar photo ops were just about the funniest things, whenever I attended fairs and/or events. I would often repeat cutouts (for years even) – switching partners and places. Here is my wife and I. She is my inspiration. 

... And
to the right is my daughter. She isn't as fond of cutouts as I was at her age... Different strokes...

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