Leviathan for #twitterartexhibit

I’m happy to say that everything worked out and my special #twitterartexhibit one-off painting featuring my linoleum-block print Leviathan is safely in New York, NY, at the Trygve Lie Gallery where it will be sold for charity!

This year, the myriad and wonderful postcard-art show will benefit Foster Pride and the money will be used to provide art education and opportunities to children in foster care! I am proud and blessed to be part of this amazing show with talented artists from all over the world.

The art this year (and in past years) is phenomenal. You can browse the rich variety of pieces on any of these pages:

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Below are some shots of the piece as I worked on it. You may or may not be able to tell, but there are shimmering silver planes in the water that actually shine when you move the painting.

Here’s some of what was at Night Gallery!

works by Ryan McKain Damon Murray and Megan Black

Would you know it, my phone died while I was setting up. No event photos for me! Fortunately for you all, I went and grabbed a lot of art for myself. So I can at least show you pics of what I bought. If I get permission, I’ll also feature some other pieces of art I admired that I know people took pictures of, so stay tuned for a possible update.

First off, the featured image above is a painting on poster-board by Ryan McCain, who somehow manages to be an amazing artist and a heck of a nice guy as well!! He has a huge body of work and he’s done mural work too…I’m a new huge fan. The second image of a creepy and fascinating guy is by Ryan too:

Below, I also snatched up a gorgeous little wire and bead tree on driftwood by Damon Murray. Next year this sculpture artist will have an even more amazing array of art, which will be hard considering how beautiful all of his trees and other small wire sculptures are. But he’s experimenting with MAGNETS now!! Our fellow artist Megan Black showed me an amazing little spider he made that actually moves and dances because of magnets. It was awesome…

Speaking of Megan Black! Check this out: this year she premiers her new loveable and intricate Voodoo Babiez styles!! Each one of these individual dolls is painstakingly and lovingly crafted with Meghan’s love rather than with bad juujuu, and I GOT ONE. Not only one, a PINK BUNNY ONE. …yeah my excitement pretty much knew no bounds when I took this little lady home…

Lastly, I grabbed an amazing Monster Pin-Up Calender by Christy Jochum!

Christy Jochum 2015 Monster pin-up calender cover

I also admired everyone else’s stuff including all the amazing vintage paintings and drawings by Lisa Herzog.

pen and ink on book page

It was a fantastic event and a great night all around, I can’t wait to see who will be there next year!

The Art Vault 2: Old acrylic paintings

It’s kind of funny, you’ll be thinking by now that all the old art I made was abstract. Actually, most of it was representational. Back when I was learning the basics I mostly drew people and mythological subjects. But for whatever reason I keep digging up images of old abstract work!

These paintings were actually rather large, being about 24×36 gallery wrap if I recall correctly. The orange and blue one was called “Blaze” and was commissioned as a gift for an entrepreneur/millionaire friend of my grandmother’s. This man, who had no doubt seen (and bought!) just about every fine thing imaginable in his lifetime acted absurdly impressed and happy about receiving my humble painting. He was very sweet.

The purple/tan painting, “Thistle Brae,” was commissioned as a gift for Sir Sean Connery. (Yes, that Sean Connery. What can I say, my grandmother gets around.) I used my mother’s potato masher thingy for the grid pattern under the thistle blossoms. I think it was the first time I ever used it…though now I frequently demolish carrots with it to sneak them into my children’s pasta. Anyway…if Connery hasn’t buried this odd painting in the back of a closet or given it away, it’s still knocking about his private collection somewhere.

Humorously, I used to do a comic called Things Fall Apart for a local entertainment rag that featured Connery as a recurring character, and it was these comics he professed to like the best among my art. “The ones with me in them are the funniest” according to him. He might have something there.

I’m particularly proud of one image I drew once of him astride a unicorn with laserbeam eyes, riding next to Optimus Prime. Perhaps he treasured that one too. Sadly, I still haven’t gotten to meet the man after all these years. At the present time a big stack of my comics autographed with his distinctive (huge!!) signature are all I have…

Atomic Jazz and my most touching customer

a bright and glorious titanic jellyfish fills the sky, bringing either destruction or new life and vitality to the city below as two children placidly watch.

This painting of a jellyfish/bomb was responsible for creating one of my favorite customers of all time, a little boy no more than ten and probably not so old as that. He and his sister admired the different digital paintings at my table at Evillecon 2011 and their mother told them that they could each buy a print if they wished. The little boy considered long and gravely and then asked me the meaning of Atomic Jazz. I explained pretty clumsily, how the city is meant to be dull and drab but suddenly, this impossible amazing thing has happened, and this great creature of color and vitality has descended upon it to shake up all the people in the city.

Wide-eyed, he said “So they jellyfish didn’t come to destroy the city…but to transform it??” I couldn’t believe my ears and I felt no end of amazement at this sweet child and his marvelous insight. He asked his mother if he could buy Atomic Jazz and receiving her assent, handed me the money with trembling hands and asked if it was really okay for him to have it and take it home. Aside from my own boys I can’t remember the last time a child touched me so deeply! Wherever you are, young man, you will always be one of my best memories!

Atomic Jazz is on Society6||Redbubble.

And now I am curious: have any of you been deeply touched by a customer, artistic or otherwise?

Amazing new work by Gary Logan Hobdy

Two lovers in motorcycle helmets painted in a graffiti style

I hope you’ll excuse my horrible camera photos. These are a few of the pieces from Gary’s new solo show: “Too Much/Not too Much” at PG Gallery and Cafe. The show runs until March 15 so get on down there if you’re in the Evansville area! I’m not exaggerating when I call it an “amazing” show, but see for yourself…the following are a few pics Gary graciously allowed me to share from the show.

Gary runs MiLKSOP STUDiO and is pretty much phenomenal! I don’t know if you can tell much from my photos, but he uses various collage elements in his work like music sheets, labels and graphs, and I believe he achieves his impressive linework with ballpoint pen among other things. His bold lines and bright solid colors remind me of graffiti. At the same time, he treats his subjects with a great deal of sympathy in a way I honestly find beautiful and touching. (Hopefully that won’t piss him off.)

I’ll be featuring more great local artists and shows as I go to them. I had intended to do so before because there’s no dearth of talent in my modest little city, but I haven’t had the occasion until recently. As you’ll see, I’m incredibly fortunate to work with so many amazing people.