Monday, November 26, 2007

Secret Glimpse At My New Show

Here is the first of a new body of work for an art show at Northwind Gallery in January and Sweet Laurette's in February. It is new and playful. In fact, the title of the show at Northwind Gallery is Playground. As I was working on lots of weird art trying to find the spark, I could not figure out the playground thing. Then it dawned on me that MY playground is the ocean and waves. And so I did this biographical show about my life as a Northwest Surfer.
Enjoy. Shaka.

"Tunnel Vision at North Beach"
Ink and Acrylic on Wood Panels, 36" x 36"

"Deliberation at Stumps"
Ink and acrylic on curved wood panel, 23" x 18"
"Deep Creek Delusion"
Ink and Acrylic on wood siding, 11" x 28.25""Brown Point"
Ink and Acrylic on 70's era peel and stick Linoleum Tile, 12" x 12"

"Usually Missing From The Washington Surf Scene"
Ink and Acrylic on Surfer Magazine, 8" x 10.5"
"Waxing Slow To Postpone Drowning"
Ink and Acrylic on Surfer Magazine, 8" x 10.5"
"Out-Waiting The Sun For The Last Wave At Elwha"
Ink and acrylic on shiny Wood, 15.5" x 17"

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tribute to the real Reggae Fathers

These are really old paintings I did back a while. A good example of how my talent has grown the more I do this. So, while the technique and skill may have lacked in some of these, the vibe was there.
So I put them up here to just show some love for the soldiers who worked out the music from the ghetto and raised the child of reggae into the man it is now.

Joe Higgs

Big Youth

Winston Rodney (Burning Spear)
"Knowledge is power. If it is not applied properly to create, let there be no doubt, it will destroy." - Haile Selassie I

"Just as a farm that is not taken care of cannot be free of weeds, so also is the development of a society." - Haile Selassie I

Bunny Wailer

"Education and the quest for knowledge stops only at the grave." - Haile Selassie I

Pablo Moses

Don Carlos

"Develop a healthy pursuit of life and do not limit your efforts to satisfying your selfish desires." - Haile Selassie I

The Mighty Diamonds

The Itals

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Portraits a Plenty

Tonight I am working on two portraits of kids of friends of mine. It is fun to do this because it is like getting paid to practice something I need to get better at anyways. And I really put my heart into commissioned work. I dont know why but I spend more time on those than anything else. Even if I am getting paid much less than for an illustration gig. I see it hanging in a home for years and it has got to be great. And that is where the negative side to portraits comes in. Jeez, I could make some beautiful kid look like horrible diseases plague them, or like they are actually seventy years old, not seven. I am sweating right now talking about it. Children are the most beautiful thing in the world, but YOUR OWN CHILDREN are just out of this planet perfect. I know all my kids are. And it is so hard to capture the perfection a parents sees. Your are doom'd before you even begin.

Oh well. I should know by now that they usually turn out fine. Better in fact. I have handed over paintings to several people where they cried as soon as they saw it. I will just go on believing that they were tears of joy.

Huh. So have I procrastinated long enough? Maybe I could do a little midnight gardening or reorganize my play lists. . . . . . . . or clean the studio. . . or . . . . . .

Monday, June 18, 2007

How Deep The STRATosphere

I painted this for my friend, Jamie, who is my oldest son's step dad.
We had a very cool Father's Day all together.