Thursday, October 21, 2010

Patriots Squash Bugs

"Dinglebunny" shows his true red, white and blue colors, for the honor of the U.S.A. Or perhaps for Texas, or  for Sadists Anonymous. Not really sure which; the rabbit won't tell me because he has no mouth.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fallen Angel

Heart break, art break. Started in 2005, finished in 2010.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Color Thoughts

When I created this piece, "Black Bird of Obsession," I enjoyed combining intuition and calculation. The drawing was spontaneous, the colors analyzed and weighed..

To me, the drawing conveyed unease and the unknown.

I wanted the color to provide harmony: excitement rather than the expected colors of men and ominous birds. So I choose unlikely, secondary colors, not the too-familiar shades of pure red, blue, and yellow.. I used the same vivid intensity on bird and man to link them thematically, and added gray to the color of the non-existent background to push it back.

I like the result. Does anyone have opinions about the choices? (Click on the image to enlarge.)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lady Soul

"Lady Soul": the final piece, created as a birthday gift for a friend.

The color experiments that got me there. Beware of browns, for they are infinite and subtle.

(Click on the images to enlarge.)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Raven Who Thought He Was a Peacock

A sketchbook work I wanted to share.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Después de pasar

Inspired by a passage from a poem by Federico García Lorca.
In English, the passage reads:

The lamps are put out.
Some blind girls
ask questions of the moon
and spirals of weeping
rise through the air.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Fishing with my Father

When I was a boy, my father took me fishing on occasional summer days. We rarely went any further than the long breakwater rock paths, the breakwater that destroyed virtually all Redondo Beach surf.

We rarely caught anything at all, and one day I caught a fish that was probably 7 and 7/8 of an inch long. Just below the legal limit. My father didn't want me to be disappointed, and he proved that the fish really did meet the legal limit of eight inches.

I felt sorry for the fish, guilty, and I wouldn't kill it myself.

But it tasted good.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bug Paper

Because color is fun. And bugs are natural visual focal points.

Monday, May 3, 2010

From a Comic that will Never be Published

Playing loud and tinny and treble-y over my speakers is "Blue Suede Shoes." By Carl Perkins, only Carl Perkins. It seemed so right, and everything you think is right comes tumbling down someday, anyway.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Night Out at Arlen's

 "Arlen's", the Clifton corner bar, a pen and a pocket full of Post-Its.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mystery She

Mystery creates memories.
Let me see a lion walk down the street
but don't tell me where he's walking.
Let me see a lady's face
but don't tell me what she's thinking.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Toby and the Ducks

I'm reminded of one of my favorite "Peanuts" comic strip, in which Lucy is dispensing psychiatric advice to poor old Charlie Brown:

Physicians can learn a lot about a patient by asking what may even sound like a very simple question... which do you prefer, a sunrise or a sunset?
Charlie Brown: 
Well, a sunset, I guess...
I thought so! You're just the type ! I might have have known that! What a disappointment! 
People who prefer sunsets are dreamers! They always give up! They always look back instead of forward! I just might have known you weren't a sunrise person! 
Sunrisers are go-getters! They have ambition and drive! Give me a person who likes a sunrise every time! Yes, sir! 
I'm sorry Charlie Brown. If you prefer sunsets to sunrises, I can't take your case. You're hopeless! 
(She leaves and there is a pause.)
Charlie Brown: Actually, I've always sort of preferred noon!

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Breathe in the good, breathe out the bad.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tomato Duck

What do you do in a bar alone? I draw.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ice and Snow

Friday night is right for art of the ice and snow.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Zombie Celebration!

Finally, finally - my "A.D.D.Man" comic story is done, ready for the Cincinnati comic collection. Here's my zombie self-portrait - which shows just how happy I am! Yay!

Friday, January 22, 2010