Saturday, March 31, 2012

Comic Con Weekend!

Title: "Looking For Moebius"
Size 16" x 12"
Medium" Acrylics on Gessoboard

It's that time of year again. If you're going to be in downtown Seattle for the 10th annual Emerald City Comic Con stop by my table and say hi. I'll be in Artist Alley, table D-19.

Also, if you get a chance, check out the Mint Condition group show up the street from the con at  Ltd. Gallery. Lots of cool comic related art in the show. Moebius has been on my mind a lot lately, so I did a tribute piece to him for the show.

Anyway, hope to see you all at the con.

Friday, March 09, 2012

George Carlin's 7 Dirty Words

                                        Title: George Carlin's 7 Dirty Words
                                                     Size: 12" x 24"
                                            Medium: Acrylics on Canvas

If you're a comedian and have never watched any of George Carlin's stand up, I feel like that's akin to a fantasy illustrator never bothering to look at any of Frank Frazetta's paintings. Carlin was a master comedian and word smith, and his body of work still hasn't been touched to this day (14 HBO specials, son!).

The routine he was most remembered for was his list of seven dirty words, and here they are, on canvas (and in order) for tonight's "Is This Thing On? 2" at Gallery 1988. You can watch Carlin break down his list and how he came to the seven words here in his stand up routine or you can watch him explain it to Chris Rock in this interview.

George Carlin also saved me from what I thought would be a boring speech class I had to take in high school. Being social and talking in from of big crowds was not on my list of fun things to do in high school. When I found out we had to do a speech or monologue in front of the whole speech class, I was beyond petrified, but also had no idea what to pick. I loved listening to my share of comedy albums growing up, and those guys talked in front of crowds. Would that be acceptable to do for this assignment? I asked my teacher if I could do a monologue from  one of Carlin's stand up routines. Thank god she said yes. All of a sudden, homework was fun for a change. I ended up memorizing the opening bit from Carlin's special, "Playing With Your Head", mixed in some other bits from that show (don't be mad George) and only kept one bad word in at the end for a good closer. Luckily, I didn't mess up, and because they were George Carlin's beautifully strung together words, it was a hit, and I passed the class. So, thank you George Carlin, for making homework fun, helping me pass speech class, making our English language interesting, and for making us laugh.

Anyway, if you have a minute, go to this link and fill out the very small form for naming a street after him in his hometown. After that, find another place for all your stuff, and then go pray to Joe Pesci.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Look Up Here/Bherd Studios 5 Year Anniversary

Title: Whiplash on Monster Island
Size: 12" x 16"
Medium: Acrylics on board

I've told a lot of people about the art walk up in Greenwood at the Urban Light Studios. It's worth checking out, and if you haven't gone yet, this Friday is the night to go. Why? Bherd Studios is having their 5 year anniversary group show that will showcase local artists that have shown there in the past. In addition to that, you will be seeing the artists that will be in an upcoming art book that showcases those same Northwest artists. That book, "Look Up Here", is being put together by Bherd's resident artist John Osgood and his wife Michelle. Before I forget, I'd like to give those two big props and a digital high five for putting this book together. The Northwest art scene is slowly but surely getting the recognition it deserves for the kind of art we all do (insert appropriate art label here), and this book will finally show everyone outside this state what's been cooking up here as of late. Anyways, thanks guys for asking me to be in the book and to be showcased with all these amazing artists. I can't wait to check it out.

In addition to the Bherd show, local artist Henry Ward is curating a show tomorrow night in the same building called "Who's Hoo". Artists from all over will be doing their take on Owls. I wish I had a scan of my piece, but it's too big and I don't have a decent pic of it yet. I just happened to have a big owl painting laying around from last year, which is a weird coincidence, so if you want to check it out, come to the show.

Speaking of art books, the painting in this post will be published in an upcoming surf themed book. I'll pass along the deets for that as soon as I know more. 

 Also, if you're in the neighborhood, don't forget to check out Sheri Hauser's art boutique, Tasty for even more local art. Yet another good reason to come out to Greenwood. Anyway, check out all the talent below to get an idea of what you'll see tomorrow night. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Electric Coffin/Return to OZ

Last Saturday's Electric Coffin show at the Piranha Shop was slammed. Tons of people came out and there were lots of great coffins to be seen. Everyone went all out. If I'm in this show again, I think I'll just have a real coffin there with my art on it just to keep up with all the other custom coffins.

This coffin turned into a tribute to L. Frank Baum's Oz characters. I did a solo show six years ago where I re-imagined some of the characters. This was a great chance to put them all in one scene. I had some icons for the characters that I didn't use the first time around, so I used them here and put them on the sides of the coffin.

Anyway, if you didn't get a chance to see the show and happen to be in these other cities, you can check it out, in Portland and LA (info above). You can see a clip from the show here. Also, here are some other links to check out Electric Coffin type stuff.

The Piranha Shop: 206-856-5858