African Sunset – acrylic on 16 x 20 canvas board.
African Sunset – acrylic on 16 x 20 canvas board.
I’ve been working on these flag and military paintings for an upcoming art show that I’ll be participating in and have completed one of each: Thin Red Line, Thin Blue Line, U.S. flag and the Band of Brothers, Afghanistan. I created each painting using spray paint, plastic bags and a stencil on canvas panels.
These are two pieces that I did last year around the time the Walking Dead season was about to start again. The moon with the wolverine howling is actually a 16×20 acrylic on canvas painting. The image in the background of the zombies is a 9×12 drawing I did in color pencil.
So, I thought it would be fun to replicate the classic American Gothic painting into my version of the American Goth-ish painting. The painting is an 8×10 acrylic on canvas.Happy Halloween!
This is a 16×20 acrylic painting I did as a Tribute to the First Responders. I have superimposed an image of a painting I did of the Statue of Liberty into the print. Enjoy!
I recently came upon a black and white photograph of a Himba boy of Namibia. Not sure of what I was even reading online that day, but you know the internet…one article leads to something else and so on and so on. But the boys facial expression was so captivating I thought that it would make a great painting. So Sunday I began painting the boy from the photograph on a 16 x 20 canvas and here is the finished piece.
I hope you are as captivated as I was with this young boys expression.
Frank Sinatra – 12 x 12 acrylic mixed media on canvas.
Mikhail Baryshnikov – the color of dance. For this painting I used a 16 x 20 inch canvas, acrylic paint and matte gel. The painting was inspired from a photograph of Mikhail Baryshnikov performing one of his signature artistic ballet jumps. I wanted the painting to capture the fluid movement and absolute perfection of his body placement in this ballet jump. Mikhail Baryshnikov, “Misha”, will forever be known as one of the greatest ballet dancers in history.
I couple of months ago I entered a large painting for an exhibit at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea Kentucky. Unfortunately the piece was not selected, but I have updated it a bit and am thinking about selling it on my Etsy site. The piece is mounted in a wood frame that measures 41 inches wide by 29 inches high, rather large I know, but for the Bluegrass fan just the right size for a wall hanging. The piece includes two vinyl records, one is a clock and the other is a painting of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. In the center of the piece, a painting of the young and very talented, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Each of the paintings were created using hand-cut stencils, six total, and spray/hand painted. The indicators on the clock are made of wood and were found pieces from an old microwave cart and a bag of cutouts. The background paint, the gray color, came from a can of paint I had used for another project some time ago. I also hand cut stencils for all of the lettering and applied each with either a sponge or paint brush.
The piece has not been added to my Etsy site yet, as I am unsure about the asking price. What would you pay for a piece of artwork this size? What are your thoughts and/or comments about the quality of work?
Thanks for all your support!
It was the summer of 1990, I was stationed at Camp Atterbury in Indiana participating in my two-week training requirement for the Army Reserve. At work one evening I met the pilot of a UH-1H Huey helicopter that also was there for his training. While we were talking, he mentioned that in the morning the crew would be flying to a nearby airport to fuel up and asked if any of us would like to go. Now I have to admit I was a bit hesitant at first, but I agreed along with a couple of friends to be there in the morning. It’ll be fun, right?
We left work that morning and walked over to the clearing where the Huey was parked and met with the crew and climbed aboard. If you’re not familiar with this type of aircraft, the Huey was the work horse during the Vietnam war. During the war, the aircraft equipped with 2.75 rockets, one on each side and .30 caliber machine guns. The aircraft had been used as a gunship to escort Army and Marine transport helicopters.
I picked the seat in the back referred to as the gunner seat and tightened down the Army issue green canvas strap. Sitting in this seat, with the door open, my boot tips hanging over the edge I felt both exhilarated and terrified! The Huey we were now sitting in had actually flown missions during the Vietnam war and several bullet holes could be seen in the cabin. I was riding in a piece of history, how awesome! The lift off was smooth and uniquely different from taking off in an airplane and the sound from the propellers was deafening! Now if you have ever ridden in a Huey or have seen any Vietnam war movies, you surely will know what I am speaking of when I say the sound of the rotating propellers are certainly not mistaken. (see video)
Once in the air, the pilots decided to test our metal, so to speak and began banking back and forth just above the treetops. I was sitting in the rear on the right and each time we would bank to the right, I would rise out of my seat just a bit, wind blowing in my hair and look over my boots at the treetops. OoohRah! Cruising at a speed of 110 knots or about 126 mph, I was shaking with excitement! For the pilots this was just another day at the office, but for me it was fantastic! The pilots were able to get one of the guys that had come with us to use the on-board barf bag and both seemed to enjoy watching him in agony as they continued banking back and forth above the trees. Mission accomplished!
This exhilarating ride continued for about 45 minutes and I could not have been happier! When we landed the crew invited us back for another flight tomorrow. Excellent! We had to go back the next day for another rush, minus one from our group, but it is a bucket list memory that has not been forgotten! If you ever get a chance to ride in a Huey, go for it, there is nothing like it!
In honor of our Veterans, I thought I would take a look back at my experience in the Military. I joined the United States Army Reserve in 1987 as a Private First Class and headed off to Fort Jackson, South Carolina on one very hot August day to begin Basic Training.
Now for any of you that have served you know what I’m talking about when I say it is quite a culture shock and very challenging! Military life is unlike any other and there is only one way to do everything and I mean everything and that is the Military way. Basic Training is up at 4:15 a.m. run a couple of miles, knock out an hour or so of physical training (PT) and then head to breakfast. Then the day really begins.
You are trained in the Military way to clean, dress, speak, march, drill, salute, fire a weapon, exercise, teamwork…and a huge amount of time will be spent practicing standing around in formation.
Oh and don’t forget the enormous amount of hat brim to forehead in your face screaming, a Drill Sargent specialty. Ah I remember it as if it were yesterday.
I have to admit I was not a fan of all of the cleaning, marching, screaming and endless standing around, but I did enjoy firing the many weapons. I threw a couple of hand grenades, exhilarating and terrifying at the same time! Fired a grenade launcher and hit a tank, excellent! And climbed into a standing fox hole and got my hands on the M-50 machine gun. What a thrill! Of course there is a down side to combat training and with the Military what seems to be a blast one minute is surely agony the next especially when you are walked into a concrete building filled with CS gas and made to take off your gas mask. This bit of training I know I could have done without!
Overall I did enjoy the challenge and rigors of basic training and after a while even began to enjoy the screaming and at times thought it was pretty comical. Oh there were some that cried and some that left, but for those of us that graduated it is an experience that is never forgotten. So for this Veterans day, I would like to say OOHRAH! to all of my fellow Veterans those here with us and for those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and those currently serving. And to remind everyone that Freedom is not Free and acknowledge the sacrifice each of our service members have given past and present.
Thanks Again for your Service!
The Thin Blue and Thin Red line are each tribute paintings for both our fire fighters and police officers. Each painting is on a 16×20 canvas panel and is created by using spray paint, acrylic paint and plastic bags.
While taking a walk one day, a nearby church was having a yard sale and was selling all kinds of old stuff to raise money for the school. There were two old metal elementary school desks sitting there with a price tag of $10 each so I offered the guy $10 for the two and he said yes. Now, having two little guys in the family who are each turning two, one in November and the other in December, I decided to buy the desks and transform them into customized birthday gifts. The one little guys birthday party was yesterday and he loves Nemo so… here are the before and after pictures of the customized Nemo character desk.
Needless to say the little guy loves his new Nemo desk!
Desk number two transformation will be along soon. Enjoy!
Good times had at the Pumpkin Run in Clermont County Ohio. Despite the rain I was able to get several good photographs. Each photograph has been creatively enhanced using computer software to highlight the unique details of each vehicle.
The owners were very gracious with their time explaining to me the history of their vehicle and the time and money spent over the years creating their vision. I felt after to speaking to the owners that the process of rebuilding cars/trucks is truly an art form and definitely a lifetime labor of love.
First attempts at drawing and coloring caricatures of a few of my favorite actors. Enjoy!
A 14×17 color pencil drawing of a space monkey and aliens.