10/16/09: Al, my employer, is an avid bird-lover and photographer. He has tons of amazing photos, and really needs a website to show ‘em off…*hint, hint*
He hooked me up with a bunch of beautiful 13″x19″ pictures of birds in their environments.
Great reference, great inspiration!!
I’m all over the place right now. I’m gonna paint more birds, birds….and more birds. Maybe evil zombie birds.

Mighty Pelican 16"x20" Oil on panel

Mighty Pelican 16"x20" Oil on panel

Birds!

10-11-09: I’m fascinated by the wordless books of the 20’s through the 40’s. I like the artists Lynd Ward, Frans Masereel, and Otto Nuckel. My friend Rae introduced me to their stuff. He gave me a book that compiled some of the work of these artists and others. Their work is dark, sparse, and beautifully horrifying. I ‘m playing with the idea of making a short wordless graphic novel.

I hate to say “graphic novel” because I’m not talking about a superhero-nerd-comic-book.

Graphic Novel Idea: I’ve been thinking about the theme of “routine.” “Routine” is something that is both nessisary and terrible. I have a routine in my day-to-day life, so I don’t have to think about every little detail. I just follow the the developed pattern and the day goes by smoothly.Wake up, make coffee, shower, eat, organize, do activities/work or whatever, eat, set alarm clock, sleep…. It can be frightening how unexceptional life can be. Grotesque, really.

I did some practice and playing with charcoal. I’m not sure about these results, hmmm…

Breakfast Over Bills 11"x14" Charcoal, colored pencil

Breakfast Over Bills 11"x14" Charcoal, colored pencil

“Routine” can seem inhuman or robotic, and totally depressing.

Another Day 11"x14" Charcoal, colored pencil

Another Day 11"x14" Charcoal, colored pencil

Sometimes, it would be nice to break up the routine by taking a few days off, and hunting dragons for sport in some awesome land.

Landscape  14"x14" Charcoal, colored pencil

Landscape 11"x14" Charcoal, colored pencil

10-11-09: Drawing

10-04-09 – New work can be seen in “paintings.” I have to apologize for the quality of the photos. All I have is a Canon SD600, and without professional equipment or know how, I have to settle for a quick a dirty result.

My Studio

My Studio

10/04/09 – After much deliberation I have tossed my old site, and replaced it with a fancy new blog! I’m jazzed about the ability to quickly update and change things myself. Why didn’t i do this sooner? Stay tuned. I will soon photograph a bunch of new paintings….

10-04-09 New Site/Blog!!