Sometimes I have moments of reflection that don't entail a cartoon image or two, but then again, not very often.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Earlier in this blog I posted a print by Matt Dangler and linked to his web site. A number of years back when he first started his own blog, he asked folks who were following the blog to create a creature of their own for the blogsite. This was my offering at the time titled The Dangler Blog Monster and is oil on canvas. I know what you're thinking, you're thinking the swine like creature with the wings is the monster, but things in my world aren't always what they seem!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
From the time we were very young my brother could build just about anything. Before I could tie my shoes without help, he was already building bicycles out of random spare parts. When he was a teenager he took up the challenge to build solid fuel rockets and one day while mixing up some formula in the basement a batch of fuel exploded. There was no damage and no injury, just a loud boom. The model rocketry program soon gave way to cars, cars and more cars. He’s still in love with cars and trucks to this day and is still building things. He conveniently does not recall the aforementioned incident complete with explosion, but he’s older than I am so we’ll forgive him for that. Anyway, while the Chasing Sputnik story is a total fabrication, my memory of my brother mixing up the rocket fuel and the resulting outcome was the inspiration for this piece of fiction.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Today’s post is not about me…surprise! This photo is of a print that is hanging in my house, well OK it’s a little about me. The print is of a painting done by an extremely talented, creative and accomplished artist by the name of Matt Dangler. The photo is the best I could do with the equipment I currently have to work with, but the print looks better than the photo so my apology to Matt about that. Matt and my son Andrew met when they attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia at the same time back in the early 2000’s and have remained friends since then. Matt is making a career of fine art and has been and is being shown in galleries throughout the country, east coast to west coast. You should visit his web site at www.mattdangler.com/ and see his wonderful work and even buy a print or an original for yourself. I’m sure you will find a visit there worth the time…enjoy!
Friday, February 15, 2013
This is one of my personal favorites. It is oil on linen and it just makes me smile every time I look at it. There are a variety of reasons I think that's true. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I imagine multiple scenarios or back stories for many of the things I do while I'm working on them and this one is no exception. Imagine this is one frame edited out from a movie and then imagine the action both before and after this frame. That's about the best way I can explain the process. I hope that makes sense to you in some way.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
This painting is oil on canvas and is titled Mr Mantee Enjoys a Good Smoke. The portrait that hangs on the wall in the painting is of one of my favorite cartoonists. I'll leave you to guess who.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Keeping with the ET theme for a moment, I wondered what sort of political or ruling system they might have evolved over the millennia. What if in spite of the advance technology they had developed in order to explore the universe they continued to live under a royalty system. That line of thinking led me to the obvious image of the King and Queen of Outer Space, oil on canvas.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Long ago and far away...around 1973 or 1974 to be more exact, this image dripped out of my mind and onto a sketchpad. So many interesting things and crazy experiences happened during that period of time that I’ve always kept the sketch as a treasured reminder. It’s not that it’s such a great drawing but I think it’s interesting enough to include on the blog and besides, I like it.