Monday, November 21, 2011

Work of Art 2.5 and 2.6

Episode 5: “Ripped from the Headlines.”

A great idea, but again the judges totally blew it. They jumped on the Sucklord for being too literal, yet gave 20k to Young for a piece that was the most literal piece of the week.

In week 6, the challenge was to create street art and the winners, Young and Dusty rack up a deserved win. Unfortunately the Sucklord finally is defeated by the forces of evil.

Frankly, I could see value in his and Sarah’s piece. Having been to New York, and not being from there, the city is a maze, and I thought their piece expressed that.

Then there is Lola and Michelle. Frack. Lola is quickly becoming the “Miles” of the season. What a frickin douche bag. I’m starting to realize that they cannot draw. What kind of artist can’t even draw a frickin penis? You would think that between two people with BFA’s, one of them could draw better than a 5 year old.

They also tried to pull off some kind of “Bad Girl” skit this week. Try to imagine, two Harvard educated socialites being “gangster,” Totally unbelievable. And BTW if they had encouraged people to deface my work before judging, Mr. Elite would have seen what the term “Get Medieval” really means.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Nothing On

I came across this old broken down TV in the middle of the Mojave Desert. I first spotted it because the edges of the case formed an unfamiliar straight line off in the distance. As I got closer, I realized what I had found. It really stuck me as odd to find such an old style piece of electronics out in the middle of nowhere.

It reminded me of a time when television programming went off the air at night, the only image they would broadcast was a test pattern and tone.

We only had four channels back then, and I still remember being entertained by what was on.

Today we have the 24 hour news cycle, tons of programs, and yet, there still seems to be nothing on.
Art Prints

Friday, November 11, 2011


As the clock approaches 11:11 today, 11/11/11, I’m happy to say that I find the project I’m working on to be quite appropriate. The press release will come later today, but I can say this project is to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "honor and empower wounded warriors" of the United States Armed Forces. "The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs."

For more information you can visit their site at:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Work of Art 2.3 and 2.4

The challenge in week 3 was: Create Pop Art.

Jerry Saltz is quickly proving himself to be a total prick. Two comments from him pretty much spell out his disdain for artist and art lovers alike.

Quote 1 - “I'm on this show to explore how art can be brought to non-élite audiences.”

Really dude? I’ve watched the show for its entire run, and I haven’t found any profound wisdom that has been divined from his eliteness.

Quote 2 – “Young won for his piece about California's Proposition 8 and gay marriage -- not for his p.c. subject matter, but because he took on scale, color, advertising, powerful messaging, and communication in a very direct, visually forceful way, produced in the quasi-political conceptual way in which he already works.”

The challenge was “Pop Art” not “quasi-political art” In case Mr. Elite didn’t know:
From Webster’s Dictionary - Definition of POP ART:
“: art in which commonplace objects (as road signs, hamburgers, comic strips, or soup cans) are used as subject matter and are often physically incorporated in the work”

From Wikipedia:

“Pop art challenged tradition by asserting that an artist's use of the mass-produced visual commodities of popular culture is contiguous with the perspective of fine art. Pop removes the material from its context and isolates the object, or combines it with other objects, for contemplation.”

Leon commented that his piece was possibly the only real Pop Art, and he was right, but he got sent home anyway.

Why have challenges if you’re not going to use that as prime judging criteria?

In week 4, the challenge is to make a companion piece to match with the work of a child. A good challenge, again some of the artists missed the point. Surprise, Surprise, they were not the one sent home.

This week’s victim was Tewz who I always figured would go home early. I don’t think he deserved to be booted yet, and thought it was great of Sucklord to defend Tewz’ work.

And then there is Jerry “Elite” Saltz. What a douche. He decides to threaten to go “Medieval” on the Sucklord if he includes any more Star Wars characters in his work.

First, Star Wars is a part of Sucklords art, which is just what he does. It is his style, his shtick; it’s what makes people like Simon part with their cash to own an original Sucklord.

Second, the only way for J-rod to go “Medieval” would be for him to dress up like the court jester he is and have the contestants beat him with a Cat-o-Nine tails.

Hey that might be an idea for next weeks challenge.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Work of Art 2.2

The challenge this week was:

“The artists must use Parkour, a discipline where participants overcome obstacles using only their bodies to move from point A to point B in the most creative and inventive way possible, as their inspiration.”

So they were broken into teams and challenged to create art that showcased “motion.”

While watching I thought Bayetés idea was really quite unexciting, boring, really kind of dumb, but I was glad to see he was not going to try and make this week’s challenge about “race” again. In the end he won the challenge, and I have to agree with the judges. His piece did show the childish fun he tried to portray. And really, there wasn’t much competition.

Then there was Kathryn.

A graduate of MassArt and a MFA from Yale. Impressive. What isn’t impressive is her work, which consists of taking dough, jelly, fruit juice and other materials and throwing it at paper or plastic. It’s supposed to look like human organs and blood.

And then there is the crying. Really, get over it. In some of the first art classes I took, the instructor conducted brutal critiques. His point was that someday one of us would put our work out in the world and people would trash it. We needed to be strong enough to take the crit, because in the end “it is only fake guts.”

I find it hard to believe this is what you get for spending over 150K on an art education. I’d ask for a refund.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Work of Art

I don’t normally use this space to rage, but I really feel that this is a subject that,
a. I want to talk about and,
b. needs my meager input and my insight.

Bravo TV fired up the second season of “Work of Art.” I watched the first episode and I was not disappointed. The show gave me plenty of things to complain about.

I think a touch of background information is important here. I watched season one. The show is kind of like “Survivor” for “artists.” Each week they get an art challenge, and must complete a work in a very short time. The lovely China Chow tosses the loser with her catch phrase “your work of art didn’t work for us.”

Last season I did very little public commentary on the show, the one time I did was in Laguna Beach, when some people were talking about the show as they entered a gallery. As we passed, I did say that Miles (who ended up being in the final three) was a douche, which is a comment I stand by to this day.

So in the interest of providing season two with at least one great artist, I went to an open call for the show. I waited in the glaring sun of Los Angeles with about 400 other people for about four hours. I brought a portfolio of paintings and photographs. When I finally got in to see the inquisitors, the one comment that will forever stand out was “your work is really great; it is however, just photography.”

So I found it interesting that the guest judge on the first episode would be Mary Ellen Mark, a very accomplished and wonderful photographer. I was quite disappointed by the way the other judges seemed to treat Ms. Mark. I wanted to reach into the TV and choke Jerry Saltz when he rolled his eyes at one of Ms. Marks comments.

So I guess it really doesn’t matter if you’re amazingly famous, or just a guy from LA, because in the end your work is “just photography.”

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Final Frontier or Accidental Porn?

Life has been busy; I’m still working on new pages for the Legend of the Ninja Knight, as well as creating title slides for an independent film.

But I still found time to create two new abstract paintings for a show celebrating the connection between Art and Science.

I decided to paint my Interpretation of an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Now after it’s been finished, judged, displayed at the Science Center, and returned to me, my wife takes a look at one of the images and asks me if I intended for it to look like a nude woman.

I really didn’t, but now that she has pointed it out, I named the image, Aphrodite Nebula.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Pages and One Ah Crap!

Finished page 7 this week, and it was a real struggle. I finally figured out what my problem was. I was trying to stuff ten pounds of story in a five pound sack.

I dropped the last two frames and it worked. Unfortunately, that also led me to make a mistake. I got a email today from the writer who pointed out I used a panel where the Templar has both hands, in spite of having his right hand cut off on Page4.

I quickly switched to the correct fame. Damn working late.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Legend of the Ninja Knight Page 4

Uploaded page four today.

In this panel, the Muslim commander orders the sword hand of the Knight Templar cut off.

Last weeks panel was tough, it was mainly a set up for todays. Today there is more action and I found it somewhat easier to complete, but still had some real debates on how to portray the action.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Page Three Legend of the Ninja Knight

This week’s panel was really difficult for me. For the most part, it's a set up for page four. Lots of dialogue, which is much harder to portray than action, but maybe more important.

So what happens on page four, guess you'll have to wait until next week.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The graphic novel is now live on the internet!

Check it out at


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Back at It

Today we went up to Big Bear for a little hike in the mountains. I hate to admit it, but I must be getting old. It was pretty hot, and the uphill parts of the climb had me breathing heavy. Maybe it was just the thin air. Sure.

Anyway, like I said in my last post, I have been busy; I can finally talk about what I have been up to. I have been working on a Graphic Novel with a writer in Northern California. The story is called “The Legend of the Ninja-Knight” and is a kind of semi-historical myth.
The Novel will be on a WEB site starting on July 12, with a new page every week. The site is

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Brewery

I was looking at the blog the other day, and I was feeling pretty bad about not posting for so long. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say; it’s that I’m so darn busy. Unfortunately, much of what is in progress, I can’t talk about yet. Oh, well, so goes life.

Today we took some time off and went to the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles. It was really pretty nice, some real good work, as well as some that I didn’t care for.

The art walk is held twice a year, if you’re headed to LA, I would check it out.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Image

New hardline image. The photo was taken several years ago when I was shooting a lot of off road racing. This one from the Baja 1000.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Rested Tan and Ready

I was talking to my friend Thom the other day. We were talking about my recent work and the hard-line paintings I have done.

Now understand, Thom and I are political opposites. We never agree on any political issue, however we love to argue and respect each other’s opinion.

For some reason I confessed that I had started working on a hard-line image from a photograph I took of former president GW Bush. From that conversation, we decided that he answer to all the partisanship in Washington was to create a dream team, that everyone could love and hate equally.

So we came up with:

Tee shirts, coffee mugs and more at:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Work in Progress

Working on new hardline images, concentrating on Sports. The orginal image is from the Army Navy Game two years ago.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hot and Cold

What a difference three weeks make. On Jan 3rd we had about 6 inches of snow, by last weekend we took the Mustang on a ride down the coast with the top down.
It was our final ride in the Mustang, we had to turn it in Monday (the insurance settled the claim on the flooded Jeep).
Sorry to see it go, it's a great car.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Welcome to the New Year. Here we are just over two weeks into 2011, and I haven’t picked up a brush yet (except to help paint the gallery space at the Eclipse Gallery). I’m just getting over the holidays, and yesterday celebrated my 50th birthday.

So today it’s back to work on the business of art. Most artists are probably like me and are not thrilled at the marketing side of the business, but without it, there are no paychecks.

I’ve created an on-line shop for shirts and gifts, feel free to drop in and pick up a coffee mug or shirt.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Works on Paper and Chairs"

The upcoming show at the Eclipse Gallery is “Works on Paper and Chairs.” When Joan, the gallery director, told me what the theme would be, I really wondered, first for her sanity, then, what would I do for the show?

I thought long and hard on the subject and remembered something a friend of mine once told me, that art is about emotion. Art should elicit a feeling in the viewer, and is successful even if the feeling is positive or negative. Real art is about emotion.

I decided to do a chair, and located a child-size wicker chair that I used to use in my portrait studio. Being small and white, I felt it represented the way we enter this world, small, pure and innocent. I used paint to represent the emotions we feel as we begin to grow, yellow for fear, blue for sorrow, green for envy and red for anger.

The final product is like our lives, splashes of emotion, but if we are really lucky, the innocence of our youth should still shine thru.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Everything Looks Worse in Black and White

A friend of mine sent me a newspaper clipping about the loss of an American Legend. No it’s not a big star or politician, it’s wasn’t a member of any championship team, yet it was a true icon, even celebrated in song.

Last Thursday, the last roll of Kodachrome film was processed at Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas.
Two of the images I shot on Kodachrome during my career.

Kodachrome was the finest color film made, it was a bit touchy, but the results of properly exposed Kodachrome were unbeatable, which is why some of the most iconic images of the last 75 years were shot on the Kodak film, including many for “National Geographic” magazine.
I shot hundreds of rolls of Kodachrome film, and although I made the move to digital several years ago, its loss is a tough pill to swallow. Maybe, I’m feeling a little old, watching my old work companions fall by the wayside.

I guess in the end Paul Simon said it best:

When I think back On all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn't hurt me none I can read the writing on the wall

Kodachrome You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away