Sunday, December 26, 2010

I'm the Same as Anyone, I Need My Own Inspiration

Portrait of Juan painted mostly after I arrived home following Thanksgiving. Now Christmas has passed, and I haven't worked much at all on this portrait... I might as well set him free.
By the way, Juan is a really good artist. Looksee.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I feel like there are a lot of good pieces coming up...let's hope so.
This is something I painted in my sketchbook. Very tiny. Maybe the size of your thumb. Maybe not though. This isn't on moleskin. It's recycled paper. So there.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Website is Born

This baby's not too pretty, but she has loads of potential.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mankind is Kept Alive by Bestial Acts

I guess I've come to the conclusion that some pieces don't have to be cathartic in any way. This is Chuck Norris ravaging an alien. No more. No less. And that's just fine. Class assignment.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Old Miller

There was no time to work on this, but I've come to a stopping point. I want to push it further (toward my original intentions) in the future. This oil painting has a train ride in the morning. By the way this is an illustration for a traditional folk song called "Two Sisters". This is the moment where the old miller is bribed to push the drowned sister back in the water. Very dark song.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fish in the Jailhouse

"Peoria Johnson told Dudlow Joe
I can break out of any old jail, you know
The bars are iron, the walls are stone
All I need me is an old fish bone

They're serving fish in the jailhouse tonight"

-Tom Waits

Monday, October 4, 2010

Politics. Ask Your Parents.

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oil Painting Again

It seems everyone else has gone digital temporarily. So I'll circle back to my oils. My coattails are frayed.

Friday, September 10, 2010


I'm back and working on the first illustration for the fall. I have one day to finish the line drawing, and it's a nostalgic kind of feeling to work such long hours for one piece again.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


how do you feel?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mort the Immigrant

Found under the floorboards. (Not your pep pep.)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Douglas saw headlights for the first time since Christmas. But those headlights were not intended for his shack. In the high, twisting roads of the Blue Ridge Mountains it is rare for people to drive by. It is even more rare to welcome a visitor.

Was it a mistake to have lived her all these years?

Luckily he has his knife and plenty of wood. 

Douglas lives way off the smooth roads.

Douglas can respect the trees. Unlike people he has encountered earlier in his life.

Those people are put off by his angry expressions, but he can't appear any other way.

Although Douglas knows almost nothing about eastern religion, he believes that he is the reincarnation of one of the Founding Fathers. He believes that he has had enough of the city life back then, and he can now live in solace in North Carolina.

So when Douglas saw those headlights, he slept on his thoughts. He awoke the next morning and realized that he is happy, and that this place is ideal. Ideal enough to be himself.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


She was an adventurer and was known for winning contests of intellect abroad. 
And now she has retired from that lifestyle.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Threnody Island Citizens

Well I can't  quite understand why, but the folks of Threnody Island can take refuge in the embrace of their God, who does not have a name. The deity sends them clues to answer the long awaited question, "Why are we on this tiny, isolated island, and why can't we seem to build functional boats? "  They seem happy otherwise. They are a respectful, diverse, pleasant island community. It is unfortunate that they're all plagued with this mystery. 

The clues that their creator sends them are things like rugs, frisbees, barrels of matching shirts, and a large screw in this case. These all wash up on their shore on random instances. On the island they have a saying, "It all means something large". It all actually means nothing. But that is my opinion. Either way, the people of Threnody Island now own it, and it means much more to them. 

It may all seem laughable, but they take it very seriously.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Balkev Duo

The Balkev Duo were one of my favorite musical groups, and I am very sad to be informed of their parting. This Turkish group sang songs of love and compassion. And it is difficult for their fans to see them separate. Hopefully Bulut  and Dincer Balkev will reconcile.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sketch of the Day: Savannah

"...Then it happened again

The citizens paraded in the streets

And the ground beside our feet

Shone with grass

No ambulance

Shaking our heads

The traffic lights had no power left

Not over us..."

Friday, June 4, 2010

On This New Morning

I'm beginning to like my daily sketches more than my final pieces. This is the sketch of this day. Bob Dylan inspires.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Portrait of Kim

Sketch of the day. This one felt right.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


I came very close to domesticating this squirrel within an hour.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Greetings From Chicago. A Tiny Vacation.

Photography by Kim Guare

and a quick hour sketch just because.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


The Omnipotent Bird awakens at the coming of the End Days and leads the masses to the Hereafter, the Next World. So it goes.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jack Jumbly

Jack grew up in my neighborhood, and he used to catch creatures in the local river. The river was filthy. He would take them back home and treasure them, I suppose. He didn't like people much. And as time goes by without seeing him anymore, I start to understand him. Back home they say he has disappeared, but I'm sure he is safe.

Preview of Oil Paintings

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Work In Progress

I think this is going to go well. But as I have learned the recent years, delusion is a Hopeful Artist's closest companion.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

How To

Digital. Photoshop and Illustrator

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mr. Bibelot

16th Century opera-singing, street performer. Amazing cook and modest host. Mr. Bibelot.

Monday, January 18, 2010