King Fear

Meet King Fear! He’s as big as he seems! In my head, when I was sketching this painting out during a work meeting, the painting was mostly chess board. But real life has physics and solidity and how can I fit a chess board into a mouth that’s…smaller than the chess board? Maybe M. C….

Portrait Chain #2: Shannon

For my art show in May, 2021, I’ve been returning to ideas that I did years and years ago. In the next couple weeks, I’ll probably post about my London traing portraits and how they connect with what I’m doing now. This week, I want to highlight some of the elements of what’s going on…

Dragon Wagon No More

This week someone was staring at me in my car and I thought “Well, of course- I have a dragon on my car,”. Surprise twist: I was driving a big white minivan because my dragon car is gone. I’ve been processing losing the Dragon Wagon for a week now, and it’s been a weird reverse…

House #5/Sirens at Night

Sometimes when I’m changing diapers I have 90s rap lyrics resurface in my head. No connection between diapers and rap- I’ve just accumulated a lot of cultural detritus in my brain. I think that one of the reasons that art can be therapeutic is it allows something real to rise out of churning, stewing brains….

Angels over Taco Bell

(Editors Note: I wrote all this before I finished. Above I’m placing the whole, long, quixotic journey of this very particular painting) I’ve been working on Angels over Taco Bell since one week after Starbucks Astronaut. When I started I didn’t imagine that this would be such a long, involved process. I’m writing this before…

Art Process Ruminations

I have an art show right now at the Wexford Pub in Whole Foods. It’s up at a gallery for two months- check it out. Should be up for six more weeks. I’m still making Angels over Taco Bell, and I’ve been traveling and parenting as well. Art has slowed to a crawl, unfortunately. Hopefully…

Guiding Stars/Potrait of Jonathan

Hey, anyone remember that time I went to the art museum and then complained a lot? There’s some earlier posts about it. I saw a set of paintings there that I wrote about that may have changed the trajectory of my painting somewhat. Unfortunately, because my painting improves at a glacial rate, I’m not sure…

Progress: Angels over Taco Bell + A New Portrait Style

A friend in church one time asked me to paint the children’s playroom- he figured I could put a zoo on the walls in a couple of hours. I had to break down to him that unless he wanted me to paint a big dragon, I couldn’t freehand any of what he was asking for….

North Braddock House, numbers 3 and 4

    So I finished four houses in five weeks, instead of six houses in six weeks. This was largely because my son started going to daycare and we got a virus that he got. We’ve been referring to it as the plague- it took four weeks to fully boot it out of the system…

North Braddock Houses (Numbers 1 and 2)

  These pictures put my at 1/3 the way through of my goal to do six paintings in six weeks!  I recently got a show at Unsmoke Systems Artspace for May 2021. The deal is that I have to have a whole show of paintings that haven’t been displayed before. Two years is a long time, but…

Starbucks Astronaut (or, the Infinite Emptiness of the Drive Through)

This painting is a second in (at least) a trilogy of paintings that goes: Grocery Knight (or, My First Socialwork Paycheck) Starbucks Astronaut (or, the Infinite Emptiness of the Drive Through) Angels over Taco Bell (or…(TBD)) I’ve been painting semi-autobiographical metaphorical paintings about my very boring, normal life. I posted about Harrisburg- working at Starbucks,…

I see my friend Matt/ I remember him coming over the other night

Second of two recent grocery store paintings, I’ve been thinking about box progressions and how they can be used to create a painting that’s more than the sum of its parts. Not sure if I’m there yet, but this is the latest attempt. I wanted this to be about remembering someone when seeing them in…