Community/Police

I finished this painting a few months ago, but didn’t post it. I have three finished paintings I haven’t posted- I think I got discouraged about blogging. I realized, though, I need to blog so I can remember all the thoughts I had while making the work. I made this painting in thinking through the…

Art Show 2021: Halfway Point

I’m halfway to my art show and here’s what we have: Six abandoned houses:       Making the abandoned houses is a ton of fun and it’s pretty comfortable and easy for me. I could make a ton of these, but I would hate for it to seem that I think that abandoned houses…

Rust Belt Futurism: Braddock Starships 1 and 2

I’ve made these two Braddock spaceships as part of an idea I think of called “Rust Belt Futurism”. I am trying to find a way to articulate the way we implicitly think of the future as non-specific and non-local. The weirdness of seeing Braddock- as it is- in space is funny, but I hope that…

House #6 + odds and ends of ideas

  Here’s House #6- maybe the last of the abandoned houses. We’ll see- they’re easy to do and they turn out really good. Every once in a while I like to put on the site ideas I’ve half way thought through. We’re about a year an five months away from my gallery show at Unsmoke,…

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…