Thursday, May 19, 2011

Maggie's Late Night Ride


This was started during a holiday party at Jeff Taylor's space in Burien. Painting while the party was happening below from up on the hydraulic lift was a blast. Ton's of cool old auto and garage memorabilia, cool old cars and toys throughout the space inspired the finished piece. Maggie is the little dog pulling the green car over the town.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Full Throttle Bottle Show: Babes and Bottles

I made a series of pinup girls drinking out of bottles for a show at Full Throttle Bottle beer and wine shop in Georgetown. I added clock faces. Many don't work hence the title of the show 'Even a broken clock tells the correct time twice a day'.

The show went up in April and I was in ATX for a spell when the reception was held. The show has been continued through May so I get a second chance to hang out at the shop and meet people, drink good brew and sell some damn art during the Georgetown second Saturday 'Art Attack'.

King of Hearts

This painting was made for my friend Pete's birthday. He does amazing construction work on homes so I thought this was appropriate. A rare moment when appropriate and art exist in the same paragraph in my world.

I Found It!!!

My friend Dave Storm and I have been playing music together now for nearly a year. We call our project 'Eureka!'. I made this as a gift for Dave. It's the pulp mill in Eureka CA

Who Speaks for the Trees?

I made this as a birthday present for Tomyris who turned two this year. Tomyris has a stuffed plush Lorax that she would take everywhere. I thought to immortalize the Lorax doll as with most toddlers, stuffed toys generally have a brief life span.

Cock Sock Porter

I was at the Mix in Georgetown a while back. It was cold and rainy as usual and I really wanted a warm coffee drink. At the time the Mix only sold beer and wine so Eroyn Franklin who was bartending (and an amazing artist) and I collaborated on creating a cocktail using Starbucks Via instant coffee, sake and Georgetown Porter. Not too shabby. Chris Crumpler (a porter aficionado and one of the most bad ass drummers came up with the name). The rooster painting is yet another of many found canvases that I spruced up. The painting is now displayed at the Mix behind the bar.

The Green Girl Ain't No Dummy


The Green Girl is a mannequin body that I found, painted and pieced together. Arms are from different mannequins. She was all banged up and scuffed so after much sanding and patching the paint was applied. A bright almost neon green made sense at the time.

Green Girl was my shop mannequin at STUFF Cafe for a few years. She traveled up and down the coast and to festivals all across the NW with John and Kara, the owners of 'Not a Number', a cool politically left leaning novelty and gift shop in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

After she came home to roost, she worked as both a model for paintings as well as photo model for dozens of vintage rock concert t-shirts that I sold on eBay. She traveled to NYC and back to Seattle.

During my employment at Smarty Pants, a sandwich shop/bar in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle I lent her striking beauty to the owners so they could display their hats and shirts. Since my departure from Smarty Pants this April, the owners have refused to return her to me. On a side note, they have also refused to give me my last paycheck. The paycheck even as pitiful as it may be is still a legal matter the state of Washington would have a field day. The Green Girl being held POW or who knows, she could be lying at the bottom of Puget Sound for all I know, is beyond contempt. I wouldn't put it past the school yard bully mentality of these people to have simply destroyed the Green Girl. If they prove me wrong and return her like the so-called responsible adults that they claim to be then I would be highly surprised. That's another fun project lined up for summer. I love fun summer projects.