Double Dose

I’ll have two paintings featured in the upcoming 33March exhibition, presented by MySLArt.  The reception will be Friday, March 31 at the Old Orchard Gallery in Webster Groves from 6 to 9.  I’ll be busting out two of my favorites for this show.

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Skittles is something of a color dream (I just made up that term).  The finished piece is a mashup of two separate ideas I’d been churning around in my head.  One idea was a rainbow monster.  I thought it’d be neat to have a character with a sort of rainbow blob for a head.  The other idea I’d been mulling over was doing a riff on the logo for the Chicago Bulls (the big funky bull head).  Neither idea quite worked until I added the other to it.  I made the bull into something more of an equine, and then placed a giant rainbow “helmet” on his head.

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Action Comics was a way of paying tribute to some of my favorite comics I’ve been reading over the past couple years.  Though I’ve been reading comics all my life, I’d never really given Superman a real shot.  Curt Swan, the definitive Superman artist from the 50’s to the 80’s, has become a true favorite of mine.  The whimsy and weirdness of those stories really hit the spot.  I popped a Clark Kent hat onto the painting to seal the deal.

The show will be up through April 10th, but the real action will be at the opening reception on Friday, March 31st.  Be there or be square.

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Spam is Showing

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I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception for the 33February exhibition last week, and I’d like to tell you a little about it.  I was there at Old Orchard Gallery in Webster Groves to support my good friend Spam, who is among the many featured artworks lining the walls by a number of St. Louis artists.  I got to speak with a number of fun people and am looking forward to trying this show out again.  It really felt like a cozy community of artists.

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I had considered the “knee level” height that the painting was hanging at to be less than ideal. If not for the low level, however, I would not have been able to rock the crouching “cool man” pose.  I also think there were some tricks with the perspective in this photograph that are making the painting look crooked. Or maybe my aura blasted the painting off center in that moment.

If you find yourself jonesing for some Spam of your own, the show will be up through March 13th.

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I’mma Spam on February

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I’m happy to announce that my painting Spam will be among the many featured works at the MySLArt presents 33February exhibition, opening this Friday night, February 24th.  The gallery is in Webster Groves, MO, and the show will be up through March 13th.  I’ll be on hand at the reception and would be happy to say hello to anyone.

As for Spam, this was a piece I completed about a year ago.  I suppose I was aiming for something in the outdoors-man Chewbacca realm.  I had only just recently become acquainted with the actual Spam product.  It’s really not bad.  It goes good with eggs.

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Year In Review

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I know I look silly in this picture, but it’s in the spirit of the season (It’s a Santa sweater, for the record).  And in that same spirit, I’d like to reflect a bit on the year that has been.  2016 was the year I finally started getting my paintings “out there.”

Though I had a couple of peaceful years toiling away on these paintings in seclusion, it really was something of a relief to start sharing them with actual people.  I’m pretty happy to have had three official showings in 2016.  After a solo coffee shop showing in the Spring, I took part in two group gallery exhibitions this past Fall.

I’d like to share them even more in 2017.  More paintings, more showings, and more inspiration is what I’m striving for.  And to help make my work more accessible, I’d also like to further re-purpose this website.  So look for even more images and more posts.  Did I mention this work is for sale?  Realigning the website should help make that more clear.  For now, though, if you see a piece you do like, feel free to email or message me.

Thanks for checking in on me in 2016.  I think we had a nice time.  Let’s do it some more in 2017.  Happy new year!

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Pour Yourself A Bowl

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Grape-Nuts is now up and ready for all to see as part of the Art St. Louis 32 exhibit.  The opening reception was this past weekend, and I was there among the crowd taking it all in.

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This all-themes show will be up through December 22, so there’s plenty of time to catch a glimpse of it yourself (and it’s free!).  Go ahead, and tell ’em Neil sent ya.

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