Conspiracy Owl

This is a 12″ square piece I’m putting into Due West, the group show for the West Austin Studio Tour 2015.  It fits in the Defensive Postures series.  It was an experiment to see if I could make a smaller piece work in the series.  Defensive postures is mostly going to be larger paintings, originals more than prints.  Anyway, owls are fun and I’ve been toying with a smaller setting of constructed helmets for animals to wear.  It’s a nice bridge between the two series.(I just noticed this pic is partly a photoshop pre vis…but that’ll do.)owlsatblueowlsatblue

False Flag with redone background

After Kogyo, and one of my favorite pieces for Animaruprinto No Hitobito, I was never really satisfied with the background of False Flag.  It is a hazard when you work on a background and then decide what goes on it.  The new series is much more preconceived with multiple trips to photoshop to figure out what goes where.  False Flag is how I used to do things to a t:  do a background, flip back and forth between pics to do the render.  Anyway, I like this better.  It lets the figures breathe and it is finally clearly about a game of cat and chicken.

The Lions in Retreat

A new painting in the Defensive Postures series.  This one sprung from the picture I was using as a desktop pic since I inadvertently changed it during Honeybear Massacre.  I really like the head on the palace guardian lion, and since I used his legs in Honeybear, I figured why not throw in the head.  I really like the blue stencil over the city.  Have be careful not to overuse it.

Week of Mondays: A Wedding Present

Ah blazing summer is in the air.  It is the time here at that we think of love and Mexican beer.  With that in mind, here is a wedding present I did for my former co-workers Kayla Mullis and Nigel Fenton who are getting hitched sometime soon.  David at is great with dates, fantastic with numbers so this painting will probably get to them a month too late.  It is of their cat, Monday, who is human potty trained and looks like it should rule Manchuria with an iron fist.

Great Horned Owl #4

Very difficult, the feather patterns of the Great Horned Owl.  Lots of micro glazing, warm and cool push and pull, Zinc White.  Shadows range from blue to red to green, to green and red.   First the shadows got too dark, then the highlights too even.  Always love doing owls.  One out of ten turn out looking good.  In fact, this owl was done right over another one that had problems.  9×12 on canvas.


This is a show curated up in Georgetown, Texas revolving around humor in art.  It will be taking place on February 15th.  I will have 3 pieces there, probably Monkey Scholar and two others.  Sharing the space with me are some local, and not so local luminaries, Jennifer Balkan, and Debra Broz, Sue Randle and more. 816 South Main Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626, 512-930-258three.

37 or 38 Depending (retouch)

This is a retouched version of a painting I did this summer.  The odd title comes from me trying to find out the official name of the Hokusai folio with pictures of Mt Fuji.  The internet was of split opinion, and all I wanted to do was add one image he obviously forgot because he is not a pet-obsessed, crazy person.  The retouching was done because I didn’t like the existing head.  In early summer I hadn’t discovered high-flow acrylics, so the head was all done with Molotow markers.  I plan to Lucas-up a few pictures from a few months back.  Prepare to be aghast. ps: the scroll contains a haiku about Mt.Fuji.