Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oak Ness Monster

I recently contributed a concept to the inimitable Dara Kerr's last article at Oakland North, which investigates the beast that lurks beneath the shallow depths of Oakland's Lake Merritt. I figured it would be apt to include a small tribute to the scores of gondoliers who have lost their lives to this carrion-breathed menace.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Oakland Hills

I am SLOOOOOOWLY teaching myself landscape painting - these are paintings #4 and #3 (some random spot in the Oakland Hills and Ragle Park, Sebastopol, respectively), about ONE YEAR APART. Jeez. Hopefully I'll knock out a few more studies before the summer is through - I wonder if there's an easy way to cart an easel around on your bike? 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Black Market Benny

Black Market Benny was a short-lived character who arrived, like most dealers, to fill a void. His stock in trade, diacritical Latin alphabet letters, proved hugely popular with the immigrant community of Sesame Street, who had been underserved for so long by the show's Anglo-centric programming. It didn't take long, however, for Benny's activities to draw the attention of the League of Republican Mothers, who reported him to the IRS. Benny is eligible for parole in 2014.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ramona the Happy Hooker

My contribution to Adam Ceja's painting challenge for 'failed Sesame Street characters'. This one's called Ramona the Happy Hooker. You can see more over @

Friday, June 10, 2011

Et tu, Brute?

This is a head study that got a little out of control. I'm not too jazzed about the caption, but that's what you get for an afterthought. 
On a related note - why won't they hurry the eff up with that "Rome' movie?

Juicy fruit

In an effort to make posting a more regular exercise, here's a couple oil studies from the past year chronicling my baby steps into painting. See if you can spot the thread between them...