Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Veteran Returns to the War

Needless to say, I'm avoiding gray paper for awhile. But this lovely, Union blue... I can't get enough of it.

A little play on a Winslow Homer classic, which seems rather appropriate, all things considered.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oh, You Haven't Been?

If you haven't broken the code yet, the title of the painting is also the title of the blog post. I hate repeating myself and I know you are bright enough to understand the whole process. 

On to another favorite place of mine, Normandy. What, you haven't been? (Tom and Will being notable exceptions.Bobbi Jo, did you get there yet? I sort of think you have...)

Anyway, you should go. For one, the French coast is lovely. For two, it's one of the greatest battlefields in history. And for three, you can walk the same fields as true, Allied heroes and say to yourself, "Suck it, Nazis. Suck it hard." It'll make you feel a tiny bit better.

Go early, go often and enjoy the prefix meals.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8-15-17 This Holy Hill

Yeah, my internal painting machine is working just fine.

Here's a little portrait of one those places always in my heart. I am a Pennsylvania boy, you know. It's a safe bet there will be more than portrait of Gettysburg in the coming months and years.

As an aside, the Gettysburg of my childhood was full of trees. There was a great, man-made deforestation, an attempt to return the battlefield to its 1863 appearance. Consequentially, my memories no longer mesh with the reality of the place. Perhaps I'll add a few trees in future paintings. But this one had to be spot on. I wouldn't want any fools thinking I'd invented something. Not when I want the fools to remember that avarice, ignorance and bigotry got its collective ass handed to it on that holy hill.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Reboot of the Daily Paintings...

Well... it'll be a reboot Monday through Friday. Well... I will be painting on the weekends, of course, creativity is a terminal disease, however, I will not be posting anything on the weekends because we all need a little time to ourselves.

So, the plan:

Post my web comic on Instagram and my website on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Unless I am away from my laptop and scanner, in which case, you'll just have to wait.

Post my daily paintings on Twitter and this blog on Monday through Friday. Unless I am away from my laptop and... you get the idea.

And then, do other creative things and get them out there through whatever channels are available to me.

If nothing else, there will be hundreds of more paintings to check out as the months roll along. And if I've learned anything in this five year long walk in the wilderness of Art, it's that making things is far better than talking about making things. It's better for you and it's a hell of a lot better for me.

So... nearly two years to the day when I started cranking out daily paintings (sorry for those months spent bemoaning my plight as an artist in an uncaring world)... I'm back with this little gem.

Considering the events of the past weekend and my belief that art is a great way to undermine the idiocy of enemies of freedom and progress, I give you "The White Supremacists' Think Tank". It's a lovely 8x10 inch acrylic painting on Canson paper and lacks irony, because nothing I ever do is ironic, because there's far more clarity when you call a spade a spade and move on. I'll let the pundits use irony and humor to batter evil. Meanwhile, I'll keep it simple: white supremacists have shit for brains.

And we go on... another painting tomorrow.