Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
These are my first batch of Moo cards. I'm quite pleased with them.
I have to admit to being a total skeptic when I first saw these "advertised". My thought was, why would I want to pay $20 for a pack of 100 half size business cards. (Apparently I'm not much of a trend spotter). Now that I have some of my own, I really like them. Since Moo cards are so tightly connected to flickr, the ease of which it is to have these cards printed is quite the incentive.
Here's the Moo site:
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I've been looking forward to trading with Chicago based, Danny Mansmith for a very long, long time. He just sent me some amazing pieces art!
There's so much to enjoy about his work. His fabric wrapped dolls are so cool, his ability to draw with a sewing machine is astounding and his stitched flowers made from magazine pages is so unique.
Danny is a true original.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
I just received these excellent ORIGINAL drawings from my buddy Tim Grimmer as part of our art trade.
Tim and I met in a college drawing class way back in 1990. At the time we were the two best artists in the class. So we had an informal competition each week to out-draw each other. Of course this "competition" was how I remember it. He may tell you he was unaware of any competition. If that's the case, then I'll have to embarrassingly admit defeat. After all I viewed him as a "threat" and if he didn't view me as a "threat" well then... he was the better artist. Maybe I should ask... or maybe I don't want to know.
Anyway, Tim and I are absolute polar opposites in personality, and over the years, very different artistically. Yet we speak a common "visual language" that keeps us connected all these years later.
So thanks Tim, I'm honored to have some of your original ink drawings in my collection.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Tricia Joy (Patricia Anders) sent me an amazing painting along with a collection of giclee prints, note cards, some moos and a great little sculpture. I love seeing a large batch of her work in one place. It's fun to study her unhindered imagination.
Check out more of her amazing & imaginative art here:
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Over the last year or so I've experimented with creating ACEO cards. For those who may not know what ACEO cards are, ACEOs are known as Art Card Editions and Originals. These 2.5" x 3.5" cards are also referred to as Artist Trading Cards (ATC). These Small Format Art (SFA) pieces are created in a wide variety of media. For many they are extremely fun and affordable to collect. Anyway, I include them, from time to time, in my art trade packages. They've always been well received, so I thought I'd start posting small batches of them on ebay.
Below is a link to my current items up for bid. To check out the wide variety of ACEO cards available by other artists do a simple word search through ebay. There's a lot of artists doing some amazing work.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Seal Rock Wikipedia Entry
Golden Gate Park Wikipedia Entry
Playland at the Beach Wikipedia Entry
The Bear at the Cliffhouse
Here's a batch of guerrilla art my Flickr buddy Danny B placed around San Francisco. He was kind enough to take photos of where he placed them. The locations he placed them are all within a quarter mile from his home. Danny B was also kind enough to send a list of links specific to where he placed the art. (Links are located under each photo).
Friday, November 09, 2007
I received this AMAZING stenciled canvas from NKDBY! 18"x24" of serious canvas goodness!!
Be sure to check out more of NKDBY's art and photos here.
Here's the 12"x16" acrylic on canvas painting I sent his way.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
It's been a busy 8 weeks of art trades (pics to come), guerrilla art drawings and preparing for the Art Hop. As a result I've been on the verge of artistic burn-out. So I decided to put down the brushes and pens for awhile and immerse myself in something completely different. And that something different is the world of online sweepstakes! Granted, I rarely if ever participate in any contests, online or otherwise so this is very new to me. However, I figured filling out a dozen or so online entry forms a night would be pretty mindless, and it could be fun if I win something. Well it didn't take long, I just won free milk for one year. Yep, four days after I began this little experiment I've already won. Apparently all I need to do to claim my prize is fill out the provided affidavit, have it notarized and that's it. It also looks as if I can opt for the cash option which I believe to be somewhere around $180+
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
I was researching Schwan's Frozen Food products, when I noticed you could sign up for their Braille food catalog. Being curious I signed up.
When I got it, it was a spiral bound, 60+ page, completely Braille booklet. Since I don't read Braille and the texture was intriguing, I thought it might be good for pastel drawings.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Here's a "logo" I did a lifetime ago. I'd say sometime around 1991 or 1992. Long Before I knew anything about computers, quark, Illustrator etc. Now it's immortalized in rock.
In a way it's sort of symbolic given I created it in the "stone age"...
(This rock can be seen at Scotts Mill County Park - Kalamazoo County)
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I recently received an email from an individual living near Barcelona, Spain. She generously offered to place some guerrilla art around her neighborhood for me. This is the batch of Sharpie drawings that's heading her way. (Since she's so kind, she gets to keep a few for herself.)
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Here's a sneak peek of my art exhibit at the Copy Cup for this Friday's (Oct 5th) Kalamazoo Art Hop. (Special Thanks to Cory van De Griend for the interior photos).
I've also included some publicity photos of a few of my cardboard paintings. I'll be offering nearly 40 cardboard paintings for sale at reasonable prices opening night. A number of my paintings on canvas will be for sale as well.
I won't be attending the show but that's certainly no reason not to enjoy some great coffee and art.
Here are the links to the Copy Cup and The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. http://www.thecopycup.com/
Monday, September 24, 2007
Thought I'd try painting on a furnace filter. Doesn't hold enough paint to make the surface opaque. However, the appearance changes dramatically against different colored walls. Definitely a fun experiment... I included it in my Art Hop exhibit at the Copy Cup on October 5th... (see previous post).
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Here's some of my art hanging in the "Bottle Return Gallery" in Scotts, Michigan. (Actually it's the back wall of a convenience store). It is, by far and away, my favorite gallery.
That being said, these paintings and more will be hanging at http://www.thecopycup.com/ in downtown Kalamazoo the month of October. This is part of the Kalamazoo Art Hop put on by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Every year at work, for the past 5+ years, we've celebrated the arrival of spring with the flushing of a Peeps down the toilet. This year the annual Peeps Flush didn't seem as exciting. As a result we decided to try and do something different. After months of trying to think of something clever to do with them, we were greeted by a huge puddle behind our office. And so was born a new tradition... the Peeps Armada. (Unfortunately only one of the Peeps sails remained in tact).
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
New tractor tire close up
Went to the 16th Annual Scotts Mill Antique Tractor Show today. I think I've been to about 6 of them over the years. I'd have to say I'm not into tractors or anything old timey but it's a great excuse to eat at the "Stop & Squat Food Spot"... nothing like dried out hamburgers, cheetos, Snickers bars and cokes... ahhh Heaven on earth.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Here's a couple character illustrations I did for Libraryman. Libraryman (aka Michael porter) is a library maverick/advocate who gives presentations on online social networking as it relates to libraries.
Here's his blog for all you library types:
Monday, July 02, 2007
My house had a gas leak recently. In spite of my potential premature death by explosion I decided to doodle a bit before I met my maker, or before I met Earl, the gas man (which ever came first). Fortunately, Earl, the gas man came first.
Because my life was spared, I had a sudden invigoration of creativity and decided to turn my doodle into a painting. It just so happens, it fits well with illustration friday's "twist" topic.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Whenever I take mail to the local post office to have weighed, I'm frequently at the mercy of one particular postal lady. She has an insatiable need to absolutely dominate every customer she has to "serve".
Her favorite bullying technique includes leaning over the service counter so no one can lay their packages down. She then proceeds to give disapproving glances while eyeballing the TO and FROM addresses. She'll then begrudgingly grab your mailer and inspect every square inch of it. If she finds ANYTHING "wrong" with it she'll either REJECT it and send you to the back desk to fix it or she'll just say "I don't think the post office will accept this... but we'll try".
Thursday, June 14, 2007
These microscopic elements are the 400 ice cream cartons I've worked on in the last two years.
I've been designing/laying out ice cream cartons for nearly 9 years. Lately I've been curious about how many I may have worked on over the years. Rough estimates put the number easily over 1000 possibly closer to 2000. Surprisingly, I've never gotten bored working on them.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Pictures credited to State Police Trooper Mark Kassuba and WoodTV 8
This is an amazing story! I heard about it on my local news last night and started seeing the story circulating on the internet today. Since it happened in nearby Paw Paw, MI I thought I'd post it here.
The gist of the story is, this guy's wheelchair accidentally gets lodged in the grill of a semi-truck. The driver is unaware and commences to drive down the highway for nearly 5 miles going upwards of 50mph. I won't divulge much more so you can watch the video and read the article for yourselves. (It has a very happy ending)
Coincidentally, as I was typing this post, my sister called and mentioned she was one of the people who checked on his condition at the hospital. I thought that was pretty cool.