Friday, October 3, 2008

Another Self Portrait

Here's a painting I just finished.  This painting is a bit looser and  has certain qualities like a drawing. 

Untitled (Self Portrait)

Oil and charcoal on canvas, completed 10/08.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

When in doubt, paint a self portrait.

Here's a self portrait from 2007.
Oil on canvas 24" x 30"
entitled Skeptic

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Painting A Month

Ok. What's the deal with creating "A Painting A Day"? If I could have that kind of discipline, or sheer painting speed, I'd be rich. I'm lucky if I can finish a painting a month. I'm not going to show you any of Duane Keiser's paintings because this is my blog and I want to show you my paintings. But do use the link above to check out his site. His work is nice. 

Here's a painting I've been working on the last few weeks.

It's titled Slipper with Ball, an oil painting on canvas. 12" x 12". 

Sometimes when I do a painting of a thing, any old thing, I appreciate what an enjoyable endeavor painting is. To see more work go to my website and if you are interested, send me an email.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Have a donut.

Ok. Tomorrow I am fifty. Really a strange thing to experience. My mind seems to be the same. I always was forgetful.  The body, although my hair is grayer and thinner, is in as bad a shape as it ever was.  Hmmm. Oh yeah, my knees ache a lot.  Sometimes I am surprised when I look in the mirror.  I see my grandfather.  Time does seem to go faster as we age.  The forties went so fast.  I have come to the conclusion that although I physically seem to age at a reasonable pace or at a "normal" pace my mind doesn't want to accept that I am fifty.  I thought thirty was a big deal. Then I thought forty was a milestone. Fifty? Sucks. Senior menu at Denny's...  Hey I kinda like the idea.  

Anyway, how about a donut?

  This piece, "Yellow Donut with Sprinkles" is a painting that I am revitalizing. I first painted it in 2001 and was part of a triptych called "The Holy Trinity".  I am giving it a bit of a facelift and sending it off as a solo piece. 

It's been a while since I worked in oils. I am enjoying the process. I haven't done "sweet" paintings in a long time.  I've added more images of dessert/donut paintings that happen to have sprinkles to the blog (in the right hand column) and there are more at my website

Look for this painting at the SJICA auction this Fall in San Jose.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Good Clean Fun

Jean Luc Godard was right. What can be more fun than a girl and a gun? 

One of my many interests is film editing. I searched high and low and searched through many many films to find classic clips of women brandishing firearms. I put them together with an ol' Joe Tex song. The result is this...

Not sure where I developed such an interest in guns (a loaded subject :{). They've been the topic of a lot of my work for a long time.  I've heard it said that the right to bear arms is "deeply entrenched in the American Psyche" and I believe it.  Is it the right to bear arms or maybe we just love guns? 

Just look at our movies.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The End of the First Half or, What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Long time since I last posted. Funny thing is, I don't think anybody reads this. Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand clapping?

It's about time that I put more of my work here. Nancy thinks that I should do work in progress reports about my current projects. I don't have anything to show that's new but...

To the right you can see a picture of my painting, Snarling Dick, a portrait of Dick Cheney.

Here's an interesting photo. Not mine but worth noting. From Beijing shows what Bush has done to the country. Or how he displays the flag. I'm not sure.

Fareed Zakaria has written an article in Newsweek - What Bush Got Right I have a lot of respect for Zakaria. He's a smart guy. Actually finds some positive words about the later GW Bush administration. 

They did something right!? I do not believe it.

But, enough of that.

Did I mention what "The End of the First Half" means? Guess not. It refers to my life. On the 23rd I turn fifty years old.  Same as it ever was...

Is it really the same as it ever was?? 


Friday, January 4, 2008


It's 2008 and am remembering when I was ten years old and I figured out how old I'd be in the year 2000. WOW - forty-two! Forty-two seemed really old when I was ten. Fortunately, forty-two is the new thirty-two. I am not so much older than that now but for some reason years are much shorter now. Anyway, seems like I have spent most of my life trying to figure out what I am and where I fit in the world. I have been an actor, a director, an artist, a painter, a student, a teacher, a (step) parent, a child, and on and on. I am still all of those things on some level. I started doing self portraits at about age twelve, undoubtedly inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's self portraits I'd seen in a book.

Artists have explored the image of the "self" (and others) for a very long time and the list of artists who have done some form of self portrait is very very long. Reakton Books Ltd. has published a book by Richard Brilliant entitled (amazingly enough) Portraiture, a theoretical study that looks at the way we look at ourselves. He explores the portrait from antiquity through contemporary history. A bit dense in the first chapter, 'The Authority of the Likeness', but it starts to pick up speed in the second, 'Fashioning the Self'. Brilliant presents some interesting observations and arguments regarding the many faces of portraiture.

The book is available at

I'll be showing some of my self portraits as well as several other pieces at Los Medanos College from January 23rd through February 24th. Here's a link to the gallery's webpage:

Los Medanos College Art Department

Here are some links to sites with self portraits:

And here's the link to my webpage that shows my self portrait work: