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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
That’s right folks, I’ve been juggling several irons in the fire, burning the midnight oil, fingers in many pies, been working till the cows come home! (whatever time that is)
I’ve been pushing the envelope and reaching the spectrum! I have recently had the fortune of working on over 15 murals for a brand new preschool as well as signs for a bar on the east side of Houston. AT THE SAME TIME!
Woodland critters (sans cigarettes and switchblades) wander around the Fish Kids Christian Academy campus. Think “kid friendly” for this early childhood development center in Montgomery, Texas.
Once the kiddos started rolling in, it was the night shift for me! Can’t have the little one’s in the paint or trying out the scaffolding like a jungle gym!
Now for the 60 something beer taps…
While keeping my schedule tight trekking back a forth to Montgomery, I’ve also been commissioned to paint some fun cartoon varmints for the older, more seasoned kiddos!
The Moon Tower Inn will soon be servicing the Houston area with 60+ beer taps and their very own home brewery. I made sure they had some fitting signs for their establishment.
On top of that, I continue to work continuously on new pieces for the future.
Crack that whip! Hands to the plow! Full steam ahead!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
A powerful tale was told at my last show. Frankly, it surprised me. It reminded me of the importance of art and the affect it can have on the human soul. It reminded me why I pick up a brush.
About six months ago, maybe a year, I was commissioned to render my vivacious ape brothers Jig and Jag upon two wonderful wooden doors off an old zenith television cabinet. I chose a nautical theme, the usual mischief included, capturing the monkeys in a moment of tomfoolery. The piece is called “Swab Jockeys.” (below)
The patron and good friend of mine, we’ll call her Anne, had bought a second house and it needed a good overhaul. She had hired a contractor to do major parts of the work. Throughout the long grueling process of renovation, Anne grew to despise the contractor for his rude attitude, his unprofessional conduct and his inability to play well with others. You know how that goes.
As the story was relayed, this contractor demanded a sum of money from Anne that was unjust and unfair. Anne told the contractor to wait in her house while she went to the other room. To Anne’s surprise, “the twins” (as she calls Jig and Jag) had caught him.
There the contractor stood in front of the painting. He began to cry.
Anne carefully approached. He mentioned something to her about his past, possibly a broken relationship with his brother. He was moved by the relationship between Jig and Jag.
The contractor apologized to Anne for his behavior and he waved the unfair, unjust sum of money. Anne still didn’t like the guy, but she could no longer fully loathe him.
There is nothing more rewarding to an artist to hear such stories; to know that his or her work is reaching people on such a personal level.
Thank you “Anne” for the tale. I was very much blessed by it.
"Knock Down Drag Out"
This is my attempt at an ol' fashion throw down. I always loved how the vintage varmints used to get in such a tumble that everything turned into a mess of arms, legs heads and a whirlwind of fury! Throw in a brick and a board with a nail in it just for good measure!