Tuesday, August 14, 2007
With the success of the film "Pirates of the Caribbean" it seems that pirates are everywhere. I did this piece for a pirate art show in Vancouver, BC, and now it belongs to the young buccaneer Skyler Abahazy. Here I was trying more for N.C. Wyeth than Walt Disney.
If you haven't heard the great album of pirate ballads and sea chanteys, "Rogue's Gallery," you're missing out on something special. The music never fails to put me in the mood to plunder the high seas.
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"A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it." – The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Monday, August 13, 2007
This illustration was NOT used as part of the promotion for "Chihuly Over Venice." With all due respect, I hold Mr. Dale Chihuly and his legal team in the highest regard. Some call him "the Picasso of glass," and a glassmaster, and others call him a charlatan, a pantaloon, and a hedge-born bladder. Whatever you may think, he sure makes big chandeliers.
"Fear of Art" is a hard-boiled film-noir, a meta-art about art, in which a big lug of a detective--formerly an artist sent up for art crimes--scours the seamy underworld of art galleries and museums with his sidekick, a work-study gallery attendant fresh out of art school and bursting with wall-text explanations for every occasion. Together, they run a dangerous gauntlet of art directors and curators, hammer-swinging prep crews and two-fisted painters, savvy patrons and axe-wielding budgetcutioners, big time collectors and small time crooks. Gentle as roses, tough as blackjacks, these mugs prowl the periphery in search of truth and beauty.
Smell the peanuts and sawdust? This is the dog circus. This was commissioned by artist Jim Rittimann, who makes wonderful imaginary creatures from actual bones and leaves. A former rodeo rider, Rittimann also trains dogs for agility trials. They proved to be great models, especially the Boston Terriers. I hired a bug wrangler for the insect models. Oh, and no animals were harmed in the making of this painting.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a flat-out genius, no question about it. A brilliant painter, scientist, mathematician, inventor, anatomist, architect, sculptor and musician -- he was the archetypal Renaissance Man who could do everything but cure the common cold.
This is what happens when you mix Albrecht Durer with Ernie Bushmiller. Originally inspired by Masaccio's fresco in the Brancacci Chapel, "The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden," this painting now resides in the Wendy Cox collection.
The question remains, is the Red Angel a guardian protecting Nancy and Sluggo, or a heavenly bouncer seeing them to the door?