I’m a painter and illustrator living and working in Columbus, Georgia, the home of blues pioneer, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey and noted author, Carson McCullers. I spent many years in the newspaper business as an illustrator, cartoonist, caricaturist, art director and designer. That part of my career ended in March of 2009 due to corporate cutbacks and a bad economy. But that’s a story for another day and another blog. This blog is about the craft of painting and the passion I have for it.
A couple of years ago I discovered the “painting a day” blog phenomenon and its originator, Duane Keiser. He and others like Julian Merrow-Smith and Stephen Magsig inspired me to take a shot at art blogging. Of course, the fact that I lost my means of income didn’t hurt any either. Can you say starving artist?
Most art bloggers use the landscape/portrait/still life theme. I’ve done some of that and may post them here eventually. In the last couple of years I’ve been painting faces that I’ve been drawing in the cartoon and caricature genre for years. The difference is, I’m doing them as small fine art pieces in traditional oil technique. Basically, I’m blurring that long, goofy line between fine art and illustration. I’ve always felt that if someone loves a piece enough to hang it on their wall and live with it for a lifetime, then it doesn’t matter whether it was created for a magazine or a newspaper, or from a “fine artist’s” hand. What matters is whether or not it touches you. My work is inspired by illustrators Norman Rockwell, Jack Davis, Charles Bragg, William Steig, Ralph Steadman and David Levine and fine artists as diverse as Andrew Wyeth, Paul Klee, Georgia O’Keefe, van Gogh and Lucien Freud… oh, and the Cowboy Artist’s of America. Yes, there is such a group. Look them up, they’re great! Hey, I said it was a diverse group.
So, my plan here is to do what I am calling a “A Daily Curmudgeon”, for lack of another title. No, they won’t all be craggy old farts with nasty attitudes. I love history and culture, politics and pop culture in general. So, in addition to funny faces I create from my strange and twisted mind, there will be an occasional caricature of an author, jazz musician, politician, movie star, sports figure, etc., thrown in for good measure. It could be Elvis, or Lincoln, Louis Armstrong or Longfellow, MLK or Chechov… oh my. There will be a small, 5×5 or 5×7, there abouts, original oil painting posted here often, and it will be offered for sale on ebay with a base price of $100. You can subscribe to my list and get each offering in your email. What a deal, a piece of fine art and a giggle to start your day with. Woohoo! I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy doing them.
Thanks for stopping by. Tell your friends! I hope you will bookmark my blog and visit often. I promise to keep it interesting and lively. I invite you to post your comments any time. Just click on the title of the painting of the comments label under each piece. I look forward to hearing from you and making new friends.
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