Wednesday, February 13, 2008

2007 San Diego LGBT Pride Juried Exhibition Prize Recipients

Grand Prize

"The Sheppard Boy"

by Brad Ericson

First Place

"The Eyes Have It"

by Gary Dyak

Second Place

"Mission Valley Drummer"

by Mandy H.

Third Place

"folk fest"

by Briar Greenway

Honorable Mention

"The Swimmer"

by Thomas C. Tirado

Honorable Mention

"Room 413"

by P.J. Carlino

Honorable Mention

"The Transformative Trickster"

by Monica Bradley

We had thirty excellent entries and these are just a few of the exceptional pieces. Look for a Call for Entries for the 2008 Pride show.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Logo for Spring Renewal in Big Bear

An artistic creation has all sorts of stages of development. It is in one's mind and then on paper or in clay or in electronic blips and blops. We finally see our thought on the page. We get to hold it in our hands. We can leave and come back and it is still there. It gains a period in time.
I walked into the home of my friends, Willie and Dan's, house and there hung a walking stick I had carved several years before, many miles away. What a rush!
Now I will catch a glimpse of a tee shirt that has one of my logos on it. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I did it. I want to look at it a while and try to remember what I was thinking at the time.
When I opened my application email from the Mens Fellowship today one of those stages of one of my creations was looking back at me. I really wanted something "common" and "naive". These guys work hard to battle demons and find places of peace. I'm looking a lot at "real" faces and body types.
Thanks to the Men's Fellowship for this chance to put some of me out there.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dennis Long

This was a sketch I did of the artist Dennis Long. Dennis was the second artist to work on the Truax awards after Tim Grummon.

Dog Beach, New Years Day 2008

I was struck by the interactions of dogs and their people.

Military Instruction

Basic training has changed somewhat since the days of ancient Rome. The uniforms are more constrictive.
This statue is in a park facing the White House.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pumpkin Head Trick or Treat IF

This is an from an ATC series of new "Creepies" for Halloween.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


"Calaveras" is the Spanish word for "skull" and for "rake" (a person). Having drawn a few this month they take on a devil-may-care aspect for me. This and "Dream of God" are my "Stream of Conciousness" Drawing. I want the viewer's eyes to move across the images and pick up familiar bits and images.

detail from Dream of God

There is a sketch of this posted earlier. I just added ink lines to finish it.
It was inspired by a question, "Are we just a dream of God?"
You can see the original of this and "Calaveras" at the Ricardo Vela Gallery, 2923 Upas St., San Diego, CA through the month of November 2007.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Halloween Creeeeeeepers ATCs

Six of the ten of these I made are for a Havest/Halloween trade.
My concept was to create some original monsters and maniacs. Horror movies held a special place in the childhood of baby boomers. Except for Sci Fi, horror movies challenged our imaginations unlike any other genre.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Contrary Beings

This is a 12" x 12" beaded piece on fabric. It borrows several cultures.

In Vino

"In Vino Veritas" is Latin for "In Wine (is) Truth".

Green Ghosts

This was created for "Ghost", a Digital Illustration topic in October 2006. I recently posted it to a group and got a lot of positive feedback for it. Coming up to Dia de los Muertos and Hallows Eve, I think it is appropriate to ressurect it.

La Abuela

This is a graphite drawing I have donated to to a fundraiser for Christie's Place. Christie's is a drop-in center which provides support primarily to women and children affected by AIDS.
I based this on a drawing by Mary Cassatt. There is no other artist, whom I am aware of, who captured the subtle emotions of women and girls better than Cassatt.