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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Day of the Dead Distraction

This is one of 9 ATCs I made for a Day of the Dead Trade. Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday, is November 1st and 2nd. It is a time to look back on our loved ones who have died.
Living loved ones may take a picnic to the cemetary and put things the deceased enjoyed in life on their graves. They may also create an ofrenda or altar and decorate it with a picture of the dead and things they liked.
Read more at:

Day of the Dead Family Fun

Day of the Dead Greetings

Day of the Dead In Vino

Day of the Dead Guiltless Pleasure

Day of the Dead Exercise

Day of the Dead Always Faithful

Day of the Dead Kickin It

Day of the Dead Self Portrait