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August 7, 2017 2:18 pm

This is a gift for a blacksmith friend of mine.  8 x 12 inches.


May 29, 2017 11:04 am


Here is a lamp made from transmission parts and a plexiglass lamp shade.  I airbrushed the dragon and made flames from alcohol ink.  This is sort of a fusion of steampunk and industrial chic design.


March 16, 2017 9:57 am


This is a multilayered painting of a hummingbird.  The bird (water based paint)and gold flower (urethane) are painted on glass.  On the back side of the glass I put alcohol ink, then a layer of clear resin, then another layer of alcohol ink. It is hard to appreciate the 3 dimensional result without seeing it in person.  I plan on painting additional images with this technique to see how I can develop it.


December 3, 2016 1:41 pm


This painting is an experiment.  I took illustration board and painted a crow with alcohol inks, all except the eye.  (Some of the alcohol ink was applied with an airbrush, some of it was dropped on or sponge painted.) Then I airbrushed the eye with water based airbrush paints to make it photorealistic.  Then I had Jeremy Kemp add the pin striping to get a different effect.  This will be for sale at ZaPow Gallery in Asheville, NC, in January 2017.


November 22, 2016 11:17 am


This is a moth on bark, painted in an iPad cover for a charity fundraiser.  We had a friend that worked in the IT field and received a number of free iPad covers.  The size is for the original iPad, not the mini or the newer larger size.  So I painted realistic bark that sort of matches the redwood trees, since we visited Yosemite this past summer and I remembered the prominent pattern of bark on the redwood trees.  I asked my wife to pick out any moth or butterfly that she liked and she chose this one from somewhere – I am not sure of the type of moth this is, but I am happy with the results.


September 19, 2016 9:41 am

I have had modest success with the painted vinyl records, and as I thought of some other old rock groups to highlight, I remembered a friend of mine who was a big Grateful Dead fan.  I never listened to their music, though I certainly am the right age group to be a fan.  Under my friend’s advice, on which of the several iconic images for the Grateful Dead that I might want to paint, I decided to go for the “skull and roses” album.  Of course it is changed a bit, including the spelling of Grateful changed to Grateful, but the image is unmistakably the famous band.



July 9, 2016 5:02 pm


My style has not tended towards flowers, but anything for charity.  Here are 3 examples of flowers painted with alcohol inks.  These inks are fascinating and fun to work with.  No photorealism, but more impressionistic and abstract.  There is a sort of “just put it on there and see how it flows” approach, much different than the precision art that I am used to.  Of course, knowing a few tricks always helps as in these paintings, the final result looks more realistic than I would have imagined.


April 1, 2016 11:54 am


This piece is on illustration board.  It was painted with gray paint and lightly scratched.  A stencil was used to create the superman logo and the shading.  Practice pieces like this, painted at a workshop last year, add to my skill set when I need to simulate metal in future paintings.


January 21, 2016 10:59 am



Pinstripe artist Jeremy Kemp is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  This is art as a gift, but instead of me painting something for a friend, this was a Christmas gift to me from my family for Christmas, 2015.  I had seen Jeremy’s work and really wanted a panel by him for my small art collection.  Incredibly creative.  You can find him on Facebook.


November 8, 2015 11:56 pm


This painting is 16 inches by 20 inches. This was painted as a gift for a friend who is a blacksmith in Greenville, SC. He had helped my son on a school project that involved blacksmithing. This painting is based on Mr. Calloway’s business card. We see an iron sign attached to wood boards. This was a opportunity for me to try creating realistic wood and metal. The metal has a little bit of rust on it.


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