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September 7, 2015 11:14 am

I will be moving on to some other projects, but wanted to paint one last vinyl record and send it to A.T. Hun gallery in Savannah, Georgia, where my other painted vinyl records are on display.  This is a steampunk record player.  I haven’t painted a steampunk theme in awhile, so this was a lot of fun.



July 14, 2015 2:58 pm



Another painted vinyl record that harks back to the 1970’s.  This is called “Stairway to Zeppelin” and ties back in to one of Led Zeppelin’s early album covers and also to their most famous song, “Stairway to Heaven.”


May 25, 2015 10:26 am


I am going to paint a few more vinyl records and this is the latest example. It is modeled after the famous album by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer called Brain Salad Surgery. That original album cover for ELP was painted by H.R. Giger. I have a few more such paintings planned; stay tuned.


April 22, 2015 10:19 am



This is a more traditional subject representing a sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean.  This will be donated to a charity for auction.  Most of the painting is airbrushed, but to save time I painted the leaves of the palm trees with a fine tipped brush.


March 2, 2015 8:32 pm

This is a painting I did at an art course that is meant to look like a piece of paper that has been taped to a wall. I am pleased with the results. Quite a few people have been fooled into thinking it was a real piece of paper and real masking tape.
I added the sentence “This is not a piece of paper” to remind people of a famous painting by Rene Magritte. He painted a pipe on a canvas (a smoking pipe) and painted a sentence, “This is not a pipe.” (He wrote it in French). His tongue in cheek point was that it was not a pipe, it was a painting of a pipe.



January 7, 2015 11:17 am

The artist, as he or she moves forward in their career, must constantly choose what to paint next.  Do you want to stay safe and only paint those things that you have experience in and have mastered to a large degree?  Or do you  want to try something different and push some boundaries even if you are not very successful?  You may end up with a painting that you are not able to offer for sale because it did not come out very good.  Such is the case with this latest effort by me.  I tried to paint a landscape that recreated downtown Greenville, SC and make it look like the Shire in Lord of the Rings.  Downtown Greenville  has a river with waterfall, called Falls Park.  It has a cool curved footbridge called Liberty Bridge.  You can google it and see images, comparing the actual site to my painting.  But the finished product falls flat, in my opinion.  There is something missing here, something that does not look right.  Whether I come back to this at a future date and work on it some more or not remains to be seen.  But this represents me trying something new that I have not done before, a landscape with a river and buildings that I made up out of my head.  There are always lessons learned that will be used in the next painting, even if this one stays in my basement.


.falls park 1


December 15, 2014 1:36 am

I haven’t graduated to the high end custom automotive world.  I probably never will.  My last blog showed an airbrushed t-shirt.  This entry shows another direction you can go with the airbrush.  Customizing golf carts.  I have a friend who sells golf carts so he gave me the opportunity to paint one.  This is the front shell removed from the cart.  The sides were finished with a similar theme of photorealistic flames going down the side.  Not a lot of deep meaning here.  Just fun



October 20, 2014 12:48 am

The airbrush is used mainly in the custom automotive and bike world, but most people have also seen it used to paint custom t-shirts.  As much as this may seem to be a rather unimportant corner of the art world, I look at it much differently.  I have taken an art class on t-shirt painting, and it is a lot harder than it looks.  The lettering takes immense skill.  And the t-shirt artist only gets one chance to get it right.  I have a lot of respect for these artists.  Here is a picture of an iron man t-shirt that I painted.


iron man


August 18, 2014 10:35 am

A local record and music store decided to have an art show where they would invite artists to paint anything they wanted on records that would then be put on sale and hung in the store for a few months.  I painted these two records, “Heavy Metal” and “The Light Side of the Moon.’  This was a new experience for me and it was a lot of fun.  It is a small canvas, so to speak, and you had to leave the center hole open for hanging, so you had to incorporate that to some degree, into your painting.




June 19, 2014 8:17 pm

Here is a project where I customized an airsoft gun with a steampunk like design.  The airbrush is well suited to customizing guns, helmets, skateboards, t-shirts, and other items.  This gun has a gauge on one side, a vent, and a skull logo wearing a gas mask.  Just the ticket for a young man to show off at the local airsoft arena.




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