Whiskey Row

Whiskey Row Pub – Jannette
oil on canvas
8×10

It only took me four months to keep my promise.

Liz and I stayed in Prescott, AZ over the Christmas holiday.We stayed at the Hotel St Michael, at the very beginning of Whiskey Row. Continue reading “Whiskey Row”

Drunkards and Defectors

Getting ready. May 3 seems so far away. I have less than two weeks to wrap up my painting, frame, wire, pack and ship my paintings and 3-dimensional sculptures for my first exhibition in quite some time.

The postcard has been finalized and approved. It will be good to get back to New Jersey for a few days, if only because I know it is only for a few days. Continue reading “Drunkards and Defectors”

Drunkards and Defectors

This is the postcard for our joint exhibit in May. We each will have at least 25 works on display.

The bulk of my show will be my American Bar series, all new and never before shown paintings.

I also will have my Desert Detritus clocks in the show, and possibly some purely abstract pieces.

The Drift Inn

The Drift Inn

Oil on canvas

Finally complete. The Drift Inn is one of my favorite haunts in Globe, Arizona. Dive bar, biker bar, local hangout, it has the best of everything.

Even at high noon the bar is dark inside. Residents of the local rez play pool. Southern rock or honkytonk country plays on the jukebox.

The Bloody Marys kick ass, or at least attempt to kick the previous night’s hangover. The hamburgers rate with those of any bar kitchen.

This painting will certainly be in the Drunks and Defectors exhibit in May.

Abstract Thoughts

Untitled as of yet

Oil on Canvas

Yet another nighttime stint in the studio, fueled by possibly too much Jameson.

There is a representational base underneath the layers of paint.  If you can figure it out, please tell me.

 

 

Night Drinking

Night Drinking

Liz Nicklus and I finally named the joint exhibit at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ this coming May.

Drunks and Defectors.

I have 15 bar-series paintings completed, and 3 more in the works. I have 5 abstracts that I am still debating on whether to include or not. I have 5 Desert Detritus clocks, and hope to build a few more.

 

 

Abstraction

Abstraction

Every now and then I have to  go into the studio late at night, clear my head, and just lay down paint on canvas.

I have plan, no agenda, no preconception. My abstractions are generally not pure abstract pieces, they usually have a basis in representational painting, albeit quite tenuous.

This abstraction is based on Lucky Strikes bar around the corner from me. Many a night I have left the pub and it looked quite like this through my alcohol tinged eyes.

In the studio

On Christmas break from work; don’t return until January 2. I spent some time in the studio getting it into shape to for working.

I removed two obsolete fluorescent fixtures and installed daylight LED lights. There is still a lot of clutter to be straightened up but I am at least able to reach the easels.

I worked on two paintings that I had started earlier in the year, before the summer heat kicked me out of the studio. Continue reading “In the studio”

Plane wasted

Plane wasted
oil on canvas

One of my larger paintings done at 3AM.

Sometimes a painting does not have to have a meaning. I paint because I have a compulsion to paint. I use whatever is laying around the house… in this case a bottle of bourbon I was drinking and an antique plane from my collection of old tools. I am an old tool, so it is only fitting I collect old tools.

 

Captain Tony’s

Captain Tony’s

oil on canvas

In Key West, I have three favorite bars. The Green Parrot is number one, when I am there they charge me local’s prices, because I act like a local, not a tourist. If I could live anywhere in the world, Key West would be my first choice. My liver would not survive.

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