Monday, October 24, 2011

Art Patronage Wanted -- UPDATE

Open Studio is rapidly approaching, and I have made some excellent progress toward being ready for it. I'm getting the last of my prints done in the next few days, finishing up paintings, etc. Thanks to your generous contributions, I have been able to check off almost everything on my list of Stuff To Do!

I do, however, have a few more additional expenses -- the biggest of which will probably be the car rental I need for Open Studio Weekend (Nov. 12-13). I will need the transportation from Friday afternoon/evening through Sunday night, not only to get myself there, but to bring all of my art along with me.

Any contributions that you can make for this fund would be really, deeply appreciated! I hope you can all come to the event as well, I would love to see you there! The opening reception for Open Studio is on Thursday, Nov. 3rd from 6-8 pm, and Open Studio Weekend is Nov. 12 & 13, from 11 am to 5 pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. Please check out this link for all of the event details!

Open Studio Hartford poster - 2011

If you are willing to make a small donation to my art cause, please follow this link:
You don't need a Paypal account to donate -- most major credit cards are accepted.

Thank you SO MUCH in advance!

Expenses Checklist Progress:
-- Business cards -- DONE!!
My business cards came in the mail today
-- Printing costs for art prints -- DONE!!
My first matted printFirst run of 8x10 prints (not yet mounted)
-- Mats and frames -- DONE!
-- Website costs -- DONE!!
-- More molding material to fill the other half of the Bunnyken casting (I underestimated and didn't buy enough the first time I ordered it) - DONE!!!
-- Plastic/resin or other materials for filling the finished mold
-- New folio to archive new drawings -- DONE!!
New folio, new goal

Sunday, October 23, 2011

8x10 Digital prints

First run of 8x10 prints (not yet mounted)

First run of 8x10 prints (not yet mounted)

High quality Digital photo art prints, mounted on acid-free foamboard.
Each work is limited to a print run of 50.
Hand-numbered and signed by the artist.
$25 per print (+ shipping), unmatted/unframed.
Dimensions: 8 in. X 10 in.
To inquire about a purchase, contact me here -

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Attn: Smartphone users -- BETA TESTERS WANTED - Help me prepare for Open Studio!

Open Studio 2011 is rapidly approaching, and I have been busy making preparations for everything. During Open Studio Weekend (Saturday & Sunday, 12 & 13 November, 2011 - 11 AM - 5 PM), I will have artwork for sale (original, one-of-a-kind pieces as well as prints, and more). 

Mostly, I figure I will be accepting cash -- HOWEVER, I thought of an idea that might just be crazy enough to work but I need help testing it! 

My bright idea was to give people the ability to make a payment or a donation via Paypal. I generated a QR code, which I will print out if this works, for people with Smartphones to scan. It will direct them to my Paypal page, which will enable them to pay using a credit/debit card or a Paypal account. Since I get my email sent to my phone, I should theoretically be able to get payment confirmation pretty much the instant their payment is sent.

But will it work...? Here's where I need your help! If you have a Smartphone and are willing to make a very small donation (even a few cents), please scan the barcode below to see if it takes you to my Paypal page. If it does, see if you can make a payment via your phone. I am not looking for big donations here, just a tiny amount to see if this idea of mine will actually work. 

NO PAYPAL ACCOUNT NEEDED TO MAKE A PAYMENT/DONATION! Paypal accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Any help you can all provide me with is HUGELY appreciated!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

New drawing

This Time No This Time No
Ballpoint pen and felt-tip marker on paper
Approx. 11 in. x 8.5 in.

"...And my head told my heart,
Let love grow;
But my heart told my head,
This time no
This time no..."
(Mumford & Sons, "Winter Winds")

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Open Studio 2011 Event Info

Open Studios Hartford 2011 - Be there!!

Hartford ArtSpace Gallery
555 Asylum St.
Hartford, Connecticut

Opening Reception: Thursday, 3rd November, 2011 - 6-8 PM

Open Studio Weekend: Saturday & Sunday, 12 & 13 November, 2011 - 11 AM - 5 PM

I am one of about 120+ artists who will be exhibiting work for this year's event, which is my FIRST Open Studio show (and probably the FIRST major show of my career)!

Opening Reception will feature my entry for the themed show Double Digits, and during Open Studio Weekend, I will have a selection of my art on display for sale, including original paintings, prints of my drawings, and more. There are TONS of other Hartford-area artists participating, too -- this is a GREAT opportunity to come out and show your support of local art and artists!

(For additional gallery hours, please check the main Open Studio page)

Open Studio Hartford main Facebook page:


My website:

If you are a fan of my art, please visit my fan page and 'Like' it!

Friday, October 14, 2011

New drawing

Finally, a new fucking drawing! Yeah.
Hey, you! Click on my Facebook page and hit the 'Like' button if you enjoy what I create. Do it.

Ballpoint pen and felt-tip marker on paper
Approx. 8.5 in. x 11 in.

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One of the things I like most about art, especially lately, is that I feel that in those moments of creation, I am in control, that have seized control of my universe, have directed my focus into this laserbeam of control...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I just came up with this weird metaphor for life as I was just sitting here drawing.

Not sure how many of you know how the process works when I draw in the style I've been using lately. Basically, it's all improvised. Of course, I do have recurring themes and imagery (the eye/s being the most obvious thing), but I start with some lines and just kind of see where it goes. I don't draw anything in pencil first. I allow that there will sometimes be mistakes and marks that I don't intend. I work those into the drawing and make it fit into it somehow. It's not all perfect and it isn't meant to be.

Anyway, as I was filling in some lines in this current drawing, I realized that possibly the key to surviving and thriving in this life is to kind of do the same thing. That life will throw random chaos at us. What we have to do is work it into place somehow. We have to catch what is thrust at us and shape it somehow to fit into the picture. It's our fucking destiny after all, isn't it? If we focus hard enough, we have more control than we know.

Or maybe I'm completely batshit crazy.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Breast cancer show controversy

The town's general manager has said no-no to "ta-tas." To promote breast cancer awareness, the Manchester Art Association planned to display painted and decorated mannequins in the town hall lobby. The "Paint the Ta Tas-Celebrating Life" exhibit features life-size plastic torsos covered with various designs and messages about the deadly disease. 
General Manager Scott Shanley said Monday that he supported the artists' message and their "amazing" creativity, but the issue for the town was whether people had a choice in viewing such an exhibit in a public space.
Read the rest of the article here.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Keith Olbermann reads the first collective statement of Occupy Wall Street

"As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.  
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.  
We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.  
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage. They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses. They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization. They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices. They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions. They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right. They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay. They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility. They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance. They have sold our privacy as a commodity. They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit. They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce. They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them. They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil. They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit. They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit. They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media. They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt. They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas. They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. 
To the people of the world, We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power. Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone. To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal. Join us and make your voices heard!"

I think I am going to have to label everything I ever do or say ever with this sign.

I think I am going to have to label everything I ever do or say ever with this sign.
 I should just put it on a t-shirt or lanyard, because, yeah. I suppose if I come into your life in some way, I owe it to you to at least warn you what you'll be getting.

Emotionally Explicit Content
Media: Original digital composition
Dimensions: Variable

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Manchester Art Association exhibit promotes breast cancer awareness

“Everyone has a story,” said Christiane O’Brien, president of the Manchester Art Association, when talking about the MAA’s current exhibit for breast cancer awareness, “Paint the Ta Tas,” on exhibit at Manchester Memorial Hospital and Manchester Town Hall through the end of the year. “Art and healing go together,” added O’Brien. Many hospitals now feature art exhibits to promote this connection.

MAA utilized Facebook to put a call out to all artists to participate in the exhibit, which was meant to promote breast cancer awareness and celebrate those touched by cancer. Thirty-five plastic torsos, 10 of which are in the male form, were given to the artists to create their own message. Other art media, such as painting, photography and mixed media, are also included in the show.

Read the rest of the article here.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten

Title: The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten
Year: 2011
Dimensions: approx. 18 in. X 26 in.
Media: Acrylic paint, cotton t-shirt, permanent marker, QR code on plastic mannequin torso.

This is my entry for "Paint the Ta Tas - Celebrating Life," a Breast Cancer Awareness art event in Manchester, CT (September 30th - December 1st, 2011).

Camp Lejeune, a U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp in North Carolina, was the site of one of the worst public drinking water contaminations in the nation’s history. Waters there were tainted with dangerous chemicals for 30 years, ending in 1987.

Chemicals found in the contaminated water included trichloroethylene (a degreaser), benzene, and perchloroethylene (also known as tetrachloroethylene, a dry cleaning solvent).

Extensive investigations are being undertaken to determine whether the contamination is linked to higher rates of cancer and other health problems among Marines/Naval personnel, dependent family members, and civilians who resided at or around Camp Lejeune. Those disorders include a significantly higher rate of male breast cancer.

The risk of breast cancer in men is much lower than in women. The lifetime risk of breast cancer in the United States is 1 in 1,000 for men, compared to 1 in 8 for women.

At least 20 male Marines from Camp Lejeune developed breast cancer. The average male breast cancer patient is over 70 years old; only one of the men was over 70 when diagnosed.

More information and links can be found here.

I will add more pictures and more information about the show, including details about the opening reception, soon.