Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Big Picture

This is a one of those paintings that while I was working on it I could imagine it being much larger, huh..? It's like this, all the elements in this picture; horse, ocean and clouds we associate with grandness, expansiveness, the mind opens up before a scene such as this. So..I kept thinking, this would probably work great on a much larger scale. Timothy commented once "you do small paintings that read like big ones", I know what he means. I often ask myself do these need to be huge?..maybe, maybe not.

Above: Trojan Horse, 16x14", oil on panel 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Illustrator Donald Moss

A good bit of the artists I admire (past and present) have spent a portion of their careers doing illustration work. Some like Edward Hopper looked down upon this period, never understood that. I admire great illustration, yes there is a different spirit involved but one that is no less enlightened or skilled than "gallery" painting.

While looking through those old SIs (see below) I came upon this spread by Donald Moss using Magritte as a template to illustrate a golf story. Donald worked at Sports Illustrated for over 30 years (50's-80's) and often used surrealistic/pop references in his illustrations, he was one of my favorites as a teen (uhh...duh).

Above: Donald Moss, SI June 11,1973, "Oakmont", Donald passed away last May, he was 90.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Super Bowl Betting

90 million dollars, that's the legal amount wagered on the Super Bowl today, add what gets put down in the office pools, between friends and with the local bookies and that number jumps to 8-9 billion $'s, that's a lot of scratch. Besides the score, you can also put money down on various "prop" bets, such as; The coin flip, heads or tails? What will Fergie wear for the halftime show? What color will the Gatorade be that gets dumped on the coach? Use your imagination, there's a bet for it. Me?? I am taking the Steelers and the points, (that Gatorade is going to be yellow).

What's a Super Bowl without Joe Namath?? lame. Here's "Joe Willie" pimping Dingo Boots, I wanted a pair of those so bad as a kid, had to settle for Hush Puppies "D-boots".

Above:I got a huge stack of SIs from the '70's, spent some time with them yesterday, Joe's pants look like they were made out of a bath mat, I want one!