Gathering of Souls

‘Gathering of Souls’: People once believed that when someone dies in battle, a raven flies at dusk to carry their soul to the land of the dead.

This is a rescue painting. Originally it was going to be a geometric design based on the Old Futhark rune for prosperity, which looks like an angular version of those ‘support x’ magnets you see on the back of cars. It would have been entitled “The Tree of Othala”, which is the name of the rune.

Unfortunately, I’m not Cezanne and kind of messed up; so I went in another direction.
I can do better but I wanted to show that not everything we do as artists is that great. Still, I’m curious as to thoughts on it?

Castle’s Fall

Nestled in the hills overlooking the sleepy valley, the Sandmen of Castle Dream-guard keep watch on the distance.  For in the far-off mists the armies of the nightmare realm gather for their nefarious purposes.

The castle is modeled on my favorite, Lichtenstein Castle.

Spray Paint and Acrylic on Canvas, 18 x 24.  Unframed. Available for purchase here.


Harvest Knights

“Harvest Knights” Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas, 18 x 24. Deep in the night, under the blood moon a pair of knights rush along a deserted road, past ruins of long forgotten folk towards an urgent engagement. At least that’s the idea. The skills never match the concept.



$100 Dollar Giveaway

How would you like to get a code for $100 dollars off a unique piece of art from an up and coming artist?  All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter at the following link:

My promise, I’ll send you a monthly round-up (beginning September) of all the art I’ve accomplished and any news that’s going on this art world.  That’s one email – no spam, no wondering how your email ended up with ‘Better Igloos and Frost Patches’.

On my birthday, in the month of the Scorpion, I will select one person randomly (I have a random number generator) to receive the code for $100 off any work on my site. Unfortunately, I will have to send that person two emails in the month – mea culpa.

I hope you take advantage of this. It’s going to be a good time all around. Share with your friends and your enemies – everyone loves art.

Rites of Spring

Deep in the night as the vernal equinox reaches its apex; while the moon blankets the land in cold light; the sleeping children of Nature stir.  The trees begin the dance of awakening, twisting and undulating in reverent celebration.  Their movement coaxes the Earth Mother to coalescence; like the creation of a galaxy, swirling, spinning, concentrating the forces of life against those of decay. The first buds begin to bloom, a supernova of light their birth cry – Spring has arrived.

That was the thought.  I’m fascinated with the pagan past of humanity, wrapped in rich mysticism which is completely the opposite of the modern fascination with the cold facts of science.  This interest is reflected in this painting.

P.S. There are no people in the painting.

The painting itself is a mix of spray paint and acrylic brushwork.  It is flawed, at least I see the big flaw, but until I figure out how to fix it without destroying the composition, I guess its finished.  The dimensions are 18 x 24. It’s for sale at $200 plus shipping (should be about $20, I’ll pick up anything above that).


Experimental Conclusion

The experiment is over. I have to charge again for the art. Not exorbitant amounts or anything, but enough to cover supplies / shipping and a little something for the effort.

Those happy few that took advantage of the experiment, thanks! I still think as an aesthetic investment they will be worth something to your children’s children. There’s a masterpiece coming at some point and, like all the greats (for reference only – totally not putting myself in their category), the crap art will become as valuable as the Mona Lisa’s and Starry Nights.

Back to my Roots

I usually can’t sleep at night, so I took the pre-dawn hours and cleaned my garage in order to set up a spray paint booth. It’s much more sophisticated than what I was using when I started (and easier on the back). I even did a doodle to test it out. I know it’s not my standard work, but it is a doodle. 

My plan is to mix the spray paint and brush techniques I’ve been using over the last several years and bring them to coalescence.

How Does Free Sound?

I’ve been thinking about it for a hot minute and I am going to try a new pricing structure – bear with me.  What I’m proposing is to not accept money for the work itself; rather, those who like a particular piece of art (any I have available and unspoken for) can submit an entry of how the work speaks to them and why they want to give that particular piece a home.

The link is here:

I have two sites, a .com and .biz, don’t let it concern you. WordPress doesn’t support e-commerce (yet) so I had to get another site.

At the same time, like software developers of freeware, like, or other tools, I propose to add a donation link on the website to allow people to donate to the cause, i.e. things like supplies and so forth.  The link to donate can be found here:

For the person who most connects and gets the painting desired, there are only three things I ask:

  1. It never ends up in the local landfill or gathering dust in an attic.  This means if you tire of the work, you’ll find a home for it.
  2. Spread the word on Social Media and your friends about my work. After all, the more people I’ve made happy, the better.
  3. I would love help with the shipping costs. Right now, I can’t do international, it’s too expensive. With donations, I can do it.

Now, I’m not saying there’s not benefits in it for me. The main one is that my body of work doesn’t sit in boxes around the house.  I’d rather people enjoy them.

The Murder

This one comes straight from depression.  I call it ‘The Murder’, if you know your object quantifiers, you’ll figure it out.  It’s a combination #spray #paint and #acrylic brushwork on #canvas.  It’s also part of my #light series.  I think I’ll probably go back and do some touch-ups. The camera didn’t catch the depth of color; I regret that.

I would have gone with, ‘Crows Observe the Dawn’, but it didn’t have that echo to it. I was painting through a period of things not going my way. Music during the painting process was #Faun – particularly the song “Ero Escuro.”