Cover for new Novel

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B.K. Wright's new novel "Dare to Love" is out and features my painting "Holy Trinity" on the cover. So cool!  Having been inspired, when I was a kid, by the bold illustrated covers on fantasy, sci-fi, and romance paperbacks at the drugstore. It's always a thrill to see my own work on one. That's also why I like to get a hard copy, rather than just an ebook. You can get either, the hard copy or ebook now at Amazon

New Original & Prints: "Never a Dark Night"

“In a city that never sleeps, the teaming chaos ensures that for a chivalrous few, there is never a dark night.”
 

Now through April 16 (EDT) get 15% off this and all prints as part of my Mud Season Sale. Just use code DIRTY at checkout!

Never a Dark Night
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18" x 23¾" (46 cm x 60 cm) pastel on pastel paper

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On the Drawing Board: Twisted Torso

Here's just a quick peek at my latest work. Which got me to thinking that anyone who spends anytime looking at art of the male nude will quickly recognize the prevalence of various 'twisted torso' poses in the genre. You know the ones, the strategic positions and angles designed to hide the genitals. While I have no problem showing full frontals, I do still debate on certain pieces whether or not to show the jewels. Though often it's not a matter of keeping a PG rating or about modesty, it's trying to decide if I want to paint the front or a butt. 

Naming Contest for new painting.

Win a limited edition studio print of my newest work and bragging rights for naming it!

Submit a title for this painting, and if I like your suggestion the best - you win! 

Often great minds think a like so if I get multiple entries of the title I select, the winner will be whoever submitted it first. (Submission forms are time stamped.)

THE NAMING CONTEST HAS ENDED.

Thanks everyone for participating!

A Brief Encounter
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18" x 24" (46 cm x 60 cm) pastel on pastel paper

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Gallery takes down 'naked nymphs' painting.

 "Hylas and the Nymphs" by John William Waterhouse

"Hylas and the Nymphs" by John William Waterhouse

Manchester Art Gallery has removed the above painting from its walls as well as postcards of it from their shop. The reason given is to ponder whether images such as this erotic Victorian fantasy are unsuitable and offensive in the 'current climate' of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements.  See the article at TheGuardian.com.

Personally I don't see a connection between naked nymphs tempting a young man to his doom in a classical painting with sexual assault. I also wouldn't even call this 'erotic' but that's the term used in The Guardian article. 

The removal itself is an artistic act and will feature in a solo show by the artist Sonia Boyce which opens in March.
— theguardian.com

I also don't see this as an 'artistic act'. A publicity stunt? Sure. An attempt to exploit another artist's work for her own gain? Perhaps. 

I always thought art is an expression of an artist and a reflection of a culture and time. Should we being applying filters to our own history? Even if something is now considered offensive, do we learn from the past if we distort and whitewash the past? How do we teach art history if that history is edited?

2018's First New Painting

A fresh brewed start to the new year!

New release pricing on the original and prints now through Tuesday 1/16.

Wake
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17¾" x 23¾" (46 cm x 60 cm) pastel on pastel paper

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New Original & Prints: "Kansas"

When you're different it can be hard growing up in a place like rural Kansas. So, until you're old enough to run off to the big metropolis, you can hopefully find someone to have a little fun with in the cornfields, like Clark and Lex did.

The new release pricing for the original and prints of Kansas will last through Tuesday 12/19. 

UPDATE: The original has sold.

Kansas
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24¼" x 18¼" (46 cm x 62 cm) pastel on pastel paper

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On The Drawing Board: Cornfields and Krypton?

Hey, it's a work in progress update. It's been quite a few weeks since I've been at the drawing board, with Thanksgiving and shipping out orders (I'm not complaining! Thank YOU!). But it's nice to spend a few hours and feel like an artist again. 

I'm going for a mid-westerner look for this duo. So why not a guy with the classic 'Superman' look (I know, Superman is originally from Krypton), and a guy with a slight Germanic look since many German immigrants settled in the northern central US. Just curious, is Lex Luthor German? 

Who's next?

I used to do my paintings one at a time from start to finish, from idea to completion then move on to the next. I think, in part, that was because I would occasionally develop an idea and then abandon it for some reason and never go back to it. But in the last couple years there's been a shift in my modus operandi. Rather than work in a linear fashion, I sometimes work in batches. If I'm in 'idea' mood (or mode) I'll work on developing a few at a time. This way, when I'm in a painting mood I'll have some things ready to go. I've also learned to be okay with spending time on an idea and it not becoming a finished painting, or at least, not right away. 

Here is a batch of ideas that I've recently been working on, my Christmas painting, "The Winter Spirit" was also in this batch. Which one will be next? Will all of them become finished works? I don't even know the answer.  Stay tuned!