Seagrams 7

I was downtown with the inclination to paint some landscape, but wasn't really feeling excited about anything. I came home at 2pm and decided to paint another old Playboy ad. Maybe the colors and the marina in San Diego made me excited to paint another sailboat scene. Splash into summer with Seagram's 7! oil on canvas, 24 by 24

I'm on Cloth Paper Scissor's website!

One of my "Tea Party" inspired pieces is now on Cloth Paper Scissors website. I should have a second piece in the upcoming January/February issue too. I have a subscription to the magazine though I haven't gotten my copy yet. It's supposed to be on new stands January 6th though the subscribers usually get theirs first. Has anyone gotten theirs yet? I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. :)

Here's the link to the website:


San Diego

I was with family in San Diego for Christmas and, of course, brought my painting supplies! The weather forecasters were predicting rain rain rain but fortunately they were wrong. I went out with my mom Tuesday and Friday and the light was PERFECT!! Cool and clear. The first painting is of La Jolla (oil on canvas, 28 by 22). Off Prospect St we went to the balcony of a restaurant that was closed and got this amazing vantage point from high up! The restaurant workers were coming back and forth, but they didn't seem to mind me working there, I think it was entertainment for their smoke-breaks. Then on Sunday I wanted to go into downtown San Diego and find something to paint. We ended up on Coronado Island. I wanted to find a nice shot of the Hotel del Coronado, but they've built so many unsightly outlying structures which block the main building that there's not a good view from the street anymore! Too bad... But this outlying building on the marina, built one year before the Hotel, had the same flavor of the main structure but to me was much more picturesque (oil on canvas, 30 by 24). Also here's a composite shot of the work in progress (starting upper left going clockwise): as you can see from the early pictures there is a failure underneath the current painting, un urban landscape of Tune-Up Masters in the Valley... it's good practice from time to time to paint over failed paintings because it's easier to dominate them! They suck! and so you are easily able to paint all over them as quickly as possible and thus GET TO THE POINT! ^_^

Alpha Stamps Giveaways!

Every morning, now through January 4th Alpha Stamps will be offering a give away package of their awesome products! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on their blog. Click on the link above to go check it out! :)

I got sucked into the vortex!

Since Jared and I just got his and her's iphones. (His is black and mine is white.) I have recently been sucked onto Facebook and Twitter which are really cool on the iphone. I know, I know... just one more thing to keep me from making art. :P The programs are based on Status updates, especially Twitter. It has been really fun to see what Micheal DeMeng is working on and when Claudine Hellmuth is out walking her dog. I've also been able to reconnect with some long lost friends. So anyway, if you guys are interested, hit me up and add me as a friend so you too will know when I'm doing lame things like cleaning the house. (today's status) hehe



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the Hive at the Mountain Bar

On Saturday the 13th, the Hive artists were invited to do their thing at the Mountain Bar in Chinatown downtown Los Angeles; I did a few drawings and this was my favorite. I have a lot of fun sketching in bars! There's always such a pulse and flux of humanity. When you draw from life you have to go with the flow... it's such fun to try and capture a simple slice of life!

update Sunday the 21st: I figure why not just change the image as the painting progresses rather than waste blog space with new posts? I put more color on the painting today with a little more concern for the composition, but still very rough and working from memory. The person in the front right has changed hair and position and now I definitely want someone in the left foreground... Here's another superimposed image.

update Saturday the 20th: I've started a 30 by 40 painting based on the scene. So far it's just color splashed here and there. The image here is the underpainting and original drawing superimposed in photoshop. The original drawing is a little narrower than the canvas I have, but I think it'll actually help the composition! It's a fun way to start a painting and a good way to move forward on it.

painting at the art walk

I was out with Mr. Let's Paint TV for some nighttime street painting at the Art Walk! Here's some video of John in full effect... and here's the painting I did on the corner of 5th and Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. oil on canvas, 36 by 18

Joggles Class bird journal for sale

I've had a few people ask about the journal I used in my recent Joggles "Altered Journal" class so I have decided to put it up for auction on Ebay. This is a great chance to see all of the texture and detail up close and in person. :)

If you missed out on the class this time around don't worry I will be offering it again in the new year!

Here's the auction link:

Thanks for all your support!



"Spring & Wooster street - SOHO"

24"x35" oil on linen.
This is my biggest painting so far. I spent the better part of last month working on it. I’m happy I painted it and I am pleased with the outcome.
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"Seaport - NYC"


Oil on canvas

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"Broome street No.2"

24"x32" oil on canvas

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"Greene Street - SOHO NYC"


oil on canvas

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marlboro lights

Here's an especially sloppy painting of a Marlboro ad from 1983. I was particularly into the predominantly cool colors and tried to keep it really messy... it needs a few fixes here and there but it's close to feeling 'done'! oil on canvas, 24 by 36.


...................................... SOLD
Oil on linen.

Light my Lucky

Here's a Lucky Strike ad from 1985. oil on canvas, 36 by 24

Altered Journal

I just finished another journal yesterday. This one is going to be a Christmas gift for someone special. I wonder who it could be???
The pictures came out kinda crappy. It's gloomy outside so the light wasn't great. It is SO much prettier in person.

A Few More Christmas Cards

Here's a few more cards I finished yesterday:

And for those of you who asked, here's the link to where I found these awesome envelopes. :)

Black Velvet

Here's an ad from 1985. Touchin' Velvet! oh yeah. oil on canvas, 36 by 24

Christmas Cards

Hey guys,

I've been busy working on a few Christmas cards for family that were inspired by these cool red string tie envelopes I found and I thought I would share them with you.

Kinda a weird thing to be inspired by right? LOL I just love string tie envelopes. I don't know why but I think there's something really romantic about them. So anyway, of course I had to scoop them up and make some pretty cards to fit inside. These are one sided mini collaged cards done on Watercolor paper. I have written Christmas messages on the back.

Hope everyone is enjoying the season!



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