Finally, I got into a competition thing. Yay. I'm excited to have this painting, "Albino Chameleon & Bee", published in the upcoming Spectrum"The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art" which comes out sometime this fall.
Some of the other artists who will also be in there I greatly admire (Leo & Diane Dillon, Kinuko Y Craft, Anita Kunz, also Travis Louie who paints amazing chicken people) so I'm stoked.
…the meaning of the colorful circles in a lot of his paintings.
“Those are McGurty discs,” Lee replied…”Yes, McGurty discs. Philip McGurty made them years ago. You still run across them once in a while out in the country where I come from…McGurty was a farmer who lived a few miles from here. He had a hill farm. Hill farms are hard to work, but he was a good farmer and a hard worker, and he made it pay. But besides being a good farmer and hard worker, McGurty had a soul, he loved color, too, and would speak about the sunlight on a field of ripe wheat and the color of the wet ground when it’s first turned in the spring…
“On warm summer evenings he would sit on his stoop and watch the setting sun as it hit the top of a hill across the valley, and he would feel badly when it got dark and the bright colors had faded into night.
“He wished there was more color yet in the fields and hills and trees, and he thought, ‘There is a way to get it there.’
“McGurty’s first move was to get some old boards which he cut into various size circles. These he painted in bright colors. Reds and yellows mostly, because they would stand out better against the background of a green trunk or a dark hill. He took the wooden discs and nailed them around on trees and fence posts. When he sat on the stoop in the setting sun, they glowed and he was happy with the work he had done.”
On different occasions Lee would vary the story. In another version a windstorm toppled an old straight oak tree on McGurty’s farmyard. The straight trunk gave McGurty an idea and he began sawing the tree into slices. Before long, there were many new yellow, red, blue and orange discs scattered around the farm. Strangely enough, one of the tree slices took root and over the years grew into a full tree bearing hundreds of discs like seedpods.
An illustration commemorating the 2000th issue of the Georgia Straight. For the beauty queen I was inspired to use (and modify) none other than First Lady of Comedy, Ruth Buzzi. With her unique mixture of sassy pep and intriguing looks, she seemed the perfect embodiment of the venerable rag's oddball charm and durability.
I also used a subtle, yet eye-catching multi-coloured circle motif, which I've been doing a lot lately for reasons I cannot quite discern - oh well, the Clayton Brothers sprinkle multi-coloured circles on their Shreddies, so why the hell not?
Oh Goodie Gum Drops folks, it's what you've been holding your breath, salivating, quivering, and palpitating for all of these long difficult years. It's what you want. It's what you need. Yes, indeed, it is... the OTIS BLOG. The answer to all your prayers. Ian and I will be updating it regularly with new images, video clips and tales, as long as Otis provides us with entertainment, which could be for some time to come.
*Oh yeah, and if you know of any other cool dog blogs, let me know! I've looked for some but all I find is really scary ones that are about toy poodles and the like where the owner writes in the voice of the dog, like, "Today MOMMY took me to the groomers so I could get my pritty white fur poofed out and my nails painted and then MOMMY took me to Petco and bot me some new toyz and a new pink velvet skirt and booties and then MOMMY picked me up in her arms becuz we saw a BIG SCARY dog and I was afraid and I wee-wee'd on myself and then...."......
Ah, Easter. Once it's over, it's ok to start looking forward to Halloween again, so why not start off the countdown with a bang? An Easter casket is pretty easy to make, as you can see. (it's funnier if the box you cut up to make it is from some goth friendly place like Hot Topic). Cut out a coffin shape, then 6 pieces about 3 or 4 inches wide (depends on how deep you want it) to tape to the coffin bottom and ta-dah! Easter Casket!
Along with using a creepy box (which you will save from Halloween this year, now that you know), if you save some black grass and some rubber skellies you can easily spook out the kiddies. However if this is your first year with the E.C., have no fear. You can take out the pink and yellow jellybeans, leaving only black, green and purple...cut off the heads of the peeps and chocolate bunnies, load up the thing with gummy worms and licorice whips, and if you're really enterprising nothing says "the Easter Witch was here" like cupcakes decorated as eyeballs.