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Alchemy Audio Pedals

This will be my 3rd year creating a poster for Alchemy Audio’s upcoming event, Gear Swap, this April.  They are a local Chicago company that builds, repairs, and modifies electric guitar pedals.  Great people to work with and they have an incredible list of clients from Wilco to Lucinda Williams.  Check them out at alchemy-audio.com

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Bog Swimmers

Inspiration from a real live bog and Henri Matisse’s , ‘Dancers’.

The Bog

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Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright

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Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies,
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? and what dread feet?

What the hammer? What the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

-William Blake, Songs of Experience 1794

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Never Meant To Last

I burned it all because I could not obtain it

Then after seeing what I had done

Wished I did more to save it

“Never Meant To Last”. 24″x36″. Acrylic on canvas.

NEVER MEANT TO LAST

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CHICAGO

CHICAGO

50″x50″. Acrylic on canvas. SOLD.*prints available upon request.

City Night Lights #11

Hog Butcher for the World,
   Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
   Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
   Stormy, husky, brawling,
   City of the Big Shoulders:
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
   Bareheaded,
   Shoveling,
   Wrecking,
   Planning,
   Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
                   Laughing!
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.
-Carl Sandburg
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The King & I

 

“The King & I”. 20″x20″ on wood veneer with paint, charcoal, paper collage.The King and I

Let’s storm the castle

the seasons are changing

the wind’s to our backs

there’s no hesitating

Let’s storm the castle

the path is all clear

nothing here lasts

no time for fear

Let’s storm the castle

you must go it alone

my time has passed

We’re all on our own

 

 

 

 

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Garbage IN, Garbage OUT

A name is just a name

We’re all the same from whence we came

From a sprouting bud to shiny toy

It is all but a fleeting joy

Seasons changes, mind’s erased

Nature desires a new taste

mesmerizing round about

Garbage in and garbage out

“Garbage In Garbage Out.” 16″x20″ acrylic on canvas.

Garbage In Garbage Out

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The Waiting Room

The surreal window view of a world in constant transition

unfolding in front of you

while the powers that be grant you a moment to observe

with a cup of coffee

“Waiting Room”. 36″x24″. Acrylic on Canvas.SOLD.*prints available upon request.

waiting room

 

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Where wild things go

“Wild Things Go”. 24″x36″. acrylic on stretched canvas.

Wild Things Go

She stepped out into the moonlight

To shower in its glow

But she could feel somebody watching

And retreated into the forest

Where all the wild things go

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Keep Your Feet Off The Ground


Keep Your Feet Off The Ground

step left

step right

keep the balance with your feet

flap flap flap

till it lifts you off your seat

you don’t know

and I don’t know

so we both go with the flow

this thing will only fly

when we learn to let go

 

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Eugene Dietzgen

Born in Germany, at an early age Eugene was he taken by his father and brought back to Russia to learn the family trade of tannery. After returning to Germany, he would soon leave again, this time to America to escape the kaisers military draft. He first went to New York City before settling in Chicago to start the Eugene Dietzgen Drafting Company.  He was heavily influenced by one of is fathers favorite philosophers, Karl Marx.

A friend of mine’s grandfather worked at the company and I was asked to make a painting for his daughter. It’s located in Lincoln Park near DePaul.

18″x 24″ acrylic on canvas. Eugene Dietzgen Co.

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MIKE’S BIKES

img_0849Finished the gas tank for the new bike Mike is building (You don’t know Mike? You should. He builds bikes.)  Inspired by the movie “Hardware” and the Public Image Limited song, “This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get”.  Some how a burning city landscape seemed fitting. Looking to do something on the rear fender next.

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Stencil artwork I did for Mike’s last bike.

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