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A Midwesterner in the Desert

img_9141-1img_9144Last year I went to visit my sister in Tucson, AZ.  I had never been to the desert before.  My first hike was a solo trip into Saguaro National Park on the Sendero Esperanza trail.  The terrain seemed extraterrestrial.  I meandered from flora to fauna, paying close attention to this new world. I moved slow in the heat. I saw birds fly in and out of holes in giant cacti.  Lizards sprinted across the trail. The ground was red, covered with beautiful, sharp rocks.  Everything I passed had spikes on its ends.  The sun was unavoidable. I enjoyed the desert very much!

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Let It Be Forgotten

WINTER FIRE

“Let It Be Forgotten”

by Sarah Teasdale

Let it be forgotten, as a flower is forgotten,
   Forgotten as a fire that once was singing gold,
Let it be forgotten for ever and ever,
   Time is a kind friend, he will make us old.
  
If anyone asks, say it was forgotten
   Long and long ago,
As a flower, as a fire, as a hushed footfall
   In a long forgotten snow.

 

Sara Trevor Teasdale was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1884. She is the author of Love Songs (The Macmillan Company, 1917), winner of the Columbia University Poetry Society Prize (which later became the Pulitzer Prize for poetry) and the Poetry Society of America Prize. She died in 1933.

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Phantom Limbs

PHANTOM LIMBS

24″x36″ acrylic on stretched canvas. SOLD.Phantom_Limb

I came across some beautiful sections of a Maple tree lying next to the curb on my way home.  I did not know the reason the tree was cut down.  Looked like a healthy tree from the parts I examined.  I decided to bring a few sections with me to help restore a new purpose to a life put out to pasture.  Is a life worth more with years of experience and knowledge it has gained? Anyway, it sucks getting old, and this tree was old.  I imagined what these limbs thought of as they lie on the curb next to each other

– all discombobulated and out of order.

 

 

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MONSTER SLAYER RETURNS!

The adventures of Ava the Monster Slayer are set to continue this fall with the release of Ava the Monster Slayer in Cousin Power”, published by Sky Pony Press and distributed through Simon & Schuster. For the sequel, Lisa and I decided to follow a comic book style format in hopes that Ava the Monster Slayer can be the gateway that leads young readers deeper into the realm of comic books! With the introduction of Ava’s cousin, Sophia, the girls share the horror and courage of taking their stuffed animals back from the scary woodland monsters that surround them while away at camp.  This was another fun project to work on with Lisa!  I hope you enjoy!

 

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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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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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Living Spaces

As fast as summer goes, time was found to enjoy the weather and finish some commissioned works, make some art for friends and family, and I was fortunate enough to sell one of my favorite paintings . I know it’s in good hands in it’s new home in New Orleans! Bittersweet such is the end of summer!

“LIVING SPACES”. 55″x55″ acrylic on stretched canvas and reclaimed wood frame.

LIVING SPACES

Happy owners!

“LIVING SPACES” in it’s new home!