Monthly Archives: June 2011

Return of the Beast

Oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

Titan arum

The Corpse Flower is freakishly large and smells bad, by all accounts. I haven’t seen or smelled one in real life. It is on my mind today, though, as it is extraordinarily phallic ┬áin appearance.

I came to a point today where the most logical next move was to add a penis to a particular painting. This is, after all, a show inspired by animus. For it to be entirely dickless would be strange. But the last time I showed a painting that included a penis- an ambiguous shape that MAY have been a penis, really- I annoyed a bunch of people at a church. The painting was hidden in a closet. So I hesitate.

In a compromise that some might call a pussy move – okay, now I’ve offended everyone I might know so thank gourd nobody reads this blog- I am thinking about letting phallic flowers stand in for penises. But it may too coy and smarmy and clever. I don’t know.

In the meantime, nothing large is finished but slow progress continues.




I have four weeks left to finish some big paintings for this show.

Progress in the studio is steady but slow. I am covered in paint and sweat. It isn’t pretty.

A little good news

One of my few favorite self-made paintings, “Step into My Parlor,” has been accepted into the 28th Annual All Colorado Art Show at the Curtis Arts & Humanities Center .

This is more important to me than it probably should be; I have a history of bad luck with juries, despite my good luck with interesting and lovely people who seem to come out of nowhere, are genuinely enthusiastic about my work and even buy it sometimes. I am always surprised – and thankful- when I get selected for a juried show.

“I’m tired of prices

I’m tired of waiting for something…”

Goose Egg

Oil on canvas, 5″ x 5″.

Small Painting Frenzy

In preparation for the Art Students League of Denver’s Summer Art Market, I’ve been finishing as many small paintings as possible.

“Spit in the Wind,” 10″ x 10″.

“First Flight,” 5″ x 5″.

“The Beast Bows,” 6″ x 6″.

“Summer Bride,” 5″ x 5″.

“Voice of Reason,” 5″ x 5″.

“The Storyteller,” 6″ x 6″.

“Mountain of Gief,” 5″ x 5″.

“Plenty of Fish,” 5″ x 5″.

“The Joker,” 5″ x 5″.

“Pupae,” 5″ x 5″.

I’ll be sharing booth # 24 with Claudia Roulier, one of my favorite artists in Denver.