Here’s a photo of a painting I did a long time ago while living in Walla Walla, WA. I gave it away to a friend of mine and she’s been dragging it around for over a decade. She sent me this photo. At one point a friend of mine started showing me how to use acrylics and oils in a basement and this is one of the best ones I produced. I’m glad it’s still out there. 90% of the paintings I’ve done are given away at random. Although I have an attic full of at least 30 paintings at this moment, I’m glad the majority of them are out there, somewhere, living their own lives.
This painting is very much inspired by the style of my teacher, Smokey Farris.
“Graffiti is in the hands of the graffiti writers. They are free, no one can say anything to them about what they do, and that’s the beauty of it. Graffiti will always be edgy. When it goes into the galleries, it’s a different thing. But when the kids hit the streets, it has a lot of power because it’s so bold and so free. It’s a feeling-crossing the line and taking risks in the name of creativity. There’s a lot of satisfaction in making something. It doesn’t have to be on a canvas or in a studio. It’s the itch that needs to get scratched.” -Craig Costello, from Juxtapoz Magazine, Aug 2011
I’ve put together the entire collection of my collages into book form. This is a project I’ve wanted to do for many years and I’m happy that it’s finally complete. The book is 55 pages bound in standard US trade paperback form. Perfect bound with cream interior and black and white exterior. The book is titled The Heaven Antenna: A Book of Collages and costs $7.95. It is also available for a lower price as a digital download.
Found an old collage I made some time ago. This is the last one I made before taking a break from collage art. It was stuffed in a drawer in my old house. I’m very surprised it survived. It’s called, “Loan Shark”.
I finally collected and posted the collages I’ve done in their respective section. It’s hard to see the detail unless you switch to Full Screen (FS) mode, but you get the idea. I didn’t realize there were 35 of them and I’m thinking of putting them into a book for no other reason than to have them in print somewhere. Flipping through the pages of the last 26 issues of Haggard and Halloo is much too time consuming.
Anyhow, website 99% complete.