Wednesday, December 23, 2009

More Playing with Corel and Wacom Tablet


Had a great scratchboard demo at Jerry's Artarama here in Austin this past Saturday. I even started a few new ones. Will post progress on those later. Today I'm putting up yet another of my exercises of playing around with Corel software and a Wacom tablet on some of the vintage photos I've collected. Just trying out some different things to see what new direction it might take me in. Blue Genie Art Bazaar ends tomorrow evening. I hope to tear down and get out of there so I can pack up to travel on Xmas day to visit friends in Missouri. Also hoping the 'main event' of the stormy weather doesn't prevent my driving up there. We'll see. Happy Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


...hear me bark!  This is a 5"x7" scratchboard from Ampersand Art.  I used some acrylic paint on the eyes and tongue.  I'll be teaching a free scratchboard demo at Jerrys's Artarama this Saturday (Dec. 19th) from 12-3pm.  Jerry's is located at 6010 N IH 35, Exit 238A Austin. This is an example of salvaging something that originally did not work for me.  I didn't like the initial line drawing and almost threw it out.  Now it is my current favorite piece.

This piece (and others)  is available for $100.00 from Wally Workman Gallery here in Austin
Blue Genie Art Bazaar continues until Christmas eve.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Playing with Corel Paint

I've started to play around with my Corel Paint software.  This is a vintage photo from an album I bought in El Paso a few years ago.  I know it was taken in the early 1900's and this gal is out in the middle of nowhere with this great coat.  I love the tilt of her head and the straight on into the camera look.  I have no idea who she is unfortunately.  I've done a scratchdrawing of her based on this photo.  And this is just me learning to use the Wacom tablet and software.  I'm needing a change of direction art wise.  I will of course continue with the scratchboard and assemblage, but you know how it is....time to shift for awhile.  I'm still at Blue Genie Art Bazaar until Xmas eve .  Group show at Wally Workman in Austin  and Dahlia Woods Gallery in Dallas

Monday, December 7, 2009

God, Guns, & Guts

I know this isn't a scratchboard drawing, but I wanted to put it out there anyway.  I did this collage a few years ago when I was doing an illustration for a magazine article about 'Cowboy Church'.  Needless to say, this was not what was used for the article.  The editor told me 'what ever you do, don't do a 'Cowboy Jesus'.  But if you do one I'll buy it from you!'  So I put this collage together and sold him a scratchboard version.  I've been doing a limited edition of 25 of these as prints that I then hand color and frame. I call it, 'God, Guns, & Guts'. Think of it what you will.  My theory is, that if the belief is that we are made in the image of god...well, I sure see a lot of folks who look or think like this. So there you go.  They are available at Blue Genie Art Bazaar until Xmas eve.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Drunk Monkey

Oh drunk monkey!  How I do not miss those days of being so blasted drunk, slammed down on the bathroom floor, wanting to die!  This is a 'retired' linoleum block that I won't do any more prints with, that I framed and mounted in a handmade frame.  It's on the wall at Blue Genie Art Bazaar waiting for someone to buy it. And I'm here today, not a drunk any more.  So grateful for that!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Blue Genie Art Bazaar 2009

Blue Genie Art Bazaar 2009 has begun!  Open daily from 10-9 and later on weekends.  Check it out at   This is a photo of my booth for Blue Genie is all set up at the Monarch Event Center N. I-35 here in Austin, TX.  Lots of moderate priced original scratchboards, beadboard boxes and magnets,magnets, magnets mania!  It's a great shopping experience with lots of cool artists work.