More Inspiration

My wife, son and I went to Stanford University's Cantor Museum of Visual Arts last weekend. Here are a few shots I took. The Gates of Hell was also at the Art Institute of Chicago where I attended art school. I saw the copy they had almost every day. Oh, Rodin oh course.

2:49 am

Back at the brush after a little hiccup namely being laid off.

Still, all steam ahead on the next work. "Liver Damage" I hope to have done in one week's time.

Something I never do. An "in progress" shot.



Philip Guston

"Torso Study"

Francis Bacon


I thought it was time I put down in words and images some of the things that have helped to develop the imagery of "Flesh and Blood."

Shortly before I started to truly get my teeth sunk deep into the flesh of this series, my wife, child and I went to the de Young Museum of Art in beautiful Golden Gate Park of San Francisco. We were signing up to become members. The place was packed with people because of the annual floral show where designers take the works in the collection and design floral arrangements inspired by them. I was hoping to get some spark of inspiration from their collection myself. I needed to find a vocabulary.

When passing by all the patrons buying tickets, I saw a stunningly beautiful women. Her arms had been amputated mid bicep with exposed bone protruding from the end of the tapered muscle. She was in a wheelchair and having a seemingly wonderful time with her friends. I found her perfect and transcendent. I wish I had introduced myself so that I could tell her how much she just touch me and my future work. But I did not. I passed by and it was but a second.
The other defining visual was when my father was visiting us from Chicago. We all went to FILOLI and in the gardens we came across some apple and pear trees that had been trellised. Metal polls were embedded into the flesh of the trees like arms.

At the beginning of all of this I used as a starting point my over looked "Torso Study" from the "Dark Works" series which was a direct take from Francis Bacon's "Study of the Human Body".
And before that was H.R. Giger, Philip Guston and the Masters.
Wrap all that around an aging, decaying body that I now find myself in and there you have the words with which I speak "Flesh and Blood."


"At the Altar of Needles"

2:08 am.

"At the Altar of Needles" just got to the point were it was dry enough to scan. I little reworking and now she can be part of "Flesh and Blood."

On another note, I have a possible solution to filling around 200 vials with my blood. Have to keep the work honest.


Angels of Death

Two sketches "Cancer" and "Liver Damage."



1:30 am Tonight's time in the studio consisted of harvesting flesh and sketching.


1:12 am

Just finished "At the Altar of Needles" (again).

The first finished ATAON (at the altar of needles) as my wife said, point blank...it was sort of..... vulgar. Huge gaping vagina and all. I took a step back and re-thought the piece. The end result was better, more complex and the flesh was, well, more fleshy. Might alter how I do the flesh in other works. That kind of "happy accident" is what many artists point to as a turning point in their work.


From Sketch to Paint

Although I have posted both images, I thought you may want to see what the process is to the creation of the works.

Hot F***ing HOT!

If you have been following this blog for awhile you may have noticed that I posted an image of "At the Altar of Needles" and then I pulled it.

I am now finishing the piece and all I can say is "much better." BTW, it is so FUC*INNG HOT in my studio I swear my paint was melting.


Latest Logo

Still working on it. This one is just a hint at a Sideshow banner.


First draft of F&B's Logo

Just completed the first draft of the F&B Logo. Which I would encourage you to use if you would like.


Ahh, My Kingdom for a Phlebotomist...

With a need to fill over 200 bottles with my own blood, a few pin pricks won't do the trick I am afraid. Yes, there are still 8 months to go but that is too many cuts, even for me...