I'm a cartoonist. I strip for a living... cartoon strips that is... I draw chuckles and silly situations for a living. Somehow, I get paid for this.
I try to find the funny side of life... write about it.... and then share. Humor is a powerful thing. N'est pas?
Cards and Postcards are underweigh… I have 2 scooter postcard designs to start (there will be more, of course). They are available at Sidestreet Arts (@ $2 each) to begin with and I will be expanding them into an upcoming online shop.
I have set up three greeting cards so far. The two “Jazz” cards correspond with my upcoming show at Sidestreet Arts. I will have brand new collages in “The New Member Spotlight Show” …all with a jazz theme. The cards are 5×7 and will retail for $4. Now that I have a template set up, I will add more cards to the rotation.
In regards to the e-commerce-ing… I am researching and weighing my options. There are 3 options that I am looking at: I have an Etsy shop I haven’t touched for some time; I have a Square account that offers an online mercantile; or I can put a simple shopping cart on this site. It’s no small decision and I am trying to decide which is best for me, my time, and my users. I live by the motto, “Keep is simple, Silly!”
I’ve been working away at the collaging. I’m finishing up the next batch of magnets for to sell. These are nearly ready for some varnish and a magnetic attachment. See one that you like? Email me through the contact info and I’ll set it aside for you. $10 plus shipping.
Sidestreet Arts knows how to party. Twice a month we bring treats and snackies to share, throw open our doors and invite folks in to gaze upon art, hobnob, and graze our delicious food offerings. Our second October Hobnob is this Sunday… Mimosa Sunday offers… well, you guessed it… Mimosas. Fun Starts at 11 am and goes until 2pm. First dozen guests get a special something!
Hey! I’ve got some new offerings available soon… Greeting cards and prints… and original art magnets, too! So keep your peepers peeled (here) for upcoming details.
It is Fall… and we are falling into the First Friday of Fall at Sidestreet Arts. As per usual, we are reception-izing on Friday, October 5th from 6-9 pm at the gallery. Delicious treats, adult beverages and hobnobbing served up cheerfully.
The October/November issue of Art-o-Rama has dropped. #37 has my illustrated guide to Autumn. It’s available now ($5 an issue plus a buck fifty for shipping). Contact me via email.
So much has happened since the last post. I’ve stepped away from the webcomics that have been a big part of my life for over a decade. I have immersed myself into my new gallery home, Sidestreet Arts. I bought a big ol’ printer for the “art purposes”… and I’ve picked up the scissors and glue for an upcoming split show.
The printer, a Canon Pixma Pro-100, is a beast of a machine… and I’m learning how to use it. Color tweaking… set up… it’s a little complicated. But I’ll get there… I plan to use the monster printer (which needs a name… like “Andre” or “Mungo” ) for card and print making purposes. With this new studio addition, I’ll be able to offer an economical alternative to original art works.
The November Show at Sidestreet Arts is going to be a split show. “New Member Spotlight” will feature art from Gail Owen, Kathleen Mistry, and myself… we three being the “new members”. Since my show-mates are offering all new work, I decided to throw in a few new pieces to add to some recent Jazz collages. They are certainly “moody” pieces. So far, there are 3 new works in progress. And there will certainly be more.
Sip Mimosas and snack on brunchy type tasties while viewing art… Cathi Newlin and Don Hall will be in the Main Gallery August 26th from 11 am to 2 pm. Member artists and newly membered artists will be there, too… and that’s me! Come hobnob with us.
You can also thumb through my matted original mixed media pieces in the small works gallery. The “Stained Glass Series” is growing…
Sidestreet Arts, 140 28th (at Ash) in Portland, Oregon.
I’ve found myself embracing Abstraction; it’s always interested me, but I’ve never drawn or painted abstractly. The current Diebenkorn exhibition at PAM (Portland Art Museum) has grabbed my enthusiasm, and I’ve been throwing myself into abstract mixed media pieces. Some have recognizable subjects… and others do not, but they all share a bright palette and cartoony whimsicality. You can’t take that out of a cartoonist, I guess.
Upcoming Events: September 2018
The Group Show, Sidestreet Arts Gallery, September 5-30th, Reception: Friday, Sept. 7th from 6-9 pm. 140 SE 28th Ave., Portland, OR
Sidestreet Arts is serving Mimosas and Fine Brunchy Treats…
Don’t miss out on a chance to visit with the member artists … and those who are represented by the gallery (that’s me!) Drop by to chat, munch, talk art, hobnob and otherwise hang out at 140 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR
I have been busy cutting up paper. I have 5 new framed artworks and a few more in various stages of “moving along”. This one is called Picasso’s Absinthe. It’s a 5×7 collage and mixed media piece inspired by, well, Picasso’s drinking habits… as well as his other habits… like his habit of cheating on the women he was involved with. Besides that… As a drinker of absinthe myself, I like this one very much. The green fairy visits often and my obsession with the teals and blue greens was satisfied in this piece. $195.
Be sure to stop by the Sidestreet Arts gallery on 28th in Portland, Oregon and have a look at some of my other collages hanging around.
… expression is the conveyor belt of art… or is it the other way around?