1:00pm March 10, 2014, car loaded, gas tank full, tires checked, ready to roll! Cheesehead Road Trip! 10 fwy East from Los Angeles, California to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Holiday Inn El Paso, Sunland Drive was very nice! Joey, at the front desk, was super helpful. He recommended fajitas, not on the menu, they were delicious! We had breakfast at the hotel, very good. Even the coffee in the lobby was excellent. Tip: I booked through Expedia, Joey said Expedia is known for leaving off details like requesting a room that allows pets! So always call the hotels yourself to confirm that all your requirements have been noted.
Curator Phillip Graffham invited me to create a piece for "Moosylvania: A Group Show Tribute To Jay Ward".
The exhibit opened March 1, 2014 at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks CA, closed on March 15.
Research and Inspiration
Jay Ward was one of the creators of Rocky and Bullwinkle and other memorable characters. I had not seen a "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoon in decades so researching this project was very nostalgic. The dialog was oft times far from childish babble, it was sprinkled with subtle wit and wry observations of the times. I found lots of inspiration, here are some of the highlights:
Rocky and Bullwinkle Opening Theme
Hokey Smoke! Rocky and Bullwinkle
Mr. Know it All - How to Be A Beatnik
Intermezzo #1 Pushing Up Daisies
The Ah Ha Moment!
I have never been able to force an idea; the more intense the search for ideas, the more fleeting they become. The idea for "Rama Rocky & Brahma Bullwinkle" flowed into my reality as I woke from a dream. I woke up chanting Brahma Bull...Brahma Bull...Brahma Bullwinkle! Ah Ha! The concept took off from there. The characters became divine reincarnations of themselves, doing yoga, practicing mudras, meditating and chanting for world peace.
My New Year's Resolution for 2013 was to try new things with my art. I created many works and exhibited in nine events. The goal was to explore the creative process and see where it would lead me. I made tightly rendered portraits in pencil for the Mirror/Mirror project, created a sculpture out of recyclables for the Santa Fe Recycle Art Festival, created digital graphics to promote World Peace for "Paper Trail" at Monkeyhouse Toys. From a triptych of skateboards for "Tunnel Rats" to an Impressionist unicorn painting for "Chroma Go Go, A Lisa Frank Tribute Show", every exhibit inspired me to push my skill set and expand my tool box.
The year of experiments was fun and informative, concluding with three digital drawings, hand embellished with food coloring for "Appetite:Tasting Hunger And Desire".
Selection of 2013 works:
I create brightly colored narrative paintings that are inspired by dreams, visions, symbology and pop culture.