Chinatown Alley

6"x4" oil on panel (As promised, here is the second piece from my email twofer.) I have yet to paint a larger version of the above piece. That was a tough little piece to paint. Not because of how much stuff is represented in its small borders. Rather, it was a hard piece because of the hundreds of decisions of what to omit or transform to make the piece work. Chinatown alleys can be insanely busy environments. This one is amazingly tame—and wide—in comparison to the "ordinary" alley in Chinatown and yet there is still way too much going on in it. I also manipulate the heck out of the light in my work—all of my work. The lighting decisions in this alley have competing priorities. No matter how much I tried to make them bend to my will, they still bickered with each other. It was kind of like painting in the third person. Still, after all my whining, I think I might take a shot at a larger version. ••• I never know day to day what is going to happen with my painting. It is an uncertainty that provides me much comfort.

Posted October 10, 2018

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Log Cabin Market

4"x6" oil on panel This was another twofer email, so I will post the text from my email in the next blog post. If you wish to subscribe to my emails, just click on either of the two Sign Up! buttons on this blog. My emails are a little more inclusive and they usually contain detail shots that I do not post here on the blog. My subscribers are very important to me, so I throw in a little extra.

Posted October 2, 2018

Martha's Donuts

12"x18" oil on canvas It is a universal truth that donuts just make you happy. I have encountered people who do not like donuts, but they are definitely in the minority on the issue. And yes, another universal truth also states that donuts can make you fat. But we won't go into that. Let's just run with the happy concept. I like happy. Of course, the above listed maxims have absolutely nothing to do with my paintings. I do not know if my paintings make you happy, but I am pretty darn sure they will not make you fat.

Posted September 19, 2018

Frida

48"x32" oil on canvas Well, she's gone. The woman up and left me. Oh, I am not talking about The Spousal Unit, though people are continually surprised She has not amscrayed as well (I do not know why, but the people who seem to know me the best are the ones who are always the most surprised by Her staying). The woman in question is my Frida painting. Somebody bought her and she is already gone. I am pretty sure that I already showed you an easel shot of her, but since she has gone, I thought maybe it would be a good time to show you a proper picture of her along with some detail shots (Sign Up! to my emails to see the detail shots). I do not have much more to say about her other than to say those $&%$#@! flowers in her hair drove me nuts. After I thought I had finished them, I decided to destroy them and paint them all over again. NOTE: In the context of my painting "style," the term "destroy" usually means "spackle over" and yes, "$&%$#@!" is in the official lexicon of painting terminology.

Posted September 12, 2018

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Lollipop Red

6"x4" oil on panel (As promised, here is the second piece from my email twofer.) Candy in a lawyer's office always seems like more of a dare than a welcoming gesture. Does hard candy really stay edible for eternity—like Twinkies do? Is the candy there to test your intestinal fortitude? If you can survive that rock candy, you can surely survive a tough grilling on the witness stand(?). As it is with so many things in my life, I don't care. I don't want to eat those petrified biscuits of death; I want to paint them. High powered attorney or not, when Raymond is around, guard your 25 year old candy. Turn your head for just a second and... voila... a whole bowl of beautifully colored cement is gone. If I am in a particularly surly mood, I will just sit there ignoring you while I inspect your candy; holding it up to the light to inspect the color and clarity and casually disposing of any with cellophane wrappers that don't look quite right. Actually, maybe the candy is my way of testing the candied counselor: If he or she doesn't have good cellophane on their candy, they cannot be trusted! • And yes, to answer your question, I am easily distracted by shiny things (and squirrels).

Posted September 5, 2018

Candy from a Lawyer's Office

4"x6" oil on panel This was another twofer email, so I will post the text from my email in the next blog post. If you wish to subscribe to my emails, just click on either of the two Sign Up! buttons on this blog. My emails are a little more inclusive and they usually contain detail shots that I do not post here on the blog. My subscribers are very important to me, so I throw in a little extra.

Posted August 30, 2018

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Krazy Kat

24"x24" oil on canvas As you may know, I do not always talk about the paintings displayed in these emails. This painting is a bit different for me and so a bit hard not to talk about (i.e., you will just have to suffer with the following tome). Here is the backstory: I will be having a solo show at a new Laemmle Theatre and I thought it appropriate to possibly have "movie/film" related pieces for the show. Outside of a few old home movie projectors and movie cameras collecting dust in my crash site of a studio, I didn't have much in the way of subject matter that fit the bill. At first I thought some old movie house posters would be good subject matter. But a little research revealed the vintage posters were either too poorly designed or too well designed/illustrated. Painting something that is poorly designed would be torture and painting a poster that is already very well designed is just too weird: At that level of illustration, the poster is already a piece of art and I am not touching it. ••• Then, quite by chance, I stumbled upon this little box for a Krazy Kat movie. This is the type of movie you purchased to view on your hand crank 16mm projector in the comfort of your home. I had to take a shot at painting it. I mean, c'mon, a cat tipping his hat, smoking a cigar AND about to get brained by a brick thrown by a mouse! Who could resist that? I am not sure why, unlike any other painting I have done, I decided to paint this edge to edge on the canvas. I still do not know why and I still do not know if I like it. That means the odds of me doing it again are pretty slim, but you never know. So, I present to you an oddball painting of mine starring Krazy Kat and Ignatz (the brick hurling mouse).

Posted August 23, 2018

VW Bus

12"x12" oil on canvas We all seem to have "going out and partying with our friends in a VW Bus" stories (don't we?). I remember trying to get to a party with some friends in a VW Bus on a steep Los Angeles street—sections of Los Angeles have steeper streets than San Francisco. Ah, San Francisco, such fond memories. Remind me to tell you about the time I once fell out of a parked car and rolled down a street in wonderful old San Francisco. On second thought, don't remind me. Where was I? Oh yeah, stuck on an almost vertical L.A. street with a bunch of my still sober (vertical) friends. VW Bus engines are so weak and that street was so steep that the van just stopped in the middle of the street and refused to go up the hill. We all had to get out and push it to get it going again AND we had to walk to the party. As they say, nobody walks in L.A. (I think it might be a city ordinance violation to walk in L.A.) so the whole walking concept was new to us. Actually, going down the hill after the party in the VW Bus was much more terrifying than getting stuck going up the hill.

Posted August 21, 2018

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Keystone #5 Meat Grinder

10"x10" oil on canvas The original title for this diminutive piece was actually going to be "My #@#?$%€ Meat Grinder from Hell That I Want to Fling Into My Neighbor's Yard." I thought it had a nice ring to it and, at the time, seemed wholly appropriate. You see, for such a small piece, I had spent far too much time on it and had over painted it—in other words, the piece and I were not on friendly terms. The original drawing (see below) had life to it, but the resultant painting did not. Now, in such instances as these, I have varying options. The main three being: Let it ride and let the market decide OR completely scrape it off and paint something else later OR destroy-to-save. Destruction being a firm component of my bent personality (probably because I listen to way too much Tito Puente—he really attacked those timbales), destroy-to-save seemed the obvious choice. I pushed myself and attacked it, completely painting over and mushing into the original abomination. This rescue mission probably took about a quarter of the time it took to paint the original iteration and I think came out far superior with much more life. It also took a ton of paint, but my color work is more in sync, so it was worth the extra five gallons or so. I sometimes tell people that the process of painting a 4" piece can draw out strong emotions and drain me just like a 60" piece can, and this #@#?$%€ little piece proves my point.

Posted August 9, 2018

Wind Up Robot One

12"x12" oil on canvas I am pretty sure I posted this painting here before, but I wanted the five robot paintings to line up over on my Daily PaintWorks gallery. Here is a link to my DPW gallery page: 

www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/rlogan/artwork

Posted July 20, 2018

Wind Up Tin Toy Robot Five

12"x12" oil on canvas (As promised, here is the second piece from my email twofer.) I promise these are the last of the little toy robots I am going to torture you with. My apologies if you do not like cute little wind up toy robots. I wanted to finish up showing you this series of five paintings to give you some insight into the workings of this artist's brain. Whenever my four remaining brain cells get together to form a thought (which is rare) they often lock onto the concept of painting pieces in a series. These little robot paintings are a good example: I painted one and then proceeded to stretch it out to a series of five pieces. As a matter of fact, I was thinking of taking it out to a series of nine, that would give me a nice three by three square when I display them. See how that works? I not only think of stretching the series out, but how that series will look as a shape and/or pattern. Considering that I do not know if there are actually nine of these little toy robots in existence does pose an interesting but not insurmountable challenge. Brain cell number three (I think he is the creative one) loves such challenges. Anyway, there you go, some insight into my thinking. Seeing as how my four remaining brain cells do not like each other, I am happy to form any thoughts at all, let alone any that are coherent enough to share.

Posted July 18, 2018

Wind Up Tin Toy Robot Four

12"x12" oil on canvas This was another twofer email, so I will post the text from my email in the next blog post. If you wish to subscribe to my emails, just click on either of the two Sign Up! buttons on this blog. My emails are a little more inclusive and they usually contain detail shots that I do not post here on the blog. My subscribers are very important to me, so I throw in a little extra.

Posted July 11, 2018

Wind Up Tin Toy Robot Two

12"x12" oil on canvas (As promised, here is the second piece from my email twofer.) From the moment The Spousal Unit walked through the door with these little robots, I fell in love with them. They are only about 2-1/4" tall, but it is a dynamic 2-1/4" to be sure. Today, I present to you robots Number Two and Three. There will be a total of five of these little space invaders coming at you. Number Two (above) is an entirely too happy space invader, but the grumpy hick Number Three (below) makes up for it with his menacing, two-toothed grimace. It is a nice contrast between "I am friendly and mean you no harm!" and "Hmmph... You kinda looks tasty!" And for all of you new subscribers, yes, these are evidence of me painting whatever That Woman brings through my studio door. Marital bliss (and my continued access to freshly baked brownies) is of paramount importance to this artist. I am a base person.

Posted June 29, 2018

The City Scape Show VIII at George Billis Gallery



Please join me this Saturday, June 30th from 5 to 8 PM for the opening reception of The Cityscape Show VIII at the George Billis Gallery/LA. ••• This annual exhibit offers different interpretations of Los Angeles and Southern California by the gallery's many talented artists and invited guest artists. I am excited to have several of my pieces in the show this year—that is one of mine in the center of the postcard. It is always a great show, so come by and see all the great work!
The Cityscape Show VIII
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 30th, 5 - 8 PM
George Billis Gallery/LA
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034 (Google Map)
310.838.3685 / www.georgebillis.com
Summer Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Wind Up Tin Toy Robot Three

12"x12" oil on canvas This was another twofer email, so I will post the text from my email in the next blog post. If you wish to subscribe to my emails, just click on either of the two Sign Up! buttons on this blog. My emails are a little more inclusive and they usually contain detail shots that I do not post here on the blog. My subscribers are very important to me, so I throw in a little extra.

Posted June 25, 2018

The Side Door

6"x4" oil on panel These two 6x4s are good examples of how a piece can change when it goes from the small version to its larger iteration. When taken larger, I thought the "The Side Door" piece would look better narrower. The end result had me changing the dimension ratio from 2 to 3 (see above) to 1 to 2 (see right). This, of course, meant making some changes. For example, that really cool looking window on the right got nixed—bummer, but it was for the best. With Pecos Bill's, I decided to make the larger version a square piece, effectively lopping off a bunch of sky and a little amount of asphalt (see right inset). If you disagree with my decisions, you may file a complaint with my Department of Complaint Response. It is staffed by The Spousal Unit and, I can guarantee you, She doesn't like fielding complaints AND She is often armed with gardening clippers AND She knows how to use them (in possibly very nasty ways). If you hear the word "whiner" anywhere in the beginning of Her response, my advice to you would be to run as fast as you can. Actually, you'd have better luck if you had a car waiting with someone at the wheel revving the engine and the door open. Actually, forget it, you wouldn't stand a chance, either way you're a goner.

Posted June 20, 2018

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