Maneki Neko

20"x16" oil on canvas I have lost count of the Maneki Neko currently residing with us. Stumbling upon one always elicits the same question from The Spousal Unit, "Have you painted this one?" Which is Her code for: "Man, you have a lot of c__p piling up. Can I get rid of it?" To answer She Who Rules My Life's royal query: Yes, I have painted this one before as a 6"x 4" mini, but I like it so much I wanted to paint it again (Please don't toss it!). Not only do I enjoy the look of this delightfully rotund feline—cutely offering up a mysterious goody bag like a leprechaun offering up his pot of gold—I also like that it has its own gaudy hemorrhoid pillow. (These cats sit all day, have mercy, they deserve a pillow.) Anyway, as I said, I like it so much that I decided to paint it again. Now, if I can just keep The Spousal Unit from finding all those old power drills I have hidden in the garage, all will be okay in Eden!

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Show at Beyond the Lines Gallery
If you have not had a chance to see my show currently hanging in Beyond the Lines Gallery, go check it out. In addition to a large body of my work, my display of 28 box cameras paintings—all 8 feet of it—is included in this show. Being such a large display, I rarely have the opportunity to display it in its entirety. So, there is another reason to go by and see the show.

Beyond the Lines Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building G #8, Santa Monica, California 90404
beyondthelinesgallery@gmail.com
(714) 369-9869 / www.beyondthelinesgallery.com
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM, Sunday by appointment
Closing reception: December 28th
Posted December 1, 2017

Dad's Last Coronas

20"x16" oil on canvas The last couple of weeks have been a bit crazy around the studio. First there was the Beverly Hills Art Show to prep for and attend, then I was asked to do a show at the Beyond the Lines Gallery out at Bergamot Station. That show hangs next week with an opening reception on Saturday, November 11th. This bears repeating: That's next week! Whilst I try to wrap my head around the aforementioned insanity, I thought I would share this painting with you. These are almost certainly the last pair of Corona clippers my late father owned. So, even though you have seen me paint Coronas before, these are special to me on a very personal level and warranted another stab at them in gooey oil paint. I am very excited about the upcoming Beyond the Lines Gallery show for several reasons, but mainly it is because professional galleries are one of the best places to see art in person. It is where people can walk up to my paintings and—seeing all the color work and texture—say they want to eat them. Believe me, it's happened before and more than a few times (one woman kind of scared me). I hope all of you who are in Southern California can make it to the opening on the 11th. (Details listed below.) I will be there trying to keep people from eating my paintings and doing the best I can to answer questions. It should be a fun night!


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Show at the Beyond the Lines Gallery
This will be a two person show. (What artists like to call a tandem solo show.) My companion artist will be Dina Herrmann. This pairing will make for a great juxtaposition of two artists with distinctly different styles. The opening reception will be Saturday, November 11th from 6 to 9 PM with an RSVP Collectors Preview between 4 to 6 PM. It would be great to see you there, so come and check it out!
Exhibit Title: Motion
with Dina Herrmann and Raymond Logan
Opening reception Saturday, November 11th from 6 to 9 PM
RSVP Collectors Preview between 4 to 6 PM (contact gallery)
Beyond the Lines Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building G #8
Santa Monica, California 90404
beyondthelinesgallery@gmail.com
(714) 369-9869
www.beyondthelinesgallery.com
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Thank You: Beverly Hills Art Show
Thanks to everybody who came to visit. It was a great show. Seeing so many friends and enjoying good sales and not getting tasered by the wonderful Beverly Hills Park Rangers makes for a good show. The high point of the show was definitely when I noticed that my phone was kind of hot and, upon pulling it out of my breast pocket, found out that I had shot a two hour video of the inside of my pocket. It's a classic little film; kind of film noir, kind of Kafkaesque, kind of mind-splittingly boring. I think I'll enter at Cannes next season. Anyhow... Again, I would like to thank all of those people who came out to visit The Spousal Unit and me.

Posted November 2, 2017

Raymond at The Beverly Hills Art Show


The Beverly Hills Art Show
October 21 & 22 10 am to 5 pm both days
I will be showing my wares in the 100s park. My space is close to the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Drive. (See map below.) The 100s is the first of four parks the show takes place in. The 100s is on Santa Monica Boulevard between Rodeo and Beverly Drives.
Four parks filled with art of many disciplines—kind of like a Disneyland of art (sorry, no tea cup ride). Come, check it out.
For more detailed information about the show (e.g., maps, times, parking, food, list of artists showing, etc.), visit the City of Beverly Hills website at
www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation

Posted on October 18, 2017


Honey Holds Court


20"x16" oil on canvas I am going to change it up a bit and actually talk about the painting shown above. "Honey Holds Court" is one of those pieces that became something different from what I initially had in mind. Granted, there is not a lot of "mind" there to do much planning in the first place. All I knew going into the studio that day was that I wanted to steal the salt and pepper shakers from our table and do a painting of them. Somehow, that urge to pilfer grew into the merry band you see above. The decisions leading up to this grouping were not only based in aesthetics. Seeking challenge and an urge to steal more vital items from our kitchen were big motivators as well (if possible, I would have included the kitchen sink, but I installed that sink and it isn't coming out with anything short of a liberal application of TNT). Like most kitchens, these are not the only vital items in ours. For example, olive oil really deserves a place in this piece, but our olive oil bottle is too tall. And we have this great old Calumet baking powder tin! Oh, and we have our own secret Logan Seasonings, but its container is just plain ugly. But I digress. Putting glass and chrome in front of me is just like throwing down a gauntlet. Adding the beautiful depth of soy sauce and the sheer insanity of a transparent, bear-shaped bottle of honey is just plain masochism. In the past, you have put up with me stating that if it isn't challenging, I really do not see the point and that bottle of honey is proof of that bent attitude. Bringing my color work to that innocent looking (read: evil) bear whilst maintaining its dimensionality was a swear word inducing event (I try not to cuss and spit anymore—spitting is so unseemly). I really do not know what else to say about this piece. I could tell you about The Spousal Unit's penchant for making her own granola, making my holding onto that honey for too long a life threatening situation for this artist, but I won't go into it.


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(http://beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow)
I have been judged into this year's Fall version of the Beverly Hills Art Show. I will be displaying my wares in space #139 in the first park between Rodeo and Beverly Boulevards. I know that some of you are only concerned with whether or not The Spousal Unit will be there. At present, all I can say is, let's hope for the best (and that I do not do anything to upset She Who Controls My Life between then and now—as always, I can make no guarantees as to my behavior). Show: Saturday & Sunday, October 21st & 22nd / 10am to 5pm both days. More info to come.

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Posted October 13, 2017


J's Tokibot

24"x16" oil on canvas I could write about this painting and how I somehow missed showing it to you in 2016 when it was painted OR I could write about how our current postal carrier sweats through our mail whether it is hot or cold outside (I am not exaggerating, we have to hang our mail from a line to dry it out) OR I could write about how the interconnectivity of the ether has brought on a new phenomenon for me. Let's see... Monty, I'll go with curtain number three. The new phenomenon is students seeking me out trying to complete something called an "A Level." These students contact me, ask me all sorts of questions and copy my work. (Let me say, upfront, that I view it as a compliment.) Most are relatively polite, some... not so much. Maybe one or two know how to compose a proper letter/email, the rest... not so much. Onetime, a parent actually tried to do it for their lazy offspring. Another time, multiple students from the same school in England copied and pasted the same paragraph into their one paragraph email requests—sans salutations, pleases, or thank yous. Student copies of my work are strewn throughout the ether, some... actually... not-so-bad, some... not so much. I try to take their efforts as a compliment and refuse to kick a kid for honestly trying. I also try to be as polite as possible, even when they are not. After all, it was the way I was brought up—some of us go through our entire lives still feeling our parents' swat on our rear ends. But when a student is rude, then goes on to ask me questions that would take me all day to answer—effectively writing their report for them—that doesn't go over too well with this curmudgeon. When that happens, I find myself seeking polite ways to type, "Go take a flying leap!" And these torturous A Levels apparently occur all over the globe, from England to Nepal. The current A Leveler preparing her questions for me is from Nepal and she is very polite, me... not so much, but trying.


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The Beverly Hills Art Show
(http://beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow)
I have been judged into this year's Fall version of the Beverly Hills Art Show. I will be displaying my wares in space #139 in the first park between Rodeo and Beverly Boulevards. I know that some of you are only concerned with whether or not The Spousal Unit will be there. At present, all I can say is, let's hope for the best (and that I do not do anything to upset She Who Controls My Life between then and now—as always, I can make no guarantees as to my behavior). Show: Saturday & Sunday, October 21st & 22nd / 10am to 5pm both days. More info to come.

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Posted October 6, 2017


Rotary Phone Red

20"x30" oil on canvas Every now and again, something slips through the cracks (like my sanity). This piece somehow slipped through. I thought I had shown it to you, but I guess I had not, so here it is now in all of its gooey goodness. When people encounter my work in person, they often hit me with this question: "How heavy are your paintings? They must weigh a lot." Sometimes the occasional, "Are you insane?" gets thrown in for good measure. To be honest, I had not really thought about the weight of all that paint (I stopped thinking about my sanity years ago). Heck, I am just happy when the goo does not end up all over my clothes. Anyway, the questioning did make me pay more attention and, you know what, my canvases do seem much heavier after I spackle them. This must be why I make The Spousal Unit lift all my paintings for me. (If you believe that one, I have some great oceanfront property in Colorado I think you might be interested in.)
 
Posted September 22, 2017


Fuevueflex Camera

6"x4" oil on masonite I love this camera. Not just because of the way it looks—it does look cool. I like it even more because of its name. Anything with the painful moniker ROSS ENSIGN FULVUEFLEX WITH SYNCHROFLASH AND ASTAROSS LENS must be awesome. Okay, I will admit that some inebriate was probably asleep at the wheel when they let "Fulvueflex" through quality control and somebody obviously lost a bet on the "Astaross Lens" thingy, but I don't care. It's still a great looking piece of British industrial design. You've got to love eBay. Where else can you troll in the wee hours and pick up a camera like this from England, France, or even Germany? I bought this one from some poor unsuspecting soul in England. That's not why I included that LEGO mini figure of Britain's greatest zombie whacker Shaun of the Dead in the inset photo. I included him because he was here in the studio staring at me. And, I will admit, we love the movie. Why else would we have a LEGO mini figure of a goateed appliance salesman carrying a cricket bat and a red stain on his shirt? Considering that we do not like horror movies, much less zombie movies, it is telling that we like this one. Even The Spousal Unit—who would not waste even a minute of her valuable time watching a horror flick—likes it. So, we have a LEGO mini figure of the guy and he resides in my studio and I am threatening to do a painting of him (sans the gigantic camera with the awesomely silly name).

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Cityscape Show VII at the George Billis Gallery
The last day for this show is August 19th. So, if you have not already, go check it out.
George Billis Gallery / LA
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034 
310.838.3685 / www.georgebillis.com
 
Posted August 11, 2017
 


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Pecos Bill's and The Cityscape Show VII


24"x24" oil on canvas Whenever I need to throw food at Spawn Number One to appease the beast, I go to this local landmark. And, seeing how the place contributes to peace in our clan, I thought I would take a crack at painting it (twice). Pecos Bill's produces the messiest sandwiches—Okies—on Planet Earth. Closing time is usually when they run out of meat and the place is so popular that they usually run out of meat. Not only are Okies inherently messy, but Spawn Number One likes to order them with extra sauce, which makes them unidentifiable as sandwiches. They become more like swamps you shove in your mouth. Tasty swamps, but swamps nonetheless. My Pecos Bill's paintings, along with several other of my works, are currently on display in The Cityscape Show VII at the George Billis Gallery in Culver City. In an attempt to try something different, I have included below pictures of all the pieces in the show. They are not to scale, so I have posted their corresponding sizes. And yes, the red dots are me bragging about sales.


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Cityscape Show VII at the George Billis Gallery
The above pieces are all in the show, except the larger "The 101 Coffee Shop," which the collector decided to take home before the show ended. It is a great group show that includes the very diverse work of some pretty impressive artists. The show runs until August 19th. If you get a chance, go check it out.
George Billis Gallery / LA
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034 
310.838.3685 / www.georgebillis.com
 
Posted August 3, 2017

 

The 101 Coffee Shop

24"x16" oil on canvas (Inset: 6"x4") Inspiration can be an unpredictable muse. For instance, the inspiration for this piece comes from some great salmon hash. And not just any hash, I am talking about the benevolently favored breakfast of The Spousal Unit whenever we eat at The 101 Coffee Shop. And, to be honest, this lowly peasant likes it too. The thing is, whenever She eats there, they always have it and whenever I dare to eat there without Her, they always seem to run out of it. It's like they see me coming and say, "She's na with 'em, so say weez out o' the hash. Argh. And lets his joe go cold. Double argh!" (They do not actually employ pirates there—or maybe they do, I don't really know—I just like the nefarious sound of it.) All pirate jargon aside, I will admit that the actual coffee shop does not look like much of an enthusiastic (or cooperative) subject for a painting. At the time, I was actually thinking of painting the facade of the Frolic Room, which is only a few blocks away down by the Pantages. That bar has a great sign and Kevin Spacey got good and sauced there in L.A. Confidential—what's not to like. Well, it just didn't click with me (at least not yet). So, I went with the salmon hash.

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Cityscape Show VII at the George Billis Gallery
The above piece sold at the show, but I still have six pieces in the show, including my 6"x4" version of The 101 Coffee Shop (inset shown above). It is a great show and it is up until August 19th, so go check it out!
George Billis Gallery / LA
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034 
310.838.3685 / www.georgebillis.com
 
Posted July 27, 2017 


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Cityscape Show at the George Billis Gallery



Please join me this Saturday, July 8th from 5 to 8 PM for the opening reception of The Cityscape Show VII 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 on the left of the postcard. It is always a great show, so come by and see all the great work!
The Cityscape Show VII
July 8 - August 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8th, 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

Vespa Girl

11"x14" oil on canvas C'mon! A tin toy vespa girl in capri pants and striped socks and sporting a wickedly aerodynamic hairdo that could slice a block of butter. This must be one of the coolest toys ever produced. How could I not paint it? Wait... Wait... I'm geeking out! After stepping away from the computer for a bit, I have returned in a calmer state. One should be calm whilst typing one's inane commentary. Don't you think? As I have stated in the past, I tend to not take process shots, but for some reason I took this one. I call this phase "knocking in" or "blocking in." (The judges would also accept "smooshing in.") With a smaller piece like this one, knocking in is what I do in lieu of a drawing. Just dive in and smoosh it and move it about a bit. The drawing takes care of itself. To the casual eye this method would make me appear somewhat insane, and the casual eye would not be far from correct—I would just suggest substituting "absolutely" for "somewhat" to make it a more accurate diagnosis.

Cityscape Show VII at the George Billis Gallery
I will be having several pieces in this wonderful group show. The opening reception is going to be Saturday, July 8th from 5 to 8 pm. It is always a great show, so, if you can, please come and check it out. I will put the address below and don't worry, I will be reminding you of the show again next week.

George Billis Gallery / LA
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034 
310.838.3685 / www.georgebillis.com
Posted June 9, 2017  
 
 
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