Raymond's Box Cameras


5' 10" x 8' consisting of 28 oil on canvas pieces each measuring 16" x 12" Painted over the course of approximately two years, this project was a heck of a challenge, took 56 dry wall screws and a good eye to hang, and, at eight feet wide by almost six feet tall, became a show piece at my LA Artcore gallery show. A lot of people just stood there staring at it and that is always gratifying. (Whether they liked it or were just thinking I was completely insane is anybody's guess.) Now, please excuse me while I go hunt for more box cameras.
  
Posted February 18, 2017

Wind Up Tin Toy Robot One



12"x12" oil on canvas Still on the fence about what to name these robot paintings. For now, I have defaulted to naming them either by the order in which they were painted or how they look best lined up. In any account, this chartreuse headed, one eyed fellow has been designated "One." You may remember me writing that these tin toy robots were in essence painted by royal decree and that there was to be a series of three. Well, The Spousal Unit's edict still stands and it has (possibly) been extended to a series of five. Right now, I have three done (see below). I say possibly because while many artists base their decisions on what to paint based on aesthetics or lofty inspiration or innate artistic drive or all of the above, I base at least some of my artistic decisions on the amount of brownies I am fed. Yes, in such situations as these I respond to culinary bribery. It may sound base and uninspired (and fattening), but what the heck, it works for me!
  
Posted February 9, 2017


Ernie Jr's Taco House

12"x18" oil on canvas You may remember my painting a smaller version of this. In the commentary for that piece I mentioned that the prompt for me to paint the sign was its impending destruction—it seemed like it was going to be razed at any moment. Well, that was back in May or June of 2015 and the derelict restaurant is still there with its stalwart, yet somewhat worse for wear chain link fence faithfully standing guard. It would appear that Lady Progress takes her own sweet time in Eagle Rock, California.
  
Posted February 2, 2017

Abraham Lincoln


46"x46" oil on canvas This is a big head. I painted three of these large scale "Dead Guy" portraits: Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, and Edgar Allan Poe. Whilst all three of these historical giants are important to me, I will openly avow to any pour soul who wanders within earshot that the man you see above is the one I admire most. My strong admiration and respect made for a rather intense drawing session in preparation for the painting—you don't take painting a portrait of your hero lightly. (This is probably one of the reasons I have never successfully painted a portrait of my late father.) You can bet that the drawing under all that goo is as dead-on as I could make it. In a futile attempt to head off all the "Where are my detail shots of this painting?" emails, I can only offer this explanation: One cannot shoot detail shots of a piece that one no longer has. President Lincoln was never shown in public and his sale caught me a bit off guard, so my chemically addled brain did not think to take a bunch of detail shots before he left. I would say that I am sorry for the photographic omission, but the joy of selling the piece to somebody who will truly appreciate it kind of pushed the thought of saying, "I'm sorry" right out of my mind. Happiness can do that to a person.
  
Posted January 19, 2017


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Daruma


20"x16" oil on canvas This is my studio daruma. I love darumas. You cannot tell if they are royally ticked off, simply benign with very odd facial hair patterns, or they are stricken with some sort of ocular condition that makes them stare at you uncomfortably making you feel overly self-conscious. If you want to know more about darumas, here is a link to their Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll I have no idea how accurate that page is, but this is how it was told to me: When you are going to start an important project, you get one of these little paper mache dudes sans the black pupils. You paint in the left eye when you start the project and when you complete the project—reach your goal or whatever—you fill in the right eye. Then, at the end of the year or the beginning of the next year—I can never remember which—you burn the little guy. Well, there is absolutely no chance of me burning my daruma, so, pyro, put that lighter away. 

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For everybody in the Southern California area:
I will have a piece hanging in the group show "The Faces Within" down at the South Bay Contemporary gallery in San Pedro. Here's the info...

The Faces Within at South Bay Contemporary
Opening Reception is this Saturday, January 14, 2017
4-7pm The Spousal Unit and I plan on being there.
There will also be an ARTist Talk on February 19th at 3pm

Exhibition Dates: January 14, thru February 19, 2017
Location: South Bay Contemporary
401 South Mesa Street, 3rd Floor
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 429-0973
www.southbaycontemporary.com

The only teaser I have for you is that half of my face will be in the show. Beyond that, I really have no idea of how to succinctly describe the show to you, so if you live on Facebook here is a link to the event page: The Faces Within at South Bay Contemporary

  
Posted January 12, 2017

It's Raining Low Chucks!


8"x12" oil on canvas (each) I was thinking of taking a couple weeks off from posting, so I thought I would share the last two Low Chuck Converse paintings with you in one "Compliments of the Season" email. In my continuing attempt to disseminate not only useful, but also very valuable information, I would like to share the following: *"As an academic exercise in energy transformation, a research group at the American Physical Society calculated how loudly, and for how long, a person would have to shout at a quarter liter of coffee to bring it to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The answer: 80 decibels of screaming—about the noise level of a running garbage disposal—applied for precisely 1 year, 7 months, 26 days, 20 hours, 26 minutes and 40 seconds." Being an avid coffee drinker myself and having been not only a witness to, but also a victim of a coffee machine breakdown, this seems completely reasonable to me. 


*Source: The Wall Street Journal
  
Posted January 5, 2017

Low Chuck Roasted Carrot


8"x12" oil on canvas Though the three paintings contained in this post may (and I would like to stress the word "may") speak to a possible (and I would like to stress the word "possible") issue this artist may have with collecting things, let's not touch on that subject at present. Let's see... What to type about... Oh, I could talk about how nice it is to collect art and hang it in your bathroom. For men, in particular, the space above the toilet is a hallowed place of honor for a piece of art. On second thought, the conversation about hanging art above the john is best had in person. So, let's drop that topic as well. In my defense, I would like to say that the blue shoe in the middle is not mine. That pair belongs to The Spousal Unit and yes, she looks great in them. You know, I think I should get myself a pair of those blue ones as well.
  
Posted December 15, 2016

1959 Plymouth Fury Dash Cluster


20"x30" oil on canvas Hopefully, my love of good design is apparent in my selection of subject matter. Design projects, just like fine art projects, are opportunities. Opportunities to bring your best to something—to hit it with all you got and hit it hard. Back in the day (what does that actually mean, anyway?) industrial designers did just that. They created sound, functioning designs with uniquely beautiful personalities. A metal power drill or a tube radio set or a camera weren't just functioning objects, they were opportunities to design something wondrous that reminded us of our love of fantasy and our joyous race into the modern age. My proclivity to collect things (addiction seems like such a strong word) has led me to acquire a few classic automobile dash/gauge clusters. I think they are just beautiful. My constant exposure to brain damaging paint fumes and the dash clusters' stand-alone beauty have prompted me to experiment by painting them as isolated pieces, rather than part of the overall dashboards they were extracted from. My five remaining brain cells and I think the experiments worked. We hope you do too.
  
Posted December 2, 2016

Toothpicks in Tabasco

24"x12" oil on canvas I recently had two shows open back to back—one weekend right after another. In an unusual move, running up to the shows, I created a list of possible paintings to produce. You must understand, I abhor creative/painting lists. They can depress the heck out of me as I stare at them becoming the length of the Oxford English Dictionary—ideas never stop coming. They also seem like rules to me (you must do this, but not that) and I am not fond of always following rules. Anyway, having two shows so close to each other seemed to require the creation of at least a temporary painting list. As I typed above, rules can grind on me, so I admit to occasionally (a.k.a., as many times as possible) going off-the-rails of the The List. I looked upon rebelling against The List as me attempting to maintain my sanity. (Please, no comments about how that ship has already sailed.) Going into the studio every single day with a plan or knowing exactly what I am going to do can be oppressive. The painting presented to you above was not on The List. It was a spur of the moment change that just possessed me one day. It was a curveball (stolen from the kitchen cabinet) that presented me with many unexpected challenges—just the way I like it. As to The List? It still exists, but we are not on speaking terms at the moment.
  
Posted November 16, 2016

Apsco Giant Pencil Sharpener and my Artcore Gallery Show



20"x30" oil on canvas ••• If you would like to see this piece in person, it is hanging in my show at Artcore. ••• The "Giant" in the title of this piece does not refer to the scale that I painted it at. It is the name of this particular model of pencil sharpener. (Though it is pretty darn big in the painting.) I do not know what it is with me and painting pencil sharpeners. Maybe I like the challenge of all the different surfaces and shapes, and the occasional translucent hopper. Maybe they remind me of simpler days gone by or of how great the industrial designers from those eras were. Or, and what's more likely, I like that they sit still while I am painting them. Yes, I am just that simple minded.
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For everybody in the 
Southern California area:
I need to do some things down at Artcore, so I have decided to spend another Saturday—the last Saturday of the show—down at the gallery. And for those of you who walked in while The Spousal Unit and I were eating lunch last time, no, I will not be just sitting there eating and wishing I had ordered the burrito she ordered. Come on by and see my work and me this Saturday between 12-5 PM. And, if you are lucky, The Spousal Unit will be there. Heck, if I'm lucky, she will be there.
Raymond's Not Just Sitting There Eating Lunch at the Artcore Brewery Annex Show
Saturday, November 5, 2016
12-5pm at the LA Artcore Brewery Annex
LA Artcore Brewery Annex
(inside the Brewery Art Colony)
650A South Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone (323) 276-9320
www.laartcore.org
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-5 pm.


  
Posted August 31, 2016


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Raymond's Show at LA Artcore Brewery Annex

Tandem Solo Show at LA Artcore Brewery Annex featuring
Dina Herrmann
and Raymond Logan
October 21 to November 10, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION
Sunday, October 23, 2016
1-3pm at the LA Artcore Brewery Annex
LA Artcore Brewery Annex
(inside the Brewery Art Colony)
650A South Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone (323) 276-9320
www.laartcore.org
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-5 pm.

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The first weekend of the show, October 22nd & 23rd, is the same weekend of the legendary Brewery Art Walk. If you would like to see a heck of a lot of art, meet the artists who produce the art, and see where they produce the art, this is the event for you! For more information about the Brewery Art Walk, check out this link: www.breweryartwalk.com

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Raymond in Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

 


The Beverly Hills Art Show
October 15th & 16th
10 am to 5 pm both days
 
I am in space #139 in the first park on Santa Monica Boulevard between Rodeo and Beverly Drives. Four parks of art—it is kind of like a Disneyland of art. 


Come and 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

Enos Farm House - The Front

24"x16" oil on deep dish canvas I am happy that I finally got around to painting a larger version of the front of this iconic farm house. I am not so happy that they have moved the house. It is now harder for the public to see it. It has not been permanently transplanted, still sitting on supports like a levitating ghost whilst the powers that be make up their ever-elastic minds as to where to put it. There has been a lot going on around here. Here's the short version: I have made a foray in to the world of Instagram (see link below) and I have two shows this month—one right after another. The first is the Beverly Hills Art Show, which takes place the weekend of October 15th & 16th. The second is at the LA Artcore Brewery Annex, running from October 21st to November 10th with an opening reception on Sunday, October 23rd. As if my mental stability wasn't already in question, the shows are basically back to back, which means I will be breaking down one and setting up the other just a couple of days later. On top of that, I have worked hard to make the two shows unique from each other. So, if you can visit both shows, you will see two different bodies of my work. If it sounds a bit insane, that's because it is. I have listed the show details below.

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The Beverly Hills Art Show
(http://beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow)
I will be showing my wares in space #139, that's in the first park between Rodeo and Beverly Boulevards. Saturday & Sunday, October 15th & 16th / 10am to 5pm both days. There's a heckuvah lot of art and good food (the food trucks are supposed to be great), so come and check it out.
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LA Artcore - Brewery Annex
(http://laartcore.org)
This is a two person show. Dina Herrmann and I will be showing together in a great space located in the Brewery Art Colony. The first weekend of the show takes place during the Brewery's legendary Art Walk, so it will be a blast. Show: October 21st to November 10th. Opening reception Sunday, October 23 from 1-3 pm. Go check it out.
  
Posted October 6, 2016

Small French Press with Bottles






















20"x16" oil on canvas There are just too many possibilities for paintings. I have tried to sit down and write a list of possible paintings and let me tell you, the list is %$#@&# endless. (Please excuse my swearing in frustration.) Just the things that occur to you in the shower—the ideas you can't write down because, well... your in the shower—would fill a tome the length of an encyclopedia. Nobody said it better than Harvey Korman's character Hedley Lamarr in that classic Blazing Saddles, “My mind is aglow with whirling transient nodes of thought, careening through a cosmic vapor of invention.” or “My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.” The painting above is an example of an endless series of paintings I dreamed up. Using bottles as a backdrop or, as I like to put it, wallpaper seemed like a challenging prospect. I have done a few, but it is an endless stream of possibility and there are so many other people, places, and things to waste paint on. I will probably do more bottles-as-wallpaper pieces, right after I figure out a way to take notes in the shower.
  
Posted August 31, 2016


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Scotch Tape

16"x20" oil on canvas One of the things I kind of miss about the "daily painting" regimen is the spontaneity of it. Most times I sauntered (yes, I like to think I can saunter like William Powell) into the studio, not knowing what I was going to paint that day. Sometimes, I would return from a walk with a found prop, but mostly, something just caught my eye in the studio, house, thrift store, etc., and I would just jump in and smoosh the paint. The reason I bored you with that little story is because the painting above actually happened in that happy way (along with a fair amount of cussing and spitting). I came into the studio one morning, saw my handy Scotch Tape thingy, and decided to paint it. I had done a small painting of it before and it proved to be very annoying and very, very obnoxious and very, very, very challenging. With all that going for it (and the simple fact that it was there) how could I resist doing a larger painting of it? So, here it is, larger and with the usual accompanying plea to the lovely people at 3M: Please, do not sue me.
  
Posted July 29, 2016

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