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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Fouled AC Spark Plug

20"x10" oil on canvas A few years back, I removed these spark plugs from my old truck and brought them back to the studio. I really do not know why. I mean, why keep six nasty old spark plugs? Eventually, I did paint a little 6"x4" piece of one and, once again, continued to keep the plugs in the studio. Why? Just like how I could not answer as to why I liked Donna Summer (actually, she had a great voice), I could not answer as to why I kept these little buggers. That was then and the above is now. I finally did another painting of one of the little devils that rebelled against my truck. At 20"x10" it is not a large piece, but it is probably the last painting I will do of these spark plugs. (Actually, that is exactly what I said the last time, so who the heck knows.)
  
Posted July 12, 2016

Black & Decker 1/4 Junior Drill

16"x24" oil on canvas For a change of pace, I will now talk about the picture(s) above. The four detail shots you see surrounding my painting of a drill came about because I am easily entertained and/or distracted. For example, a piece of tin foil supplies me with hours of entertainment. Having typed that, I must admit that I am not really distracted by things like video games or smartphones. The lure of texting eludes me and interacting with an app or game or video or whatever, kind of bores me and I soon find myself looking for another piece of tin foil to play with or at least a chicken to chase around. That was the case until I found the camera in The Spousal Unit's iPhone (I have one too, but it was more fun stealing hers). I used it to take the four up close shots you see above. I admit the colors are whacked out, but shooting up close was fun. I always complain that the 3D element of my painting is lost in the photography of my work and these color-inaccurate shots show the dimension a bit better than a regular shot. Oh, and I tried to take a video with the phone, scanning the craggy surface of the piece like a low flying helicopter. Sounds cool, but due to my shaky hands, the end result made me want to puke. So, no video for you. UPDATE: I have now become bored with the cameras in our smartphones (and I am pretty sure the phone is actually smarter than me). Can anybody loan me a chicken?
  
Posted July 1, 2016

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Oh, I almost forgot. I will have a piece in The Cityscape Show VI at the George Billis Gallery over in Culver City. See details below and the postcard for the show (that is my piece in the middle). Check it out if you get a chance.
The Cityscape Show VI
July 9 - August 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 5 - 8pm
George Billis Gallery/LA
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034
310.838.3685 / la@georgebillis.com
Summer Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm


Green Gate Ranch House

16"x24" oil on canvas Whenever you see one of my still life paintings, rest assured, the subject(s) was in front of me. (Yes, there is a storage issue there, but I would rather not talk about.) Anyway, I either own the items or someone has loaned them to me or The Spousal Unit has murdered them (e.g., flowers) or I have obtained them through some other legal means. When it comes to my structures-in-the-landscape paintings, it would be somewhat difficult getting a ranch house into the studio. That means a lot of photos. And I mean a lot. Sometimes I get the scrap I need right out of the chute, sometimes it takes over a year of experimentation until I get the shots that will serve my purposes. Sometimes, regrettably, I never get the shots I need. This lonely ranch house required a ton of photos shot on different days, at different angles, and at different times of the day. On one of those trespassorial excursions, somehow, I know not how, a ranch hand crept up behind me and scared the bejesus out of me. He was the spittin' image of Sam Elliott—sans the mustache—with amazingly tanned skin that you could have made a saddle out of. Being a wise soul, he immediately viewed me with suspicion and obviously did not care for me much. I was, after all, trespassing and I did look like a dork out in the middle of an open field dancing (shoot picture, take three crab steps to the left or right, take picture—repeat a couple a thousand times). But after we talked for a while, I think he took pity on the "dork who can't dance" (or did he say "dork with no rhythm?") and gave me the locations of a couple other old ranch houses in the area. One I found, the other I am still searching for—he wasn't big on road names or even county names for that matter. Still, I appreciated his help and his not whacking me in the head with a shovel. As a sage once said, "There aren't many problems that can't be solved with a shotgun and a shovel," and a dork dancing like a spastic crab in the middle of your field might just qualify as one of those easily solved problems. Or, at least, be so annoying that you would consider it a humane act putting a stop to it.
  
Posted June 3, 2016

Albert Einstein & BH Art Show Report

46"x46" oil on canvas You were not supposed to meet this Albert until next Fall. He was specifically painted for a gallery show I have coming up in October. But, on a lark, I decided to bring him to the Beverly Hills Art Show this past weekend to see if he could draw some attention. Man, oh man, did this man draw a lot of attention. It is not evident here, with this small image, just how big he is and how much paint is on that canvas. At just about four feet by four feet, that's a lot of Albert.
  
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My Report on the Beverly Hills Art Show
Outside of the fact somebody tried to get me to eat a cookie with white chocolate in it, I had a great show. No, I do not like white chocolate. I do not even consider it to be chocolate—I don't know what it is, but it is not chocolate. It is the confectionary world's equivalent of high fructose corn syrup and I don't like it. The Spousal Unit, on the other hand, loves white chocolate and loves it when somebody gives it to me—could that beautiful smile get any broader? Did I tell you that I do not like white chocolate? Sorry, I wandered a bit there. Regaining the thread now... The show was great! The weather, the friends—old and new, the sales, the not getting tasered by the Park Rangers, the food (except for that heretical cookie), The Spousal Unit being there (eating that heretical cookie), all great!
Posted May 26, 2016

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Raymond in Beverly Hills

 

 

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The Beverly Hills Art Show
May 21st & 22nd
10 am to 6 pm both days
I am in space #140 in the first park between Rodeo and Beverly Drives. Come, check it out.
For more detailed information about the show (e.g., maps, times, parking, food, etc.), visit the City of Beverly Hills website at
www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation

Pink Handled Cap Gun

4"x6" oil on masonite panel I procured this little toy gun as a subject for a much larger painting than this and... Oh yeah, I got it for that pink handle! Anyway, like I was typing, I bought this to paint larger later on, but I had one of those urges to paint and that shiny little gun was just screaming at me. It is great coming into the studio, not even planning on painting, and just getting the urge to go for it. This subject needed some off-the-cuff experimentation anyway and BAM paintings are a great way to go about it. So, BAM! Here it is for you in gooey oil paint. On another note... I have been judged into the Beverly Hills Art Show. It is coming up in about a week and a half. See more details below.
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The Beverly Hills Art Show
(http://beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow)
I will be showing my wares in space #140, that's in the first park between Rodeo and Beverly Boulevards. Saturday & Sunday, May 21st & 22nd / 10am to 6pm both days. If you are going to be on this side of the world, drop by and see me! 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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Posted May 11, 2016

Candy Striped Yellow, Red, and White

4"x6" oil on masonite panel What can I say? I like candy and I need a better dental plan.

Posted May 5, 2016

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