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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Pecos Bill's

6"x4" 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 June 17, 2018

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The Magnificent Seven Pop-up Art Show



The Magnificent Seven 
Pop-up Art Show
Curated by Francisco Alvarado
Hosted by Coagula Curatorial 

Opening Reception: June 16th / 5 PM - 9 PM

The show will be up from Friday June 15th to Sunday June 17th

I have work in this pop-up group show coming up this weekend. There will be seven of us abusing you with our art. Come, check it out.

For more details about the gallery (contact information, etc.), visit the Coagula Curatorial website at www.coagulacuratorial.com


Posted on June 14, 2018

Wind Up Robot Blue



6"x4" oil on panel 

Posted June 5, 2018

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Wind Up Robot Red



6"x4" 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 May 23, 2018

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Raymond in Beverly Hills (with a 4 foot Frida Kahlo head)



The Beverly Hills Art Show
May 19 & 20 10 am to 6 pm both days

Space #139
My space is in the 100s park 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.
This is the largest event the City of Beverly Hills stages with four parks filled with art, food trucks galore, beer garden, wine garden, artist demos, grass and public sculptures. 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 May 16, 2018

Space Pilot X-Ray Gun

4"x6" oil on panel I have three things to possibly talk about. One being that I am thinking about painting the above space gun five feet wide. The other option is to talk about the Axiom of Choice and the last is... Wow, I just heard a squirrel running around on the roof of the studio. I'm going with number two hoping, in vain, that it will make me look at least somewhat intelligent. I have always wondered at my exhaustion at the end of a painting session. The act of painting completely wipes me out, so that by the end of a day (or night) of painting, I am flat out beat. Sure, there is a certain level of physicality in the act of painting, but it is nothing compared to say... digging a ditch. When you are done digging a ditch, you are dang tired and you sure as heck know why. When I am done painting, I am dang tired and I really wonder why. Well, I may have found a partial answer. It is something called the axiom of choice, which has something to do with decision fatigue. The gist is that in this modern age we are confronted on a daily basis with too many decisions. All this decision making leads to decision fatigue and blah, blah, and blah. The blah, blah, blah did not mean much to me until I considered how many decisions I make whilst painting. I would hazard a guess that we are not talking hundreds, but many thousands of decisions. The amount of my decision making is amplified by the fact that my color work does not "follow the book." There is no road map there for me to follow, hence the decisions are new and all mine. You will note that I stated above the axiom of choice may be only a partial answer. The other part of the equation may be that I am pitifully out of shape. Not only physically, but mentally as well. Remember, I claim to have only four functioning brain cells left in my echo chamber of a cranium and those dissociated brain cells... wait... Oh yeah, the squirrels are running around on the roof again! What was I talking about? Ah, who cares when you can listen to squirrels joyfully romping around above your head?

Posted May 7, 2018

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Airstream Trailer



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 April 27, 2018

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Those .45s Just Don't Listen



6"x4" oil on panel Here are a couple more 6x4s. I am ever so slowly catching up on my posts of these minis. (WARNING: The following is an unauthorized parental rant—proceed at your own risk!) On another note... AT&T tried to slam our house with fiber optics today. Murphy's Law came into play and the scheme failed. The technician valiantly vowed to return tomorrow to finish the job. We were informed that after they pipe fiber optics into our humble abode we will have godlike internet speed. This begs the question: Do we need godlike internet speed? The internet is already too fast for the likes of me, so who needs that much speed? Well, The Logan Spawn, of course. I am very proud to inform you that our offspring protect the world from rampant zombies or terrorists or insurgents or the entire WWI German Army or whatever else seems to be randomly attacking us for absolutely no reason at all. I mean, what did we ever do to the Kaiser to have him sic his pointed helmeted forces on us? Whenever I suggest that maybe it would be fairer on the mindless zombie horde or the entire German Army if The Spawn used cricket bats like my hero, Shaun of the Dead (see below) instead of so much seemingly readily available armament, I get eye rolls. (By the way, who is leaving all those rocket launchers laying around in the street for The Spawn to pick up and use?) For the uninitiated, the above parental rant has to do with video games. Take if from me, be happy that you are uninitiated. Repeated zombie attacks can be quite tiresome.

Posted April 22, 2018

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