LEGO Shaun of the Dead



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 April 5, 2018

sold • private collection washington, dc

Chicago Pencil Sharpener


4"x6" oil on panel Two more mini paintings for you. • Whenever I feel like I am being lazy, I just view the amount of paintings I have posted. The number is hovering somewhere around the mid 900s. That's posted as opposed to painted. The painted number, which is impossible to accurately calculate, would be much higher... I would say well over 1,000 if not more. After contemplating these numbers, my opinion of myself changes from lazy to insane. • I'll take insane, because in the household I grew up in, being called insane would be much better than being called lazy. Being called lazy was a supreme insult that could result in a fist fight. Of course, when cooler, more civilized heads prevailed, we took the time to put our boxing gloves on.

Posted March 29, 2018

sold • private collection culver city, ca

Bottle of Blue



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 March 19, 2018

sold • private collection beverly hills, ca

Mickey Marionette

6"x4" oil on panel Here are a couple more 4x6s to ponder. In the art world, these are technically 6x4s—don't ask, unless you want a obnoxiously long and whiny rant from this artist. Both the subjects in these paintings are loaners. Mickey comes from an extremely patient cousin and the coffee grinder comes from my Mother Unit who has just about given up on her sticky fingered son ever returning the items he pilfers from her house. As a matter of fact, she has this really cool schoolhouse clock hanging above her door...

Posted March 5, 2018

sold • private collection monrovia, ca

Coffee Grinder 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 February 22, 2018

sold • private collection phillipines

Craftsman Belt Sander


4"x6" oil on panel As usual, I am behind in photographing my work. Hey, I've been busy (defensive tone implied). Not only am I behind in the photographic arena, but I also noticed that there a bunch of these mini (4x6) pieces that I somehow failed to show you. There may be as many as fourteen that slipped the net. Most of them have sold (these two sold at my last gallery show—yes, I am bragging), so I do not have detail shots for you. (They are too small for my camera to get good detail shots of anyway.) To make up for this omission, I thought I would include photos of two paintings at a time—one above and one below. They're twofers! I would like to thank my buddy Scott for loaning me the belt sander and also The Spousal Unit for not throwing out my collection of Japanese teapots.

Posted February 15, 2018

sold • private collection phillipines

Green Teapot

4"x6" oil on panel This was a 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 February 7, 2018

sold • private collection los angeles, ca

Western Electric Telephone



16"x24" oil on canvas First off, I would like to apologize. As my feeble attempt at taking process shots illustrates, I am not good at taking process shots. Frankly, I am surprised I took as many shots of this painting as I did. Taking pictures is not a priority for me when I am slinging the goo. Slinging the goo is my focus when I am slinging the goo. (Sometimes dreamy thoughts of fresh baked cookies do sneak across my addled gray matter.) Anyway, please take a look at my pitiful attempt at process shots below. Process shots of my work are always going to be a little misleading. The fact is, I do not draw the same way all the time and I do not paint the same way all of the time. The drawing you see below is really just a smoosh of ultramarine blue to give me a general idea. The "drawing" then proceeds to be smooshed and pushed all over until, somehow, I come up with the finished piece. Granted, this is a horrible example of how to do a drawing before one paints, but hey, it is how I do it (sometimes). The drawing is not precious to me, it is something that I continue to manipulate as I paint, often destroying parts or all of it as I go. Including process shots in this email forces me to include this disclaimer: DO NOT PAINT LIKE I DO. YOU MIGHT GO INSANE.

Posted January 30, 2018

Kathy's Nikon


12"x18" oil on canvas As is my usual practice, I hurled a lot of paint at this piece. Along with all that hurling is a fair amount of what I can only describe as flicking. Flicking is when my knife catches on something, bends, then snaps back to shape. It is a healthy by-product of the violent manner in which I paint. Flicking often results in paint joyously flying about the studio, landing in all directions and distances from my easel. I have found it on the studio's vaulted ceiling, 8 feet behind me, and in places and at distances that seem to defy physics. It can also end up on me. Sometimes it feels like the painting is fighting back—I am, after all, slashing at it with knives. Maybe the canvas feels threatened and is just acting in self-defense. When anthropomorphic thoughts like that cross over my four remaining brain cells, I know it is time to give them a rest.

Posted January 24, 2018

Airstream Trailer

20"x16" oil on canvas When viewing my paintings of "things," people often ask, "Do you have these items or do you paint from pictures?" My answer: "I have almost all of the items—a very few are loaned to me—and I paint whilst the object is posing there before me." This response usually elicits a sideways glance that says, "Buddy, you got a hoarding problem!" A look I usually try to ignore. (After all, one man's "hoard" is another man's "collection." Right?) Then along comes this painting, creating a singular caveat: I do not have an Airstream trailer sitting in my studio. This was painted utilizing about 12 different scrap photographs (samples). While it would be fantastic to have a studio large enough to house an Airstream trailer, the fact of the matter is, I do not. And, if I had such a large space, being human, I would just fill it up with more stuff (See "hoarding" above.) Humans do that. Give us a space, and we will fill it. Using a technique I believe psychoanalysts call "avoidance," let's awkwardly segue to a nicer topic. This painting sold at my show! It was one of those wonderful instances when somebody just had to have it. Interestingly enough, the mini version of the painting is still available at the gallery (see inset image). As I type this, I keep wondering if they made an Airstream trailer that would fit in here. Or maybe I could hide it out in the yard. Then, when The Spousal Unit sees it, I would find myself sleeping in it, banished. Hmm, on second thought, I think I'll pass on the trailer.

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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 (and you reside on this side of the planet), go check it out. If you cannot make it by the gallery, here is a link to the show's catalogue: MOTION EXHIBIT CATALOGUE

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 15, 2017


sold • private collection san francisco, ca



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


 
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