Another One of J's Pencil Sharpeners



20"x30" oil on canvas Yep, it is another one of The Goddess' pencil sharpeners. This rather unique Japanese pencil sharpener resides in a centrally located glass cabinet from which the little blue devil has taunted me on a daily basis... for years.It is an odd duck and I just could not wrap my head around painting it. Then, as is often the case, one day I pilfered the thing from the house and did a mini painting of it. That mini came out well, so I did the larger version you see above. There is something about pencil sharpeners that I am drawn to and I occasionally go out into the ether looking for interesting looking ones. (I know, it is a sad existence. To brutally misquote Phyllis Diller: "Hey, it's my lot in life. It's not a lot, but it's a life.")

This piece is currently on display in my show at the George Billis Gallery. Go check it out.

Raymond Logan / Everyday Icons 
February 23 - March 30, 2019 
George Billis Gallery/LA 
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034
310.838.3685 / www.georgebillis.com


Posted March 20, 2019


Revere Eight Movie Camera



20"x30" oil on canvas The beginning of my artist statement goes something like this, "What I paint is not as important to me as how I paint it. Blah, blah, blah..." (I am paraphrasing here, but I am pretty sure the "Blah, blah, blah..." is word for word.) Even though I meticulously pick my subject matter, the sentiment stated above still pretty much holds true. Except when it comes to subjects like the one you see above. I mean, come on. It's an 8mm movie camera with a miniature telescope mounted on top! A MINIATURE TELESCOPE! How cool is that? It's like finding a turtle with a turbo jet built into its shell, smoking a cigarette with one of those long cigarette holders, a monocle in one eye, and having him casually challenge you to a race in a droll British accent—it's weird and cool at the same time. When I saw this little camera I knew I had to paint it. I still geek out every time I see it in my studio. And, considering that it sits to the right of my computer, I geek out a lot. Actually, it is pretty easy to get me to geek out over a prop, but we won't go into that.

Posted March 13, 2019

 

4 Grand Prix Racer


4"x6" oil on panel  (As promised, here is the second piece from my email twofer.) I don't really have a story about the red racer you see below. I just think he's cool. So let's chat about the painting above. The whole Pokemon craze passed me by, so when I came upon this really ticked off yellow barking figurine in our house, I had no idea who or what he/she/it was, nor did I know why he/she/it was in such a foul mood. (I have since learned that its name is Pikachu.) I do know The Spousal Unit's little porcelain bunny does not care. As a matter of fact, that stoic little bunny (he is only about 1-1/4" tall) does not care what any of us think and I reckon he has the right attitude. He's the Quaalude bunny, he calms you down, I like him. They were on the shelf together and they just seemed like a good pairing for a painting. So, here they are in goo—a ticked off Pikachu thingy of undetermined gender and a cute little bunny who does not give a hoot what anybody thinks. (I am pretty sure the bunny will live longer.)

Posted March 8, 2019

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Bunny Upsets Pikachu


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 7, 2019

Bell & Howell Filmo Projector


30"x24" oil on canvas I love this little projector. It is only about 15" tall and occupies a position of honor on my desk. It smells a little funky, kind of like my old uncle Sam did, but it is still very cool looking. My uncle? Well, Sam was not known as a "looker" per se, but—if I remember correctly—he did have a date farm, which was kind of cool. He was a nice man of few words and I loved him, but let's just say he was of a fine vintage, best appreciated from across the coffee table (preferably near an open window.

Posted March 6, 2019

Kodak Bullet


16"x24" oil on canvas I have written in the past about my friend yellow. I stated that, if there was a wimp on an artist's palette, it would be yellow. Do not get me wrong, I love the color yellow, but in the world of artist pigments, it just so easy to beat up. Now, if I were to look for a bully on the palette, it would most definitely be somebody from the Family Red. Red is so intense that it intimidates any color it lands next to or mixes with. Blue might calm you down, but red makes you edgy—it likes to announce its presence with authority. Heck, it even confounds all the 1s and 0s in a digital camera. You may be asking why I am bringing this up. Well, take a look at the piece above. Painting a red background—in the manner in which I paint—is kind of like painting with a stick of dynamite in your hand. Everything is going along fine and then you throw down a shot of red and BAM! There goes the neighborhood. After and intense red moves in, it is a challenge to maintain your values. My main issue with red is this: I cannot stay away from it. It is just so dang gorgeous. So, I inevitably find myself standing in front of piece thinking or yelling, "What the heck am I doing?!?! I know painting with red is like painting in a minefield, and yet, here I am again."

Posted March 5, 2019


Raymond's Upcoming Show at George Billis Gallery/LA



I am very pleased to announce my first solo show with the George Billis Gallery/LA will open on February 23rd. Yes, that is only a little over a week away and yes, I am very excited about it. ••• The show is entitled Everyday Icons and I think it is a pretty good name. (See show details below.) If you are on this side of the planet, it would be great to see you at the opening reception. There will be a broad array of my work on display and The Spousal Unit shall be in attendance. Come check it out!

Raymond Logan / Everyday Icons
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 23, 5 - 8 PM

February 23 - March 30, 2019
George Billis Gallery/LA
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90034 (Google Map)
310.838.3685 /
www.georgebillis.com

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IN OTHER NEWS: Art Palm Springs 2019 is coming up and George Billis Gallery will have a couple of my pieces on display in their booth (#502). The fair takes place February 14-18. ••• This is the fair's promo blurb: "Art Palm Springs will be the buzz of the desert this winter: the most prominent and internationally respected fine art fair ever in the Coachella Valley. Nearly 80 international galleries. 300+ Artists. 1000s of Post-War and Contemporary Art. #ArtPalmSprings2019 is an art oasis in the desert, Feb 14-18. Tickets and additional information at www.art-palmsprings.com."

More info:
email: info@art-palmsprings.com
Website: www.art-palmsprings.com


Posted February 14, 2019

Kodatoy Projector

30"x20" oil on canvas This wonderful hand-crank projector recalls a simpler time. A time when a kid could just be a kid. A time when a kid's toy could actually kill you. With plenty of sharp edges and questionable wiring, a kid was required to actually use common sense when using this projector. Common sense dictating that you should call your sibling into the room and make them operate it. Call it a microstudy in Darwinism. Ah, good times.

Posted January 31, 2019

Candy for Tish

16"x24" oil on canvas I have painted my fair share of candy. And why not? Candy is one of the perks of being human. I have been tossing around the idea of painting a five foot wide painting of a Tootsie Roll. Hmm, a five foot Tootsie Roll (drool). Where was I? Oh, yeah... I have painted my fair share of candy, but these vertigo centered pieces are a particular challenge. The only thing that would make it more challenging would be to put Jimmy Stewart's head spinning around in the middle. (Vertigo is a great movie, if you have not seen it, you should. It's considered one of Hitchcock's best, but if you have an issue with Alfred Hitchcock... never mind.)

Posted January 24, 2019

Excel 16mm Projector

18"x18" oil on canvas You—yes, you—are the first to see this piece. It has just been hiding in my studio/cave. I guess, like me, the outside world scares this painting. Enough of that. Let's talk about how weird this projector looks. It looks like it has its hands up in surrender. (I know a couple of politically incorrect WWIII jokes that would fit nicely here, but I think it wise to leave them out.) It is also oddly symmetrical for a projector. Maybe it qualifies for the category "so ugly it is beautiful." Naw. Let's just go with weird and leave it at that. Back in its day, this lightweight little projector would have been a relatively inexpensive indulgence, so it would not have been a big deal if the kids bent or broke it. That is unless one son bent it over the head of his brother. That's what would have happened in my gloriously happy childhood home. Ah, the good old days. Let me tell you... Actually... Let's not go there either. Today's commentary seems to be leading either to inappropriate jokes or tales of horror from my youth, so I think I will stop here.

Posted January 17, 2019

 


Telechron Alarm Clock




10"x10" oil on canvas First off, I just want to say that I love this clock. It is beauty in bakelite. It is the epitome of classic deco industrial design. Why make it look so stylish? After all, it is just a little 4-1/2" tall alarm clock, right? Who cares what it looks like? Back when this was produced, even with World War II raging, they cared what things looked like with the industrial designers of the era throwing everything they had into everything they designed. • When it was first produced, this clock was called the War Alarm because it was made to make sure people woke up and arrived on time to their jobs in the war factories. After the war, it was renamed the Dispatcher. Mine is a Dispatcher. • The history lesson is neat and all, but what I really care about is aesthetics and this little clock is just wonderful to look at. So, I hunted for years until I finally found one that did not cost me an arm and a leg (it must be the Scotsman in me—he's in there somewhere). • And here you have it, in gooey oil paint, the little clock that helped win the war. (And looked great doing it!)

Posted January 10, 2019

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Empty Tequila Bottle

6"x4" oil on panel  (As promised, here is the second piece from my email twofer.) Let me start off by answering the question currently floating across your mind: No, I did not drink all that tequila. It is a found bottle that speaks to the drinking habits—and driving habits—of the denizens of our fair city. I believe our burg still has the lucky distinction of being ranked rather high on the list of cities in the USA with the worst drivers. Maybe the ubiquitous spent booze bottles accounts for at least some of that dubious distinction. ••• Last week I shared some painting process shots with you. Many people told me that they really enjoyed seeing them with some people requesting I share more. There were even requests that I shoot videos. Well, knowing my curmudgeon-like personality, I am not sure shooting process videos of me flinging paint would be... wise. So, let me kindly suggest a calmer viewing choice, maybe a comparatively peaceful movie like "Carrie" or "The Shining" would provide a saner viewing experience.

Posted December 20, 2018

My Stanley 12ft

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 December 14, 2018

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Rotary Phone Black

12"x18" oil on panel (8 process shots below.) I did not even know I had the process shots you see below. The memory of shooting them had exited the empty building that is my cranium. If I had not digitally stumbled upon them, they would still be hidden away. I guess the big surprise is not that I forgot shooting them or that I was lucky enough to come upon them by accident. The big surprise is that I shot them at all. When I paint, I paint. I do not do other things. I might take a drink of water and I may cuss and spit a bit, but I consider cussing and spitting part of the painting process. (Actually, I do not spit—it's a disgusting habit.) So, the existence of these photos is a complete mystery to me. Wait a minute... I just had a thought. There is a being who floats around here, going in and out at will—quieter than a mouse and more graceful than a gazelle. AND, this being has an iPhone. Criminy! I should never have given The Spousal Unit that dang iPhone.

Posted December 7, 2018




Gumby & Pokey

6"x4" oil on panel (As promised, here is the second piece from my email twofer.) The above Gumby & Pokey was kind of a test run for possible larger pieces—maybe incorporating other toy characters. I usually take time to mull over such prospects while I look at the piece sitting on my drying rack. This process can take months, even years. Yes, I am a very slow muller. Well, this painting sold kind of fast, so I have not had it in the studio to mull over and it completely slipped my mind until I found this photo to share with you. So, I guess this makes me a slow muller with a short attention span(?). ••• The camera you see below came out of The Spousal Unit's grandfather's metal chest. This model of Argus camera is nicknamed "The Brick," and for good reason. It is. Maybe Argus thought people would taking the camera on safari, because I think you could stand your ground and throw this brick at a charging rhino and stop the poor creature in its tracks.

Posted November 20, 2018

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