Montgomery Ward Powr-Kraft Drill

10"x10" oil on canvas Two of the most important questions of the 20th Century have always perplexed me: Firstly, why the heck did Montgomery Ward pick such a dorky name for their line of tools? I mean, Powr-Kraft, really? And secondly, but no less important: With such a wonderfully lusty and lyrical voice, why was Keely Smith not even more popular than she was? Her voice could melt solid steel, it was that wonderful. So, maybe Louie Prima was a mistake, but cut the girl some slack. Oh well. I will probably never have an answer to either of those two ever important questions, but it didn't keep me from painting a portrait of a Monkey Wards power drill with a dorky name. I present to you the "Montgomery Ward Powr-Kraft Drill" in gloriously smooshed oil paint. I would like to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving! And, unlike some well-meaning pundits, I fully endorse over eating during the holiday. If you have it, be thankful for it and indulge.
Posted November 26, 2014

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  1. Hi Logan,

    I've been following your blog for a little while, and I've really enjoyed your art and been inspired by your consistency. If you do not mind my asking, could you please write a bit about your processes? Questions like: how long does a piece take you? How many takes?

    Thanks very much in advance

    1. Dear Neha,

      I am not really sure how to write about my actual painting process, I guess this is why I do not teach. • For artists, especially painters of smaller works, one of the most popular questions put to us is how long does a piece take. This is somewhat of a loaded question. All the answers can be judged, either positively or negatively, and since it can vary widely anyway, we usually decline to answer. • I can tell you that I am a wet into wet painter, so I must finish a piece while the goo is still gooey enough to have more goo shoved into it. Whether this be a day or five does not matter to me—all I know is I must finish the fight. That also sort of answers your next question but here it is more succinctly: I have only one take. • As to writing more about my processes in future posts, I will see what I can do.

      Thank you so much for your comment!


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