20"x16" oil on canvas This is my studio daruma. I love darumas. You cannot tell if they are royally ticked off, simply benign with very odd facial hair patterns, or they are stricken with some sort of ocular condition that makes them stare at you uncomfortably making you feel overly self-conscious. If you want to know more about darumas, here is a link to their Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll I have no idea how accurate that page is, but this is how it was told to me: When you are going to start an important project, you get one of these little paper mache dudes sans the black pupils. You paint in the left eye when you start the project and when you complete the project—reach your goal or whatever—you fill in the right eye. Then, at the end of the year or the beginning of the next year—I can never remember which—you burn the little guy. Well, there is absolutely no chance of me burning my daruma, so, pyro, put that lighter away. 


For everybody in the Southern California area:
I will have a piece hanging in the group show "The Faces Within" down at the South Bay Contemporary gallery in San Pedro. Here's the info...

The Faces Within at South Bay Contemporary
Opening Reception is this Saturday, January 14, 2017
4-7pm The Spousal Unit and I plan on being there.
There will also be an ARTist Talk on February 19th at 3pm

Exhibition Dates: January 14, thru February 19, 2017
Location: South Bay Contemporary
401 South Mesa Street, 3rd Floor
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 429-0973

The only teaser I have for you is that half of my face will be in the show. Beyond that, I really have no idea of how to succinctly describe the show to you, so if you live on Facebook here is a link to the event page: The Faces Within at South Bay Contemporary

Posted January 12, 2017

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