JP in His Boater


6"x4" oil on panel


Posted May 20, 2021

 
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Keystone Projector

4"x6" oil on panel

Posted May 18, 2021


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Rod's Ice


40"x 40" oil on canvas
••• You may remember Rod's Ice from an earlier email. That piece was an 8" x 8" and it worked out so well that I produced a 40" x 40" version of it. This piece, along with many others, was in Local Icons, my solo show at the George Billis Gallery/LA I know I often show you detail shots, but this time I want to try something new. I have made a short video for this piece that I have posted on YouTube. You will be the first to know of its existence and, hopefully, the first to view it. Click on the link to go to YouTube and view it.

Rod's Ice VIDEO: https://youtu.be/AEbEpo3dLww

Posted April 29, 2021


Rod's Ice


8"x 8" oil on canvas

Posted April 13, 2021

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John Marshall


 8"x 8" oil on panel ••• I present to you in gooey resplendence the fourth, and arguably, the most important of our Chief Justices. It dawned on me that I may not have shared this diminutive piece with you—at least not close up—and this seems like an appropriate time. The Honorable John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States was really the modeler of the court, it being in its infancy and desperately needing to be molded.

Posted April 6, 2021

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Catalina Liquor

8"x 8" oil on canvas ••• A small study that was in the Cityscape Show last summer at the George Billis Gallery/LA. A larger 36" x 36" version is currently housed at the Gallery.

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Posted March 31, 2021

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Mir-A-Mar


 

10"x 8" oil on canvas ••• This was a study to see if I wanted to do a larger version. I think it worked out well, so I did a 30" x 20" of it. There are some subtle changes between the two. Both are available via George Billis Gallery / LA.

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Posted March 30, 2021

Señor Fish

8"x 8" oil on canvas ••• This piece should qualify as some sort of historical document because this building is no more. It was across the street from the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. Like so many people who haunted downtown decades ago, I will always remember this not as a Señor Fish, but as the home of the legendary and comfortably creepy Atomic Cafe. The cafe was a great place to hang out, and it had the added benefit of giving you the feeling that you would get hepititis just by thinking of going there. Ah, the good old days in Downtown Los Angeles! I stumbled upon some photographs I had taken of this side of the building before they tore it down and decided to see if it would make for a good painting. The Spousal Unit probably thought the signage looked cool and forced me to take pictures of it. It is a simple equation for happiness: She says take the shot, I take the shot, done. As usual, it turns out She was right; it makes a for a good painting.

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Posted February 19, 2021

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Chili John's

 


8"x 8" oil on canvas ••• A small study that was in the Cityscape Show last summer at the George Billis Gallery/LA. A larger version is currently hanging in my show, "Local Icons," at the gallery. ••• Here we have a Southern California landmark, and I . . . go and paint the back of it. Sure, the front has its iconlike appeal, but once again, I became enamored with the derriere of the place. The following is going to bring on a slue of culinarily angry emails, but I have to say it: I do not touch chili. It just isn't for me. You may be thinking, "Hey, Raymond! If you don't like chili, what the heck were you doing at a place that puts chili on anything that doesn't move (too fast)?" Well, when you choose to breed and your offspring develop a hankering for it, you find yourself at places like the famous Chili John's (est. 1946). For all of you who are preparing to send me a case of chili, understand this: I have an impenetrable shield protecting me from the odious concoction. The shield is called Spawn Number One (a.k.a., Mr. Iron Guts) and we just have to make sure he doesn't eat the cans as well as their contents. We have also found that it is better to quickly retract our hands lest we loose a digit(s) — never get between Spawn Number One and his chili.

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Posted February 17, 2021

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Box City Back Door


10"x 8" oil on canvas • • • A small study that was in the Cityscape Show last summer at the George Billis Gallery/LA. A larger version is currently hanging in my show, "Local Icons," at the gallery.

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Posted February 16, 2021

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Frolic Room


11"x 8" oil on panel ••• My late February solo show at the George Billis Gallery/LA has been moved up to be a late January show. If you would like to receive show announcements or just keep up with what is going on in the studio, hit the SIGN UP! button and after you sign up, you will receive my emails.

Posted December 13, 2020

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