Posts Tagged ‘art’

Elbows Deep In Acrylic Ink And A Quick You Tube Update

I uploaded this video about a week ago, which means I am extremely efficient about promoting my videos on this blog. But not really. It’s an update on some of the paintings I’m working on.

I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for watching!

And now a for a quick YouTube update.

As you might know from my whiny post in January, my YouTube Channel will (probably) soon be demonetized. To sum it up, YouTube is changing the terms of what it takes to be a “partner”. Being a YouTube Partner basically means that a creator can earn money from the ads that are placed on their videos. The new terms require a creator to have 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time per year (that’s 240,000 minutes) in order to have “partner” status.

Here’s part of the email from YouTube.

I currently have 525 subscribers and in the past year have had 22,205 minutes of watch time. That means I get about 1 hour of watch time per day on my channel and to retain my partner status I need 11 hours, on average, per day. The deadline to meet the new requirement is February 20, 2018. In other words, in the next four days I need to get 475 new subscribers and 3,630 hours of watch time. I’m no pessimist, but I just don’t see that happening. It might happen sometime in the future, but not in the next 4 days.

Anyway, I know it’s silly to whine about my dumb YouTube channel, but I enjoy making videos and it takes a lot of time and energy to put them out. Getting a little something for the effort would be pretty sweet. After my first whiny post about it some of you actually checked out my channel and even subscribed, which is super awesome.

Thanks for listening and BIG thanks to those of you that have subscribed and watched a video or two. It is much appreciated.

– Jeff

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Compilation Vlog: January 2018

January was a busy month. One kid had a birthday Another kid made a parkour course in the living room. There was a fire. Somebody cried at the beach and I almost finished a painting. Hashtag family life.

New Mini Canvas Paintings

I posted this photo on Instagram back in September.

After this the mini canvases sat. And sat. Then they sat some more. They sat all the way until mid-January. That’s 4 months of sitting. Obviously, other projects I had in the works took priority over these three inch square art pieces. But why? I could have just set aside one night to finish them. Procrastination and the inability to prioritize efficiently are two traits I’d like to delete from the hard drive of my personality. Just drag them straight into the trash can. Ughh, I’ll do that later. Anyway, I am very happy to have finally finished them.

Thankfully, they sold fast. The only one still available is this dude.

3″ x 3″ – mixed media on canvas.
He’s available to purchase on my site.

Once I finally got the mini paintings finished and on display in my retail shop it got me excited to start a new batch. Here’s the first one.

This little bunny is named Martin. He’s already found a new home, but I am on my way to the art store now to pick up more mini canvases. I want to say I’d like to paint a couple dozen of these, but let’s be honest. If it took me 4 months to paint, essentially, 5 of these who knows how long it could take to paint 24 of them. Time will tell. Don’t hold your breath.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

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New Paintings: Simon, Sydney, And Richie

Today I have 3 new blockhead paintings to show you. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve probably already seen them. And if not, then you’re seeing them for the first time and that’s cool. There are a lot of things I would love to see for the first time again. For some reason, the movies Matrix and Fight Club come to mind. Or even The Sixth Sense. Anyway…I hope you enjoy these. If you’d like to add any of these to your art collection they are all available in my online shop.

“Simon The Owl”
3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood
Available here.

3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood
Available here.

3.5″ x 5″ – mixed media on wood
Available here.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

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The Blockhead Owl Time Lapse

A few nights ago I started this “blockhead owl” painting and thought, “Let’s record this shit!” So, I did. I’ve painted a lot of these blockhead owls, but this is the biggest one to date.

If the video below isn’t working for some reason try this link:

Sunday Afternoon Up For Auction On Facebook

A couple of weekends ago I wanted to make a time lapse video of making a painting. My plan was to paint the whole thing in one sitting. Both ideas didn’t quite happen, but that’s totally ok. The time lapse idea evolved into a short movie with a couple of time lapse sequences thrown in. I started the painting in my front yard and once Elliott (my 4 year old) saw what was happening he really wanted to get in on the action so the painting turned into a collaboration when he found himself a paint brush. It was very cute and I love that he wanted to join me. Speaking of four year olds, making a 24″ x 48″ painting in one sitting is quite ambitious with one of them around, so the painting took two sitting sessions. I was super stoked to still finish the painting in one day, so I felt quite accomplished. I mean, I have 6″ paintings that sit unfinished for weeks at a time, so making a big painting in a single day felt pretty good.

(Click image to see the video)

This painting is on a 1/4″ thick piece of plywood and has been coated with multiple layers of a high gloss protective finish. If you’ve seen my work in person that is covered in epoxy resin this piece is different. It’s shiny, but not thick like the resin.

I have this painting up for auction right now on my Facebook page. If you’re interested in bidding on it please visit the page and read the full description:

At the time of this posting the highest bid is $50 and the bidding will continue for another 30 hours. The official ending is December 14, 2015 at 11:59pm.

This is a good chance to get a one of a kind original at below gallery price. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Happy bidding!
– Jeff

Three New Blockhead Paintings

I finished these a few weeks ago and forgot to put them on here, so check them out. I don’t think this “Blockhead” series is ever going to end. Enjoy!

3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood with resin coating.
$75, plus shipping

“Lucid Larry”
3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood with resin coating.
$75, plus shipping

3.5″ x 7″ – mixed media on wood with resin coating.
$75, plus shipping

If you’d like to purchase any of these paintings you can click right on the picture to order or visit my online shop at

As always, thanks for looking!
– Jeff

Chipboard Is My New Friend

I’ve been really into drawing and painting on chipboard lately. Chipboard is basically a thick paperboard made from reclaimed paper stock. It sounds fancy, but you see it used quite a bit for things like keeping photos flat when being shipped, which is actually why I have so much of it. I use it when I mail drawings or prints to people. Anyway, I think black ink looks great on it and it’s a nice alternative to the standard white paper. Right now I have 10 available and they are a mix of Sharpie marker, brush pen, house paint and acrylic ink. If you’d like to purchase any of these simply click on the picture and the rest is easy. Oh, if you do make a purchase I highly suggest using the Paypal option because the other option (Stripe) takes about 3 days longer to process. Here we go…

“The Repair Man”
5″ x 7″ – $15, plus shipping. Order here.

“Floppy Bun”
5″ x 7″ – $15, plus shipping. Order here.

“The Almond Milk Man”
5″ x 7″ – $15, plus shipping. Order here.

“Donut Owl”
5″ x 7″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.

I made a quick time lapse of this next one.

“Benny The Owl”
8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.

“The Carnies Are Coming”
8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.

8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.

“Pretending To Smile”
8″ x 10″ – $30, plus shipping. Order here.

“Lucky Laura”
8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.

“Sleepy Harold”
8″ x 10″ – $20, plus shipping. Order here.

I know that’s a lot to look at, so thanks for taking the time to check them out. If you have any problems ordering online let me know and I will help you out.

See ya!
– Jeff

iPad Doodle: Two Suits And A Little Birdy

Just doodling on the iPad. “Digital finger painting”, we call it.

Short and sweet tonight. I’ve got a movie commentary I want to watch.

Sweet dreams!
– Jeff

Work In Progress: Leather Keychains

Coral ordered about 30 of these leather keychains. She’s chained me to a chair leaving only my arms free so I can paint all of them. I’ve been given ten “leisure minutes”, as she calls it, to post this blog and let you know about it. Not that I’m being held against my will in a hostage situation, but that we’re stepping up the game and offering hand painted leather keychains.

For more details about them and to order please visit the shop at

Oh…here she comes. I better go. I’ve gone over my 10 minute limit and for every minute over she sets one donut in front of me just out of arms reach, which is a nightmare come to life.

Collaboration Sketchbook With Neal Breton

Neal Breton and I are working on this collaboration sketchbook and I thought I’d share a couple of pages with you.

If you know us then it should be fairly easy to figure out who did what. Anyway, we’ve been working on this for awhile and SERIOUSLY need to finish it soon. I’m really stoked with how it’s turning out and when the whole book is done I will post some more photos of it.

Thanks for looking!
– Jeff

You Shoot Me In A Dream You Better Wake Up And Apologize

This is a Reservoir Dogs painting I called “Shoot Me In A Dream” that I just found while digging around my hard drive. It’s from 1998, when I was going through my Andy Warhol phase. I had taught myself how to screen print through a long trial and error process. YouTube tutorials did not exist and the only book I could find on the subject was something printed in the 70’s and needless to say, it left a lot to be desired. If memory serves me correctly, this painting is a 30” square canvas. This is one of the best scenes in the movie. Looking at it now takes me back to a time before Photoshop and smart phones with amazing photo editing apps that are so intuitive my three year old can figure them out.

Here’s a little story on how much work went into making art like this in 1998. First I had to find a photo for source material. There was no Google. I didn’t even own a computer. I was a huge Tarantino fan and was lucky enough to find a book of his screenplays for True Romance and Reservoir Dogs (both great movies).

Since I’m a night owl and lived in a college town the 24 hour Kinko’s became a home away from home. With Tarantino’s book as my late night companion I would go to Kinko’s in the middle of the night. I had to photocopy the image multiple times making slight changes to the contrast with each copy until I got it just how I wanted. To do this, I found it best to make photocopies of the previous photocopy. Eventually, when I got it just right I would make my last photocopy on clear mylar, which is basically a transparency. Some places called it acetate. Either way, it’s the same thing you’d use with an overhead projector.

This is not the transparency I used for the paintings in this blog. Those were much smaller and probably in a landfill at this point. Anyway, I don’t want to get into the in’s and out’s of how to make a screen print, but these were all the steps taken before making a screen, which is another lengthy process with a lot of steps involved.

I am very happy that my long nights at Kinko’s are a thing of the past, especially since they installed those “pay with credit card” boxes on the machines. In the old days you picked up this boxy looking key that you’d plug into the machine and it would count your copies. If you were sly you could hit the “copy” button on the machine, pull the key out and if you timed it just right the counter would not count your copy. When you were done you’d take the key to the counter and pay. Back then I didn’t have a debit card so paying with cash was nice. I fully embrace the technology and the ease at which it allows us to do things like adding contrast to a photo by simply sliding a bar from left to right in Photoshop.

However, I feel very fortunate that I had to learn screen printing the way that I did, without the help from computers and Google Image Search. Obviously, great tools that we all use on a daily basis, but there is something deeper happening when you learn without them. Think of the the DJ’s that learned their craft when the only option was vinyl records. Finding a rare record or a particular sound to sample took hours of digging through crates at record stores. Think of the photographers that learned their craft when the only option was film. They wouldn’t know how their photos would turn out until they developed their film so they had to have a good understanding of all the camera settings. With that comes a better appreciation for the craft. A proudness, I’d say, that you don’t get when making something becomes too easy.

Honestly, I will never make a screen print using the photocopy of a photocopy method again. I will also never use a film camera again (I actually have developed my own film and made prints in a darkroom before). Like I said, I totally embrace the new technology and the ease it allows us, but I’m a big proponent of the “know the rules before you can break them” philosophy and I think that relates to learning old school traditional methods. I realize that my nights at Kinko’s could be seen as “too easy” compared to how it was done before the photocopy machine was invented, but it is certainly an archaic way of doing things compared to how it can be done today.

I suppose this nostalgic walk down memory lane has reminded me not to take things for granted and to appreciate how awesome it is to be a creative person today. When that little rainbow wheel shows up during Photoshop I will remember that it could be worse. Instead of sitting at my dining room table with my laptop and hot cocoa I could be waiting in line at Kinko’s.

With that said, let’s all grab a bow and arrow and go hunt us some dinner!

– Jeff

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