Like i mentioned last BLOG,the Rebel Angels is FINISHED!

Four by Six feet in diameter,it is NOW proudly hanging on the walls of the PAS gallery.

So let's take a wander around the work

before i share some Opening night shots with y'alls!


First,some music to accompany such a heavy theme...

Let's start in the top corner

The trumpeting angel swoops downward from the clouds in the corner

propelled by a gust  from one of the four winds.

Some of the heavenly Architecture is revealed

all the while,a sword-brandishing angel flies towards an unknown foe...

the bottom right of this picture has a lot of details we will examine shortly...

Here we float along the top of the painting....

This is  a great area of the piece to view a panoramic display of some of the distant buildings

Also, along the top right of this shot,you can see the flash and the fallen angels being dumped out of a Divine Cloud ,transforming to suit the evil inside of each of them...

Here is a little lower so you can see the Angel tear out of the archway in the upper middle of this vignette...There are two pillars in this shot that have little symbolic clues/support imagery that we'll discuss shortly....

Well... Looks like "shortly" is here! I have carved the ten commandments on the pillar to the right of the repentant devil...This is a reminder of the Law...Also note the trumpets at the top,

harassing the fallen spirits as they tumble to Hell...

Here is a shot to give you a roadmap as to where these closeups are located...

Here is a nice clear view of the Angel with a Spear and the Accusing Angel pointing at a worried little devil as he tumbles thru the air...

As this picture shows..a sort of boundary is formed between the Upper and the Infernal Regions. The Clouds of Heaven spilling and gathering around the hems of this area...

As we float towards the right end of the top

we see a structure floating on a cloud and a league of the Fallen  in the middle of this picture.

In this vertical Shot,we finally get to decipher and clearly see the second pillar mentioned earlier.. it pictures an Angelic winged eye shedding tears into a Flame... This part of the work is a good spot to see the Black,indigo,forest outlines being used to achieve more depth in the picture.

Here is the Accusing Angel  and Devil,all framed for emphasis and examination...

Behind the two,Angels transform and fall downward into the flames deep below...

And at last,we reach the top right of the painting...

Behind the Angel with the scales are examples of the architecture of each of the Realms

Pillars,stairs,and towers above and flames and the columns and tympanum with a winged frieze on the building located below....

Pictured here is the heavenly fortress with domed central building. There's a Brueghel-inspired fallen angel with a hood  and another figure  with disintegrating wings up near the top....

This angel as inspired by the Michael of  European religious art.... He is often pictured holding scales in the center of a Last Judgment piece.(Until Michaelangelo's replacement with Christ who acts as the actual fulcrum of the scale in his Judgment painting.i chose to place a heart and a brain  that are being waved... I meant this to represent Lucifer's mindset that caused  his demise....That would be a battle between Heart (love,obedience,humbleness) and Brain (Pride,entitlement,Jealousy)...his desire to set himself above his creator...

Here is an earlier piece, "God Creating the World" where we see Lucifer(Blue ,on the bottom, second figure from the right) As you can see,his expression is thoughtful, serious, doubtful, not the joy and adulation of the other angels.... It is here,and finally when Man is created and given dominion over the animals and the earth,when his dissatisfaction grows into rebellion.

I'm not sure if this painting was shared.. It's an earlier,vertical version of this theme. I had it next to this huge piece for additional inspiration,as well as to force me to produce something even better...

A closer look at the serene face of this angel (Michael?), with the fourth wind gently blowing a breeze  amidst the clouds.

As we slide lower don the right side,lower down the angel with the scales' form we see the drapery slowly encircling an astonished fallen angel,fully transformed into a mishapen demon. His look of worry  is merely a realization of his fate. There are plenty of prisons in this UnderWorld...

Here is an extreme close-up of his concern...And Look! a Cherubim floats peacefully by, gathering intelligence to report back later,,,

Another Angel flaps his wings proudly here,with a shield on one arm,and the Word-the only Law,in his other hand... You'll notice later as we creep downward to the bottom of this painting,that Lucifer ALSO holds the LAW.The only reason he isn't completely destroyed is his challenge  to God concerning destroying and punishing a third of his faithful Creations,the Angelic  Ones...

As an aside... Biblically, Satan is merely banished to our Spiritual Dimension and finally ,near the endtimes,he is banished  to Earth only (as opposed to the Universe in THIS physical realm). This is where he causes all that trouble mentioned in Revelation with the Four Horsemen,AntiChrist,False Prophet, Whore of Babylon,etc.....until the Judgment,Second Coming,and casting him into the lake of Fire for one thousand years (By that time new Jerusalem will have landed,but that's another painting for the future.)

This painting follows the more Middle Ages Fine Art narrative,with some other stuff thrown in for PIZAZZ....

A Nice view of the Shield and some Hellish architecture swarmed by flames...

And now we sail back over to the middle/bottom  left of this Epic MasterWork!.

There is a great look of determination,of intent,in this sword wielding Angel. This shot also gives you a great look at some more Heavenly buildings.

This manner of allowing the Angels to flow and curl and twirl through the air,apparently with Bolts and Bolts of Divine fabric at their disposal,was inspired by the way Gothic sculpture began to achieve this ornateness of movement,this stretching of a form for emphasis' sake....and the drapery....AH! Well it all was smeared and blended into a big homogenous gob of 12th Century European/Romanesque art themes...and then there's GISELBERTUS ! His sculptures for the Autun Cathedral in France is kind of the benchmark of this wonderful,slightly cartoonish,with beautiful flowing figures peppered amidst confused stumbling forms....

all with wonderful evocative silhouettes...

Here's an example...Check him out!

The elongated angel on the left has inspired and haunted me for around a decade..the perfect drapery and slight bend....the folds and flow are akin to the Russian icon...very grooved and graphic. Also the size.... the Hugeness when compared to the poor mortals awaiting judgment....

Well....Now that you've been given a lil bit of culture,let us return to the painting at hand....

Here is a view of some of the landscape of Hell, with Lucifer far right wagging his finger upward toward the light ,as if demanding his day in Court. The angel on the right is going about brandishing his sword at various malcontents...

Here is a great peek into some of the Architecture of the Damned... Also note the Black, Indigo, and Forest outlines..just as i used them to instill depth of field up above near the it is applied to the subterranian depths.... Of course,there are trumpets blasting from the clouds,a constant reminder of the violations of the fallen.

The little red gentleman is entranced by the shield and the blue fellow scrambles towards a fiery escape. Far right are some more Buildings and prisons.

at the VERY bottom of the left side,a surprised newly transformed  devil looks upon the scene with surprise and confusion.

And,as mentioned earlier,you can now see the LAW in Lucifer's hand... I added the horns just to make identification easier for the viewer. Behind him is a mourning fellow rebel,clutching his heart as his wings merely fall off.  Also note the angel located at the middle top of this shot. He's carrying some chains to bind some troublemaker. And of course,we wander to the right to spy the Adonis Angel....

I call him Adonis Angel because a large majority of women who have viewed the painting

while it was on an easel being worked on, declared that tghis was their favorite figure.

I think a lot of it has to do with not only his sculpted profile,but the way his body flows,

how it appears to float out of the painting and towards the viewer... It would appear that the two lil devils tugging on his cloak are also beguiled by his sympathetic features...

On the far right of  we are introduced to another sword handling angel ascending upward.

We can also see a few more buildings in the distance

And for the ladies....

And, finally, we can discuss one of my favorite characters in here... the winged bulldog chap! He appears to have gotten entangled in some of the angel's tumultuous robes...

Also, when one peers farther back,a descending denizen covers his face as he plunges into the flames.

This picture allows us to see the encompass of all the architecture on this side..Some appearing closer,and others appearing farther away,same with the flames...

Here we can see the flames that are in the foreground contain more red than the flames that are farther back... just a lil parlour trick that helps make my job as an artist/illusionist easier.

Pictured here is a structure with kneeling praying figures,wings and whatnot adorning it's outer walls...

Along the bottom right of this painting,we have the  last angel,with sword upraised and ready to strike. Far right ,in the foreground is a mesmerized devil,influenced by the japanese demons of  Hokusai and  Kuniyoshi

the Skull-headed figure was inspired by both Bosch and Brueghel. I dig his withered little wings....

With this final shot we will conclude our first tour and will get on with the second shortly...

This picture is a great example of how to achieve aome distance. And thus we conclude our final walkabout with the rebel Angels... I hope you enjoyed the Tour!


(paintings awaiting their delivery to the gallery)

Now it's time to take you around the show... First ,before the visitors arrive

and then i'll share the photos that were taken that night,m'kay?


Here's some Music to accompany our walk-thru...


and if you'd like nice clear shots of the paintings...


This is the wall the visitor sees when they first walk in.

This wall contains a clumping together of some of my religious/Social Commentary  themes.

"The Church in the last Days" reinforces the contemporary theme of "Saint Surveillance". Between them are woodcuts that are an extension/overflow of the Surveillance piece.


looking to the left is the title of the show and 'the Conversation" amidst two tiki-themed pieces...Two different storylines,but connected by the element of fantasy.


Here's a backaway view of that wall....


to the left of the Saint Surveillance piece is the main hallway of the magoski Art Colony. We were able to design the show so that it starts in the front and leads the viewer down the hall into the mass of paintings . See how your eye is led to the Rebel Angels piece? EXACTLY!


Here is the first part of the hallway pieces.. These are Tiki pieces.. Ranging from a childhood Von-Danieken (sp?)  fascination with otherworldly interstellar visits via Sepik River Spirit hooks to a study in relationships with the Bar-themed "the Constant Crier".


Move Along! No time to Dawdle! Let's get to the next grouping....


Before we enter the main collection of work,there is another wall that echoes the magenta wall in the very front.

Here's the view looking back towards the front.


On the main wall we have the Rebel Angels piece and a framed Artist's statement.

Below is the statement,so you can fell like you're actually THERE!

Like it says...such a terrific undertaking cannot be created alone... No man is an island..

A isthmus maybe,but not an island....

Walking past the main piece,two landscapes are revealed..

a little oasis from the the tumult of the War in Heaven around the corner...

Hidden behind the Rebel Angels wall, a Self portrait and some disparate paintings dwell...

Here's a view of one corner...

and here's the other...

if we turn completely around from facing the Waterfall painting,the wall of Classic greek myth will be revealed... Hercules and the nemean Lion,a Siren,and a Tragedy figure.

Added to the mix is an Orpheus...

These pieces lead to the corner area where i have a glass case filled with painted mugs

i had produced with Tiki Farm and the Tikipop catalog with  the page opened to my

"Song of the Pufferfish". a little diorama action....kinda...

Swarming on the walls around the glass case are some woodburns and a few other showcase tiki pieces,including a six foot Cannibal king...

and here is how theis whole area looks from across the way.

Here's a better view of the glass case...

And here's a view from the next room we're going to enter....

on this wall are two early erotic paintings where i attempted to blend architecture and the human form.... Without the forms interacting,it looked like a warmup before a run.. The solution was to place it in the context of a devil's Courtyard...

The blue carries over to this wall with the Elephant's Secret and the Monkeys... Pieces dealing with human relationships via Anthropomorphism...

This picture gives you a little view of how that corner flows....

as we turn the corner to the left,the paintings in this area  are all based on Biblical accounts.

One of the Four living creatures around God's throne and the Trumpets and bowls all share the book of revelation as their source.

To the left od those pieces are a Christ and the Demoniac study and a garden of eden Expulsion woodburn...

Here are how they look all grouped together...

Directly across from the bible area are three tiki pieces,the largest a fantasy narrative involving transporting tribes and cultures via massive wooden ships...

and the final wall,a companion wall is across from the big blue Elephant's Secret painting.

These are a collection of Animal and Fantasy pieces...

And this appears to be the end of our pre-Opening Tour! If there are any paintings you'd like to see closer,Come on down Saturday the 29th at 6pm for the Closing Reception and a more in-depth docent tour ABOUT each painting!


And now for the Opening Reception photos....

Some of these are mine,others are taken by Aimee,Rene, Jesse,Adrian,and Al

Which i can give photo credits to under each one,but laziness stops me

from doing that tonight.....


I'm just going to hobble them all together without comment

and let you enjoy the crowd and a lil bit of the magic from that night...


i just KNOW more photos were i will post them here as when i find them...

To all of you who were there that evening,thank you for taking the time to come visit and enjoy my babies...It's always such a thrill to be able to share them in such a fashion!





FINALLY finished "the Fall of the Rebel Angels" this morn around 4am

Will share photos and details later.....

Here's a GIF!


and here's some promotional reels that were created to promote the Exhibit!



And here we are....

Standing before a 6 by 4 foot monolith

Near completion

maybe a dozen more hours...


With "Sympathies and Antipathies" only 17 days away

it's time to put the pedal to the metal

and get this done

So time can be spent on Promotion




and documenting

and last on the list...

the pricing.


Anyways,while i have a small pocket of time

let's spy the battlefield

and see the progress of the troops....


Let's intensify the drama

with a little Faure'...shall we?


We'll start with a rally from the upper left corner

more shadows and lighting enhanced

gold and silver embellishments added to the soldiers

developing more buildings in the misty background...

a little further towards the middle

some more arched architecture near the top

and clouds all over the place!


Finally a Spear is placed into the Solemn Angel's hands

Also the "dump" of fallen transforming angels has remained untouched for the moment...

a shrouded Bruegel Beastie near the top  begins his descent downward

More lighting was also added to the DUOMO style building above the accusing Angel.


The fourth Direction/Wind has been placed

and some grand courtyard looms in the background

St. Michael...or the Angel with the scales

has finally gotten some wiings fleshed out...


Now we SOAR back to the middle of the Left side of the canvas

(it's like we're reading a book...kinda...with 4 x 6 foot pages

like one of them HUGE Audobon books i desired as a kid)

A Heroic Angel ,finally armed and winged,rushes to the battlefield

propelled by one of the Four Winds...

the Clouds and archictecture in this area are close to finished..

Also note the two fallen fellows bottom right of this picture

We'll see more of them later...


Here they are with a third fellow repenting up a storm amidst trumpet blasts...
i also wanted to give y'alls a sense of the space covered in this canvas..

First off,we have top (Heaven) and Bottom (Hell)

1/3 of the Angels have rebelled and there was a War in Heaven

whee Satan and his ilk were cast down into Eternal Fire...

Now besides the flat Top/Bottom spacial division

i wanted to capture Majestic Heavenly Buildings soaring upwards

and capture a misty distance as they receded.

For the Hell areas,i wanted jagged pathways and nonsensical stairways and columns supporting cavern ceilings

i wanted the clouds of hell to muffle into smoke and dissipate

And here's a better view of the Angel with the spear

AND the accusing Angel...


As we progress further to the right of the middle of this piece

We see an angel with a half-finished shield...


Here he is a little further to the right

with some half-built edifices behind him

and a seraphim floating about in the lower area....


Here we can see the scales almost finished

i was thinking of placing a heart and a brain in them

to represent emotion/feeling over reason/logic...


Here's a close-up of an area we neglected earlier.. the Angel dragging a chained figure down to Hell.....


And here is a detail of the chaos under the accusing Angel

a few damned souls plunge downward....


and here is a close-up of the dog-like demon  as he tumbles towards his destination.....

And to the left are the two angels' robes ,as they crisscross around and thru each other...

And here we are at the bottom

with a few more pf the hell-Bound rendered out and the shield rendered....


And here is a detail with the background fully displayed

to give you an idea of the labrynthian passageways contained down there...


Pictured above are some of the trumpets and columns

showing how the landscape is built upon...


And here is a close-up of our avenging Angel as he charges towards a frightened red devil pressed against a rock....


And an ULTRA deatail to show you some vestigal pencil lines and the beginnings of the mini-landscape planned for this area...


Added a demon clinging to our handsome heroic Angel

and a regretful figure not far behind him...



Pictured here are some more buildings that give this piece a more VISTA feel....

And some more finished details

for the bottom right area...

Note the cloth slowly encircling the character to the right....

See how worried he is?

Also added a building with some buttresses to the right...


a little closer to allow you to see the huge skull winged sculptures above the doorways on this building....

And here is another detail of the finished prison area in the corner...

Well.... that's all i got for now.

the finish line is in view

so check back here next week and i should have it done!

Thanks for visitin!






Well.... Pictured above is what began as a Post Saint Surveillance "Warm-Up" piece

before i jumped back into the bar room brawl that is the 6x4 foot Rebel Angels painting

Slowly evolved into a week long sojourn thru a waterfall laden forest...

Figuring after giving my ALL to the Saint Surveillance masterwork

i needed to RE-ADJUST back into the Rebel Angels mode

a more Classic mode

but i wasn't ready

the brain wasn't ready

After all that battle and struggle

i needed an Oasis...

a little breakfrom the chaos..

and night

after looking at persian miniatures

balinese paintings

and old drawings and sketches i had collected

this was born

FAST and instinctual


I wanted something playful and relaxing

A land the viewer could wander about for days.

That was one thing ALWAYS in mind when creating these...

Paint something that can acommodate a large group

That way somebody near one side can have a place to enjoy...

everyone can have an area....a place...

Here is a closeup of the humble beginnings

Taking a cue from Klee and Kandinsky and Mary Blair for starters

very rough and playing with shapes

shapes which will later form a rhythm upward

to offset the downward rush of the waterfall...

Here's a little further into the piece,revealing the sunlight charged basin

beneath the first of twin falls....

Some more rough coloring to flesh out the land.... Note the blue circle to the right....

an echo of the one near the bottom....

Hiking further up the cliffs

a few waterfalls torrent downward.

And yes.... another circle

The fun is going to be laying down transparencies later...

And the very top of the piece....

Cooling down with a calmer,quieter location.

Seeing as this painting will be messing with depth and perception and

a certain stylized realism

This tree was placed in the extreme foreground

to help with the illusion of atmosphere later.....

you'll see!


unfortunately.....Painting this wa such an obsessive blur

no more step by step photos were taken...

Above is 1/3 of the way thru

before the water and other details were enhanced....

like the white flowers in the upper center...

No shadows yet! look for them later...

And here it is,placed atop the Rebel Angels to give you a size comparison...

it's 2 x 5 Feet,which is a pain in the Bee-hind to paint...

especially the middle!

Above is the finished

and as yet...untitled ...painting.

just waiting on the title.

That happens often when i wander and play

outside of official scheduled pieces..

But a small price to pay....

the title will bubble up....


Anyways... Here is some music for you

as we climb and grunt and shimmy

up and down this landscape...


Working on the beard of Saint Surveillance gave me a hankerin for some WATERFALL!

Some water moving DOWN a surface




This was a Blast

Working with reflections



tilting up riverbanks

and flattening verdant hills...

Great care was taken to make this place seem ALIVE!

Note the ferns in the lower left foreground

a wash of light blue was thrown on the lower fronds to establish a depth and realism

to this place...

Here you can see the first "circle" in the composition

a little flat area of red dirt

sprouting forth all types of goodies!

A closeup of the bottom palm

JUST to allow y'alls a chance to see all the detail that goes into each and every plant...

Above the palm are these two trees

the decorative nature of the vegetation on these trees

was inspired by the art of Bali.

A little further up,we reach a shady spot near a steep pair of falls...


A view of the other bank

a patchwork of trees and bushes and ferns and flowers

dappled upon the closely stacked cliffs...

A close-up of the tree,again showing the decorative motifs in the trees....

A view of another semi-circle

sneaking it's way into the composition....

In the above picture,we pan back a little to see how the cools and warms interact.

and reflect how this piece

that began as a mere excercise

has "sprung" to life

and become a place

despite breaking so many rules of form and physical space...

One of my Favorite areas in the piece

especially the blue palm...

Such a Grand Vista!

A closeup of one of them pesky circles and the semi-transparency of the water

revealing a bit of the red dirt cliff underneath...


And here's a pretty little grouping...

Can you hear the water

feel the coolness?

i sure did when painting it!

Peeking thru a maze of branches

a few upper waterfalls rush slowly down...

Here's those upper branches we saw in shots of the first session...

And here is a final picture.

it's getting late,so i will save my Rebel Angels progress

for the next blog

Which should be VERY SOON!

Here's a teaser

just cause i loves ya!

Thanks for the visit

and taking the time to go hiking this fine day!

Hello! and Welcome to yet another blog!

With ONE MONTH until the Opening night of "Sympathies and Antipathies"

it was a bit of a relief to have finished this 3 x 5 foot monolith!

Let me tell you,Folks....there is NOTHING like

signing a finished piece

during the wee hours of a Sunday morning

Stepping back,feeling woozy from the long hours of focus

i was able to step back about 10 feet away and see what the viewer would see....

there is NOTHING like this on EARTH....Nothing...

Really makes one thankful for the gifts we're given...


Enough of Reliving that moment!

It shall be my Carrot on a string

as i struggle to finish the Rebel Angels

before SHEWTIME!


Let us take a tour through this piece

NOT the tour YOU will take with your eyes when you stand in front of this piece:

Focusing on the  Calm,Knowing,Almost Kind face,and then sliding down the staff

rolling down his beard,over the stone walls.past a church-like structure,

and DOWN into a pit of turmoil and anguish...

Only to be swept back upward,

Like Francesca and Paolo in the whirlwind in Dante's Second Circle....

That was how the painting was take you from

Serenity to Chaos,and THEN allow you to explore all the little details

that the calm face of the Saint does not reveal.....


Here is some more music that was played during the painting of this piece

Let it be a Soundtrack to your explorations tonight...


For our tour here

We will be travelling left to right

across the top of the painting

the middle

and bottom

left to right

left to right!


Let us begin,dear friends...Upper left !

a Dove, the usual symbol of peace,attempts to fly away.

The top of the Saint's crozier/staff has a bunch of Microwave panels at the top

Forming a cross while viewed from above

Note the white outline i gave the staff-one of them little tricks to make an object POP forward-closer to the viewer....

Also you can see the "halo" behind him,composed of flames and smoke.

Emerging from his pointed mitre,we see spokes of micrwave panels

interspersed with strange crowned eye ,resting on robotic branches....

The Sight and Communication aspect of Surveillance..

And what's that popping out of his ear? Some kind of listening device!

Part of the Saint is constructed of Classic Roman and Medievel Architectural elements

The Columns evoke our own Nation's buildings of justice and Representation

and of Rome's experiment in Democracy before the spectre of tyranny washed over them.

The Medievel details remind us of a time when knowledge was Guarded and Hidden,

keeping the populace uninformed,without many rights,and controlled by an Institution

that claimed a mouthpiece  of the Divine CEO....


Here's a shot of the Mitre

with an Eagle atop it.

The Eagle plays a duo representative

Rome and America...Empires

Political AND ,if we are to consider Vatican City,

Religious ,as well....


a little more of the ,what i call, AIR-DUCT halo

a view of the Chakra centered  Third eye,

and a view of the Globe,slowly roasting over a flame,

a portent of Future events?


And here's a good view of the Saint's whole face...

Note the camera lens in place of an eye

The message here is that the Saint only HAS 2 actual eyes

the Third Eye attempts to display Spiritual insight

but in reality,there IS no third eye,just 2,one just happens to be in his forehead....

Oh yes! and the whole Camera aspect of Surveillance..

i just LOVE how the Saint's beard cascades a hair waterfall...

Which brings up the Saint's age....He is Ancient.

the sweet scent of CONTROL has kept him hungry for many centuries...


Here's an EXTRA close-up of the Eye camera and hair...


And here's the top right corner

with a sad American flag caught in barbed wire

and a dove flying by,spreading Chemtrails  thru the sky....


Let's walk over here,to the middle left side of the canvas....

yet ANOTHER chemtrail dove zooming by....

If you look at the stairs beyond the barbed wire and stone walls

you'll see stains that whisper out events that were meant to remain hidden....

In the bottom right corner of this picture,a drone came buzzing by!


Here's a closeup of the drone with a camera on the bottom

Also note the white outline again...This helps throw it closer to the viewer,

as stated earlier....


Above,you can get a good feel for the CENTER of the piece..

An illuminati Pyramid posing as an angel sits at the entrance gate

Guarding the Opening is a Mechanical heart,

A Heart that feigns concern and vows protection

but is actually a cold mechanical  machine focused on a purpose....


The closeup above also gives an example of achieving depth

but still keeping the work graphic..

Black,indigo,and forest

those are the three outline colors i use

Black being the closest to the viewer

forest outlines set that object further back into the painting...


Here you can see the indigo outlines in contrast with the forest....

See how the forest outlines seem farther away?

Told ya so!

Here is a woodburn of the Heart,also created for this show...


As well as this gate,based on an Auschwitz Birkenau entryway

contemporized for the theme....

I wanted to put this at the entrance where the heart was

But it would have obscured a lot of it

and dampered the message...

Sooooo...i gave it it's own showcase....


Back to the Painting.......

Here is a view of the church-like structure

i say Church-like,because ,like other objects in this piece

one only has to peel off a few layers

or take a closer,more examined look

to unravel true intent.....

Plus, i figured the bars on the windows would make it almost obvious....

And of course,our Dear Saint Surveillance must wear those TSA blue surgical gloves

A subtle way of creating a barrier,avoiding human contact via touch

a way of dehumanizing the citizen...


And now we wander over to the middle right side of the work...

The two cameras on the bottom are mounted to the steeples of the "church".

a dove sprays white plumes past a sad neglected Statue of Liberty...


Here's a little slide down lower on the right hand side...

the barrel of an M-16 A-1,

the same weapon i shot during my Marine Corps four Years of Service,

peeks ominously from a steeple...


a little lower to get a feel for the landscape of the shoulder as it flows down into the sleeve...


And here's a visit to see more of the "church" and it's trappings....


If one peers close enough inside the doorway

they'll see a nice display of torture instruments on the walls...


Pictured here is an overview of his sleeve....

a cel-phone tower embedded in a bicep

and what's this?

a drone near the bottom surveys the area....


and here is the arm/sleeve on the right...


and a little lower down the left side

to admire our Saint's sleeve trim...

below and emerging from the recesses of his abdomen area,

police rough up a malcontent...


And here we are..finally at the bottom left of the painting..

We see,rushing out of the Saint's sleeve,

some riot police joining the fray...


Here's a good central view of the tumultous happenings...

Nothing was written on the protest sign


1) there are SO many causes and complaints

2)a sign need say anything,it is the act of resistance that speaks the loudest to those in control...


Here is a view of the other sleeve

the reflections on the helmets and riot shield were a joy to render...


And the two officers on the right signal the bottom right side of the painting...

The drone appears to be monitoring EVEN the police...


Here's a closeup of the drone...with a UN symbol on it even!

How timely with the  UN Terrorism Resolution

the Security Council unanimously approved recently...

There are a LOT ofsimiliarities to our own Patriot Act,

increasing Global Surveillance of its' citizens,

based vaguely on preventing acts of terror,

but instead, allows broader measures for police forces to monitor,apprehend,

and deny the right of travel to suspects

all under the guise of protecting our way of life...

Sound Familiar?

Well now it's GLOBAL.


a few more details of the police,and our tour will soon be over....

Thank you again for accompanying me on this tour of a painting i've put more than 40 hours into.. i hope it amazed and thrilled you

and especially made you THINK a little about our world and nation today

Thank you for the visit and we'll pick back up soon

as soon as i reapproach "the fall of the rebel Angels"

and begin blogging some more!

See you on the 7th of November!













Hello Folks!

Took a slight detour from the 6 x 4 foot "Fall of the Rebel Angels" and thought

that i had better get this piece started!

But before i drone ceaselessly about that...

"Sympathies and Antipathies"

a Solo exhibition of Work by yours truly
November 7th at the Egan gallery
curated by the legendary Bax Baxter
and located in the Magoski Arts Colony
223 West Santa Fe Ave, Fullerton California!
7 to 11pm



Now Back to our regularly scheduled Blog....

For this exhibition, it was decided that it should contain a few

MONUMENTAL pieces..... paintings worthy of a museum

paintings the viewer could get lost inside

Works that entrance and absorb the eyes,mind,and heart...

Works that Speak

and have enough room to tell their story...

Well.... today's story concerns "Saint Surveillance".

This is a concept that has birthed a few paintings...

different versions for different circumstances..

He was born at my 2002 exhibition "Rational Suspicion"

at the legendary Caged Chameleon in Santa Ana.

It was an  art show that combined

the Book of Revelation

with contemporary Conspiracy Theories

and showed the good folks

that we were RIGHT on schedule!

Most folks didn't get it back then,

despite the fact that the Patriot Act

and all the measures enacted since then

bespoke a much different future than we ever imagined....

I had a 2 year chemtrail log displayed on the wall,

and we had mounted a motion activated  "camera"

in the bathroom!

Of course,it really wasn't a camera,it LOOKED like a camera

but merely moved left and right when activated.

No recording machinery in there whatsoever!

It was meant to give folks a feel of their intimacy being observed...scrutinized.

but the main response was general uneasiness....

MUCH LIKE TODAY,with the NSA and advertisers

observing and recording

our intentions and actions...

But i digress...



Above is the first Saint painting in the series...

It was painted in gouache on a gessoed board...


This painting is the second piece in this series.

It was painted in acrylic with paintpen over that....


and the third,also rendered in acrylic and paintpen.

Well, for November's "Sympathies and Antipathies",

a FOURTH version needed to blossom forth.

One different...more EVOLVED than the previous incarnations....


And here's an old Militarized Saint from an OLD sketchbook


So first..... there were a LOT of studies and a LOT of mullin

and ruminating to begin...

So First i went thru the Studio/batcave/Art Studio of Solitude

to see what i could dredge up....

And after some useful reading and notes taken

found this on the internets



The pose,dignity,

and solemn seriousness

of purpose and destiny

just drew me in....

Being a lover of Stained glass ever since my Lutheran midWestern upbringing

this one just begged to become a newly transformed

PATRON SAINT of our new Societal Model....

Let us Begin!

Initially, it was just a flurry of impressions

the initial concept of the police shocktroops

emerging from the folds

began here

as well as the camera/eye.

Another Rickie-Quickie sketch....gathering up speed

playing with possibilities and treating the sketchbook like a post-it note pad!

The concept of gate/enclosure/corralling....



Also had the idea of a ring of children in a camp

kind of a Matisse homage for our times....


Note: As i start to gather steam and the brain starts a-boiling

ideas just pop up lickety-split

one after the other.

They're all not winners

or they may be brilliant but not right for THIS piece...

or maybe deserving of their own painting....

that's the way it works here

Shotgun effect

lots of buckshot....


Pictured above is just a quick Copic marker study of the stained glass St. Patrick

retaining the staff and church  and mitre...


and here's where the form is played with and different machines and structures are added.

I wanted the cloak to flow downward

red and viscous

evoking blood

but more of a subtle  than literal translation.

There was a clearing in the middle for a Moses type exodus/corralling into the structure

but that was rejected after realizing that it may suggest birth or penetration.

or they may just look like lil tots on Santa's lap!

So a different solution was discovered...


Why not have the figures emerge from the sleeves?

Spilling out from that SOURCE

that Monumental Source!

and it will be BIG!

36 x 60"

a Commanding Vision,if ever there was one!


Now for the difficult part...

nailing that arm cradling the church!


and with the blue surgical TSA gloves

the mood was further reinforced

and stamped for approval!


Decisions were made and it was ready for the final "fitting.

Taking the dimensions of the canvas and mathematically reducing them


allowed for a SHRUNKEN version

and helped me to visualize where the eye would travel

the map of the landscape....

Next step was to figure out how to colorthis

the supporting actor to the drawing

to create some MOOD.


The sky was still TOO Blue too Sunny too LIGHT

for the gravity of the narrative....


Here's some close-ups of the drawing....

Well... it was time to transfer this drawing onto a canvas!



I have an Old trusty Opaque projector that i use to projectthe drawing onto the canvas

Sometimes an artist has trouble capturing the immediacy of a drawing

when pressed with enlarging it... Well ,at least i do....

Learned that gem of wisdom after about the third mural...

Here it is ,in comparison with the Rebel Angels

i sketched it on quickly

allowing for more freedom of flow with the elements.

Here are some other various shots showing it in progress of being realised

as well as some details....

FIIIINALLY,it was at a point where i could establish some of the lighting

play with some textures

and some DRAPERY! :)

and mechanical thingamabobs

and stone

PLUS, i could practice BOTH

a slow downward flow (the beard)

with a sloooooooower mollasses type flow

with the crimson colored drapery of the cloak...



An initial RAW UMBER for the shading

and then washes of the fill colors

growing from the initial RAW UMBAH shading

Enough washes and they are COVERED practically!

flowing and transitioning smoothly

especially when the viewer steps back from the piece...

You'll see!


Here are some details

As well as the Bottom

where i began to add more figures

off the cuff ,on a whim

ON A NEED for a way to promote distance

and enhance the story...

Here's sketchbook studies where they were assigned


Of course ,there are about a dozen more pages of studies

but these each contain elements used in the piece..

Now.... where were we?

Ah yes!

The initial tinting/building up of colors...

some details....

And Now,dear viewer

Onto Phase THREE of this Heroic Undertaking!


i KNOW the painting was supposed to be COMPLETELY PAINTED with acrylic

before the final touch  with the paintpen.

YES! My anal retentive organized paintpen quiver

a dear old friend...

I have been using paintpens

embellished over acrylic

since 1990

on and off

honing up on painting for a few months

involving more time with the sketchbook for a time

it's always drawing vs painting

which one to give time to?

with paintpen OVER acrylic

it's like both

AND,the advantage is

it's FASTER than just laboring with a brush

over the deadline..

and the more one uses them

the more tricks can be discovered and used!

So anyways..

the intention is to completely paint it first

but it usually ends up a mishmash of finished areas next to white canvas parts

as the piece slowly comes together


Always leaving a place setting for chance

for new ideas in those white milky areas of opportunity

with just a few pencil lines to prevent

mini snow-blindness...


BUT i always get curious

How will this part look?

How can i buttress the lighting over here?

and i just....well......GO AWF!

As mentioned earlier....

Parts are closer to completion than others

Sort of a Tower of babel

Different areas Cultures of their own

with territories of their own

boundaries they must stay within...

Here's a good example of the stark whiteness next to a nearly finished area

The face was nicely  rendered with washes of raw umber

some red from the cloak

and a tiny tiny bit of blue

'cause Dali says so!

and that boy could PAINT!

And if you haven't read his books

i recommend most

the Secret Life of Salvador Dali

50 Secrets of magic Craftsmanship

(where the term and concept of Sympathies and Antipathies is discussed

Objects and colors and textures and plants and ani,als

How some compliment each other

while others clash violently....

Which is a PERFECT analogy for the way i approach

styles and subject matter.

Some work well together

while other groupings come from completely different worlds.)



i also highly recommend

the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

it's illustrated by Dali,

but it's authentic old venice artisan timey

and Benvenuto is a capable writer and kind of

proud of himself and kind of daring and brash

So it's a fun read

if you're into that art-geek stuff!

Speaking of....

Albinoni's Adagio in G minor for organ and strings...

This was the soundtrack for painting a LOT of this piece

Monday and Tuesday night

i hope some of the sadness

and longing for liberty seeps into it...

Here's a REAL BIG lookie see at his face

the camera AND the human eye-working together

the third eye

not of spiritual wisdom

but of INFORMATION driven wisdom...

Also,note the Super listening device in the ear....


Below is a view of the Mid-section

the MEAT of the piece...

Still undecided on how to fill the white areas

but inspiration always comes at the right moment....

Above you can see the police slowly forming

slowly getting built up....

Also,in the back

under the church

and a little further into the "guts of our dear Saint

there are some new structures

some walls

an arch

and even some fallen citizens in an alleyway!

Here's a little closer look at the Police on the bottom.

the great part about  keeping parts of the painting untouched by paintpen

allowing for the texture and sloppiness of the painting to peek out.

the helmets are a prime example

little is needed  for them to convey what they are....

it will achieve SEMI-realness in this style..

Also peep back into the background and take a gander

at them details i described earlier...

the fallen individuals are a bit clearer

barely rendered.....

Above shows us the two corner cops emerging from a fold

and also the WONDERFUL braiding

i will be giving this Saint's Cloak!

and a view of the left hand troops

as they also emerge from the dark recesses of the blood-colored sleeve..

On this sleeve the braiding isn't as developed...




Fourth? they all blur into one another...

Let's look closer!

Fleshing out the wall

and church

and deepening and accenting the folds

keeping the lush texture of the fabric intact

rumple rumple!


a little more work developing the beard

remember that vertical flow thang mentioned about 10000 words ago?

well it's getting there now

You will notice later how the beard appears to spill downward faster

than the fabric,weight texture color all play a factor in that

but most of these mortals never notice,,,,

More work on the techno-halo as well

consisting of divine Eyes  woven with microwave towers.

The upper shot also gives one a detail of the surveillance cams on the turrets....

and the illuminati pyramid angel wing gate opening...

Here's a detail showing the paintpen overlaying/enhancement.


Finally some penwork on the other hand

the facade of the church



Side note:

if you read some of the older REBEL ANGEL blogs

we discussed a lil trick to promote distance in a subtle way

outline in black-closest to the viewer

outline in indigo-a little behind the black outlined objects

outline in Forest Green-even farther back

etc. etc. ad naseum



This closeup shows the above outlining theory put to semi-use.


and here's a lil tour outside the church

or is it?

i know most churches now have cel-towers

on their property

as do schools

etc ad naseum.

but jail bars on the windows?



The picture above also showcases that whole

leave an are free of paintpen and let the paint sing thru it



a closeup of the braiding for the eagle patch and eye-motifed trim...


an aerial view of the patio area.

Somebody shoul fence that perimeter

dontcha think?


a closeup of the corner cops for your consumption....



Where i last left off

1am Monday morning

after a brilliant week of POWERIN it!


Sorry about the lighting

my studio has a few errant UFO-like shafts of light

from the upper vent area WAY UP high in the studio

sometimes it makes the studio look underwater

other times

the stacatto of lightshafts would give Picachu epilepsy...


There's one captured on film...

elusive lil devils....


Beard is better

flames around halo-better

clouds more enhanced

turrets close to completion

and check out the nice Roman eagle atop our Saint's mitre.....


a little further down the painting

you will see i have created a Mechanical heart

to guard this doorway...


Here's some studies i assembled to make the final one you see....

The idea of displaying "heart"

especially in the political arena

seeems to defy logic in this day of lobbyists and agendas beyond our voices or ears.

Hence the melding of machinery with organic matter

that whole transhumanism movement to those of y'all hip to Dat!


Gold trim for the buildings

the riotous clash is popping to life

This is what i call the

OOMPH! stage

where it begins to fall into place...


Also if you look way back in the background behind the cops

you will see some trash

because these scenes are never as sanitized as we would want them to

Here's a trash study to show you the lengths i go to

make this piece a DOOZY!

Also,some extensive reinforcement has been going on

with some barbed wire fencing added to the cloak.


the almost Completed church

and look! lady Liberty crops up

a sad reminder of a time long past,,,,


Here's a closeup of the techno halo upgrades

sice the last session.


Here's the mitre so far

still a lil raw...


a lil tiny bit of makeup....


Here's a closeup of the turrets

Notice the white outline

a lil trick to help certain elements POP out from other

usually more distant ones......


a sniper in the tower

and a spotlight post slowly

sinking intot the folds...


a closer peek at the gate construction...


More OOMPH added....

Here you can see the beginnings of both the trash and the fallen alley folks...


in case you didn't notice

those are medievel torture instruments....


some areas still lay bare

after all the bustle around it!


Here's a much better view of the heart...


Here we pan back a little just to assemble all those nifty details....


And here we have a strange little vent/pipe shoulder attachment....


and i do believe that

1)you are up to date with this piece

2) i am tired and should get some shuteye before work.


Adios dear friends

and thanks for the visit!

Any questions or inquiries

go to the Contact page


and Good Night!









"Father Spring"

18 x 24"

Pyrography and acrylic/cel-vinyl tinting on wood


Hello Fellow Artists,Art Lovers and Cerebral Voyagers!

So sorry for the delay/space between postings..

i will attempt to contribute more as the November exhibition draws closer...

Sometimes a slow-patch on one painting

opens a path to another work. Such is the story of the above piece...

Preparing for Tiki Oasis a few weeks ago,a lot of effort and energy was poured into drawings,small paintings,embellished mugs ,etc for the good peoples at the event.

Needless to say,oft-times when an artist is "on a jag" with a creation,there is a certain

mindset,feel,vibe attached.. For instance ,when I'm working on the Rebel Angels,this is what i play over and over again (along with other works by Bach) Loved this piece even before the lyrics were discovered... Here are the lyrics..

Original text :
Erbarme dich, mein Gott,
Um meiner Zähren Willen !
Shaue hier, Herz und Auge
Weint vor dir bitterlich.
Erbarme dich, mein Gott !


Have mercy, my God,
For the sake of my tears !
See here, heart an eye
Weep bitterly before you.
Have mercy, my God !

Play this and you'll see what i'm tawkin 'bout...


Well, after Oasis,it was time to hunker down and get serious about the November show....

Desiring  some works that would truly move and Transform the visitors

it was decided to create a few BIG,GRAND,Powerful works...Ones that would never sell, but NEEDED to be done,with smaller works of varying subjects,fluttering about the larger pieces.

Kind of quotes and punctuations to the bigger work...Plus, the smaller works could not only help cement the bigger works,but would also provide more affordable works to the folks who always been behind the work and my journey...


Anyways...All this mullin on subjects and thinking of a dozen paintings at once

the Rebel Angels Vibe just wasn't there at that moment,so,after half-transferring

another grand piece for the show, "Saint Surveillance",

i decided to work on a woodburn

a pyrographical display

as no other earlier woodburn had been!

Well,first off,it was BIGGER than any other earlier woodburn

18 x 24"

which is pretty big,even for a drawing

,let alone a fire-etched masterwork!

Here is the original sketch from one of last year's sketchbooks....

a passing fancy,a spark of an idea,a gem

awaiting some polishing...

After gathering up a number of these sketches

this one SANG and it was decided to attempt this piece

a chance to create a landscape/Semi-Pseudo Mythological/Apothesis-istic filled work...

plus the desire to take pyrography and give it more DEPTH...a vaster expanse

that was a lil goal i had hoped for

BUT actually was a little intimidated by...which is a good humbling state

where nothing is taken for granted...

After sketching it in pencil onto the wood

improving and elaborating on the original

this is the end result...


First off, i wanted to give the face a Solemn,Old,just Awakened character

a little more exaggeration and a viney crown,and hair blooming with fresh flowers...


Next up were the hands,expressive end points,that decorate the personality.

And the sleeves,how to share the illusion of landscape  and still follow the reasonable folds and creases of a garment?

SIDE NOTE: the above challenge,penchant for combining the human form with architectural and geographical elements has always been a fascination and part of this artistical vocabulary..Here is a below example when i wqs combining the human form with architecture. The below painting is an examination of these elements in context with the theme of the Devil's Courtyard...


"the Devil's Courtyard"

acrylic and paintpen

24 x 36" (i think)


More of that later...I may actually create a folder of Erotic work

but we'll see.. Erotic love is a very strange subject to approach and contemplate

despite the fact it is such a large part of all of our lives...



Here is the other hand,holding onto a staff

both for support

as well as a display of title.

like a bishop's Crozier..

Again the challenge of leaving the FAR DISTANT background alone and undecided

was difficult when in a horror vacuii mood,but the fascination of working the folds and creases into landscapes was alluring enough to distract me from that task for the moment...

Here is a close-up of a small valley and waterfall below...

After this part,the topological and vegetation problems were solved, in large part to the inspiration of certain Balinese paintings ...

Here is a Drawing that displays a more graphic  expression of different plants and their decorative/motif-driven forms.
"the Windy Jungle"
sharpie and Copic marker on Aquarelle watercolor paper


Now onto the initial tinting stage!

i use a burnt umber in washes to build up some of the depth and expression/mood of the piece...attempting to give form to the graphic trees and bushes...This was also a Grand opportunity to begin to develop the it the perfect modelling and,by adding shadows that create recesses,layering,heaviness,and movement,the simple burnt lines

of the pyrography is allied with paint and becomes something even MORE!

Next up is the arm,hand,and sleeve area....with waterfall,of course!

the cave-like inner sleeve adds to the mystery,and the shading and washes contribute to

the transformation from mere 2-dimensional image ,into a PLACE...

Here is the other hand and part of the staff,and the challenge of letting the sleeve drape down and become a Forest floor...


Below is an example of some fof the tinting concerning the water...

i wanted there to be a certain reflective/transparent quality ,

both to the actual waterfall and the cliff behind it,

but also the small pond/river it had formed below...


And a little closer view,so y'alls can see some of the blending and layering of washes to give it that LIFE! to make it an actual PLACE!

And Here's a nice close-up of the top of the staff  and the profile of father Spring...

And here is the WHOLE piece Finished with it's sepia tinting phase

and ready for the final coloration...

And now here it is....


the most precarious...

a good colorway can make a painting merely MEH

or it can transform itself and the viewer

catapult them into a mood,an experience...



As you will discover as we examine this close

you will see how the background

the vast expanse is BRUSH only

no pyrography

no hard outline

it has broken free and laid out a world for this drowsy giant to traverse across

there are hints of the blue Violet from the sky

scattered onto the landscape and the face and lips...

in person it really ties the figure into the whole environment...

i let the wood retain it's natural color for the face and hands...

Here is the upturned hand and sleeve and waterfall,the variety of colors wrapped in the violet and the blues smattered here and there,helps with the cool,refreshing,dew-laden

dawn i wanted to communicate...


And here is the other hand with the staff

AND the background i fretted and fawned over.

As you can see,it was a good call to ixnay the oodburnway on the background.

it sets it back....WAAAAY BACKand establishes the desired expanse thattransforms

Father Spring into a much larger,encompassing figure...


Pictured below is the sleeve of the Staff-hand.I tried to have the beard flow outward like viscous water...the same with the tumult flowing down and carpeting the landscape of the back....The lower left area,where the foreground meets the vast expanse,evokes memories

of being on the edge of the grand canyon at dawn.the quiet,the cool air,the majesty...

As we progress down the sleeve

towards the bottom of the work,you'll note the extreme foreground to appear closer to you,the viewer...

This lil trick is created by darkening that area with tints (i used the blue violet of the sky to tie it in) You can all thank Dore,Ray Harryhausen,and countless other masters for that tip!

Here's a detail shot of the entire waterfall and a little bit of the background/vast expanse on the right edge of the can how i achieved some of the transparency by establishing a broken continuation of the cliffs behind the cascading water.. a little added shading and the illusion works well enough for this piece....

Again,the extreme foreground is darkened ,leading the eye to the crystal clear pool at the bottom of the waterfall....

And here,in our final close-up,is the staff of Father Spring and his final profile

slowly awakening and readying himself for his Seasonal Journey...


and here is the final FINISHED work

just in case you forgot what it looked like!

I'll be releasing more details and whatnot about the UPCOMING NOVEMBER exhibition


Thanks for the visit!

write if you have any questions about the work,and stuff...