Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Backyard Art: Southern Pop Surrealism

I'm a little sun-drunk after a seven hour marathon today painting through a session of Southern Pop Surrealism with Jeff Bertrand, Charles Bennett, Aaron Kraten and Cameron McKnight.  I can't even put today's work into words.  The five of us cranked out six mixed media panels throughout the day.  The most insane conversations leading to the most insane art!  I'll let the journey of the pics tell the tale on this one...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Double Trouble: Stevie Ray Vaughan

As we continue our journey down the dark and ripe corridors of the Cult of the Dead Star, Joebot and I are getting to some legendary names in music.  Featured today on Rock Star Martyr is Guitar God Stevie Ray Vaughan who died 21 years ago today in a tragic helicopter crash.

Here's your first look at the art to go along with the feature story today... make certain to click right over to get a face melting verbal account of Stevie Ray at Rock Star Martyr by clicking HERE...
Stevie Ray Vaughan (inks on bristol / 2011)

Here's a few process pictures I've tweeted and shared online the past couple of days as I created my portrait...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Illustration Friday: Africana in Sacred Texts

The African Masks I drew as part of my Sacred Texts series a few years back immediately came to mind with the theme for this week's Illustration Friday with "Disguise."  African culture is one rich with arts and crafts throughout its history.  Folks wear small masks in ceremony as well as very large headdresses to show their strength both physically and spiritually.  This particular mask is carved from wood and has a group of dogs carved into the top giving a crown effect I found fascinating in using it for one of my illustrations.  It was displayed at my Sacred Texts exhibit at The Tennessee Art League this past January-March.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

End of an Era: Steve Jobs

Today Steve Jobs passed away after a eight year battle with cancer.  He will go down as one of the greatest visionary inventors of all time with his ushering in of such revolutionary technology the past few years.  Feel free to share your thoughts in my comment section on my portrait, now In Memoriam and how Jobs work and technology has changed our lives. 
(Detail of Steve Jobs from my illustration for VERSUS earlier this year in Nashville)


Today, technology titan Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple after revolutionizing wireless communications with the company that Fortune Magazine called Most Admired Company in the World the past three consecutive years.  Illustriously painting the past 30 years of cyber revolution with his ideas, Jobs has left his mark on everything from modern animation with Pixar to raising the bar on every wireless device known to man.  Jobs stated in his resignation to Apple released today, "I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know.  Unfortunately, that day has come."  This modern mogul is a cancer and organ transplant survivor who's name will surely be engraved in scientific and technological history.

I composed this sweet dose of pop surrealism earlier in the year for an exhibit I curated at MIR Gallery in Nashville, called VERSUS, where participating artists chose their combatants and gave us a match and battle of their imaginations! 
Cyborg Steve Jobs vs. Cyborg Bill Gates (inks on bristol / 2011)


LET THEM ART this Saturday will be the 3rd lowbrow group exhibit hosted by No Egrets Tattoo and curated by Joe Melanson which I've participated in. I'll be painting live in the flesh and the show is to help raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank with artists donating work for a silent auction.  This will be a great chance to get some affordable art and guess what, you can even write it off on your taxes!!!  I certainly hope to see a slew of my Clarksvegas and Nastyville folk down at the show for more art than you can shake a stick at, LIVE Painting, NUDE Body Painting, PHOTO Booth, LIVE Music and much more MADness!

Also, check out my blogs about our previous two exhibits at No Egrets to get an idea of what you're in for Saturday Night...


A one night only=


1128 College St. Clarksville, TN 37040

Saturday, August 27th 7pm-10pm
***donations at door gladly accepted. all funds raised at the door will be given to The Second Harvest Food Bank ***

Come join us this Saturday, August 27th at No Egrets Tattoo Studios from 7pm until 10pm for a one night art event called LET THEM ART!!

Your senses will be treated to a HUGE ART EXHIBIT and EVENT by some of Nashville and Clarksville's finest low-brow under-ground highly talented artists.

+ Visual art brought to you by:
Ricky Cavaness
Gin Edwards
Jeff Bertrand
Brandt Hardin
Ash Sivils
Charles Bennett
Mark Griffin
Brooke E.
Amber Fair
Heather Brothers
Kevin Rupe
Leah Roach
Tania Risko
Yessica Gazangaz
Katie Wilson
Joey Petrone
Antonia Cassida
Amy Rouyer
Skip Pollock
William Howe
Micah Caputo
Trent Singer
Chad Spann
Mike Coriatty
Joe Melanson

+ Nude body painting by:
Michelle "Body Paint" Thornhill (model will be wearing a bikini)

+ Photo booth by:

Anjeanette Illustrations.
open to all who want to participate.

+ Jewelry showcase of high end punk/military gear by:
April Haven Nicolaides

+ Stencil work on garments by:
Maria Drawdy

Many of the artists have found it in their hearts to donate a work of art towards a silent auction. All money made by the artists will be given to a charity of their choosing. Come on out and support the cause and help the artist's achieve their quest to raise money for a program that will help deserving people in need.

+ Live painting by:
Jeff Bertrand & Brandt Hardin

+ Music brought to your ears by the 2 hottest dj's on the art circuit:

Taco Garay and Ugly Lovely
...phat beats and flawless spins

+ Cupcakes provided for you by:
Gin Edwards

Food to chomp on and water to fight off dehydration.

Come out to view Clarksville's biggest art event on
Saturday, August 27th.
7:00 pm til 10:00 pm.
No Egrets 1128 College St. Clarksville Tenn. 37040

LET THEM ART brought to you by Joe Melanson and Ben Drawdy of No Egrets tattoo studios

UPDATE 08/28/2011

If you missed the exhibit last night, Joe Melanson and the No Egrets Staff provided us with another finely executed display of some wonderfully talented folks!  I was also in good company with a slew of local friends showing out to lend their support to the arts.  Here are some pics from the show...

The real reason Joe curates these shows is to get Gin Edward's cupcakes!
Here's the live painting I did with Jeff Bertrand and Charles Bennett.  Jeff had brought a sketch in for this painting session for which we called him a dirty cheater.  We decided it wasn't cheating if we ALL drew Jeff's sketch so we worked up three interpretations.  Note Jeff (center) and Charles (right) have flying figures with wings while my guy has the power of flatulence.
Anjeanette Illustration set up a photo booth to take pics of the patrons and artists of our show!  I'll share some of them as well just as soon as she has them ready! also with her own display of recent works.

Here's a pic Aurora got while Anjeanette was working with her backdrop and getting pictures of some gals who were painted live at the show!

Dustin Dirt!

Taco laying down the jamz for us

I thought Skip Pollock stole the show with these new works!

Brooke E and Julian Herrera


Ash Sivils getting a bid in on Joey Petrone's painting

Chad Spann's new works, one of which we took home from the silent auction

Charlie was happy to get ahold of the Jameson

Jacobi Christ

Paintings by Jay Mean

Styrofoam Art - now THAT's lowbrow!

Anjeanette Illustration is both a very accomplished illustrator and photographer.  This past weekend she set up at our show and took some great shots which she released as she edited them this week.  Here's some familiar faces and what she did with them...
Myself, Jeff and Charles with our live painting from the show that night

Art is Hell chewing Tennessee Humidity in a Warehouse
Aurora and I

Our Curator Joe Melanson

Randi and Scottie

Some of my folk from the show!

Doug and Amber out on their Anniversary weekend!

Here's a few more shots I couldn't help but pass along...

Myself with Jacobi Christ - Photo by Chad Spann

Balls by Chad Spann (The most coincidental picture I've ever seen)

Joe Melanson by Chad Spann

Cool shot by Mark Griffin of my recording of our live painting

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pink Elephant

Here's a quick tidbit from over the weekend.  My friends Benji and Tara transplanted back to Nashville this year from Knoxville and were having a joint birthday party at their cool new pad.  Their daughter, Nora convinced me to draw an elephant with her sidewalk chalk.  She instructed me as to how to draw him and here's what came out...
Silly Elephant

Friday, August 19, 2011

Illustration Friday: Mista Mad Stacks

"Influence" is our beacon for creativity today on Illustration Friday.  Money influences everything around us... everything runs on this paper and (increasingly) invisible omnipotent power.  The idea of money and capital has become a very abstract concept in our society with wireless transactions, stocks, bonds, and debit cards.  It's all just numbers flying through the air now with everyone shaving off their cents from your dollars.  The United States government insured your money with gold waaaaay back in the day but no longer.  Now, you just have to trust that the digits are there and nobody hits the reset button tomorrow.... what value do YOU place on that?
"Mista Mad Stacks" inks on bristol / 2009
"Cash rules everything around me- C.R.E.A.M.
Get the money;  Dollar dolla bill y'all"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Live Painting with Chad Spann

I hung out and got some painting out of my system last night at Spann Manor.  I've been having the itch with our Southern Pop Surrealism sessions lately and figured I'd get some practice in for our next one this coming Sunday.  Chad and I have painted together more and more frequently over the years.  Here's what we tuned in to create last night....

Our buddy Nathan dropped by to hang out during the process and it was his birthday so the painting immediately found a fitting home- happy birthday Nate!

Chad Spann can make a stencil out of ANYthing!

First Layer

Chad got straight to mixing in his High Life- he's gotta pour one for his homies on every painting.

Miller High Life and Yellow Spray Paint

No palette?  Use a brick.

Chad Spann