Monday, December 6, 2010

Another Crucifix

Working on another Crucifix. Here is the Corpus for it, still in the painting stage.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Digital vs. Traditional

Is there any value to digital painting? If the above image( that I painted on the computer )were printed on  canvas, and the digital file then destroyed so that no other copies could be made would that make a difference? But artists have prints made of their work and sell them. Isn't that the same? Is it the fact that none of the tools of the painter came into play in creating this image, other than digital tools? ( I painted this in Corel Painter 9.5 ). Is art then, only viable when traditional tools are used to create it? How about a word processor for the writer? Is poetry less than it should be if the poet wrote the words in a word processing program rather than with pen and paper?  I can understand both sides of the argument.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall moss on our hillside

A sample of the intricate texture of the moss that has appeared from all the cool damp weather here on our hillside.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

young woman revised

 In progress. I Revised the face and put in a lighter environment so that the figure is the center of attention.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

young woman

I've always like the look of heavy cloth and capes and scarves. This has been fun to paint-however the poor girls face is not yet where it should be. Ah! the more I practice the arts, the more I find myself lacking.
Oh well..... one can strive.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Old Footage of St. Padre Pio

I know I jump around a lot from secular to sacred and what have you but that's just me. I couldn't resist putting a link to this old footage of St. Padre Pio taken in the 1940's and 1950's and beyond. GI's used to go up to see him during world war II.

This footage has just solo Cello behind it. It is very well done.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Martha Argerich and Ravel's piano concerto

I poster about the master Pianist Martha Argerich playing this movement many posts earlier (CLICK HERE). That video was from 20 years ago. Here she is again, now 20 years older playing it even better. To me she is the bar to be measured against in the world of Pianists. I think all women should let there hair go grey as she has.She has such passion for this piece.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The challenges of a story artist in film

I draw with a digital tablet at work. Hours and hours of time have I spent capturing the written story into image after image after image. We story artists are the ones, along with the editors and director, that oftentimes you will find in the studio on weekends.  I used to feel that Animators were the kings of the Animated movie when I animated, but as I moved into story I began to see how the story artist is the one who must be many things;  Director, Actor, Cinematographer, Choreographer, Key Grip, etc. Not only do we stage each and every shot ( cut to cut) but we act out the emotions and dramatics called for during the time that the film gate opens till it closes in the 'Take'.

The above shot called for my character, 'Eddie,' to be testing a new racing engine and moving through the gears.  It wasn't about speed, but about precision. Here he is taking a curve and is completely lost in the moment - eyes fast on the road, ears on the RPM's of the engine and mind switching from sound to sight and beyond. Click on the image to get a full frame view of it.
And it starts with a blank page.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Joshua Bell - Faure - Apres un reve (After a dream)

This instrumental version of the Song 'Apres un Reve' By Gabriel Faure is worth listening to. Joshua Bell has great tone and emotion.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Lady of Kibeho

This is a book all men and women of all faiths must read. We all know of the horrific Rwandan Genocide that took place in 1994. The author of this book, Immaculee IIibagiza, has written of those terrible days from one who lived through them, hiding in a tiny bathroom with several other women for 90 days as outside the window she could hear her brothers and villagers being slaughtered one after another. That book, Left to Tell, is well know and loved by all.

This book, Our Lady of Kibeho, is about a time 10 years earlier when Our Lady Appeared to several children  in Rwanda with messages to give to the government, and all mankind - to let go of the hatred in ones heart. She foretold the Genocide that would come if men would not change and one of the visionaries was show it10 years before it happened!

It can be purchased many places. Available at Imaculee's web store HERE.To find it on Amazon, click HERE.

For further information online about this amazing story and the  children involved, You can start HERE

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Brilliant and Moving Puppet Theatre

If you like puppetry, as I do, than you will enjoy this very moving and original act by a master puppeteer.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Old Garage

Richters Garage in Wilmington where my Dad was a mechanic. He raised a good family doing this humble work. It's not about large salaries that makes for a happy family.

St. Charbel

On this day, the Church honors St. Charbel, the holy Lebanese Monk who spent the last 23 years of his life in solitude as a hermit. Many miracles have been attributed to him. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

St.Padre Pio

On going through my slides, I found this one. An old photo taken in 1918 or thereabouts of the Famed Stigmatic Franciscan Priest, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. This particular picture was taken in the Friary Garden where he lived and died. His body had the 5 wounds of Christ imprinted on it–the incident happened in 1918 when he was alone in prayer in the choir loft. He wrote the details of the experience to his Spiritual director in whom he confided with many letters which were released after his death in 1968.
His life is full of the most amazing gifts of the holy spirit, one of which was the ability to bi-locate to parts of the world to help souls in need while never leaving his humble mountain friary. He could read hearts as well- and those who came to confess to him in the sacrament of penance will testify that if they tried to hide any serious sins, he would start naming them, where they took place, and how many times! It could be very un nerving for the man or woman who came to him out of curiosity only.

At his canonization in Rome on June 16, 2002, one can see that this man has touched millions worldwide.

For more photos and a more about his amazing life, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Me and my sisters about 1959

Are we the Cuties! Here we are in 1959 or so, Me and my two lovely sisters (Maureen on the Left and Patty in the middle) on Easter Sunday in our Easter clothes showing off our Easter candy. Back then, all the girls wore hats and gloves to Mass. I think I had a suit jacket but must have taken it off for this picture.
We're sitting on the front steps at our house in Lakewood. I still remember the address: 2719 Denmead Street.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Little Brother comic strip

I'm working up an idea for a little comic strip called 'Little Brother'. Here are a few preliminary stylings. It will be about a community of fun loving Capuchin Franciscans. The main character will be Little Brother who gets into all kinds of  innocent mischief.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A new Crucifix

Here is a crucifix I am finishing. With the Franciscan spirit in mind of austerity and simplicity, it is made to look poor,  simple and hopefully devotional. The corpus was a challenge. It is modeled in 'super sculpey around a wire frame. initially I was going to make it to realistic proportions but as I worked it, it began to take on a long extended feel which gave it  a sad and pitiful look. Even though the muscular structure is incorrect something said to continue in the form it was going in.  I still have to attach it to the cross. The crown of thorns was made from some old rusty wire I had.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Lone fairy

One of my more detailed storyboards that I do for a living. This particular one  shows a lone fairy in the woods passing by a stream with waterfalls.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New greeting Card

Here is a greeting card I just had printed. I thought I would take one of my drawings and see what it might look like on a greeting card. I don't like the over ' commercialization' of art –and here I am doing just that.  No coffee mugs, Tshirts or bags, I promise!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Angel

Found this pen and ink drawing I had done while exploring a story idea. The story never materialized  but here is one of the drawings.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The virtue of Music

A page from my sketchbook.

As I post this, neighbors across the way are playing music. It is rock and roll. What is it about loud, too often bad guitar playing that young boys are drawn to? What is it about loudness that says that it is good?
Where are the parents when children show interest in music? Why not a cello, or a harp or perhaps a lute or nylon string guitar? Why aren't the kids saying, 'teach me about the orchestra'?

Why must it always be electric and not acoustic?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

little boy seeing a bad spirit.

Just found this old Illustration I did of a young boy avoiding temptation with Rosary in hand.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

more pen and ink drawings.

There never seems to be enough time to explore drawing. All my life I have drawn starting when I was a kid copying characters from Mad Magazine in the 1960's. I never took drawing seriously until I started keeping a sketchbook 25 years ago. Now, it is part of me. Here are a few sketches. I like the human figure and the story we all tell.

Monday, May 24, 2010

News flash: M. Louis Jadot released from Prison.

PARIS - Late last night, M. Louis Jadot (the famous thief) was released from Prison by the Warden on account of good behavior. M. Jadot had assured the state that he had sworn off his former life of crime. However, it is now being reported this morning that upon his release, a commotion broke out at the prison gates. It appears that the Warden realized, albeit a tad too late, that his false teeth had been stolen right out of his mouth. The suspicion points, most unfortunately, to M. Louis Jadot who was sent to prison 1 year ago for stealing the same. A nationwide manhunt for his arrest has just now been ordered.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Louis Jadot

Meet M. Louis Jadot.  A rather odd little fellow is this one. Forever getting thrown into prison and escaping only to be found again and the cycle continues. What's strange is that Louis gets caught in the oddest places; a monastery where the police notice an odd black ball trailing behind his long Black Monks habit; a circus where it is discovered that one of the trapeze artists has a ball and chain hanging; or at the opera where a tenor seems to walk rather oddly dragging a big black ball and chain. He was even once caught while performing in Swan Lake, the giveaway: his pirouettes knocked out six of the nearby dancers on account of the heavy ball that swung wildly.

Ah, poor Louis! Alas, all he wants to do is have fun in life but can't help but steal watches, false teeth, wooden legs and other trinkets of his travels.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I'm feeling Wacky

I felt a need to do a silly drawing to show that I still have a wacky and lighthearted side.  What do you suppose this little guy is thinking?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fr. Peter Banks OFM Cap. and Mission Santa Ines

This past weekend My wife and I went to visit my good friend Fr. Peter Banks at the old Mission Santa Ines (Santa Inez) near Solvang. The Mission lies inland from Santa Barabara California. It is the 19th of the 21 California Missions and is run by the Capuchin Franciscans. My good Friend, An Irish Capuchin and lover of the poor, Fr. Peter Banks, was there to greet us. He is the vocations director for the Capuchin Order in the Western United States. He would rather be serving the poor in Watts,( where he had been for many years) but he has been called (no doubt by his humble being and love of Jesus) to serve as vocations director. Here are some pics from the visit.

Friday, April 2, 2010

in progress

Being Good Friday I wanted to show this. It is a digital painting (sorry). I still have images to add
around the Corpus.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The beauty of Music

The sound of the Italian style Triple Harp is wonderful. Here is a performance by Maria Cleary on harp and Davide Monti on baroque violin. Their duo is called Arparla.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

They don't come much cuter than this!

Meet 'Grigio' (Italian for Grey). This most cute and sweet little fellow was dropped off at a shelter 3 days before Christmas. Last Sunday, Linnea could wait no longer for a cat (our 4 year old cat 'Mezzo' disappeared on Christmas day, taken away most likely by a coyote), so we went to a cat adoption at the local pet and feed store. As soon as I saw this little guy, I knew he was the one. So we broght him home and named him for his color.  But a little bumpy road lay ahead.  He was very thin, though active; yet we were given medicine to help him along. He stopped eating and drinking at one point and because of his frail size we became very anxious.  His little sweet heart was always appreciative and he loved to cuddle in linnea's lap for hours on end.  I figured it was time to enlist someone whom I knew could help this little fellow pull through- St. Padre Pio!  I felt a little foolish asking God, through his servant St. Padre Pio for help. With so much suffering and need in the world it seems trite to ask for the health of a cat - Yet God, who is the creator of all things big and small and holds them into existence finds no request to small if done out of love.  So I took out a 3rd class relic of St. Padre Pio, blessed little Grigio with it with the sign of the cross then placed the relic under his bed.

Within a few days or less, he began to recover quite well. Eating, and drinking became more frequent and he began to leap and toss about like a healthy little kitten. He is still small and delicate and probably will always be. Linnea and he have bonded tightly- as she does so well with cats. I am thankful to God and St. Padre Pio for the little fellow's health. His simplicity and meekness (is as much as a cat can aquire virtue!) truly remind me of the unfathomable love of the creator for his creatures.

Another note; the Ceanothus trees are in bloom here in Topanga and they are Spectacular. He is a picture of one on our hill side.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fr. Peter Banks, Capuchin Franciscan and friend of the poor.

Click on the picture to see a PBS documentary about Fr. Peter Banks and his work in Watts, Los Angeles California. He is truly a fine example of one who follows the Gospel in the Spirit of the humble   and simple St. Francis of Assisi.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Be a good samaritan

We all are given a chance to help our fellow man. We don't have to do it in a big way as this short film by Catholics in Entertainment shows.