Monday, November 15, 2010

Paintmonkey Sale!

Just in time for the holidays, Paintmonkey Studios is having a sale on pen & ink/watercolors! For a limited time, the prices on these originals are slashed! Starting at 4"x6" pieces for $35 and going up to 12"x16" pieces for only $100! (Full disclosure: the final painting will be a LITTLE smaller as I will give the piece a border for framing purposes.)

Here is a look at my latest effort, a rhino that goes along with the other smaller pieces of the elephant and giraffe I've done before. This one is slightly larger at 6"x9".

Commissions welcome! Take a look at past pieces to see if there's something that you particularly like and we'll get you one of your own. If you take a look at our Facebook page it might be a little quicker as all the work is a bit more organized and located. If you want to purchase anything just shoot us an email at and we'll see what we can can come up with for you!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

More Previews!

Okay, technically it's the SAME preview but I got the comic book inked and it is being lettered and colored as we speak. But I thought I would show how the first two pages look inked anyways.

I think they look a lot better now.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Previews and Perception

I want to start today's entry with a sneak preview of two pages from the Paintmonkey's upcoming dinosaur comic book debut. Obviously the story hasn't been put in yet but these are the first two pages.

Just pencil roughs but they give the idea I want to convey.

Then the second part of my post is about reality versus perception. The Fox theater in Atlanta is currently undergoing a public relations nightmare because of the controversy involving the "Phantom of the Fox", Mr. Joe Patten. The reality is, well, I don't know the reality. The perception is they are giving the proverbial boot to an 83 year old man who helped save the Fox theater twice. It has been pointed out that the Paintmonkey (and MANY, MANY others based on comments on the Fox's facebook page) may be making an uninformed judgment based solely on media reports. That is true. HOWEVER, that is the only thing we have to make judgments with. The company that owns the Fox, Atlanta Landmarks, LLC, keeps re-stating the same vague press release and the biggest blow to their case came when they had a uniformed police officer escort Mr. Patten's lawyer from the meeting he had with the board.

In this particular case, the only reality IS the perception. And unfortunately for Atlanta Landmarks, LLC...that reality is that they are screwing over a little old man.

So I came up with this...

I hope it all gets worked out for everyone. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Edward Abbey Would Be Pissed!

So I'm perusing my usual news outlets the other day, seeing what is going on in the world around me. One of my checkpoints is the GPB website. It usually gives me state goings on that you can't find in, well, really ANY other place.

The article states basically that the state of Georgia has formed a blue ribbon committee to decide the feasibility and implementation of CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP OF OUR STATE PARKS! Naturally, (after I picked myself up from the anger stroke I suffered) I reached for my pens and paper...

If anyone needs me, I'll be at my local state park with a chainsaw, a surly attitude, and a dog-eared copy of "The Monkeywrench Gang".

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Buzzword: "Irritable"

One of my biggest problems with the modern political machine is the usage of catchphrases and buzzwords. They do it to pound an image into the heads of the public but all it does to me is enrage and drive me to things like cartooning.

So Sarah Palin is at it again. Flying around the country endorsing GOP members in state races, she has taken to referring to all of them as "Momma Grizzlies" (oddly ALL of them are women. "Not sure about their politics but hey, you can't call a DUDE 'Momma'. Jeez! THINK, McFly!"). Say it once I'm okay with it, do it the second time and I think you're lazy with metaphors, and any more than that I want to shove your head into an industrial meat grinder. Yeah, she keeps doing it...

So I wondered what a REAL grizzly momma would think.

My favorite part went from the joke to the baby bears when I worked on it. They were just making me laugh as I drew them. They still do.

In the course of my daily consumption of news and information which will only anger me, I came across a story about Newt Gingrich visiting Iowa for the sixth time THIS YEAR. I bet Iowa is a beautiful state. I would LOVE to go see the Field of Dreams. But the only reason a politician goes to Iowa that much in one year is if he is gearing up for a run at the White House. And I think the one thing that Democrats and Republicans can both agree on...

...Newt Gingrich is a terrible person.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Of Camels and Dreams, and Dinosaur Things...

I don't know why the title. I've got Alice in Wonderland on the brain or something. Anyhoo...

So I painted a camel this week. I like gangly creatures apparently. Maybe a moose next.

I also promised a look at the upcoming "Dinosaur Sideshow" that we are diligently putting together at Fernbank Museum in Atlanta. Unfortunately, I don't have the final artwork on the advertising yet, but they ARE going with my suggestions on it. Here is the preliminary sketch I showed them...

I have seen a version of the final and it is MUCH more involved than that but they did go with my ideas, such as the dinosaur on the ball and fonts used for the title. We are in the final stages of putting the whole thing together but the dates for the event are October 23rd and 24th, of 2010. It is a celebration of all things dinosaur, focusing more on the popular imagery that drew all of us into loving these prehistoric monsters in the first place. More details to come but make plans today!

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Paintmonkey is published!

The new edition of Prehistoric Times magazine is out and the Paintmonkey made it in! That is the front cover so you know which issue to rush out and buy! And inside is even better!

Here is a bigger version better for viewing of my submission.

And even better still, the publisher posted in the "From the Editor" section a mention of a brand new event that we are coming up with at work called (tentatively) "The Fernbank Dinosaur Sideshow!" Right now we have Mr Fredericks (the publisher of my new favorite magazine) confirmed as a guest but we are working on many more guests and surprises! Stay tuned. Hopefully by Sunday I will have a working version of our advertisement poster ready for viewing! If not I may go ahead and post my rough sketches.

And remember, rush out NOW and buy this magazine as it will SURELY turn into a collector's item soon!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Geckos, Part Deux

So I had so much fun doing the coloring pages for work, that I just HAD to try my hand at painting these cute little buggers. So I took my trusty camera and took some photos of the geckos in their enclosures at work. They really are photogenic little things. So here's the first of a few anyways...

And if you want to see these little guys live, go here for info.

The Taste of One's Own Foot

There is a long history of blaming the president (past and present) for problems facing the country. It has become particularly nasty these days but it has also gotten EXTREMELY surreal and disjointed from reality. Michael Steele, the head of the Republican National Committee, the face of the party is a SUPERB example of this. I get that he has to oppose the current administration on, well, just about everything. It seems to be what they do these days. I would probably be less cynical about conservatism if every Republican advertisement for governor that I've seen recently (and good lord, there are a LOT of them these days) say that they are bound and determined to cut our taxes! With every teacher in the state either being furloughed or laid off, they are going to cut taxes. Okay, but quit wringing your dang hands when, for some reason, our schools are churning out woefully stupid kids. Just a thought...

Anyways, Michael Steele was caught on tape at some fundraiser, saying that the war in Afghanistan was a "war of Obama's choosing". Seriously. He didn't even giggle or smile when he said it. He may have actually been serious. The war in Afghanistan, the one that started in October of 2001, four years before Barack Obama was elected to the SENATE much less the presidency, is a war of his own choosing. Okay. Sure. Why not?

What led me to the cartoon was the fact that since this tape made it's way around, most Republicans have turned on their fearless leader and said he doesn't represent "their" Republican party. And seem like they would REALLY prefer it if he would, in fact, just shut up.

Weird. There ARE sometimes instances where politicians and I agree on something.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

In honor of this great holiday, I give to you...a giraffe.

Nope, it has nothing to do with the holiday other than I finished it today.

But, my wife wanted a painting of a giraffe so I did one for her. This is a 4"x6" pen and ink and watercolor.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

American Pride

I have been a soccer fan for going on 16 years now. I (like many of my southern compatriots) didn't understand the sport and thought it was actually pretty slow and pointless. I mean come on, 0-0 is a FINAL score?!?! That can't possibly be right. But like most things in life, it becomes MUCH more interesting when you understand the rules and nuances of the sport. While in college I had the good fortune to be roommate's with a talented artist/musician/goalie who explained the rules of "the beautiful game" to me. Since then I have been a HUGE fan, particularly of the United States National Team.

However, this has not always been an easy job. While you consign yourself to the knowledge that soccer in the United States is an "up and coming" sport, you are always hoping for the team that breaks through the barrier. Well, this year's team could just be that team. Usually, the U.S. team plays well for part of a game or they play well for one game but not the next. Or they make their way into a tournament and just do horribly the entire tournament. But this team is different. They play like they know what they're doing. Every time. (Okay, they sometimes take a bit to warm up to the game but they get there.) I have not been disappointed in their play this World Cup. Not once.

Which brings us to Game 2 against Slovenia. Not enough that they finish up a masterful comeback from a 2-0 deficit. Not enough that they did not give up. They WON the game. On a brilliant cross from Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu jammed home the winning goal. Except they didn't.

Everyone who follows the game knows what happened (or more importantly, what DIDN'T happen). Here is my take on it...

Take what you will from this. Do I think that it was a referee who had placed a bet on the game AGAINST the U.S. taking a victory? Do I take it as a vast conspiracy of FIFA who dislike the idea of such a "non-futbol" country as the United States advancing in the tournament? Or do I take it as a simple mistake by a referee who might have been a little in over his head? (Okay, for the record I definitely do NOT take it to be the last one.)

I am so proud of our boys. If they were to be knocked out of the World Cup in the first round I will be just as proud of them. They have done everything in their power to win. And to them, I say "thank you" for helping to reignite the passions of a fan who sometimes has trouble keeping the fire going. But for everyone else in the world of soccer, I leave you with this message...

Watch out. Our boys are coming.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Iguanodon and Charlie Brown

Just a couple of new things this week. I've been working on my submission for Prehistoric Times magazine for the fall issue. I had done one previously but I was never EXACTLY happy with it. So I decided to give it another go with a different attitude about the composition. I went with less of a central motif and had the old girl wandering off into the background as well as added a little iguanodon for a little more of a family touch. I decided the foreground needed a little something so I put one of those giant dragonflies that were very prevalent at the time. I liked this composition MUCH better.

And I really wanted to submit one in color this time so after a few days of horrifying myself about the color, I grabbed the old watercolors again. And then I got THIS...

I'm still not happy with my watercoloring skills but I AM really just starting out with them so I can't beat myself up TOO much (even though I will).

So while I'm working, I take little breaks here and there and usually sit in the studio listening to my music and I do different little things to distract myself while something dries. I will sketch out a new drawing, play solitaire, or usually read something. I surround myself with a lot of different reading materials. Right now my main reading book is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay but I also have a collection of Peanuts cartoons I've been picking up periodically. The man was, in the simplest terms, a genius. He could encapsulate inspiration and a way to live in a few simple ink lines and fewer words.

(Now obviously in this case I mean the inspiration of Schroeder's words NOT Lucy's but she also has her moments.) There is no anniversary today, no reason to be appreciative of a genius who left us ten years ago...other than the reason to always look on work that touches us and appreciate it again. We miss you, Sparky.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


So a couple of weeks ago, I was asked by the marketing department at work if I could do some drawings of geckos to turn into coloring sheets for he kiddies. No problem. But since I wasn't being paid I asked if I could put the address for this blog onto the drawings just for a little exposure. And they agreed so, if you're joining us from that advertisement, then welcome! I hope you enjoy looking around. But for those who don't manage to find their way to Fernbank museum this summer, here are the original drawings I did for the geckos coloring sheets. (I think the graphic design department added a border or something. Not really sure, I didn't get a good look at them and they never emailed me the finished copies.)

First up is this little fella...

Then there's this little guy...(I LOVE the jazz hands and how excited he is to be doing it.)

Then this one.

And finally this little critter.

I'm not sure if these are big enough for you to color if you print them out at home, but please feel free to try. (Just let me know how it turns out. I'd love the feedback.)

And if you get the chance come to Fernbank Museum this summer. These little guys are really a lot cuter than lizards have any right to be. They always look happy (even when they are most assuredly NOT happy) and it's really fun to find all of them in their enclosures.

As always, enjoy!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

More Paleo Doodling

I was looking at the submission dates for Prehistoric Times magazine and I realized that I DID have time to attempt to get in a drawing for the next issue. The submission date is June 10th and I wanted to at least TRY to get one done. (And not feeling like painting him helped, too.) So I spent most of last night and today working on this...

I kind of liked the way his head is cocked to one side like an iguana staring at you. These were flying reptiles after all, NOT dinosaurs. So they would have been a little more lizard like. And he seems to be a happy pterosaur. Maybe he knows something about being accepted for print that I don't. Here's hoping.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Idea Gifts

Sometimes you just have an idea for a cartoon handed to you. Literally. I've been a little burned out on the cartoons lately but yesterday a co-worker stopped me on his way to the elevator and said "Hey, I've got an idea for a cartoon for you". And it was a GREAT idea. So I ran home, punched it out and here we go.

Many thanks to Mel Phistopholes for the toon inspiration!

Monday, May 24, 2010


I am a huge reader of comics. I read them for a long time as a kid and then I went to college, got broke and took a twenty year hiatus. About 3 years ago, I started back. Some of my tastes have changed but some have not. I still read the Spidermans and the Batmans but I definitely find myself drawn to just good storytelling these days. One of the better companies for this is Dark Horse Comics. They have the beat em up and the supernatural stories (most notably Hellboy) but they also produce some definitely non-traditional comic fare. One of the ones I am just now discovering is a writer/artist by the name of Ricardo Delgado and his Age of Reptiles comics. They are wonderful stories with no words, only the action of dinosaurs being dinosaurs. For a guy who spends his day job working in a natural history museum it's kind of a natural fit.

So in the back of one of the issues of Mr. Delgado's comic is a letter where he discusses dinosaurs and he mentions a magazine called Prehistoric Times. Their website is a little under-developed but the magazine is pure joy for a dinosaur nerd like me. The magazine is devoted to dinosaur news and collectibles and model making. And the entire thing is illustrated by the readers. They don't pay for submissions but it's just fun to draw dinosaurs. And any exposure is good for you, right?

So that brings me to today's entry in the studio...IGUANODON!

The magazine generally has two main creatures a month and the deadlines for submissions are listed on the website. I used the watercolor pen and ink method because another dino artist that I think is great is William Stout and he uses that technique on a lot of his paleo art. So, in an homage to Mr. Stout, I submit my first dino painting!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Legends and Inspiration

The world lost a great artist today. Frank Frazetta passed away at the age of 82. I wrote about his wife Ellie last year when she passed away after a year long battle with cancer. They had the type of partnership that was much like Johnny and June Carter Cash. They worked well BECAUSE of each other. And unfortunately, the one would not last long without the other.

And apparently the children have been bickering over the estate, blahblahblah. I do not care about the children or their petty disputes and squabbles. They are not the ones who were an early inspiration to me. There is only Frank (and Ellie, even though for a long time I was not aware of her influence) as far as I am concerned.

I'll try not to bore you with a drawn out history of Frank (it's always "Frank" to us fans, although I'm sure had I ever met him it would have been a very reverential "Mr. Frazetta, sir"). There are many fine books on Frank, but I will let his work speak for him as he often did.

THIS is what most people think of when the name Frank Frazetta comes up. Even people who don't read science fiction and fantasy books were familiar on some level with his work. The above is one of his many "Death Dealer" series and was also used as a Molly Hatchet album cover.

This next one was used as a cover on one of the many Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. I'm pretty sure that Frank never read any of those books (at least not beforehand) because of all the ones I have read, I don't think the covers ever had ANYTHING to do with the story contained within. But here's the thing about it...those covers were so amazing, it didn't even matter! The art was THAT good!

He was not contained to just one genre either. He was equally fun at westerns as well. His treatment of horses was always oddly accurate to me. By that I mean, that even if he was exaggerating the figures it at least LOOKED as if it were in a plausible position.

Now let's look at another medium. Most of his commercial work was done in oils but his sketches and pencils are stunning. He was proficient in pencils, pen and ink, oils, watercolors, and probably whatever else he picked up.

And if there was another thing that Frank was known for at least as much as his barbarians and fantastic beasts, it was the women. Known simply as "Frazetta women", they were as much a part of his vision as any other. Voluptuous and usually as ready for violence as any other character inhabiting his paintings, Frazetta women were readily embraced by the community of fans. These were no scrawny supermodels. And for those of us who do not see the point of the emaciated forms of current "models", we always said a silent "thank you" to Frank.

And this pen and ink I have always adored not just for the fact that it's an attractive female, but for the sheer mastery of the art form. The textures and forms throughout this entire drawing are, to me, just awe inspiring.

But by and large, we know Frank for unbridled carnage.

And the unfiltered savagery of a warrior triumphant.

But he was also a hopelessly devoted romantic...

(His loving wife Ellie, as painted by Frank)

And most importantly, he was a man...

Thereby giving all of us who are just men something to strive for. Thank you Frank, for so many things. Thank you for serving as an artistic inspiration for so many. Thank you for pushing the boundaries of genres not normally associated with "fine art". And most importantly, thank you for opening up the imaginations of so many kids who wouldn't have had it any other way.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


It's startling when something you have been doing almost literally your entire life suddenly clicks into place as something you could do for...well, almost literally your entire life. I have been drawing and painting for going on nearly 4 decades now. Since I was a wee lad in the Georgia countryside looking for my own way to escape what I saw as a boring existence (and have since learned to heartily embrace) I have used art as a means of expression and personal escape.

As a youth I did not have immediate access to oils and other fine art media and even when I did, I had no one to train me in their usage. I was extremely intimidated by these tools and it wasn't until college that I got my first true look at most of them. So what I was left with was pencil and pen. I never looked at color as much as I looked at the linear aspects of drawing. I have, of course, since learned to appreciate and even revel in my appreciation of color. But I still first look at those linear aspects that formed so much of my early views of drawing and composition.

Since I have started these pen and ink watercolors, it is as if some sort of mental barrier has been broken down for me. This method allows me the fine tuning I can achieve with pen and ink and the coloring that I later learned a love for. With the oils and other painting mediums I have to force myself to allow the details to not take over. I am not a "realism" painter. But with the pens I can achieve much more the look I am searching for.

First up, a cardinal.

Next up, an elephant. I have painted this big fella a few times now. On a trip to Africa many years ago, this was the first elephant we saw after MANY days of looking. I still like painting the old tusker's portrait...

I did both of these as tests for the new style. Both of them are only 4"x6" watercolor sheets. Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cowboy Up!

One cowboy painting hot off the fine, hot off the drafting table. Happy now?

I really do hate the title saying. "Cowboy up." It's a saying popularized by people who are not actually cowboys and wanted a new, nifty way to tell someone to toughen up. I use it as diner lingo. "One cowboy up, hold the pistols and heavy on the chaps!" See? I have now introduced a fun new oeuvre into the world of the restaurateur. I fully expect to be compensated when this new chain of Old West diners sweeps the nation by storm.

ANYHOO...back to the painting. I have painted this fellow before. And done pen and inks of him. And I'm pretty sure he's in a few sketchbooks now that I think about it. I just really liked that pose. Nothing but the confidence of the young and the swagger of a cowboy all condensed into one seated pose on a gate.

Checking Out the Competition ink and watercolor, 8x10 (on a 9x12 sheet of watercolor paper) $150

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hey everybody, it's the "Thank You Chicken"!

I know it's a rooster. But yet again, I like the way "Thank You Chicken" sounds. Again, only because it makes me laugh. Anyways, I just finished my first official pen and ink/watercolor! Since my friend Denise (Font Queen) was ever so generous as to donate a set of Rapidographs to me, I felt that she should have a thank you gift for such a spectacular present to Paintmonkey Studios. She had told me of a liking she and her son had for chicken decor and she had liked the one that was the first ever prize for the Paintmonkey Studios Facebook challenge. (More on the second challenge coming soon!)

So I decided that I would combine the two things and create her a chicken with the new pen set and splash on some watercolor to finish the image. So here is my thank you gift for a brilliant new medium for me.

Angry little sucker, isn't he? Roosters just always look angry.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Some computer stuff isn't ALL bad...

So I was trying to enter a contest where you design the next character for a movie/comic book sequel. I won't name names, but it's out now and it involves body parts and kicking. Anyways, I didn't read the fine print in time and realized too late that I was too late to enter the contest (I would have felt bad but the silly thing had ended even before I started working on the character).

But I felt I would share it SOMEWHERE and suddenly it occurred to me "hey dummy, you have an art blog". Ta-da!

I did the basics in my usual format, ink on bristol board. But I noticed everyone else had color entries (again, BEFORE I realized the contest was over). Granted, they had done theirs on the website and it only involved uploading photos and using basic tools to put costume features that already existed over the photos. So I figured I needed to do something to jazz mine up. Since I had done it on bristol board, I knew from my horse drawing that watercolor doesn't work great on bristol board. Warps it nicely. So I thought outside my normal realms...

My brother had just recently acquired some gigantic package of Photoshop and related software. So I emailed it to him to see what could be done. He was doing some coloring with it, but I knew what I wanted so I took the opportunity to go up there and see what these computers could do.

Here is the finished product:

My brother had gotten the basics out of the way for me and then gave me a slight tutorial on how this stuff works. I think for my first time with computer coloring, it's not TOO hideous. It may work for some things I do in the future but I think I'll stick with my antiquated methods for most of my work.

Oh and by the way...for those of you who think I have lost my mind as far as what constitutes a superhero, I have not. I based this character on Ignatius J. Reilly, the protagonist from John Kennedy Toole's masterpiece, A Confederacy of Dunces. I thought a superhero based on one of the most obnoxious characters in literature was just funny.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Blech! (Maybe...)

I finished my test drawing of the horse. I LOVE my new pen set. I am in the mood to only use these right now. But I do still love color so I got it in my head to keep on experimenting on the horse. First the finished pen drawing...

Then I thought "why not add color to the horse". Why not, indeed? So what if you haven't used watercolor in close to twenty years? So what if you weren't that good with it to begin with? WHY NOT?

Okay, well it's probably not as bad as I first thought looking at it, but it's not great. And it's certainly nowhere NEAR the quality I want to have for these types of drawings. I think I like where this is going so I'll keep practicing and we'll see what happens. (On a professional note: watercolor does NOT work well on bristol board. Lots of warping going on. But I figured that would happen.)

Back to drawing board...literally.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Couple of New Things

Not too much today, but I wanted to put up SOMETHING. I've gotten a couple of new cartoons done. I'm not really in the mood to go all political blogg-ey, so I'll let them do the talking.

I dislike re-writing history...especially since there is no one conquered yet.

Next up, the obvious answer to everything in the United States today.

And now I just wanted to update on my Rapidograph testing...(outside of the work done on the cartoons, that is). I AM in fact, continuing to work on the horse drawing. It's just taking a bit longer since I've been trying to get the cartoons done. So, here is the next progression of horse pen and ink...

...seriously, I am LOVING my new scanner.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Irritation and Jubilation

I have a lot going on this week. The cartoons are coming as fast as I can get them down. I am perpetually irritated though. One of the unfortunate side effects of paying attention. But the jubilation comes from having a lot of new tools that REALLY make this whole process a lot easier.

My friend Denise (heretofore referred to as the Font Queen or FQ for those in the know) had an extra set of Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pens that she was gracious enough to allow me to have. These things absolutely rock! They make lettering a MUCH less ungainly task and that while I still don't LIKE it, at least I don't break out into a sweat thinking about it.

This one was done last night after talking to my cousin through Facebook. She is a teacher and had just found out that her county was making cuts to a reading program that she considers very important. And that was enough for me. Getting angry about these things is tricky though. Really the only thing you want to do is tie the people responsible to a chair and just scream at them and call them obscene names all night. And while funny to me, it doesn't really lend itself to a fun graphic joke (okay, again, funny to ME). So while as a person you may be HUGELY irritated by something you have to find a (hopefully) productive and (even more hopefully) humorous way to get your point across. Here's what I came up with last night:

A better way of expressing my displeasure about this topic than just screaming mindless insults. And just as a side note, the writing on the signs was REALLY hard to come up with. This is because I have awesome parents, and family, and teachers who TAUGHT ME TO READ! Unfortunately for me, this makes purposefully writing things wrong extremely difficult. Oh well. So thank you to everyone who ever encouraged or inspired me to read!

And just so people don't think I've gone completely fine art-free, I did get started on this before my dander got riled up.

The other tool that is making life easier is my new scanner. Taking photos of oil paintings works pretty well, but photographing pen and ink is a GIANT pain in the keister. All in all life is pretty good on the art front.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tea Party

I have semi kept up with the "Tea Party" national convention this weekend. Started as a backlash against what they see as wasteful government spending (oddly enough it only started AFTER Obama took over and continued Bush actions. Weird.), the "Tea Party" movement has since become a forum for the right. The FAR right. Former GOP House representative from Colorado Tom Tancredo delivered a "rousing" speech to kick off the convention. The first part of today's cartoon is an excerpt from that speech...

Yes, and in addition to this little he gem, he advocates a "civics literacy" test before being "allowed" to vote in this country. At best this speech was a horrifying echo of Strom Thurmond in the '40's and at worst (if he took a tiny little step to the right) it is a new rallying call for racists in this country. Perhaps the former representative needs a refresher course on civics himself.

(I know I've been a little 'toon heavy these days, but I've got another painting on the way. I promise.)