Super Happy about this folks!  I got the call to put records in the freshly revived VINYL KILLERS show, like, 5 days before the deadline!  OF COURSE i want to be part of it, BUT i don’t have anything!  Well, 3 days later I’ve got 5 records for show, just about the fastest I’ve ever produced anything like this!  YEEEEE!!!  OF COURSE i can point out every little flaw, but damn, I’m pretty happy with these!  I owe it all to my large stacks of material, kept like a hoarder, a free weekend (that was about as beautiful-fall-in-pdx as you can get), and PERSISTANCE (that sax player is the third iteration of him).



The BIG 500 of 2016



well gang, here we are again, at yet another BIG 500.  Now that isn’t a bad thing.  Most people I know would be surprised to find out that I make stuff –art, if you want to call it that–and that’s  my fault.  Part of that is that is I’ve got no game, no business savvy, no promotion, zip, nada, zilch –I don’t even really talk about it.    The other big part is that I just don’t make a lot of art in a year’s time, so when you put that together, my website is just one “88 STRONG” after another “BIG 500” for the most part.  I get it.  There’s many reasons why this is — none that are great, and none really your business (unless you feel like being my patron, then we can go into details, because someone’s support would be crazy great.  Do patrons even exist?)

I’m going to chat for a minute about this years set for the BIG 500.  This all started out over the summer when a friend of mine was making panels that correspond to the Chakra colors.  I don’t subscribe to the Chakra thing, but seeing panels of bright primary colors rekindled an interest in making colorful abstract pieces.  I dig color theory and abstraction, yet most of my work usually centers around a found image that would be collaged, a story would be created, and while color would play a role, it was the supporting cast.

Color and Pattern can be the story.

Pattern makes me think of quilts, which makes me miss my gramma.  My family isn’t that artsy, so I take note when I hear how my retired dad tinkers in his basement-woodshop making birdhouses, and I encourage mom to sell those Afghans she crochets, and “Like” on FB everything beautiful my distant relative Jan Christensen creates (an amazing photographer), but when I was a kid, the only artsy thing I saw from my family was my gramma’s quilts.  The whole dining room would be taken up with the table-stretcher contraption, so you couldn’t hide it.   Quilting sure as hell didn’t look like it could just be a hobby or something to do when you were bored and cold (my mom’s reply to why she crochets for free), although I bet gramma didn’t make a dime off it either .  Serious craftsmanship and time is put into making good quilts. Taking fragments of colored patterned cloth, cutting them to shape, making whole new patterns.  It’s a beautiful art.  I’ve thought it would be great to learn, but i don’t have the slightest where to start, and I’m sure I don’t have the time or dedication needed.

Around the same time as all the color thoughts were bubbling, I ran across a basic quilting pattern book at the bins.  Now, as of late, I’ve been all about the Gel Medium Transfer technique,  with my newer works building in layers, where one transferred layer sat on/over/through another.  I was inspired –I used one of the patterns, a basic “Columbia Star” pattern, as my drop-in point.  Color, pattern, and a shape, the basic cube, that’s the beginning.  The next part was about slinging paint.

I’d throw paint down,  frisket the panel, cut out my pattern, maybe throw more paint down, maybe gel medium a layer of texture down, and then pull that frisket off, put more down and kept continuing the process.  Then there are a few pieces here which have  no paint-slinging involved, they are strictly just transferred images on top of other transferred images.

What I found fun was the de-evolution of the pattern.  Some I kept tight, didn’t let those shapes float around, others i tried dealing with creating some kind of depth, some I broke apart, and there are two (one is pictured) where I got away from the pattern altogether, though I feel the physically-tiled piece still identifies with the other.

I named these pieces “PROBLEM AREAS”, as I took this as a challenge to create with color/pattern/shape, along with the usual challenges I encounter in art-creation, but also as a nod to a musician I had been listening to practically throughout the entire time I made these.  ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

Side note:  here’s what gets me–after about 3/4 through this series, I’m down at the bins (again) and find a book on some quilting artists and I am thoroughly humbled.   I am in complete awe of Jan Myers-Newbury.  It’s as if she had a similar kind of idea process with color, pattern, and evolving/de-evolving in her quilting, (i believe she does say something about starting out with the basic square) and has become some zen-master of it.

If I were to keep going down my path with what I have in these few pieces, I could only dream to have them looking anywhere near as beautiful as hers.  Click and you’ll see.

I am in complete awe of Jan Myers-Newbury .



the 88 STRONG of ’16

Another year, another go at the 88 STRONG show.  As usual, artists receive up to eight 8″x8″ wood panels to create art on, working off of 88 possible themes.  This year I started off with throwing lots of color down, without any idea where it’d take me.  Some of it worked, some of it didn’t, but luckily I have plenty of this size panel to work with –finished 8, probably have about 12 that I was working with.  Bought a big ol’ roll of pallet tape which works great as frisket paper.  Recent work involves use of color, shapes, and layering of gel medium transfers.

Walking from time, to you

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walking from time to you

So terrible at putting up new stuff, sorry, This got done back in January.  This piece is kinda a triumph for me, process-wise, as it started out throwing paint on an already wallpapered panel.

It told me what it was looking for, and, once images were found and manipulated, it got done.  Yeah, so what, that’s what supposed to happen, right?  Yes, yes it is, but that’s the thing. the “gettin” part.  See, the piece said, “you need just this type of head”, and that was easy enough –2 grey’s images, reworked together.   But then, what’s it needing?  Pull up some of that flower wallpaper out of the splatter paint, see some flow, some movement, start thinking a lot on composition, and wait for it.  take some older halftone work and work it in, like waters, it shoulder deep.  Still all waiting for the image to start bringing things in, focus my search to colors, making this picture RED.  Success at the bins, finding an old 70’s coloring book, providing me with subjects, background, a “place” for that head to sink into.  Then it’s push and pull, selecting what stays and goes, and making a great decision for my head’s “hair”  –because of the original splatter paint working with the head, I always saw the head as a her, with flaming hair.  The piece had really grown away from that, like it started as “you could be mine” by G’n’R, but was turning more into “november rain”, if you catch my drift.  The work, by then, with all the red, and images of trees and foilage, was screaming fall leaves, which were a plenty.  Once I resolved the lower portion from the previous decision of halftone dots (which is kinda it’s weak point) with the laying flat face, it was done.

fireflowerwalk before nancy drewRED

–an “in progress” pic of the same piece.–

–and yes, for you observant folks, that “red tree background” in the finished piece is used (albeit more manipulated) in the “zoey” plate of previous blog-post.  With the finishing of this, and the sucess at the zoey piece, I will sometime make a plate with this image on it, that is, once I find the plate for it.–

from time to you plate

–something like that.


Eraser 01

Eraser 01


Just a new something that’s done (for now).  Working like a screenprinter except with no press, and no screen and no squeegee.  huh.

Got a couple more working their way down the line, for what besides the love of making i don’t know.  This piece just made me think of an oldie.

I’m not the man you wanted me to be
He’s kept alive inside your fantasy
But now the magic me is fading fast
Let me remind you of the face behind the mask

-thompson twins, “day after day”-

The 88 STRONG SHOW –2014–

  Wherein 88 artists each create 8 pieces of art, 8″x8″ in size, incorporating one or many of 88 different “themes”.



Oil Fountain

Oil Fountain



"are Zoo animals contented in captivity?  This chimpanzee seems to be assuring the director of the Zoo that EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT"

“are Zoo animals contented in captivity? This chimpanzee seems to be assuring the director of the Zoo that EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT”

Everything Will Be Fucked

Everything Will Be Fucked

Silvervein on Pigmented Epoxy

Silvervein on Pigmented Epoxy

untitled white man

untitled white man

Everything WILL be fucked if you leave the fridge door open...

Everything WILL be fucked if you leave the fridge door open…

The WordPress Change…

I just saved a bunch of money by switching to WORDPRESS!  OK, advertisement over.  I’ve had the wordpress blog for a while now in addition to my website, but, 2 things:

1.  I’ve been paying a lot of money for the website –silly really.  I don’t know the HTML stuff, and needed something simple to put a website together and so I was using WIX.  It was easy, and expensive, especially when you consider I was making no money off the site.

2.  I don’t update either my blog or my website as often as I should.  The proof is the date of my last post here  –it’s basically been a year.

SO, going with the cheaper deal, here I am, like so many others, on WordPress!  Not dissing WP though.  I’ve just got a lot to learn to really make it do what I’d like.

As I said, basically a year since my last post here.  Geesh.  2013 hasn’t been an amazing year for me, artistically.  I sold some pieces (actually more than I ever had before, mind you, they were small, cheap pieces but still), and I made some new work (the least I’ve made since 2007), but I kinda stayed out of the scene, so to say.  Ah, but life continued on, that’s for sure.  The biggest change 2013 sent me was having to find a new place to live, and dealing with what that means for me  —After living in the same place for 8 years, you could say I was “settled in”, so, 3 months in, you could say I’m still “unsettled”.

Still, art must be made, and like I said, here it is, basically a year later—

THE BIG 400!  December 14th, 2013!  Same deal as last year, only bigger —The fine folks at People’s Gallery round up a big ol buncha artists of all shapes, sizes, ages, and skill levels (the “400”, which, as usual, is actually more than the number stated –last I heard, over 600 people participating), give them wood panels to make art on, and, around 2 months later, taah-daah, we got a gigantic show with lots of awesome work that you pull off the wall and buy for $40 a piece!  Phew!  Yeah, I’m doing that.  See you there, and don’t forget to bring a can of food (or two) for the Oregon Foodbank.big-400-poster-web

Here’s a few of my BIG 400 entriesLarry Christensen_Untitled



Larry Christensen_we are a consuming fire“We are a consuming fire”


Accept All Damages


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2012 has been —interesting.  Not half as busy as 2011, and that’s all due to me.  Haven’t bothered courting many places to show my work.  I did the “Pancakes and Booze” show, and basically made my money back, no win, no loss.  That’s about done it for me and “paid” shows –“P&B” charges $15 per piece you show (but “you get 100% commision) for a one night event.  Recently P&B came back thru town and did a 2 night gig, but even so, 2 nights to make up your costs, selling to the bar crowd artwork that has to be at least what you’re putting out for it, which, subsequently, is what they just paid to get in and get two drinks –well, people are there for the fun, not for buying art.  Or maybe I’m wrong, maybe if I was just a better salesman that wouldn’t be an issue.  Regardless, I had a fun time and it was a good experience.  When you’ve got a town with hundreds of free or low commission  venues –yes, coffee shops, bars, and legitimate galleries — that usually have your art up for a month, you can see the pros and cons of this kinda thing.

In more recent events, I had my “Homage to Albers” series and the “triangle series” show at my church, Imago Dei Community.  This was something that took quite a while to “get the ball rolling” (not on my part) but once it was up, it was very gratifying.  Nice to see my Brothers and Sisters supporting my creative endeavors.   Actually sold a piece at that show too.  I know it’s not fair to say that no one likes my art because no one buys it, but when I have a sale, it reignites the idea that maybe someday enough people will buy enough of my art that I could make a living doing it, it affirms that people actually DO like it. “Put your money where your mouth is” goes through my head when friends say they like a piece, or “I’ve heard lots of good stuff about your show”.

OF COURSE, it should go without saying that I’m not doing it for the money –obviously not the case.  But it sure does make a person feel better about spending so much time and money into a project.

Now, as in a week from now, will be the opening of the “88 STRONG” show at the Goodfoot Lounge.  This will be the 3rd year I’ve participated in this show.  Basically, the good folks at Goodfoot give artists eight 8″x8″ wood panels to create art on, using 88 possible “themes”, which are single words/phrases.  Examples of this would be:  Art Mafia / Compost / Dreads / Eat your face / Hick / It’s in my mouth / Lebowski / Roller Girls / Vegan —you get the point, pretty random word/phrases.  Your blanks can be 8 different themes, or all the same, or any mix.  You’re given basically a month to turn these blank panels into art, which are then framed and shown (100 some artists x 8 a piece=’s a lot) and sold for $50, the artist getting the majority of the $.  It’s open to artists of all skill-levels and mediums, as long as it’ll “fit” onto the panels.

I love this show and “the big 100″ show (which is similar in concept, except no themes are given) because they’re basically a work out for me, and usually end up teaching me either a new technique or a new set of ideas or a lesson of some sort.  They’re a work out for me because I have to keep at it –8” square panels are small enough that they don’t have to be time consuming, yet having 8 to make in a month’s time makes it challenging.  My artwork typically takes a 3 to 6 month turnaround, mostly because I think a lot on the piece, making the revisions and figuring out the technique in my head before actually applying to the work.  And, honestly, I procrastinate a bit too.  The 88 Strong doesn’t allow that.  I’m always a bit of a mess at first, cause “whatamigonnadoohshit”, then when that’s figured out it’s “ohcrapi’mgonnarunouttatime”, but I have yet to fail with getting something made that I approve of by the deadline.  Well, I usually approve of most of it.  Sometimes it doesn’t all work the way i want it, but I allow it because others may approve of the final piece even if I’m not fully behind it.  The artist is his biggest critic, and all of that.

So, this year, my 8 pieces all revolve around the theme “DAMAGED GOODS”.  This started out with a roll of packing stickers I’ve had for at least 3 years, which is my argument for why artists (in particular collage artists) should not be criticized for being pack-rats.  As soon as i saw that phrase, I knew I had to use them –Neon Orange stickers with bold face ACCEPT ALL DAMAGES printed on them.

The process went something like this –cover panels with these stickers, somewhat randomly, then apply white spray paint over about 3/4 of the surface.  Then I took stills from a video, which then got worked and re-worked in Photoshop (I won’t go into detail, but I imagine anyone who knows photoshop decently could back-track the filters/brushes/techniques I used) then printed these out to fit specific panels and transferred them onto the panels via gel-medium transfer.  For me, this was good training on specific techniques I use in photoshop to take images and ready them for 4-color process printing, though the end result was not made into screen printed images (not enough time and too laborious for one small print), and was also educational on how to “colorize” a black and white image.

As for the subject –The stills were taken from a you-tubed video the house is black, a documentary made in 1962 about a Leper colony in Iran –very sobering, with it’s narration being parts Old Testament/Koran/Poetry, it’s beauty is it’s ugliness.  Leprosy (aka “hansens disease”) has been around since the Old Testament and many passages in the Bible are devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, and care of those afflicted.  Like the Plague, it is rarely seen today, though both still exist and both can still kill if not treated immediately and effectively (Paul Gaylord of Prineville, OR. is still recovering from the Plague, contracted from a cat bite earlier this year).  These people, no matter when in history, have had to deal with not only the devastation of their health and body, but their entire life.  Lepers in the past were kept away from everyone they loved, hushed away to colonies.  “UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN!” was their cry when coming anywhere near anyone, to warn them, to keep them away, strangers, friends and family.  In this day, Paul has the stigma of the Plague on him before he is even out of the hospital.  People who were going to help him have now bowed out, under the fear of being infected (even though it is not passed by human transmission).

Biblically speaking, Leprosy is considered a metaphor for sin.  As leprosy kept the afflicted away from others because of his uncleanness, sin keeps us away from God.  Unsaved people often say “I’m a good person” or “People are basically good”, and so go on with their lives thinking they’re “good enough” for God.  But God is not only a Good God, He is also a Holy God.  Impurity is NOT allowed in His presence, no matter how small.  Even if we ignore the doctrine of being born in sin, put under the magnifying glass of God, we all have sinned, we all come short, we all would come into his presence having to cry out “UNCLEAN!  UNCLEAN!!”.  Praise God that He provided us with His begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who can clean us of the leperous sores of sin, who can redeem us, who makes us presentable, righteous, in God’s presence.  Christ’s good work not only saves us from eternal death, but through the Holy Spirit, works on restoring us from the damages we’ve made to ourselves in this life.  Like a leper, we come to Christ as we are, dirty, damaged, falling apart, broken people.  As it’s said of the Church “it’s not a museum for the good people, it’s a hospital for the broken”.  (mark 2:17).  If you accept Jesus as your Saviour, He “accepts all damages”.