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Dough: Homer Simpson Meets Andy Warhol (And Other Thoughts)

Two weeks ago I finally finished my mash up of Homer Simpson with an Andy Warhol dollar sign. And here it is.

Homer Simpson "Dough" silkscreen print

“Dough.” 5-color hand pulled silkscreen print, 18 x 24 inches, 2016.

If you’ve been following my Facebook page you’ll know that I live broadcasted most of the printing process. I also have time lapse video drawing the full size films onto frosted mylar and may make a video of the whole process at some point. Most of the illustration was done with a black oil pastel crayon, with the large blocks of yellow and orange filled in with black ink and a brush.

Why Homer Simpson And What Does It Mean?

I was a bit apprehensive about this piece because if it doesn’t cross a line, it approaches it. Up until now I’ve prided myself on doing original concepts. It can be difficult to be successful doing that because if you look around, that is not what people want. And I enjoy a lot of pop art, but I feel so much of it is too easy by taking advantage of a well known and loved property and putting a twist on it. So if I was going to do this, it had to be for good reason and to make a statement I could stand by.

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Artistic Process of the Covered Rose

Pink Covered Rose

Covered Rose. Edition of 87. 12 x 18 inches.

In my last post I briefly mentioned the possibility of doing this print. Now it is a reality. The story: While out in California on two consecutive nights i had a dream that I was trying to go to sleep on the very sofa I was sleeping, but instead of pulling a blanket over me I was puling at a canvas ripped from its frame with this image on it. The first night I didn’t think much of it, but the second night I knew I had to make a sketch and I started my first draft of the rose on the plane ride back to Illinois. And there is the impetus. Continue reading

Was It Worth It?: Getting A Degree In Art

Was getting a degree in art worth it? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself for the last few years. If you haven’t figured it out yet I am not currently making a living by being an artist. Instead I punch a time clock five nights a week as a CNC machinist. It’s just something I fell into and it’s just a way to pay the bills, many of which are the remainders of student loans I acquired while getting a Bachelor’s in Fine Art from Northern Illinois University.

Diploma from NIU

“I did it! Now what?”

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