February 27, 2013
The Opportunistic Omnivore, 2012  acrylic and charcoal on 48cm x 31.5 cm  70lb paper


(Wild hogs), using their extra-long snouts, flattened and strengthened on the end by a plate of cartilage, they can root as deep as three feet. They’ll devour or destroy whole fields—of sorghum, rice, wheat, soybeans, potatoes, melons and other fruits, nuts, grass and hay. Farmers planting corn have discovered that the hogs go methodically down the rows during the night, extracting seeds one by one.
Hogs erode the soil and muddy streams and other water sources, possibly causing fish kills. They disrupt native vegetation and make it easier for invasive plants to take hold. The hogs claim any food set out for livestock, and occasionally eat the livestock as well, especially lambs, kids and calves. They also eat such wildlife as deer and quail and feast on the eggs of endangered sea turtles.
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/A-Plague-of-Pigs-in-Texas.html#ixzz2M9qnBAJc

The Opportunistic Omnivore, 2012  acrylic and charcoal on 48cm x 31.5 cm  70lb paper

(Wild hogs), using their extra-long snouts, flattened and strengthened on the end by a plate of cartilage, they can root as deep as three feet. They’ll devour or destroy whole fields—of sorghum, rice, wheat, soybeans, potatoes, melons and other fruits, nuts, grass and hay. Farmers planting corn have discovered that the hogs go methodically down the rows during the night, extracting seeds one by one.

Hogs erode the soil and muddy streams and other water sources, possibly causing fish kills. They disrupt native vegetation and make it easier for invasive plants to take hold. The hogs claim any food set out for livestock, and occasionally eat the livestock as well, especially lambs, kids and calves. They also eat such wildlife as deer and quail and feast on the eggs of endangered sea turtles.


Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/A-Plague-of-Pigs-in-Texas.html#ixzz2M9qnBAJc

February 5, 2013
Mickelthwait Craft Meats Panels (Sandwich Board), 2013 [2x] 60.96cm x 152.4cm acrylic on plywood
On the opening day of Mickelthwait Craft Meats, it occurred to my friend BJ and me, separately yet nearly simultaneously, that it would behoove MCM to have signage located more visibly from Rosewood Avenue as the trailer is tucked back a bit. After a brief discussion with him regarding this problem, I approached Tom and strong-armed him into commissioning these panels. 

Mickelthwait Craft Meats Panels (Sandwich Board), 2013 [2x] 60.96cm x 152.4cm acrylic on plywood

On the opening day of Mickelthwait Craft Meats, it occurred to my friend BJ and me, separately yet nearly simultaneously, that it would behoove MCM to have signage located more visibly from Rosewood Avenue as the trailer is tucked back a bit. After a brief discussion with him regarding this problem, I approached Tom and strong-armed him into commissioning these panels. 

February 5, 2013

Micklethwait Craft Meats Trailer , 2012  5m x 3.2m acrylic on metal trailer

This is Tom. He’s a long-time friend, a native Texan, a fellow former military brat and an extremely talented cook/charcutier/barbecuer. Last October, as Tom was preparing to fulfill his dream of opening is own barbecue location, he asked me if I would be interested in painting on his trailer. Being that I am a great fan of his barbecue and avid supporter of my friends making moves, I jumped at the opportunity to show my support and be associated with such quality product. In November, I went down to Austin and painted his trailer. I didn’t have any preliminary sketches but after a couple of beers with Tom we quickly agreed on what was going to happen. I can’t endorse Micklethwait Craft Meats strongly enough. Austin and the surrounding area has a lot of  bbq…some better than others, and MCM is truly one of the greatest. From the various styles of ribs to the brisket…from the pork shoulder to the daily variety of sausages…from the potato salad and cole slaw to the house made pickles and house made sauce (not needed, yet a magnificent embellishment)…it’s all superlative. 

Micklethwait Craft Meats is located at 1309 Rosewood Ave. Austin, Texas 78702  Hours: Wed.-Sat.: 11:30am-2:30pm, 4:30-8pm; Sun.: noon-4pm. Cash only. BYOB.

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September 7, 2012
Tim Kerr (Second Version), 2010    61cm x 101cm acrylic and charcoal on cardboard
To date I’ve done only a handful of portraits depicting people of renown and only a handful of portraits of folks I know. This piece is one of two in the cross-section. Back in 2010…(click me and I will take you to an explanation). While I was painting the other one I decided it would be very clever of me to make two different pieces in homage to the double volume compilation, Skinny Elvis and Fat Elvis, that one of Tim’s bands, The Big Boys released.

Tim Kerr (Second Version), 2010    61cm x 101cm acrylic and charcoal on cardboard

To date I’ve done only a handful of portraits depicting people of renown and only a handful of portraits of folks I know. This piece is one of two in the cross-section. Back in 2010…(click me and I will take you to an explanation). While I was painting the other one I decided it would be very clever of me to make two different pieces in homage to the double volume compilation, Skinny Elvis and Fat Elvis, that one of Tim’s bands, The Big Boys released.

May 1, 2012
This is Michael. He’s an intelligent and engaging conversationalist, a real hep cat. He likes the jazz, the blues and the old country and western musics, which on occasion, we discuss over low balls during my trips home to Austin. He’s also a talented writer/director and father of two outstanding young women. Michael acquired Seated Nude Without Necklace (After Modigliani, Seated Nude With Necklace), 2003  in 2006 during a garage sale conveniently held in his front yard.

This is Michael. He’s an intelligent and engaging conversationalist, a real hep cat. He likes the jazz, the blues and the old country and western musics, which on occasion, we discuss over low balls during my trips home to Austin. He’s also a talented writer/director and father of two outstanding young women. Michael acquired Seated Nude Without Necklace (After Modigliani, Seated Nude With Necklace), 2003  in 2006 during a garage sale conveniently held in his front yard.

March 22, 2012
This is Tim. If I were a bricks and mortar business, he would have just become the mayor of dutchslavetrade. I believe Tim has acquired around eleven or so works over the last few years. The remarkable thing is that all the pieces he has are ones that I almost didn’t put up for sale. Paintings that I thought were either “important” in my development, especially unique or just fond of for some other reason. He seems to have a good (dead)eye(s) for these things. Don’t Let Your Emotions Straddle Events, 2008 is one such piece. So if this art shit ever pans out for me and someone reading this blog, long after I’ve transformed into a beam of light, plans to curate a show of my self-declared “hits”…contact this nerd.

This is Tim. If I were a bricks and mortar business, he would have just become the mayor of dutchslavetrade. I believe Tim has acquired around eleven or so works over the last few years. The remarkable thing is that all the pieces he has are ones that I almost didn’t put up for sale. Paintings that I thought were either “important” in my development, especially unique or just fond of for some other reason. He seems to have a good (dead)eye(s) for these things. Don’t Let Your Emotions Straddle Events, 2008 is one such piece. So if this art shit ever pans out for me and someone reading this blog, long after I’ve transformed into a beam of light, plans to curate a show of my self-declared “hits”…contact this nerd.

January 5, 2012

This is Entitled Reflections/David Jones   2011 1:24 mobile video

I usually forget that I can record video with my mobile, however a couple of days ago while sitting with a friend at a picnic table, I remembered. My friend and I were approached by a man seeking alms named David Jones. As this happens frequently I have come up with a set of guidelines to determine how I will react to these encounters. Mr. Jones’ approach and demeanor was unique enough for me to want to engage with him and I’m extremely glad that I did. With his permission I recorded him reciting one of his poems.

August 23, 2011
These Ladies Are Straight Gettin’ Their Kathy Womack On,  2011 18cm x18cm graphite on 65lb paper
If you lived in Austin, Dallas or Houston in the last twenty years you’ve probably been exposed to the works of Kathy Womack. If not click on that link back there. Her gallery is located in Austin, not far from the old Sweatbox Studios on East 5th. On the few occasions I had to be at Sweatbox, when I wasn’t required to lay down an alto clarinet, vocal or hand clap track, I’d wander the area looking for food. Frequently I would stop in front of the Womack Gallery and look at her work. Like a Dickensian street urchin on Christmas Eve, I would press my sallow face and mustard-stained hands (I ate a lot of hot dogs) against the window and peer into the rich warm toned world of Kathy Womack. “These laughing women clutching glasses of wine, carefree, in lush amber and golden hues do not reflect my world.” I thought to myself as my hot dog breath steamed up the window. They were reflecting somebody’s world however, actual or desired, as she was obviously moving enough units to sustain her own gallery. So, good for her. My world was more Lone Star tallboy, worried and B&W copy machine reproduction. One day I would like to open a Dutchslavetrade Gallery across the street from the Womack Gallery and bring the property value back down. Keep it Weird, Austin.

These Ladies Are Straight Gettin’ Their Kathy Womack On,  2011 18cm x18cm graphite on 65lb paper

If you lived in Austin, Dallas or Houston in the last twenty years you’ve probably been exposed to the works of Kathy Womack. If not click on that link back there. Her gallery is located in Austin, not far from the old Sweatbox Studios on East 5th. On the few occasions I had to be at Sweatbox, when I wasn’t required to lay down an alto clarinet, vocal or hand clap track, I’d wander the area looking for food. Frequently I would stop in front of the Womack Gallery and look at her work. Like a Dickensian street urchin on Christmas Eve, I would press my sallow face and mustard-stained hands (I ate a lot of hot dogs) against the window and peer into the rich warm toned world of Kathy Womack. “These laughing women clutching glasses of wine, carefree, in lush amber and golden hues do not reflect my world.” I thought to myself as my hot dog breath steamed up the window. They were reflecting somebody’s world however, actual or desired, as she was obviously moving enough units to sustain her own gallery. So, good for her. My world was more Lone Star tallboy, worried and B&W copy machine reproduction. One day I would like to open a Dutchslavetrade Gallery across the street from the Womack Gallery and bring the property value back down. Keep it Weird, Austin.

August 9, 2011
Esta Tejana Que Conocí Hace Mucho Tiempo, 2008 40cm x 50.5cm acrylic on canvas

Esta Tejana Que Conocí Hace Mucho Tiempo, 2008 40cm x 50.5cm acrylic on canvas

July 12, 2011
Nine Branded Armadillo, 2009  12.5cm x 21cm acrylic on paperboard

Nine Branded Armadillo, 2009  12.5cm x 21cm acrylic on paperboard