• Showtime

    Greetings and felicitous salutations!   I’m very happy to announce the opening of my current solo show, “Oil and Dust” at the Indian Hills Community College gallery. It’s a beautiful space and the gallery curator, Mark, was a breeze to work with. Given the size of most of my pieces it took renting a UHaul…

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  • Murder of One

    I haven’t been painting much since my move back to the home studio (read as “the basement”). I’ve been doing a lot of sketching however.  Last night I finally decided to drag my sorry arse off the couch and work. This adaptation of an earlier sketch is the result. I think I may leave it…

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  • One Man Murder

    I like to sit on my couch and doodle at night. Most nights. Well… some nights at least. Especially when I can’t get down to the studio to work. Sometimes I know exactly what it is that I’m going to be working on. Sometimes I have no idea until it gets going. This is one…

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  • Fear

    This weekend someone infected a school… a town with fear. Another piece of our children’s innocence was stolen away. While the threat of violence toward the school may or may not have been real there was an incident early today. A series of shootings in that town and it only served to lend credence to…

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  • Someone’s Island Paradise 1 & 2 – Nearly There

    Edit: I found out that the paintings will be staying state-side at the owner’s Memphis home. Still I wouldn’t mind a trip to Memphis in the next few months. It’s been nearly 20 years since I’ve been back. I wonder if the Pink Palace Museum is still as cool as I remember? __________________________________________________________________________ Almost finished…

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  • Time for a Little Demo

    Hey, true believers! If you’re thinking about attending the grand opening of the Des Moines Social Club this weekend be sure to stop in and take part in the demo-drawing classes I’ll be holding from 6-7pm. Come in. Get charcoal-y. Make marks. Be happy!    Cheers! R

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  • How’s that for a surprise?

    Found out I’d made the cover of this month’s Pulse magazine when I saw it sitting on the paper rack at a local coffee shop, Mars Cafe. Well ain’t that somethin’. Cheers, R

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  • A Work of Lilliputian Proportions or GO HAWKS!

    So here’s a little fella I just finished up this morning. For those of you who don’t know this is Kinnick  Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Big place. Much football. Go Hawks… and all that kindof thing. I went to school there for a semester and it was only one class. You can expect just…

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  • Front to Back

    Last week I finished my Octopus Bonsai Gardener mural at the Des Moines Social Club.  The project was an absolute joy to work on and I’m a little sad now that it’s completed.  Getting started I tossed around several different ideas before I landed on the octopus concept.  I’ll spare you those sketches, but I…

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  • Snippets (updated)

    Just a few bits from the most recent piece. Thought I’d share some of my favorites. Working in acrylics has really forced me to adopt different techniques. I’m really enjoying the process. (Sorry for the less-than-stellar picture quality) Here’s to working weekends. Cheers R              

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