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    This is my first 3D piece, and the first in a series in reaction to the cultish dogma of popular culture, and cosumerism. Conform, Consume, Concede. Don't question the powers that be. Watch what you say or you'll be persecuted, you'll be cencored, you'll be banned. It's also part science experiment, if you will. I wish I could come back as a ghost in two hundred years and see what condition that cheese burger would be in.

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    It's been a while since my last post. But, I've been working as hard as ever. I have no shows or exhibits to speak of that are upcoming. We have changed our focus toward getting works into galleries as opposed to art fairs. More galleries, less art fairs. The big event I want to try to get in this year is the ARC Salon. The ARC stands for Art Renewal Center, and they promote modern realism, which is right up my alley so to speak.


    I'm toying around with an idea of going on a plein air painting trip this Spring. Maybe in May. We'll see.


   Well, here we are! After a nerve racking day yesterday, we are settled in to our booth at Hope For The Holidays. Pictured here is said booth. I get lots of complements. I've got something here for every budget. Next weekend my lovely wife and I will be at another art fair. That one is at White Oaks Mall, organized by Art Z Studio. We aren't actually participating in that one, just helping out. I was asked to be the judge for the prizes. Really? Me, a judge? I don't feel worthy! Come one come all to both of these shows. The one today is at Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave, Springfield Illinois.

   Two new paintings I'm posting today. The Parrots will be available soon at Art-Z Studio. The pointing hand called "You" is small model for a much bigger picture I plan to do soon. This version pictured here is to be donated to the Springfield Art Association for an event.

   Yesterday Marcia and I had the pleasure to go to Chicago and see the latest Bruno Surdo exhibit at Gallery Victor Armendariz. We were impressed. Bruno is a figurative painter working in a Realist tradition, mixed with elements that are painted loosely, with an impressionistic quality. I've known of Bruno Surdo for at least 23 years. Back when I first graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, I had a chance to become one of his students. I even interviewed with him. But other circumstances didn't allow it to become a reality. Bruno Surdo is one of the best contemporary painters, in my opinion. A true inspiration of mine.

   This weekend I participated in an art fair at Edwards Place. It's on the grounds where there stands an historic old home where Abraham Lincoln met Mary Todd. All in all it was a good experience, but it was so hot, and barely a breeze. I was drenched in sweat, and we lost a piece of equipment for reading credit cards. But we met a guy who I will refer to here as N.G.. He collects art and likes realist paintings also. Marcia and I were pleased as we were trying to connect with him for a while. Well, we didn't sell any paintings this weekend, but we did sell a print at Art-Z studio, the gallery currently exhibiting my work. Next Friday Marcia and I are taking a day trip to Chicago to see an exhibit by Bruno Surdo. More on that later.

   It was around September 1 that I finished a portrait that I've been working on all summer. I call it "Portrait Of Anne Nonimas," (Anonymous). Or just Anne for short. Anne is a composit picture of four or five different people using pieces of photos I found on the Internet all "jigsaw puzzled" together in Photoshop to form a single fictitious person. I then painted her. I'm using the portrait to advertise my portrait painting service at Art-Z Studio, the gallery currently showing my work. But, a collector who likes my work has been interested in buying it. That's fine, I could use the money. I'll have to do another portrait to replace it though.


   I'm also about to finish another picture with two parrots. On the fifth I started a tiny painting on a six by six inch square canvas That I'm slated to donate to the Springfield Art Association for an annual raffle. It depicts just a hand pointing it's index toward the viewer. I plan to call it "You."