Earl I in the morning

The time in the earl I in the morning is a good time to break the chains, to meditate, to work out, to walk, to fuck, to muse, to plan, to snuggle , to cool off, to be, to remain, to reintegrate, to watch the movements, to listen, to bird, to drink tea, to serve, to share, to write, to paint to plan, to build logo, to watch cooking shows, to spin and dance, to think, to try something new, to be lazy, to draw, to tell a story, to meet friends at random locations, to drive somewhere never been to, to surprise someone, to make public art, to color, to challenge self and others to see the last star, to kiss, to be happy, to be sappy, to bake breakfast, to tell loved one they are loved, to search for lost things, to talk to fairies, to do all the things…

Cross of list~

Late in the evening

I will:

>Fuck, drink beer, dance to random music, find dark places, be alone, be with strangers, make noise, learn something new, remember something forgotten, make someone think really really hard about something trivial, be an ass, stumble in the streets, star gaze, walk to the moon, be selfless, have fun, cry, something amazing, be out all night, get lost, drive/drive/drive, nothing, dream the big dream, inspire, make, destroy, vandal, scare, do the unexpected, beat meat manifesto, make a manifesto, be a prophet, om the prayer beads, star gate, find all the points of light, fine the quiet place, love, be, master something, make a new friend that I like, bring together, argue, sleep, tell stories, make a lie that isn’t a lie.

Cross of list~


Action Items:

This list of action items is mostly for me but I want them out for accountability and so others may use as a guide line for their own uses.  May not always cross off as for they are ongoing, some may get crossed off as moods and goals are achieved.  Some repeat over and over…

  • Draw in influences
  • Be visual while writing
  • Be verbal while drawing (arting)
  • Be abstract while being literal
  • Combine a variety of unrelated stuff (juxtapose)
  • Forget the rules
  • Make alternative rules
  • Fuck the “man”
  • Be the “man”
  • Resist/react/change/flip/challenge


The myth

  • Write daily or as near as possible
  • Paint 6 hours weekly
  • Increase weekly
  • Put out into world
  • Draw, daily – work on body
  • Document
  • Sock it up


To riot to

  • Be the awesome
  • Share the awesome




Be the awesome

  • Work hard
  • Play hard
  • Help when needed, stay out when they need to bta
  • Ask “what will I be awesome at today”
  • One step at a time


Our Badges

  • Set goals, they are levels
  • Make a place to display them
  • Make them
  • Hit your goals, advance to next level set new goals
  • Repeat


Action Item

  • Start small
  • Achievable goals
  • Unachievable goals!
  • Dead lines
  • No excuses/no fear


Brain storm the ideas

  • Prep canvases
  • Get back ground down
  • Have fun
  • Do research
  • Paint, paint, paint
  • Sketch some
  • Sell


Some freeform stuff

  • Be strong
  • Be a force
  • Grow
  • Nurture
  • Write
  • Draw
  • Meditate
  • Love
  • Be an ass


Ides of March – early in the morning/late in the night

  • Once a day – cross off list




Make a Manifesto

  • Lay the roots of man I festo
  • Refine, refine, refine
  • Live it
  • Don’t give up


Love only

  • No hate
  • Be great
  • Be


Ich bin ein auslander

  • The faces of merica
  • Don’t kill me – a series
  • Paint the hate
  • Drump X
  • Research



  • Look back
  • Fuck the obey


The deceit of now

  • Learn all the things
  • Do all the things
  • Be all the things
  • MJ
  • Web site portfolios – on going
  • Portfolio – 1 month
  • Get a job that pays – 3 months
  • Get car paid off – asap
  • Don’t live in box and don’t box in
  • Challenge everything

Insidious Evil

Recent words have been parlayed by the insidious evil called work. With traveling 10 days straight and long hours put on repeat for 2 months has serious and lasting consequences on the creative flow, excuse? Maybe, but a little camping vaca has leveled my conciseness and hopefully I can snap back to the creative flow.

The itch is there and needs to be scratched by a grizzly bear, prepare for some blood red scratching…

To do:

  • Paint finish Foxy, big brush landscapes, coaster paintings, work on commission, skulls, fun figures
  • Draw studies, doodles and freeform subconscious Joungesque, fill up sketch books
  • House projects (better working space) closet modes, table and desk cleanse, lighting???, tbd
  • Writing art blog, RN blog posts, daily journal, food blog, (start of something new), edit posts
  • Illustrations/logos
  • Move to creative life not just work life
  • Be wacky and silly and fuck the “Man”
  • Play
  • Photography carry camera with (not just phone), document more, instagramer-master
  • Background art making build stretchers, collect stuff, observe
  • Personal go out less after work, make the time to do above, be held accountable for this list (your job)

If you got through my stupidness of the to do, congrates…

The message is clear, the target painted, I am here, I will~

He who hides his madman dies voiceless


Morning Pages a change

{edited 31may17}

I started working on Morning Pages off and on for many years now (based off of the book The Artist Way) I would go a good 6 months or so and trail off. It always wielded some good ideas but was just more about bitching and what was going on, which is kind of the point, get out the crud so the day would be cleaner mentally.  I would start up again eventually, trail off again and the cycle has continued to now.

My problem with this method is that I get to work early and like to get up and go! Sooner there soon done plus I was finding that they just haven’t been working as advertised, I need something different.

Look, I am not a good writer to begin with, bad spelling, bad grammar. I am a painter for fucks sake!  I was in special classes for reading and spelling when I was young.  That is a story for another time though.

To my point though, I was in Big Rapids MI a few weeks ago for work, I had my MP journal with me. I hadn’t written anything for a year. Wrote one page because I couldn’t sleep anymore and I had a half an hour to kill before we had to get to the client site. Talked about where I was and what I needed to do when I got home.   After that I promptly forgot about it again even though I said I needed to work on the MP’s again.

This last week, I picked it up again. Not in the morning though, and I wrote more abstractly.  I had been thinking of all the strange and fun stuff I have done in my life to date, and what I neede*d to do to continue as I have in the past.  So that is what I wrote about. It was what I wanted to do in my next artist statement.  I do not need three pages of writing, just one.  Adding action items at the bottom (everyone needs action items) more on this later.  I will also be looking back at my ideas and following up with the past writing which is a no no in the Artist ways Morning Pages.  I also pull out an idea from the page and add it as a title for the next day or days when it feels right, I have two days of titles to write about at the moment.  I am creating a new journaling method for me based off of the MP’s, I am calling them Daily Pages, maybe, not sure.  Basically use other ideas and make them your own.  MP’s work for some but don’t follow the rules if it doesn’t work for you.




Here are my first actions items:

  • Be visual while writing
  • Be verbal while drawing (arting)
  • Be abstract while being literal
  • Combine a variety of unrelated stuff (juxtapose)
  • Forget the rules
  • Make alternative rules
  • Fuck the “man”
  • Be the “man”
  • Resist/react/change/flip/challenge

Titles so far, the myth, to riot to, label yourself, be the awesome.




Original Content

We have a collection of plastic ninjas that hang out on a frame that is around the thermostat, they are only part of our collection. the rest are scattered around the house hidden in plain sight and move quite often. I think they are on secret missions… #NYDexpressninjas

Squid – Mr. Squiggles

Another coaster painting, I am not sure if I want to go back into this one but it is signed for now…  Might deepen the blue at the bottom, what do you all think?
The original one
Artists will often let work sit for a while and go back into them to fix things they did not see right away.  I mostly know what I wanted to do and I did go back into this one and darken it up, There are a few minor fixes I did as well.  I will leave the original up for comparison.
Final version
Mr. Squiggles
oil on coaster
3.5 x 3.5 inches (88 x 88 mm)
you can find it on etsy now!
Oh, this painting is based off of a sketch in my sketchbook.
of the deep

New Year’s Day Challenge


Facebook and other social has been boiled down into sharing memes, news and fake news, etc… for a lot of people.  I want something more!

When I started fb and other social media (livejournal, deviantart and others) it was a platform to express yourself and keep in touch with people you don’t see often or you liked the content they offer.  I want to encourage this by encouraging  this challenge.

On NYD via FB or the social media of your choosing (or all that you use) express yourself to your friends and followers something created distinctly yourself:

·         Post a photo of your surroundings, something interesting or unique in your home etc.

·         Some poetry, writing or some other personal story that people don’t know about you

·         Some art or craft work you are proud of

·         Food or recipe that you made (not found on pintrist)

·         Self portrait

·         Something funny or strange about yourself

·         A mini movie of your making

·         The list goes on!

Lots of you have off so no excusses!

Tag it #NYDexpress





Whale Tail in Blue

Apparently nothing is sacred in the world today, I was doing a google search for image references for my coaster painting series and looked up “whale tail”.  To my surprise there came up a lot of girls with their thong panties sticking out of there jeans looking like a whales tail just before it sinks back into the depths of the ocean.  The pictures where almost all candid, which disturbs me but that is a different discussion.

I am a little scared to google “raven’s beak”, all kidding aside here is the painting that came out of that search:

 whale tail in Blue

Whales Tail in Blue

Oil on found coaster

3.5” x 3.5” 88cm x 88cm aprox.

For sale – 50$ usa + shipping now on etsy

Buy this and get a chuckle every time!

Now that I am thinking about it, I think it would be funny to do a diptych of actual whale tail and girl while tail side by side.  Artsy though nothing crude 🙂

Art Crawl

The St. Paul art crawl will be held this weekend and I will be showing some of my work there! I will be squatting in my talented friend Jen’s space.  Please note I will be holding shorter hours than the official SPAC hours.


2500 University Ave. D3 (top of stairs to the right)

St. Paul, MN

Friday April 22 6pm – 10pm

Saturday April 23 noon to 6pm

Free parking behind the building or take the blue line.

If anyone wants to come by outside of these times please contact me and we can arrange a private showing, the art will be up as early as Wednesday and won’t be taking it down until Monday or so.

Oh, and I will have beer and wine for friends (while supplies last) yes I am not above bribery!