Ballard Studio Farewell

Just finished the walk thru with the management of the building my studio was in. I've had such an amazing wealth of work come out of this space since I took it on in June 2008. I am looking forward to setting up camp in Berlin and seeing what comes from that experience. Cheers my old friend!




mixed media on canvas and wood panels - 84"x56" - 2011-12




mixed media on canvas - 48"x60" - 2011




hugs[x] - mixed media on canvas - 48"x60" - 2011

should was a band my old blanket bandmate and longtime friend Blaine shared with me early spring last year, so in keeping with music that I cherish hearing when working, I thought I would highlight a song from their record like a fire without a sound. I think Blaine's, or Stare as he is also known as, daughter turned him onto this band, well done in either case, just happy to know their music!



Design Milk

I received a wonderful write up yesterday on one of my favorite sites, Design Milk, which you are welcome to take a look at here...
Thought it could be a good time to post a few songs by bands I've enjoyed this last year, so I thought I'd start with a band I love starting paintings listening too, and who released a wonderful album this last year titled The Only She Chapters, Prefuse 73.





I just received notice a few weeks ago that I was accepted at the Takt Artist Residency in Berlin. I will be working there from January through March of 2012. It's very exciting, my first residency and in a place that in many respects, sparked my interest in painting when I was starting to make artwork seriously in college. I was given the Berlin Art catalogue from the Museum of Modern Art's show from 1987. In it I witnessed the works of Beuys, Baselitz, and Bernd Zimmer, along with Arnulf Ranier, and american artist Jonathan Borofsky. I've always held it in my heart, this place that so many did so much wonderful work. I have visited the city before and really loved the time I had in the summer of 2003. Now I get my brief moment in the coming months to do a body of work that you will get to see unfold as I post from there.




Seattle Downtown

Williamsburg Brooklyn

NYC Chelsea

some things seen recently that play into my visions here in the studio...
[click the images to see full]

the studio will be moving soon to Berlin Germany

more on that in the next posting...



sketchbook orangutans

I was recently asked to chaperone art students from the high school I graduated from in Federal Way for a day at the zoo. They were sketching for the day, so I brought along my sketchbook to do some work with them and see some sights. Near the end of the day I passed the orangutans area and was struck at how down the male and female pair in the window of their environment were. Folks were passing and patting the window, which didn't seem to make much impact on the orangutans. I took my turn and had a revelation that we aren't that far removed from where these orangutans are, and it hit me to share my sketchbook with them.
The following video was made by Ed Crossan who teaches at Thomas Jefferson. This moment was the highlight of the day for me and I plan on going back semi regularly to share forthcoming pages with the orangutans.




Somersaults - mixed media on canvas - 88"x72" - 2011




a patchwork of things that may wind up as one piece or something else entirely...





mixed media on canvas - 30"x40" - 2011




Revolver II

mixed media on canvas and wood panels - 44"x66" - 2011 [sold]

this work is going to Australia, for a collection in Sydney. I look forward to seeing it installed and will have photos hopefully of that very soon!




"A characteristic of artistic education is for people to tell you that you’re a genius. […] So everybody gets this idea, if you go to art school, that you’re really a genius. Sadly, it isn’t true. Genius occurs very rarely. So the real embarrassing issue about failure is your own acknowledgement that you’re not a genius, that you’re not as good as you thought you were. […] There’s only one solution: You must embrace failure. You must admit what is. You must find out what you’re capable of doing, and what you’re not capable of doing. That is the only way to deal with the issue of success and failure because otherwise you simply would never subject yourself to the possibility that you’re not as good as you want to be, hope to be, or as others think you are."

Milton Glaser


Moholy-Nagy - Sunday Brunch



work in progress

artwork in progress here in the studio...





For the last two nights I've been working on site at the downtown Seattle Nordstrom doing some chalk drawings for the Men's Rail department. It's been fun to work in the store while it was open for a bit, then into the night after it closed. They have a theme in the department with motorcycle helmets, and amplifiers, so I was asked to do some chalk work that would fit and I jumped at the chance. Click the images to see them full.




oil on wood panels - 36"x24" - 2011




mixed media on canvas and wood panels - 50"x80" - 2011



western haunts

I took a few days this last week to drive around the palouse and columbia valley of washington state gathering both still and video imagery for a project/collaboration with the seattle band The Western Haunts, and their song titled A Zealot Sun. I've been gathering video for sometime now to mix together, taking cues from the lyrics that Jake Witt wrote and explains here...
Hopefully this will come together in a way that is thematically
close to how the song feels, and fits it visually. This will be my first video for a band, and actually my first video period. I will keep you posted on it's release and until then here is raw links to some of the unedited video...[continued]



Seattle artist Ken Kelly's new painting at the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom...

installation complete of the work titled Stop Spinning that I did for the downtown Seattle Nordstrom...



Stop Spinning

mixed media on various wood panels - 84"x56" - 2011

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on the floor

work in progress - mixed media on multiple panels - 84"x56" [continued]

The Small Faces - E Too D.m4a




sketchbook page detail

sketchbook detail - collage and ink

detail of a painting in progress


Grave mouths of lions
Sinuous smiling of young crocodile
Along the river's water conveying millions
Isles of spice
How lovely he is, the son
Of the widowed queen
And the sailor
The handsome sailor abandons a siren,
Her widow's lament at the south of the islet
It's Diana of the barracks yard
Too short a dream
Dawn and lanterns barely extinguished
We are awakening
A tattered fanfare

-Jean Cocteau


hugs and kisses

mixed media on canvas panels - 48"x60" [each canvas] - 2011



flatter her madly

mixed media on canvas - 48"x24" - 2011

A chapter in verse '... they flatter her madly'

Little twig isn't big

To you, but she is

To me.

But however I don't like it

When she makes faces.

And she seldom talks

When we go to places

And meet people

And sit around.

But she prances at dances

Gets crushes, takes chances

With boys, wears a hat

No shoes, and they flatter her

Madly. What of that?

Neat, maroon, blue and white

Lace and chord, velvet. Might

Even keep her coat on if its right.

Next week

All change

To purple

Or black


-syd barrett


I am their damaged megaphone

work continues, big, small and all things in between...[continued]

I am their damaged megaphone

dead artist speak to me

and thru me

you'd do very smartly to listen

they speak to me

with voices filled with mud and clay

and decay

people feel violated by the stench of their breath

they are not desert prophets

or nessissary sat next to god or the devil

but I am sat smack in the midst of them

their rotting teeth grinding and whispering

black thoughts in my ear


I am their damaged megaphone

barking across the nite

calling for

art with out art


love with out love


hate without hate

for lite without lite


you'd do very smartly

to shut up and listen

-billy childish


studio August 6th

studio with works in progress...[continued], and [here]



palo alto

mixed media on canvas - 72"x56" - 2011[sold]




oil and acrylic on canvas - 72"x56" - 2011 [sold]


the past is now part of my future...

.Me in 1967.
I've been getting up earlier and have been having these odd memories of when I was a child. As I sip my coffee in the window of the living room, I recall how I saw things approaching, what I wanted, how it would be, and now at 46, how they currently are. There are no great insights, just reflections of odd things; what my home would look like, as I saw it when I was a child, where I would be geographically, the work I'd be doing, the social, the travel. It all seems to be flooding into my head, as if I've uncorked some hidden bookshelf that just re-discovered inside my brain.
I'm finding it funny to recall how I saw things as a child, or what I'd be doing or not doing, and all of and any of the number of things one probably projects in their youth towards their future self. To date, none of it matches, just as an FYI...



Target Practice

I've been focusing on arranging combine paintings[paintings that are composed of smaller paintings]. After painting over 30 individual panels and more coming, it can get a bit discombobulated here in the studio. I'm in the midst of building support/transport structures for the combines, so when shipping or transporting the work, no individual panel carries the weight of the whole. Things are flowing and there is demand for the work, which is something new in the last couple of years. Meditation and maintaining mindfulness has been important tools, and gardening of all things, give me lots of peace of mind of late.

When we are in the midst of chaos, let go of the need to control it. Be awash in it, experience it in that moment, try not to control the outcome but deal with the flow as it comes.
-Leo Babauta



Lambretta Jamboree 2011 Portland Oregon

Had a wonderful and long weekend in Portland riding and hanging out with other Lambretta riders at the Lambretta Jamboree. Lots of folks from all across the country and from Scotland and Canada as well! More photos of the weekend are here...



Riffing on a painting here in the studio, when I'm not doing yard work on the new home...
Sun is out, which makes it hard to get inside and make moves, but when I do, they feel good lately. I feel less like I'm editing, and stalling, and more like I'm moving to some odd music in my head. Although there is music playing here in the studio, it's more like I'm seeing a rhythm then acting on it.
I've still been thinking about Cy Twombly and about his passing yesterday, and again it seems hard to imagine him not here in the world making his wonderful and mysterious paintings and things...


birth and death Cy Twombly passed away today

multiple target 227[for cy twombly][click here for full size image] - mixed media on canvas and wood panels
Artist Cy Twombly passed away today in Rome. Not since the death of Joseph Beuys in 1986, have I felt so saddened. When I first started to awaken to art back in high school, and begun looking up artists in the library, Cy was one of the first to really shake me. I was feeling a revolution internally, rebelling as much as one could in a suburban neighborhood in Auburn Washington. I looked to music and art to be a guide for where I both wanted to go, and where I went. Twombly's work was musical to me, it had rhythm, poetry, revolution and curiosity all swirled into one. He led me down a path, painting wise, that has been rich and rewarding, and hard to explain at times. As art should can and should be every now and then. He was a constant taking off point, the lift to catch sail, to loosen one's grip, in order to get a better hold. I finished this painting above today, and then went to check on the news of the day. When I heard the news, it seemed only fitting to dedicate this work to him. I'll miss you Cy, and will cherish the work that you left behind...

Jerry Saltz's wonderful Obit today in the NY mag...



studio July 2, 2011

Continuing to mix, match and realign. Been trying to gather my own fonts and letter forms by going out and taking pictures of lettering I find out in my walks around town. Here is an example...[continued]...




if my paintings were in a kitchen, I'd be stirring them in a bowl at this moment. I'm willing to put anything up against something, look at it a bit, move, set it up, move again, and see what comes of it. I'm letting the pots percolate in here at the moment...all ingredients are optional.


studio June 27th

something is happening in here...[continued]



Multiple Target 759

Oil on Canvas and Wood Panels - 50"x50" - 2011

and in the [studio]



studio June 22nd

studio with works in progress [continued]

papa's willow still weep
young hearts are all a flutter
on wings of concrete
just like the man in the gutter
come to the width of our circle
stiff-arm your way to the middle

we stand in a circle
we move in a circle
time wounded and ground, psychological bound
hands down
in routine exercise
in constant reverie
in makeshift comfort zones
in nine o'clock meetings


production in progress

works in motion, continual building and layering. [continued]


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