Three years ago I created a piece titled “Atomic Peace.”  link here. This is a follow-up of that, three years later.  As you can see here now the figure has been decimated to a skeleton, a result of the extreme exposure to the nuke.  Now I don’t know if one can really be reduced to dust from the blast, but we’ve seen plenty of movies and tv specials that depict the devastating impact of nuclear explosion, and it’s quite possible we will one day witness the phenomenon in real life.  With the Trump in power and his unstable fingers on those nuke codes, and other countries like Iran and North Korea amping up their nuclear activities, it could only be a matter of time.

This piece is a roll back to the mixed techniques I had used back in ’13, using layers of pastel and charcoal over an underwash of watercolor, and the focal figure drawn in ink.   I’m constantly experimenting with different medium and techniques and I probably mentioned that I’d be hopping back and forth between them.  I’m not the type to stick to one medium or technique my whole life, I need to change it up.  I’m a tramp, a big tramp, and not ashamed of it.  I get that from Picasso, who’s also said it himself that he will never be tied down to one place.  And I’ve since thrown down associating my art with any particular art genre or style, because, well, I don’t know what to call my art, and I don’t give a (beep).

Peace out everyone.  And stay cool.  😉


I don’t think I need to explain this…even words are wasted on this heinous creature that is trying to get into the White House (and please good citizens of USA for the love of God and country go out and vote on Nov. 8).


Last month the world mourned the loss of yet another pop icon, Prince. The singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and producer that gave us enduring hits like “Purple Rain” “When Doves Cry” “1999” “Kiss” to name a few, was only 57 and still going strong in his 30+ years of career, he was to America what David Bowie was to the UK; and this year we lose both of them. 2016 has been a strange year so far-I wonder who’s next.  

Since I’ve done a tribute portrait of Bowie it’s only natural I do one for Prince as well. And it’s easy to choose the right images and motifs that suits him best. And certainly no Prince portrait would be complete without the famous Purple.

RIP Prince. May you dance in purple rain for all eternity. 

BONUS: Here is a short video of the painting’s progress. Sorry for the crap music, they won’t let me use one of his songs. 

 

2016. Mixed media.

 
Earlier this year the world mourned the sudden passing of one of the greatest music idols in human history. David Bowie, a household name in pop music culture known for his eccentric personae and innovative musical style that stood the test of time, has influenced generations of musicians, artists, and the like, and his untimely death has certainly touched the nerves.

Now I admit, I was not keenly into Bowie’s work, and I should have been. Only after the news of his death and seeing all these reminiscence of his life and work did I start looking into it. I’ve heard few of his songs on the radio but didn’t really pay all that much attention to it. Luckily I’m very open and flexible, and found his music and story quite intriguing. And so I felt it out of respect that I make some sort of tribute to this pop legend.  

I gave it the title after the movie of the same name in which Bowie starred (turns out he was an accomplished actor too) about a man from another planet who tries to fit in with the humans on Earth. I felt it really reflected his real life personae, changing like a chameleon along with the times and making the most of it. It’s obvious life to him was an excellent adventure. As for the overall image I didn’t exactly copy the iconic Ziggy Stardust look ( one of many pseudonyms Bowie went by) just a subtle reference to it. 
Rest in Peace Mr. Bowie. Sorry I didn’t know you sooner.  

  
Will somebody please shut The Trump UP?!
I never did take the guy seriously, though I won’t deny the wits and skills he used to build up a mega billion dollar empire and made the name Trump synonymous with rich and famous. But do we really want to be calling him President Trump? Give him the keys to the most powerful and volatile job in the world?

Seriously I want know what kind of people are actually giving this clownfaced douche attention he doesn’t deserve. The last several months we’ve watched him rolling his snakelike tongue spewing out fireball after fireball of insults and hypocrisy, playing on people’s fears and dissent to stir up and divide communities and tearing up all that America has stood for many centuries and the model of democracy other countries try to emulate. And if God forbid he makes his way into the White House there is no telling what the future holds for us. GOD SAVE AMERICA.  

This piece is somewhat similar to my previous piece THE TONGUE IS EVIL which was about the dangers of words based on the Bible passage of James 3:6. I see the parallel for this current piece; Donald Trump by no doubt is the perfect living epitome of the passage. And for him to say that he is a devout Christian is the most hypocritical BS you can ever hear. Like wha version of the book does he read? Obviously it doesn’t have the teachings of Jesus about love and forgiveness cause I do not see it in his rhetoric.