Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Skeletor Portrait

painting of Skeletor from Masters of the Universe

"Skeletor (with Paisley and Love)", 2011

14" x 11", oil on canvasboard

It's Masters of the Universe arch villain Skeletor. I found a good pic of a Motuc Skeletor action figure online, so I couldn't resist trying to do the "Evil Lord of Destruction's" portrait. I was never a big fan of the cartoon. I was a little too old to be watching it, but I still remember it being a big part of mid '80's television. I especially remember Skeletor, and his laugh, and although he was supposed to be menacing, he had the most ridiculous whiney voice. He would always spend way too much time cursing everyone and belittling his own minions. How could Skeletor's evil horde possibly defeat He-Man when they had their self-esteem crushed by Skeletor's constant insults.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba Hey!

My nephew's favorite thing to say for a while seemed to be "Yo Gabba Gabba". I've watched the show a couple times with him, and have been struck by its bizarreness (however, for me the creepiest and most surreal childrens show still has to be the BBC's "Teletubbies"). Of the six main characters on "Yo Gabba Gabba" the one that strikes me as the oddest is Muno. He looks like a giant one-eyed sex toy. I've run across blog posts on the internet that try to prove that the whole show has a sex toy theme. The phallic Muno is the most glaringly obvious example, but some say Muno's buddy Foofa is nothing more than a giant buttplug with a flower and eyes.

Anyway, kids still love the show and when DJ Lance Rock spins the music everybody loves to dance...

Yes, by day Muno dances his dance for the suits at Nickelodeon, but he hunts the night...

painting of Yo Gabba Gabba's Muno

"Moono", 2011

14" x 11", oil on canvasboard

I shouldn't say it, but I'm not overly thrilled with the outcome of this one. My painting enviroment wasn't the best, and when I started this piece I was using a new "green" paint thinner I bought at Home Cheapo. Kleen Strip's new "green" paint thinner was the cheapest, and sometimes you get what you pay for. It's supposed to be non-toxic and safer for the enviroment, but it is not safe for oil painting. It will ruin your brushes and slow your drying times considerably. I threw it out after I noticed my brushes fraying and losing their shape and my paint taking forever to dry. I don't know what it's made from but Kleen Strip Green Paint Thinner looks like milk and should not be considered a substitute for real good olde-fashioned toxic paint thinner. It's nice to be green when you can, but if you care about your brushes or your craft stay away from this shit!

Friday, April 22, 2011

There's a New Sheriff in Town

Actually, he's a U.S. Marshall, Marshall Chris Monsanto, and he's out for justice and to punch people so hard they explode in Adult Swim's new show "Eagleheart". It's nice to see funnyman Chris Elliot finally get a new series after almost 20 years. I'm a huge fan, and in "Eagleheart" Elliot plays essentially the same clueless, naive and insensitive character he played in "Get a Life" 20 years ago. Although this time he does it in only 12 minutes episodes and with lots of cheesy violence, blood and gore.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Finally, My New Site is Here!

I finally completed and uploaded my new website. It was designed by and created by your's truly using only notepad!