New Painting: Weapons of Male Destruction

Weapons of Male Destruction
Weapons of Male Destruction, December 2013, oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″

Where does the term Weapons of Male Destruction come from?  Try stepping on one of those shoes upside down barefoot in the dark in the middle of the night, and you will know.

Afternoon Breeze – by Gary Ackerman

At the northernmost point on the Big Island of Hawaii, there is a little town called  Kapa’au, reminiscent of Julian, California. Driving through, I glanced to the right and saw a gallery with large, bright paintings. We stopped and walked in and were lucky, because the artist himself was there. He was most gracious, and we talked for quite a while about his technique and the work he was planning on doing, while looking at all his work. Whenever I see a successful artist, I always get inspired. What a life.

Afternoon Breeze – by Gary Ackerman [click for gallery]

If you visit the Big Island, make sure you stop in at Ackerman Galleries.

Edge of the World – a Daughter/Father Collaboration

Haupt Collaboration
Edge of the World, Painting and Photograph

My daughter took the photograph, which inspired me to make the painting. Then she split both and collaged them together, half the painting and half the photograph.

Painting: Wild Daisies

Wild Daisies
Wild Daisies, April 2013, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

A month ago I went on a bike ride in the neighborhood wetlands, spotted a little stand of red in the corner of my eye, turned around, climbed down the embankment and took a snapshot. I am not really sure if they are “wild daisies” but that’s good enough for me. Please correct me if you can identify the flower and I will retitle it.

This is the resulting painting.

Inspired to Paint

This street scene by Greg Gandy inspired me to paint a series of Portraits of San Francisco. Now all I need is some photographs for motifs to get me started with material.

Morning Rain in North Beach, oil on panel, 24 x 36″, Greg Gandy – from American Art Collector, October 2012

New Painting: No Lifeguard

No Lifeguard, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36 inches, March 2012

I was in Clearwater Beach, Florida last November at a conference. In the evening I walked the beach. The setting sunlight illuminated the lifeguard stations. I knew there’d be a painting there somewhere.