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Spidey web

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Orb Spider web

Man of Acres

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"Man of Acres" 
acrylic on canvas 
43" x 34" (2024) 

Plans begin with a Drawing

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One of the many things I've learned about being a painter is that the more I can make my paintings look like my drawings the better. For me personally, there's something raw about drawing in pencil, pen, ink or colored pencils. Often times it can be a bit diffcult to translate that into a truly successful painting. It comes down to drawing more, painting more and observing more. It even comes down to the sort of brushes to use. 
It's all one continual art project. It never ends. The truest form of art is what you put down on paper because often times it's not the final plan. At times we can divert from those tall stacks of used paper; it's often very raw we think, too real. A gallery owner once told me "I like your drawings, why don't your paintings look like your drawings?" It made me think, for one that maybe I'm not doing good enough of a job translating my sketches into paintings. Am I catching that true enegry? He was not giving advice per se, but it reaffirmed my belief in what I was working toward. Art projects are a lifetime, it continues and continues. 


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Rain drops

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Kodak Vision3 250D (5207)

Double Diptych

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but not the Pentax 17 kind

All Nighter...

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"All Nighter"
acrylic on canvas 
21" x 17" / 2024
A friend in Italy wanted to know a little about the painting...
As I make this post it's almost 2:30AM

Cease from thine own wisdom

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Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
-Proverbs 23:4

Are Arbetter's better dogs?

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When was the last time you ate a hotdog?

First of the roll

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First of the roll

Vintage Bronco

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Vintage two door Ford Bronco

A Minor Oopsie

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It's just my Minor Mistake
The Internet is an amazing thing.

I first heard of Minor Threat when I was 16. I was in a Specs music store. My girlfriend, Kathy said "Hey, look! They are straight edge!" as she handed me their tape. I wasn't sure what straight edge was but it was exactly what I was.

They were no longer a band but I did get to see the vocalist (Ian MacKaye) new band Fugazi. At the Edge in Ft. Laud.(1993).

Fast forward many many many years and I'm watching an interview on YouTube with Ian MacKaye... And he introduces himself Ian MacKaye and I rewind the video and say out loud 'MacWHAT?!? I've been pronouncing this guys name wrong my whole life!?!'
I've always pronounced his name Ian MacKaye like how the word 'Okay' sounds. Ian 'Mackay'
But it's actually pronounced  like how the K sounds in the word Kayak and the Y in the word eye. Ian Mac-K-EYE!!! 
Someday I'll look back and laugh... HA HA HA!

Spanish Moss way up high

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Kodak Ektar 100


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A pretty good cheese burger with hash browns on the side from Cowgirl Kitchen. Rosemary Beach, Florida!


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Guarjiro Vision

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"Guarjiro Vision" 
acrylic on canvas (2024)

Sand Dunes in Immokalee Florida

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I think these are man made. It's next to a road intersection (Seminole Crossing Trail X Koowachobee Trail) and a lake in the Immokalee Reservation.
Immokalee Sand Dunes?

Handheld fireworks

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How Long Do Fireworks Last ?

USPS at 80 Miles per hour

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I was driving about 75mph on the interstate and a USPS mail van blew past me. I've never seen one of these sucks move so fast, let alone on the highway. 

I chuckled since it reminded me of that Seinfeld episode. You know, the one where Newman & Kramer drove a USPS truck full of bottles and cans to Michigan. They wanted that sweet 10 cent per bottle refund.

As a B side: Not sure if this is true but a guy once told me that cops can't give USPS tickets because they don't have license plates. 
Mailman in a rush, yeah right!

Circumstantial Evidence (painting)

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"Circumstantial Evidence" 
acrylic on canvas 43" x 34" (2024) 
My older brother bought me a polaroid camera for my birthday and these were the first two images taken. You can see the painting "Circumstantial Evidence" as I was working on it. 
April 2024
I've always been intrigued by film noir, old black and white detective movies and it's music. I also love German expressionism in painting and in cinema, which isn't too far off visually speaking from noir. As I always explore themes, I always come back to the past and what my parents and grandparents saw as Americana when they fled a communist country. I'm always searching for some deep feeling that defined the visual landscape of America in the 20th century. Of course, I do this in my own language in drawings and paintings.