Magic Realism

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Psychedelic pictures for children?

People tell me they think of “whimsy” when they look at my illustrations. But I have no idea what they are talking about. I work hard to make them look natural. And I always am trying to learn how to make them more desirable to look at, like the backgrounds; the most important part of a picture and hardest to do (except for the faces). I can’t do them purely from my subconscious, as some artists pretend to do.



Some contemporary painting is illustrative, and the best of it implies a complexity that goes beyond the literal. But this isn’t the objective of illustration.

The problem is that illustration is too often perceived in terms of painting. It is literal, and by consequence, is often seen as simplistic when compared to painting. If modern art schools had not taught every one that simplicity of abstraction, is “art” then N.C. Wyeth’s illustrations would be the norm of illustration.

During the golden age of print media (a period that started somewhere just before, and ended somewhere just around the middle, of the 20th century), most illustrators did not have much influence over the content of their work. The exceptions were author/illustrators and creators of books where the illustrator had full rein over both image and story. 

Now that e-books are easily produced by artists, I expect to see more people like me that just want to by pass the commercial editors that control art and writing; and go directly to the consumer. But now that modern art has destroyed the narrative skill quality of art, it is hard to find people that know how to do visual story telling, and have it also be a picture that is a pleasure to look at long enough to keep it on your wall. Not that every one likes to sit and look at a painting.


Arthur Rackham, N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle are my most favorite illustrators.


How to frame my pictures

I have been thinking about the best way to mount my canvases; on stretcher bars, there should be an th inch thick foam board for backing. The thick canvas I use now is not stretchable. Don’t let anyone try to stretch it; it would ruin the canvas.

Without the sketcher bars you should use a ¾” or ⅞” foam board.  Make sure that the surface and the core are made of archival materials.

Do not staple the canvas on the side of the backing. Only on the back side. Or not at all.

Do not glue the canvas to the foam board, unless you use something that is removable. I do make the canvas water proof with acrylic, so it won’t expand much.

⅞” or ¾ plus the canvas should fit into a frame for a 1”. Like these:




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Short Stories Needed

I need short stories for these pictures, and possibly more. I am planing an e-book and want to use as many of my pictures as possible. But I am not a writer, I have a permanent writer’s block.



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Number 3: after a cold day in the rain  



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number 1:  “it all started when I saw strekes of light falling from the sky last night”




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“A Surreal Exponderancy of Maniacal Uterancy”

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If you think some of my pictures are weird, it is because they have hidden meanings!

Most all pictures have meanings, even if never put into words.

 Most of my pictures in the first few years, had strange meanings that were never explained. Now that I am almost sick n’ tired of making sweet pictures that have obvious meanings, I am going back to making odd pictures with strange meanings that can only be described in your own mind.

 This is what true art is about. Reflecting the viewer’s subconscious mind. Don’t worry, I do not like to make hideous violent pictures. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, with guns!

Graphic novels like most other books do not need to be what the publishing industry says they must. Sequential panels are another paradigm that should be challenged. I can’t stand to see books that look like the rest of them.

I want to create something different, something unique. Even if it is not a perfect commodity. I would rather read a book that has a lot of text and pictures, that does not fit into the industry’s duplicate image of what a book should be.

Selling e-books is easy just put them on the distributor’s list and make sure they their search engine works good enough to find your book. It looks like amazon’s search engine appears to be lacking in results, could it be that they just do not have many books? Not surprising, most people are so brain washed by capitalism that there is just not much in the way of innovation.

Anxiety, if done with satire would be an excellent subject.


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