Thursday, November 27, 2014

Too Many Cooks Paintings / Bill & Smarf

A portrait of Bill the machete killer from the Comedy Central short film Too Many Cooks. Painted in an impressionistic style in acrylic on a sheet of canvas.

Too Many Cooks Bill

Too Many Cooks Bill Print - Etsy

A portrait of Smarf-

Too Many Cooks Smarf

Too Many Cooks Smarf Painting- Etsy
Too Many Cooks Smarf Print - Etsy

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin & The Chinese First Lady at the APEC Summit

A painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lady Peng Liyuan the first lady of China sharing a beneath a shawl at the APEC summit in Bejing, with pancakes.

Vladimir Putin at APEC summit with China first lady and shawl

Putin & Lady Peng Liyuan Pancake Painting -Etsy

Monday, November 03, 2014

Hannah Nicollet Independence Party Candidate For Minnesota Governor Painting

A painting of Hannah Nicollet, Independence Party candidate for Minnesota Governor, as requested by Minnesota NORML-

Hannah Nicollet Minnesota NORML Governor candidate

Hannah Nicollet Painting - Etsy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Obama Ebola Unicorn

A painting of President Barack Obama wearing a hazmat suit and riding Penelope the unicorn who is suffering from a bad case of rainbow ebola-

Obama Ebola Unicorn painting

Obama Ebola Unicorn Painting - Etsy

A canvas print of the same.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Painting Of Al Franken With A Pancake On His Head

A new painting of Minnesota Senator Al Franken with a pancake on his head-


Al attempts to blend into and become a part of a placid watery landscape, surrounded by islands of syrup which do not proceed very deep into the distance, seem unnatural to the surface of the water, and might change shape if he were to move. The pancake on top of his head assumes the shape of his hair, again-attempting incongruity but failing.  Syrup from the pancake runs to both the political right and left-fairness is the message which Senator Franken wishes to communicate. However, the water level is higher behind Al, showing that his presence creates a blockage and hides an imbalance. The general atmosphere is of stagnancy.

This is my impression of Al's candidacy, not of his politics. Unlike his closest spiritual predecessor, the late Paul Wellstone, Al has refused to inspire because he does not wish to offend. I employ a water theme in this painting as a reference to his GOP challenger Mike McFadden's very effective 'Al can't back up a boat' campaign tv advert which shows a Franken-like driver failing to navigate a boat on a trailer into a lake. The commercial rings true to me, again-not because it says anything about Al's politics, or even for the inferred reference that the candidate is not 'a true Minnesotan' but because it reflects the Senator's lack of impetus. For a public figure with a background as a comedian, the Senator's term and campaigns have been starkly humorless. His campaign's immediate reaction to the McFadden boat commercial was one of being seriously butthurt, and subsequent messages regarding the GOP challengers foreign investments, while probably true, seem a sarcastic rebuttal as much to McFadden's use of humor as to his content. Minnesota voters value authenticity above politics, which explains why successful candidates in this state can emerge from all corners.  For this reason, if the campaigns maintain their current trajectories, I predict a McFadden upset in November.

On a personal level, this painting reflects the feeling that I'm just not getting very much done. I'm surrounded by projects which are ill-defined and unfinished.  I spent a lot of time yesterday staring at waffle fries, which I suspect explains the shape of the pancake on Al's head. The higher water level behind Al represents energy accumulating for paintings I would like to begin-comedic and livelier paintings-in contrast to this one. I dislike Al Franken for not being funny as much as I am disappointed in myself for not being funny enough.  It seems to rain every time I try to cut the grass. I am ineffective due to humidity. I think I've revise this painting and make everything in it seem even more humid, because that's just the way it is. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Jeff Johnson, The KingFisher Painting

A portrait painting of Minnesota DFL Governor Mark Dayton's GOP challenger Jeff Johnson, which I call 'The Kingfisher'-

Jeff Johnson the Kingfisher KingFish painting

GOP Minnesota Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson receives various electronic signals, representing his support for a Minneapolis police department proposal to purchase a cell phone tracking system called KingFish.  Johnson later stated that he regretted his support for the surveillance system.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Mike McFadden Asks Me To Debate Him, And I Accept

Fellow Minnesotan Mike McFadden, who is challenging incumbent Al Franken for his seat in the US Senate, has invited me to debate. I accept.

Mike McFadden debate offer tweet

No, Mike, that isn't how I feel.  Al may ignore you, but I won't.  I refuse to tune you out.

As an announced candidate since last October, I proudly accept your offer.

Earlier this year, Politico declared that I was poised to become the Internet's favorite politician. As a web-savy candidate, I wish to compliment you for tweeting your offer and in this way fully embracing the medium.

For a US Senatorial candidate to make an offer to debate a candidate for the US House is unprecedented, and I would say, on your part, brilliant. You have leaped far above the cavernous partisan divide. May your gesture be an example to the rest of the nation that Minnesotans aren't bound by party or precedent.

As a candidate from the Pancake Independence Party, I look forward to discussing with you in the public forum the state of breakfast and what we as concerned citizens may do to better support morning's most satisfying food.