Monday, December 27, 2010

Digital Portrait

A digital portrait I did of my boy Eric and his wife Danica (cartoony style).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Story Of St. Nicholas

Saint Nicholas was born in 270 AD, a Greek in what is now a part of southern Turkey. His parents were wealthy and very devout Christians who died when Nicholas was a young man. He inherited the wealth of his father but being a pius Christian gave away his money to help the poor. He became a priest and later was named Bishop of Myra and is remembered for his reputation for secret gift giving. In his most famous exploit, a poor man had three daughters but could not afford a dowry for them. This meant they would probably never marry and without employment would have to become prostitutes. Hearing of the poor man’s plight, Nicholas decided to help him secretly, so he went to the man’s house one night and threw three purses of gold coins through the open window.

He is the patron saint of children, sailors, fishermen, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, prostitutes and repentant thieves.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Film Fun Magazine

Film Fun was a magazine that was published from 1915 until 1942 with all the covers illustrated by Enoch Bolles. At the time he was the premier pin up artist as you can see. These covers were considered "racy" for the day. The magazine ran stories about movie stars, the movies they were in and contained lots of pictures for the serious "reader". I imagine it was the "Playboy" of those days. Bolles was another one of those great pin-up artists along with Gil Elvgren. Bolles however didn't sign any of his cover art.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tax Deal Smack Down

The Democrats rejected the Presidents proposed tax deal so it looks like the fight will continue while the Republicans wait for January.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing - Pipeline Pro

The Pipeline Pro starts today with live internet feed all day long. There is a big swell hitting the North Shore and this could be the best contest yet. Google Triple Crown of Surfing and follow the links.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pearl Horbor Day

December 7, 1941, "This day will go down in infamy" - President Franklin D. Roosevelt The Imperial Japanese Navy sent 353 aircraft launched from six aircraft carriers in two waves to attack and destroy as many ships in Pearl Haobor as they could. Luckily, our Navy had sent our own aircraft carriers out on manuvers the day before or they would have been sunk or destroyed too.. This was the 9/11 of the times with 2,402 sailors killed and 1,282 wounded in effect destroying the American 6th fleet and plunging the U.S. into W.W.II.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Day Superman Died

This from the 1992 DC Comics that killed Superman. Lucky for us he came back to life a few months later to save the world once more. The art on the cover doesn't match the art on the pages inside. The second image is from the next to last page of the comic, after Superman battles Doomsday. This is one of the best selling Superman comics ever but the story isn't that great and the book itself now sells for around $10.