Saturday, October 30, 2010

Side Tracked

This is the view from the East end of the Roseville rail yard. The whole town is cut in half by the largest rail switching yard west of the Rocky Mountains. Freight trains from east, west, north and south come through this huge yard to be distributed to all points.
In 1913, fruit shipping became an important part of the yard and the biggest ice plant in the world was built in Roseville to accommodate. The town is full of history which is fascinating to me. That’s a part of the old town in the background.

Monday, October 25, 2010

French Riot Over Retirement Age

French students continue to riot because the retirement age was raised from 60 to 62. Wow, when I was a student all I could think about was how I was going to get a job in animation and actually make a living at what I loved to do. Retirement was not even in the picture, but, the French government has provided cradle to grave entitlements that the whole society has grown accustomed to and now there is resentment at having these goodies taken away. I think the society as a whole suffers from the gimmies. Unfortunately there are many people in this country that have the same entitlement syndrome. They think the government should take care of them if they have a boo boo or if they can't find a job or if they can't afford to buy a house, and there are plenty of liberal politicians who promise to give them every little thing they ask for. These are what we call the bleeding heart liberals.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

House On The Hill

We were in Southern Ca. a few weeks ago visiting relatives and one morning I got my paints out and painted the view from the back yard of my brother in laws house. This is one of the many houses that dot the hills around the area in Orange County. Hope you like it.
5"x7" oil on canvas panel    SOLD

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Weird Science Comics

I love these old comics. The art is fantastic, drawn by some of the greatest comic book artists and illustrators of the time. My brother and I used to have boxes of comics we collected. Somehow they disappeared one of the times we moved. Hmmm... (MOM!)
Weird Science Comics were published in the early 1950's by William F. Gaines and edited by artist Al Feldstein. Wally Wood did the cover art and Al Feldstein drew the stories.
 The other Weird Science interior artists were Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Joe Orlando, George Evans, Harvey Kurtzman, George Roussos, Harrison, Will Elder, Jack Kamen, Sid Check and Jack Olesen. Writers in the early issues included Feldstein, Gaines, Kurtzman, Harrison and Gardner Fox. Gaines and Feldstein wrote nearly all stories from 1951 to 1953.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Figure Drawing

The Blue Line Gallery in Roseville has been having figure drawing on the last Wednesday of the month for $10 and a three hour session. Since everyone who considers him or herself an artist needs to draw the live model, I jumped at the chance. I haven't drawn from a model since art school and Lord knows I need the practice after drawing cartoons for all these years. This was a twenty minute pose, which doesn't give much time to spend on details.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Vintage Air Poster

I took this photo at the Space and Aeronautics Museum in D.C. and thought I'd post it because I like it.
It looks like something from before World War One with the biplane in the back ground. Very cool.