Thursday, December 29, 2011

Obama Wants Your Money


I originally posted this last year but thought it was appropriate to repost considering President Obama will ask for a $1.2 Trillion increase in the debt ceiling.

 In 2008 when he was campaigning he complained that the national debt was $9 Trillion. He said this was unsustainable and unpatriotic of President Bush to put this country in debt by borrowing from the Chinese government and pushing this debt on to our children and grandchildren.

What about now? Is it o.k. for Obama? This President has added $6 Trillion to our debt in three years and wants more. STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY DAMNIT !

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Christmas Card

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Taliban Joe

The other day our Vice President said "The Taliban is not our enemy per se...". It makes me wonder who it is that's been shooting at our guys in Afganistan. If the Taliban isn't our enemy, then are they our friends? With friends like that who needs enemies? I think it's the Obama administration trying to make nice again with those who want us dead. Maybe then they can declare victory and the war on terrorism would be over. YAY! Victory! Let's pull our troops out and go home. Hmmm... I wonder.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Capitola View From The Cliff - acrylic painting


Capitola is a little town just south of Santa Cruz, California and I think it's one of those cute places you just don't see very often. Cliff Drive follows along the cliffs through the town of Santa Cruz and continues through
Capitola suburbs to the beach and old town that sits on the Monteray Bay.
There are some good spots to surf along the Cliff Drive so I'm very familiar with the area and the reason I keep coming back.
18"x24" acrylic on stretched canvas

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

DiCaprio digital painting

I put the Leo D. sketch in my Corel Painter and went at it in a pop, modern,
contemporary art style.(?) In other words, I don't know what I did, just throwing color around to see what happens. I like this, it's new and different.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

DiCaprio - sketch


Sketching around with Leonardo. This guy has one of those faces that already looks like a cartoon so drawing him is fun. I'll finish this as a digital painting over the next few days.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Daffy Artist


Acrylic on canvas

Daffy Duck first appeared in the "Merry Melodies" short "Porky's Duck Hunt" (Warner Brothers 1937) and became an immediate hit. Directed by Tex Avery and animated by Bob Clampit, Daffy's personality as the crazy duck who jumped around in the water yelling WOOHOO! WOOHOO! was the direct opposite of the more tame Disney charecters and that's just what Warners was looking for. They needed something to compete with the mainstream cartoons of the day and Tex Avery was just the guy to give it to them. From the stories I've heard about Tex, Daffy was his alter ego.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I Ruff You


A little Pop Art for a change (maybe this should be called Pup Art).
watercolor www.BillsArtShop.etsy.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteren's Day


watercolor
General George Armstrong Custer was a controversial figure during the civil war. He finished last in his class at West point but because officers were needed during the Civil War was called to serve with the Union Army. He developed a strong reputation as a Cavalry commander and was promoted to the temporary rank of major general. He and his troops played a decisive roll in the Appomattox Campaign and was on hand at General Robert E. Lee’s surrender. After the war he was demoted to his permanent rank of captain.
After the Civil War Custer was sent to the West to fight the Indian Wars and was soundly defeated and killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Born: 1839
Died 1876 (age 36)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Goldfish


In ancient China, various species of carp (collectively known as Asian carps) were domesticated and have been reared as food fish for thousands of years. Some of these normally gray or silver species have a tendency to produce red, orange or yellow color mutations; this was first recorded in the Jin Dynasty (265–420).
During the Tang Dynasty (618–907), it was popular to raise carp in ornamental ponds and watergardens. A natural genetic mutation produced gold (actually yellowish orange) rather than silver coloration. People began to breed the gold variety instead of the silver variety, keeping them in ponds or other bodies of water. On special occasions at which guests were expected they would be moved to a much smaller container for display. Wikipedia
This is an 8"x10" watercolor on 140lb. Arches watercolor paper
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Biden in the Fourth Grade

The V.P. Joe Biden visited the fourth grade class of  Goode  Elementary  School  in Pennsylvania on Oct.18 and had a few things to say pushing  Obama’s jobs plan.
Do fourth graders really give a crap about politics? No, this was just a little brain washing in the socialist tradition. Shame on you Joe.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Conversation

I thought these two pears looked like they were whispering to each other so I call it "The Conversation". I'm happy with the colors I pulled out of these two ripe yummy looking subjects.
Still life in oil 8"x10" on canvas panel. If you'd like to own this painting drop me a line or visit my on-line shop at
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Show at the Blue Line Gallery

Come on by and check out the spooky art for Halloween. That's my watercolor of Frankenstein's Monster, ooohh scarey.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wall Street Protests

Now that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are sympathetic to the protesters, this movement is doomed.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Go fish

Unarmed perchlet
I like painting fish in watercolors. The medium seems to fit the subject with the watery look.
This is a small fish from the south seas and is not really sought out for tanks as they are relatively rare.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fu Manchu Lionfish


Fun with fish!

Known as: Nemapterois Biocellata, Scorpionfishes, Twospot Lionfish, Twospot Turkeyfish, Two-eyed Lionfish, Double-Ocellated Scorpionfish, Ocellated Lionfish, Fu Manchu Lionfish and Fu Manchu Lion.

Found singly on shallow reef flats and caves usually only at night.
A very secretive Lionfish.
They feed on fish and crustaceans.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 3-50m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Lionfish can be found during the day, hovering above the ground, in caves or crevices, often upside down. At night they are out in the open hunting.
When disturbed they raise their feathery fins as a warning and will usually move off out of harms way, however, if cornered they are able to charge at considerable speed.
The Lionfish is one of the most venomous fish on the ocean bottom floor. Lionfish have venomous dorsal spines that are used purely for defense. When threatened, the fish often faces its attacker in a head-down posture which brings its spines to bear. However, a Lionfish's sting is usually not fatal to humans. If a human is stung, that person will experience extreme pain, and possibly headaches, vomiting, and breathing difficulties.  That could be tough if you're under water.  www.whatsthatfish.com  
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Clueless in Berkeley


So now that Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are back in the U.S., I still wonder why two seemingly intelligent boys and a girl would go hiking in one of the most dangerous places in the world. I can also understand why the Iranians would think they were spies, after all they must be spies or utterly stupid to get so close to the border of a country that doesn’t like anybody.

 Maybe lack of common sense plays a part here, like Forrest Gump said……..“Stupid is as stupid does.”

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Self Portrait

This is what I really look like. People are always telling me "Geez, you look like a cartoon!" So I tell them  "Well, that's what happens when you spend your life having fun."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hot Rods, Rat Rods and Customs

Hot Rods as art? What do you think? Here's a few rods to look at from the Billitproof show in Antioch, Ca. last Saturday.

Personally, I am in awe at the time spent pounding, molding, sanding and painting (or not painting) on these machines. To me they are a form of kinetic art.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lucille's Story


B.B. King: Lucille Speaks

Perhaps B.B. King's most identifiable trademark is his guitar Lucille. Lucille has been with B.B. since 1949. The story has been told many times before, but for those of you not familiar with the details, here it is ...

Back in the late 1940's when B.B.'s career was in its infancy, one of his stops on the road was in Twist, Arkansas. It used to get quite cold in Twist in the evenings, and in order to keep the dance hall warm, kerosene was used for heat. A large barrel was placed in the center of the room and was filled about half way up with the fuel. The kerosene was then lighted to heat the room, a practice which was not uncommon in those days.

One cold night in 1949, two men started fighting and knocked over the barrel of burning kerosene. The burning fuel spilled over the floor like a river of fire. Every one, including B.B., ran out the front door. Once outside, B.B. realized that he left his guitar, a Gibson acoustic, inside the inferno. He went back inside the collapsing building to save his guitar, almost losing his life in the process. The blaze that night claimed two fatalities.

The next morning, B.B. discovered why the two men were fighting the night before. It seems as though they were fighting over a lady, and although he never met the woman, B.B. learned her name was Lucille. B.B. named that guitar Lucille, and also every guitar he has owned since that night, "to remind me never to do a thing like that again."  www.worldblues.com

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Animation Insider Interview

This is an interview I did last May for the Animation Insider web site. You can find out all the scoop by going to http://www.animationinsider.com/2011/09/william-reed/
 Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mindi Abair Painting

This is my larger version of Mindi Abair painted with acrylics on a stretched canvas 20"x24"
This is the largest figure painting I've done thus far and was a real challange since I am used to working in a smaller format.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mindi Abair

The first time I saw Mindi Abair was on the American Idol when she played sax for a couple of the singers and I decided I would try to paint her. It's been a few months but I finally got to it. This is a study for a larger painting I'm doing.
Actually she was famous as a jazz sax player before American Idol and has played as back up on several pop albums.
If you're interested in buying this little gem, drop me a note.
 It is a 5"x7" oil on canvas panel - $85

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Robin Obama Hood

                                               Robin Hood
                                               Robin Hood
                                               Riding through the glen,
                                               Robin Hood
                                               Robin Hood
                                               With his band of men,
                                               Take from the rich, give to the poor.
                                               Robin Hoood
                                               Robin Hoooood
                                               Robin Hoooooood!!
                       (song from the Disney t.v. show Robin Hood, some time back in the 60's)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Aloha

I got the Island itch again and got out the watercolors to push some paint around and came up with this.  The image is from a photo I saw on one of the Hawaiian vacation sites. I didn't try to copy the photo, except for the layout, but decided to play with the "wet on wet" technique.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The New Era of Civility

Standard and Poors new credit rating for the U.S. is already under fire from the White House and I expect the left wing to bring out all the big guns to discredit the agency. One thing President Obama doesn't like is being criticized, so he wasn't pleased about this for sure.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

House on Otis St.

10"x7" pen and ink sketch of a little house on Otis St. in Alameda, Ca. built around 1936.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Boats in Harbor

                                                                      The Painting

                                                                    The Inspiration

I have a lot of photos of our vacations and when I'm out of ideas I brows through them to see if there's a scene I can translate into a painting.  This photo was taken last year on a harbor cruise out of Alexandria, Verginia.  I might be able to get another one out of this photo. We'll see.
5"x7" oil on wood veneer
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Obama Quixote

It seems to me that Don Quixote and Barack Obama have a lot in common, like fighting imaginary monsters and trying to save the damsel in distress. One difference I see is that Don Quixote hated windmills but Obama loves them. Obama hates the greedy capitalist pigs on Wall Street but loves Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric. He also loves N.B.C. and it's affilliates for all the free publicity but hates the corporate jet owners. I think both G.E and N.B.C. would have corporate jets since they are corporations. Right? So, trash and tax the rich, expand government and create another program.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wishful Thinking

Thinking about the islands got me to painting from my imagination. I like painting like this every once in a while just to see what comes out.
watercolor

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hulk in the Grass

Just a piece of junk to some but I thought it would make an interesting painting. What do you think?
Watercolor, pen and ink

Saturday, July 2, 2011

American Continental Congress

This is the day in 1776 the American Continental Congress voted for independance from England.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the document called The Declaration of Independence and the Congress voted
12 - YAY, 0 - NAY with New York abstaining. "The business is done." John Adams said.
When the Declaration was agreed on, two days were allowed to "clean up" the document before it was
publicly announced on July the 4th. John Adams thought the great national celebration should be July 2nd because that was the day the important vote actually happened.
(Thanks to Tom Sito)

Monday, June 27, 2011

More FDA Graphic Warning Labels

Thank you government for taking care of us poor idiots. We would probably eat dirt without your guidence.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

52 Chevy

I saw this old 52 Chevy sitting on the pavement with the paint ground down to the metal, the back window missing and a large bunch of rust taking over and I thought it would make an interesting subject for a painting. Looks like this one had been abandoned and the new owner is in the process of bringing it back to life.
watercolor, pen and ink

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Really Daffy Duck

I found this Peter Bagge cartoon on "Cartoon Brew" and thought I'd share it since I don't have anything of my own to post. I've been busy with my real job. Excuses, excuses, I know but I love this drawing.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Non P.C. Magazine Ads

How about giving yourself a pistola for Christmas.
Ta hell with the bike fer the kids. I wanna shoot something.


Cocaine for kids? That'll get 'em movin'.


Now this one is down right offensive, but Wall Street  didn't think so. They were catering to thu po' folk who didn't have no money. Jus one cent fer a big ol bowl o' Cream O' Wheat. Yummy!
An' you can patch your walls wit' it too.