Friday, June 29, 2007

Listen While I Work: My Top 10 for June 29, 2007

  1. "Love Today" - Mika
  2. "Say it Right" - Nelly Furtado
  3. "Makes Me Wonder" - Maroon 5
  4. "Sunday Girl (Riffs & Rays Club Edit*)" - Erasure
  5. "Hey You" - Madonna
  6. "Cry For You (Jackal Remix Short)" - September
  7. "Don't Wanna Cry Anymore" - Jenna Drey
  8. "Automatic" - Ultra Naté
  9. "One Day" - Madison Park
  10. "Accident & Emergency" - Patrick Wolf
Green denotes new top 10 entry.
Song links will take you to the iTunes listing if you have iTunes on your computer.
*Not available on itunes

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Getting Ready for P-Town

Well tomorrow's the reception for my art exhibit, "Summer Moved On" at Little Gorgeous Things in Provincetown. I am pretty excited about it and from what I hear it's already going well. The works were hung a couple days ago. I am also pleased to hear that some of you will be in town this week end and I'll get to meet you.

So today I am getting ready for the trip, which has also become a 3-day vacation for Edward and I. Right now I am getting my stuff together (beach towel, sunblock, camera etc.) and trying on and deciding what clothes to bring. Here I am in my Aussiebum's. I ordered a new one for this summer but it unfortunately it hasn't arrived yet.

The Republicans. The Constitution. Redefined.

With the latest revelations from the White House that this administration believes it is above the law, or better yet can re-write them and the Constitution, I got a little creative with my version of "The Sopranos" poster and tag line.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Madonna - "Hey You" (Live Earth Video)

The Live Earth Concerts for a Climate in Crisis begin on 07.07.07.

It's not easy to be totally 'Green' but the point is every little bit helps. I have switched all my bulbs to compact florescents, I recycle my plastic, paper, cardboard, glass, metal etc. I even recently switched to soy milk. Being environmentally conscious is just a matter of seeing how your everyday life affects the planet and then make the small (or big) changes where you can.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

On The Drawing Board: Road Map

I know it doesn't look like much right now. Usually I don't post anything until I have it outlined on the pastel paper. This is just a sketch of what I am starting. Pardon the quality of the scan. I tried to clean it up and darken the lines so it would show up better. Still a bit of refining to do, but this is the gist of it.

If you can't quite tell what it is, it's a guy on a sportbike - the wind blowing his shirt up and his pants riding dangerously low.

It's that time of year, motorcycles are out in full force. If you've never noticed, it's always the young hot guys riding the sportbikes, usually in just shorts and t-shirts. Those are the bikes that have the riders arching forward, legs back, ass jutting out; the position is quite provocative really.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Lost Treasures???

As I was going through my closet, I found myself rummaging through a box of old photos. Among them were numerous pictures of my old paintings. Some of the paintings I still have stored away others are gone. These photographs are not the greatest quality and are only cropped portions of the full paintings, but I thought some of you might get a kick out of seeing them. I may post a few more if anyone is interested.

If you've read my website bio or articles about me, you probably know that years ago I used to paint in oils and acrylics. I also used to paint mostly sci-fi and fantasy pieces. I was still in the closet at this time so I'd often incorporate busty women into my scenes, so I could get away with painting the hunky heroes that I was really interested in. Most of these paintings were done when I was between 17 and 24.

Saturday, June 23, 2007



With 64% of Americans disapproving of Bush, my question is how can 26% approve of his performance? The man is either extremely incompetent or sinister, take your pick.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Pass the Matthew Shepard Act

One in six hate crimes are motivated by the victim's sexual orientation. Yet Federal laws don't cover them.

Urge your Senators to pass the Matthew Shepard Act

It's quick and easy to do!

Listen While I Work: My Top 10 for June 22, 2007

Mika, a pop sensation in Europe is gaining ground in the U.S. Though I initially found "Love Today" to be very annoying, I also had the feeling that this would grow on me quickly. It's very much in the addictive and irritating quality of Scissors Sister's "Filthy Gorgeous" or even "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'".
  1. "Makes Me Wonder" - Maroon 5
  2. "Love Today" - Mika
  3. "Say it Right" - Nelly Furtado
  4. "Automatic" - Ultra Naté
  5. "Temperantia" - Lisiëm
  6. "Hey You" - Madonna
  7. "Deeper Into You" - Johnny Hazzard
  8. "Don't Wanna Cry Anymore" - Jenna Drey
  9. "Sunday Girl (Riffs & Rays Club Edit*)" - Erasure (Amazon)
  10. "One Day" - Madison Park
Green denotes new top 10 entry.
Song links will take you to the iTunes listing if you have iTunes on your computer.
*Not available on itunes

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Golden Age of Boy Bands 1995-2002

I admit it. I liked the boy band era. Not just because of the cute guys, but becaue there was a lot of catchy tunes being produced, like this one - "Same Old Brand New You" from A1. They weren't a house hold name like the Backstreet Boys or N'SYNC, but A1, Westlife, Take That!, Caught in The Act and others had some of the catchiest records since the 80's. Oddly, groups like this went out of fashion because they were 'too cute' or considered manufactured. Hey, it's pop music not Masterpiece Theatre. Just give me something fun, a good hook, nice vocals. That's all I demand from my music. Whether the song was written by them or not, or if they've 'suffered' along the way doesn't make music any more pleasurable to listen to.

Tighty Whitey Car Wash

Peter Rex, Mr. Steamworks 2007, (pictured above in front of the poster) has put together a fundraiser to benefit the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. The event is a tighty whitey car wash, which should be a sudsy sexy good time! Hot guys like Peter in nothing but their briefs splashing and frolicking for a good cause. Peter, who has been photographed by Tom Bianchi, is getting Calvin Klein to donate the briefs and t-shirts, which will be printed up for the participants. I provided the image for the event's poster as well as donated a special full size limited edition print of "Red, Wet & Blue" to be framed and raffled off. So if you're in the Toronto area July 8th, and your car is dirty or you are just looking for some good clean fun and want to lend your support, stop by!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sex on the Beach

Yesterday Edward and I made the long drive to Provincetown to drop off my artwork for my upcoming show. For a change we had beautiful weather. We had a great lunch at Ross' Bar & Grille on Commercial St. Then we took a long walk across the jetty out to the beach. It takes a bit of effort to get to which eliminates the 'family' crowds. So this stretch of beach is the 'gay haven' and though not official, swimsuits are optional. And, apparently sex on the beach (and I don't mean the drink by that name) is okay too since we passed two guys fucking out in the open. Oddly the guy on top kept staring at us as if we were doing something wrong by staring at them. Ummm....if you're gonna put on a show, expect people to watch!

Now I'm not gonna say whether we engaged is such activity yesterday, but admit that sex in public, especially in the great outdoors, in the sandy dunes along the ocean can be a big turn on.

Above is my piece titled "Dunes" inspired by previous trips to the tip of Cape Cod.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Listen While I Work: My Top 10 for June 15, 2007

Maroon 5 has been around a few years and hit it big with "This Love" off their earlier album "Songs About Jane". Though I never really found their sound to be my cup of tea or bottle of beer. So I was suprised by how much I like their latest "Makes Me Wonder" from their new cd. Lead singer Adam Levine isn't bad to look at either...

  1. "Automatic" - Ultra Naté
  2. "Temperantia" - Lisiëm
  3. "Makes Me Wonder" - Maroon 5
  4. "Deeper Into You" - Johnny Hazzard
  5. "Ever Fallen In Love" - Nouvelle Vague
  6. "I Could Fall In Love With You" - Erasure
  7. "Summer Sun" - Jimmy James
  8. "Say it Right" - Nelly Furtado
  9. "Hey You" - Madonna
  10. "Love Today" - Mika
Green denotes new top 10 entry.
Song links will take you to the iTunes listing if you have iTunes on your computer.

Justice & Equality Triumphs in Massachusetts

BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers blocked a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday that would have let voters decide whether to ban gay marriage in the only state that allows it.

"In Massachusetts today, the freedom to marry is secure," said a victorious Gov. Deval Patrick, who had lobbied lawmakers up until the final hours Thursday to kill the measure.

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Bigots like Former Gov. Mitt "Hypocrit" Romney, who pushed for the amendment, were justly handed defeat in their anti-American attempt to usurp the founding principals of the U.S., freedom and liberty. Even in a democracy the populous should not decide the rights of others. That's why we have a representative democracy, to ensure that the rights of ALL not just the majority are protected. The defeat of this bill is a victory for all minorities who's rights should not be denied because they might not have the votes in a general election. Legislatures pass numerous laws without putting it on a ballot, that's their job.

As tax-paying Americans we should not be denied the rights granted to others because we are (born) gay or a minority.

Good job Boston!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

True Colors

True Colors Tour, the brainchild of Cyndi Lauper, is a celebration of the basic values and freedoms that should be shared by all Americans. Fans will experience these values through the music of both legendary icons and the newest and coolest acts this generation has to offer. "As an American I was raised to believe that all people have the right to live with the same dignity, opportunity and safety. This should include everyone no matter what gender or sexual orientation," said Lauper. "This tour was created to celebrate our differences by raising awareness for liberty, fairness and dignity for everyone - not just some of us. Our fans can come out to celebrate a great cause while also hearing some great music." One dollar of every ticket goes to benefit the causes of the Human Rights Campaign.

The tour which is currently underway, began in June 8th in Las Vegas, features host Margaret Cho, Lauper, Erasure, Debbie Harry, Dresden Dolls, The Gossip, The Misshapes and other performers on select dates.

For dates and more info visit

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"Pensive Sky"

I love the seaside and being at the beach. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bright sunny day suited for catching some rays, checking out the guys in their revealing swimwear, and dipping in the ocean or a peaceful walk at dusk or even a stormy November day. “Pensive Sky” follows my last piece “Beach Boys”, both beach scenes, yet both very different in tone, and I would be equally happy if I could step into either one.

I am planning on bringing “Pensive Sky” to my exhibit in Provincetown, so during the shows run you can visit or contact the gallery at Little Gorgeous Things if interested. So for now only prints of it will be available.

The 20% off Day of Issue Sale on limited edition Studio size prints and Gallery prints (full size - 23 1/4" x 18") will run until about 6:00 PM (EDT) Thursday. Visit my studio, for ordering information.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Inspirations & Appreciations: Belinda Carlisle - "In Too Deep"

A wonderful song and video. It's images are a mix of "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Roman Holiday". Belinda Carlisle evolved into an outstanding solo artist, though it seems she is often marginalized as just the singer from the Go-Go's who had that "Heaven...on Earth" song. She's maintained an infectious pop sound while evolving from youthful bubblegum to something more mature. This song is from 1996's A Woman and A Man, an album filled with great melodies and irrestible hooks.

On The Drawing Board: Sand & Water

I hope you all like how the new one is turning out. I wanted to bring it to the show in Provincetown, with the rest of the pieces on the 18th, but I don't think I will have it framed in time. I may have to bring it down after the exhibit opens on the 25th.

This in progress picture is actually from a couple days ago. Yesterday I spent a lot of time on it and it's much closer to finished.

A few years ago when I first started working with pastels, I had an aversion to backgrounds. I never really considered myself a landscape painter and that's what doing backgrounds is all about. Today, I regard the figures and the settings integral parts of each other. Now that I've done so many, I have the confidence to take on things such as waves and sand, which used to intimidate me so much. They still do a bit, almost as much as feet...which I am saving for last.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Two Lights, Maine

Friends of ours invited us up to Maine for the weekend. Their family has the cutest little cabin on a lake. We drove up Saturday night. Sunday on our way home we all stopped at the Two Lights State park for a few hours. I don't know what it is, but being near the ocean whether it's the beach or rocky cliffs is very soothing to the soul.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

On The Drawing Board: Ocean Gaze

Here's a close up of the face. I have filled in quite a bit more of the entire picture but am particularly pleased with how the face has turned out so far, so I wanted to post this photo. When the head is this small on the paper the slightest finger smudge or pencil stroke can entirely alter the expression, but he's now got the look I am after. For a while he looked a bit angry, then his eyes were just not looking in the right direction.

Friday, June 08, 2007

My Top 10 for June 8, 2007

When I first read that Johnny Hazzard has a single out, I was skeptical - a gay porn actor trying to become a singer? How bad was this gonna be? Well, in fact it's not bad at all and has grown on me quite a bit. It's sweaty a bit nasty and sprinkled with obligatory moans and heavy breathing. But what makes the song is the lyrics that put Johnny in the role of the shy boy. It's a catchy dance track from a porn star, if Paris Hilton can do it why not JH? At least he fully acknowledges his sex tapes as his claim to fame.

  1. "Automatic" - Ultra Naté
  2. "Temperantia" - Lisiëm
  3. "I Could Fall In Love With You" - Erasure
  4. "Deeper Into You" - Johnny Hazzard
  5. "Ever Fallen In Love" - Nouvelle Vague
  6. "All of Your Love (Jimmypop Remix)" - Hellogoodbye
  7. "Experiment Erde" - Peter Schilling
  8. "La Vie En Rose" - Belinda Carlisle
  9. "Just A Girl" - Ian Van Dahl
  10. "Who Knew (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)" - Pink
Green denotes new top 10 entry.
Song links will take you to the iTunes listing if you have iTunes on your computer.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

On The Drawing Board: Pensive Sky

I've gone back to the beach for my next piece. The fun in the sun has given way to a more contemplative mood. I see the figure perhaps at the end of summer or at least the end of his vacation. Spending his last day at the beach, squeezing out the last rays of sunlight. Unlike the crashing surf, his time there is unfortunately not never ending.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New England International Erotic Art (and MORE!) Festival

Monday I delivered my entries for the New England International Erotic Art Festival in Provincetown MA. It was a long drive but Edward and I thought we'd make a day of it either meandering around town or walking to the beach. But unfortunately the weather was awful, remnants of a tropical storm. Oh well...

Here are the details for anyone wanting to attend. The festival is A LOT more than just art.

The first New England International Erotic Art Festival opens in Provincetown June 8th and runs through June 10th, 2007. This multi event festival will feature two fine art exhibitions showcasing the works of 28 artists from across the United States, an Erotic Costume Ball and an Intimate Wear/Fetish Fashion Show.

The weekend festivities begin Friday June 8th with an opening reception at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery located at 432 Commercial Street from 7 PM - 9 PM and will continue at the Crown & Anchor located at 247 Commercial Street in Club Paramount from 9 PM - 11 PM. The fine art exhibitions are open to the public throughout the weekend and are free of charge. Both the costume ball and fashion show will be held at the Crown and Anchor in Club Paramount and are open to adults 21 years of age and older. The Costume Ball themed Flesh & Fantasy begins Saturday June 9th at 10 PM. Admission $10. The Intimate Wear/Fetish Fashion Show begins June 10th at 1 PM. Tickets are available at and at the door the day of the show.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

"Summer Moved On" - Exhibit in Provincetown

In the mood for some renderings of mostly naked men, a little wine & nibblies, and clean ocean air? Then I hope you'll join me for the reception of my art show, not suprisingly titled “Summer Moved On”.

The exhibit is at Little Gorgeous Things in the charming gay friendly summer get-away, Provincetown Massachusetts. The reception is June 29th, from 7 to 9 pm. The gallery/shop is located at 359 Commercial St. There will be framed originals and prints for viewing and buying! Hope to see some of you there!

Art of the Month - June

For June I am featuring "Jackson" as my Art of The Month.

My friend Andrea recently bought and moved into a new home. It's a duplex and her neighbor in the other half rents from that side's owner. Apparently Andrea, who is certainly not coy or shy gets quite flustered whenever she encounters her often shirtless neighbor, Caleb. According to her, he is 'GORGEOUS!' and looks exactly like my painting "Jackson", which she has a copy of. I've not yet seen him, so I am very curious and a bit skeptical. Though even straight male friends who've seen him say he is one handsome man. We'll see...

As the Art of The Month the magnet and all prints of "Jackson", including the 8.5" x 11" Portfolio print, 13" x 19" Studio Print, and the 18½" x 23" full size Gallery prints, are 15% off at Studio1088.