Friday, February 26, 2010

on the drawing board: sea men!

As I work on pieces for my 'iconic' themed show, I definitely had to include a few sailors.  After all men in their dress whites and dixie cup hats have been luring guys to the sea for generations.

My Work & Playlist top Ten, February 26, 2010


You Don’t Have a Clue 
(1 Week at #1)

     Hot Chip

     Claudja Barry

Human (Pink Noise Radio Edit) 
(2 Weeks at #1)
     The Killers

      Boy George featuring Ana Lains

“Poker Face”

     The Raveonettes

“The United State of Pop 2009”
     DJ Earworm

     Kate Ryan

Sweet Little Thing(1 Week at #1)
     Alessandro Viale featuring Vaanya Diva

Friday, February 19, 2010

New Release: Poster Boy

"Poster Boy"
Equality for all! Why is that such a difficult concept for some to understand? Perhaps for some it's simple ignorance. For others maybe it threatens their perceieved right to treat others as inferior. But if we are all citizens, shouldn't we all have the same rights?

While the original is available for purchase, it will remain with the Lyman-Eyer Gallery through the end of my show this July. Limited edition Gallery and Studio prints are available at

Thursday, February 11, 2010

on the drawing board: men in jeans

Denim can be a challenging fabric to render.  Along with the typical folds and shadows of other cloths, denim also frays and fades creating a landscape of very light areas and very dark within the fabric itself; unlike other monochromatic textiles, whose light and dark areas are just a mater of shadow and highlight.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Hathaway Quits Catholicism for Gay Brother   | News |

Hathaway Quits Catholicism for Gay Brother   | News |
Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway tells GQ magazine she and her parents have left the Catholic Church because of the religion's views on gay issues. Hathaway, whose brother is gay, says she and her parents became Episcopalians shortly after he came out.

"The whole family converted to Episcopalianism after my elder brother came out,” she said. “Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?"

Weatherman Pete Bouchard and his 9 inches

Ricky Martin: Desnudo Words

Monday, February 08, 2010

Dirty is in the mind of the beholder

The sexually repressed are getting a case of the vapors over this Sports Illustrated cover featuring skier Lindsey Vonn, skiing and wearing her typical skiiing apparel.

Seriously, if you are offended by this picture you are a pervert that's obsessed with sex and your dirty mind twist everything into something lewd. 

Saturday, February 06, 2010

on the drawing board: protest

Rarely have the oppressed been given equal rights just by asking for them.  Equality unfortunately, must be demanded and is only won after a long struggle.  How is it the notion that all people are created equal and no group is superior to the others, is so difficult to grasp?

When does an objection to nudity become a mental disorder?

This pic of myself was removed by facebook.  A woman visited my facebook fanpage, and posted a comment about the photo, she called me 'a perv and insinuated I had no morals or scruples' and 'didn't I know that children were on facebook?'

To give a little background, artist Paul Richmond does a series of paintings called Cheesecake Boys, where male figures are in retro pin up poses getting caught with their pants down.  They are really playful and not erotic.  For his latest collection he is doing 'celebrity' cheesecake boys and has asked famous and semi-famous guys, such as myself, to be his subjects.  That's what prompted me to post this very tame cheesey pic of myself on my facebook fan page yesterday.

As far as facebook goes, yes I know parents allow their children unsupervised roaming on the site, but  I have access to my fan page restricted to 18+ and I do not post images of genitalia or sex acts there.  Now this 'very moral' woman posted a comment on my fanpage, and in order to do that she had to 'become a fan' of mine.  If you are a fan of mine, you must know the kind of art I create: art that celebrates the human male form.  So she lied about being a fan, I guess her 'morals' include lying.

So what about nudity?  I understand that, yes, facebook does not allow nudity in order to adhere to social standards.  Doesn't 'no nudity' therefore mean that you cannot show the anus, the genitalia and in most instances female nipples (I was gonna say breasts, but really the nipples are the only part of the breast that ever get censored)?  My scandalous photo above shows none of those, nor does it show a butt crack, pubic hair, or male nipples. So if none of those things are showing in an image is it in violation of the nudity standard?

This brings me to the woman who lodged the complaint.  She was so offended by this image she felt she had to report it.  I know we all have our hang ups, but please don't project them onto the rest of society.  My photo shows no genitalia, no anus, and there is no implied sexual activity, there is less exposed than you might see on a cherub painted on a church ceiling.  Her mind must be so perverted to be able to take an innocent image and turn it into something so lewd and obscene.  Just the suggestion of nudity sent her into a tizzy.  That is a mental condition known as gymnophobia, fear of nudity.  But what is the most shocking and sad part is that facebook yielded to her complaint and removed the image.  They fed into her fears.  They became an enabler to a woman suffering from an irrational mental condition.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

on the drawing board: marching banned

I certainly like to let the pendulum swing when it comes to the next piece I work on. My last piece, "Masterpieces", with it's Renaissance theme and muted colors is very different from what I am now working on.

McCain: Big Fat Liar on DADT

Just another politician more concerned with keeping his job (McCain is running for re-election this year) rather than doing the right thing. Maverick indeed.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Obama: "I'm a big believer in Net Neutrality."

During the State of the Union YouTube follow-up interview on Feb. 1, President Obama again expressed his strong commitment to Net Neutrality.

Join the 2 Million for Net Neutrality campaign at

Monday, February 01, 2010