the great outdoors

i'm a bit concerned for the youth of today and all their indoor gadgetry....as a kid i was always outside....climbing trees, building forts, catching crawdads all that americana shit...nowadays i spend a lot of time inside painting but i'm lucky enough to consider the ocean my playground so i stay pretty balanced...on occasion i also paint outside...below you'll find some quickies from recent ventures in the great outdoors

a few lines from finished and still in a contemplative state....this outdoor ditty actually inspired a series i'm working on in the studio that is yielding favorable results  

a few lines from finished and still in a contemplative state....this outdoor ditty actually inspired a series i'm working on in the studio that is yielding favorable results

 

the face in the center is the very first thing i painted at slab city and i believe it to be an accurate response or feeling of this unusual place...after painting what i may consider a ghost of slab city i began adding  lighthearted imagery more akin to my painting style

the face in the center is the very first thing i painted at slab city and i believe it to be an accurate response or feeling of this unusual place...after painting what i may consider a ghost of slab city i began adding  lighthearted imagery more akin to my painting style

bombay beach is not far from slab city and it too has a post apocalyptic feel that makes spraying some faces on walls without worrying about johnny law questioning your artistic endeavors seem second nature

bombay beach is not far from slab city and it too has a post apocalyptic feel that makes spraying some faces on walls without worrying about johnny law questioning your artistic endeavors seem second nature

mexico is another great place for painting outdoors without much concern for coppers...bridge pillars always make for a fine canvas

mexico is another great place for painting outdoors without much concern for coppers...bridge pillars always make for a fine canvas

i don't generally sign my outdoor quickies but i like the way it worked out for this photo of me painting....while i certainly enjoy painting bridge pillars in foreign places i've also started working on other surfaces

i don't generally sign my outdoor quickies but i like the way it worked out for this photo of me painting....while i certainly enjoy painting bridge pillars in foreign places i've also started working on other surfaces

for whatever reason i've never felt comfortable painting on anything natural but once i did i definitely enjoyed it....the contours of this rock really lent themselves to the faces i've added

for whatever reason i've never felt comfortable painting on anything natural but once i did i definitely enjoyed it....the contours of this rock really lent themselves to the faces i've added

here's some deets of other faces i decided to put my name on...i'm stoked on how much the black background makes the colors pop

here's some deets of other faces i decided to put my name on...i'm stoked on how much the black background makes the colors pop

since i liked the black background i figured i'd put some black around the next colorful face i painted...while i didn't like it as much as the last the easy-going folks at san miguel who let me paint their wall seemed very pleased so i'm all smiles

since i liked the black background i figured i'd put some black around the next colorful face i painted...while i didn't like it as much as the last the easy-going folks at san miguel who let me paint their wall seemed very pleased so i'm all smiles

further down the road you can find walls so far off the beaten path there is no one to ask permission to paint them....a wall like this is awesome because it allows you plenty of time to get weird

further down the road you can find walls so far off the beaten path there is no one to ask permission to paint them....a wall like this is awesome because it allows you plenty of time to get weird

this is a detail action shot of the wall in the  previous photo...lots of time to get weird is fun because you can just keep painting over things...at one point this wall was covered in faces...you can see one of them peeking through the bird body in the finished piece

this is a detail action shot of the wall in the  previous photo...lots of time to get weird is fun because you can just keep painting over things...at one point this wall was covered in faces...you can see one of them peeking through the bird body in the finished piece

the face in the bird on the recent wall i did in mexico reminds me quite a bit of the faces i painted on this wall about 9 months ago in portland

the face in the bird on the recent wall i did in mexico reminds me quite a bit of the faces i painted on this wall about 9 months ago in portland

this is that same wall from when i painted it a year earlier...as you can see i had plenty of time to get weird...lets have a closer look at this 2 day ditty shall we

this is that same wall from when i painted it a year earlier...as you can see i had plenty of time to get weird...lets have a closer look at this 2 day ditty shall we

alright, so here's some deets of aforementioned weirdness...but it's come to my attention i'm straying off the bloggers path...this wall was painted like 2 years ago with permission and 2 days to execute it when the focus was to be on recent work that was done quickly without permission so lets get back to brass tacks and wrap this shit up 

alright, so here's some deets of aforementioned weirdness...but it's come to my attention i'm straying off the bloggers path...this wall was painted like 2 years ago with permission and 2 days to execute it when the focus was to be on recent work that was done quickly without permission so lets get back to brass tacks and wrap this shit up 

this is what i'm talking about...getting out there...finding yourself among the ruins and leaving a trace...this little birdie was painted on my way to a tiny island called isla natividad

this is what i'm talking about...getting out there...finding yourself among the ruins and leaving a trace...this little birdie was painted on my way to a tiny island called isla natividad

here's another from that excursion...dilapidated structures such as this one really appeal to my aesthetic...i guess i get some strange sense of stories past and i find them so visually interesting i can't control myself

here's another from that excursion...dilapidated structures such as this one really appeal to my aesthetic...i guess i get some strange sense of stories past and i find them so visually interesting i can't control myself

1 can ultra generic black spray paint from home depot.... 99 cents a dilapidated structure to paint on with zero concern for the law...priceless so i hope you've enjoyed this brief look at some work outside and find yourself inspired to put down your palm pilot and go outside to play

1 can ultra generic black spray paint from home depot.... 99 cents

a dilapidated structure to paint on with zero concern for the law...priceless

so i hope you've enjoyed this brief look at some work outside and find yourself inspired to put down your palm pilot and go outside to play

oh, i almost forgot...i wanted to share some studio work from my current series...these two are titled "contemplating the intricacies of inner conflict" and "accepting life as easy lowers expectations"

oh, i almost forgot...i wanted to share some studio work from my current series...these two are titled "contemplating the intricacies of inner conflict" and "accepting life as easy lowers expectations"