December 24, 2010

'Twas quite a poor Christmas...

  Collaboration with my friend Larry Fulford. It's quite a poor Christmas this year for the both of us......but we're still trying to make the most of it. Merry Christmas everyone! 

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“’Twas Quite the Poor Christmas”

by:

Larry Fulford


‘Twas quite the poor Christmas and all through the duplex,
not a creature was stirring, except for some insects. 
Nothing was hung on nary a wall
‘cause we could afford nothing at all.

Our son was asleep on the living room futon,
dreaming of eating something other than croutons.
I surfed the web, searching for work,
when the front door opened and I turned with a jerk.

It was my husband, the man I admired,
home with great news, he too had been fired.
Or laid off, whatever, with no severance pay.
He smelled like my grandpa after drinking all day.

I made us some coffee by straining the grounds
I’d used that morning and then I sat down
with him to talk about how we’d get through this
and how much it would suck to be our kid on Christmas.

Over tears and shit coffee, we worried aloud,
about things like our parents dying before we could make them proud.
Then we tucked our boy in with a second-hand quilt
and went to bed wracked with unbearable guilt.

We lay on our sides, backs to each other,
too distraught to sleep or face one another.
When what broke the silence of the still winter air,
but the whisper behind me of a last-resort prayer:

“Dear god that I’ve never really believed in,
if you’re up there, could you please help us out this season?
I promise I’ll never say ‘goddamn’ again
or whatever you want me to do.  Amen.”

Then he drifted to sleep as I lie there awake,
a pain in my stomach and a monster headache.
But there’d be no doctor visits, not without a job,
with such a tall mountain of bills to pay off.

Bright and early, our boy came in to wake us,
eager to open his two Christmas presents.
And so we put on our best poker faces,
knowing damn good and well we weren’t holding aces. 

We ate ramen for breakfast, red-eyed and tired,
washed it down with milk that was nearly expired.
Oblivious to how much more poor we now were,
our son said, “Merry Christmas.”  Yeah, “Merry.”  For sure.

On his knees at the base of our Charlie Brown tree,
he shook both his presents and smiled with glee.
The tags said, “From Santa,” but that was a lie.
They were from his father and I.

I guess I should mention that his gifts were wrapped
in paper towels, plastic bags, and brown paper sacks.
But we layered them so they’d be harder to open,
since that’s half the fun, or all the fun if you’re broke and

he tore into the wrapping as his smile faded.
“Isn’t this my baseball mitt?” he contemplated.
He looked at me confused and I forced a grin,
”I guess Santa knows those are better broken in.”

Now with brow furrowed he opened the other,
and, filled with confusion, turned back to his mother,
“Is this the sweater I got last year?”
Unable to lie, I replied, “Yes dear.”

If you stuck with this hoping for a happy ending,
I regret to inform you, one isn’t pending.
We eked by through New Year’s and into the Spring,
when we had to pawn both of our wedding rings.

Lost the house around Easter and moved in with my parents,
took a job cleaning condos and it became apparent:
Growing up ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Sometimes you have to give up on your dreams.

So it’s actually better to have no dreams at all.
If you don’t rise to the middle you won’t have to fall.
And, listen up kids, your parents are right:
These really are the best days of your life.

You’ve got no bills and your groceries are free.
Sure school is a drag, but you’re not homeless, at least.
Enjoy what little you have at this time.
Who knows what could happen ten years down the line?

There’s cancer and AIDS, car payments and strife.
You don’t work for allowance, you work to survive.
If you can afford college, there’s still no guarantee
you’ll land that dream job with that hard-earned degree.

Life is a crapshoot and it’s best to go in,
knowing beforehand the house always wins.
So eat, drink, and be merry. 
Try to laugh through the fear.
Not only on Christmas,
but each day of the year.


November 21, 2010

"Art of the Game"

I'm doing a show next month called "Art of the Game" going on at Multiversal in Miami during Art Basel weekend.


Here's my W.I.P. tribute to one of the best game's ever, "Bubble Bobble."


Here's the finished version!

November 10, 2010

Small Stuff!

I turned in my work today for the "Small Stuff" show at Bear and Bird Gallery. The first three are mixed media and the last two are soft pastel on paper. I've been obsessed with painting plants lately so I went with a strange garden sort of theme. :)






Odd Duck Mini

I'm going to be at Radioactive Records in Fort Lauderdale, FL. this Saturday with some jewelry and nerdy Christmas ornaments. You should stop by!

October 13, 2010

Colabo Fingers

Here's a small sample of my collaboration "The Larval Ascension" with Jon Hunt for the Colabo Fingers Show. Things got crazy as we sent the file back and forth in a caffeinated frenzy. I became obsessed with checking my inbox, waiting for my turn to contribute....That and bubbles. I kept wanting to paint so many bubbles.
This is a small bit of the one I did with Elizabeth Kapatos for the same show. Instead of bubbles I found an obsession painting little cloud creatures. We're calling it "The Strange Shepard spawns Volatile Vapors verily as Gluttonous Goaticorns gorge on green grass."

Both of these works will be display in the Miami Wynwood Art District at GAB Studio. Colabo Fingers Exquisite Corpse exhibit opens November 6th.

September 27, 2010

"In Bloom"

It's finished! I guess it's not too different from the last update. I touched up on the ants and their tunnels and fixed the pink flowers. It came out better than expected :


  



September 16, 2010

Jackalope in Bloom




 This is for the Jackalope Show at Stage 84. It's coming along pretty good I think. The thing I'm painting on is weird. It's plastic but looks like tree bark. It was an awesome thrift store find. :)

September 13, 2010

Mr. Bubbles

This is for the "Monsters Under My Bed" show at Bear and Bird gallery in Lauderhill, FL. which opens October 2nd.  As an exercise for this project I made a list of my own childhood fears...The result was a rather lengthy list. Mostly they were completely improbable or nonsensical ideas. I wonder how many children think/thought the way I did when I was a wee one. This painting is an accumulation of fears. I couldn't pick just one. That just wouldn't have been weird enough. :-p

September 2, 2010

More pinups!

I've become slightly pinup crazed. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I've never done fan art really until recently...and it's all still new for me? I don't know. But there will be more. I think next I might do a Buffy and Faith one. :)

August 24, 2010

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


It's Mary Poppins! I made her for the "pin ups" contest on Facebook. :D

August 21, 2010

Painting Parties

This evening I went to hang out with some friends and we spent the night painting. My friend Gina has the most adorable kitty named Mimi. She always seems stick her tongue out. I attempted a portrait and then my imagination got carried away. The lower picture depicts Mimi's actual floppiness. I wore her as a living scarf for like ten minute without her moving. Awesome!

June 10, 2010

When The Pie Was Opened...

This is for the "Book It" exhibit at Pink Ghost in Hollywood FL. June 19th.  The rest of the four and twenty blackbirds are probably somewhere at the bottom of the pie. :-/

April 15, 2010

It's Drawgasmic!

I'm going to be in the Drawgasmic Exhibition in St. Louis Missouri in July. Along with the show there's going to be a limited edition art book released featuring the work. It's so exciting! This will be the first time I've had my art published.
Here's my piece for the exhibition. The title is still pending. Hopefully I'll come up with a good one by morning!

Drawgasmic Art Exhibition - The Art, Illustration, and Design Compendium
Drawgasmic Art Exhibition - The Art, Illustration, and Design Compendium

Art Rock at West Palm Beach.

I'll be selling stuff. Come see me!

April 7, 2010

Indie Craft Bazaar and Art Rock


So I guess it's been said that when one door closes another one opens. I recently was laid off of my full time job but I think it's just the push I needed to get my crafts business up and fully functional. I applied to two craft shows thinking I probably would be lucky to be in one and got into both! If you know anyone who's looking for some fun and funky handmade jewelry come by my table at the Indie Craft Bazaar and say hello :D Art Rock is following the bazaar in May. If anyone is in the Fort Lauderdale/ West Palm area they should definitely check these shows out!

March 4, 2010

Oranges in the paper.

"Welcome to the Club" is featured in this City Link write up! Florida Sunshine Show article

February 19, 2010

Sunshine Show

I have a piece in this art show! It opens March 6 and 6pm at the Bear And Bird Gallery inside of Tate's Comics. Pictures to come soon!