Archive for April, 2015

Steve Scott Space Scout

April 30, 2015

Steve Scott, Space Scott detail

Steve Scott Space Scout, 24 x 48,  oil on linen, detail

This is a detail of my painting  Steve Scott Space Scout. The painting will be shown at CK Contemporary Gallery.

Space Exploration. It was a busy time in the 1950’s and our pop culture reflected it.

1952 — Two Capuchin monkeys, Pat and Mike, and a pair of mice successfully recovered following a flight to 36 miles launched from Holloman Air Force Base.

In this game Commander Steve Scott assigns his young Space Scouts exciting missions into outer space. The players  scout the universe, report on conditions, maintain outpost and police the planets.

The players must execute the orders as outlined on their Interplanetary Assignment Cards in addition to instructions on the Rocket Speed Indicator. The first player to complete his mission is the winner of the game.

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The Mouse

April 29, 2015

The Mouse detail

The Mouse, 24″ x 24″, oil on canvas

 This is a detail of my painting  The Mouse. The painting will be shown at CK Contemporary Gallery. Show Opening May 16.

This Mickey Mouse card game was manufactured around 1946 and was included in a ‘six pack’ of other card games. The box measures 2.75″ x 1.875″.

I love the old yellowed tape and the beat up edges. Mickey Doesn’t mind. He just keeps on smiling. Did you know that Mickey Mouse had his 86th birthday in 2014?

Buck Rogers Crayon Ship

April 28, 2015
Buck Rogers Crayon Shipdetail
Buck Rogers Crayon Ship, 24 x 18, oil on cradled board, detail

This is a detail of my painting  Buck Rogers Crayon Ship. The painting will be shown at CK Contemporary Gallery. Show opens May 16

This is “school crayon” No. 019 made by American Pencil Company New York in 1936.  One side of the box depicts Buck and Wilma looking through a porthole . The opposite side depicts “Buck Rogers Crayon Ship” with die-cut square on right where pencils are visible and completes the ship design. The box contains six  multi-colored pencils.

The ‘chalk drawings’ (yes, these are painted with oil paint) are also based on the graphics from this box.

Old Crow

April 27, 2015

Old Crow DETAIL

Old Crow,oil on cradled board, 9 x 12

 This is a detail of my painting  Old Crow. The painting will be shown at CK Contemporary Gallery. Show opens May 16

This tin wind up toy represents one of the crows from the 1941 Disney animated film Dumbo.The toy was produced eight years after the film’s release to correspond with its 1949 re-release. It was produced in Japan, but under the Marx Toys.

This vintage toy is one of my favorites and has a place of honor on my desk next to my easel.

Batman Puzzle

April 26, 2015

Batman Puzzle DetailBatman Puzzle, 36 x 30, oil on linen, detail

This is a detail of my painting  Batman Puzzle. The painting will be shown at CK Contemporary Gallery. Show opens May 16

Basic puzzle:  pieces are intended to be put together in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution.

British engraver and mapmaker, John Spilsbury, created the first jigsaw puzzle in 1700 when he mounted a map on a sheet of wood which he then sawed around each individual country.  Spilsbury used his product to aid in teaching geography.

My Batman Puzzle was manufactured by Milton Bradley in 1966.

The Batman Cookies (also a puzzle since they are pieces put together in a logical way) were baked by me last week.

Buck Rogers Books

April 25, 2015

Buck Rogers Books detail

Buck Rogers Books, 36 x 30, oil on cradled board, detail

 This is a detail of my painting  Buck Rogers Bookst. The painting will be shown at  CK Contemporary Gallery.

I love books. I collect books. I have lots of books. Oddly enough, I rarely have books in my paintings.

As a first step in remedying the situation I gathered up my Buck Rogers Big Little Books for this painting.

Buck Rogers first appeared in Phil Nowlan’s science fiction tale titled Armageddon—2419, published in Amazing Stories in August of 1928. The Big Little Books were published between 1933 – 1943.

Wonder Woman

April 24, 2015

Wonder Woman detail

Wonder Woman, 24 x 18, oil on cradled board, detail

This is a detail of my painting  Wonder Woman. The painting will be shown at CK Contemporary Gallery. Show opens May 16

Wonder Woman is not technically a Super Hero because she has no Super Powers. She’s just your ever day Amazonian who is as Beautiful as Aphrodite, as Strong as Hercules, as Wise as Athena and as Swift as Mercury.

Like Superman, Wonder Wonder disguised herself by putting on a pair of glasses. She instantly became Nurse Diana Prince.

This blue game piece represents both Wonder Woman’s plane and the plane that Steve Trevor crashed on Paradise Island

Rounding out the painting is the Golden Lasso of Truth and the bullet deflecting Bracelets

Maltese Falcon

April 23, 2015

Maltese Falcon detail

Maltese Falcon, 36 x 30, oil on linen

This is a detail of my painting  Maltese Falcon. The painting will be shown at CK Contemporary Gallery. Show opens May 21.

This painting is my homage to San Francisco. The iconic hard-boiled detective, Sam Spade still lives on in the City by the Bay.

The Maltese Falcon is a 1929 detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask beginning with the September 1929 issue.In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Maltese Falcon 56th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Batman Game

April 21, 2015

Batman Game DETAIL

Batman Game, 30 x 36, oil on linen, detail

This is a detail of my painting  Batman Game. The painting will be shown at CK Contemporary Gallery. Show opens May 16.

This 1966 board game by Milton Bradley is based on the Batman television show starring Adam West as Batman and  Burt Ward as Robin.

The box shows Batman, Robin, The Joker, Blockbuster, the Batmobile and spaceships. Spaceships?? The object of the game is to be the first player to capture six  different Villains.

The Merry Puppet

April 20, 2015

The Merry Puppet detail

The Merry Puppet, 20 x 40, oil on linen, detail

 This is a detail of my painting  The Merry Puppet. The painting will be shown at CK Contemporary Gallery.

The Adventures of Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi 1883 is one of the creepiest children’s stories I’ve ever read. I love it!

The mild Walt Disney movie animation was released in theaters in 1940.  It was initially a box office disaster.

In 1939 Milton Bradley created this board game based on Disney’s motion picture.The box top depicts images of Pinocchio and his protector Jiminy Cricket.