Sunday, July 31, 2011

Superficial Ellipse in Aspic - An Art Trip Painting

Superficial Ellipse in Aspic - Acrylic on Paper - 22 x 30 inch - $200 - - more paintings here

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to the Future - Irina Werning

Fantastic time photos by Irina Werning.

More photos here

Friday, July 29, 2011

Damn Mosquitoes I - An Art Trip Painting

Damn Mosquitoes I ~ acrylic on watercolor paper - 20 x 35 inch - $200 - inquire at - more paintings here

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Beatles Photographs From Their American Debut Head To Christie's

"Photographer Mike Mitchell was only 18 when he received a presspass to document the Beatles as they arrived in Washington D.C.'s Union Station to perform their first concert in the country. For almost 50 years the photographs from that historical moment in Beatlemania had been gathering dust in Mitchell's basement -- until he became a victim of the U.S. housing crisis. It was then that the photographer decided to dig them out and approach Christie's about auctioning the black-and-white pictures."

via Huffington Post

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An Art Trip Mashup

Background paintings by Art Trip

Yoga by Shiva Rea

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Amy Winehouse - RIJ (Rest in Jazz)

You forget how grounded in jazz Amy was. I liked her pop stuff good enough but she was an amazing jazz singer ...

Teach Me Tonight

Someone To Watch Over Me

Lullaby of Birdland

Monday, July 25, 2011

I will not title this painting, Two Trees in a Park In Fall (Everyone loves Magritte) II

I will not title this painting, Two Trees in a Park In Fall (Everyone loves Magritte) II - Acrylic on Canvas - 16 x 18 inches - $150 - Inquire at

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Themed Sand Sculptures At Latvian Sand Sculpture Festival

I love sand sculptures. These are awesome!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Son of a Double Beach II - An Art Trip Painting

Sun of a Double Beach II - Acrylic on paper - 20 x 35 inches - $200 - Inquire at - More paintings here

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Marilyn Monroe Sculpture In Chicago

“Forever Marilyn”, a 26′ tall Marilyn Monroe sculpture created by Seward Johnson has been unveiled on The Magnificent Mile in Chicago. The statue imortalizes Marilyn’s famous scene in the 1955 Billy Wilder film The Seven Year Itch."

Yikes! I would have loved to scratch that itch!!

via the Laughing Squid

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Son Of A Double Beach I - An Art Trip Painting

Sun of a Double Beach I - Acrylic on paper - 20 x 35 inches - $200 - - more paintings here

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Surfing Sin City With Ashley Bickerton

"Ashley Bickerton has darkened his timbre after carousing the neon-lit nights of Pan-Asian hotspots. He says that he's entered a new phase - his kids have grown, he's newly separated, and as such, work follows life. He tells me that a while back it was filled with: "Pregnant wives and giggling babies. My work was full of sun-dappled, sparkling, turquoise blue waters, beauty and optimism. And somehow, now we are in this dark neon wilderness."
via Huffington Post

Monday, July 18, 2011

I Feel Itchy Inside - An Art Trip Painting

I Feel Itchy Inside - Acrylic on watercolor paper - 24 X 30 inches - $200 - - More paintings here

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sonny Fortune at the Bohemian Caverns

The awesome and animated and intense alto player with the local talent.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Perceptive Meditative Departure

Perceptive Meditative Departure ~ Acrylic on watercolor paper - 18 x 24 inches

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tyson Grumm's 'Dream #84' At Obsolete Gallery In Venice

"Tyson Grumm's painting, "Dream #84," for which his upcoming exhibition is named, is a memorable centerpiece for the show. An elephant fitted with an umbrella seems to swing its leaden legs through the air, unconcerned that it's floating. In the background, the Hagia Sophia stands, partly obscured by trees, and a water tower appears stenciled or graffitied to a wall in the foreground."

"The exhibition, which presents a series of dreams Grumm has adapted to the canvas, are composed first by the artist's unconscious and then refined and developed with the brush. Grumm says he "often wonder[s] if my subconscious already knows what the painting looks like, and controls my brushstrokes like a puppeteer."

Via Huffington Post

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Damn Critics

Ha ha ha

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Luminous Exclusion - An Art Trip Painting

Luminous Exclusion - Acrylic on Watercolor Paper - 16 x 20 inches - $150 -

Monday, July 11, 2011

Art Bollocks

This is pretty funny and has a lot of truth to it.

"The art world is teeming with professionals - curators, critics, journalists and many others - who are in the business of imposing their own narratives on the practice of artists, manipulating, for their own ends, the primary product that artists produce. It's a situation analogous to that of the food industry, where the primary producers of food, the farmers, are relatively powerless compared with the big supermarket chains whose buying power ostensibly enables them to drive down prices in the name of consumer choice, but in reality enables them to make vast profits. In the food industry, as in the art industry, the primary producer is in a weak position. If you are a farmer producing milk, you have few options. What you need to do is study the concept of "added value". That is, you don't just produce milk, you turn it into something more valuable: you process it further, into organic yoghurt, say, then find your own market and sell it direct. Artists, too, can add value to their basic product if they can further process and package it; that is, if they can impose their own narratives on the work, finding a literal space for its exhibition, and a theoretical space for its reception."

"Where the art world differs from that of food retailing is that the art market is not a free market. It's rigged; hugely distorted by the presence of public subsidy - the grants and funding available to organisations and individuals deemed to be producing "significant" work. To get access to this, it's even more important that artists create the right theoretical discourse to surround their work."

Full piece here

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Feux Gogh - An Art Trip Painting

Feux Gogh - Acrylic on Watercolor Paper - 16 x 20 inches - $125

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Early Paintbox

"The collapsible tin paint tube was invented in 1841, and by 1860 or so they were in general use. Early watercolor paint sets with powered cakes are seen on occasion, but sets like the one above with corked and bottled colors to be mixed by the artist are scarce indeed. In around 1827 (?) the British company Ackermann sold a paint box, but an auction catalog indicates "early marked pigment bottles are almost unheard of to be found..." so certainly an entire set such as this is scarce indeed."

via Dull Tool Dim Bulbs

Friday, July 8, 2011

I Once A Jerk In Africa III - An Art Trip Painting

I Once A Jerk In Africa III ~ Acyrlic, photos on paper - 18 x 24 inches

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cy Twombly - RIP (Rest in Paint)

Cy Twombly, who died Tuesday aged 83, was a key figure in the post-war abstract art world with a career spanning six decades. Renowned for his vast canvasses adorned with scribblings, the artist let his creations speak for themselves, rarely giving interviews or appearing in public.

Bio here

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Painting Rig