I decided I had a boring bicycle immediately after I purchased it last year. It just looked boring. Dull. And it kind of had that geezer look about it, which is fine -- nothing against geezers -- but I don't want the geezer look at this time.   

So I decided to change my bike into a thing I would like to look at and ride. In my studio, as I planned projects for painting, I began attaching wine corks to my bike. I had no end-point or vision; it was just open a bottle of wine, begin drinking, and glue the cork to the bike. 

Friends gave me lots of corks and made my wine consumption easier. Hence, I did not have to become a complete wino, just a partial wino. After adding a few hundred corks, the bike looked interesting and different, but it was missing something. I could not put my finger on it. A couple weeks passed, then viola! I needed to add a cutting board and a wine bottle carrier. I finished it this past weekend and took it for its first ride today. This is what the bike looks like. I might change it or add something else if I think of another idea, but right now I'm fresh out of cork-ridden thoughts.


With a bottle of rose wine in the carrier (above). 

 

Spokes completely covered in corks. May help to keep the bike unsinkable.

 

Wine bottle carrier. I used hardware cloth, wire, gorilla glue and canvas bag handles. 

Buddha wants some sliced apple and funky cheese with his wine.




An art collector in Blaine, Minnesota purchased "The Blue Jacket". This painting is 20 X 20, on a gallery canvas. Acrylic paints. I did this painting in 2014.





An art collector in Norfolk, England, has purchased the painting "The Kid at the Interview." This is my first piece of art sold outside the United States. Below is an image of the painting.

"The Kid at the Interview," 20 X 20, acrylic, pumice texture.


I went to Eastern Michigan University and I was a literature major. So I had to take lots of English classes. This is a painting from memory of one of my profs. I can't remember his name, but from the looks of this painting, he probably had a jaundiced liver from drinking too much booze.



English Professor, acrylic on paper, 9X7 framed under glass.


This painting has been hanging around my neck a couple years, unfinished and unloved. I felt it was a mostly finished painting that was boring. The more I looked at it, the more I swore at it, wanting it to have a little more zing, so I would like it. Recently, I worked on it and now I think I like it. 

Chimney Smoke. Heavily textured with inclusions. Acrylics and pumice, pebbles, sand.





She enjoyed standing on her roof. Sometimes she waved at passersby. At other times, she gave them the finger. 

36X12 on a gallery canvas. Acrylic and pumice. January 2017.





This lady was standing outside Nye's Polonaise Room (which is now gone, one of the world's best bars destroyed for condominiums). She was clutching her iphone. This painting was originally posted on my blog in December 2015.  I added Bob Spycat, Super Spy Cat as her iphone wallpaper.

Woman Standing at the Bus Stop with her Iphone. 20 X 16, acrylics and gel.




 

 

 


This painting was originally a still life of flowers. The title (above) is what I found inscribed by pencil on the back of the canvas stretcher. I changed it up a little bit.

With Love by Mom, 16 X 20, acrylics.