Archives for : March2011

New Beginnings: DCA 2.0


Taking a break from painting 80’s movies that i am obsessed with quoting, I found some time to work on a piece based on the rebirth of Disney California Adventure. Obviously World of Color, Mermaid, and Carsland are/will be amazing, but one of the things I am really looking forward to is Carthay Circle Theatre and Buena Vista Street. I think it will be a real Icon for the Park, something that DCA 1.0 was lacking.  This painting shows Mickey and his long lost friend Oswald checking out the new Park in front of a replica of the Theater where Walt premiered “Snow White” in 1937. I’m going to assume you may not know the story of Oswald, it’s a pretty cool story. The quick version is Walt created Oswald before Mickey, but lost the rights to him. 80-some year’s later the Company bought back the rights. They haven’t really done too much with him yet, a couple of T-Shirts maybe. Since the new entrance to the Park is based on this time in Walt’s life, what better dynamic duo is there for Buena Vista Street? I definitely think all of DCA’s extreme makeover stretchmarks will be worth the wait. Turns out construction walls are your friend.

Park’s Closed

While cranking out the previous Vacation painting, I was putting texture on the antlers of Marty Moose and thought a skull version of him might be kind of cool. So Messing around on Photoshop a little bit later I came up with this. In case you are wondering , yes those guns both are Magnum P.I.s. They will put your eye out. It could get under the skin and cause a very serious infection.

National Lampoon’s Vacation

National Lampoon’s Vacation was a must for this series based on pop cult movies. As I was painting the Family Truckster I did some research on the car and found out there have been a few painting representations made of this beautiful “metallic pea” beast. Figures, it’s a classic, and totally iconic. Not to mention almost everything has been “done” already. So from what started as just a painting of the car, turned into a little something more. I thought it needed a little Marty Moose, after all, he was the reason behind this family Vacation from hell. They were going to see him at Wally World. In a way, it’s his fault. ( Clark Griswold too, of course ) And the addition of the road map of the United States helped tie everything together. I usually don’t use Graphics with my paintings but I like the text heavy road map feel of this map. And I’m ok with this being a mixed media piece. I might do this more often, if it works with the piece. Which in this case I think it does.
I’m a huge “Vacation” fan. They all are awesome, not so much European but even that has its moments. And yes, I even like “Vegas Vacation”. If you haven’t seen it, and you love the Griswolds and Las Vegas, what are you waiting for? Now if only they can finish up the series, and end it with a “Hawaiian Vacation”. Hawaii is mentioned in all 4 of these movies, as the place they wish they were really going. Come on Clark & Ellen, take Rusty & Audrey to Hawaii. Bring the whole fam. Besides, Cousin Eddie REALLY needs work.


Some kids were raised on things like BarneyCaptain KangarooMister Rogers. Ya, I had my taste of those things too but I was raised on this movie. I was quoting Caddyshack before I knew what the words I was saying actually meant. Some of the more colorful phrases were heard coming out of my mouth, and after my cousin’s wife told my mom what Varmint Poontang actually was I learned a valuable lesson. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. Anyway, this movie might be the most quoted movie of all time, it’s up there with Anchorman for sure. A definite classic. If you’re into this movie and haven’t seen the DVD extra feature about the making of it, DO SO NOW. I consider this Rodney Dangerfield’s best work, and I don’t think Chevy has ever been cooler that Ty Webb, although Fletch comes pretty damn close.