“On Being Taught Ballet by Peter Pan” No.1 Oil on Canvas 18" X 24" $1,300 Theme: Live Life to The Fullest Every Day. "All the world is made of faith, and trust and pixie dust."—J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan. Wendy reaches up to join the ballet with Peter Pan—a life filled with adventures. Tinker Bell sprinkles pixie dust to make the magic happen. The light from her wand reveals shadows behind the two. Peter’s shadow, his alter ego, performs his own ballet and morphs into the Black Swan. His shadow understands that death is part of life's adventure, and gives a glimpse of Peter's future. "To die will be an awfully big adventure."—J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan. Wendy's older self-shadow casts a thought-filled reflection of her life, grounded, but still with the loving memory of the dance. ====================== “On Being Taught Ballet by Peter Pan” No.2 Oil on Wood 18" x 24" $1,200 "On Being Taught Ballet by Peter Pan," delves into a narrative of aging and acceptance. In my previous work, Peter and Wendy are caught in the thrill of youthful flight. As Wendy grows older, Peter makes a heartfelt wish upon a star for them to remain eternally together. Life, in its nuanced wisdom, interprets this wish differently: rather than preserving Wendy's youth, it grants Peter the grace of aging alongside her. Their continued dance encapsulates a heartfelt celebration of time's passage and the inspirational message about the beauty of growing older.
"Fear of the Mouse" Acrylic on Overlapped Canvases 40” X 48” $1,500 It took a little while to set up the overlapping canvases, which I believed would form a visual result with more dimensions. After spending hours of working it out in my mind, the images visually appeared on the blank canvas. Thus, the brush work was then proceeded smoothly also efficiently. An invisible fear throughout the diffused branches as a deterrence force directly towards the innocent angel-like female figure at the bottom of the solitary land by the upper partially seen mouse, where it replaces the sun or moon; As an invisible cage surrounds her along with the inescapable dreadful omen, more suffocating struggles and more pressure upon her light-seeking wings. An atmosphere of confrontation between two forces. Light seeking wings are still persistently toward to what had blocked her wishful-reach for the true freedom, although the fear and struggle are still conveyed through her curved body language. ====================== "She Told Me About the Girl Who Lost Her Favorite Dragon" Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 48" $1,850 As the memories drifting out of the melancholic darkness, sorrow some, as the fading treasured confetti those had in-lighted her youth but short-lived, as if her dragon-nature floated away from her golden days; As for what it is that extends to be a spiritual-reach, it would eventually all wended up to be a pair of the weathered hands, that are still trying to hold on the vanished white moonlight, as she shares her stories. -------------------------------------
"Without Having a Dog’s Name, How Will Your Master Call You?" Mixed media on MDF Panel 36” X 24” $1,500 The title is a question and my project attempts to answer the question. How will my master call me? By cell phone, of course! My cell phone is an electronic leash, connecting me to the outside world, whether I like it or not. My movements are tracked, my purchases documented, my online friendships are monitored. Who is my master? Does it matter? Every contact is by cell phone, maybe the cell phone itself is the master. My project is a self-portrait of me walking my dog along the beach in a favorite idyllic spot. It shows me connected by cell phone to a tree-like cell tower connected to various other electronic parts, which transmit my actions out over the internet. It shows how a quiet meditative activity is no longer private but belongs to the world.
"I Woke Up in King Kong’s Body" Oil on Canvas 24” X 36” X 1.5” max. D $1,400 I flipped the switch on “I Woke Up in King Kong’s Body” with the reflection of a large male silverback gorilla & the African continent within the eye of a Hollywood actress. Art Challenge: Contrasting loose palette knife strokes with detailed small brush work. Contrasting B&W eye & gorilla with brilliant blue pupil. Fun Facts: First King Kong film aired in 1933. Silverback gorillas can be 6 feet tall and weigh 500 pounds. Gorillas in Central Africa are Critically Endangered, suffering from habitat destruction & poaching. ====================== "Seeing Through Stars" [SOLD] Oil on Canvas 20" X 20" $1,200 For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream”—Vincent Van Gogh. “Seeing Through Stars” honors the actors, artists and poets who have paved the way for future generations of creatives. Depicted is an aspiring actress viewing the iconic symbol of stardom, the Hollywood sign, lit up for a premiere; with stars reflected in her eye. Her tear reflects the original Hollywoodland sign in remembrance of the Golden Age of Hollywood. “Only in the darkness can you see the Stars,” said Martin Luther King. This art challenge led me to discover macro views of the eye, the history of Hollywood, and constellations. Traditionally a wildlife artist, I could not resist including two animal constellations: Ursa Major and Lynx. I created my vision with water-based rather than traditional oils, contrasting loose palette knife and detailed brush work.
"A Chocolate Night" Oil on Canvas 16” X 20” $1,200 Upon hearing my fortune cookie title, I was confused and had no clue as to what to paint. How could a night be chocolate? Or was it a "Knight"? And what would a "chocolate night" look like? What I came up with was a sad memory of being alone and turning to chocolate treats for solace. My subject material has always been more of a romanticized, beautiful version of realism. I needed to step out of my comfort zone to depict an experience that is unattractive and sad. This would be a portrait of a miserable girl in ugly socks and sweats. In doing this challenge, the thing that surprised me the most was the positive response from those who saw it. ====================== “Sleeping Beauty Awakened with a Slap” Oil on Canvas Board 18.5” X 22.5” $950 The title was interesting, given my background of working at Disneyland as a portrait artist. It was fun to imagine a scenario where the prince would be frantic to wake her up. Here is a sad story of a fairy tale gone wrong.
"One Block West of Central America" Acrylic on Canvas 48” X 36” $3,800 I usually start my paintings by throwing/splattering/pouring paint on canvas which frees my imagination to develop images from nothing. It is from a combination of gestural lines that brings other shapes to life and becomes the inspiration for the rest to follow. Starting with an “assigned” title took me on another path altogether. I actually found inspiration from a map of Central America in the shape of a woman and did several thumbnail sketches to incorporate the “block” in my composition. I am all about colorful Guatemalan fabrics, Mexican and ethnic folk art… So, it was sheer delight to do my painting using saturated and bold colors! ====================== “A Beautiful Leopard Has Entered the Garden and is Toying with Our Children” Acrylic on canvas 30" x 36" x 2"maxD $2,800 Experiencing the spontaneity and physicality of throwing, splattering, and pouring paint on canvas frees my imagination to develop images. It is from a combination of gestural lines that brings other shapes to life and becomes the inspiration for the rest to follow. It is the process of finding, fitting, and composing the pieces to complete the puzzle. The figures that emerge are a reflection of my emotions as expressed via a highly saturated palette.
"Which One of Us is the Cat?" Acrylic on Canvas 27” X 20” $1,200 There is an undeniable rhythm of relationships between objects in nature. I enjoy the application of various degrees of abstraction that play with the nature of visual harmonies and stories. Eric Kandel’s recent book The Age of Insight (The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain) is a major influence on my current artistic process. As I thought about the title “Who is the Cat in the Room?” [“Which One of Us is the Cat?”] the anthropomorphic implications and archetype of the cat was inescapable. I created an autobiographical story as part of the creative process. The goal is that the questioning nature of the title and the inside to outside perspective of the painting will initiate each viewer to create their own narrative. The style and philosophy of Kandinsky, Diebenkorn, and Hockney are the nearest influences for this particular painting.
"Late Thursday Night At The Aquarium" Watercolor Batik 20” X 24” $1,200 I came across an intriguing definition of the word AQUARIUM – “an enclosed environment that supports specimens of life.” My thoughts turned to our planet, cocooned by its’ atmosphere and populated by abundant species. My creation is a world of fantasy. Or, is it? THURSDAY commemorates Thor, the god of Thunder and Lightning. “Wake up” we’re warned by Thor’s lightning bolt illumination! An ominous octopus checks his watch and reminds us it’s getting LATE. An uncertain future looms in a world turning from serene “green” to one of heat, fire and environmental abuse.
“Money on the Table and a Girlfriend on the Run” Mixed Media 28” x 24” $3,500 A simple statement. A figure at a Table. The boyfriend? The Girlfriend? You decide. A figure at a Table. Happy? Sad? You decide. The money. Real? Depends on what it is used for. You decide. And what of the money? Who put it there? You decide. The wine glass. Half full? Half empty? You decide. The wine. Who drank it? You decide. The Girlfriend. Is she running? Now? Later? Coming? Going? You decide. The Boyfriend. Does he care? You decide. What of the painter? Is anything simple?
"Martians to the Left, Humans to the Right" Ink on Watercolor Paper 20” X 30” $1,800 After visiting an exhibition of Raymond Pettibon’s work in Los Angeles I had no doubt that my galvanizing art challenge would be made with ink and paper. The opposite of what I usually do. In order to follow my first insight, I rescued some of my childhood memories of when I learned ink. How could I create something as unique as my usual colorful canvases? Throughout my artwork, rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. For this specific painting, I used repetition and interconnection, exploring the energy field created by all living things that bind.
"The Hands of The Rainbow" Oil on Panel 20” X 20” $950 I hardly ever do commissioned artwork, but this event allowed me to have the freedom to express what I want. The title "The Hands of The Rainbow" is somehow surreal to me, so I approached it with indirected presentation. I transformed the hands to birds as pigeons to promote Peace. I have an odd number of hands/birds to eliminate the guessing of how many people are in the picture. I created many circles as water drops, and randomly filled it in with the seven colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). The painting "The Hands of The Rainbow" doesn't describe or explain what it looks like, but rather expresses the feeling of Harmony and Peace. ====================== “I’m in love with the sad one in the corner” Oil and Gold on Panel 18" x 24" $600 80 words In the beginning, I started the painting “I’m in love with the sad one in the corner” as it should be, but during the process I changed the direction; instead of following the dramatic title, I just went with I just went with the flow of patterns and colors. I guessed freedom is more fun (and perhaps more important) than the description while creating artwork. And with your imagination, I welcome you to create your own title for this painting.
"Hotel in the Old Apple Tree, AKA Eve's Version" Acrylic on Canvas 24” X 36” $750 "The Hotel in the Old Apple Tree” sounded like a children’s fantasy, like a journey to Narnia or down the rabbit hole with Alice. But free-associating on “old apple tree” brought me to the Garden of Eden and I decided on a more adult tale, from Eve’s point of view.
"Where You’re Concerned, I Don’t Have a Heart." Oil 18” X 24” $500 Born on Hispaniola, one island divided into two nations, I have always been haunted by a sense of separation. Eventually, I understood that this feeling is common to the human experience. We are all searching for security in a constantly changing world, forever longing for belonging. My art emerges from this universal desire to make things whole again, especially to bridge the mundane and the divine. From the darkness of loss to the reverence for mother earth as love itself, these are the sources of my inspirations. In the center of this oil piece is La Vaquita, the world’s smallest marine mammal and also the most endangered. There is an estimate of 10-15 Vaquitas remaining, and the idea of rescuing some by capturing them and placing them in human care is no longer considered viable. Alas, “Where You’re Concerned, I Don’t Have a Heart.” ====================== "Last One Out, Turn Out the Lights" Mixed Media 24” X 18” $500 I see myself as an intuitive instrument from where art is born, allowing that which needs to be expressed come forward, without being the owner of my creations. We are all searching for security in a constantly changing world, forever longing for belonging. My art emerges from this universal desire to make things whole again, especially to bridge our daily existence with Divine Reality. From the darkness of loss to the reverence for mother earth as love itself, these are the sources of my inspiration.
"Waking Up In My Halloween Costume" Oil on Canvas 24” X 20” $1,950 I was baffled by this title, partly because we never had such costumes or fancy dress, as we called them, in Liverpool. On the other hand I have many memories of this Hallowed Evening before All Saints’ Day because it was also Duck Apple and Mischief Night and just 5 days before Bonfire Night, another pre-Winter celebration of light and fire. Other imagery of “Waking Up” struck me as the enduring exploration of space during my life, and the explanation of matter and black holes. Orion’s Belt overlaps the three teeth of the carved pumpkin and its stars spread out. Candy is the currency of Halloween and for me that was Licorice Allsorts: a perfectly symmetrical British concoction of licorice and coconut. My horoscope proclaimed that my creativity comes from my connections between things that I make and choose!
"Swan Lake to Swanee River" Oil on Canvas 20” X 24” $2,800 Right away the title conjures up the image of the classic white ballet by Tchaikovsky, “Swan Lake”. I was able to see it performed by Bolshoi Ballet many years ago which always remains in my mind. But the title asks a question: What would Swan Lake look like if it were performed by HeeHaw?
"Traveling With The Pope" Oil and Conté on Linen 24” X 18” $2,000 The power and beauty of the coastal environment is undeniable. I am fascinated with fractal detail of water and light in the shallows, weathered materials and the forces that created them. Through drawing, painting and sculpture, it has been my practice to point out the spectacular in the mundane. Thus, I teach how to see. The Pope, the sky, the sea… all evanescent. This painting reminds us that we travel in impermanence together. When we look deep into detail, subject and scale become irrelevant. Contemplating this paradox creates a crack in our façade of certainty about identity and meaning. We are compelled to pay attention, to unknot our minds and wake up. In this age of information overload, I curate that rarest and most elusive commodity: peace of mind. It is this intention, authenticity and capability, which viewers find compelling and discerning collectors seek.
"I Danced with God, But I Stepped on His Shoe" Oil on Canvas 24” X 20” $2,800 My interpretation of this statement began loosely and playfully. I wanted to keep the piece light and entertaining. I found such wonderful and fun images of dancers on the internet, and decided to make it more of a celebration of dance and just having fun, with a little silliness and drama, and a vintage feel.
"For a Moment, It Seemed Life Was Pretty Good" Acrylic on Arches Paper 11.25" X 23" $650 Through countless attempts and failures the non-important is eroded leaving the essential behind, what is left is unique. I'm self taught. Although, I've had many Mentors. I relied on my own artistic interest to guide me. Oil, watercolor, and mixed media are the materials of choice. Canvas and hand made paper are my subtracts. Painting is a process of seeking a balance. And much of what I do is practice, with the hope of receiving a confirming message, that I'm on the right path. With every blank canvas I see pure potential for success. I was pleased to get this title. Particularly because of the word "moment". It's a perfect fit for me. My Submission: A transparent figure views an aircraft from an elevated perch at the moment of liftoff. The time between rolling down the runway and actual flight. All paintings are but a "moment" in time. The period of time between the past and what will be the future. It could be the present, but maybe not. The figure stands in a relaxed contra postal as it observes the plane on it's intended trajectory. Does this person want to be on board? Or is he simply satisfied to watch, amazed at the wonder of flight. I don’t know, I leave these decisions up to the viewer. For this moment thought is suspended and the image exists in the present. And naturally one's thoughts would presume, life was pretty good. If a painting, momentarily, grabs your attention and breaks the bond of some normal conscious act... go with it. You may find something that is "pretty good". ====================== "I Should Have Known You Were Mad by the Way You Parked Your Car" Gouache 21" x 18" x 1.5"maxD NFS Some of Bondo’s titles initially remind me of a Larson cartoon caption. I don’t always paint in comical themes so this is a challenge for me and I have fun with it. This painting is a parody of the title I received: “I Should Have Known You Were Mad by the Way You Parked Your Car”; you should have known she was mad when she came out of the house without her top on, in a quiet suburban neighborhood wearing that kind of make up!!! The car was parked just fine, the tension between the absurd scene is what gives the Painting energy. There is a narrative here, but I will leave it up to the viewer.
"Kicked in the Mouth by James Bond" Acrylic & Oil 17.5" X 23.75" $1,500 As a motion picture scenic artist working on films, and tv shows, I'm totally astonished at the synchronicity of having picked this particular theme. I have British heritage on my father's side who also had a long career in Hollywood as a well- known screen writer in having written over 50 films in his storied career. In keeping with his English citizenship, he joined up with the SAS, the British intelligent Secret Service, during World War II. So, he was connected to being a spy himself. He had a very similar personality and character portrayed in the James Bond films. He was handsome, intelligent, and fearless. Add to this my extensive dental work and financial burdens that I just incurred, so it is truly fitting that I picked a motion picture poster style to illustrate this theme.
"Lying in Wait by the Golden Gate" Relief, Cyanotype, Mylar, Crumpled-rice-paper 45"x 23" x 3" maxD $1,500 When I got my title I immediately added bridge to the phrase, “Lying in Wait by the Golden Gate.” So, I thought about the bridge and then my thoughts moved to clouds and rain. Thus my clouds and raindrops piece. My daughter can see the Golden Gate bridge from her living room window and she told me that the fog in San Francisco is named Karl. She says the weather news actually refers to Karl. I am a printmaker so I use ink and plates and a press. This piece is printed on both sides of mylar. Then I printed some raindrops and added them so they dangle and provide a bit of movement. The cloud is printed on gampi paper, a very delicate rice paper, and then crushed.
"First Came the Fires, Then Came the Rain." Mixed Media 30" X 15" $1,800 Wow, talk about coincidence as this theme represents devastation and destruction, calamity and chaos, and the result of healing and reconstruction to restoration and renewal. I was debilitated at the time I joined this project with a leviathan shoulder injury suffered from a freak fall, and 3 out of 4 tendon separated from the bone. After patience, cable wire and anchor screws, and intensive therapy for 20 months, I regained my strength to pursue my passion of painting and sports. So as in fire, a debilitating loss, an eradication of hope, becomes an evolution of faith, with nourishing rain transforming a jubilation of triumph over tragedy.
"Island to Island by Train" Oil on Board 11” X 14” $1,800 There are all kinds of destinations. The easy ones are physical, but the interesting ones, for me, are the spiritual. For almost half a century I have wanted to know a place I’d read about as a child, and found myself just shy by a few miles of open water. Maybe one on one, I would tell you about it someday. But for now, I am content to keep it in my imagination, and preserve the perfection that can only reside in the unformed dreams of a child, and can visit it in the pre-dawn hours between daylight and darkness like my own “big two-hearted river.” It will always be perfect. After all, isn’t it our dreams that sustain us?
"Eating Candy in the Beehive" Acrylic on Canvas 24” X 30” $1,100 She sits in a pool of the gift of the bees, And feels not a sting, So enamored is she. Surrounded by sweet, She nibbles her treats, Each plastic-wrapped sugar brick stokes her heart beat. This project with "Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?" was a wonderful challenge to step outside my regular genre of artwork and do something completely different! I chose to interpret the title "Eating Candy in the Beehive" somewhat literally, but with my own deeper meaning intertwined. I'm curious to know... How do YOU interpret MY interpretation?
"Echos From the Wrong Side of the Glass" Oil on Canvas 24” X 30” $3,750 This painting provokes a lot of thought from the reactions it has received from sadness of bygone days to carrying memories into the future. More than one woman has exclaimed with a generous touch of nostalgia “I had a dress like that!” ====================== "Does Your Mother Know What You’re Doing?" Acrylic on Canvas 48” X 36” $4,500 This prompt went through a few ideas but they all had in common Nevada. After rejecting a lonely desert hotel, a moving van on a desert highway and such, I landed on the Elvis wedding which is big business! Shortly after I painted this a friend pulled up photos of his new wife. There they were outside a Vegas chapel posing in a classic Cadillac both in white, happy as can be. I have to ask him if his mother knew what he was doing.
"The Eye is Constantly Moving and So Is the Heart 36A & 36B" Water color 20" X 26" $500 With my topic, my thoughts initially focused on roving eyes and wandering hearts. That night, I went to sleep with an open mind and thinking of my topic, for inspiration of moments in lifewhen eyes cannot stop moving in lockstep with the desires of the heart. This idea popped into my mind that night in my dreams. It represents a simple, innocent, and welcome time when the eyes are intrigued, and so is the heart. So many flavors of ice cream. . . .and the heart’s desire to have them all! How do you choose just one?