Category Archives: Mixed media

Mixtape: New Works on Paper

Mixtape: New Works on Paper is my latest solo show at the Cafe 1923 in Hamtramck. I can’t believe I never before had a show solely of works on paper. I mean, as an artist you usually carry a sketchbook everywhere you go, so working on paper seems like the most natural thing in the world–and it is.

The show is a combination of works on paper that use traditional materials like markers and paint, and mixed-media pieces usually with tape of some kind: gaffer, duck or washi. Tape can be tricky to work with since markers and paint do not always react well to the surface of the tape. After many experiments, my go-to black marker for drawing on tape became the Pilot BeGreen permanent marker. Posca paint markers also work well, and came in second.

Rhino Portrait

Tape is similar to collage, and is a fun way to create patterns for clothes as you can see in this fashion portrait. Some tape can be unforgiving, and once you put it in place you must leave it there or risk tearing the paper.


Happy accidents are always welcome, and the most interesting one happened when I was revisiting one of my koi fish paintings with tape on an old canvas and decided to peel off the tape–the result was a  cut-up” koi fish. I hope to do more of these cut-up pieces in the future.


The closing reception is on Friday, August 5th, from 5–7 pm. So grab the kids and the grandparents and come on down to the Cafe 1923 Coffeehouse located at 2287 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI. Hope to see you!


“Syncopated” Opening

“Syncopated,” my latest solo show opened on Friday, March 6th, 2015 at SocraTea. The show includes recent paintings, doodlebombs, and posca drawings on paper grocery bags from Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes and Papa Joe’s Marketplace.

Tigers and Bears on grocery bags Oh My!

Tigers and Bears on grocery bags Oh My!

Wishing Bling Painting

“Wishing” mixed media painting on sintra board.

In early February I had a flood of sorts in my apartment and sadly two doodlebombs (Niel Tyson/Cosmic Badass on Mental Floss and Skrillex on Rolling Stone) were destroyed by the water. I lieu of those, I added two doodlebombs I have never shown before one of which is “Kimono.”.

Kimono Doodlebomb

Kimono Doodlebomb

The show will be up until March 30th so there is still time to catch it while you have a spot of tea.



A Doodle-Bomb by Any Other Name.

When we are young we draw on everything with anything; we draw inside and outside the lines—when you’re young anything goes. By high school we are drawing all over our notebooks, often filling up the margins around the notes we are taking. I remember drawing, or doodling if you prefer, over books and comics as a kid. I especially enjoyed drawing mustaches on everyone I’d see in print, even dogs! As a teenager I’d often give magazine covers and advertisements the Andy Warhol faux silkscreen treatment. Sometimes a blank sheet of paper or canvas can be intimidating, so drawing on a magazine or ad can be liberating.

“Doodlebombing,” “doodle-bomb,” “re-cover” and “mixed media” are accepted terms for drawing over photos or magazines. I wish there was a better term for this thing most of us have done in our lifetime. In the digital age, “collage,” “photo-montage,” and “mixed media” are terms often used to describe the same process. The world of graffiti has so many words to describe everything from tags to bombings (a good short read on the subject can be found on post: Graffiti Designs & Styles: Tagging, Bombing and Painting).

When I started posting my doodlebombs I felt alot of my friends just didn’t get it. Why would I draw on a magazine when I could draw on a blank sheet of paper? The short answer is “why not!” Doodlebombing is just another form of creative expression giving one the chance to play art director and illustrator. I think maybe every now and then I need to post a before & after picture or ‘work-in-progress’ photos to help show the creative process of a doodlebomb.


As you can see the before & after pictures of my Twiggy doodle-bomb, I echoed one of her famous Vogue covers by drawing a flower over the eye and created a mod, psychedelic ’60s look for the background. (I like my work to have a sense of history if possible).

Doodling on a magazine can be as involved as you want it to be or as simple as using a black marker. You can draw on anything you like—even a banana or a grain of rice, as seen in Turtle Wayne’s Blog post 10 Fun Things To Doodle On.
If you are looking for a supportive group of doodle lovers I suggest Doodlers Anonymous they even have a tumblr devoted to the craft: Doodlebomb! To see more of my doodle-bombs please see my flickr album: Doodle-Bombs.

Happy Doodling!