Reality TV's got nothing on me. Although I won't be eating any pigs eyeballs, here's a look at my messy, but semi-productive when-I'm-not-blogging art studio. I did one of those panoramic shots, standing in the center of my studio and doing a complete circle. No, I didn't clean it up for the occasion.
PHOTO SET 1: Me, red-eyed and grouchy first thing in the morning not appreciating the camera (although I'm the photographer) in my face before getting a chance to comb my hair or brush my teeth; A signed poster of "The Battle of Belle Dorcas" poster illustrated and signed personally for me by award-winning children's illustrator Brian Pinkney; An oil painting of my daughter I created when she was about 7-years old, One half of my children's book collection off limits to my kids; Two empty bottles of Mississippi Mud; My wedding-day boutonniere clipped to a photo of me and the wife; A group shot of authors from the Texas Book Festival, 2001, me included; A leather chair the wife bought me so she could have some place to sit and hang out when I'm busy and can't chat with her over dinner; A picture of my son as he was newly born.
PHOTO SET 2: My collection of old-school tunes for those days that Dr. Laura is gettin' on my nerves; Artwork created in honor of me by Miss Culvers 3rd-grade class, Dallas, TX; A Hotwheels lunchbox and trash can (I like Hotwheels); Other scale-model cars; Photos of my three children although my grown daughters say I try to hide the fact that I have two daughters, not just the son; Sketches and reference photos for the HIDDEN FEAST to publish spring 2006; Work area with drawing table full of Liquitex acrylics, oil alkyds and brushes; An empty box from a brand new HP lazer printer that I've been too busy to deal with and a painting of the wife tucked under the table that I haven't touched in over a year.
PHOTO SET 3: Another work area with papertowels the wife buys me because she can't stand when I use her strawberry print towels to clean my brushes, Clay models I use as reference for my books, A paper cutter too small to use for just about anything, Tax bills tacked to the wall, Newspaper clippings sent to me from Dianna Aston on artist Bill Traylor; My scale-model, fully-functional Harley Davidson; reference books including Cooking and Booking Texas Style in which I contributed a story and recipe; An HP printer and CPU; My wallet sans any money; My computer station (see mom, nothing dirty on the screen); A wacom tablet; Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots mousepad; Franklin Mint scale-model cars which include a 1962 VW van and 1957 Chevy BelAir among others.
PHOTO SET 4: A photo of me and other students who attended a Poynter Institute infographics course; Two trophies (2nd place - open men medium, 1st place - novice men medium) won from the Upper Midwest Body Building competition, 98 (NANBF); Art Director's of Iowa awards and various others including two from the Associated Press; One two-week old banana peel; Antidepressants (for muscle pain, I'm not depressed, I don't think); Top secret contact info for artists and authors of Houghton Mifflin although then never return my calls; A naked modeling mannequin; A painting of Jimmie JJ Walker from the TV show Good Times (My childhood artist mentor); My copier station with several hundred unused American Showcase ad tear sheets.
PHOTO SET 5: A template I made for creating and adjusting the colors on my computer-generated art; A catalog sheet for the book A Camping Spree with Mr. McGee (this book looks retro-cool); 1960s Sylvania Solid State stereo that my grandfather gave me but keeps bugging me to give back because although I think Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie are cool people, and I do like old-school, I'm not that old-school; A homemade rooster wing belonging to Brother Rooster that I made to study for the purpose of seeing how a roosters wing actually bends, used as reference for a children's book I'm illustrating; Several thumbnail sketches for the book; My hubcap clock and me now in a much better mood now that I've had my morning coffee.