The Old Fool: An Epic Tale To Enrich Painting

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I know, its been a while since I’ve posted a new blog entry.  I wish I could say that I’ve been painting for the duration of my M.I.A status, but I haven’t.  You see, I began painting the “Kakhati” art around the simple theme of laughter.  Kakhati is a Sanskrit word from ancient India that roughly translates into English as “Laugh out loud”.  Anyway, after working through a few pieces,  I felt like “Kakhati” could be enriched and possibly even flourish if a little more thought was thrown into the mix.  With this in mind, I attempted something new.  I wrote an epic for source material.

Don’t bet me wrong, I know other artists like William Blake, have been fond of combining their painting and writing talents to make more elaborate works, but I’ve never really utilized the combination.  Writing has always been one of my great hobbies and truthfully, I’ve probably written much more than I’ve painted this year, so it seemed natural to assimilate the hobby into my work.



I’ve only completed a few newer pieces and they’re  little more than quick studies, but now that my epic is finished, I have a treasure trove of rich, fanciful imagery stored up in the ol’ dream machine.  The tale centers around an amnesiac who lives alone on an island.  As a result of a frustrating, zen-like conversation with a hungry pelican that swooped down to steal his roasted fish, the amnesiac is charged with a perilous quest and dubbed the “Old fool”.  The old fool must find the black wolf that carries the stolen of bag of countless treasures.  Inside the bag are three items which will console the weeping dragon.



kakhati_spring_dragonAs you may be able to imagine, I am very excited about the upcoming paintings featuring a selection of imaginative scenes from the epic.  I’m still not sure whether I want to use oil paint for realism, or watercolor for a more whimsical approach to the imagery, so I’ll  probably do both.  A long-time friend and collector of my work phoned the other day, and after hearing about the project, he graciously offered to provide the funding for most of the supplies I needed.  I happily accepted the support, so it’ll only be a matter of time, before the old fool’s adventure is  translated into visual art.


To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website

Until next time, have a great week.



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What Can You Do But Laugh? First Oil Painting Of A New Series

Hello again art lovers!

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’m so excited.  I recently finished up the first oil painting of a new series.  I’ve been thinking on the series for some time now.  My wife bought a clown nose from Walgreens for Red Nose Day, a charity that helps children in poverty. I painted a watercolor about a week later that got the ball rolling, but with these type of creative endeavors, the concepts take time to grow, morph and multiply into something tangible.


 In last week’s blog post, I shared some of the early charcoal pastel/oil stick studies.  The studies were really helpful in the development.  I can’t wait to see how they’ll translate into oil paint.


I like the way the first piece translated.  As you can see below, the color is vivid, the paint is thick and the pallette knife and brush work is a laugh,  Speaking of laughter, I’m sure you’ve noticed that laughter is the theme.  I figure laughing could be the best remedy, especially when things are greasy, crazy and tits up.  Anyway, I don’t have the artist’s statement worked out yet, but there’s no rush.  I hope you enjoy the upcoming pieces in the “Kakhati” series.


To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website

Until next timehave a great week.



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The Good News According To Kirk – An All New Watercolor + FRABJOUS Day

Hello again art lovers.

I hope all is well in your worlds.

I’ve been going non-stop.  I rephotographed many of my older works on paper, have been replacing jpegs on with higher-quality images, and have given my site a bit of a facelift. The website is a work in progress.  There’s quite a few pieces I’d like to add to the site.  Anyway,  I completed a few more “Siren” pastel studies and plotted out many more for future rendering, but I won’t be posting any the new “Siren” pastel studies today.

You see, after a month or so of working with monochrome pastels, I had to get a little color in my life and I painted a watercolor portrait of sorts.  Working with the fluid medium took much longer and was much more difficult than blending pastels with my fingers.  It had been so long since I played with watercolor, that I had to get reacquainted with the medium.  I’m not going to lie, I became discouraged early on during the making of the piece.  I used to be a watercolor wizard, and I began to think that maybe I had lost my touch.  It turns out patience was all that was needed.


In other news, I’ve been playing around with the concept of having more frequent, special sales.  You know, like offering 1 piece at a special price for only 1 day each week.  The words “FRABJOUS DAY” from Lewis Carroll’s  story “Through The Looking Glass” pop’d in my head, so I decided I should go ahead with the idea.  So, Friday of each week, until I get bored, will be “FRABJOUS DAY” and I will offer 1 piece at a special price for 24 hours

So, keep an eye out.  This week, Friday the 24, I will be posting the piece below at a special price for 24 hours.


 To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my

   Until next timehave a great week.



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“Apoko – Lips # 1”: My First Oil Painting OF The Fall


Hello, hello everybody,

I’ve spent the last week painting almost non stop on my first large-scale oil painting of the fall.  I managed to get a lot more done than I expected.  Despite what you might think from the photos, I still have quite a bit of work to do on “Apoko – Lips #1” before it’s complete,  but the composition is gradually coming piece by piece.   It’s so incredibly fun to see  the idea you churned over, changed & added to for months suddenly begin to wake up and spring to life.  Hopefully I’ll get the piece finished up in the next week or so, but until then, enjoy a few of the hundreds of progress photos I’ve taken while painting “Apoko – Lips #1”






Until next time,


La Dave Commission Complete + Re Imagining The Joker + Adventure TIME!

Hello all,

Blogging because I finally finished the “La Dav” commission and I’m very pleased with the way it came out.  Dave wanted a very photorealistic portrait of himself with ruddy flesh tone pallet.  The oil needs to dry a bit, but it will soon be ready to ship.  Anyway, I wanted to share some pictures.





I also managed to do a couple more watercolors.  The first is a re imagining of the “Joker”.  I used my self for reference, mainly because I’m readily available, so, I have to say it looks nothing like the character we know and love, but oh well….that was the point I guess.  Either way, it was fun.  I don’t have a proper photo of this piece yet, but here’s what I have.



Last but not least, I pained an “Adventure Time” piece for my kiddo.  He loves the show as much as I do, so it seemed like a nice idea.  Again, no proper photo, but oh well.


Until next time,


2 NEW Watercolors + The “Schoch” Commission Was Completed

Hello again,

Since my last blog post I finished two new watercolor pieces.  Both are 11 x 14″ on 90lb watercolor paper.  The first is titled “Wicked Gods With Little g’s & Big Dicks”,  I’ll explain.  As always, I’ve been shooting plenty of footage documenting the progression of  Mr. Schoch’s piece.  Monkeys are in the composition, so I searched the web for monkey songs.  Anyway, I found one that I hadn’t heard since I was a teenager….  “My Monkey” by Marilyn Manson.   Anyway, the song is a bit too much for the Schoch video, but I wanted to somehow  turn the experience of re listening to “My Monkey” after all these years into a piece of art.  I used to love Marilyn Manson’s tunes.  I still do despite the fact that never listen to the songs anymore.  I guess I’m just not as angry as I used to be.


The second watercolor was really created by accident.  I was playing around with changing up the index menu text on my website.  I figured the menu would look cool hand written in watercolor.  Anyway, I decided I wasn’t up the task of dealing with all the html on that particular day and began to doodle beside the text.  I wound up painting a funny little image of The Joker.


This piece is titled.  “The Artist Formerly Know As Joker”

Both of these new works can be found on the gallery page of my website.  Just click HERE.

In other news.  I finished the “Schoch” commission.  He loves it and so does his 5-year-old daughter who is featured in the piece.  It will be a while before I can ship the piece though.  The paint is so thick and heavy…it will take some time to dry.  I plan to put the progression video together today or tomorrow, but in the mean time, check out the images below.








Until next time,



Bear Beast Progression Video + New Piece “Ckirk Is Over Lister”

Hi again,

Just stopping in because I finished the “Bear Beast” commission and as always…documented the process.  The video was a collaborative effort by the buyer and I.  He requested lots of photos of smoking and the music.  I hope you find it entertaining.


I have a fun new piece created using primarily watercolor.  I also used primer and a Pilot Super Color Marker to finish it off.  The piece measures 24 x 18″ and is on 140lb acid free watercolor paper.  It’s called “Ckirk Is Over Lister”.





Until next time,