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My Comics Memoir Painting about Horses at the “Equine” Exhibit, Saugerties, NY

When I was a kid, I went to a horse camp. Camp Clendenning allowed young Ohio scouts to get the horsemanship merit badge. I was all in. Many years later, as a theorist of comics memoir, I have organized my memories of that camp into a painting.

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“The Horse’s Mouth” is a painting in oil on a wooden panel (3ft x 4 ft), which will appear in the Farmington Museum, New Mexico, a national juried artshow.

Find out more about that show here.

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The initial comic sketch on which the painting is based, is an artwork unto itself, and it will appear in the Equine Exhibit at the Emerge Art Space in Saugerties, NY this fall, as well.

Find about more about the equine show here.


Poison Ivy Control

Blow things up. Make loud noises. Bang the drum? Nah, I just repelled a patch of the human itchifier.

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Because America! That’s why.

An Interview in Seven Days

Michael A. Chaney is a writer, painter and associate professor of English at Dartmouth College, where he chairs the African and African American Studies program….

Source: Dartmouth Prof Teaches Storytelling, From Comics to Clay

–more publicity for my latest book Reading Lessons in Seeing

Living room with paintings redux

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I have been working on more painted interpretations of comics. One form informs the other. Both invade another form–my living room! Altering it to their own insatiable demands.

“There’s a need for a purple smudge just here; a grey one there. You thought that end table was for a beverage. It is. Hurry up and pour it out so the brushes can go in the bottle. ”

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Well, you get the picture…or pictures, depending upon your appetite I suppose.

Painted Lady

I have a new comic published in the eminent online journal Gulf Stream.


Source: Painted Lady

Fear of Bees Published as Comic

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This is the first page of a three-page comic version of “The Fear of Bees.” It was compiled from the under-painting (oil in black and white) of an ongoing 36″ x 48″ painting.

Interestingly, not every image in the original appears in this pulp comic based on it, which was published recently in Bewildering Stories. Also, this version suggests a slightly different narrative than the far more ambiguous painting. Of course, that’s only my opinion and the painting has the final say.

Until it is completed, track the swarms at the end of the world over at Bewildering Stories.

Art Overtakes Fireplace

Or, the perils of a makeshift home studio. It is difficult for me to be in the same room with a piece of art in progress without hatching ideas for hundreds of touch-ups, elaborations, additions, and omissions.

One way to trick myself into finding the time to complete those long grisaille-method oil paintings is to blend the process in with my nightly TV-watching wind down, which typically consists of no more than every possible waking hour for me.

Strangely, the painting always seems to take on an antagonistic relationship to the fireplace, somehow occluding it and usurping it all at the same time.

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