Digging (into) oil pastels

While getting my feet wet with the ROCKETEER podcast I’ve also been working hard at my art. I’ve become interested in oil pastels recently, in an effort to jump out of a painting rut and also to improve the quality of some elements of my portraiture work. Oil painting has a lot to offer, but is unsuitable for my current small studio. And while you can get similar effects from Acrylic paints, there is something very satisfying about oils that I miss. I decided to try out oil pastels and…

Podcast #7: Coney Island Con Men and Affable Hucksters

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It is often said that laughter is the best medicine. After the last few years our laugh meters are woefully low. In this week’s podcast I introduce you to two funny series characters from the pulp era—Pete Manx and Squaredeal Sam McGhee. Pete Manx was written by two top-notch pulp writers—Henry Kuttner and Arthur K. Barnes. Squaredeal Sam McGhee was written by Nelson S. Bond, a prolific pulp writer. Both series are funny and it’s true humor instead of the smarter-than-thou or awkwardly self-effacing humor we often see today. Join…