Sketch for Top Hat Pug who ushers at the Old Mudd's Dog Theatre collecting ticket stubs, selling opera glasses, and even acting in some of the shows. He received rave reviews for his performance in the one act play "Poker Night at Spot's Place", . . . A story about poker playing dogs who unravel a mystery of a lost bone and a missing dachshund.
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Releasing this print today along with some mini prints here: http://www.travislouieart.com/limited-prints/
Imagine the Dumbo Octopus as the "Baby New Year" in Atlantis. A cute little piece I painted for the Haven Gallery
Frank "Chowderhead" Fisher
11 x 14
acrylic on board
Not much is known about Frank Fisher. It is believed that
he immigrated to New York in 1922 from the North Atlantic.
After spending time observing how commerce operated along the waterfront,
he decided to forcibly go into business with several of the shipping companies
and ended up controlling a piece of the labor racketeering on the New York side of the Hudson.
He was jokingly referred to as "the Codfather" or "Chowderhead" because of his fish-like appearance
and feared by local gangsters. Stories circulated around the docks about how he once swallowed a man
in one gulp for crossing him and how his slimy skin was mostly bulletproof. During WWII, he was asked by the FBI and Naval intelligence to
be on the look out for Nazi sympathizers and possible spies who might attempt to
infiltrate the city. The scheme was successful as several German agents were captured and only one
was reported to have been devoured. Frank "Chowderhead" Fisher disappeared soon after and reappeared
decades later as a consultant working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. For the exhibition " It Came From Beneath The Sea"
I looked up this scan of the first Dodo Bird drawing I ever did for a benefit art show. I always wondered who purchased it. It went extinct in the 1600's and all we have left are bones and artist renderings. It was done with graphite and charcoal on Fabriano paper for Roq La Rue Gallery
This is a better closeup of the drawing done on Canson MultiMedia paper
When I was asked to participate in the Heavy Metal Show at Copro, I thought I'd have a little fun making something that reminded me of the covers. This one is called Green Eyed Envy Lady and it's on my board right now
Thinking about Jackalopes again. As purveyors of curious potions and tonics, they traveled across the northwestern United States in the late 19th century peddling their goods and boasting of the miraculous cures for hair loss, stamina, and dental longevity contained in the strange glowing bottles. They often had henchmen dressed up as grizzly bears or wild boars who would prance around as the sales pitch was delivered with the kind of showmanship that would mesmerize and frighten the audience just enough. Occasionally there would be actual grizzly bears taking part in the less theatrical medicine shows.
This is the painting that started my series of Eccentric Victorians and their extraordinary Animal companions. This is "The Family Yeti". It is a painting about an aristocratic family in England that acquired a Yeti in the 1700's and passed it down through several generations to the early 20th Century as the species tends to have a lifespan that is a few hundred years.
Also going to the University of Wyoming Museum exhibit, this piece from the old days when Chester had recurring dreams of being at his Uncle Pete's house in Fort Lee, New Jersey, . . . The house was full of very warm and friendly relatives, who also had displays of horns on their heads.