Friday, May 19, 2017

Dear Nick and Susie


Dear Nick and Susie, 

I’m not sure if this is going to reach you but I thought I’d try anyway. First off I just wanted to say my wife and I are great fans of your work, Nick’s music and of course Susie’s fantastic fashions. The reason I am sending this email to you is to ask a favor, I never really do things like this but I wanted to reach out to you and hopefully you can help a fan. We have tickets to see you at the Electric factory in Philadelphia in June, everything is paid for and of course we are really excited to be going. The favor is not for me really but more for my wife, you see she just lost her brother to a drug overdose and I’m trying to help her through the grief. Her little brother was her only sibling and we spent many years trying to avoid this ending which is cutting our family so deep right now. My wife spent most of her time consoling her parents and trying to keep strong for the family. She’s been a fan of Nick since she was a teenager even seeing Nick read some of his writings many years ago in New York City in Washington Square Park. Right now, Nick’s music is the only thing really getting her through, we even watched the latest film and felt so deeply touch by it that the following week it’s the only thing we discussed. OK, well let me ask for this favor. I would ask if my wife and I could meet with Nick before or after the show. I know it would be the biggest thrill of her life and she would never forget it. I’m not asking for anything else, we already have tickets and own almost everything Nick has ever produced. I just want my wife to feel like sadness isn’t the only thing left in the world. That singing into the darkness might produce some hope and happiness somewhere. Even if this doesn’t reach you and is read by a clerk somewhere, hopefully it reaches you. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. 

James Rios, and my wife is Paula

Monday, April 17, 2017

Latest work....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pin Up - Thirty days of cats - Pen and Watercolor

Pin Up Cat
Pin Up - Thirty days of cats - Pen and Watercolor, post in PS.
#thirtydaysofcats
@tittybats
#pen
#watercolor

Pin up two, a real kitty. Thirty days of cats. #thirtydaysofcats #pen #sketch

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Thirty Days of Cats Part two plus other sketches.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thirty days of Cats - The first few days...

Thirty days of cats challenge. Bondage. #thirtydaysofcats

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Thirty days of cats. #craiggleason #thirtydaysofcats #pen #colorpencil

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Cat from Black lagoon. Part 2 #thirtydaysofcats #pen #colorpencil

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Art first week

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Doctor Doom
Dumb Girl
Francine
Genestealer
Slave Catz

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mid March Artwork

Cartoon. #pen

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Harley Quinn. India ink and pen practice. #Practice #pen #dc #comic

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Apocalypse. #Practice #pen #marvel

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Bernie. Chalk drawing for Bernie Wrightson. RIP.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

This weekends artwork

In space, no one can hear you sleep. - Mixed Media

Nick Cave - Fake Dracula Sings The Blues - Ink and Watercolor.

Monday, March 6, 2017

more working completed on "Spanish Harlem is burning"

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

It’s funny; I just received a notification from Facebook from about a year ago.

One year ago today I was 320 pounds; today I am a whopping 338 pounds, oh how times flies when you are having fun. So now in my 55th year on this planet I’m really over weight, depressed, and dirt poor.  The only thing that is holding me together at this point is my wife who I dearly love, my cats and my artwork. It’s funny; I should be able to lose this weight without any issues.  I’ve done so in the past with some help from my obsessions and focusing on my artwork.


Starting tomorrow I am stopping drinking, going back to my dieting ways, and putting 100% of my free time into my artwork.  I am hoping that I can keep my head together and not get sucked into the darkness of my past.  I keep on torturing myself with thoughts of not being good enough, of being a loser because I have no home and no savings.  How I cannot provide a good home to my wife and my cat babies, because I’m too scared to jump ship again and try for another job.
I just need to concentrate on the fact that I have done the best I could with my life even with a few bad luck spells from a few years ago.


I can do this.

I need to do this.

Wish me luck.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Dirt Nap Notations - 2/23/2017

The path to being a great artist or anything for that matter is dedication and obsession. One of the reasons why I’m not a famous artist is my attention span. I get distracted so easily, it’s kind of comical. (Oh look a bird!) I’ve been following certain artists and I see that they live and breathe art. If they are lucky they have a career in art or like a certain painter I know, they are so good they actually get paid for their paintings. I on the other hand, haven’t sold a piece of artwork in the last 20 years. I do mostly free artwork for friends and family and offer my services in trade. Also the last 25 years of my life I’ve been raising a family and working at office jobs to earn ends meat and get insurance for everybody.



So I’ve been ignoring my artwork and training and now I’m playing catch up. I’m 54 years old, I don’t have a home, I don’t have a savings account, I live paycheck to paycheck and I work a job they barely covers my life costs. But now I’m trying to get back into artwork, trying to be the artist I should have been 25 years ago. But I keep on getting distracted, and need to buckle down and get to creating stuff. I need to channel my personal “Eric” and get to drawing and painting. I’ve come to terms with what type of artist I am, a surrealist Cartoonist, catchy I know! Anyway, I’m just screaming my stuff on to the internet to get it out of my head. 

Have a great day people.



Art for the mad...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Spanish Harlem Paintings.

Here is one of the oil paintings based on my life in Spanish Harlem as a child.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Prep Work for my Spanish Harlem Paintings.

So here is the idea,

I’m going to do a series of oil paintings based on my life in Spanish Harlem as a child. I’m going to do all of the main work in black and white and then use a glace technique to color them.
The canvases are going to be large, so I’m going to be using lots of discounts from Michael's.

I’m thinking of using these images and then placing myself in them, but I’m going to add a supernatural element to them to represent the evil lurking around the corner in my mind. Here are some of the images, your thoughts?


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