Category Archives: paintings

Senlac Hill

A mixed media (acrylic, fabric scraps) depiction of an ancient battle site. This was exhibited in Crossing Borders at Altered Esthetics last year.

Senlac Hill was the site of the Battle of Hastings, in which King Harold II attempted to defend England against Norman invaders from across the Channel. I think this battle is a very interesting episode in history because both sides were people who had migrated from other lands and undergone some degree of transculturation and assimilation. It represents layer upon layer of cultural clashes, compromises, and exchanges.

Linguistic fun (from Wikipedia): Senlac Hill was originally known in English as Santlache (“Sandy Stream”), which the Normans punned into Sanguelac (“Blood Lake”) which was then shortened to Senlac.

Kalkriese Hill

A mixed media (acrylic, fabric scraps) depiction of an ancient battle site. This was exhibited in Crossing Borders at Altered Esthetics last year.

I am interested in the culture clashes of ancient times that helped form modern ideas about nationality. Kalkriese Hill was the site of one of those clashes. In 9 AD, when the Roman empire was spreading across Europe, the Germanic leader Arminius lured 3 Roman battalions into a vulnerable position–a narrow strip of land between a swamp and a large, tree-covered hill, where tribesmen were waiting in ambush. The Romans were routed, and subsequently abandoned the idea of expanding beyond the Rhine into what is now Germany.

IT Crowd

Here are watercolor sketches of the four main characters on The IT Crowd: Moss, Roy, Jen, and Douglas. I painted them on 12/12/12! The paper didn’t take the paint very well, so the colors came out kind of mottled.

“Overnumerousness,” a Moss line from the Countdown episode.

Roy’s refrain throughout the series: “Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

One of Jen’s euphemisms in the Aunt Irma episode: “I’ve fallen to the Communists.”

“You there, computer man! Fix my pants!” is from the “Tramps Like Us” episode, which may be the funniest thing I’ve seen, ever. I think Douglas was actually wearing a jacket and tie in that scene, but I drew him in just a shirt.

A cartoon about student debt…

…with Indiana Jones. Originally published by Crowded Comics, September 28, 2012.

Malala Day cartoon.

Originally published by Crowded Comics, November 9, 2012.

A Peanuts cartoon

(the kind you eat, not the Charles Schulz Peanuts). Originally published by Crowded Comics, October 19, 2012.

Popcorn Lung cartoon

Originally published by Crowded Comics, September 21, 2012.

Claressa Shields + Rocky

London Olympics! Claressa Shields won the first U.S. gold medal in women’s boxing. Originally published by Crowded Comics, August 10, 2012.

Lance Armstrong cartoon

Originally published by Crowded Comics, August 24, 2012.

Obama’s acceptance speech at the DNC

Originally published by Crowded Comics, September 7, 2012.

Galileo cartoon

Originally published by Crowded Comics, June 22, 2012.

Globe Theatre cartoon

On June 29, 1613, the original Globe Theatre burned down. Published by Crowded Comics, June 29, 2012.

A cartoon about the economy

Depressing, I know. Originally published by Crowded Comics, July 6, 2012.

From Japan to Oregon

Here is a cartoon about a dock from Japan that floated all the way to Oregon after being dislodged during the massive earthquake/tsunami. Many species of marine creatures hitched a ride on the dock, and may affect the ecosystem in the Pacific northwest. Originally published by Crowded Comics, June 8, 2012.