Animated Shorts – I Love Buster Keaton

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Animated Shorts – I Love Buster Keaton
19.19 by 12 inches, digital painting
J Kearns 2007

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I decided the thing to do, the first night of having Direct TV, was to not fiddle with redoing the botched running of cords but to spend hours watching Buster Keaton. Because I’m crazy about Buster Keaton, and Turner Classics had Buster Keaton movies running all night so I settled in to soak ’em up and marvel. The man was a genius.

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Animated Shorts – I will at some point derive some benefit from this, won’t I?

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Animated Shorts – I Will At Some Point Derive Some Benefit From This, Won’t I?
14 by 14 in.
J Kearns 2007

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If I made animations, this is what they’d look like. Every so often I think of doing animations like that.

Model for Instrument Show Publicity Shot (Remixing the Hanford Declassified Project)

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Model for Instrument Show Publicity Shot, Declassified
Digital painting, 2007
30 by 24 in.

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The painting is based on a photograph from the Hanford Declassified Project. Hanford, part of the Manhattan Project, was where the plutonium used on Nagasaki was manufactured. In 1953, the year of the photo on which the painting is based, was begun a second Cold War expansion of the site, with the oldest reactors by then operating at 20% to 50% above design capacity.

Blastoise, a turtle Pokemon, is perched on the model’s sexy lure of hip. However he got there, I don’t know, he just kind of appeared in this painting. With his water cannons he could be an evolution from a painting I’d done prior this one, based on a Hanford fire safety photo showing a woman putting out a trash can fire with a water hose. What I do know is that should his weaponry fail to protect him, though the little turtle tank portable shelter would seem an enviable security, much as bomb shelters seemed to individuals during the Cold War (and their equivalent to today’s survivalists), they offer little more protection than shielding one from the truth.

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The Ballerina, Declassified

The Ballerina, Declassified, 2006

The Ballerina, Declassified, 2006
Digital painting based on a photo from the Hanford Declassified Project.

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A child ballerina performs at the Hanford Theater during the WWII years. Her family would have been involved, in some capacity, in the production of the plutonium used in the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki. She didn’t know this. Nor did her family. They wouldn’t learn what the war effort at Hanford involved until after the bombing. Not being privy to the facts, the ballerina’s parents hadn’t even the opportunity to make a choice as to their involvement in the creation of Fat Man, which was not only dropped on Nagasaki, it was dropped on humanity at large and the whole of the planet.

As Oppenheimer famously said:

Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds…

Based on the below photo:

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Southwest Seekers – Photographic Evidence (Digital Painting)

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Southwest Seekers – Photographic Evidence
29.86 inches wide by 30 inches high
Digital Painting 2007

Another in a series of the Roswell UFO Museum paintings.

I didn’t include rear legs on the front chair and am still kind of undecided whether to leave them off or include them. Liked the gray space…

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Thanks to Hanratty Stock whose Pink 16 was ref model for the painting.

Girl with Little America Penguins

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Girl with Little America Penguins
30 inches wide by 18.62 inches high
Digital Painting 2007

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There’s a Little America not only in Wyoming, but one in New Mexico now. We stopped briefly at it in November for coffee and to purchase a penguin refrigerator magnet.

As Tom Waits would say, “It’s cold out there!”

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Thanks to Akai Hinoiri for Outdoor Stock 8 used for model reference.

Digital Paintings: Bathsheba 1 and 2

Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing

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Bathsheba 1
Digital Painting 2007

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Thanks to Cookiekitty for use of her Nude 84 for model reference.

when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she made lamentation

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Bathsheba 2
Digital Painting 2007

Thanks to Cookiekitty for use of her Nude 84 for model reference.

Her feet are the reason for the paintings.