I’ll paint your pet this October and maybe help some good dogs at Chernobyl.

Hey, guys and gals! I love painting animals, and for the entire month of October, I’ll paint your pet on an 11×14 inch canvas for only $70! All I need is a digital image of your furry/feathery/scaley compadre you would like painted. Email me anytime in October to get this deal at meye1099@gmail.com or go to the contact page on this website. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to Clean Futures Fund’s Dogs of Chernobyl program, which is dedicated to spaying/neutering and vaccinating stray dogs around the site of Chernobyl. Because they are good dogs too. You can read…

Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival + Upcoming art festival

Big thanks to everyone who came to visit and my family for helping out at the Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival in Hutchinson, Minnesota last Friday and Saturday! Next up: I’ll be at Brew N Stew: Chicago Ave Arts Fest in Minneapolis on October 14th from 11am to 8pm. Rumor has it there will be a stew competition, live music and some tastey brews!  

Elephant tourism

Before I moved to Suphanburi, Thailand to teach EFL in October 2012, I attended the week long orientation with CIEE (the study/teach abroad program I went through). Part of the orientation included riding an elephant. In Minnesota, the largest wild creature you’ll encounter is probably a moose or caribou if you venture north enough. And they will certainly not let you ride them. It was awesome and terrifying. I have mixed feelings about it. I am confident that if I travel back to Thailand I will not support the elephant tourism industry, and perhaps visit a reputable elephant rescue organization. But I…

She takes the cake.

Rococo fashion from the 1780s, just before the French Revolution, inspired this painting. It might look like an elaborate Halloween costume, but around 230 years ago this is the look you’d aspire to, permitting you had the means to do so. Rococo fashion is dramatic evidence that the aristocracy was totally disconnected from the rest of the world, and there’s no need to strain your brain wondering why that Robespierre guy was so pissed off.