Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sometimes a painting isn’t working but I’m too chickenshit to flip the table over and start some chaos. When that happens I often take a photo of the painting and used Adobe Photoshop to explore some solutions.



Tonight was the third session of my Abstract Painting class with Jim Gross at Mark Arts (Formerly The Wichita Center for the Arts).

Before I went to class I checked my mail and discovered an envelope from Cox Communications and inside this envelope was a plastic card. I’ve been using an expired credit card as a palette knife and I thought this plastic card from Cox Communications might be a good replacement for my old credit card. Then I rummaged through my storage closet where I keep most of my old paintings and I discovered 3 unused cradled wood panels that Charles Baughman built for me. They were at the very bottom of the stack but I was happy to find them. I’ve been experimenting with painting on watercolor paper and I’ve been getting frustrated with the results. I wanted to paint on wood again and regain my mojo. A few minutes later I dropped the box containing all of my crayons and color pencil sticks and they scattered all over the floor. I was hot. I was late to class. I was tired. I was frustrated. Fucking crayons!

Once I arrived to class I jumped right into the fire and started painting. I instantly got into the zone. I was not fucking around. I managed to get two new paintings started and I’m really happy with them so far. I hope I don’t fuck them up. I ended up doing all of my painting with the plastic card from Cox Communications. That fucking card was amazing. It was magical. I hope they keep sending me junk mail.

Here is a detail of Painting #2.IMG_7473

Here is the magical plastic card from Cox Communications. IMG_7480

I just finished the 2nd session of my Abstract Painting class with Jim Gross at the WCFTA. Tonight I “finished” my painting from last week and I started 2 new paintings. The first new painting was a fucking disaster and it will most likely get turned into scrap paper for future collage paintings. The second painting shows promise but overall I’m not happy with my output tonight.


Here is a detail of the giant drawing of the United States of America that is hanging on the wall in the classroom. This drawing is 100 times better than anything I’ve painted the entire year. Tonight I was reminded that I can’t take myself too seriously and I need to always approach the act of painting with the curiosity and haphazardness of a child.


I’m extremely honored and excited to be one of the participating artist’s in Josh Tripoli’s “Artless: a Community Art Experience” at CityArts. This will be your chance to collaborate with Wade Hampton, Charles Baughman, Steve Murillo, Kathleen Shanahan, Chuck Dooms, Josh Tripoli, the Ict-Army of Artists and myself to create original works of art. I encourage ALL of you to come to this event and make art with us! Details below…


ARTLESS is a community service that invites the public to actively create with artists in our community. Eight local artists / artist collectives will engage the public through artist-directed “stations” in a two-part event starting July 1 in CityArts’ Main Gallery.

Join us on July 1 and take part in the community art event. Move from station to station and contribute to large community bodies of art. All art pieces will be finished by the area artist running each station and will be on display at CityArts beginning July 29.

The Artist Stations for ARTLESS 2016 are:
Wade Hampton – Imaginary Portraiture
Steve Murillo – Skyscapes
Kathleen Shanahan – Figure Drawing / Collage
Charles Baughman – Landscapes / Drip Painting
Dustin Parker – Painting / Paper Collage
Chuck Dooms – Digital Manipulation
Josh Tripoli – Community Canvas
Ict-Army of Artists – Collaborative Mural.



My collage paintings are created using acrylic paint and found materials such as maps, old comic books, crossword puzzles, diagrams, wallpaper scraps, grocery lists, wrapping paper, magazine clippings or any other kind of paper that I find visually engaging. I will paste several layers of paper onto a wood panel and then apply paint using brushes, paint rollers, old credit cards, knives or my hands. I may also draw on the paper using crayons, paint pens or colored pencils. Sometimes I will remove the paper with an X-acto knife or a power sander to reveal the layers of paper beneath the surface. I keep repeating this process of adding and subtracting paper and paint until the painting “feels” finished. I just listen to my gut. I let my gut make the final decision. I try to leave my brain out of it.

Rather than scavenging garage sales, comic book bargain bins and used book stores for collage materials, the Artless participants will paint and/or draw on paper to create the collage materials that I will use to create my next collage painting. The participants can draw and/or paint patterns, words, shapes, doodles or textures onto the paper provided. I will paste this paper onto a wood panel and paint on top of it as I would with any other painting that I would create.

This August I will be exhibiting with Curt Clonts, James Gross and Matthew Hilyard at the Riney Fine Arts Gallery at Friends University in an exhibition called “Ephemeral.” I am very honored and humbled to share a gallery with these amazing artists.

Please visit our Facebook Event page for updates. –

Ephemeral – Paintings By Curt Clonts, James Gross, Matthew Hilyard and Dustin Parker
Riney Fine Arts Gallery at Friends University
2100 W University St, Wichita, KS 67213
August 15th, 2016 – September 16th 2016
Final Friday – August 26th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm