Thursday, October 6, 2011

Health Update & First Come First Served Art Sale

Hi Everyone,

As that my health has not improved and I'm still unable to work, I find myself in a pretty tight spot with no income after five months. Thus I'm going to start selling off pieces that had been done for LA Gallery in Canada. They had contacted me last year and asked if I still had certain pieces, which I did not, so they asked if I wouldn't mind recreating them with some differences and then adding new pieces to this lot. The goal was to get twenty pieces done for them. This was a big break for me as that LA Galleries has branches in LA (USA) an Paris, these are brick and mortar REAL places not just an online presence. The trouble with online galleries is that NO ONE will EVER see your work. I had a deadline which was March 1st. Sadly due to my stay in the hospital I missed the deadline (the first time I ever miss one) and the contract I had with them was void. I've tried resubmitting and thought I'd hold the pieces, adding to them (my goal was to get forty done) and search out other galleries. But my present state forces me to have to break these pieces out and sell them. I'll be posting a few at a time and will be offering them as a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis, after 24 HOURS of my posting them, anything not sold in this manor will be posted on Etsy. Like it or not people, this is where I'll be selling my work until eBay allows me back and even then, not all of my work will be on eBay. Etsy is FREE to join and is easy to use. You sign up and buy. Easy as that. Its where Leonard Nimoy (you know, the original Spock from Star Trek) sells his work, so its good enough for me and you.


If you don't see a piece of art that's for you right now, then please feel free to make a donation (see PayPal,DONATE button on the left) for any amount.

Each piece displayed here as a First Come, First Served. If you want a piece or pieces, then write me at:

Monday, September 5, 2011


My colon is alright but I'm still having stomach troubles. I had a CAT scan and several blood tests done last week and I'm now waiting to hear back from my doctor. I'm still too weak to draw or paint, or much of anything else for that matter. As this is my only source of income, I need to make some sales. Many of the items that are currently for sale on Etsy will NOT BE RELISTED, so this is your only chance to get them, once their time has expired, that's it.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Hi Everyone,

As that its been a while, I wanted to give everyone an update. Yes, I'm still doing art :) I've been having some stomach troubles and am going in for a colonoscopy on the 23rd of this month. After that, I'll know what's going on and how to deal with it. Its taking me a little longer to get some projects completed, thus the delay in seeing new work. This has me feeling exhausted most of the time, which has made it hard to get any work done. As soon as I can after the 23rd, I'll post an update.

Until then, please use the link below to see what's for sale.

Originals For Sale:

Saturday, July 23, 2011

VARA: The Law That Every Artist Needs To Know

This is a law that every artist/creative person should know. VARA is short for Visual Artists Rights Act. Its protected me. Here's how: I was doing some volunteer work for my local library, they asked me to paint some fantasy figures on some new books cases for the children's section. I was never given a deadline, despite my asking for one. I told them that I'd need to take paying work first and may have to take some time off here and there. I also showed them detailed drawings of everything that was going to be featured. They agreed to everything. I told them on more than one occasion that the job would take me about 2 - 3 months. Again, all was agreed. After about a month and a half I became very sick. I let them know. They never said anything to me. About a week later i go down to work on them and see that they've gotten another person (I won't say artist as that they work was both crude and childish) to take over what I had already started. This included painting over some of my figures. I told them they couldn't do with without my written consent. I was told that I didn't own the bookcases that library and thus the town did. I got a lawyer who deals with Intellectual Property Law. He write them a nice letter stating they could touch my art because the art and the creative process behind it was owned by me. They ignored his letter. He wrote them again stating that if they didn't stop work immediately, we would sue them for the maximum amount allowed by law. This time, copies of the letter went to the library's board of director's, the head librarian, the town conical and the town's lawyer. Included was a copy of VARA for them to look over. Yes, they owned the building that the bookcases were housed in. Yes they owned the bookcases. But they did not own the art and thus couldn't alter it in any way because it was owned by me. So the bookcases to this day remained unfinished and I check on them now and again. To find out more about VARA, please CLICK HERE

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Step 8 The Final Painting

Here's the completed painting. "Bob & Abraham".

Next Blog: Your Rights as an Artist.

Next Step by Step: Hawkman!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Step 7 The Mule And The Tree

I'm adding color to the mule and tree, incorporating colors I've used in the background and sky along with dashes of Cadmium red Medium and Prism Violet into the shadows. Next: The Final Painting!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Step 6

Using, Hooker's Green, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White, I use a combination of painting styles, both opaque and glazes to work in the background, which here is about 99% finished. I'm going to add some touch ups and then begin work on the mule, tree and man.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Step 5 : The Finished Underpainting

I'd like to thank JOAN CULUM for the banner that she designed for me. I'll be posting the others she also designed for me both here and on my web site. You can see Joan's art at her DeviantArt site by CLICKING HERE

Here's the finished underpainting, approved by the client. Next step is adding colors in glazes.

Step 6 will be posted over the weekend.

New Art For Sale

I've got the following pieces for sale at Etsy, just click on burtonart at the bottom of the images to go to the site.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Step 4

This is a detail scan of the underpainting so far. I'm using Burnt Umber and Titanium White. Next post will be on Wednesday.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Step 3

Here, I've given a light coat Yellow Ocher and Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Step 1 - 2: Thumbnail Drawing & Color Study

This is the thumbnail and color study sent to the client for approval. Once they've been approved, I begin work on the actual painting after doing some pencil studies of the face of both the man and the donkey (not shown). This is the painting with yellow ocher added to it, to give it an overall tone.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Art For Sale & Where To Buy It

I've got several pieces of art up on eBid right now. I've just added my 16 hand drawn, all signed RED SONJA trading cards. These are one of a kind, so you'll want to get them all.

I've also started posting work for sale on Esty. This is a flat fee site, no auctions. Please feel free to visit my eBid store HERE and my Esty store HERE

Remember, its FREE to join both sites :)

And if you don't see any art that you'd like right now, please use the DONATION Button to the left to make a donation of any amount to help me stay alive, as that the sale from these works of art is my only income.

And I've got some work for sale on my web site HERE

Starting tomorrow, you can see the step by step process on the painting I'm currently working on. I'll be posting my progress on this as I go along. I'll be posting as often as I can, which means maybe more than my once a week rule.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


The cover art done for Rick Lai's, "The Sisters of the Shadows" is now for sale. The book is forthcoming from Wild Cat Books.

The piece is Acrylic on Canvas Panel, 9 x 12, $34.95, Postage US, $5.95, For International postage, please write me for a quote. PLEASE write me FIRST TO CONFIRM the availability of the piece BEFORE using the BUY button.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Prints, Posters And Postcards

You'll see on the sidebar (down in Blog Archives) that we're now offering prints, posters and postcards of some of David's figure work. The originals to these have not been made for sale, so here's your chance to get some very nice, high quality and affordable reproductions.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


I haven't been here in a while, but that's changed along with some other things. I'm going to be posting about once a week with new work, work for sale (that you can buy directly from this site)as well as where to buy posters and prints of my work.

The piece below is available now in prints, posters and a postcard, for prices and other details, please CLICK HERE

I'll have more soon!