Vegas Baby! New Painting

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2012 by jamesowensart



New Prints

Posted in Uncategorized on April 4, 2012 by jamesowensart

Been a while since I’ve posted.

Hope you dig these three new prints.

See ya soon.


Some Cool Web Features

Posted in Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 by jamesowensart

The nice folks over at “My Ride Is Me” have asked me to do a tutorial on how I make a painting. It was fun but a bit odd because I had to articulate the processes that I have internalized over many years. I think it worked out pretty good. Hope you dig it.

Click here to check it out.

Also, Kristen over at the “Greasegirl” blog did a little feature on some of my new stuff.

Dig the “Greasegirl” blog feature here.

Commission Piece

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2011 by jamesowensart

Here is a piece I did as a commission.

You gotta love one of the most classic kustoms of all time. “The Hawaiian” better known as the Hirohata Merc.

This is 12 x 16 mixed media on wood panel. (Mixed media is a fancy way to say I used all kinds of paint and other chemicals of nefarious origin.)

Hope you dig it.

Dig These Three New Prints!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2011 by jamesowensart

Click HERE to get em now!

New Rod

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2011 by jamesowensart


Been pretty crazy around the Owens household these days. Bought a new house and moved AGAIN. That’s five times in ten years. I’m done! This is where I’m stayin’. Anyhow I’ve been working on a lot of my pin ups but I have managed to do a few rods. This one is oil on canvas 22×28 inches. I call it “I’m a Steam Roller Baby”.

I dig the monochromatic feel of it. But there is some wonderful burnt umber under painting showing through the blue/green. I dig it hope you do too.

The Screwball Confidential Interview – Doug Horne

Posted in Interviews on July 25, 2011 by jamesowensart

Okay it’s been way too long since I posted. Life has been pretty crazy lately. All good, just crazy and busy with house buying and acting gigs.

In case you haven’t read any of the earlier interviews, what I try to do with these is to dig into the artists working techniques, methods and thought process as it pertains to the creation of their art.

I am so excited to share this interview.

Doug and I go way back to our Vaudeville days where we had a successful two man show called “Horne and Owens”. We were the toast of the Borscht Belt until television killed Vaudeville. So we went our separate ways and started crazy art careers.

I of course am a big fan of his work. Hey who doesn’t dig drunk monkeys?

That being said…

Ladies and Gentlemen Screwball Confidential brings you the “Leader-of-Lounge” the “Crowned-Head-Lord-Potentate of Tiki” the one, the only, Doug Horne!

James Owens – Where are you from and where do you live now?

Doug Horne – Born and raised in Phoenix and have been living in California for 3 years now.  I’m now living in Long Beach.

J.O. – Did you go to art school, if so where?

D.H. – Graduated the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver.

J.O. – What was your first art job?

D.H. – Right out of High school I did freelance work for the local Yellow pages in Phoenix.  Did mock-ups of proposed ads, lots of hand lettering and we got paid by the ad.  I got into art because I liked to draw but my father was a graphic artist and when I was younger I thought to make a living as an artist you had to be a designer and I remember a teacher in art school telling the class that.  I did design for the first 20 years of my career and always wanted to get back to doing what I love, drawing.  So 17 years ago I broke free of the 9-5 job and started doing freelance illustration.  In 2002 I got less and less work from my reps and came to a fork in the road, do I get a 9-5 job or try something different.  I decided to just paint what I want to paint and started putting prints up on e-bay and they started selling right away.  I know a lot of artist frown on selling their art on e-bay but I think it is a great way for a younger artist to reach a larger audience and see how people react to the work. I still use it to promote new prints that are available.  My room mate at the time was selling jewelry at art fairs and I started doing some with her and eventually got up to 30 shows a year.  I also sell on line on my website and do commission pieces.  I’ve been doing my own art full time now for almost 10 years.  I work harder than I ever have in my life but it is so gratifying as an artist knowing you control everything.

J.O. – Which artists have had the greatest influence on your work?

D.H. – Current day artist who’s work I like are Robert Williams, Todd Schorr and Brian Despain.  I like the boldness of Magritte and grew up with MAD magazine so those artists would have to be an influence on me. Magritte to MAD? Wait that doesn’t make sense!! Ha!

J.O. – Yeah I think it is impossible to have grown up when we did and NOT have some Mad Magazine in us. How would you describe your work?

D.H. – Depressed fez wearin’ monkey’s chomping on cigars that belly up the tiki bar, the devil wears a lamp shade, giant mutant bugs created by runaway nuclear testing in the 1950’s, topless girls lots of topless girls.  All done up in a cartoon realism style. I’ve always like to render things ever since I was a kid.

J.O. – It’s always a lot of fun until the Devil wears a lampshade! What?! I’m not silly enough to ask where ideas come from, but I will ask what steps you take to develop an idea. Do you start with thumbnails and work out your drawings completely before moving to canvas or into the computer?

D.H. – I usually get an idea in my head and roll it around a bit before doing research and going to pencil on paper to work out the composition and look of the characters.  I always use tracing paper so I can trace over my rough sketches and refine the look of a character. If I like how it is working I take it a bit further with basic shading and then decide if I want to do an original piece or render it in Photoshop. If I do a Photoshop painting I scan the   drawing/sketch and use it as a guide.

J.O. – I know you move easily between the digital and analog world, do you find that galleries accept digital work as readily as traditionally executed works?

D.H. – Most group shows want original pieces but I have sold my limited edition prints to galleries many times.  If it is a show with a specific theme, say a group show, they almost always want a one of a kind original piece.  I love painting in Photoshop but I think it is good to go back and fourth between digital and traditional art. I do have an appreciation for a one of a kind piece, something you don’t get with a digital painting. Unless you embellish the print in some way.  So, no the galleries have been, for the most part, anti digital. I think with time maybe that will change. It is such a new medium and I think the perception is that you use some kind of digital magic to create the image.  When in fact I have to make the same decisions when painting in Photoshop like light source, composition etc. I think people can tell when you have taken shortcuts and used lots of filters to create the work, it just looks digital.

J.O. – When working digitally, generally how large in inches and pixels do you like to work?

D.H. – Around 16″X20″ at 300 dpi.  I don’t want the file to get so big that is slows things down.  I use layers and the channels a lot and that makes the file larger.

J.O. – Do you listen to music while you work, if so what is usually playing?

D.H. – I grew up listening to post punk, Dead Kennedy’s, Cramps, Gang of Four, Echo and the Bunnymen.  80’s industrial, Test Department, Swans, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle.  I still listen to that stuff and newer bands that are influenced by that music but when I work I like to mellow things out a bit with some Exotica.  Like Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Robert Drasnin, Tikiyaki Orchestra and clouseau.

J.O. – James.doc What time of day is most productive for you?

D.H. – I tend to get more work done in the morning.  If I’m tired and working I tend to rush things and get sloppy, not good with work that is more detail oriented.  Usually done working on art by 7pm then it’s time for a Mai-Tai.

J.O. – Do you keep a sketchbook, if so why is that important to you?

D.H. – No, not good about keeping a sketch book.  I’ve purchased sketch books in the past and told myself, “I’m going to fill this baby with sketches” and it never happens. Maybe I’m not disciplined enough.  I have piles of sketches in large envelopes. I usually go thru them if I’m stuck for ideas, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that one!”.

J.O. – Ya know I’m exactly the same. I have stacks of sticky notes and scrap paper full of sketches. Ha. What do you like to draw with?

D.H. – Turquoise brand HB – 6B pencils.

J.O. – When creating non-digital works what medium do you like to use?

D.H. – I’ve always liked dry mediums, pastel, color pencil, graphite.  The last two years I’ve taken a bit of a break from the digital work and I’ve been doing some color pencil pieces.  Some real challenges with color pencil and I look forward to seeing where I can take the medium. I’m always learning and I’ve seen some pencil work that looks amazing.

J.O. – I think you have a great color sense. Tell us about your approach to color.

D.H. – If it looks good I use it, ha.  Really nice to hear, thanks. I think I fell asleep during color theory in art school.  I guess I’m more emotional with color than a color chart type of artist.  I stay away from the primaries and go with more Tertiary colors.

J.O. – What advice do you have for young people interested in a career in the visual arts?

D.H. –  We are all influenced by art that we like but I think it is important to create your own identity with your art.  Identity with your technique and subject matter.  One thing I notice about successful artists is they have a very distinct consistant look to their work and that is the real challenge, to come up with something that is different and people react to.  Put it out there and see what kind of reaction you get and go from there. Keep learning.  If you mimic other peoples work it will only take you so far you have to be unique with your look and vision.

J.O. – Well Doug I really appreciate you taking time to share your deep dark secrets. Where can people find your work?

D.H. – I sell my limited edition prints and other items on my website at

I’ve also been posting some original pieces on my facebook page at

I also do art shows like Viva Las Vegas, Tiki Oasis and lots more in California and Arizona.