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Big Squirrel, 1984

Tom Moody, Big Squirrel, 1984

oil on canvas, 66 x 49 inches
private collection

Am continuing to work on my archives. This painting is based on a photo I took in Riverside Park. The oil-on-canvas version is a detail from the photo. Painted and exhibited when I was living in Dallas. This photo was taken outside of the studio in Deep Ellum that I had for about a year and a half.

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January 30th, 2017 at 7:41 am

work on paper, 2002

Tom Moody Rorschach & Nite Owl 2 2002

Rorschach & Nite Owl 2
Microsoft Paintbrush, ink on paper, linen tape, 33 1/2" X 31"

Larger view, 1111 (w) x 1203 (h) pixels, 625 KB

Am attempting to re-scan and re-post some older pieces. The photo (4x5 transparency) is by Bill Orcutt.

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December 29th, 2016 at 8:32 am

Fudge Factor, 2002


Microsoft Paintbrush, ink on paper, linen tape, 35 1/2" X 27"

Larger view, 1052 (w) x 1352 (h) pixels, 616 KB

Am attempting to re-scan and re-post some older pieces. The photo (4x5 transparency) is by Bill Orcutt.

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December 28th, 2016 at 6:15 pm

napkin drawing ca. 1990 (cropped)


Previously-posted drawing on Dairy Queen napkin, cropped, cleaned up.

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December 28th, 2016 at 5:46 pm



oil on canvas, 1992
22 x 28 inches
scan from color slide

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December 2nd, 2016 at 7:07 am

napkin drawing ca. 1990


Came across this in The Archives. I don't remember drawing it but it was likely done at a DQ when smoking was still a thing.

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September 21st, 2016 at 5:56 pm

work on paper, late '90s


ink, acrylic, collage, 28 x 17 inches

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August 3rd, 2016 at 3:02 pm



From my distant past, this image, digitally reconstructed from an old photo negative.
A law student friend needed a jury exhibit for a mock trial. In the case, a supermarket shopper rolled her cart over a steel plate in a shopping lane, upsetting the cart and causing personal injury. The plate covered pipes in the floor, and was not bolted down but rested on an inner lip of metal.
The negligence suit hinged on such factors as (i) whether a warning sign should have been placed in the aisle, (ii) whether the plate had the appearance of solidity, and (iii) whether a prudent shopper would have proceeded to roll a cart across the plate.
I made this "jury visualization aid" with ink and zip-a-tone on a large piece of illustration board. I watched the trial from the spectator seats, and when this drawing was pulled out and placed before the jury, the professor monitoring the proceedings exclaimed, "that looks like something from a modern art exhibit."
In real life, an insurer would probably have settled the case. This exhibit was ultimately not very helpful to either the plaintiff or the defense, and it's a measure of its ambiguity that I can't recall which side I was supposed to be be assisting, or who prevailed. The top two panels make the steel plate's placement appear precarious, undermining the more solid impression in the bottom panel.

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January 17th, 2016 at 10:32 am

studio installation 12-26-15


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December 27th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

studio (salon style experiment)


(click or tap for larger)
Most of these have been posted in some form or another -- the only thing "new" here is trimming off the borders and playing around with the sizes.
The Grid is one way to handle "different" types of content. The salon style sprawl is another.

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December 16th, 2015 at 2:31 pm