Monday, July 31, 2006



NWO WTO © Scott Monteith

30" x 24" Acrylic and Color Pencil

rent to own

blood from a stone

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Onward Christian Soldiers



30" x 24" Acrylic and Charcoal

thanks to Mel Gibson, Hitler, the Southern Baptist Convention, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and all others doing work in Gods name. you will all be greatly rewarded.

the other day I posted that The Truth Will Set You Free, if you are Mel Gibson it can also put a nail in your coffin. who knew he was the gay-hating, anti-semetic, woman degrading Aussie some have siad he was for years? while I wont pay to see a Jesus movie or buy Jesus pencils and erasers (yes, they put Jesus on everything from China - I quit a good job to be hired full time, ie. 2 1/2 months, to be let go 2 days after the Christmas holiday season by Gospelland Bookstore in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in college ... I learned a lot about what God is not in the Bible Belt) but I would pay to see the Mad Max movies in the theaters again.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Memories Never Fade



14" x 11" Oil Stick and Charcoal

my sign is cancer and we dont tend to forget ... at least whats important. some memories I would like to forget but I cant, they are a part of me and make me who I am today. I wouldnt change a thing. I have always liked who I am. I havent quite learned to let go of things that are beyond my control (my rant yesterday) but I am well on my way. to most cancer signs their home is the most important thing to them. I am no different except Ive had to learn to make my own home, its the only home I am welcome in. there are people all over the world and right next door who have had it far worse than myself. regardless of my past and present I am greatful for everything I have.

Friday, July 28, 2006

The Truth Shall Set You Free



14" x 11" Oil Stick and Charcoal

as long as you arent hurting anyone and you are doing what you believe your heart is telling you you should be happy. people who are concerned with what others think are miserable. they may put on a happy face for others but alone with themselves they are miserable. I refuse to be miserable for someone else, I aim to be free.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Secure Yourself To Heaven



14" x 11" Oil Stick and Charcoal

yet another music inspired piece, thanks to Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. they have anew album coming out Despite Our Differences thats sure to be equally inspiring.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Watchful I


THE WATCHFUL I © Scott Monteith

14" x 11" Oil Stick and Charcoal

I like to be aware. sometimes its helpful other times it can piss you off (which can also be helpful if it turns into art). either way I prefer to be aware. sure, Id like to escape but as long as Im here Id like to know whats really going on. until there is "good news" news I will be aware of all I can.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Atom Angst: the Haunting



8" x 6" Acrylic

if you havent guessed by now Condoleezza Rice will be running for president (yes, for the United Sates of America) in '08 once shes done educating the world of democracy (because no one else knows what it is). that is unless this middle east thing doesnt quite go as planned. well, not planned, I dont think theres much planning, but hopeful thinking at least. if it all doesnt work out maybe well get to see a celebrity deathmatch of Hillary Clinton vs. Condi Rice.

Monday, July 24, 2006

The Golden Pool


THE GOLDEN POOL © Scott Monteith

14" x 11" Oil Stick and Charcoal

in vitro veto: the headlines online this morning and Sunday night were stupid. on the sabbath Christian conservative news people were busy writing the praises of the stem cell funding expansion veto. good Christians know youre not supposed to work on Sundays. there used to be blue laws that even prevented shopping or buying liquor on Sunday (dont blame me if they bring them back). Bush surrounded himself with in vitro babies to announce his veto so we could all feel warm and fuzzy about it (sounds more like a B horror movie). I hope Michael Moore follows up on those kids in 15 years to tell us the crimes theyve committed.

it wasnt that long ago that in vitro fertilization was not accepted by the Christian community. it was wrong, unnatural, immoral. just like d-i-v-o-r-c-e. then all the people who couldnt (or shouldnt) have babies did, went to church and it was okay. its not only okay but its okay to have 2 or 3 or 4 or 5. Im surprised Target and Wal-mart havent cashed in on the opportunity to sell to these families. special discounts for twins, triplets, quads and quins ... but they cant cause there are already too many of them.

so whats stupid is that after these couples have their kids there are 5 or 6 fertilized eggs still frozen in case the others didnt take. those are destroyed or go to the very, very few couples who cant even get that far. the point is a lot of fertilized eggs are destroyed any way. why not use them to cure diseases? why give a frozen egg more rights than people who are already living, breathing and working in this country? maybe someone should point out that these eggs might grow up to be gay or illegal aliens.

and women ... women have periods. is that going to become illegal because those eggs could have been used to make babies? women make less money than men and pay more for their dry cleaning so it seems this anti-funding law is already in effect for menstruation (and its biblically okay because eve was a bad lady and that was the curse God gave women). now whats really stupid is Europe is unthinking their stem cell research laws and funding. the whole thing is just making the world stupid (and thats not the good stupid like phat its the real stupid).

to end on a good note have you seen the video for Im With Stupid by the Pet Shop Boys ... I dont know if its stupid or stupid but its somehow disturbing. its very New Order-ish.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Distortions In Time And Space



10" x 11" Oil Stick and Charcoal

I was reading about Pablo Picasso the other day (as my mind goes to a song in Repo Man). people liked to talk about him and his love affairs more than they liked his art. I guess he liked it too, he painted about them. but no one ever saw the paintings of his mistresses until they were worth a lot of money (he was dead). as he got older other artists dismissed his work as that of a perverted old man. finally, after he was dead, they realized he was just ahead of his time and they called it neo expressionism. if you dont like Picasso look at his early stuff from his 20s, he was a very good realist (that means he could actually draw). and like Bosch he learned from his dad at an early age.

the same was true of Frida Kahlo. her troubled life (and idiot artist husband) was of more interest than her "little paintings." Diego was a great artist but as a person hed be on my shit list. so this is where I mention all my troubles ... naw, its all there in my pictures too. thats how artists usually cope, they put it all out there in their work. that and a little alcohol and some wild, crazy love making. I guess that would help just about anyone cope. I should try that *grin*.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Distant Thunder


DISTANT THUNDER © Scott Monteith

12" x 16" Acrylic on Canvas

a change for the good is coming despite what is going on in the world. the people around me are truly good and, like myself, want to become better. better people, better communicators, better at everything they do. I believe the world is about to change again. in the mid 90's there was a feeling that anything was possible, when just years before the outlook was bleak. people were not divided by their government. religion was a persons private relationship with their God, not a public display of how righteous one could assume to be. while there will always be a balance of good and bad I believe that goodness will once again be the predominant feeling in the world. that people will work together for the greater good. it is always darkest before the dawn.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Flight From Fear


FLIGHT FROM FEAR © Scott Monteith

13 1/4" x 9 1/2" Monotype Print

today my floors are covered with art as I take stock of what I have. this fall I will be participating with nearly 100 other artists in an open studio tour. the event is scheduled for the weekend of November 4th and 5th, however, I will likely make my studio available to visitors as early as September with an RSVP. for the last few weeks I have been helping other artist prepare and building an online presence for themselves. today, or at least this afternoon, I am making a few pieces available for purchase online. in the days ahead I hope to make the process even easier. thank you for your comments and just for looking at my art.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

After Bosch


AFTER BOSCH © Scott Monteith

11 1/2" x 16" Wood Block Print

last week could have been a week from hell had I not been through worse. it literally looked like it not far from me. there were 3 wildfires in the area, the largest was fully contained last night after burning 61,700 acres. for a few days you couldnt see the mountains because of all the smoke. there was the usual desert heat that was most likely the cause of a death. there was a potential tragedy of a friend with myself involved. and the emotional drag of it all in addition to the regular woes of life. I dont really want to recall worse times but they have tempered my anxiety. as the saying goes, what doesnt kill you makes you stronger. I will persevere.

(a little trivia - the Garden Of Earthly Delights, as well as many other works by Hieronymus Bosch and his father, were church altar pieces more than 600 years ago. it is now in The Prado museum in Spain. when the altar is closed and the triptych is folded inward a sphere of Earth is seen, the earthly plane is depicted as flat.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Brave New Frida


BRAVE NEW FRIDA © Scott Monteith

16" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas

The art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb. [Andre Breton]

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Pretty Boys Die Young



7.25" x 17" Silk Screen Print

today I read an article on a premature baby who received blood transfusions in 1984. at the age of 2 doctors informed the mother that the child had contracted AIDS and was expected to die before the age of 3. the mother was told to start preparing and wrote an obituary for her 2 year old son. through the many miracles of life he is now 22, still living with AIDS, sharing his life with a healthy wife and son.

when I was thirteen I thought the news was truthful and real even though or perhaps because I questioned most everything. although I didnt have any illness the media told me I wouldnt live long either, that I would catch a disease, spread it to my family and die alone. no one knew much then about AIDS just as they dont know much about anything new today. luckily the news was just reports of tragedies to keep people watching and wasnt about finding the truth. (un)fortunately it made an impression on me. despite it all I am alive and well.

(a note about the image - before I saw screen prints by Andy Warhol I used to throw many away if they werent aligned perfectly. upon seeing his work I realized I needed to not be so uptight about my work. Im still picky but Im learning.)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Sea Of Sin


SEA OF SIN © Scott Monteith

11" x 16" Screen Print

despite how beautiful things around you are you can find yourself in a dark place. often its best to sit back, relax and take it as it comes. take the lemons and make lemonade.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Flesh and Water


FLESH AND WATER © Scott Monteith

12" x 16" Acrylic on Canvas

there is something about the loss of life that is upsetting. Im not sure if it is our own mortality, our loss of attachment or our fear of the unknown. whatever the reason for the emotional upheaval we make death about ourselves. if there is anything to learn about the loss of life it is to appreciate all that is living around you. despite the hate and evils of people we should always extend our love to those around us with sincerity. (this is like one of those lists, if I writie it down maybe it will get done.)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Religions Fade Spirits Remain



12" x 16" Acrylic On Canvas

~In Loving Memory Of Grace~

You Will Be Missed!
15 July 2006

Friday, July 14, 2006



PLASTIC © Scott Monteith

40" x 32" Acrylic On Canvas

at night the smoke has been drifting in like fog. since Sunday the wildfires have left a trail of haze lingering across one side of the valley and over the tops of the ranges in the distance. with every passing day the smoke has gotten thicker, circling the landscape until today it looks worse than June gloom in Burbank. I can only see mountains to the south towards the park, mountains in the other three directions are obscured completely.

the last four days I havent been outside much. the heat, the lack of anything to see, its all making me unmotivated and sluggish. there is always something that needs to be done and on days like today I am no closer to seeing any of it accomplished. it was pointed out to me all the work I need to do before my open studio weekend in November. actually its not much at all, seeing how I dont really have a budget to work with. what I have is what you will see. I think what I already have is quite nice on its own. if I get a budget maybe youll see more hand made prints and they will be nicely matted but whatever I do it will be presented well. so despite all the gloom and doom Im feeling better already.

open studio weekend will be November 4th and 5th if you find yourself lost in the Mojave Desert or if you are visiting Joshua Tree National Park. otherwise you can check out my online gallery - it will be updated soon with more new work and some old stuff I like too.

Thursday, July 13, 2006



DOWN © Scott Monteith

36" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

its a beautiful day but you know something is going down. although its hot its not as hot as it could be still the animals and birds are laying low. since Sunday there have been 3 wildfires burning in the area. because of my location the smoke is mostly blown to the other side of the valley unless it is a fire in the park itself. both of those fires where more quickly contained.

the night before the sunset was only slightly red with a lot of purple haze. it made me think of the sky in one of my alien prints. last night the sun set an intense lava lamp red - I cant think of a better description. the sun was glowing, almost transparent looking and very sinister. I wanted to grab my apocalypse sculptures and photograph them against it but the sun was too low on the horizon and I wasnt prepared. the sun rises and sets quickly if you actually watch it.

the fire is good in the sense that a wildfire in the area is inevitable. it is better that it burns now than in 2 or 3 years with even more fuel and more people in the area. everything rebounds quite quickly and nature, unlike man, has a way of moving right along with life despite the tragedies. I would prefer a utopia with everything in check but perhaps thats what already exists, man just has his own unrealistic expectations.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bikini In LA


BIKINI IN LA © Scott Monteith

36" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

I woke up this morning to news of another wildfire in the area. if I can't see or smell the smoke I don't worry too much. a few days ago there were two more wildfires in the park, they are still burning but they are contained. the fire today is in Pioneertown. I've only been to the area once, at night, and I didn't go see the actual town part. it is on that list I was talking about a few days ago too.

I have to stop making the lists and make plans. my list seems to be keeping a natural balance, Pioneertown and a hike in the Geology section of the park have both been scorched by fires this week but Im not crossing them off the list yet. although there has been some destruction they are both still worthy of seeing in whatever condition they may be. I need to start checking off my list while everything can be seen - at least in the coolness of an early morning trek.

so, my mantra for the day is do it while you can.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

L E N Beans


L E N BEANS © Scott Monteith

30" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

the first time I saw my work published it changed everything for me. when I post an image here it does the same thing. I become separated from the two or three dimensional piece that I labored on. I am able to see it in a new light and appreciate what I have been given.

the art above is no different. the areas that appear grey are actually flat black on a gloss black. in person you have to sway back and forth and catch the light to see it. just as changing the format/medium of the image, time and distance also make me more appreciative. what was created in a flurry of emotions or done spontaneously and unconscious, over time becomes apparent. symbols are carried over from piece to piece, ideas are reworked and occasionally pride will take over momentarily.

tell me what you see, comment below

Monday, July 10, 2006

Wet Dreams


WET DREAMS © Scott Monteith

16" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas

news of the day: from the embryonic stem cells of mice a team of UK scientists have grown what resembles sperm. they were able to then fertilize eggs and produce seven babies, six of which lived into adulthood.

no, this is not from something sci-fi. not an excerpt from Brave New World. and its not something we can do in the United Sates of America, it is illegal here until religion and state in government are separated. until then science will continue to be outsourced and biblically debated.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Put Your Hand On The Button



12" x 16" Wood Block Print

this was intended to be my escape from the world but this seems impossible. the images are based on real things in this world, either in whole or in part. secondly, the piece is in direct response to what is going on with my world. and lastly, I'm putting the picture out there to share so its really no escape at all for me, just my work.

so ... tell me what you see by commenting below:

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Blu Palms


BLU PALMS © Scott Monteith

10" x 14 3/4" Monotype Print

the wildfires started last week. I noticed smoke when I went into town, as I got closer to my destination the smoke had turned from two tall, dark pillars to a light color and then seemed to blend with the clouds by the time I arrived. it turned out to be 700 acres in Joshua Tree National Park.

last year I witnessed one in the middle of the day on the way to Los Angeles going through the basin. later that night the road up the mountain to get home was closed. I thought the fire would have been contained by then and the wait would just be a little while. several hours later or about the time I thought it would have taken to drive around the park to get home the road was still closed.

in that time I saw a painting of mine. something that was in my mind that I put on canvas almost 15 years ago I saw before me as the flames nipped at the ridge of the mountain and shortly disappeared. it was a brief moment that sent a shiver down my spine. to top it all off the detour home was through the park with a full moon.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Palms Tango


PALMS TANGO © Scott Monteith

17 3/4" x 24" Monotype Print

I am in a state of flux. my contradicting characteristics are at odds. its the weekend and a part of me thinks there should be a plan and the other part just wants to take it easy and stay at home. I have a list of things Id like to do and a list of things I should do. if I write it down Im more likely to remember and maybe even do it.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Illegal Alien

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Let Love


LET LOVE © Scott Monteith

15 3/4" x 16" Monotype Print

I'm not sure about you but I could stand to feel a whole lot more love in the world.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Love Thy Neighbor


LOVE THY NEIGHBOR © Scott Monteith

8 1/2" x 11" Monotype Print


Monday, July 03, 2006

Illegally Blue


ILLEGALLY BLUE © Scott Monteith

8 1/2" x 11" Monotype Print

See the show in person May 22-Aug 2 at:

29 Palms Art Gallery
74055 Cottonwood Drive
(off National Park Dr.)
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Summer hours Sat & Sun 12-3

Sunday, July 02, 2006

First and Last 1945


FIRST AND LAST 1945 © Scott Monteith

24" x 29" Mixed Media

the rain ... it soaked the ground and made a leaking pipe apparent but the wildlife enjoyed their brief pool. yesterday afternoon I attempted to fix it but first I stopped off to see my alien prints at a local gallery. I hadnt seen the group show since it went up. the summer hours for the desert are 3 hours in the middle of the day on Saturday and Sunday. the visitors to the Joshua Tree National Park slow to a trickle during the hot months ... or so they say. the prints are in opposite ends of the gallery and I liked it that way. a little yin and yang.

the storms ... they are beautiful and potentially dangerous. for the next couple months the storms will be the focus of the weeks, the entertainment. the lightning is awesome and I grew up seeing a lot of storms. from decay and comes life. nature has a way of taking care of itself. in the end it will all work out.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Saints And All


(click on the image to purchase)
SAINTS AND ALL © Scott Monteith

14" x 18" Silk Screen Print

the rain I asked for did some damage. those darn swamp coolers and that catch-22. the angle of the rain and its intensity caused it to come through their vents and damaged the ceilings. either that or the water in the cooler was displaced and ran over. either way the pump motor got wet on one and it burnt out. as soon as I finish this Im getting a motor or new pump to put in there to cool off tonight.

the driveway must have been a sight the day of the rain. two washes cut into the driveway slightly and left what looks like an aerial picture of an old winding river where the water traveled down the road. all up and down the highway are some new gnarly ditches ready to chomp away at it. and to my surprise theres no sign up declaring the road closed or flooded. maybe the county has a time table for signage.

in another week the bushes will be loaded with purple blossoms, the aloe will start stalks of flowers and maybe some of the cacti will bloom too. the jack rabbits, quail and house finches have all been celebrating. they each find a damp area and scratch out a cool spot to lay all day. so the rain was alright.