MY ART: Blues on the Coast

Everyone thinks of me as “The Color Guy,” but I also draw. And, surprise, surprise, I love Black & White. Over the years I’veĀ  done a lot of local T-shirt designs. For the last 10 years I’ve done the designs for John & Tracy DuPont’s “Blues on the Coast” shirts here in Point Arena. Every year John & Tracy underwrite a series of 5 blues shows at the Arena Theater. (One of the unsung treasures of the Mendocino Coast.) If you buy a season subscription for $100, you get a T-shirt. I get in free for doing the shirt designs. They bring in acts from all over the world. Last night I got to see Vanessa Collier, who tore the place up.

She inspired me to post these shirt designs.

Blues on the Coast, Point Arena

This was the second year. The Blues guys are walking past the Gillmore house.

Point Arena lighthouse, Blues on the Coast.

This was the third shirt in the series, and has been the most popular. It features “Al,” the albatross, who used to come here annually, and the Point Arena Lighthouse. The whole design is in the old highway shield, famous from Route 66, and HWY 101.

Blues on the Coast, Point Arena, Bonedaddy,

Big Mike (Bonedaddy), with John & the other Mike in the background. Mike used a variation of this image on his line of products.

Blues on the Coast

One of my favorites of the series.

Blues on the coast, Point Arena

A little different take that year.

Armature, Blues on the Coast, Point Arena

This is the Armature tree. (An actual tree on my next door neighbor’s property.) Armature seems to show up in nature a lot. And that’s Redgy, howling at the moon, with his cat buddy, Tuxedo, looking on.

Blues on the Coast, Point Arena

My tribute to R. Crumb.

Arena Theater, Blues on the Coast

This is Sue Gillmore, a woman who took tickets at the theater for years. She recently passed away. The harmonica player is Kenny Neal, one of the acts that year.

Blues on the Coast, Point Arena

This was last year’s design.

Blues on the Coast, Point Arena

This is the latest design. It hasn’t made it on to shirts yet, so this is its first official appearance.

So, there you have all but the first shirt, which I couldn’t find a digital file for.