Dirt after Pollock

Dirt after Pollock

“Dirt after Pollock,” digital image on canvas with raw beeswax and repurposed wood. 63″x32″x2″

Secellus: God of Agriculture, Forests and Alcoholic Drinks

Secellus 2

It just warmed my heart to be cruising around Wikipedia one day and discover a deity from Celtic mythology named Secellus, “god of agriculture, forests and alcoholic drinks.” Such a God seemed like just what I needed out here so I created a series of works to honor the dude and bring renewed attention to his efforts. In addition, Secellus (sometimes spelled “Sucellus” or “Sucellos” — I think as long as you get the consonants right you can use any vowels you want) was apparently often depicted with a dog (or three-headed dog) and a giant hammer (and sometimes called “The Hammer God”). He used the hammer to make plants grow and to put the dying out of their misery. He often hung out with a girlfriend goddess named Nantosuelta who traveled around with something resembling a birdhouse on a stick.

This series represents some of the work that will be on display October 10-11 and 17-18 at Bourbon, Dogs and Art as part of the Alamance Studio Tour. Plus there’s the Grand Opening of our Woodland Banners Poetry Walk!


On the left we see Secellus with his hammer in one hand and a drink in the other, accompanied by his one-headed dog. On the right we see him again, this time joined by Nantosuelta with her birdhouse on a stick.

Everyone’s a critic

Leaves after Braque banner and Gerret

Foggy spring morning. No bourbon at the moment but opinionated dogs and art for sure.

Kaleidoscopic Leaf Place Mats R Us

kaleidoscope leaf placemats

New indoor/outdoor vinyl place mats for the 2014 eating/drinking/present-giving season!

After my two-month retreat at the Carlos Castaneda School of Folk Art and Business Branding for Seniors I have been inspired to take some of my leaf images, deconstruct their narrative context and reconstruct them as kaleidoscopic indoor/outdoor vinyl place mats suitable for picnics, camping and fine dining. I’m telling you they’re awesome, gluten-free, unbreakable and cheap to mail if you’ve got a sibling that lives on the other side of the country and you’re looking for a can’t-find-this-sucker-on-Amazon type gift.

If you’re in the neighborhood you can come on by and stock up, or you can order them here on this website, or here on durland.com, or here on Facebook. Below are your six choices. Sold in sets of four. Click on images to enlarge:

And if you’re still not convinced, here’s what others are saying:

“Casually chic place mats can transform your dining space instantly.” —Crate & Barrel

“Place mats are an integral part of setting a dinner table: they look decorative and are useful for protecting your table from scrapes and spillages.” —IKEA

“Both decorative and practical, place mats are used to avoid ruining & staining tabletops and tablecloths. Place mats can also be used to accommodate place settings.” —Bed, Bath and Beyond

“Vinyl place mats can be an excellent way to enhance or alter your kitchen decor quickly.” —Walmart


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