Animal House?

Thanks to everyone who attended the opening of the new group art show at the Southern Ohio Museum! We had a great time getting to talk to the artists and got some really good feedback. I was very happy to be included in the show and have the opportunity to introduce my work to a new audience. I was also very pleased to be able to show off the newest member of Haskins House, my son Milo!

If you missed the opening, the show runs until January. It is made up of three different artists’ work and includes sculptures, textiles, and paintings nearly all of which depict animals. Here is an example of one of my pieces called the Crocogator.  

I really appreciate all of the support everyone has been showing me for the new work. Hopefully we will see an illustrated animal book at Haskins House in the near future! 

Portsmouth Calendar

We are publishing our first calendar! It will arrive at the store just in time for the Christmas season. The calendar is comprised of twelve hand painted scenes of Southern Ohio all of which were created by artist Charlie Haskins.

Included in this compilation are locations like the Grant Bridge, the Roy Rodgers Esplanade, the Scioto County Fair grounds, Shawnee State University, Tracy Park, the Southern Ohio Medical Center, Hurricane Run Farms, and Camp Oyo.

This wall calendar will be printed on Premium 100# Gloss Book stock. Each month is printed in full color 8½” x 11″ format with metal spiral binding and hole punch. Calendars  will be available for $20.00 each. 
The new calendar will hit the store’s shelves at our Shop Small event on Nov 26. Supplies are limited. To reserve your copy, you may preorder by emailing us at  or by visiting our online store here.

River Currents Two

We are very happy to announce that Charlie will have his work on display at the Southern Ohio Art Museum this month!

The new exhibit River Currents Two is a group show that will feature the work of three Ohio based artists. Charlie will be showing a variety of his work that spans from the beginning of his career to his most recent work. Artworks will be on display starting November 18th through January 13th in the museum’s main gallery. A reception will take place on December 8th and will be accompanied by a craft workshop and a concert. 

We are very excited about this opportunity and we hope to see you there! For more info please check out the museum’s site and RSVP to the show’s opening on our Facebook page.


Wonderful World

Any day now my wife and I will get to meet our son, Milo Haskins! After our many doctors visits I was inspired to create this painting of The Southern Ohio Medical Center. 

In it a couple is seen leaving the hospital together holding their newborn child. In the foreground there is a great deal of brightly colored foliage, but upon closer inspection one can see that the plant life in this painting is rendered in a way that allows it to double as portraiture. 

Hidden in the flowers are faces that bare the likenesses of various members of my family that have passed in recent years. Among them is my father Charles Haskins, who is represented as the blue flower in the lower right corner, my grandmother Joyce Haskins placed right behind him, and my great grandfather Estel Parker on the opposite side of the picture. 

When I look at this odd juxtaposition of life and death I see the past, present, and future all intertwined. The field of faces reminds of me of the loss of many loved ones while simultaneously illustrating for me the legacy and influence they have left behind. I can see as my child comes into this world a long series of events that have taken place to get us all here and I cannot wait to show him what his grandfather would call a ‘wonderful world’. 

The Rock & Roll Demon

This storyboard was intended as a music video for a series I have been working on called The Adventures of Karlie. In the story, a small child named Karlie falls into a mine shaft and encounters a group of evil creatures. As she explores the underground tunnels, Karlie is warned by several dancing fireballs that she should run away, but Karlie doesn’t listen and is overtaken by the Rock and Roll Demon.

The Rock and Roll Demon is short and meatballish in stature, but quickly becomes terrifying as he and the dancing flames belt out his theme song. Here is the rough edit story board. The music here is played by Justin Bell and my brother Travis Haskins. 

We also preformed the song live at Tracy Park with the help of Jason Whisman, Zach Craft,and both of my brothers John and Travis Haskins.

The Ballad of the Rock and Roll Demon
He is the Rock and Roll Demon

And he is coming for your soul

He has a hunger in his belly and he is going to eat you whole.

I wanna see you cry for your mother

Scream blue murder

Make you tremble and shudder

Take your fears turn to tears

Take your dreams turn to screams

I’m so scary got my pitch for ready and I’ll eat your soul just like spaghetti

Let me recpicate I hate love I love hate

He is the Rock and Roll Demon

And he is coming for your soul
See how he acts when out of the cracks he comes flying at you like a blood sucking bat

Like the living dead I’ll make a snack of your head

He is the Rock and Roll Demon

And he is coming for your soul
I know you are going to quiver and I know you are going to quake

I know your going to shiver and I know you are going to shake

When I use you as bait down at snake pit lake

He is the Rock and Roll Demon

And he is coming for your soul

River Days 2016

While you are checking out all of the River Days festivities this week, come to the store and check out Charlie’s latest painting commemorating this wonderful event.

River Days 2016 – Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 1

  • 6pm-7pm STEVE FREE
  • 7:30-8:30 pm JOSH STEWART
  • 9:00pm ORLEANS

Friday, September 2

  • 6:00-7:00PM MOTHMAN

Saturday, September 3

  • 7:30-8:30 CITY HEAT
  • 9:00pm THREE DOG NIGHT

Sunday, September 4

  • 6pm-7pm LARRY PANCAKE
  • 7:30-8:30pm TEAZER
  • 9:00pm-10pm DOC ROC AND THE REMEDIES

(In addition to national entertainment, highlights of the festival include the largest Grand Parade and Queen’s Pageant in the state of Ohio. Also, arts and crafts, children’s activities, petting zoo, kiddie tractor pull, and antique car show.)
More info. on this event can be found here at Portsmouth River Days.

Caution & Calamity

This past month I picked up my entry from the Southern Ohio Museum’s biannual Cream of the Crop exhibit.

My entry titled Caution And Calamity started life as a print of Edawrd Munch’s 1901 painting called Girls on a Bridge.

I have always admired Munch’s work and, for this painting, I used some of his lines to inspire my own creation. Here is a video of the painting’s early developments. In it, you can see my creative process at work as I paint on top of the print and transform the girls on the bridge into a vulture. 

Tracy Park

I’ve been working on more and more Plein Aire paintings this summer. This past week, my wife and I had a picnic lunch at Tracy Park and we painted there together. The park was full of happy children running all over the playground and there was a show taking place on the Park’s gazebo. We set out lunch and our art materials on a nearby picnic table and enjoyed the scenery. The air was cool and the sky showed the slightest signs of rain, but the cheerful sounds of birds and children at play filled the park so pleasantly that we decided to stay and eat and paint.For my painting I wanted to concentrate on the Park’s stage. It is located in the center of the park and I thought our view offered an interesting composition. As I sat there with my wife, a flood of memories began to wash over me.

I had several flash backs to different art shows, concerts, fundraisers, and gatherings that took place at the Park. I recalled being fresh out of high school and displaying my work there. I remembered my band (the Rain Dogs) playing our first gig there and my performing my first live painting demonstration (accompanied by local legend Rich Moon). I remembered collaborating with artists like, Johnny Whisman, Pepper Fandango, and Vivian Shooter. I also thought about organizations like Shawnee’s Silhouette Magazine and the Portsmouth Renaissance group and the concerts we co hosted. More recently I recalled the Rock A Billy concert, art show, and poetry reading fest that was my wedding reception.

As I continued to paint, I realized Tracy Park has alway been particularly important for me. Whether it was through  concerts or community projects, the park exposed me to an atmosphere that was and is a place that’s all about learning and sharing. It introduced me to much of Portsmouth’s artistic community and gave me a venue to celebrate my own creative expression. Its influence has inspired many of the projects we do at Haskins House and am I very pleased that Tracy Park continues to be a place of positive energy and a great space for the community to come together.

Thank You!

A huge thanks goes out to all of the people in our community that made the Street Art Saturday series a success! Since May we have been able to help fill Portsmouth with art! We’ve met and featured many wonderful artists, musicians, and small business owners and have been amazed at the talent and positivity that Portsmouth has to offer. Thank you for allowing us to share your work; it has really made the area feel alive!

Here is a list of a few of the people who made these shows possible. Please take the time to tell them thank you and show them some support as they all are doing good things! (Especially if you’d like to see Street Art Saturday come back for a second season in 2017!)

Businesses: River Town Antiques, Hidden Treasures, Remember When, Packrats, The Primitive Corner, Ghosts in the Attic, Journey Within, Sudzy’s Pin-Up Palace, and North Shore Printing.

Organizations: Main Street Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Daily Times.

Artists: Tammy Eizman, Sue Lonney, and Kenneth Wayne Carlson.

Musicians: Because We Love You, Andy Russell, The Grave Robbers, Johnny Whisman, Linda Whisman, Heather Book, Steve Free, Ryan Conley, and Nevada Hart.

Poets: Ian Bush.

Individuals: Joey Pratt, Frank Lewis, Ciara Conley, Travis Haskins, Carrie Hall, and Crystal Haskins.

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