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.

Back to school at SSU!

Fall semester is starting soon at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth. I recently spent an afternoon on campus and created this painting of Shawnee’s illustrious Massie Hall. The painting was made using Impression techniques, and because I love the work of Vincent Van Gogh I took advantage of a sunny day to try his Plein Aire approach. Painting outside in this fashion was a refreshing change compared to working in the studio. I feel like the painting was better able to capture the light and the breeze because I was able to see and feel them for myself.

The original painting is now available for purchase for $175.00 and I am also selling limited edition 11″ x 14″ prints for $25.00. For those interested in purchasing this work, you may contact me at charles.e.haskins@gmail.com.

Camp Oyo

Over the past few months, I have been working on several paintings of Portsmouth’s beautiful Camp Oyo. Located on the West Side near the Shawnee State Forest, Camp Oyo is a wonderful summer camp that has several cabins, a dining hall (which has been featured in several arichtual magazines), a tennis court, a swimming pool, and an area for worship.
I was commissioned by the camp to create a series of postcards to help celebrate their upcoming anniversary. To get a better idea of what the camp was like, I asked to have a tour. The welcoming staff walked me through the entire grounds and told me about the camp’s history. They even told me about the camp’s legendary Big Foot sightings and also shared several camp ghost stories! 

I was told about a mysterious appearance of a blue light that was often seen traveling through camp. Many believe the light signals the presence of a ghost. Some have claimed that on certain nights the light can be seen floating throughout the camp and that it seems to peer through cabin windows. Some even believe it to be the ghost of a Native American chief who once lived there.

 I also learned about the tale of Old Man Grouch. The guide explained that at one time near the borders of Camp Oyo there lived an elderly man who did not like children. Campers sometimes would annoy him by exploring a little too close to his property and the old man would shout and throw rocks at them to drive them away. The old man eventually became known as Old Man Grouch. Even after Old Man Grouch’s death, campers still report strange noises that seem to come from Old Man Grouch. To appease Old Man Grouch’s spirit and to ensure a good summer, campers made it a ritual to place a stone on Old Man Grouch’s property. Today the pile of stones is enormous!

In creating these pictures, I wanted to capture all of the wonderful scenery but also wanted to retell all of the lore and history that is also apart of the camp’s charm. I made sure to include Big Foot tracks, a ghostly blue reflection of the Native American Chief on a cabin window, and a large pile of stones marked with a “G” to represent the tale of Old Man Grouch. I also included the camp’s pet dog named Angel Biscuit.

These post cards and prints are now available for purchase at the camp’s store.

Street Art Saturday – August

It’s that time again! August 6th marks 2016’s last installment of Boneyfiddle’s Street Art Saturday.

The festivities start at noon on 2nd Street with music by Andy Russell and the folk trio The Grave Robbers. 

In preparation for their performance, I dug up this video of  The Grave Robbers Live at The 2013 Haskins House Rain Dog Fest.

Anyone interested in attending Street Art Saturday can find more info and RSVP on our Facebook Page.

Hope to see you there!

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