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Happy New Year 2016!

Welcome to the brand new year everyone! My family and I had a wonderful Holiday. I hope you all did as well.

One of the great things that happens around this time of year is the “SyFy” channel’s three day marathon of “Twilight Zone” episodes. Just having them on during the day as we went about our Holiday routine provided a wonderful soundtrack to our New Year’s weekend. Rod Serling’s creation while dated in some superficial aspects, continues to stand the test of time. The stories are as powerful today as they were when first broadcast.

Rod Serling himself has always been a fascinating character to me. His onscreen manner as the host of  “The Twilight Zone” with his trademark tight-lipped delivery and ever-present cigarette is the stuff of TV legend. I had made attempts in the past to capture his likeness in a sketch but I was never completely successful. Having binge watched all five seasons over the weekend, and then having seen a fellow artist’s rendering of the man, I was inspired to try to capture Mr. Serling’s likeness once more.

Oil Painting of Rod Serling by Mark Tavares

“Rod Serling” 16 x 20. Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Board. © Mark Tavares

Not a bad way to start the new year, if you ask me! As with my other works, this painting is for sale. Please contact me if interested. I will also be selling prints through my Fine Art America store.

I am looking forward to the artistic challenges this new year will bring, both with my personal work and the reinvigorating of my business, Humerus. Of course, commission work is always welcome! 🙂

Thanks for looking and have a Happy 2016!


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Happy New Year!

While looking for a way to ring in the new year, I was reminded of a classic episode of the t.v. series “M.A.S.H.” entitled “A War For All Seasons”. For those of you too young to remember, the events of an entire year are compressed into one half hour episode. It starts and ends with a New Year’s Eve celebration. During the party, Colonel Sherman T. “HORSE HOCKEY!” Potter dressed as Father Time gives a somber toast, hoping that this is the year the war will end and they can all go home. Of course, that wouldn’t happen for at least another two seasons.

Originally, I planned to recreate the Potter/Father Time image and post that as my “Happy New Year” card. As I thought about it some more, I came to the conclusion that, while it is a memorable image from a great series, it would just be too much of a bummer on which to launch a New Year. So, I went with a more hopeful, happy version of the 4077’s curmudgeonly C.O. offering a toast.

"Harry Morgan" 10 x 15. Acrylic on Illustration Board.

“Harry Morgan” 10 x 15. Acrylic on Illustration Board.

“Here’s to the New Year. May it be a damn sight better than the old one.”

Amen, Colonel! Save me some Scotch and Fig Newtons please!

Happy New Year! May it bring you everything you desire!


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