Category Archives: A la Carte

paintings and other art which are one-off, have no companions, themes, nor collection to join. as such, they hang out together for your enjoyment

Series of paintings featuring funiculars…

Funiculaire(s)… those little railroads which transport people up challenging hills within cities or mountains. About 4/5 passes of paint on the each – you can see the buildup process…

Diptych(ish) Postcard from Rhodt, Germany: Watercolour and Photo

Once upon a time in 1992, I hitchhiked around Germany (and other Western European countries) and met up with my dear pal Trevor in a magical, fairytale town near the Rhine River called Rhodt unter Reitburg.

To earn some deutsche marks, we would gather chestnuts in the woods, and sell them to the tourists who enjoyed eating Kastanien, boiled, while drinking the excellent local wine. While passing time at our “stand,” I painted the local environs.

Now, with the wonders of the Internet, I can find photos of the scenes I only remember has faded watercolour pencil sketches. In this case, one of “crazy” King Ludwig’s summer villa/castle of some kind… Resplendent with ancient grape vines in the foreground.

via Instagram

Satan lives in Moab: painting + story (born from a song)

My pals in the defunct Provo, Utah band from the 1980s had a song called “The Devil Lives in Moab” and the Canyon Country Zephyr newspaper also had an article about Satan sightings in the area. With these facts in mind, i wrote a story about Satan living in Moab and (as the song dictated) sold hot dogs.

Then, for a spoken word performance of the story, i (and Marty Kendall) painted this mixed media mural on a refrigerator box. Along with a few others, it lived in my VW bus for many years and now it is gone.

Arts and Crafts: Personal Paintings in Progress

A rapid tour of Dave’s paintings in progress with partially finished paintings (mostly from Europe: Spain, Portugal and Belgium) draped in various states of completion in a working kitchen studio.

Scottish Lakes High Camp Cabin

Scottish Lakes High Camp Cabin
Watercolor pencil on paper
Dave Olson
2001

Angry Piglet – Backdrop

Piglet

Angry Piglet – Backdrop
Mixed-media on
Refrigerator box cardboard
circa 1989, Logan, Utah

Satan Lives in Moab – Backdrop

Satan lives in Moab

Satan Lives in Moab – Backdrop
mixed-media (with Marty Kendall)
Refrigerator box cardboard
circa 1989, Logan Utah

Trio – Backdrop

Band

Trio – Backdrop
powdered tempura and other
Refrigerator cardboard box
circa 1989, Logan Utah