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Book Review

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Have You Had Your Dose Of Character Today? 

The Calvin & Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book, by Bill Watterson (Andrews & McMeel, 1995)

Calvin & Hobbes. The mere mention of this treasured comic strip brings a smile to the face of all who know it. The hilarious misadventures of Calvin and his tiger Hobbes rang true to many of us in our younger years, and they are just as moving when revisited now. The life lessons and reflections in this comic are strikingly relatable. Do you ever think about Bill Watterson, the man behind Calvin & Hobbes, and wonder at his understanding of human nature and life in the modern world?

As it turns out, Bill Watterson is a remarkably private man, noteworthy for an artist whose work is beloved by millions. He has rarely granted interviews and – rather famously – never allowed companies to license his work, other than two calendars produced in 1988-1990 and a rare textbook called Teaching With Calvin & Hobbes. (That’s right; if you own one of those bumper stickers or T shirts with Calvin & Hobbes on it, it was made without his permission!). So we are left to glean what we can from his occasional forays into the public eye.

One of the best sources I have found for insight into Mr. Watterson’s mind have been the essays and paragraphs he contributes to the anthology The Calvin & Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book (Andrews and McMeel, 1995). Here he talks at length about the shrinking space for comics in the newspapers, his reasons for avoiding licensing, and his battle with publishing syndicates to bring the classic Sunday strip back to its former size and glory. Bonuses include insight into his characters’ origins (did you know Hobbes was named after a 17th-century philosopher with low expectations for human nature?) and the mysterious rules of Calvinball (hint: there’s only one).

But perhaps the biggest thing that becomes clear after reading this anthology is that Calvin & Hobbes was no fluke. It was not the work of someone who got lucky and stumbled on a sweet spot that resonated with audiences everywhere. Calvin & Hobbes was a direct reflection of its creator: a man who stood steadfast by his values, in a world where it rarely  made financial sense to do so. He believed in his work so strongly that he refused to present it any other way. These strong convictions about art, life and friendship made their way into the strip and into our collective subconscious in a remarkable, unforgettable way. And maybe that’s why it’s so satisfying to read this anthology.


Stacked Up

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

“Stacked Up”, acrylic on reclaimed wood, 19.5″ diameter.

Acrylic on reclaimed wood. Copyright Brian Leahy, 2015

Copyright Brian Leahy, 2015

Boxed Up

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

“Boxed Up”, acrylic on reclaimed wood, 19.5″ diameter.

Acrylic on reclaimed wood. Copyright Brian Leahy, 2015

Copyright Brian Leahy, 2015


Friday, April 10th, 2015

4.9.15 – Drawing with pen

Snake City


Friday, April 10th, 2015

4.8.15 :: Morning coffee and #coloredpencil #drawing – “World Of My Own Design”

World Of My Own Design


Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

It’s done! The official debut of “Don’t Be Afraid Of Starting Over”. 4 x 6′ acrylic on wood. Hanging now @ Twig Salon, 1831 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302, through March 2015. (Click for closer view)

Don't Be Afraid Of Starting Over painting

Left side of painting

Closeup, left side of painting

Closeup of houses, center of painting

Closeup of houses, center of painting

Closeup, right side of painting

Closeup, right side of painting

u know wut it issss ;) Signature on painting

U know wut it issss 😉 Signature on painting

This painting gets its name from one of my favorite Foster The People songs, “Pseudologia Fantastica”. (And for anyone who might be confused out there, it was referred to in earlier posts as “Refused To Settle”. But the ‘Don’t Be Afraid of Starting Over’ tagline was always on the back, and in the end I felt like it summed up the idea of the painting better)

Backside of painting, before hanging

Backside of painting, before hanging

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Salon hair chair thingies for scale

2014 has been one of the best years of my life so far. Looking forward to 2015. Happy New Year everyone!

Show @ Boulder Creek Market

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

A fresh batch of 8 stretched canvas prints is now hanging at Boulder Creek Market, 1801 13th Street #120, Boulder, CO 80302.

Left: "Focus 1" Right: "Got Everything I Gave"

Left: “Focus 1” Right: “Got Everything I Gave”

Left: "Alive in '85" Right: "Aspen By The Creek"

Left: “Alive in ’85” Right: “Aspen By The Creek”

About to go up! Left: "Chinacat Generator" Middle front: "Victory Day" Right: "Question Mark In Your Fortune"

About to go up! Left: “Chinacat Generator” Middle front: “Victory Day” Right: “Question Mark In Your Fortune”

Brianleahyart sometimes arrives by skateboard box cart…




Saturday, October 25th, 2014


Acrylic on wood, 4 x 6'

Acrylic on wood, 4 x 6′



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Friday, September 5th, 2014

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TONIGHT: Showing 7 new #brianleahyart prints @ Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205.

Here’s what Infinite Monkey Theorem has to say about tonight:

“The ladies from Hartley Flats and Studio LoHi Apartments are throwing down in our lot. Join them at 5 pm for a night you don’t want to miss. Music, munchies, and new art. Roaming Bull Brasserie and Peteybird Ice Cream sandwiches will also be stopping by. Oh, and did we mention they’re giving away free drinks and other awesome stuff?!”

This place is awesome. They have outdoor gas fireplaces, an outdoor stage, and you can even get their wine in a can there. If that’s something that intrigues you 😉

All are welcome. Come celebrate RiNo’s First Friday tonight!!!


Friday, September 5th, 2014

Hey there! Friendly robot stopping by to let you know,

Brian Leahy art prints can be ordered here at the Brian Leahy art shop.

aspen by the creek stretched canvas example

got everything i gave stretched canvas example

All prints are hand made with love and shipped by Society 6. These guys do amazing work. My personal favorites are the stretched canvases. They really pop off ya wall, kid.

Much love,