Little Oven Mural

March 19, 2016


©2016 Darick Ritter

I’ve been working on this new mural since early February. I’ve been giving it one day a week to break up my time with my comic work. Just finished it up today. Some of you have already made it to the new hotspot of Merced, Little Oven Pizza, where you’ve enjoyed the best slice in town and my monumental work in progress (seriously, this is the largest mural I’ve ever done). But just in case you don’t know what you’re missing, here’s a quick view of their sexy “new” wall. Go take a look and give the owners lots of money.

For details, visit:

(Note: I’ve had so much fun working large again I’d be interested in offers to do other murals around the Merced area. Shoot me an email – – and lets chat.)

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O Vast Rondure – 30% Off Opening Night

August 16, 2015


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UC Merced Library (August 17 – November 18th)

July 18, 2015

An exhibition of my work will be on display at the UC Merced Library from August 17th-November 18th.

The reception will be held the 17st of August from 3:00-5:00pm in the Lantern Reading Room.


Address: 5200 N. Lake Road | Merced, CA 95343


Second Floor


Third Floor


UC Merced Campus Map


July 20th 13:00 – The date of the reception was changed from the 21st to the 17th. Also, the time of the reception has been moved back a half hour from 3:30-5:30pm, to 3:00-5:00pm. Finally, the end date of the show has been moved from 11th to the 18th. This post has been updated accordingly.

August 17th 10:12 – Non UC people will need to purchase a visitor pass at the entrance of Lake Lot 1, and can park in any unmarked spot in Lake Lot 1.

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See Men & Flame

July 17, 2015

Finally updated my painting gallery with these two beasts…

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See Men
acrylic on hardboard
31 x 32 inches


acrylic on hardboard
31 x 42 inches

© 2015, Darick Ritter

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August 18, 2014

A website called Political Violence at a Glance has recently posted an article by a colleague of mine named Christian Davenport, a political scientist at the University of Michigan. I’m currently collaborating with him on a project entitled Contention that explores our perception of how protest works through comics. One of my sketches for Contention (seen below) was used as cover art for his article, Seeing Contention in Black and White: Protest and Protest Policing.


Aside from my art, the article is definitely worth taking a look at at. Especially at this time while we watch a community that some of us might belong to (I grew up just 60 miles outside of Ferguson) divide on our TVs and Facebook streams.

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Barkin’ Dog Grill

April 2, 2014


Come on down to the Barkin’ Dog Grill to view six of my favorite pieces on display for the month of April. You can dine on a gourmet burger (me likes the bacon avacado) and a great shake, listen to some live music, AND comfortably enjoy some of my more prominent abstract expressions of the unconscious.

(And you can bring your whole family.)

Boom. I knew it. You’re already there.

The Barkin’ Dog Grill resides at 940 11th St. Modesto, CA 95354. Call 209-572-2341 for details about their live music events.

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I’m the featured artist of…

April 1, 2014

Switchback_i01-o02… an online creative writing publication for the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at the University of San Francisco.

You can see my Untitled Series in Issue 19, Volume 10.

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RIP Shoes

March 31, 2014


My favorite pair of shoes are just about kaputt. The left sole has become separated enough from the midsole that they just aren’t comfortable anymore. I’ve been walking these sneakers to work, the studio, around the house, to the river or lake, I’ve ran in them, taken them to college, to weddings, home for the holidays, to Europe, to Morocco, to… to places I could never completely remember. I’ve tried to replace them with a newer, nicer looking kickers, but new sneakers never seem to supplant the ole stand-byes by way of comfort.

But the time has come. Time to put them out to pasture. Sorry world. No more suit & ties with these beautiful boots.

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February 26, 2014


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February 24, 2014



My work is going to make an appearance at the Peer Recovery Art Project in Modesto, California during the month of March.We’re still in the process of putting things together, so exact dates are not set in stone, but I’m roughly committed to the month of March.

I will be showing paintings and drawings from the past three years under the heading  40 Forty to represent the time in my life when my maturation process as an artist felt more like a trial than a victory lap of success.

If you need a review or an introduction to my work before my new stuff makes a public appearance, this is a great opportunity to do so.

The Peer Recovery is a nonprofit, all-inclusive organization geared towards revitalizing downtown areas by creating healthier communities through art.

I visited the gallery for the first time last week during the Modesto Art Walk and I was very happy to find such a wonderful cornucopia of the creative experience so close to where my studio is. Live, folksy-alt music welcomed me as I moved through the entrance and warmed me as as my eyes followed the walls, decked with expressionist paintings influenced by jazz and the blues. In the center of the room, I negotiated giclée prints of celebrities humorously traced in pastel, while I took in the overflow of whimsically adorned pottery. All the while, as I  looked, listened – enjoyed – smiling faces sauntered about, inviting you close as a friend. It was a playful little gallery that seems to have set deep roots in the Modesto community and I’m very much looking forward to being a part of it.

I’ll update when we nail down the exact dates the pieces will be up. My aim is to have everything up no later than the 5th.

You can come by and see the work during the hours of 11-5pm on Thursday through Saturday at 1222 J Street, Modesto, CA 95354.

Thanks for reading.


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February 11, 2014

OPEN_FI_RITTER_0102It only took me, like, 5000 years, but I finally have a place on my site in which you can view my prices and purchase original artworks directly from me, securely, through PayPal.

The permanent addition of the INVENTORY to the menu above means that I will be continuing to add new and old pieces as I get the time.

Look to the future for the addition of:

  • Originals from the years of 2012 & 2013
  • Limited edition prints
  • posters


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Update: Production

February 9, 2014


The fact that there has not been a post on this site in a few months has been a good thing. I have been having a good run in the studio and I wasn’t keen on interrupting it; at least until I ran low on materials. That point is upon me and I am taking the moment to catch up on some peripheral concerns, like this blog.

So what’s up?

1st off, I’m taking care of “The Boy” – as he’s called (sometimes) – part time. It’s the sensible thing to do to save some green for this semester while my wife returns to work. He’s a good boy and pretty predictable nap-wise, so I am able to have a dependable amount of time in my day that I can use for studio work. I’ve been squeezing in every last drop of minute that I can into those open slots and I’ve been lucky enough to have had one of the most productive months that I can remember….somehow. It even counts for times when I didn’t have a munchkin projecting throw up down my t-shirt.

Some of this good fortune is owed to preparation over the winter break and last fall. But most of it has been just good old-fashioned inspiration. I’ve moved 7 pictures towards a respectable kind of completion point in the month of January, which sounds fantastic just thinking about. But I’m deciding not to show any of the pieces here. I don’t think it’s good taste to make web content with something I’m trying to get you to see in person and I expect the paintings to make an appearance sometime this year in one of the many galleries I’ve found here. Submissions should be going out by the end of the week and I’m crossing my fingers to have something scheduled by the end of the month.

That would be swell.


But to give you an idea, the pieces themselves began with two larger surfaces I built last July. The intent was to have the space in the picture to breath and  commit myself to a scale that would refuse my desire to overly concern myself with perfect “handwriting”. I wanted the things to be messy. To have some wayward tooth in the brush strokes. No technical pens. No tiny brushes.

But the whiteness of the surfaces… the time it took to build them scared me off for months and I obviously returned to smaller sketches and digital experiments (i.e. Smiles Upon Us, and The Bridge). I liked what I did last year after the move (May), but nothing seemed to coalesce into something that I felt was a good representation of who I was as an artist. Nothing seemed like a good seed for a show. So I decided to bide my time and wait till the work made its own intentions clear, on its own terms, when, suddenly, a strange energy welled up inside and I knew what I had to do…


… just paint.

I’ll keep you posted on how the rest of my production goes, maybe enumerate a little more on the process, if I have time. And I’ll definitely update when I get a show going. But I expect there to be some time put between my posts from now on, just like this and the last. I’m not sketching much- doesn’t seem to want to be a part of my work-flow – so there isn’t much to keep you regularly entertained. And I find making images just so that I have something to put on the blog to be deleterious to my artistic process. And let’s face it, I’m not really in this game for the facebook likes anyway; not really good at that…. so… you’re welcome.

But I’ll hollar at you soon with some more good news when I have it.

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Soothing Serpent

December 6, 2013

Soothing Serpent © 2013 darickritter.comSoothing Serpent | acrylic on paper | © 2013


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Sketch: 091009PG108-9

December 5, 2013

Sketch091009PG108-9 © 2013 darickritter.comSketch: 091009PG108-9 | ink, digital | © 2013

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Colossians 2:18

November 17, 2013

Colossians 2:17

Colossians 2:18 | digital | © 2013

Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into these things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind…

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November 11, 2013

Neapolitan © 2013 darickritter.comNeapolitan | ink, digital | © 2013


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October 17, 2013

Gnome © 2013

Gnome © 2013

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Ray Gun

October 13, 2013


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The Bridge

October 9, 2013

The Gate © 2013

The Bridge © 2013

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She Watches

October 7, 2013

She Watches © 2013

She Watches © 2013

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