Brush to Pen Publications present the illustrated and written works of Doug Hammett, a Los Angeles based artist. These works range from children’s books for all ages and surrealist prose to playful eroticism and psychological narratives found within the Tarot. All these works begin with a commitment to unique characters discovered through the intuitive process of drawing and painting. You are bound to enjoy these illustrated narratives and much as Doug did while discovering them himself.
The Ten Ox-Herding Pictures beckons you into an unpredictable terrain of the senses. This journey presents a full range of playful symbolism and thought-provoking poetics.With time and perseverance, the deceptively simple imagery will reveal its hidden layers of meaning.
"Finding YourSelf" is a book illustrated and written by Doug Hammett. The story invites the reader to dive into the unknown and form new relationships with hidden aspects of themselves. Doug Hammett's playful paintings pull the reader into a dreamlike world where one can touch the depths of their psyche.
"How Many Ways" is an illustrated children's book, written and illustrated by Doug Hammett. The book explores, through playful illustrations, the many ways people can do things in the world.
“Keys for Creativity: Unlock Your Potential” by Doug, has 48 helpful ways to tap into one’s natural creative flow. This book is not limited to those making art, but also applicable to areas of life where one may get stuck. The book is packed with illustrative artworks, so the inner child will definitely be entertained. Having explored the arts through music, visual and performance arts Doug has acquired some insight along the way. Now is the time to share some of those golden nuggets in a playful way.
The book “How Color Created the World”, written and illustrated by Doug Hammett follow the tradition of Creation Stories, similar to those found around the world. The basic need to know where we came from, where are we now, and where are we going, are the basic questions we ask ourselves daily. Traditionally a creation story has an element of playfulness and the unpredictable. Who knows, maybe our joy in relating to light, color and form may be the very impulse that brought us all into existence. If we let color tell its story this may be what it reveals.
"Stumpy & Flicker" is a colorfully illustrated children's book that follows the unlikely relationship found between a candle and a stump. In their nighttime exploration of nature's wonders they sense the connection goes deeper than what is found on the surface in a single lifetime. Subjects such as friendship, mutual problem solving, reincarnation and transformation are themes playfully touched upon in this image packed book.
The Humorist book called “Men Rrrr Dogs” written and illustrated by Doug Hammett, doesn’t hold back in any sense. The imagery comes from the series of works made in 2009 centered on the tumescent membered Man Dogs.
Following the tradition of phallus worship found around the world such as found in India and Bali, ones sexually is not held back by shame or prudence. Don’t worry yourself too much, it has a very happy ending.
"Anatomy X Change" documents Brad Davis’s furry life forms created during the covid pandemic. Brad has taken an art form, we saw at Burning Man called Franken-Stuffs, to a whole new level. Thrift store stuffed toys are not safe in his hands. Limbs, bodies, and heads from different animals are detached and joined together to create new colorful lifeforms. The book documents these precarious creatures and playfully names their newly discovered species’ classification.
The “Los Angeles Street Art #1” Book documents the art found on the streets in the Arts District of LA. These marks made on a public surface can range from a simple tag made with a marker or sticker on the back of a road sign to an elaborate commissioned mural spanning the side of a multi-storied building.
Our documentation of these works will allow us to enjoy them beyond their time in the world and find a place in this long, rich history. We give most the credit to the artists, known and unknown, who made these works. It is one thing to see these pieces in a book, it is another to go out into the streets and discover them in person. Hopefully this book will inspire you to take part in this magical world either as the next street artist or art lover.
This book documents the "Journey of the Bearded Tarot," illustrated and interpreted by Doug Hammett. His paintings present a unique approach to the traditional imagery of the Tarot. The book gives the reader an opportunity to see the hidden narratives found within the Major and Minor Arcana of the deck.
Hammett's re-visioning of the 78 cards brings a fresh perspective to the world of Tarot, and the universal story of the humankind's heroic journey to find meaning in this complex universe.
This book "Bearded Journey Tarot" combines the new black & white version of the original "Journey of the Bearded Tarot" into a convenient linear format where the explanations sit along side the images for easy reference. The traditional Tarot deck is a collection of 78 illustrated cards. These black and white illustrations reveal a profound archetypal language, speaking to a universal story of humankind’s heroic journey to find meaning in this complex universe.
The "Journey of the Bearded Tarot," deck is comprised of 78 illustrated cards by Doug Hammett. Each card carries the traditional archetypal meaning with a fresh approach to the imagery of the Tarot.
These cards speak to a universal story of humankind’s heroic journey into finding purpose and meaning in this complex universe. 22 cards comprise the Major Arcana (Big Secret) that portray the essential steps in one’s life moving towards enlightenment. The other 56 cards make up the Minor Arcana (Little Secret) that take one through an initiation through the 4 elements of Water, Air, Fire, and Earth.
The “Bearded Journey Tarot” deck is a black and white version of my original illustrated deck called “Journey of the Bearded Tarot”. As in the original deck these cards can be laid out in a linear fashion, following the lineup of this website, revealing several hidden journeys through both Major and Minor Arcana.
The world is full of diversity. Our very existence relies on its intricate complexities. Millions of species have evolved as the planet adapts to its constantly changing environments. One doesn’t have to look very far in the oceans, forests, and savannas to see examples of life’s infinite expressions and relationships.
This deck is an invitation to embrace the many layers of one’s life found between shadow and light. This includes hidden aspects that unconsciously have an influence on our daily lives. Owning and honoring the full spectrum of ourselves helps pave new paths toward a more fulfilling life.