Tuesday, June 30, 2009

LOST: The Black Rock

Ninth grade science teacher Leslie Arzt lectures at length about the danger of handling dynamite, especially that which has been left exposed to the elements over the years.
Ninth grade science teacher Leslie Arzt demonstrates the danger of handling dynamite, especially that which has been left exposed to the elements over the years.

This is the LOST writers having fun with the situation in which one is trapped by a bore and wishes the person would just disappear.

Edit: Oh, forgot the link.

Monday, June 29, 2009

North Beach/Sugar Mountain

Photo taken around sunset in San Francisco's North Beach. Note the moon-faced barker at left, looking as if he just stepped out of a Damon Runyan story, and off in the distance on the right, the Bay Bridge.  The Hungry I Club is of course where Lenny Bruce performed, now dedicated like the rest of this block to places where you can see disrobed ladies (euphemism to deflect spam from comments). The anti-Sugar Mountain song, for me, is Ry Cooder's Down in Hollywood.

I've been spending a bit of time in San Francisco photographing the little people. Going back to the Filbert Street steps in the morning to photograph a few things in a different light. As well as being the site of Dark Passage, the Filbert Street steps are one block over from the street where the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill live.

The explosive conclusion of LOST tomorrow.

The Shadow of the Jabberwock

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

The "Beamish Boy" is only seen from the back in the Tenniel illustration, here I have pictured him as a youth of about 14. This was set to post originally yesterday morning before I got the Alice shadow picture from Laurie - interesting that we came up with similar themes - but the post-ahead feature on blogger does not appear to be working for me.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

First Alice

Here is the first Alice I sent out, photographed  by another Oakland blogger, Laurie at Rule of Thirds. Laurie describes this as "Alice Lost in a Victorian Forest". See this blog for three generations of photographers experimenting with weekly themes.

Note: Alices for this month have been sent out, I will send out ten more next month. If you would like to sign up for that mailing, please email me with your street address (my email is in my profile).

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Well worn: The Haunted Hat

The illustration Friday prompt this week is worn. I spent the end of the day in S.F. yesterday, through the Presidio, determining that as I couldn't see the Golden Gate Bridge I wouldn't shoot that scene there, to the Palace of Fine Arts, then to Coit Tower. This might have been about the distance Vincent Parry walked  in Dark Passage, although I have to admit I hadn't had ninety minutes of plastic surgery with a general anesthetic before starting out.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Bogart in Oakland

Humphrey Bogart in the Window of the Grand Lake Smoke Shop, next door to the Grand Lake Theatre (you can see the awning on the left in the linked photo). Bogart worked for a number of years as a gangster in B-movies before being cast as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon. The next series of posts, which will start in July, will feature a few scenes each from various Noir films, mostly in San Francisco. The Lost series will end with a bang (for now) on Tuesday. 

Thursday, June 25, 2009

LOST: Rousseau

Rousseau has been trapped on the island for sixteen years, which perhaps entitles her to bad hair days (you will have to click for detail to see how very bad, apologies to Edward Lear). She likes to trap people in nets which are baited with a seemingly infinite supply of baby dolls.

Related image on the TinyTheatre blog.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lost: Cargo Cult

Sometimes food is dropped from above by the mysterious Others...but some people (Hurley for one) just don't like sushi. Link to song with the word "Hurley" in it because I think this singer is much better-looking than Bono, even if he was raised in Campden Town so not properly Irish. 

P.S. This Sanford is no relation of that bad dog governor.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lost: Sun and Jin

Jin is the son of a fisherman, and Sun seems to have a green thumb, both of which are very helpful to the castaways before the discovery of food inside the hatch and the food drop (see tomorrow's post). Yup, they have secrets from each other. In the basket, two fish and an operatic sea urchin (NOT a space alien*).

* Not a duck either. NOT!

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Visit from Alice?

Here's Alice looking out over the city of Oakland. I was having the thought, at about the same time as Tony was leaving a comment, about sending some of these to people who are interested.

Edit 2/23: Alices are now all spoken for, until next time. I will be posting pictures of them in their new environments from those who send me jpegs.

Palm trees seem like the question marks of the arboreal world to me.

Oh, also - this sunny vista makes me think of Wallace Stevens' The World is Larger in Summer

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A trip up the coast

Two of my pieces at the Claudia Chapline Gallery in Stinson Beach. Claudia will be closing her gallery before the end of the year, in part because of the economy, but mostly because she wants to have time for her own art.

Above, two shots of Monty Monty's speampunkish balloon in The Quicksilver Mine Co. Gallery in Forestville, where I also have work. They seem to be plugging along. You can see more of his work on his website.
Here is A Noah's Ark in Sebastapol, the work of Patrick Amiot. Many of his neighbors, as well as numerous local businesses, have his yard art displayed, there are more photos here  (his web site is down, unfortunately). 

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Drifting off to Sleep

For the Illustration Friday prompt Drifting...Link to Sad Professor, R.E.M. song about thoughts "drifting in and out of sleep". More LOST on Tuesday, Monday an Alice-related announcement.

Friday, June 19, 2009

LOST: The Pit

Due to poor social skills, Sawyer remains in the pit for some time after Michael and Jin have been released. Note bullet hole in arm - you can see it even better if you click on the picture. I couldn't find video for this, just a photo. The photo is actually kind of wistful looking.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Lost: Inside the Hatch

Above you see the smug face of Doctor Marvin Candle (AKAs too numerous to mention), in charge of fiendish psychological experiments on the Island. He always signs off with a "Namaste", but shouldn't that mean something besides "You've been punk'd"? I guess wearing a white coat and calling yourself a doctor doesn't necessarily mean you're on the up and up.

Below, the big picture re The Hatch (Link to Hatch sequence on youtube for comparison purposes). I will provide links from now on for those who don't watch the show.

LOST: Inside the Hatch

Now is it clear what the Hatch is? If not, there will be a second post in a few hours.

For more interesting ruminations on unruly activity on roofs, see this ebullient and luminous post.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lost: Inside the Hatch

      One Scotsman, a little the worse for wear but still quite attractive*
      One button labelled "execute" that needs to be pushed at
                  frequent intervals
      Dreams of sailing away

Now, after all this time, a knock on the ceiling.

I went to shoot this having forgotten to bring something to represent a computer terminal, but found this keyboard on the street with other equipment - borrowed and returned to its corner, gone later in the day. Can you tell what the hatch is? I will be publish an expanded view tomorrow, along with something/someone else you find in the Hatch.

Edit: for those who would like to see something LOST-like in the sense of existential mystery with sea breezes, without having to catch up on all the complications of the series, see "Talking to Honshu" here (British humor advisory).

*I didn't notice until I started drawing that the actor bears a striking resemblance to the late George Harrison - not sure if the final result looks more him than like Henry Ian Cusick.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

LOST: Kate Climbs a Tree

Job skills for Desert Island living: Tracking and climbing trees. No girly girls need apply!

Edit: Apparently art direction from my readers is quite helpful - redbubble put the new T in its featured t-shirt section - I haven't had a feature for about six months. Thanks - I must think of other ways to involve readers. I am planning on more paper people in July, with Alice occasionally. Vertigo, a few scenes from North by Northwest. Anyway, I know some of you have made suggestions previously, but let me know if there are any scenes/films in particular you'd like to see here. If I can work with the suggestion, I will link to you in the post (keep in mind that one, or a few characters, are easiest to work with - I'm no Cecil B. DeMille).

Monday, June 15, 2009

Blogging makes it personal

One of the Illustration Friday participants is Parisa Mahmoudi, of Tehran. Her blog is here, it's delightful, she hasn't posted for a week or so.
        Old men in charge sacrificing the young as way to prove their own immortality - in Iran attacking students, in this country sending them to foreign soil for their own agendas - seem like Chronos devouring his children. My opinion. See under Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death.

I received an email from the estimable Fine Carving Palace. Google blogger has been shut down in China for a month, so Mr. Lee has set up an etsy shop for his papercuts. They are mostly Biblical scenes, although I prefer the Eastern-themed pieces. If you'are an etsy member, you might add one of his pieces to your favorites or buy one, they are a steal at between $38 and $56, American. His blog has some wonderful photos on it, runs up to mid-May.

Normal programming resumes (I know you don't come here to be harangued)...

June 22 Edit: Parisa is now posting again, she is fine.

LOST: Sayid punishes some oranges

Sometimes, if you're trapped on an island,  you need to pummel some fruit to relieve stress.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


This is the image from a few days ago reworked for a T design, now on redbubble. I wonder if people will be less taken with this version - I just can't bring myself to put a photographic image on a t-shirt. Anyway, if you click on it you can make it bigger, for a better comparison. Hope the weekend was good to you.

It's a....

Here is ...something. It's about 6 inches high, and is either a small conversation piece (do they still have conversation pieces?) or a rather baroque pincushion. It is jumping into a box tomorrow to be send off to Made4Aid, a new auction site to raise money for charity (Darfur at the present time) which was dreamed up by a couple of bloggers. If you would like to contribute an art piece to the site, there are directions for doing so there - they are interested in a lot of different kinds of things, although no chandeliers, please. You may also  may purchase art work there if you are so inclined. There is a more extensive post about Made4Aid by one of the masterminds here.

Edit: Please see comment by eat-a-heaps (blog here), in the cap, an epic tearjerker. Mifune has left the building.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

LOST: The Good Father

Michael regains his son unexpectedly, only to end up pursuing him as Walt disappears repeatedly into the jungle. Walt is one of the characters singled out as special, but due to the actor's propensity for growing in real time past his character's age, he appeared less frequently after the first season.
       I have a special announcement coming up in the next couple of days as soon as I finish a related project.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Unfold/Russian Fairy Tale

The plot unfolded,




This one time only, Underground Man escaped his fate. 

I know we can't rewrite the past, but fiction can be a welcome relief at times. The above was partly inspired by an extremely negative comment about what I've been posting here - process, process. LOST will be back in a couple of days.

Also can I just say (any excuse will do), the illustration friday prompt "unfold" reminds me of  Wallace Stevens' "how to uncrumple this much-crumpled thing".

Hope everyone has as balletic a weekend as they could wish.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

LOST: The Hatch

Locke finds the first Hatch...You'd be scared too, if you suspected paper went inside and was taken away by Others to strange destinations...more hatches to come.

I have something special planned for the Michael and Walt characters, but it is overcast here, and the effect is much better when I can have the paper backlit. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

LOST: Victorious Hunters

Charlie and John return victorious. The banana put up quite a fight, as you can tell from the bruising. Photo taken on Claremont Avenue, opposite the Star Grocery, which is a wonderful old family-owned establishment.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

LOST: Did you hear that?

How many scary critters do you see? "Did you see that?" is another question which is frequently asked on Lost.

Monday, June 8, 2009

LOST: Sawyer takes aim

I had some cooperation from Bosco with this shot, but the request for more than one take was greeted with a sit-down strike.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

LOST: Hurley gets a craving

Sometimes the castaways must dream about what they can't get on the island, I'm sure Hurley isn't the only one who probably misses Brownies. Very non-canonical, to tie in with the Illustration Friday prompt "Craving". The sale results were so-so, but a neighbor came by and told us about a group sale going on in a neighborhood with more foot traffic in a month. 

Tomorrow: Sawyer takes aim at a furry marauder.

P.S. The Hurley is from an earlier piece, if he looks familiar.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

LOST: Let me go, Jack

In this scene, John is sucked into a hole by a mysterious force, something which does not upset him particularly, but which Jack is unable to deal with. He throws dynamite down the hole, releasing John.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Hello neighbors

Yours truly will be participating in a garage sale tomorrow, mostly selling plates and oddments suitable for mosaic purposes - or even for food purposes. I wanted to let my local readers know, not for sales purposes so much as to say if you are in the neighborhood (ie, Santa Rosa and Jean in Oakland, between 9:30 and 2:00, hope you will stop by and say hello to my neighbor Faith and self. The above is not for sale, just for looking at. But I am planning to go to Trader Joe's for brownie mix shortly. Rain cancels.

Trying to think of a Lost scene for a sidewalk sale - if I have time to draw this evening -

LOST: ...to boost the signal

Sayid, as played by Naveen Andrews, can make a transmitting device out of two toothpicks and a potato (or in this case, an old music box)- however, due to the electromagnetism, or phlogiston, of the island, it never does the slightest good in getting the castaways rescued. This character has forever changed the face of geekdom...now you can be nerdy and be one very badass dude (strangling villains with your toes, etc.).

Thursday, June 4, 2009

LOST: Charlie gets mentored

I realized that not everyone who reads this blog watches "Lost", so I'm going to provide explanations for the scenes (Only the creators can explain the whole thing...and don't get me started on the four-toed statue).

So, all of these people have crashed on a desert island. Locke (Terry O'Quinn) has some serious father issues, for which  he compensates by mentoring any young male who stands still long enough. Here you see him instructing Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) as he is about to step on (or in) it once again.

Shot at the scene of the first of the paper people, with much ducking of cars (Dammit, this ART, people). 

Tomorrow: blowing a stereotype to smithereens. Hint: "We need to get higher.."(if you're a Lost nerd, you'll be able to finish this quote).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Lost:A Plane! A Plane!

Jack to Kate: "So, back in the States I have a pretty good job..."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lost: Sawyer reads a good book

Lost Theory # 381,113 : Sawyer is a geeky little kid who fell asleep while reading and is dreaming the whole thing, including his own dangerous nature.

Tomorrow: What woman would choose a good-looking doctor over a really cool toy plane? Not Kate!

List will be presented in no particular order, and based this go-round on the first two seasons.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mr. Jackal and Doctor Hound

A little rest from photoshop. Here is a link to a youtube video of The Last Forty Seconds of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - nice collagey goth thing. In a similarly spooky vein, just saw the Blink episode of The current Dr. Who. It's brilliant - combines the conventions of Japanese horror films as lifted by Western Cinema with the jaunty Dr. Who sensibility. A very clever script, which effectively calls out the whole romantic artist thing in an early scene (and I don't think I'm the only one):

Heroine: I like old things things because they're sad.

Friend about turn from a character into a plot point: What's good about sad?

Heroine: Sad is happy for deep people.