Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wistful Warrior

The last of the trio from the Antiques Centre.

It wasn't me!

The proprietor of the Antiques Centre is solely responsible for this tableau.

If you have harmed a hair on Chuckie's head...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Daylight Savings

Anthony saved all the best words in an antique jar in anticipation of his Great Novel.

And speaking of's an Antiques Centre Halloween here tomorrow. Those who are so inclined, start your captions...

The Light here now

We had torrential rains, followed by two or three gusty days that swept everything clean, and now the light here is like honey, or like gems scattered carelessly in the street. Everything is hushed, and time itself seems to have paused to breathe.

For many more leaves, see go flying turtle.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Look out below!

Here's a very basic hanging Halloween decoration, I've put a pattern and instructions on tinytheatre for those with a surplus of black paper and/or children to entertain.

Bird of Prophecy

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Illustration challenge # 2

Anthony was amazed when he looked out the window and observed...........

Finish the caption and reveal what Anthony sees by November 10 (let me know here in the comments when you've posted) and I will link your blog in my post of November 10. I will be linking within the post this time but will leave a badge with a link to my post on the right.

The Rose and the Ring

At top is a detail of the cover illustration for an edition of William Thackeray's the Rose and the Ring, a fractured fairytale he made up for Christmas - the illustrator is J.H. Tinker. At bottom is a my recasting of the original illustration from a few years back.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Let me know what you think the foreground figure is thinking if you have any ideas...

Shot at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Here's a wonderfully eerie Autumnal video posted on Kyklops

Monday, October 26, 2009

Poe and Raven

The newest t-shirt on redbubble.

Na'eelah gets her man

The orange pile under the box which Michael is reaching for is Doritos. He got to eat them after the shoot.

Michael's father Stephen tells me that a musician friend once told him that people who have perfect pitch are frequently rather tormented - because they can hear when something is wrong. Stephen did indeed sing Danny Boy for me, it was lovely in its imperfection.

This sense memory on a Room of One's Own is extraordinary.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Green Thoughts

A different sort of tree on Indiaphragme

and skyey visions at Les Plasticiens Volants (via rlbourges)

but wait, there's more... the current installment of Asja's 365 project on Three Little Cameras.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Werewolf with a hobby

If I were a professional photographer I would need to apologize for the quality of this, heh. Anyway, shot at my parents' house in Berkeley Hills at sunset. The "tree" is a piece of a manzanita tree which burned in the Hills Fire some years back which my father attached to the balcony. My relatives return to England in a couple of days, will miss them.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Lend me your ears

This is like listening to a flower emerge in the spring, as it pushes the earth aside:

Superstars by A.J. Ellington

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Here's Ichabod Crane. I was just looking at Christopher Walken's turn as the Hessian in the Tim Burton film on youtube...his lines seem to consistent entirely of repeating "Aargh" at intervals, which he does very well indeed.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ivan dances for chips

Left to right: nephew Michael's hand, brother in law Stephen, Ivan, sister Judy.

Edit: Stephen has promised to sing Danny Boy to me in its entirety if I take him to the music store tomorrow! You are my witnesses.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Anthony gets carried away

Anthony put on his coat with tails to compose his harmonica opus, and was carried away by his muse.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Paging Arthur Rackham...

There are a few who ply a needle and thread who stop here occasionally (real needle and thread in photo, though you can't see them very well), so this one's for you. I believe my English readers will also enjoy the reference.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Alice at Magellan's Window

Nemo Hill of the elsewhere blog sent me a number of wonderful images of Alice in Bangkok and Bali, also this one of Alice at Magellan's Window. I don't know what or where Magellan's window is...Nemo would have to explain.

Shall we Dance?

See astronave for tapadancing and tragedy in Orestes and the Fly - it's a beautiful thing.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

sometimes thinking

...just creates more labyrinths.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sometimes, Grasshopper...'s so easy to see beyond the usual horizons, and then again

(The rest of the sentence tomorrow)

The above was originally an editorial illustration for Education Week.

Anthony #1

Hmmm, this could be the start of a series. There will be more of the paper figures in environments, it has just not been good exterior photography weather here this week.

There is a mystery commented on here and further explored here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

An Oldie

Here's a change of pace - one of my favorites of an old editorial style, this one was done for the Fort Worth paper, an article about tinnitus. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy got permanent tinnitus in adjacent ears when a particularly loud squib went off as they were hiding on either side of a styrofoam rock.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


...the Burned Toast Ghost. I drew this before my stove shorted out and blew out the electrics, the landlord is replacing it today. Noisiness, possibly accompanied by said landlord demanding that I sympathize with his outrage at at vendors and various other tenants - I plan to be away for most of the festivities.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wayfarers All

In recent correspondence from another blogger, she referred to her blog as "a refuge, even for me". As I sit in my somewhat shambolic apartment, with its heaps and collections of china and seashells and little toys plucked out of cardboard boxes on the street (an environment which reflects my craziness, longing, confusion, impatience), I am attempting to be the wise and humorous person I present myself as here, for instance in the photo you see at right. Sometimes the goal is reached, it's a form of observance for a non-religious person. Sometimes I fall back into old habits, sometimes I am forced to realize my own limitations. But certainly having this place of sorts, this virtual bower or museum of oddities with its opportunities for dialogue with other extraordinary and flawed wanderers on the web, is helpful in working toward being that person.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Couldn't resist

Bosco was sitting right beside the doll so I added the ribbon...

Untums has posted, please feel free to visit him and cajole, harass and recommend that he do so more often - I have.

Teacup Napoleon

Some friend must now perforce make haste
Go forth and bid my boy
To saddle me my wooden horse
For I mean to conquer Troy.

(A Nonsense verse which I have quoted before).

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Doll face

Well, she's a bit lumpy and bumpy...I took this a few hours ago, now she is dressed, but I may wait to photograph again until she is placed in the window. I have one hat and about 6 bats to go to finish the materials. Eva, if you read this, I have a feeling she's supposed to look a bit smoother...possibly impatience on my part.
Edit: replaced the original photo with a closeup of the dressed doll.


Bozo the bisected sidewalk philosopher...I think he might be a deconstructivist. Not my work, I just took the photo. Here are some other interesting creatures:

A husband and wife art collaboration on go flying turtle
Some wearable cephalopods and other oddities on Ginga Squid
Some roving babies documented at the Storker Project (via J.T. Steiny)

I should have a picture of the doll to post later today.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Brilliant Leaves

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry is a brilliant book, about a very old Irish woman in Roscommon Hospital writing down a kind of memoir of her life, the pellucid , precise description contrasting with the elusive nature of what she remembers. There are good companionable books and films and then there are these encounters in which one falls in love with a piece of art. Has anything startled you lately?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Tweedledum and Tweedledee/Flying

A monstrous crow flying by overhead pacified the contentious brothers in Through the Looking Glass (the illustration friday prompt is flying).

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Giant Spider vs. Kitty Princess

Well, I had planned to post the doll but preparing her for facial features and underwear is taking longer than expected. So, here's her pet - the spider that is, not the kitty. For scale, the princess is 3" tall. Don't count her out, she knows karate...

Unseen Musician

Possibly I am already feeling nostalgic about summer. This character is a sort of combination of Pan and Kokopelli, but essentially they are the same character. Yes, he is temporarily visible.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Seen recently around the web:

A tiny thief on mouse medicine
A frisky parrot on astronave
Samurai armor for little creatures on the website for sculptor Jeff Bauer (via Chat et Essai)


Who here sings in the car when unaccompanied (by another person or car stereo)? I favor old Pogues songs and "Chimes of Freedom" (this has very few notes, is satisfyingly melodramatic, and words and verses can be substituted at random - recommended!). What are your favorites - if you dare to confess, your choice of song reveals your personality.

This was shot at the same place in the Rose Garden as Sunset Boulevard if you want to compare the shots.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Poe and friend

Getting carried away by a muse of sorts...I may need to do a headless horseman, it's that time of year.

Another corvid here.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Imp of Very Small Lost Things

...sitting on the house key. He can see all the lost things with his many eyes, he can sniff them out with his long nose, but he won't tell you where they are. I'm thinking of doing an alternate calendar, which will just be black and white characters from this blog.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hello, Sport!

Saw this out on my walk, I knew there was a reason to wait for posting...It was unlike any of the other leaves nearby, clearly a one-off. Well, speaking of suspension ... here's a place where items are suspended for study on a fairly regular basis.

In keeping with my coming across this leaf, if you have a serendipidity-related post today, let me know and I will link as an edit to this post.

Accept all Offerings

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Look Up!

Children look up, all they hear is sky-blue, bells ringing
-from Driver 8, R.E.M.

Gotta love those blue distances...

Friday, October 2, 2009

We ain't afraid of no Germs

At least, so one assumes...The diet of the sea urchin consists of decaying plant and animal matter, kelp and algae. Yup, this is the the final t-shirt design, now up on redbubble.

The Illustration Friday prompt was Germs.

Scrobbling in Progress

"Scrobbling" appears as a descriptive term for kidnapping in John Masefield's "Box of Delights", a British book published in 1937. Did it also involve throwing a black bag over the Scrobblee's head? My English readers will have to tell me whether this is slang which is still in use - it has, of course, been coopted as an internet term as has...well, almost everything else.

Fat Cats beware!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What it is

She's about 33" tall. So...this space same time next week - should have her painted in foundation garments, and the week after that in her Halloween finery, she is going into the window of the flower store.

Illustration Challenge

At right are the participants so far in the illustration challenge. This list will be up for the month of October, and will be added to during that time. If you would like to play, the original template is here. Leave a comment if you are posting and you would like me to link.