Monday, August 30, 2010

The Road Less Travelled

Photos from the Pt. Reyes stay.

For another sort of detour, see Roy Banfield's Bypass Pilgrim. Roy's regular blog is Walking Home to Fifty, in which he was recording his journey on foot to his origins. The walk was interrupted by unanticipated heart surgery, which he has written about in the above book. It's a wonderfully moving meditation, some in verse, on an experience with which many of us have some familiarity, that of turning the self or a loved one over to the medical system (temporarily, if we are fortunate).

There is quite a wonderful portrait of the artist as a (very) young man on airform archives.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cherry blossoms

My sister brought me 8 postcards from England to work with, they are all of turn of the 19th to 20th century actresses.

I have an opportunity to show some work in a new place in about a month so am feeling squeezed for time, I'm going to try to keep posting here twice a week, probably Mondays and Thursdays, during that time.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

News from L.A.

If you are in Los Angeles between September 10 and September 25, J.T. Steiny is showing work - a multitude of wonderful things, I suspect (see above for one sample).

Monday, August 23, 2010


My sister is here and we are off to Pt. Reyes for a couple of days, looking for seashells and sea weed...See you later this week.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mysteries of the Antiques Centre

In the back, a doll in an abandoned pose on a snarling lynx. It's like a giant dollhouse with decaying toys. I wish I had rearranged it before I left, James (the owner) shouldn't be the only one having fun...

Confronted by a sphinx of sorts

The piano on which this teddy bear is sitting is free to anyone who wants it, although probably a little out of tune.

This is an entry in the Nature's Whispers Sharing treasures (of your locale)linkery.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Let the Dog Drive?

Above, Hope

LED sign on the Golden Gate Bridge:


I finished the piece with the children, some more drawn lines, then taking the lines out of the moths and cropping it. Still not one of my favorites.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Moment of Truth

I like it. Am I supposed to say that? Anyway, had a major fail with another piece. It seems that with some of them , you can just forge ahead, and with others one assumes too early, or something. Oh, since you's the fail. Ploddingly literal, doesn't work. opens up more problems which I suppose could be solved in other pieces. Yes, it was a nice photo...maybe that was part of the problem, trying to preserve too much of the original?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Home at the Heart of the Forest

Here's a detail of a funny little one-off item I have just uploaded my etsy shop. It's just 2 1/2 inches wide, and would be a sweet way for people to leave reminders for each other I think. Or a nice home for a very small and tidy bird.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Lord Grenville

The old Al Stewart song always seemed to me to imply that the sailors were rebelling against authority and going off to have non-admiralty approved fun, It seemed despairing in the same way that Michelangelo's dying slave seems in physical distress, that is, not. But it's apparently based on a historical incident in which the mortally wounded Lord Grenville's ship The Revenge was surrendered to the Spanish by the outnumbered crew. To jump back to Oh! What a Lovely War, brings to mind the historically accurate Christmas truce portrayed in that film in which the enlisted men decided to stop shooting at each other, having lost interest in serving the purposes of their masters' honor (or agenda).
If you want to see where the little boat ended its journey , it's on Tinytheatre.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Perfect Day/Stargazing

Here is the final, which also fits the Illustration Friday prompt stargazing.

If you have something wonderful in your locale, consider joining Jasmine at Nature's Whispers on August 23, where people from all over will be introducing their neighborhoods.

Oooh, this is gorgeous - same prompt, different image on/by vanessa boer.

This is just too cool, on Thought Cloud Factory News...

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Have rented "Oh! What a Lovely War" to watch.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Gone Fishing

This is nice as it is...but it's not art yet, too reliant on the lovely woman in the photo, who is clearly having a perfect day, of the sort referred to on Titus the Dog. So I have to mess with it some more. I won't be posting again until Thursday, as events have overtaken, but I will try to visit if I get a chance. In the meantime, here's a lovely fish you can catch at Bryan Kring's etsy store.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

More feathers! And a mystery man...

This is the final mounting for Tribal, posted earlier. I changed the title to "Queen of the Forest".

And here's another mysterious photo...Can anyone identify this man? The inscription says "Lumiere" and, I think, A.S. below that.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Alligators snap your ankles

This deserves to be seen more, especially by all you miniature banjo fans, a (mostly) solemn somberly garbed gentleman (identified as Drake's Basement) on youtube.

Where is this pier? The fact that he sings the titular line with more conviction than Shane McGowan in the original makes me think this may be somewhere along the Gulf Coast.

Warning: simulated miniature banjo licking.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Before and After

Above, I was looking at this Portmeirion Bowl and I think I want to transfer some key elements to the photo of the children. See how the photo is cracked? That's an indication for placement. I have been busy mounting these and have had little time to make new ones recently, so it may be awhile before I show the completed version of the above photo here.
Here's the werewolf mounted on his plaque. The main framing elements are halves of an antique leather eyeglasses case I bisected. I'm doing this with a few pieces, the ones that can stand up to additional elements being added. It was fun making the whole leathery gentleman's study more literal.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


...that it pays to be flexible sometimes.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Eyeball Kid

The women go crazy for the big blue eye

----Tom Waits, Eyeball Kid

Monday, August 2, 2010


Baba Yaga lurking outside of Trader Joe's in Oakland, elsewhere*:

In Holland, a royal smile on les cadires del tio benedito

In the Alaskan woods at Flying Dog Studio

In Washington State near the ocean at Studio Quilts

In Oregon, a sunny smile on Celeste Bergin

In Scotland, the eyes follow you everywhere on Titus the Dog

In Turkey, cheeky by the river at A Colorful Research

In Cleveland, a frequent encounter at Mouse Medicine

Bryan Kring saw this little character who doesn't look at all well.

In Budapest, Aniko discovered this face at Art is Tree

In Colorado, a multilicity at the Oort Cloud

In Germany, stealing glances at Gerdiary

In California, found overhead at Mostly Threads

In the UK, found on a path at Greasyming Inc.

In Uruguay, A furrowed brow at Aleph

In Yorkshire, flowing locks at Stitching Life

In Wales, a greybeard at Nature's Whispers

In New York, fashionably attired on SpiritCloth

In Oregon, an offering from Thought Cloud Factory

In Australia, a cheerful alien at lolissquared

*More added at top as they come in. Just post them on your blog or flickr so I have a link!