brucine (broo'-seen), 1) n. Pharm., Chem. a bitter, poisonous alkaloid, C23H26N2O4, obtained from the nux vomica tree; 2) n. Bruce Bortin's 'low-impact' weblog

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Map of Spain


From Staff Meeting
Ex coll. L Chiera

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Photon Paintings

Photons 1 copy
Photons 1a

Photons b
Photons 1b

Photons c
Photons 1c

Photons 1d

big photons 3a
Big Photons 3

grey & red on green 1a
Grey and Red on Green

polychrome on blue 1a
Polychrome 1

Missing photon aa
Missing Photon ex coll. C Mosbrucker

camo 1a
Camo 1

Nine grey 1a
Nine Grey

Twenty-five fuzzy ones
Twenty-Five Fuzzy Ones

Monday, October 17, 2011

Painting using new brush

Painting Using New Brush

I love watercolors

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Figures & Watercolors

Figures & Watercolors

Anybody want to check my arithmetic? 


Mary was frying some Canadian bacon the other day. It was cheeky. While it cooked, it made these loud popping noises, and it jumped in the pan.

...then on my way to work, I passed this wig abandoned in a doorway on 17th Street. For some reason, my mind wanted to impose the bacon's behavior on the wig.

There you go.

I had to record this to make the popping sounds for the animations above. A rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the dark underside of the creative process.

...and here's a live-action video of the miracle bacon in action

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bruce at Lunch


Bruce at Lunch

Joe Moon is a Meth Head Piece of Shit!

Joe Moon is a Meth Head Piece of Shit You Are Here
"HERE" is the bus stop outside Ward 93.

Spider Web


24th St at Folsom.  I really like my Friday walk down 24th Street.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fun-Dip also Funyuns

Fun-Dip also FunYuns Colored
On BART. ~10-year-old boy was hoovering through snackfoods.  Then he turned to his mom and started pulling the most hilarious faces.  Everybody on the train was trying not to laugh.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Chaldron Sketch 2 copy

After Chronic City

Drawing half a chaldron





Monday, October 10, 2011

A Trip to the Vet





Vet Notes & Medication

She’s doing much better now.  Thanks, Dr. Atid.

Ruthie's Doing Fine Now

Sunday, October 09, 2011


Mary took me out for a pedicure for our anniversary. I’d never been.  Lord knows my feet could use some attention.  My operator, Cindy, met what must have been quite a challenge with good humor.

pedicure _3



pedicure _before

This is in the iridescent foot-tub where you soak your feet while sitting in your spa-chair. Don’t worry, you can ask them to turn off the massage feature on your spa-chair.  There was lots of cutting and filing and pushing and scraping and much abrasive scrubbing. All in all, it was a little more sensation than I’m comfortable with.



pedicure _after

So smooth! So pampered! My feet can’t believe that they’re a part of me anymore.  “What,” they wonder, “are we doing carrying this fat slob around?”



Afterward we went out to Los Cantaros for a bite.  I like stucco the wall outside when the light’s right.

Saturday, October 08, 2011


Crumple a

Ruthie in Repose

Ruthie in repose 2

My, she does that well.

Light Cross

Light Cross Sources

Morning sunlight reflects off the horizontal bar, is refracted through the vertical pendulum.  Here’s how it looks on the wall opposite.

Light Cross

Nice Splash



Graf at 14th & Franklin_5624

Graffiti on 14th St. at Franklin, Oakland.  Detail of…


Graf at 14th & Franklin_5621

Across the Street from the GA Office

Russian -Criminal- Tattoo

Russian –Criminal- Tattoo

Encyclopaedia Volume 1



Market Street near 9th, SF

Friday, October 07, 2011



viz. here


Thursday, October 06, 2011

October 6, 2011

October 6 2011

Candles with Hammerhead Shark.  Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!

Anniversary card raw copy

Wednesday, October 05, 2011




10-5-11 copy 2

10-5-11 copy

Monday, October 03, 2011


Collage 1

Having scanned this I can now throw it away.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

True Story

Banana Garbage Daquiri colored 2
Walking back to HAP from the BAART Clinic the other day, I stopped in a liquor store, got a banana.  I’d finished it by the time I’d walked down 9th Street to Mission.  There’s a trash can on that corner, so that’s where I went with the peel.
Parked at that same corner, lights flashing, was a cop car.  As I approached the trash can, I saw that I wasn’t alone there.  Two cops, who had obviously just intercepted some open containers on the street, were there, emptying a half-pint each of vodka and rum into the trash can, just as I tossed in my banana peel.
”Looks like we’re making a banana-trash daiquiri,” I quipped. “Cocktail time!” 
They didn’t respond.

Update 10/7/11: The large turgid cocktail shaker has been removed by the city.  There goes my plan to make garbage-tinis for the neighborhood.

Where the trash can used to be

Where the trash can used to be.

What I Know


Alice St near 14th, Oakland

Fish Mystery

On Fridays, I walk down 24th street to get to my gig at Ward 93 at San Francisco General. There’s a restaurant called La Parrilla at 24th & Folsom, and they always have their specials, covered in saran wrap, displayed in their window.
Thing is, it always looks exactly the same.  I’ve never been able to tell whether it’s real food that they're showing, or cunningly wrought plastic models of food, and they change the saran wrap every once in a while so it doesn’t start to look all dingy.  I’ve been especially concerned about the fish, because, even if they fix a new one every morning, who would want to eat fish that’s been sitting out in a window all day?

So I took a picture last Friday…

…and another yesterday, and guess what! 
Two different items entirely. It’s totally fish.  Here’s what it looks like on their website
LP Specials/Especiales / 156. TILAPIA (Mojarra)
Served with Rice, Beans, Tortillas and Salsa
 Looks good.  Mystery solved.  But I think I’ll have the torta de pollo instead, gracias.

Dragon for Jesse

Dragon for Jesse

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