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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Diagram ::=:

Diagram greyscale 3 copy 2

What’s going on here? 

I wish I knew, Brother.  I wish I knew.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kryptonite, My Ass

Some pendejo boosted my bike from the Enterprise lot while we were gone.  Bagged me helmet, too. Fuck.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Afghan Snuggie Sleeve Sketch


 This might happen, but it's taking a long time...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Exodus 33:17 thru :23


 My favorite Bible passage, in which Moses sees the Lord's hind parts. Put me in a hotel room with the Gideons and a set of watercolors and there's no telling what might happen.

Hotel Toast

Hotel Toast

Watercolor on paper, monoprint of a slice of nearly toasted whole wheat bread from the complimentary breakfast buffet.



 Cation (reading from bottom to top)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Not Happy About Those Outlines, Drat!

Not Happy About Those Outlines, Drat!

Another example of realizing that I've gone too far.



Watercolor on paper, 5" x 5"

Hotel Drama


When we woke up to the rain Saturday, there was a stream of water splashing onto the ground outside our widow.  The rain gutter had a :( directly over our room, and it was making Mary unhappy.  We looked into changing rooms, but decided to stick.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dark Matter...

Dark Matter

...dark mood.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BASF 2012 Holiday Luncheon Wordsearch

BASF 2012 Holiday Luncheon Wordsearch

I'm not good at this game. Play by my own rules. I'm a rebel. I gave myself a #1! prize for finding joy at the luncheon.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Horsie for Jot


Paul wrote: "Jot's been fascinated by small stuffed animals lately." Okay, that's something I can deal with.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Freddie Maccabee



6th night

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dream Image

Networked 3 by 4 orbitally deployed alien or enemy units copy


Networked 3 by 4 Orbitally Deployed Alien or Enemy Units

We were at the seashore, and it was a clear night. Ghostly vertical contrails to the left. A sudden silent fall of these jobs, out of the sky, closely spaced, blanketing the earth. One hits me on the noggin, it’s startling but doesn’t really hurt, just bounces off me onto the ground. 

The core disk is a processor/sensor/sender/receiver cluster, and the three stiff radial wires terminating in crosses act as antennae and serve to orient the units horizontally.

The chips are logical and functional, but their architecture and design are radically different from anything anybody has ever seen. The wireless signals are similarly unrecognizable. Isotope analysis of the IC units reveals an uncharacteristic ratio of 28Si to 29Si to 30Si, with an odd spike in abundance of 32Si, and lacking the expected resulting bump in 32P (from beta decay of 32Si) impurity.

These things fell all over the earth, spaced about a meter apart, all at the same time. They’re mostly inert, their only activity seems to be communicating with each other in that strange unknown code. There have been no credible claims of origin.

Where did they come from? What are they up to?

Dream induced head-wound

The next day, and for the following week, I had this strange sore on my head, just where the thing had hit me in my dream.

Cardboard Photons

cardboard photons

On the inside of a Special K  box. Watercolor and ink on cardboard, ~10 x 7 inches. I’ve got a new pen, Toyo portable brush pen TBP830S.  I like how it draws.  This painting uses the new expensive sumi w/c silver from Flax upc 525022 WC216-60 $13.95 Yasutomo(?)

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Aiieee, Look Out, it’s GhostFoot!

Aieeee, GhostFoot!

From the silicone mold-making session at Lynne-Rachel’s last night.  More photos here.

I am a professional foot model.



Wax. Lynne-Rachel Altman

Embryo in a Box

Embryo in a Box cropped

Dream image. 4 x 5.5 inches

Embryo in a Box finished

Finished, in green book. 5.5 x 5.5 inches

Saturday, November 24, 2012



The Ill-Tempered Clavichord by S. J. Perelman from the Oakland Public Library. This book was first checked out when I was three weeks old.

Rug Pattern Watercolor

Rug Pattern Watercolor
Larger than actual size.  The painting's about 2 x 2 inches.



In Lynne-Rachel Altman’s studio.  Photo by L-R.



Big yawn.




Friday, November 23, 2012

New Afghan Pieces


Working the borders. Getting ready to begin assembly. 


Afghan Construction Sketch

Tread Resist Print

Tread Resist Print

This pattern persists in an unspecified puddle in the garage. I like its shape. I’ve tagged this “pareidolia” on a technicality.

Tread Resist face

…like so.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ruthie Versus the Phantom Menace

Freddie Transfixed by Candle Light

Freddie Transfixed by Candle Light

Don’t worry, his paw hardly got singed and is healing nicely.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Crumpled Foil Scans


More here.

Breaking Dawn

breaking dawn copy whitenoise

Friday, November 09, 2012

Crumpled Foil Scan

crumpled foil dull bw

More here.

Sunday, October 28, 2012






R. Mutt 1917

Friday, October 26, 2012

#MomentousOccasion (I’ll try to keep this pithy and to the point. Don’t be creepy.)

Stag's Lunchette - Oakland, CA

A couple weeks ago, I was doing my weekly Friday gig at Ward 93 at SF General.  Looking forward to that evening when Mary & I were going to see the live Jordan, Jesse GO! show in San Francisco. My cell rang, and it was Mary. She was on her way to work, had taken a bad fall, was hurt on 17th Street in Oakland, and couldn’t walk or even stand. She needed me to come help her get to Kaiser ER.

I whiteknuckled it to Oakland, first on the 33, then on BART.  All this time I’m thinking OMG OMG OMG, she’s sitting on a curb in Oakland, immobile and in pain, what could possibly go wrong, right? I picked up a cab at 12th St, told the guy that I needed to get to the 300 block of 17th St, and found her in front of Stag’s Lunchette. Sitting on a bench. We got her into the cab, took her to ER, they took care of her, and we cabbed home.

Mary & I had to miss the show that night, of course. We spent the evening switching out the ice packs and scowling at the crutches that they gave her at ER. But today, I heard the podcast of that show.

That night, Stephanie, the chef at Stag’s was a contestant at the JJGO show. She totally should have won the word mispronunciation contest. What a burn! They so obviously gave it to Kyle out of pity. Anyway, Stephanie, I’d like to thank you, or whoever it is that put that bench out in front of the Lunchette, for providing my best beloved a place to sit in her hour of need. I’ve got a new favorite lunch spot in Oakland.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Apple of Her Eye


Lynne-Rachel Altman in her studio

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fred & Ruthie

Fred & Ruthie



Hamstring. Don’t worry, Baby, everything’s gonna be alright.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hydrant Hose


Mission at 9th. Hi, Elinor.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Linked to rabbits


New Packaging


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Plum Label Guy

Plum Label Guy copy

Monday, October 08, 2012

I Can Totally Print on Aluminum Foil



Glue-stick the foil to a sheet of printer paper.  I don’t know whether the ink will ever set.

MJF: “You know me.  All the –agonals are pretty much the same.” Also, ”Kunis-Kutcher? That’s not a good hyphenate.”

W. W. Bird


With geraniums.

Not Oy Vey


Hi, Martha

Cut-up Text

The woman in the seat in front of mine on BART the other night was reading an article. I could only see the upper right corner of the printout she was reading, so that’s all that I was able to copy down.
Virginity and chastity was relations intentional protection for conditions of oppression that things of those who relationships working class essentially intact.  In order to ”feminine” make a list to justify relations. Working class and allegedly competence, and human class and poor white women are also luxury of being categories representing all men and only a small group. Applied to different they do not appear to actually becoming a part of someone else’s by the same move forward to new.
In other news, how’s school going, MM?

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Yoga Fred


“No, I will not Downward Facing Dog for you, Monkey. On general principles.”

Friday, October 05, 2012

Erin Punzel at Creative Growth



Nice work.  Reminds me of @bradneely
Went to the Oakland Art Murmur with Al & Dagmar.  It was a scene, man.

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