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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Back Stairs FAIL at Jackson Lake




Old concrete, shabby rebar design. 9/30/12

Cantor Dust on San Pablo


The trailing edges of the road-stripes all break up into smaller & smaller self-similar clumps.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Late One Night at Home with Mary and Bruce

M: Avril Lavigne, is she still alive?
B: Isn't she one of the celebrity judges on "Skateboarder or What?"
M: Don't you mean "Skateboarder or WH-A-A-A-A-A-A-T?"
B: Yeah, that's right, exactly.  Yes AND!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Wall Texture

Wall Texture 1

14th St near Broadway


Wall Texture 2

Backed up a bit and a little to the right.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Black & Pink w Silver

Black & Pink w Silver 3 flash

12 x 9”, Watercolor, ink & aluminum silicone on paper. 

Black & Pink w Silver Detail 1

Detail.  Good flow on this one. I like it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012




Ghost Photon Resist

Ghost Photon Resist

Silicone, ink & watercolor.  Sweet potato print.  9 x 12”

Fuzzy Grey Photons

fuzzy grey photons

Sweet potato print, ink on watercolor paper, 9x12”

Friday, September 14, 2012

Two Implants






Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Painting Prep


Back of the Twitter building

Facade 2

Detail. Painterly.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Freddie with the New Ball Course Toy

He seems to know what to do.

BART Stripes

BART Stripes

Yo, is this Racist?

Yo, is this Racist?

Kopp's Frozen Custard, Milwaukee


I scream, you scream, the gulls scream for frozen custard.

"Skeuomorph" is a word that I can never remember

It's a word I like, it describes stuff that I'm interested in.  I once did a series of blown glass objects that were skeuomorph related--glass containers that resembled the new materials that had supplanted glass's traditional function.  I made glass baggies, and glass drink cartons, a glass milk canteen shaped like a breast, usw. I just can't seem to keep the word in my head.

skeuomorph /ˈskjuːəmɔrf/ skew-ə-morf, or skeuomorphism (Greekskeuos—vessel or tool, morphe—shape),[1] is a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original.[2] Skeuomorphs may be deliberately employed to make the new look comfortably old and familiar,[3] such as copper cladding on zinc pennies or computer printed postage with a circular town name and cancellation lines.
An alternative definition is "an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned from the new material but was essential to the object made from the original material".[4] This definition is narrower in scope and ties skeuomorphs to changes in materials.
I hope that the next time I can't remember the word, I'll be able to look it up here, by searching for "remember".  Because a blog is like a scrapbook, or something.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fred's Bowl Enlargement Project

Back When Fred fit in the Bowl

Back When Fred Fit in the Bowl

Fred Dominates the Bowl

Fred Dominates the Bowl


 Cat Bowl Enlarged

  Freddie in the Enlarged Bowl

Freddie in the Enlarged Bowl

Freddie at the Sink

Freddie Purr and Squawk

"Ah, shake it up Freddie now..."

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Friday, September 07, 2012

Wires & Cloud Avenue


Over 24th St

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