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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


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Breaking Dawn

breaking dawn copy whitenoise

Friday, November 09, 2012

Crumpled Foil Scan

crumpled foil dull bw

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