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

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Forward Facing Cat

Forward Facing Cat

Freddie with yoga mat

Monday, August 26, 2013

Collage 2013 08 26

Collage 2013 08 26

Acrylic, paper towel & carborundum on paper. 11” x 15”

$7.00 ALL DAY

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ruthie with a Mouse


Photo by MJF

Bruce & Ruthie


Photo by MJF

Mr Mailbox

Mr mailbox


HBO 05


HBO embossed crosshatch frosting


Hey bruce you like this guy

So then we will burn you when you are dead

So then we will burn you when you are dead

Wood, wood glue, fake fur, hot glue, watercolor, polyurethane, cotton
244 x 203 x 203 cm

Jon Pylypchuk makes his sculptures from the most impoverished materials: scraps of wood, remnant fabric, felt, glitter, and glue. Rendered with wonky ‘best attempt’ aesthetics, Pylypchuk mines all the sentimental authenticity of the unloved yet hopeful media of craft camps and community workshops. So Then We Will Burn You… pictures wee critters gathering around their stricken colleague. Reducing the moral sophistication of the adult world to artless simplicity, Pylypchuk plays out horror and grief with child-like naiveté and chilling matter-of-fact-ness, authoring a folktale of tactlessness, discomfort, and inadequacy.

“y'alls can suck my balls, of course not directed at anyone specific”

Saturday, August 24, 2013

What’s the First Thing the Phone Saw When I Turned it On?

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At Alice Street Bakery. I gotta remember to leave it on ‘camera’ when it turns off.

You Got to Countersink your Shit

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The slats on my side of the bed keep shifting out of place, leaving a big gap under my upper back. Fixed it! Fred helped.

Fred 'Flecto



































Photo by MJF

Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh

In the shower, the steamy shower, Freddie’s on patrol

Photo by MJF

Friday, August 23, 2013

Soapy the Elephant

Soapy the Elephant

…and vice versa

Handwriting Doppelgänger

Handwriting Dopelganger
This box is on the 5th floor at OTOP. It looks like I wrote DETOX USE ONLY (TOX SCREENS) on it, but I didn’t. Somebody else did. Remarkably similar to my handwriting, though. I do a double-take whenever I walk past it.
My friend Leroy came to me
He said look out your window
Does the first man you see look like me?
I'm sooooore
Texas Rose Café, Little Feat, Sailing Shoes

Because outside of my hotel window
There’s a sign that goes from red to green,
It says:
Chop Suey and Join the US Marines
Here’s a sample of my handwriting on cardboard for comparison.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It’s A Pirates Life for Me

Pirate's Life

/s/ 420

Client art.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


August at the BAART clinic. Busy morning.

Monday, August 19, 2013


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Calling Douglas Hofstadter. “Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation.”

  • From Scientific American July 2013, p.72

Box from Jim

Finally arrived via Hell's Kitchen. It's full of great stuff-Jim's last bottle of hot sauce, some habanero jelly, a breathalyzer, a very sharp knife, a couple books, some pimp socks and a poster of political bent. Thanks,
"How to Switchblade" Drawing by J. Valentino







Update: Just checked out the hot sauce, and my it is frisky.

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Anise Gelatin Dessert

Weird Mexican Jello from Produce Pro. It's anise flavored, and after the gelatin and sugar dissolved in a double-strength potion, I let it cool for a bit and topped it off with some super-sodastreamed seltzer. The bubbles got trapped in as the jello set. This is strange stuff. Tastes fizzy. And licorice-y! I think this would make some interesting ouzo jello-shots.

Hyperventilation Blues

Hyperventillation Blues 2

Breathing. What do you see when you close your eyes?

Watercolor, 11” x 15”

Reeses Pieces etc.

Reeses Pieces
Detail of handcolored notes from last Saturday. Also:

Puddle Paws USA
Puddle Paws USA!. That’s Tropical Storm Amalia in the lower Caribbean.

Zucchini Growth Patterns
Zucchini Growth Patterns. Collaborative Image with Lynne-Rachel Altman.

Last Photo from Old Camera

After we got the new phones, I took Richard and Cathy out for ice cream.

This is the last photo that I took with my old camera, and it’s from June 10th. I’ve been using the phone’s camera since I got it. I recently pulled the old Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph out of the mothballs for a short video project. I love that camera.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tía Ana canta "Compuesta y sin Novio"

Sister Martha explains to her nephews why she never married and had kids. In song.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hot Cross Buns

A discussion of hot cross buns and their larger cultural & dietary implications. Also commerce.

Videography by Lynne-Rachel Altman, Artist 709.2.

For possible inclusion in Lynne-Rachel's upcoming "Pieces Piece" at
Chandra Cerrito Contemporary,
480 23rd Street,
Oakland, California 94612.
Saturday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00.


Collaborative Image with Lynne-Rachel Altman

Collaborative Image with Lynne-Rachel Altman. Watercolor, ink, indeterminate stains. In the Ganesha book.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Construction Note

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Here’s to Tom & Gayle having many happy years back on Waller Street. Starting soon!

Palms & Sky

2013-08-16 12.05.21

16th St & Mission

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


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Monday, August 12, 2013

*ahem* We’re Going to France!

We're Going to France

Watercolor, ink, 7 x 9.5”

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