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Friday, August 28, 2009

WILDerness ...

There is a small lake on the south edge of Yellowstone, where I took this photo the morning we left for Jackson. Right now I am enjoying the wildness of the underpainting, but it will be relatively tame in the end. Just like me!

Encouraging World Paradigm Corrections

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Random Encounters of the Weird Kind

TRUE (although possibly paraphrased) conversations I have had recently:
Young Woman: Oh you have a snake on your shirt! (smiles)
I: (wearing shirt with birds on it) yes, they are descended from a common ancestor!
YW: No way, they were created!
I: creation and evolution do not conflict in any way
YW: then why do they teach creationism?
I: because they take the bible literally. If it is literal, who did Cain marry?
YW: silent

(Coffee place) Young Woman 2: Please slide your grocery store card
I: Why, does the government want to know how much tea I drink? (smile)
YW2: No, not Obama; he is too busy giving money away to people who never work! Oh, I guess that is political.
I: Yes, I would say it is.
YW2: Well it is true!
I: No, it is your opinion.
YW2: silent

The Girl U Want

A friend started twanging a rubber band the other day and I could not help thinking of the guitar intro to this Devo song.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cat Piano Solo

My sister Betsy emailed the link to this concerto, with a cat soloist.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Solar UFO Water Cleaners in Osaka

This wild-looking object is designed to float on a body of water, siphoning, then purifying it, and finally shooting it out the top, cooling the solar panels that power the device, and returning the cleansed water to the original source.

You can read more about it on Pink Tentacle.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's the Thought?

I was talking to one of my sisters this morning and she said I might be invited to a wedding shower, and that the family concerned tends to give big, expensive presents. I suggested we get together to get something larger, if she would like to do that.
Then I started thinking about my philosophy of gifting:

1. no gift is required in return. The pleasure of giving is plenty.

2. I (and most givers) do not want to hear, "I have one of those already", "that is my least favorite color", "it is the wrong size and would fit my pet", or "wow that must have cost plenty!". Just say thank you, how kind of you.

3. Once the gift is given, do what you like with the object. It truly IS the thought, and if you don't need or want what I gave you, you can a. throw it away, b. donate it to charity, c. re-gift it to another person, d. paint it another color, or e. burn it.

4. A gift is not to be kept for life unless it is useful that long.*

*Keeping unwanted and unsolicited gifts because the giver might someday show up and ask where it is, is a form of insanity.

Operatic Ads

Aaaaiiiiieeeeeeee Ahhh Hah Hah Hah Hah! Found via Alison Sommers' post on Facebook about The Footnotes of Mad Men, thence to Deconstruction on Madison Avenue. Whew.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ye Olde Carrotte Bagge

Osprey made the carrot eons ago, we did a Tiny carrot Bag for her Jackalope avatar, and I made the Biggie version from that. the other day I made the carrot tops flexi, so they act like RL carrot greens. Here I am modeling the finished product.


Amazing Facts says that in spite of hand washing we can inadvertently spread disase through our common household objects and areas.* The kitchen is apparently the germiest place in the house, especially the sponges and the faucet.

*gets a clean cloth and some spray cleaner to help fight off swinies.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It Came from The Tentacle!

Macoto Murayama made this luscious flower image, which is akin to wireframe. See more of his work at
Pink Tentacle.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Woman Who Can Do Anything!

Combat Cards


Fake Photobooth Strips


Glycerin Soaps with That Something Extra (yes, of course breasts have plastic toys inside them!)


Yes, another artist I admire is Osprey Therian, a.k.a. (ssshhhhh!) Vivian Kendall, an artist with a highly creative nature. Her work spans several media, as you can see. You can visit the
oblivionstore and purchase some of her work in the form of tee shirts or other items.

In Second Life, she has built a theatre, organized a troupe of players and come up with wild ideas for our variety show, performed, found and uploaded free music that is wonderfully appropriate, designed a line of clothing, tents, and pavilions, as well as doing the amazing Combat Cards images, plus building the arenas and fighting there herself. By the way, Combat Cards are available for purchase in Second Life or in what we laughingly refer to as Real Life (yes, a real deck of cards).

Or you can visit her blog, or see her photos and videos on flickr.

Sunday, August 09, 2009


This is a great collaborative show, featuring 22 artists, each one doing one of the Major Arcana of Tarot. Each one is completely different in style, and that makes for an exciting experience for the viewer. There are teleports at each of the cards, and each one offers a gift to the visitor.

In the Magician, (top photo), the visitor becomes the Magician. Yes, that is me in my platinum wig!

The show is at Caerleon (192, 138,3728). Really enjoyable!


I keep forgetting to ask Osprey for permission to blog one of her RL paintings for my "artists I admire" series. I admire Osprey's Second Life work and videos tremendously though.

In this pic I am center, but her outfit is FAB, isn't it? We are sitting in the airborne theatre she designed and built.

Friday, August 07, 2009


This film is coming out in September, 2009.

Judith Nakhnikian

Judith's paintings are inspiring to me because she handles skin tones, fur and feathers so beautifully. Visit her website

Inspiration from Nature for Invention and Building

Visit for some of the natural solutions people are copying.

The Feelies Are Coming! The Feelies Are Coming!

From youTube via Pink Tentacle: This video shows holography that gives sensations to the recipient, as in touch!*
*Don't tell anyone in Second Life or they will want it incorporated immediately for ... well, never mind.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides Clip

Andy's driftwood piece being finished then washing out to sea.


My initial reaction to this film was repulsion, but I kept on watching because Osprey had recommended it. I was well rewarded for that.

As the film moves on we learn a lot more about who is doing what to whom, and it is much more complex and joyful than I had ever imagined it could be.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Who's Been Eating This Peach?

Look at the big bite out of that luscious juicy delicious peach!
*DISCLAIMER: I refuse to testify on the grounds that it may incriminate me.

Trees Evolved ...

I quieted the oranges yet again, because they seemed too harsh to my eye. I also opened up the tree shapes, forming trunks and branches by integrating the background color. That solved, for me, the problem that the foreground was impenetrable and seemed flat and solid.

Chopin Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 by Lang Lang

I think this exquisite performance is stunning. His facial expression shows his love of the piece and the instrument. I have seen a lot of musicians perform and when they are really absorbed in the music, the face reflects that. They lose touch with the personal and rise to higher realms.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Snake River Painting, Still Evolving

This is poorly lit. The left side is more true to the values than the right. It is very different to me, but to most people it may seem like subtle changes. I darkened the sky in some places, added red-violet tree trunks and lighter yellow-green for the foliage, and softened and smoothed out the violent but exciting oranges.

Who knows what the critique class would say, but I have to please myself first (this is an important change in attitude for me).

Studio Report

I rearranged the studio last weekend so that I have the light from the window on my left when I am at the easel. As I am right-handed, that makes more sense. I also cleared out stacks of old sketchbooks, keeping the drawings that I stll like after all these years. Whew! What a load of the past, off my back.

Safe Drinking Water For All

As Long As We Are On The Subject ....

Debussy's Clair de Lune, another piece that reminds me of our mother's obsessive playing of piano recordings. I like watching this vidio as it portrays the chords visually.

My mother loved the piano and this particular piece, Rachmaninoff's Concerto no. 2, was one of her favorites. She tended to play records over obsessively when she was on her way to a psychotic break. A subtle symptom, but very clear to us.

Last night I watched "The Seventh Veil", starring James Mason, Ann Todd, and Herbert Lom. It was fairly melodramatic, with Mason as Todd's guardian, encouraging her and providing training for her to become a concert pianist. She succeeds, and one of the signs of her success is her performance of this work.

While it was being performed in the movie, I listened, with goose bumps pouring down my spine as my nerves thrilled to the music, especially when after the opening chords, the violins join the piano in a rush of dramatic swelling waves. Although it brought back memories of Mom's illness, it also brought back the beauty and power of this musical piece; it is lush and moving.

Interestingly, in the movie, the young woman was being treated for her own mental illness, having to do with an obsession with her hands and their health and fitness for performance. It appeared to me as though Ann Todd were actually playing the piano in the film; whether they used recordings of someone else's performances, I do not know, and it is not revealed in her biography.

Monday, August 03, 2009


A friend recommended this form of mental healing to me, and I have been using it since. This is a very "New Age" format. The "White Brotherhood" is an old term for those who have evolved spiritually beyond the level of human into something beyond that. It signifies the entire spectrum of colors of light. Obviously, or perhaps not so obviously, it is not a term referring to skin pigmentation. It refers to beings of light, who may or may not also maintain a physical vehicle, what we call a body. The term I use most of the time is the Spiritual Hierarchy, those who would be termed adepts.

I was skeptical about the process, but have found that it is another means of intuitive guidance from suprapersonal levels, and it has healed some urgent and some not so urgent physical problems. It also works for psychological and spiritual problems.