Category Archives: Uncategorized

What’s this, a self portrait?

SELFPORTRAIT001I did this in highschool and it is still my best self portrait.


I make an exception for Christmas!

Normally drawing everyday object is a little tedious for me. I wish it wasn’t because there are  lots of interesting techniques and ideas and even emotions that are evoked by the seemingly mundane. After all, as my old teachers told me, first of all, it is the art student’s responsibility to make the subject interesting. Secondly, drawing from life is the necessary well of concrete knowledge from which more fantastical illustrations can be drawn and molded.  If you do not understand the basic concepts then the worlds we make with our imaginations can never look real.

There is one time when the world becomes more magic than any mind mage could conjure, and that time is this season. So while I can enjoy it, I will draw from life, as much as the little girls allow.

Tearing Ass

I was having an imaginary conversation with anyone who would listen the other day where I was describing the 20 head herd of deer “tearing ass” across our back woods. Then I said to said person “after all, the Latin word for earth is terra, -ae, therefore, terrassing is a very classy way of covering much ground.



Turnips have a distinct but delicate  taste and a starchy texture. Cauliflower can be watery, stringy and sometimes needs to be dressed up with things like garlic and Parmesan cheese.  These underground ombré aubergines are usually available even in regular grocery stores at a similar price to cauliflower. They are easy to peel and prepare. The tops are a winter green. There are 34 calories per cup of these purple pearls versus 27 in the frosty flowers. So, I conclude that turnips are a better potato substitute than cauliflower for those careful to avoid carbohydrates.

Here are my favorite turnip uses so far:

1) A puréed soup made with just butter to sauté the equal parts leeks and turnips  before adding the water. Then after simmering  till the vegetables are soft, add salt and pepper to taste. Blend. This is super delicious without even needing broth, cream or spices of any kind.

2) I had been adding cubes of turnip to cottage pie, but duh! I should mash it in place of potatoes on top. Anyways, the tastes REALLY go so well!

I will add more ideas later as I think of them and experiment more.

But when the year gets old,

it rusts to gold.

Which slowly fades to gray,

and suddenly white haired, passes away.

Name begins with N

Over several months there has been a mess of expensive, conical coffee filters and cheap watercolors strewn about our romp/work room. Last night I forced myself into artistic overdrive and…IMG_2925.JPG

Birthday for Bonzos

I have been full of ideas and inspiration and projects lately. But my duty calls. My bonzo has a birthday approaching. She loves to play with other kids and seldom gets to. It seems like people don’t invite people to their houses like when I was young. Here I was thinking I was all elusive when really I am part of a very troubling trend. But I am going to try my darndest to be friendly for her and have a little party with other kids her age for once. Planning a party seems excruciatingly difficult for me. All my attention will be aimed at that. Not that it’s uncommon for me to randomly not post for a while. Probably a third of the posts here are proclaiming that I am about to stop posting.

Anyways, say a prayer that the party goes well.

Deer Deviation from Drawing

i try to stick to drawings but this was too tempting. Plus, stats are way down.