Category Archives: Art, Books, Music

Ghosts, Chips, and Hot Maori Boys

I’ve been planning on make some seasoned chips for Halloween. I’d stored the “ghost chips” recipe in Evernote. I have Evernote set up so its results come up when I use Google. And that’s how all this started. See, a video came up in Google, next to my Evernote stuff. It is an anti drunk-driving ad from New Zealand: But… (more…)

OPA 2013

We had a great time at the Oregon Potters Association show, and its sister show, Gathering of the Guilds. The OPA show was bigger this year, with lots of new faces. We wanted to fill in a couple gaps in our collection; potters we’d looked at for years, but didn’t have any pieces from. We were mostly successful, though still… (more…)

Dolls, Dolls, Dolls

I am becoming increasingly fascinated with art dolls. I think it’s because even when they aren’t supposed to be creepy, there is always something unsettling about a fake human. And when dolls are meant to be creepy, I fall straight in love. The pull to make my own dolls is getting stronger. It required two things I suck hard at:… (more…)

The Fun Farm

The Fun Farm is a little bit north of Bend, Oregon, east side of the highway. It’s hard to spot, because the town won’t allow signs on the highway. Just look for the bowling-ball tree and the field of goats. We showed up about 30 minutes before closing, but as we learned at Petersen Rock Gardens, “Bend time” is a… (more…)

Petersen Rock Garden

There are a few things I love more than letterboxing. Which is why, when we recently went to Central Oregon for a letterboxing event, I spent some time touring the local outsider art. Rasmus Petersen immigrated from Denmark, and built the Garden in the last 17 years of his life, from 1935 to 1952. It was his tribute to his… (more…)

Around the interwebs

Very cool stop-motion vid from Jamie Caliri for The Shins:     Nick Cave’s Shamanic Sound Suits (sorry, Spousal Unit, not that Nick Cave):     Urban Geodes:     Stunning porcelain art dolls from Marmite Sue:     Finally, a spooky little automaton by Thomas Kuntz:  

Art, nostalgia, and felting heaven

Design Boom brings us light painting taken a step further in the artistry of Kalaam. I have always admired Arabic calligraphy. Calligraphy seems too unassuming a word for such elevated artistry. Kalaam’s alphabet is Anglo, but it is heavily steeped in Arabic tradition. The photos are not altered or retouched. Kalaam drills the movements for the painting over and over… (more…)

OPA 2011

Went to the Oregon Potters Association Ceramic Showcase tonight and, as usual, spent a little too much.  But not much too much.  It’s become an annual ritual we not only enjoy while we’re there, but continue to appreciate as we gloat over our treasures.  Below is this year’s loot.  Where possible, the photo links to the artist’s site.    … (more…)

Art Things With Which I Have Become Annoyed

Now, I don’t mean to say that an artist shouldn’t make any damned thing they please.  Really, go on, do as you like.  Just don’t expect me to think you aren’t full of shit. Caveat: I’ve had the flu for more than a month, so it’s possible I’m just cranky.  Gonna rant anyway. I look at a lot of art… (more…)

Not About The Book Alone

Yes, Author, I realize you don’t like it when people give low stars on Amazon for Kindle formatting issues. I know you want to be reviewed on your literary merits, or at least those things within your control. Problem is, to a reader, formatting matters. I want to see that information in a review. I also want formatting errors fixed,… (more…)