Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dali and Warhol - But Who In The Hell Is Markoya??

The short answer = Dali's protege.

A couple of months ago I attended an online chat with Dali's protege, Louis Markoya on deviantArt. He told interesting stories about Dali and how he interacted with other artists in the 70's. There is one story about Dali and Warhol that stuck in my mind that ends with Warhol pissing all over some paintings and selling them.

Today I went to see the Warhol exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts here in Columbus. I actually got to see those paintings, or what I assume to be the paintings, since they listed as acrylic and urine as the materials. It was just wild to see them in person. I bought the book at the exhibit and took a little snapshot of the page where they are presented. Eight small works called Oxidation.

Here is a recap of the interview where he relates the Warhol story. I hacked it from the original transcript. A link to the original is at the end of this blog. It is worth checking out.

Interviewer: Dali kept a watchful eye on current events. What 70's artists did he find interesting and who did he get in touch with?

Markoya: Well...Warhol was nearly always around...and there are a lot of Dali references to Warhol....they had a rivalry as to their court...the people who follow them, and Warhol actually wanted me to join his....but I never liked Andy or his work..and though I was a lowly factory worker at

Interviewer: I know Dali prided himself on being the first to have painted a Coke bottle.

Markoya: Ya...Warhol had his group of wild transvestites always...I found most of them pretty frightful. There is a great little known story of Dali getting a present from Warhol...Dali had designed a work called Marilyn-Mao and used M. Monroe...Andy knew of itand gave Dali a print of his Marilyn. Dali actually put it on the floor and pissed on it....later to be one upped by Warhol as he did a whole series of piss paintings that he sold for large sums that is pissed [on]...Dali loved Warhol...but not for his art...which he did not like at all* platinus will always question "mixed media" now...

Interviewers: Indeed. He just always seemed less haughty than the rest of the Warhol clan. Oddly cerebral, but pretty damaged.

Markoya: Well we have two great examples in Dali and Warhol...Dali was driven to always become better, more, more cerebral, reaching, etc...Warhol, rarely even touched his work once he became famous...

An Audience with Louis Markoya: The Chat and More Questions.


Picture Credits:
ZOMG Zoey LOVES Butter by me...a really half-assed tribute to Warhol.

Watercolor Experiments Calendar



Update: I just ordered a limited amount of calendars, which I can offer at a discount for $14.00. I ordered 13, but five are already gone.

Previous Post:

I just uploaded my new calendar for 2009. It is a selection of works from my Watercolor Experiments series. Most of these works will be shown in a show in March of 2009 at Image Optical Gallery in the Short North Gallery District here in Columbus, Ohio. I am excited to be able to exhibit the collection of works.

Personally, I know I have had a lot of artistic growth over the year, and I think the experiments show that growth. It definitely signifies my letting go and accepting fate, accepting the utter chaos that life brings, and then reeling it back into my realm of control. This decade has definitely tried to kick my ass, but I have made the best of life at every turn.

Hopefully the dA slideshow of the gallery wlll be available soon for non-beta testers and the public. It goes well with NIN, Ghosts, listening from IV to I.

The calendar is available for purchase here.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I DIG Silent Order

I have been watching Silent Order on deviantArt for years. Also known as Silent View, they are a team of fetish photographers from Germany. Yeah, I am not usually a fan of fetish, but, they do fetish with a dark and gothic and glamorous style, so it appeals to me. They have some of the best settings, as well, in what looks to be old European castles and manors.

ANDER.WELT, GEDANKEN.SCHWER and SCHOENHEITS.KOENIGIN, are only a few of their cooler galleries. ANDER.WELT is especially awesome with the movement of the fabric and the reddish tints to the sky.

They are now promising a book of their work. I hope it is out in time for my birthday next year. Obviously it will be a direct order from Germany. I doubt that Barnes and Noble will carry it. More on Silent View

Friday, December 19, 2008

GCAC - Potential

I found out yesterday that I was chosen to be in the January 8th selection for the 2009 Greater Columbus Arts Council Partnership Awards. Galleries around Central Ohio submit work from their artists to be judged by a panel of five jurors. They choose 10 artists from all of the galleries. 4 out of 5 jurors chose my work for the selection.

What happens now is I present my two works to GCAC. The jurors then view the twenty works from the 10 artists and choose three finalists. The finalist artworks are purchased and given as awards to the three top businesses who contribute to the arts in Columbus.

I am very happy that Sean Cooper, the director of OAL, sent my digital slides to the selection committee for consideration.

What an honor!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wow...Great Editing

Wow...the person who edited this was actually able to make a song out of it, which is cool.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Adventures in the Snow

First off, let me just remind everyone that soooo many people cannot drive in the snow in Columbus, Ohio. Not to be a snow-belt elitist, but this is nothing, kids. Nothing. That said, I felt like taking a chance and going out last night, so I dragged my friends out for an adventure...no worries - they lived through it. First we went out to drop off some art work near downtown, then headed over to check out some art work at the galleries, and ended up in Burgundy Room for some tapas. Wow, was it chilly at times!! Here are some pics from the adventure...
Definitely, a blurry shot, but I like it.

Karan and Jared, my co-adventurers...posing...

...spontaneous...kinda.

Here is the piece at the OAL Gallery: It is the space-like one...

Here are the pieces at RoyGBiv. The photographer standing in the photo was there to take pictures of the little orchestra that was just to the left of me.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lost From You Series @ RoyGBiv Gallery




You can see this painting at the RoyGBiv Gallery beginning in December in the Small Works Show.

Lost From You

Artist Statement: "It is with great sadness and regret that I need to inform you that I have no idea who you are anymore. I could look in the marshy swamp, or the dark wood, but I have a feeling you are in an abyss that is unreachable. Perhaps I will know you again some day."

12" x 36" overall.
1 - Watercolor pigment, liquid acrylic, pen and gloss varnish on a fabric-like board on a black 1" frame.
2 - Watercolor pigment, liquid acrylic, pen and gloss varnish on a clayboard on a black .5" frame.
3 - Watercolor pigment, liquid acrylic, pen and gloss varnish on a gessoboard on a black .5" frame.
$400 for the set....I would prefer not to break it up.

You can see these works at the RoyGBiv Gallery located at 997 N. HIGH ST. COLUMBUS,OH 43201-2402.

For more information about RoyGBiv Gallery, visit them here.

Space Dust @ OAL Gallery



You can see this painting at the OAL Gallery beginning in December in the Thumb Box Show.


Space Dust

Artist Statement: Trying to get lost in the cold expanse of space...and on such a small canvas. Made specifically for this show-all of the works are 6" by 6" or smaller.

6" x 6" Watercolor, liquid acrylic, silver pen and gloss varnish on 2" framed aquabord.
$50.00

The Ohio Art League Gallery is located at 954 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215.
For more information about OAL, go to OAL.org.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Ghost Hunter

So, I found out that my nephew is a ghost hunter yesterday. He owns most of the equipment for it, less a thermal camera. Thermal cameras cost around $6 grand. His current website is on MySpace.

He has some pretty scary photos of ectoplasm. One definitely has a skull in it. He told us a story about some video he took of a possession after someone used an Ouija board. I hope that is not true.

Most of the conversation was around the activity in the house we all grew up in. Four of us saw things while we were living in the house. My mom said the woman who owns the house now is also seeing things. Here is a list of what each of us have seen:

1. Me - I saw a reflection of a woman from the kitchen. She was standing the living room by the windows.

2. Jack - Saw a bright blue light from the kitchen and utensils floating in the air.

3. Katie - Saw the woman in the living room by the window. Same woman.

4. My sister - Watched a cloud (ectoplasm?) form on top of the table in the kitchen. It spun around and around and went up into the ceiling.

5. We each have had weird things happen in the upstairs.

A little history is that a man who lived there before my family bought the house got so scared one night that he shot his pistol into the hallway. The doors still have the bullet holes.

The house has changed hands several times since my family moved out. No one stays for too long.

We do not know what the current woman is seeing. Jack wants to do an investigation. I'm not sure if she will let him/us do that.

Anyway, Karan and Jared, let me know if you are up for that.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hot Tea...

Matte Latte from the Republic of Tea with a cinnamon teabag thrown in to spice it up. I love Republic of Tea.
Anyway, this picture is the teabags I used today sitting on a cotton canvas. I painted a different one earlier this week called St33p, after a poem I wrote a while back, last year.

Steep
Soaked up in a moment,
Every ounce of my essence,
Imbued in hot water.

Staining my surroundings,
Waiting to be consumed,
Made more palatable with saccharine fakeness,
Because you can’t take it straight.

The longer I sit, the more bitter I become,
The less diluted I am,
With knowledge of my pending disposal.
I am good for one use.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Migraines Suck


I get these crazy migraines on occasion since the surgery. Turns out the surgery is the cause of them, according the physical therapist. They are fucking debilitating. I feel awful, I puke, and then I feel awful some more. Turns out a vicodin helps. Found that out too late...by 30 minutes...and missed the NIN concert.

Stole the photo from Jared. Dude, awesome seats!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

June Abstract Show

I will be helping organize the Abstract Show at the High Road Gallery in June of 2009. The planning meetings will begin at the first of the year. It will be an open call for entries. Not sure of the details beyond that.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cha$e

OK. I am watching this TV show called Cha$e on the Sci-fi channel. I have to say, I like it. It is fuckin' exciting. I dig the Secret Service like dudes, but dress those bitches like Zombies and that would be cooler.

I need a soma.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A New Calendar for 2009!



I just uploaded my new calendar for 2009. It is a selection of works from my Watercolor Experiments series. Most of these works will be shown in a show in March of 2009 at Image Optical Gallery in the Short North Gallery District here in Columbus, Ohio. I am excited to be able to exhibit the collection of works.

Personally, I know I have had a lot of artistic growth over the year, and I think the experiments show that growth. It definitely signifies my letting go and accepting fate, accepting the utter chaos that life brings, and then reeling it back into my realm of control. This decade has definitely tried to kick my ass, but I have made the best of life at every turn.

Hopefully the dA slideshow of the gallery wlll be available soon for non-beta testers and the public. It goes well with NIN, Ghosts, listening from IV to I.

The calendar is available for purchase here.

I will order a certain amount and have them available for purchase for $20.00. That way you can save on shipping. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to hand them out again this year.

I also plan to publish a portrait-oriented calendar with many of my old and new pen and ink sketches. It is for my friends who like to carry the thing around as a planner.

|=u(ki|\|g Zombies

Last year I was involved in a zombie attack at my work. Nothing serious. Currently, I am the closest thing to a zombie that I know of. I have the bones of the dead within me and they are reanimating (aka "grafting") as I write this. These bones are fortified by steel plates. So, this makes me a zombie robot. Well, people like to call me that. The hilarious thing is that I developed a character last year (developed as in drew) that was a zombie robot. I had no idea that one year later my fate would have such a coincidental twist. It's a coincidence and not irony, by the way. I have nothing against zombies or robots, much less robotic zombies.

When did my love of zombies begin? Very recently...up until two years ago, the thought of zombies freaked me out. A friend of mine had just published a book called Brainchild. He thought I would be interested in seeing it. I was not and I told him so. But, I bought it anyway (since it would be cool to own a book by a friend). Got it, read it, and had nightmares about it that night. But, I was hooked.

There was something about zombies that suddenly appealed to me. I then branched off to books released by the Permuted Press, Rebecca Brock stories, and Max Brooks books. I stared getting into Romero movies, Resident Evil movies, and all the others. I have even written some zombie stuff of my own.

It is very early in the planning, but there may be another zombie anthology by my friend. I am helping him out with this project. Although, based on our work schedules and my additional 2009 art schedule, I think it may 2010 before it happens.

About the picture: Undead vs Undead 2007. My friend Jared is a zombie. I am a vampire...well, sorceress vampire. Whatever. (I have lost 50 pounds since that picture was taken.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Big In Japan - Wabi-Sabi

The other day an artist on dA (more about him and his project in another post) told me that I could be big in Japan. Hey, that's a band name....not a very good band, but I digress. So, this guy told me that I would be a hero in Japan because I am a disciple of wabi-sabi. I had no idea what that means and had to Google it, although, I have heard that my work has a lot of Asian influence. Which also makes sense because one of my artist friends from Scotland, whom I have a great deal of respect for, studied with an artist in Beijing.

Turns out, I probably am following wabi-sabi, even if I have not done so consciously. Wabi-Sabi is actually two separate beliefs that have been brought together recently. It is an ancient Buddhist philosophy that represents asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and suggest a natural process. I have always related my work to nature and often try to depict decay and imperfection. There is a beauty in that kind of natural process.

Here are a couple of links to study, if you want:
What is Wabi - Sabi?
Wabi Sabi on Wikipedia

Monday, November 10, 2008

Soup Spell

Okay, I have this weird and freakish ability to change the properties of soup...like a creamy potato or a creamy broccoli. I freaked my husband out tonight because I proved that I could thin soup just by being near it. I was eating mine and told him what happens. He said it was just my soup. His soup (the same soup) was still thick. So he traded me.

Within a minute his soup, too, was like water. He was weirded out by it.
It is a bummer because I'll be enjoying a thick, creamy soup and within moments it is thin as water. I have had this "ability" for years. I worked with a woman years back who watched me do it and told me that I was a natural witch. I'm not sure if I believe in all of that or not, but witches are suppose to be able to control the elements, right? Who knows. I am not sure what good it is...

But there must be a scientific reason as to why this happens.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Interview

Recently, I was interviewed by Andrei Pavel for Romania's Urban Arts Channel. You can check out that interview here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Blue!!!!!!

Our state is blue!!!!!!!!!

Listening to fireworks go off in the distance. It is a time for celebration.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Barack My Vote

I was telling my husband this evening that this is the fifth presidential election that I have voted in, and I have never been so excited to vote for a person. I voted for Clinton the second time around, but my enthusiasm for him does not compare to the absolute hope and excitement I feel about voting for Obama. I believe this man can bring great change in our nation. I want to feel proud to be an American again and I think he can inspire change and lead us in a better direction. We need this country to be about the people and for the people. Not for the oil companies. Not for the drug companies. Not for the insurance companies. Corporate greed has poisoned this place. I am tired of greedy men and waring men. It is time to not be lulled by these entities and scared into needless war and suffering. I hope you get out there and vote for Barack!

Here is a little flash back with the Wazzzzup!!!!! commercial and how the guys have fared 8 years into the Bush administration. I hope what you see at the end of it is what we see tomorrow and hopefully before midnight!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

An Unwelcome Guest



My kitten was not at all happy with his little visitor taking up space on his window ledge and blocking the sun.

Show at Haiku - July 2009

I have a second solo show for 2009, in July. This one is at Haiku in Columbus' Short North Gallery District. I am very excited. Except that I accidentally closed the car door on this piece. Gah! I need to fix the thing now.

Thank You Scarlet

One month and five days ago I had a little surgery on my neck. I had two levels of my cervical spine removed and replaced with cadaver bones and metal plates. I have to tell you, it has been an experience. I am healing up fast and well.

One of my first adventures out of the house was when I drove to meet some friends for a birthday lunch. My friend, who is a little goth (not the emo kind, more like the true kind: in spirit), asked me if I had the life story of the person who donated my bones. Nah, when a person donates bones and skin, they go to a bank. It is not quite like organs (hearts, livers, kidneys) where they track them and the match has to be more concise. With bones and skin, the process does not have as high of a risk of rejection as vital organs.

But, I still think about the fact that some person died and was kind enough to leave their parts and pieces for people like me to use. So, I named that unknown person Scarlet.

Why Scarlet? Because I have had an attraction to red since the surgery. I even died my hair red. I am not sure how much of a fake identity I want to develop past that point, so we will leave it at that.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Governor in Red Leather

The Governor in Red Leather...the one with $150,000 make-overs, and $17,000 per diems, when so many "Joe-Six Packs" and "Susie Soccer Moms" (uh, the fem version may not be correct...I usually quit listening after the first grossly inaccurate blanket description) wish they had an extra $17 for their meager per diem...

That governor? Why yes. And to not be outdone, McCain found his own "Joe Six pack" in "Joe the Plumber". But that is an actual man...was Joe prepared to face the kind of scrutiny he has faced as he was being used as McCain's patsy? Yeah, he is a patsy. Fuck, most Americans are, aren't they? Well, I hope it is more like they were! We have 10 more days to get enough people to wake up and realize that if they do own that descriptor, "Joe the Plumber", they are, in fact, a very average American. Republicans do not want to give you tax breaks. They want you to vote them in so they can get the tax breaks and break the rules for their rich and powerful friends. They want to continue to poison America with their greed. Oh, they will throw you a bone every once in a while and give you enough to buy a fucking TV, or invest in their corporations, once they realize they need to reel you back in. But remember to add that to your income on your next return.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Orange Coke

Okay, I just sent the following message to Coke.com. Hopefully they will do it...
"Hello. I wanted to email an idea I have for a Diet Coke flavor. Recently, when I am at Pei Wei, I add oranges to my diet coke, and it is delicious. If you could come up with an orange flavor diet coke, that would be awesome. I am sure regular Coke would be great, too, but I am diabetic. Thanks for your time."

I guess I could buy oranges and diet coke and do it myself, but that's a pain in the ass.

Update: I got an email back from Coke telling me that they cannot and will not take my suggestion because of a bunch of corporate BS that completely gets them out of ever paying me for making a suggestion. I didn't want to be paid. I wanted them to get their asses busy and make some orange Coke.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Large Impact Simulation Video

You know what bums me out about this? If it is possible to have an underground society if something like this happened, I bet they would actually save people like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears. Actually, who cares? Living underground for the rest of your life would suck anyway.

Are We Atill Married?

I just watched this sober...later on I will take a vicodin and see if I like it more...

Rusted World - WIP


I just finished varnishing Rusted Worlds and will assemble the piece later on today. I am excited to see the finished product. I am saving it for the March show.

Here is a little abstract photo of step two in my process on one of the blocks in this piece:

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bought some art today...

Well, yesterday. I bought a piece by Justin Gray at Agora V.

Here is his statement:
"My working process is derived from a ceramics firing process called pit firing where the artist builds a fire on top of his work and lets the smoke leave it's marks. This is precisely what I do, not on clay work, but instead on light weight panels."

Fire and smoke!! That completely rocks. The reason I bought the work was because it had such a tactile look. I wanted so bad to touch the thing to feel what it was made of. Jared and I thought it was made of fabric, but it was hard. Turns out, it is ceramic fired board. Very nice.
I am happy I bought it. It has a happy new home now.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Traditional Marriage Is An Antiquated Notion

I think instead of trying to legalize gay marriage, we should reexamine marriage in its entirety, and change the paradigm about what marriage really is in respect to the law and government. I believe that marriage, as we know it, is an antiquated notion in our society. If you take the romanticism out of the arrangement, what you have is truly a business arrangement and a partnership. This business arrangement and partnership is based on a mutual trust and respect, with love as a motivation. This does not and should not have to be held to the beliefs of a faction of society that only believes that it is exclusively a union between a man and a woman. It should be a union between any two people who choose to pursue it. The religious aspects of the union should be completely removed from the process as far as the legal part of it is concerned. If a couple chooses to have their marriage "blessed" my their church in a traditional marriage ceremony, then that would be a completely separate and private arrangement.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mmmm Sonic Youth in a Vicodin Haze

I am so not bored right now. Actually, I am doing pretty well. Listening the Children of Men soundtrack, which is quite incredible, by the way. Now the Sonic Youth song which I have been into lately is a cover of The Carpenters song Superstar, and is not on that soundtrack. Yeah, The Carpenters. I often get into those tribute albums and may go back and buy the whole thing. It is pretty awesome.

So, I have been high for days now. I am to a certain degree pretty much high all the time. I've lost 10 pounds now. I am in the next size down in a lot of things, so I have bought new clothes for when I return to work. Mostly red. Unfortunately I am the fattest person I know, so I'll just give the massive pile of giant clothes that are now on the floor of the extra bedroom to Goodwill or the Kidney Foundation.

I have not been as into my art as I thought I would be. I get distracted quick as fuck. Ha...what does that mean?? Depends on the guy, I guess.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bored Now

OMG. I am so fucking bored I am going out of my mind.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Assemblage Versus The Art of Cooking

Back a few years ago when I was in one of many marketing classes, specifically Marketing Behavior, I learned something shocking about myself. I was not actually a cook. Not that I was fooling myself into thinking I was some sort of chef, but I did have a few signature dishes I prepared that I could use to work my way into the hearts of men, so to speak. Turns out, cooks are very rare now days. Who has time today to not be an assembler, versus a cook or a chef? There is just way too much stuff to do.

So, if you look up "assemblage" in it's relation to art, you know that it truly is an art in itself. <More here on that> Either with assemblage art or assemblage cooking, you can make a really awesome thing, or you could really fuck it up. You still have to know how to "cook"...or design something.

Assemblage Chili...or just Chili


º 2 lbs of ground beef (fry it up and drain the grease)
º 1 onion all chopped up
º 1 can of Progresso Basil Tomato Soup
º 2 12 oz cans of diced tomatos
º 1 12 oz can of vegetarian baked beans (I like them better than kidney beans. Why vegetarian? They have less sugar.)
º 1 tbsp garlic salt
º 1/4 cup dried onion
º 1 tsp cayenne pepper (whoa...more if you want to make it freakin' HOT!!!!)

Directions: Cook the hamburger and drain the grease. Add the onion. Add everything else. Let it cook and simmer for a couple hours. Server it with some crackers and sour cream. Maybe some cheese.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fugue Attack


I use to have this friend who insisted that one day I would have a massive fugue attack and then end up in the Florida Keys as a professional alligator wrestler. I must say that some days I think this is not beyond the realm of possibility. Although, I may wrestle crocodiles instead. Or kittens.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Best Laid Plans...

For all of the good planning and willingness to make a perfect product, shit happens. Human error. Man interacting with his environment and having to succumb to its hapless whims.
Did the man see the leaf and think, "you know, I can only do so much"? Or was he in a hurry and just did not care? Or did it blow in at the last moment and he was completely unaware? Or, my favorite choice, did he just let it happen because he knew the results would yield a perfect outline of a leaf that will live on until the next painter comes along? A little piece of chaos.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Lights Are Out But Somebody's Home

Well, it is day three without power. I have a feeling I am going to have to figure out what batteries this lantern takes pretty soon.

Earlier we had pizza by candlelight. How romantic.

We just dumped nearly every bit of food we had in the fridge and freezer. That was a little depressing. The freezer stuff was gross. We have a shelf with stuff that may not stink if we wait. We will dump that later.

I am adapting surprisingly well. Although, I am convinced that having this access to the net and means to charge my electronic essentials means a lot. I will need to do laundry soon, though.

Prediction: Thursday night for the power.

Monday, September 15, 2008

On The News

On the news...well, my house is on the news. And my cars. I am not sure which network. They are talking about the power outage from Hurrican Ike. Yes, we has a hurricane in Central Ohio, no less. Category 1, and that is enough for me. The ironic thing is that we sent 50% of our electric crews to TX for Ike, So now we have no power. Went out at 3pm yesterday. Thank goodness for gas. Atleast I can take a hot shower. Plus, I am charging stuff at friends houses and work, and have internet access via the iPhone!
I also have a kick-ass battery lantern. Love it!

So, it is not so bad.

Joe and I were doing unspeakable things during the broadcast, by the way. lol.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

SNL - Palin and Clinton



OK, this is hilarious...and by the way, if you do not just assume you know what it means, a "flerg" is something that gives a man a flaccid penis.

Love it! "In conclusion, I invite the media to grow a pair. And if you cannot, I will lend you mine."

Now that is fucking priceless.

By the way, Tina Fey is Palin's twin - nothing against Fey!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

OMG .... itza Black Hole!!!!!

Okay, I know it is only the first part of the experiment at CERN, and we will not know if they are creating earth-consuming black holes until October, but this guy has a funny take on people's reactions....

Sour Kraut Balls

Mmmmmm. I hate sour kraut, but I loves me some sour kraut balls....here is the recipe:

Preheat oven to 350º.

Brown 1 lb. Bob Evans Sausage (use regular and drain the grease)
Drain a 12 oz jar of Vlasic sour kraut. (drain well)

Mix the browned sausage and sour kraut in a bowl with 1 package of cream cheese.

Roll them into ballz...should make around 20 to 30 I think, depending on how big you like your balls.

Roll them in bread crumbs.

Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lipstick

You can put lipstick on a pig, but Sarah Palin is still a crazy bitch. Specifically a pitbull. Hey, she said it.

I am so sick of politics right now. It is quite sad that America will keep the Republicans in office when it is obvious they are destroying this country. When he chose Palin I thought, what a ploy! Who in the hell is going to fall for that?? Well, I should have known better. I think we need to reevaluate who gets to vote in this country. There should be an IQ test.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

GAH!!!!!!

Holy shit. I just found a tiny spider spinning a web in my hair!! I am f'n serious!!!

At first I thought it was a tiny piece of lint, but then I realized that tiny piece of lint had tiny legs that were moving.

EEEEK!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Environmental Issues

I have a plant at work. Today I decided to bring it home.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Bigfoot!!!!!!!


Yeah, yeah, yeah...I'll get the DNA to you by Monday. Sure thing....

Rockin' the Diabetic Coma

So, according to one of my ologists I am a diabetic, but I have decided not to let that stop me from enjoying the delicious salty caramel ice cream that Jared left today. Yum!! Even better with brownies. ZOMG!

Photo credit...stole the pic off his blog.

Friday, August 8, 2008

About to Listen

The other day I accidentally turned the channel to Cspan2. Yes, I am serious. My clunky right hand hit the wrong buttons and there it was. Some older gentleman was being interviewed under the hot-looking gymnasium and television lights. I recognized the name on the bottom of the screen...Vincent Bugliosi. I have always been a fan of his work. He was the deputy DA that successfully put Manson away. I read his first book, Helter Skelter, when I was around 15. Now I am ready to "read" another of his works, The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder. Actually I bought the audio version from iTunes. I intend to keep an open mind while listening...we shall see how that goes.

Read the wiki for more.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Like a Duck

Actually a goose...went to gallery hop tonight. It was around the time that the sidewalks were overly crowded with people. If you know me then you know crowds are not my thing. So, I started to walk in the street at times. Which reminded me of all the Canadian geese at work, who, incidentally, cause me to hop-scotch along the sidewalks because of their piles of green excrement. But I digress. As we were walking to Caribou the other day we walked up on about 30 geese. They all took off moving exceptionally fast in fear of us, which surprised me. Off to the pond, they went, to eat more fish and grass so they would have ammunition for my shoes and give me reason to skip. So, off to feed our caffeine addictions we went. On the way back we saw the same gaggle of geese sloooooowly walking across the street in front of a car. So, my point, just in case you missed it, is I would rather take my chances with a 2 ton vehicle in the street that could mow me down than with a bunch of unruly humans on the sidewalk.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Where is my mind?



I love that song...


This week I feel completely empty. It's hard to explain. You know, there is a certain sadness in the melody of that song that really gets to me.

I often wonder if the madness of my creating is to develop some sort of immortality. Not an actual immortality, but just a way to perpetuate my existence in this realm of being. I have no kids...but what guarantee is there that your children will carry on any memories? I have no faith in medicine, at least in my lifetime. The best I could hope for is a way to interface technology with the organic and somehow capture the data in my brain that makes me me.

Or maybe there is a heaven.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Five Year Plan


Long time no blog, eh?

I gave up corporate ambition for various reasons that I will not mention here. Lately I have been thinking about how I can make a living doing what I truly love. So, what I lack in corporate ambition, I hope I can make up for in artistic ambition. I will be trying to define that plan over the next few months to come up with something that I can accomplish.

I think my work has come a long way in the past year. I need to get in on some shows again so i can get my work out there.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

BAR FOOD



Ah, the joys of conceptual photography. You can make of this whatever you want. It is mostly just a bunch of drunk friends playing with the greasy bar food and their iPhones.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Top Five Things From This Week...NO...Six!

Monday: Jared is recruiting everyone from my work for his company.

Tuesday: Spent a good part of the day in Riverside's emergency room because I thought I was having a heart attack...was just panic.

Wednesday: I painted two paintings on this day. I also had my last PT session for my neck.

Thursday: Had a great morning. Dave wants to resurrect The 614 Art Collective with him and I, James, Tom and Tim. Cool. We will probably produce a monthly news letter and do quarterly gallery shows. I hope this happens because I think it'll rock.

Friday: Soooooo, my husband wants me to find a new job. He is completely livid that I work so many hours. He has accused me of having an affair. Also, Dr. Mavian, my rockin' neurosurgeon, has convinced me to let him slice me open and put a cadaver bone in me! .05% zombie I will be. Schaweeeeeeeeeet.

Saturday: Won a Daily Deviation "award" for The Devil's Breath on deviantArt!

yay!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

70 pounds later...



Even when I have had just about the shittiest day ever, this reminds me that I look hellah better at the end of it than a year ago. Once i lose the next 70 pounds I will post a triptych.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Art Plans & Discipline

You know, I have not been as completely disciplined about my art as I have been in the past year. I know I started getting very serious about it around May 5th of last year, and have really gained a lot of confidence and skills over the past year. I have had a couple of nice, shiny moments, like getting into my first juried show, which was nice. I need to enter more shows. I don't know where it is going, honestly. I have my plans, and I know how to market myself, but we shall see. So, with the assumption that I had all the money and time in the world, here is what I would do:

1. Prep for a Fine Arts masters program. Considering that my undergrad is in Digital Communications with a focus on Internet Marketing, I will probably need to meet a couple of prerequisites for a Fine Arts program.
2. Enter a Fine Arts program. It would have to be local and traditional. As much as I like online campuses and can work well with them, I would want to go to classes.
3. Concurrently, I would open an online gallery. This would be a sort of precursor to opening an actual brick and mortar gallery.
4. Eventually, I would like to represent a set of artists and their work in my gallery. Non-exclusive. Obviously this is just s starting point for them, and I would help them achieve the next level. I would have my work in this gallery, too.

Anyway, for now I need to get back to painting. I started out talking about discipline because I have had a lack of it lately. I started a piece the other day that has me baffled. Eventually, it will get done. Otherwise, I need to just move on. I scanned in the current version for my new stock gallery.

Stewie Griffin-like Delivery


This morning Joe got up to move something so Zoey could sit on the table between us, and then Zoey completely took over his recliner as soon as he got up. Joe was about to leave for work, so he did not care, but I "scolded" Zoey for doing it. I evidently delivered the scolding as if he were Brian and I were Stewie. Joe totally called me on it and started laughing.

"Soooo, Zoey, are you proud of yourself?
Are you happy that you kicked Joey out of his seat?
Do you think we ought to get you your own recliner?
Put it right here in the middle of us.
Yes, that would be nice, wouldn't it?
How's that novel coming along?"

Well, I did not say the novel part...Joe added that one in. And I am not sure if my voice started going up several octaves either.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Handlebars

I think I like this animated version of Handlebars better than the video with the children. It brings a little more of a story behind the lyrics. Plus, I like how they have animated a comic-book-like style. I am not sure whether the intent of the lyrics is about the government, corporations, or the young people in this world that make grand plans to blow away the people around them. Or maybe you can apply its message to any of those psychotic entities.

Speaking of psychotic entities...

Here is the version of the video. Evidently, Universal Music Group likes to keep people from embedding videos to their blogs, or else you could just watch it here.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Transylvanian Concubine by Rasputina

This is how I rock...(laughing now)

----RULES----

1. Put Your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name. Fool! *’s are much classier
5.Put this on your journal.


1. If someone says, "Is this okay?" You say?
"God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash

2. How would you describe yourself?
"Kissing the Sun" The Young Gods
Lyrics:
Soon we will be on our way
Say goodbye to yesterday

Soon we will be in the light
Swimming in the open sky

We’ll spread our wings around the stars
Watch the way we drop our scars

We will be kissing the sun
Everybody knows kissing the sun
One and one with the one you’ve chosen

We’ll spread our wings as we get higher
Spread our wings into the fire

We will be kissing the sun
Everybody knows kissing the sun
One and one And the thing explodes

[Wild that it mentions scars]

3. What do you like in a guy/girl?
"Rental Car" by Beck
[Let me rent you for a while...I get bored easily.
Honestly, I have no idea what this means.]

4. How do you feel today?
"Timebomb" Godsmack
[Didn't I already tell you to back the fuck up?...oh no, I deleted that]

5. What is your life's purpose?
"Down with the Sickness" Disturbed

[ugh weh weh weh weh. ugh ghh ugh. I am one sick bitch.]

6. What is your motto?
"Szamar Madar" by Venetian Snares
[I'll translate this from Hungarian later on...all I know is the video rocks. It is about the creation of the universe, or some shit like that.]

7. What do your friends think of you?
"Over" by The Perfect Circle
[I am so over...that's ok. I'm tired now, anyway.]

8. What do you think of your parents?
"Gun Shy" by Liz Phair
[um, I have no idea what this means...]

9. What do you think about very often?
"Hunger Strike" by Temple of the Dog
[I have been really fat (morbidly obese...pretty words) all of my life. Now I am losing tons of weight...I'll miss being fat, even if it is killing me.]

10. What is 2 + 2?
"Where are You? (Carol C. Remix)" by Omni Trio
[stupid question=Stupid Answer]

11. What do you think of your best friend?
"Johnny Feelgood" Liz Phair
[My best friend rocks. He has taken care of me for twenty+ years. I dig him more than anything or anyone else on Earth.]

12. What do you think of the person you like?
"3rd Planet" by Modest Mouse
[Hmmm...I like a lot of people...and incidently they are all Earthlings.]

13. What is your life story?
"Up To Me" by Jethro Tull
[Why that is true.]

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
"Joey" by Concrete Blonde
[ha ha...more like Joey's wife]


15. What do you think of when you see the person you like?

"We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles
[And I am sure we can and we will, man....as soon as you get over yourself...or I get over you.

Ha...just making shit up again. Awesome, huh?]


16. What will you dance to at your wedding?

"Freestyler Remix 2" by The Bom Funk MC
[thaz hilarious]

17. What will they play at your funeral?
"Gypsy" Fleetwood Mac
[Um...that is not on my funeral playlist!]

18. What is your hobby/interest?
"Thru the Motion" by Pepe Deluxe
[hmmm...I like to dance.]

19. What is your biggest fear?
"Surrender" by U2
[NEVER!]

20. What is your biggest secret?
"Biggah" by Mephisto Odyssey
[This has no words...my secret is still intact!]

21. Your life:
"I Can't Wait" by The White Stripes
[Who you messin' with? Who you think you tryin' to fool. Whatever.]

22. What will you post this as?
"Transylvanian Concubine" Rasputina
[It makes as much sense as anything else.]

Envy

I think this is the place:

Short North Hit & Run: More to the Story

The other day the news talked about the hit and run that took place in the Short North that left two people in the hospital. Evidently there is a lot more to the story than "two people leaving a bar at night."

The people involved were run over by a man trying to get out of paying his bill at Haiku.

"On Thursday evening, a man left Haiku Restaurant in the Short North without paying his bill. Julie, co-owner, and Rachel, a bartender, followed the man outside to his vehicle. According to police, the man started his vehicle and purposely struck Rachel and Julie as he backed out of his parking spot."

You can read more here.

Also, if you feel like giving some money, please do. One of the people is an artist and the other is the owner. I hate to see Haiku drug down and put out of business because of this.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ronald McDonald Turns Zombie


Sad news from McDonaldland today. It seems that Ronald McDonald finally turned zombie and discovered his cannibalistic lust for flesh.

This happened shortly after Grimace's body was discovered following an apparent suicide from a healthy dose of poison. Rumor has it that Grimace's suicide was motivated by the clown's constant badgering about his intellect and checkered past. Another rumored reason, but unsubstantiated at the moment, is the fact that Grimace led a secret life of cross-dressing and had astronomical credit card bills from shoe purchases.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tattoo...Vampire Fish

Looks like we will be going to get tattoos in June...end of June. I need to redraw a couple of versions of vampire fish. I am getting mine in the middle of my upper back...down a few inches from my neck. I'm excited about it. Here is one of my versions of vampire fish:

Fugly Day...

Went to see my mom today. Had lunch with her and my sister and her husband and her mother-in-law. Tornado sirens were blaring. Not to worry though, they said...the tornado was in northwest Columbus. Wait...that's near my house. By the way, Paula Dean's Zuccinni Custard is just as nasty and gross as it sounds.