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Adult language and cynicism ahead

Well, it is almost St. Suckenstein’s Day, or what I call The Big Lie. Meh, whatever, I love myself, a little bit. And I still have getting my laundry out of the dryer to look forward to! But seriously, this was the week to make a schedule and do a bit of everything every day. Haven’t quite got the art-making folded into things yet … but I am blogging, and that is what I am doing.


didn’t make it down to the studio yesterday, so the laundry is still there. Joys of being a bachelor I guess.

Question for the day: Why after over 20 years, do I still feel obliged to keep Columbia House in business?


Today I have a very important test to take, and lots of studying to do. I’m getting ready to host my daughter for close to a week! (Divorce with kids is a big suck-fest, take it from me.) I am about to throw something in the crock-pot for dinner, and then I will head to the grocery store. I have laundry still in the dryer, so I will go down into ‘No! Great Shakes!’ Studios to get that, and look at my art, perhaps to make a few marks, because we have to make a few marks. And on and on it goes.

As Brian Phelps used to say, “Be good humans.”

ramble on

Yes, I love Led Zeppelin. But that’s not the reason for this post. The reason is to post something every day from now until my art career is over, which will be when I die at the age of 102. That’s 57 more years times 365 days per year. Not a problem.

That’s about all I have to say for now, except to add that such an endeavor takes discipline, as does being an artist, and I’ve been slacking off. Working, writing, being a father, all of these things take time, but there is time enough every day to do a little bit of everything you want to do.

Talk to you tomorrow!


Felt tentative last night. Been a little too long since I was able to crawl back down into the studio. Wanted to go crazy with color, but all I could manage was light blue.

Live to fight another day!


It’s a living … in a way.

Although not at galleries proper, I have two shows lined up for 2015. Woot! First up is July – SeptemberĀ in the Bridgeport Brewpub banquet room at 1313 NW Marshall Street in Portland, Oregon. I’m planning on having a reception there at the start of the month of July. Details will follow as I cook them up. The space, otherwise, is for private events, so get on the stick and book your wedding reception or something there!

After that I’ll be showing at a Natural Health Clinic in the Laurelhurst neighborhood in Portland. A reception will also be held for this show, which runs October – December of 2015, so look for details on that, closer to the date. In the meantime, consider getting some chiropractic work, a little acupuncture, (maybe) and perhaps some healthy dietary advice, at the place, the name of which I will reveal when the TIME IS RIGHT!

Keep interacting with art!