I am enjoying From Dawn to Decadence (Jacques Barzun) immensely.

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SplatDragonruby sea dragon

galloping Phylopteryx




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Have a happy Wood Sheep Year! Did you enjoy the black moon? Waitaminnit: “cannot occur in February”?!
Confused? Well, they Are kind of hard to see… so here is a picture (no cow, maybe a black sheep, or was it a bull?)


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Chemical RomaInce

I am Lettuce; Hear Me Roar!

I am Lettuce; Hear Me Roar!

Listening to The Infinite Monkey Cage: always excellent!

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SplatSquidI have fallen in love with Pollock all over again!


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The Life of Cats in Historic Japanese Woodblock Prints


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Originally posted on Flavorwire:

They were brought to Japan on ships during the mid-sixth century to protect sacred Buddhist scriptures during transport, but quickly became a central element of Japanese life, appearing in art and folklore throughout the ages. Cats populate the ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1615-1867). Japan Society Gallery will be presenting a selection of these historic prints, which include the longest-lasting image of a cat in Japanese literature and more. “Much that is fundamental to the Japanese character can be gleaned from these historic popular prints that feature cats in everyday life and lore,” notes Miwako Tezuka, director of the gallery. Half of the works will be on view through April 26, while the rest will be exhibited from April 29 to June 7. Bewhiskered kabuki actors, exotic predators, anthropomorphized felines, and other cats await you in our preview of Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection

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Fowl Feelings


Consider the chicken. Before the pressure on my ischial tuberosities drove me to get up and walk around for a bit, reading about the pain fish may not feel, was somewhat comforting. (What a clumsy sentence! I feel pain reading it.)

I am enjoying the Procreate app!

And- isch! – I am still a vegan.

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Whistle Stop Art Evening


Let the battle begin!


A whole barrel of fun was had!


Silent auction in process


Carlos Delgado (second painting)


Carlos Delgado (first painting)

Steam Whistle Brewery


Three rounds of twenty minutes each. I did not get shots of all the action, but it was an exciting evening. What is better than enthusiastic young artists painting up a storm— in a lovely building, with noms and drinks? A tip of the hat to Art Battle Canada!

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Echoes of Ire

Echoes of IreOwn your mistakes. Whack!

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I dreamt a Baobab in Canada

Acrylic, Gesso, Pumice gel; 30"X40"

Acrylic, Gesso, Pumice gel; 30″x 40″

the paint smock i find in the cats’ den

when i shake it out i am covered in fur

instead i cut three holes in a black trash bag

plastic-bag-princess-protection against the gesso and pumice gel

because there is no time to change

(my bare arms goosebump)

now i paint that baobab

but the snow outside

has blurred the tree’s silhouette

how i resent having to search for references

(Here is a great (Madagascar?) Baobab with fruits ; Leonora Enking; CC-BY-SA-2.0)

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