Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sunday, July 22, 2007

after fiddling about with corel painter and the wacom pen, I seem to have found some satisfaction with it.
next I need to do something more subtle less cartoony and see if I can really layer color to get a more painterly effect.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

My 3 day camping trip to Oswald West

the hobbit tree- one of the highlights of campsite number 26. although to get any spot is really pretty amazing. some have friends who stay there the first leg then the second group of friends come join them. some just try their luck- but that can be alot of time and gas wasted. some write a message on the message board on the top of the campsite. maybe you do you surfing then come in and scope out the premises. some will drive by early pat of the week pay for a multi-day set then leave a tent or sometthing there showing its taken and come back when they can actually go to camp for awhile.
make no mistakes about it- Oswald West is not just a surfers cove but a place to party until the wee hours of the morning and the campsites arent sound proof folks! or so it was for the 3 nights which we were there- and the required to leash your pet rule.....its optional weather or not your dog is a puppy or has been through obedience school, just go ahead and let your dog roam free- and when camping bring only what you can wheelbarrow down for a 1/4 of a mile and back up.....otherwise you will be stuck with a chore on a constantly rainy morning without breakfast after very little sleeep.....and thats not the way to end a camping trip, although I am sure it must happen on occasion...

a surfer is amused whilst I play with football with my son. guess this is a real surferrs spot here on this side of Neahkanee mountain- but the surf was not kind to those brave enough to venture out unto the waters, although watching surfers out on my home beach growing up in Huntington Beach I expected too much maybe??? wetsuits??? c'mon the water is fine!!!!

me and julian on our way from the campsite to the surfers cove.

"what??? ya call that surfing??? my stuffed kitty can outmaneouver you standing on his paws.....his front paws!!!"

Neahkanee mt trail filled with lots and lots of trees very big very Lord of the Rings like and this one you walked in between its legs sort of . some of the old dead trees had decayed with a log or a stump left behind and other moss liccean, etc taking over and in one instance a full grown tree had grown on top of a stump which had broken down there were some big families of 5-6-7 trees other trees which were huge and were curved to acclimate to slanted ridge or maybe to take full advantage of the agle of sunlight it recieved......truly breathtaking and a real feeling of the spirit of ancient forests seemed to live here.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Both of these drawings were done in 1996- I was going through a transition in my life- ending a nearly 7 year relationship which had fizzled out 3 years previous and moving out first with my mom and then almost exactly a month later, after doing the north portland-tigard commute for work(lots o reading and listening to music there!...and maybe it why my sketchbook is filled with not only such rich images and writing but so many!!! read some henry miller went back to school moved to a studio in laurelhurst or as I affectionately called it laurelthirst since many a beer cannonball of chicken chili and packs o cigarettes were smoked there. lots of living drinking spending money having a friend Tony move into the apartment building adjoining mine transferring to gresham then back to portland then finally to rockwood as a clerk turned 30 in 1996.

lots of reexamining of my life during these 3 years - taking some classes with Mel Katz- really trying to find myself annd then after too much stress and after too much rehashing over the same stupid damned things - a period of depression- the new year with 2 blue moons and falling in love and thus ends ann intense period of my life- from may 1996 to februuary 1998.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

driving, the adventure, part 1.

So, it had been awhile since I last drove...and having the residue of the anxiety still trapped somewhere within from that crash back on April 15th, where I took an exit a little too fast and then turned a little too sudden on a little too slick of a road with tires which may have skidded a little too much from a previous incident that same day and flying sideways into the freeway divider where I flung my body from midpoint to the left inner padded loer ceiling between the drivers side window and the back left passengers window the car having flung like a cue ball in a bank shot or a hockey puck also in a bank shot...
I did manage to drive a few times once to forest park once to a dentist appointment once to pick up a garage sale iteem maybe one more time and then this morning to LLoyd Center to buy my new glasses and back... not a big deal I tell you ... not a big deal besides the inner drama that went on initially.....until..... until i reached 20th and burnside and saw a long firetruck a couple of police cars flares, etc, blinking lights.....hey thats where I was going to g-g-g-g-g-.......hey......what th'......huh???
Yes, thats right, the car was turned over, and enough of it was out of sight that the imagination was running away, but I had to reel it in and get back to me being behind the wheel talk myself through every action and soon I was realigning myself for another attempt at paralell parking and successs....misssion accomplished!

I think my trick is the bit where I talk myself through each and every step of the they call that neurolinguistic programming? I dunno!

lord......I wuz born a ramblin man......deederdiiiinnnnggg!!!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Declaration of Arsenic

So today is the 4th of July.....happy independance day!!! anyone familiar with a certain document which was written abouut 231 years ago??? I will give you a chunk of this document, not a very familiar chunk, to see if you can guess...

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions., no, no!!! this isn't from an editorial page in The Nation talking about our current leader, this is about another King George, the king George of old England from around.....say 1776, perhaps??? Its the friggin Declaration of Independance fer chrissakes!!!! jeezus!!!! Though it does have a familiar ring to it does it not???

well this is interesting....

Later in his reign George III suffered from recurrent and, eventually, permanent mental illness. This baffled medical science at the time, although it is now generally thought that he suffered from the blood disease porphyria. Recently, owing to studies showing high levels of the poison arsenic in King George's hair, arsenic is also thought to be a possible cause of King George's insanity and health problems. his hair??? why arsenic in hair???

Due to its use by the ruling class to murder one another and its potency and discreetness, arsenic has been called the Poison of Kings and the King of Poisons.

Johann Schröder (1600-1664) was a German physician and pharmacologist who was the first person to recognise that arsenic was an element. In 1649, he produced the elemental form of arsenic by heating its oxide, and published two methods for its preparation.

In the Victorian era, 'arsenic' (colourless, crystalline, soluble 'white arsenic') was mixed with vinegar and chalk and eaten by women to improve the complexion of their faces, making their skin paler to show they did not work in the fields. Arsenic was also rubbed into the faces and arms of women to 'improve their complexion'. The accidental use of arsenic in the adulteration of foodstuffs led to the Bradford sweet poisoning in 1858, which resulted in approximately 20 deaths and 200 people taken ill with arsenic poisoning.

But wait, theres more.....

A 2005 article in the medical journal The Lancet suggested the source of the arsenic could be the antimony used as a consistent element of the King's medical treatment. The two minerals are often found in the same ground, and mineral extraction at the time was not precise enough to eliminate arsenic from compounds containing antimony.

Napolean Boneaparte his contemporary,possibly got his arsenic poisoning on the island where he stayed in exile, due to the wallpaper; the pigment of which contained arsenic.... and later, impressionist and post impressionist painters Monet(blindness) Cezanne(diabetes) Van gogh(neurological disorders)....all possibly caused by Vermillion green which at the time was based in aresenic!!!Poisoning by other commonly used substances, including liquor and absinthe, lead pigments, mercury-based Vermilion, and solvents such as turpentine could also be a factor in these cases!!! See art was very dangerous back then!!!

and that is how freedom is like arsenic poisoning! Happy 4th of July!!!