Saturday, January 26, 2008

Wind Chime Cacophony Conclusion.

The neighbor with the horrific wind chimes finally took them down.

It's quite possible that the owner realized how chaotically noisy they were and showing some semblance of human decency, decided to remove them.


It's also possible that a certain someone hired a ninja to silently scale the wall to the three story balcony and cut down the offending chimes with a ninja sword. The ninja then wrapped the chimes in eight layers of fleece blankets but this barely quieted them -- only slightly dampening their outrageous noise. The ninja escorted the chimes north to an Oakland dock where he in turn paid the captain of an oil tanker to take the smothered chimes onto the ship. The captain steered the massive vessel out through the San Francisco Bay waters and into the open ocean. He encased the wind chime bundle with thick chains and heavy concrete blocks. He then threw the bundle over the side of the ship once it hovered above the Marianas Trench -- the deepest place on earth.

But there is still cause for concern. The satan-spawn chimes were replaced with a glass ball suspended by a red ribbon. While it's too far away to note details, it appears that the scene inside the sphere is seasonal in nature -- i.e. Christmas-like. I am concerned that once the cold weather passes, it will be replaced by another hanging structure. But what-o'-what will it be? A mobile of stray barking dogs suspended in harnesses? A wire cage filled with crazed roosters? Perhaps a series of loaded handguns with the strings wrapped around their triggers? A strong breeze could launch bullets randomly through the air.

Ah, the fun inherent in the urban scene. But for now, I can rest in relative windy silence.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Art: Eden.

Eden (Conte pencil on newsprint, 8x20"). Drawing from live model.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Art: Place du Conseil.

Place du Conseil, Villefranche-sur-mer, France (Pen, ink, and watercolor on watercolor paper, 6x9").

Friday, January 04, 2008

Art: Kristin.

Kristin Sitting (Watercolor on paper. 6x9"). Figure drawing.

Kristin Sitting (Pen on watercolor paper, 5x8"). Figure drawing (from the opposite side).


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Art: Palm Tree.

Palm Tree, Triptych. (Linocut block print. Printing ink on cardstock paper. Three individual prints with each print measuring 4x6").

This was a Christmas present for Juliana's mom (who is decorating her new place with a tropical theme). While not in the conventional sense, it's a reduction print of sorts. I first made the dense print (far right). I then carved out some of the bottom to make the middle print. And then removed some more of the block to create the sparse print on the left. When I framed it, I actually stacked them on top of one another to form a vertical column, with the print growing darker as it went down (i.e. left to right went top to bottom).