Of St. Patrick’s and Polaroids…

So here’s another version of the same thing I posted yesterday. Very exciting, right? We try to keep things original. Anyway, I hope everyone has a wonderful St. Patrick’s day!

*Disclaimer* Although several stereotypes have been employed here, no leprechauns were at all harmed in the production of this fake Polaroid.

About this image: digital photograph highly manipulated

Of Indecisiveness… Or Not…

TECHNICALLY, St. Patrick’s day is tomorrow. But there’s a problem. I’m a wee bit indecisive… so to speak. If I have an idea for a theme rather than a specific ‘vision’ (*insert swami music here*) for a finished product, I can never choose just one way to go with that project.

So it seems this post is destined to be a two day party (as I’ve got multiple versions of the above). Be sure to tune in again tomorrow for… more-o the same. Only different. Kinda’. At the very least you can decide which image you like more. It’ll be fun. Honest. Maybe. Or… not…

About this image: digital photograph – moderately modified


*I saw the sign…

it inspired to-days post…*

Now why would I do that? Things were much, much better when I didn’t have an Ace of Base song stuck in my head. There’s only one thing to do in a situation like this… that’s right… go fire up a few Justin Bieber CD’s. Or break a few. One of those things.

About this image: digital photograph – heavily modified

Spires (anthotype)

Ever wonder what to do with that can of beets that’s been in your pantry for a decade or two? Why not make an image with it?!

Sunlight tends to fade… stuff. This is true of pigments found in flowers, fruits, vegetables, etc.  – enter the anthotype printing process (basically coating paper with photosensitive plant material and contact printing in direct sunlight). How ’bout them apples (or… beets, I guess)?

Note: Different plants require various exposure times, and (unfortunately) I know of no way to permanently ‘fix’ an anthotype from further solar ‘bleaching’.

About this image: Watercolor paper coated with beet juice – contact printed with transparency in direct sunlight (approx. 35 hours +/-)

Houdini… (in progress)

Okay… I just posted a drawing two days ago. For a project that wasn’t finished. So what could be better than posting another drawing? For another project. That isn’t finished. It’s a two-fer. And a race to see which piece I actually complete first. What a nail-biter.

Beethoven: “Dude… I was like… totally here first!”

Houdini: ” Yeah, well… I know magic!”

Beethoven: “Muah. I know kung fu!”

Houdini: “I know the kung fu hustle!”

Beethoven: “Well played, sir… well played!”

About this image: Charcoal on Bristol Board

STL Science Center at Night

Derek Zoolander: “What is this? A *science* center for ants? How can we be expected to teach children *science* … if they can’t even fit inside the building?”
Mugatu: “Derek, this is just a *photograph*…”
Derek Zoolander: “I don’t wanna’ hear your excuses! The building has to be at least… three times bigger than this!”

Ben Stiller & Will Ferrell – Zoolander

(*modified text*)

About this image: Ilford 35mm film scan lightly manipulated

Beethoven… (in progress)

I decided to change things up today and post something… unfinished. Well, the drawing is finished, but that’s only part of this project. Hopefully I’ll have the final product ready to show you in the next week or two. What a cliff-hanger. Wow.

Me: “Sorry I’ve abstracted your hair so much, drawing of someone else’s photo of a bust of Ludwig van Beethoven.”

LvB: “Whatev’. My hair is naturally stubborn. Like it’s made of marble.

Me: “Bummer, dude.”

LvB: “You’re telling me. I condition every 24 hours… still nothing. Lamesville.”

About this image: Charcoal on Bristol Board

Of Mardi Gras & Fake Daguerreotypes

It just wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a mask… and fake daguerreotypes (until I can learn how to make real ones).  Yeah, I know, according to AlternativePhotography.com,

“Daguerreotypy employs toxic chemicals that improperly handled can do irreparable damage to your lungs, nervous system, environment, family, pets, and neighbors…”

Blah blah blah. Whatever. I still think this old photographic process is ridiculously interesting. In the mean time I guess I’ll stick to acrylic and aluminum flashing fakery. *sigh*

Party on, everyone!

About this image: Digital photo highly manipulated – gel medium transfer onto aluminum


Why, it’s the transom over our front door!

The good news is the other 4 lights are mint. Also this glass was already broken when we moved in, so I am not responsible. Which is nice. I think.

“Look, we put a label on every bag that says, “Kid! Be careful – broken glass!” I mean, we sell a lot of products in the “Bag O'” line.. like Bag O’ Glass, Bag O’ Nails, Bag O’ Bugs, Bag O’ Vipers, Bag O’ Sulfuric Acid. They’re decent toys, ya’ know what I mean?” – Dan Aykroyd / Satruday Night Live

About this image: Digital Photograph Moderately Manipulated


OMG, look!  Someone finally wrote on my wall!

Okay, this isn’t really my wall (although it is right outside our store). It’s possibly our landlord’s wall, although it’s probably the city’s wall. See what I’ve done here? I just kicked off the weekend with some underwhelming exciting commentary on property rights, land easements, metes and bounds and… other… zoning… stuff.

Oh well, I guess all lame exciting stories must come to an end at some point. Have a great weekend, everyone!

About this image: Digital photograph highly modified