Too Many Websites Too Little Time

I’ve been swimming back and forth from one website to another.  Trying to decide which one feels the best.  I started off with Blogger and liked it; however, WordPress has the really cool swimming fishies on it and that’s my moniker.  Fish with me as I migrate all my stuff from Blogger to this site.  It make take a little while with everything I’ve got going on, but I will one day soon have ONE website for all my creativeness sharing (with the exception of a link to Flickr and MAYBE Facebook).



I attended the Grand Opening of the Des Moines Social Club on May 10th.  The Viaduct Gallery had several artists on display including Tiberiu Chelcea, also known as Tibi.  Tibi has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science and his art has a scientific approach.

Calm Waters2012. Woodcut, unlimited edition. 13×20″

His collaborative projects are inspired by the way internet memes start with a simple image (or video, or some other visual unit) then remixed by a lot of people who are spread out geographically. His projects try to capture a diffuse, spread out authorship. The twist though, is the “remixes” are based on an analog image printed from a woodcut — probably the oldest method of producing multiples.

The original image, entitled “Calm Waters”, was part of a print exchange between Platetone Printshop from Nashville, TN and Red Delicious Press from Denver, CO. The image is 13×20″, printed on 15×22″ sheets.

A Piece of Me A Piece of You

In the first phase of his projects, he creates several new versions of the image from the extras from the edition. In the next phase, he invites artists to create new works based on this image.  Tibi invited me to participate in “Ripples” and I gladly accepted his invitation.

Wine Tonight

I just happen to have a chilled bottle of this in the fridge.  I’m taking it with to a social event that I have not been to for over a year.  No drawing on paper for me tonight.

“The vineyards this special product is grown are located on the Beni di Boscareto estate in the village of Serralunga d’Alba. Moscato is a straw-yellow wine with golden highlights, an intense nose reminiscent of the grape, and a full, lingering, sweetly soft flavor with an aromatic aftertaste.Our high altitude vineyards in the Serralunga Hillsides are perfect for producing this luscious, fruity dessert wine. Excellent with all desserts, and only 5.5% alc/vol.”

Waayy too sweet for me.  However, I loved this sexy Pinot Grigio:

Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life

La Calavera Catrina (‘The Elegant Skull’) is a 1913 zinc etching by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada. The image has since become a staple of Mexican imagery, and often is incorporated into artistic manifestations of the Day of the Dead in November, such as altars and calavera costumes. The etching was part of his series of calaveras, which were humorous images of contemporary figures depicted as skeletons, which often were accompanied by a poem.
The word catrina is the feminine form of the word catrín, which means “elegant”. The figure, depicted in an ornate hat fashionable at the time, is intended to show that the rich and fashionable, despite their pretensions to importance, are just as susceptible to death as anyone else.

Mary’s Sun

I went through a difficult patch this year and came out looking at life in a different way.  During those days amongst the thorny thickets, a women with an infectious smile never spoke.  When Mary’s insides came out I took a deep breath, held it, and began to cry.  Others thought to make her smile a joke perhaps about the gray cloud above her head, but I knew, inside her smile was a cry for help.  Mary inspired me to create this gift for her.  Behind every gray cloud is a bright sun pushing forward to light the way.