If only, if only, we could embed real, playable videos into our little Quartz.
I can never get enough of art things that came "before":
and yup, it's a photobooth shot, circa 1989:
random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.
Only 9 days remain until Free Comic Book Day (May 3rd) - the one day of the year that, even if you don't usually frequent comic book shops, you really should stop by a local purveyor. Some of the hottest art around is (and always has been) created by comic book artists. Comics can be Antagonistic, Brilliant, Creepy, Dramatic, Edgy, Funny, Gruesome, Hip, Intelligent, Jazzy, Kitschy, Lifelike, Meandering, Nervous, Opulent, Prophetic, Quirky, Revelatory, Steampunk, Tender, Urgent, Virulent, Wacky, X-rated, Yearning, and/or Zealous.
Lest you think I'm doing nothing every single day, leading me down the slippery slope to (clearly) no blogging, the digital abstract above is a piece I could only have made after receiving an excellent tutorial on the manipulation and use of brushes from the lovely, good-humored and patient, Roben-Marie Smith, of Paperbag Studios. She not only stepped me through the nitty-gritty, she also created the fabulously grungy brushes used in my piece. It does include another sneak peek, (or should I get jazzy, and manipulate the word pique?) of a swell project for which more details will be forthcoming. . . so Stay Tuned!
Yeah, just like Joan Armatrading, I'm lucky. For example, today, I thought we wouldn't get mail. My across the street neighbor left his dog outside, sitting on his front stoop, and Ralph? Well, let me tell you, she is one big pup! Yeah, she's totally a girl dog--- like the girl Ralph in So I Married an Axe Murderer? Well, our mail lady has had a few bad dog moments, and I thought she would not deliver to any of us with Ralph out there, but she braved my house at least, and I got two swell things. The first: a little artist's book published by Drawn and Quarterly. I don't want to tell you more, as it will be included on the Complementary Bookshelf in Pasticcio 4, available in July or August, but suffice it to say you will fall head over heels. The second? I am so psyched to now have gracing my studio a darling little red-haired Wishing Fish Fairy painted by the fabulous (and also darling) Ms. Suzi Blu. She is currently inspiring SEVERAL entire generations of artists, writers and shop owners, all over the world! Watch her in action and there's no way to resist being inspired . . .