Thursday, June 28, 2012

Vote For Your Choice!

The IDSA 2012 International Conference will be held mid August in Boston, Massachusetts.  A poster contest is underway to select a poster to be displayed at the conference.  The designer of the winning poster will receive a host of awards including one complimentary registration, four nights paid accommodations, and a free iPad.  Posted above is my entry to the competition.  If you would, kindly click on the following link, and vote for your choice.  I hope you will choose, entry number 12!

Thank you, friends!

Digital Recast

An old painting, turned on its ear, recast in new colors.  It means nothing, beyond what the viewer may see in it, if anything. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


The most recent painting by Dr. Ju and me, working title "Sound".  Not signed, not dated.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Creative Spectrum

My friend and art collaborator, Dr. Yanan Ju, at work on one of our paintings, in the studio.

Friday, June 22, 2012


I am waiting for paint to dry, but I am patient.  It is enough satisfaction to see a painting evolve.  Often when I paint, I have no idea where it all is heading.  For the piece above, I have a pretty clear idea.  I may take a fork in the road, but in this case, on account of  first creating a sketch that I am excited about, I can see in my mind's eye, what I am after.  Step by step, in the words of a friend, I will get there.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stalwart Design Ready For Action

Here is a rugged, industrial product, like a soldier ready for service.  Behold the military grade hydrant, this one located on site near the Ballard Locks in Seattle, Washington.  Quietly holding back enough water pressure to put out a fire in a warehouse or on a ship, the hydrant has its own aesthetic charm.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Winged Beauty

If I can get a halfway decent photo of wildlife, I am happy.  Such is the case in this image of a Steller's Jay, a magnificent bird of the American west, this one native to Bainbridge Island, Washington.  I spotted the bird while driving by.  I quickly pulled over, and captured the image through an open window of the car.  I am glad that I had my Nikon P7100 handy. 
It appears that this bird has been bird banded, that is, caught, tagged, and released.  That is part of the wonder of photography.  It allows you to look closer.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Edge Of The World

Well, the edge of the continent anyway, this being the view over the Pacific Ocean from the coast of Oregon.  

It feels like the edge of the world there.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Twilight Of The Analog Age

My old desk at Pacific Northwest Bell, circa early/mid 1980's, some three stories down below street level, at rock bottom where a television studio should be.  Here I worked in the audio video engineering department, tracking cabling and connections, and continually updating the drawings.  On occasion, I also did graphic art production.  You can see my handiwork laying on its side under the drawing board, a map-tack map of Seattle.  I see the traces of tools and supplies from a bygone era, such as lead holders, lead pointers, non-photo blue pencils, Mylar, straight edges, and T squares.  I labored here on and off for three years, all the while listening to endless iterations of audio video editing in the background.  I had a strong tolerance for that.  

I was fortunate to get this work.

Monday, June 11, 2012

What Is All In There?

The famed "pink" sands of Bermuda, as seen up close, made possible through the miracle of modern digital photography.  I found the unusual flaky texture of the sand of almost more note than the color.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lesson In Seeing

These drawings I did some twenty years ago remind me of the value of working with just a pencil from time to time, in this case a green prismacolor pencil.  It is good to be just drawing and seeing and thinking and feeling.  Human hands are enormously complex, of very subtle construction and form, and this becomes quite evident when you attempt to render them.

Friday, June 1, 2012

What You Might See

What you might see, if you look closely in China.