A Relationship

November 23, 2014

Just a scrawly line scribble that turned into, curiously, unconsciously, gender shaped objects.

Goofy calico cat with foot in the air

I has a question?

There are threads at the Zazzle forum asking how much do people earn. Nobody responds with an actual number. “Enough”, or “I do okay” isn’t an adequate response.

Well, here it is after two years; maybe 500 images, over 1,000 products, perhaps 1500 product views, a Zazzle storefront that sees maybe 1 view a day, a blog that generates up to 30 views a day in a market of billions of people, with millions of competitors, how awful is that really?

Pumpkin 2014

October 31, 2014

pumpkin 2014


The digitizer on this iPad has some brain dead spots, it seems, where Pencil in Paper loses its brain. Either it’s Pencil, some sensitive coding in the app or the digitizer, or memory, or processor speed on this 3G iPad. So the black line work was done in Paper with the new fancy stuff turned off, and I dropped the image into Sketches to do the colouring. Easier than fussing with the non responsive digitizer.

I dropped a small! palm sized screwdriver from a very short distance onto the screen this last Spring. Must have hit just right. Cracked the glass. Had it replaced. The screen responds to all the finger based touches expected of it. It’s just very fussy about the centre when you want to generate fine or more specific stylus based interactions in a drawing program.

I might normally have tried Procreate for the colouring work. Wanted to see if I could use Sketches to insert the image. It’s light and quick, and if I wanted to play with filters or some more tricky layering, Procreate would be the choice, or maybe Pixelmator, which I haven’t used much yet.

Don’t yet like the tool and colour selection process in Sketches. Procreate requires a bit of back and forth and some planning. It doesn’t jump up spontaneously like Paper or Sketches. Even that has slowed somewhat on this iPad. Pixelmator’s brushes are a bit jerky on this 3G iPad. Not unexpected. And it seems also to be more menu driven, requiring a bit of stop and start in the process.

On solving things

October 25, 2014

This still frame taken from CBC video shows Kevin Vickers, gun drawn, walking down the hall moments after the death of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau inside Centre Block. (CBC)


No SWAT teams. No bluff and bluster. No fetishized automatic weapons. Not even a whisper of concealed carry. No body armour. No armed bystanders wearing the white cowboy hats. No militia.

He went to his desk and took out his revolver. One designated licensed officer knowledgable and trained with his weapon. One old man.

I am troubled by my own admiring reaction. I say to myself that I shouldn’t be. I like to believe I can hold to those five vows, one of them, to not take life. But I am also familiar with the idea essential to karatedo.

I believe all citizens of a peaceful society really ought to be familiar with some kind of formal trained self-defence, enough to know that they could use it, and that they don’t want to use it. But sometimes, maybe, in the extreme, certainly one time in a lifetime that they have to use it, they could.

But then we have to put that pistol back in the desk drawer, lock it back up, and solve the problem another way.

Update 10-26-14 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/lone-wolf-ideology-or-pathology/article21293910/?click=sf_globe



The unspoken issue in this week’s events is the link between mental illness and radicalization. Studies have shown that people suffering from anxiety or depression are more prone to sympathize with violent protest and terrorism than those not afflicted by mental illness. That said, it’s a huge leap from depression to the devastating anomie that leaves a person so lost and angry that they become vulnerable to [a] death cult

Update 10-27-14



It’s been a week of tired. Sometimes I despair that so much is on the edge. I have no work held back, no posts queued up, no drawings hovering.

Then you just make a mark, and something happens, and you just follow it. So this is fresh – last night – and with no idea what is over the edge of the precipice of tomorrow that I can see.

This is so damned whimsical I wish I could bottle it.

Composite clouds

October 17, 2014

Painted in Paper, assembled in Procreate.

The in-law chair #2

October 16, 2014

Actually quite a stylish chair.

The old tuxedo

October 16, 2014

Our 17 or 18 year old tuxedo sleeps a lot. It’s hard to get a pose where he doesn’t look dead.

The in-law chair #1

October 15, 2014


Big blue balloon

October 14, 2014

Huge blue word balloon, tiny cat, tiny


Paper by 53 introduced a collaborative social network in it’s latest version. Someone posts an image, someone extends it. This word balloon was posted. I added the little cat, and the tiny word.

Here are some other images I’ve been busy posting at Mix, by 53.

This is the week that was.

October 10, 2014


from Crucifixion by Bonaventurar Berlinghieri

I love the elegant and sophisticed stylization in this image by Berlinghieri, a relatively obscure artist of the Gothic. Pg 45 of the Uffizi Gallery by Guinti. There’s so much to see at the Uffizzi. I might like to concentrate more on these next time, if, again, I get a chance to go through. I certainly enjoyed a lot of the peripheral images, the demons, the boats, the beasts at the edges of the main work.

Long cat in three portions

October 4, 2014




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