Pumpkins for 2012

October 31, 2012


I wasn’t built for this

October 22, 2012

20121022-170947.jpg Whew. Seems busy today. And it seems like a while since I’ve been drawing, or putting up stuff here. First, the prints are well received, and a few sales are made. The medium 22 cats books are well received, and a few sales are made. The small 22 cats books completely ran out, and I’ve a second set to distribute. They arrived today. Free is easy to take, and some have actually sold. The 22 cats folio of prints earned a $75 donation for Animal Outreach.

As I said elsewhere, the marketing is the most difficult and exhausting part of all this. Products at the store (and blog posts for them) don’t create themselves. Of any cat drawings I’ve done, the subjects look harried and alarmed. All the drawings in 100 cats are all really self-portraits. Even at rest,

20121022-172216.jpg they bear a visage of frantic psychic exhaustion.

I found the other day, that someone has borrowed an image for an illustration on their web page. Cool. And they properly link back. As it happens I had some of those cloud images set up for the store, and set up yesterday and today eight new mugs. Titling, tagging, blogging, all while watching five amazing young women compete on CBC’s Over The Rainbow, being astounded and distracted while they moved you so … Well, it’s probably better to do one thing at a time.

October 3, 2012


A mystery plainly explained. There is no mystery.

Originally posted on Essays in Idleness:

Recently I’ve been avidly reading a Buddhist book sent to me by a certain reader last year (thank you Ashin S.) titled How to Live Without Fear And Worry by the late Ven. K Sri. Dhammananda. In particular, I found an interesting passage on page 121:

The mystery of birth and death is very simple. The coming together of mind and matter – also known as the five aggregates – is called birth. The dissolution of these aggregates is called death. And the recombination of these aggregates is called rebirth, and so that cycle will go on repeatedly until such time as we attain the blissful state of Nibbana [Nirvana]

This is a very concise, articulate explanation to something that I feel is often very confusing to people who are curious or new to Buddhism. When I used to surf Internet Buddhist forums, I used to see the same questions…

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The state of my brain

September 22, 2012

The state of my brain comic

The state of my brain 6

September 22, 2012


Skitchy Booque / 39

September 17, 2012

The state of my brain 5

September 12, 2012


The state of my brain 4

August 28, 2012


The state of my brain 3

August 26, 2012


The state of my brain 2

August 24, 2012




August 23, 2012

Cool air on my head. It felt good. Gliding along on the wheels. The bike path ends at the bridge. I always ride up the last driveway to cross the bridge on the sidewalk. Take the previous driveway. It’s a change. There’ll be a little bit of exciting terrain on the boulevard, the grass, before the smooth sidewalk again.
A groove. A gap. A shoulder. A ledge. Sidewalk is higher than the grass. A very sharp shelf edge. It’s going to trap my wheels. Always wear your helmet, kids.

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The Horse’s Mouth

August 16, 2012

I saw The Horses Mouth as a movie in my senior year of high school. I had read the novel, given as a gift by my cousin, a corrupting and influential gift, while I was in public school. There was much I didn’t understand then.

And those are indeed, magnificent feet.

Crackle presents the movie, streaming, as an option. You must download Crackle for your iPad, if you watch only this movie.




The time passes

June 10, 2012

Hmmm. Ian Goldsmith dropped in on the blog to like the previous cat picture, and left on his own painting blog a great post including a link to a YouTube video about Chuck Close.

Ian writes this: “You see if you sit around waiting for inspiration doing nothing ’till it comes, that could be a whole lot of vital life you’re wasting.” … in response to Chuck Close saying, “Inspiration is for amateurs”.

Jasper Johns said, “To do the work, or not do the work. At any rate, the time passes.”

100 cats series

June 9, 2012

Accidentally today, a number of posts went up. I’m scheduling some cat images from the 100 cats series. Sometimes the WordPress app screws up and doesn’t remember a tap or two and the delayed post date doesn’t get remembered. So some of you have liked the posts within the first few seconds of their arrival at the server. You have a treat. Patience is a virtue.


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