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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I did a painting of Ballina last year, though I was never really happy with the right hand side, and will probably repaint it. You'll notice this ink sketch of Ballina is from the far side of the bridge.
In Ballina I watched The National That Never Was, and later went for a Chinese. Back then I was suspicious of how we would cater to our own conservative wet vegetable palate, while dining among gold dragons. The Irish solution to this Irish problem was to pour Bisto on every dish. Ahhh, that's Chinese.
A Flickr of Hope
Now if you can't see it, or other things on the site are all askew, well chances are that you are on a Mac using Internet Explorer 5. You really shouldn't be. Even Microsoft have suggested you change to a rival rather than use their no-longer-supported product. Personally I use Opera, but you'll probably be very happy with Safari, or Firefox. Go on, download it. Trust me. Your husband doesn't even have to know.
Alternatively, if you can't see it, perhaps it just isn't there. Things change.
Panda Painting for sale
Painting of a Panda in acrylics. Influenced by Celtic art of Illuminated Manuscripts. Comes mounted safely on archival matting board. Two and a half inches by three and a half, approx. ACEO size. Shipping and handling is $4 within US, and not too much more for shipping to elsewhere. Credit Cards (Visa and Mastercard) accepted. So is food. Really.
Under a Missouri Sky
Now how on earth am I supposed to paint that? More to the point if I do, who's going to believe me? And if they do, will it change the fact that a sky painted with a big yellow triangle just looks silly? In fact I didn't tell you (because I knew you wouldn't believe me), but about a month ago on a short two-mile walk I saw something even sillier up there where clouds should be.
The perfect Missouri blue sky that afternoon, was imperfected only by contrails. Six of them. So what, you say, reminding me again that this is the middle of the continent. And you've got a point. Once upon a time, on a bicycle in rural Nebraska, I looked up and counted fifteen contrails simultaneously visible. But much like the roads in the middle of that state, the aeroplanes also only went due east or west. Six stripes in the sky, too perfect to paint.
However the six contrails visible on my walk last month did not form parallel lines. No, together they formed a perfect Star of David. See? I said you wouldn't believe me. It's kind of like an elaborate Etch-a-Sketch played by friends who fly jets. It would only take seven such pilots to co-ordinate almost meeting over Kansas City, and they could draw a house. I never did see the actual 'planes and we are fairly close here to Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the Stealth, but come on, blue sky, white Star of David - stealth?
Four and half years ago, on September 11th - yes that September 11th - the blue sky over the Missouri and Kansas line, had a huge perfect circle of an airliner, stopped in the sky, waiting to be told what to do next. It's that memory of the day I'll paint sometime, and not the huge queues for petrol on the streets below.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Zebra for Sale :: Edgeio
This is a post to list a painting for sale on edgeio for the first time. The painting in question is a tiny one, just two and half inches by three and a half, and is also listed on Yessy Gallery for sale with a whole series of animal paintings.
This series of paintings came out of a love for Celtic illuminated manuscrips, and animals.
There'll be a couple more of these sketches to share with you before I start painting them. Can you guess where the next one will be of? I'll give you a clue - it's a town beginning with 'B'.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
For me for example, it means I can post here about a painting I've finished, tag the posting with 'listing', ping Edgeio's server, and my painting is included for sale on their lists where people might search or receive feeds from instead of going to other central locations. You as a reader of this blog will see the same nonsense from me, but my tag in the code, is a cry for commerce that can be heard all over the world - because it gets matched with people who are looking.
It might not put Craigslist or eBay out of business, but they'll have to incorporate the same ideas in their systems - and fast. Meanwhile Edgeio takes a shortcut to reputation by linking directly to eBay's reputation system. We'll have to wait and see how it copes with the spam onslaught though, and what the SEO crowd might do with it. I can hear the pings Fernando.
Whatever happens the system of using tags and feeds to buy and sell from your own site, is surely here to stay. Indeed it's so stunningly simple it's hard to understand how we haven't arrived here earlier. Simplicity means savings. And popularity. Or wealth, as it's called in business.
Will the kids of tomorrow grow up singing ginny joe ginny joe, bring me back an edgeio ?
Saturday, February 25, 2006
I like the straight-on view of streetscapes, as you might tell from 7 buildings, 4 Stories, and the more recent Listowel paintings, and would like to do much more - but getting a narrow Irish street clear of pedestrians for you to sketch is tricky. I could always go at 6 in the morning and instead of people draw in the chip and kebab wrappings.
All Your Base Are Belong To Us
It's kind of like how you played snooker when you were a kid. You played by all the rules, affording each ball the respect its colour warranted, as you built breaks or played safety. And then at the end of the frame whoever potted the black was declared the winner.
It's the same corrective principle applied when you played football on the road but managed to pick imbalanced teams, so with the score at an improbable 14-1, and Gerard being called in for his dinner, Next Goal The Winner!. I often think Chelsea would be involved in better games of football if the rules allowed for someone's mother to shout from behind a goal Didier! Your Dinner's Ready! Next Goal The Winner!
Last night's final question was about the phrase All Your Base Are Belong To Us with its history outlined up until a new subdomain launched last year. The history of this sort of viral pop fluff is something Wikipedia is good at, so I'll link to their analyis of it here. The answer was Google Base, and probably timely since Google Base is likely to morph soon into something rather more commercial.
Amazon Wiki for LTAL
The wiki on Amazon is for customer-editable product information and not reviews - there are currently 27 reviews on Amazon - so if you have any such info to add, toddle on over and edit away (you'll have to scroll down to just after the reviews). I may launch a wiki myself yet for the whole Free Books For Bloggers project, because, well it might be fun. It might.
Friday, February 24, 2006
Ultimately this should end up in the style of Killarney - which is still for sale incidentally ;) These matting boards are grey-blue, and textured, which is why they look kinda dirty. Bantry gets bigger when you click it, so it does.
Art Biz Blogs Books for Bloggers
Remember these are not free advance review copies, they are complimentary copies of an existing already successful book.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
-I mean has anybody here ever even been on the train to Westport?
From a class of 75, I alone raised a hand. Thus single-handedly I was responsible for saving public transport, and keeping the tourist industry of Mayo alive.
I have a lot of plans for this sketch of Westport. It's in ink on matting board, and I want to wade in with pastels. But I also want to paint it, in a blobby fashion like Kinsale II. And paint it different ways. Ooh I have another headache.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Pushing the Envelope in 7 Steps
Quinn drew a great card last weekend - that I won't show you here because the birthday hasn't occurred yet - but I had nothing appropriately special in my supply of envelopes. So I made one for him. Follow along and you can make one too:
1. Place card (blue) on paper wide enough to cover it when folded over
2. Fold along the red lines
3. Cut out the grey-blocked areas
4. Fold along the grey lines
5. Cut out the purple areas
6. Fold large flap from bottom up and glue to folded-in side flaps
7. Fold small top flap over and tuck inside
And if you use really cool paper, it will look like this:
Tune in tomorrow for Lesson #83: How to Butter Toast in 5 Easy Steps
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Going Out The In-Door
In winter in Kansas City, buildings and buses are heated so much I take off a lot of clothes when I enter. It means I'm the only one on the bus in a t-shirt, sitting among hatted, scarved, gloved people, padded up in coats that stay buttoned. My son laughs at me, but once outside it's my turn to laugh. So today for the first time I got to keep my coat on indoors. Of course I did take my hat off and undo the zips, as I gave the checkout lady 99 cents plus tax for the spuds.
Apologizing for the doors, she then escorted me so I wouldn't hurt myself walking through the same open doorway I'd entered by not but two minutes earlier. If this doesn't seem odd to you it's because you don't live here.
In the Midwest three minutes past seven is never 7 o'clock, it's 7:03; 25 feet away from 75th and Main is not 75th & Main; the weather is never warm or cold, it's 89 or 41 degrees; parties don't just start at stated times but they have end times; and people just don't leave by the enter-door.
Today, going out the in-door was like I was a schoolboy standing on a desk for the first time, encouraged by Robin Williams to see the world from a different perspective. And like any good artist I was about to seize the day, until I remembered I'm from Dublin, where state-sponsored bodies were built upon the concept of going out the in-door.
Giving Away Books. Honestly.
Michael Allen of the excellent literary blog, Grumpy Old Bookman, today wrote on the project, noting how unusual it is for an established book to be given freely in its physical form, and to bloggers also. In the comments, Lynne W Scanlon, of The Publishing Contrarian seemed to misunderstand, confusing this project with the common unsolicted mass giveaways of advance or preview copies to reviewers, a practice that ultimately floods the used-book and online markets with unwanted 'new' books.
Living the Artist's Life was published in 2004 and is currently in its 2nd printing. It has been reviewed many times by publications all over the US, and by readers on Amazon. This Free Books for Bloggers project, is a promotion certainly, but with no requirement for reviews, links, or blogposts it is more of a promotion in conversation that has more in common with BookCrossing than what Lynne described in a Publishers Weekly column last year as flooding the market with ARCs (Advance Review Copies).
Rick Bruner of Business Blog Consulting gets it, being a fan of free stuff as PR, especially for bloggers, and "particularly when you’re transparent that there are no explict expectations". And he was happy that I credited/blamed Hugh MacLeod and his 'Marketing Disruption'
Monday, February 20, 2006
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Cast Iron Art #2
Naturally I can't just squirt washing-up liquid onto a surface and wash it, and neither should you. In the latest example of continuous-line, or contour, drawing, I lived on the edge by using a quite fast-pouring bottle to produce this happy face. Click on it to see it better.
And now go wash the dishes - without a dishwasher. Get the kids to help you - You deserve it, and so do they.
Friday, February 17, 2006
The Joy of Tedium
This is just a snippet of an unfinished painting, equal to about one-twelfth. So I have eleven times as many little dots more to paint yet. It's been a long night of watching traffic patterns and responding to it - after yesterday evening's launch of the Great Blogging Book Giveaway. But when you like painting dots, watching web statistics is exciting.
I was offered that job of my dreams that time; it just turned out not to be a time for dreaming. Dots A Relief is the title of the painting.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Free Book for Bloggers
Hillstead Publishing has announced they are giving away, to those who blog, 250 FREE copies of Paul Dorrell's Living the Artist's Life (of which I designed the website).
There are no strings: no sponsor requirements, no reviews necessary, no shipping even - you just need to be a blogger, any kind of blogger, and you are not required to blog about the book. You can read the announcement on Free Books for Bloggers on Paul's blog.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
A Dog With No Paws
Yesterday I saw a man with a large white poodle, only because it was a dog, well it wasn't really white. And because it was a poodle, well it didn't have any paws. So it just looked like a man wheeling a large cuddly toy that needed a wash.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Valentine's Day Tip Implemented
Monday, February 13, 2006
Etch-a-Sketch by mouse on a chalkboard really. It's called 11-Art. Go call your kids. Better still, close the door and have a go yourself for five minutes. Or if you prefer, try actual online Etch-a-Sketch
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Enough of this Irish Nostalgia
This is a drawing of a car here in KC that I did before I was a loser.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
New Squidoo Lens: Paul Dorrell's Book
Friday, February 10, 2006
Painting-in-Progress: To The Beach
The first time a friend told me that they went on holidays to somewhere inland, to the strange place of grass and bog and trees and water bodies without salt, I was so confused I wanted to cry.
-You didn't, you didn't go to the beach?
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Masterpiece and Mostaccioli
-Is that the real picture?
-It's a print, a picture of the real one.
-It's a picture of a picture?
-Yes. The real one is hanging in France, in Paris.
-I don't see what's so good about it. Everybody is always going on about it.
-I don't know why they do either, but the man who painted it was pretty famous and he only painted 81 or 83 pictures so...
-That's not many; you've painted more than that.
-I have, but he was busy doing other things, some very important. Do you remember that film we saw?
-He was a scientist.
-Yes he was.
-And you are busy doing other things too.
-Well I am quite busy, yes.
-I still don't see what's so special; you could paint a picture and just hang it in a gallery like that.
-I see they painted in black and white in those days too.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Squidoo, HubPages, and DeezleDoo
Update: My Lens on a Happy St Valentine's Day as influenced by Hannibal Lecter has reached #2 in the Top 100 Most eMailed list.
Squidoo itself is still very much in Beta and I wish they'd iron out so much of their problems ahead of constantly adding new functionality. Perhaps the arrival of HubPages.com will encourage them. And I hear something called DeezleDoo is in development.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
The Life of an Artist is not all Glamour
-No Daddy! Don't drink it!
But worst of all was caving in on Sunday afternoon and buying Lipton's. Yes, such is the strength of a 250 gram a week habit, that 72 hours of hell were brought to you courtesy of running out of tea. A few hours ago an emergency shipment of 800 Loose Leaf grams arrived on a white horse, or maybe it was a white van, and eleven mugs later the Starlings and Juncos have finally stopped feeding on my brain.
Monday, February 06, 2006
With only a 6-muffin baking tin, we had to improvise for the rest of the Blueberry Muffin mixture. Improvisation we do a lot. For structural integrity we packed the paper cups into a cast-iron pan.
Quinn was happy with our results and promptly named our piece Muffin Mosaic. Unlike the first time we made Blueberry Muffins several years ago, this time we didn't forget the blueberries.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Squidoo SEO Page Moves up Rankings
As a creator of pages on Squidoo, I myself have made it to #10 in the Top 100 Lensmasters - 8 places behind marketing god, and creator of Squidoo, Seth Godin.
In more specific lists, the SEO Lens is ranked #14 in the Top 100 Most Blogged, and #20 in the Top 100 in Computers & Technology.
In the rankings that matter - Google - following a BackLink update to the index the page has slid down to #162 out of two and a half million - based on Google's Big Daddy DataCenter. Other Google DataCenters report a ranking in the top 100 out of an estimated three million competing pages.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Sneem II: Painting-in-Progress
-People won't stop for you here
The next lift hitched was with a van full of kids, vegetables and chickens, and it took me to the village of Sneem. With Tidy Town Winner written all over it, and the sunshine leaving me for rain, Sneem made an impression. Regretting not bringing a coat I started to walk again. Destined for the end of the peninsula, for this house, I got another lift after a few miles that took me to Caherdaniel giving me time to check out the Fort before dark.
In darkness and rain I walked the last four miles up the mountains into the clouds. Some people say I've been there ever since.
Friday, February 03, 2006
Painting-in-Progress: Blue Mountains Green Grass II
The vision of the human eye, however, is closer to a rectangle - something befitting a wide screen plasma television - so a landscape on a square has an awkwardness of something missing, and a heightened focus.
Blue Mountains, Green Grass II is, despite its name, not actually related to Blue Mountains, Green Grass I. Yes they are both Irish, and have similar subject matter, but in terms of how I'm painting this picture, and how I expect it to look upon completion, its sister painting is an American one called The Cabin.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Sketch: Those Trees Again
You could walk on straight through them and they would move of course, but that seemed wrong so I would always backtrack and go around the long way, making the walk home last over two hours.
This sketch is not Oldtown Wood - it's those trees here in Missouri I told you about a couple of weeks ago - when I said I was going to paint them, and you didn't believe me. On this fifth day in a row of blue-sky blandness, you can picture the large sky above them as the blue it was, and I'll settle for pale grey. And everybody's happy.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
I Can See My House From Here
Looks like good drying weather in Palmerstown but I don't see any washing. Car's in the drive; perhaps Mam & Dad have gone for a walk.
And Here's The Stuff I Wrote Earlier: