don't try this at home

... because usually you get a porn site, but I was looking for artspan (dot com) and instead typed artspan (dot org) and lo, behold, and all that jazz, I stumbled across all these fantastic bay area artists who had recently exhibited work in their open studios.

i love these! photos by Audrey Heller :

a print by Hilary Williams :

ethereal exteriors by Ivy Jacobsen :

(oil, bronzing powder, & sheet music on canvas!)

birds and horses by Lee Cline :

I'm very partial to birds and horses (being an occasional horse painter myself).. and cakes ..

cakes by Mark Katzman :

they remind me, of course, of Wayne Thiebaud. I love Thiebaud's paintings, but pictures don't really get the whole idea across. Up close, they're all shiny like cream cheese frosting and the gallery security staff pace around muttering "please do not lick the paintings." Here are some of his:

I'm posting from work as a standby painter on a movie, my posh gig for the week. I occasionally have to run to set and patch a nail hole, but otherwise am left to my own devices: paid to blog, read, write, eat catered food, and take naps.

Glamorous Hollywood! I knew I would find it someday.

Happy holidaze!
Advice for the new year: don't make any resolutions you really don't want to keep.


fitter, happier

I think my computer is trying to tell me something.
First, there was the Johnny Appleseed note.

"Dear Kate,
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things.
Take care, John Appleseed."

Thanks, John.
And then there was Pandora.

"Based on what you've told us so far, we're playing this track because it features electric rock instrumentation, mild rhythmic syncopation, minor key tonality, electric rhythm guitars and an unintelligible vocal delivery."

Then there was iPhoto.

Hm. Not sure how this all ties together ..

With this I conclude day nine of my annual ten day fast, having scoured all illogical places in my apartment (the refrigerator, inside books, the newspaper recycling, the cat food cabinet) for the Netflix flick I need to return, to no avail.

Maybe food will help.


things it might not suck to be, 2007 special Christmas edition

  1. cake decorator
  2. race car driver
  3. automated teller money filler
  4. antiques dealer
  5. photo editor
  6. wrapping paper designer
  7. fashion photographer
  8. shoe designer
  9. teacup appraiser
  10. horse groomer
  11. dueling piano bar pianist
  12. underwater yoga instructor
  13. magazine editor
  14. paint color namer
  15. barbie doll face painter
  16. gingerbread house decorator
  17. toy designer
  18. furniture designer
  19. figure-outer of which christmas light is out and thereby precluding the function of the whole string
  20. bird illlustrator (drawer of bird illustrations, not drawer of illustrations on birds)
  21. children's room muralist
  22. mannequin dresser
  23. dog reindeer costume seamstress
  24. kitten collector
  25. restaurant reviewer
  26. miniature golfer
  27. carousel painter
  28. interesting hat model
  29. script writer
  30. story developer
  31. interloper
  32. mean santa claus
  33. mad scientist
  34. wedding photographer
  35. circus attendee
  36. remote island explorer
  37. matchmaker
  38. gargoyle documentor
  39. crossword puzzler
  40. sunglasses wearer
  41. scarf knitter
  42. whistle blower
  43. exorcist
  44. fortune teller
  45. bank teller
  46. thumb twiddler
  47. package photo paint-by-numbers doer
  48. back massage tester
  49. tinseller
  50. snake handler
  51. art therapist
  52. assistant to Will Shortz
  53. road trip taker
  54. cat handler
  55. documentor of ugly places with idyllic names (i.e. "Paradise Ranch," "Crown Disposal Co.")
  56. chandelier maker
  57. folded paper snowflake slicer
  58. radio program noisemaker
  59. rock star
  60. alphabetizer
  61. children's TV show producer
  62. wart hog


"Manhattan Project"

I've moved the Kid Nation pictures to Picasa.

I'm leaving Tim here, to watch the sheep.