Thursday, December 29, 2011

endless

Back to the east pasture.
I find this place to be endlessly
fascinating?...
beautiful?...
endless?... 


This picture keeps catching my eye.
Props to my iPhone camera;
It continues to amaze me.


Friday, December 23, 2011

O Holy Dog



Thursday, December 22, 2011

timing is everything


First day of Winter,
and right on time...


Two feet of it!



Seriously, folks... what's not to love?




Wednesday, December 21, 2011

winter life


At this time of year,
when the days are cold and short
 and the shadows are long,
the ranch quietly sustains its own way of life.

Wildlife silently crosses the land.



The horses live in their own society.



And while some cows are dying,
 others are calving.


In the presence of Winter,
life goes on.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

dream dog


A dog's midwinter's night dream.



Sunday, December 11, 2011

canal dog


Yeah, I'll wait here for you.


But I sure ain't pullin' your boat.

Friday, December 9, 2011

up from the pasture


Again, not a good photo, but I'm out of time.
And patience.


Resolution: fix camera setup. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

the devil's footprint


Recently, the dog and I were walking along the river
late one afternoon in a remote area of the ranch.


Dusk was quickly falling,
 and I knew we'd better head back down the canyon.
As we turned to go home, 
something on the ground caught my eye.


Tracks.
Animal tracks, I thought.
I leaned over to look closely and took some pictures.
These were like no tracks I had ever seen before.
Not cow.
Nor deer, nor elk.
Not even mountain goat.


They gave me the creeps, 
and we high-tailed it back home.

I can't find anything on Google, 
and until someone can tell me otherwise,
they look like the devil's footprint. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

brrrrr


It's cold enough to turn you to stone.



Thursday, December 1, 2011

MY ball





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

100 things



100 things
I love about art:
1   CHOICE
2   COLOR
3   MUSIC
4   BRUSHSTROKES
5   MATISSE
6   RHYTHM
7   COURAGE
8   SOLITUDE
9   LIGHT
10   CONTRAST
11   PASTELS
12   WOLF KAHN
13   BLACK
14   MEMORIES
15   QUIRKS
16   INTUITION
17   LINE
18   DESIGN
19   SERENDIPITY
20   ANYSCAPE
21   SHADOW
22   ABSTRACTION
23   CLOUDS
24   GESTURE
25   ROCKS
   26   DAVID HOCKNEY
27   INSANITY
28   CREATION
29   ERASERS
30   LAND ART
31   PERSPECTIVE
32   SHAPES
33   MUSEUMS
34   METAPHORS
35   OUTSIDER ART
36   TURRELL'S CRATER
37   IMAGINATION
38   SWEET SPOTS
39   COLOR WHEELS
40   ACCIDENTS
41   ART BLOGS
42   ARTISTS 
43   SAMARTDOG
44   HUMOR
45   COSTUMES
46   SPECTRUM
47   DOGS
48   ORANGE
49   BLUE-VIOLET
50   LOADED BRUSHES
51   BRILLIANCE
52   DREAMS
53   TIMELESSNESS
54   THE RIGHT IDEA
55   STUDIOS
56   MARK ROTHKO
57   TURQUOISE
58   TREES
59   PASSION
60   MARK LEACH
61   LOOKING
62   BLANK CANVAS
63   WEATHER
64   ART CATALOGS
65   PEACE
66   ART HISTORY
67   VIEWS
68   STORYTELLING 
69   CHIAROSCURO
70   COMPOSITION
71   NEW CRAYONS
72   DISCOVERY
73   PHOTOS
74   PENCILS
75   ATMOSPHERE
76   EMILY CARR
77   COLLECTING
78   CAPTURE
79   VAN GOGH
80   NEW MEXICO
81   PATINA
82   GEHRY’S BILBAO
83   CHRISTO
84   POLLOCK iPHONE APP
85   FINDS ARTISTS
86   SHRINES
87   LOVE
88   COMPLEMENTS
89   VIBRATION
90   MIXING COLOR
91   INK
92   SUGGESTION
93   INDEPENDENCE
94   LEARNING
95   LOST EDGES
96   GAUGUIN
97   LOCAL LIGHT
98   PAINT
99   POSSIBILITIES
100   CHANGING MY MIND


I'm thankful for all of these things.

What's your 100?

Monday, November 21, 2011

more good news


Hey!
Did ya hear the good news?


Pizza is a vegetable!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

sunflower




What if Van Gogh had had an app?


Thursday, November 17, 2011

long live the king


will never let petty bureaucrats get him down.


He's rebuilding his garden.
It's now bordered by a spiffy new sidewalk. 



Long live the king.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

dog on wheels


I took this little guy off of the window sill in the studio,
 painted his portrait, took a bad picture of it
and posted it.  


So there you have it.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

just cuz


Here's a cheerful little so-and-so.


Just cuz.


Friday, November 11, 2011

nothing is forever


On October 24th, I posted a story about 

Meanwhile, the City of Boulder has been
on a mission to rebuild all its sidewalks.
Hellbent, you might say. 
On our walk early yesterday morning, 
the dog and I headed over to see 
if the crews had gotten to Alexander's house yet.

They had. 




Garrett's nose points to what's left of that magic little garden.


The sign below was hung on the fence
in front of the house.




The display of rocks and shells and treasures,
 so carefully collected and artfully arranged by Alexander
was gone.
All scattered, dug up or buried,
along with the plants and sprinklers.



 
Nothing left but his hand-painted sign 
and his crown.



I turned and looked back,
hoping I had imagined the destruction.

I hadn't.




Friday, November 4, 2011

nice night


Tonight CU is hosting USC here in Boulder.
Live on ESPN. 
So the whole world will get to see us get creamed.
Or the whole world will get to see Boulder
on a really nice night.
I recommend the latter.

iPhone Pollock app painting

P.S. Yeah, we got creamed.  42 - 17
I hate football.
 I had a hometown overcoming, is all.

But, if you were ever inclined to watch any college football,
Saturday night (6pm MST),  #1 LSU plays #2 Alabama.
Now, that'll be some football!
No allegiance here, just maybe a little bet.
Har har. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

fall color


Here comes another snowstorm.
If I were a tree, I'd run away from home.
This is in honor of the last flash of color.




Monday, October 31, 2011

h'weenie


If you were following this blog last year, 
you know that Halloween is big here.





Late last night, I got to doodling with
the Pollock app on my iPhone.






Sometimes I scare myself.


Friday, October 28, 2011

the amazing X


We have an extraordinary friend
who earned great nicknames like
The Ace of Space
and
by connecting people around the world 
through storytelling.
Though he died of leukemia in 2000, 
he still unexpectedly crosses our path 
in the most amazing ways.

I was fooling around with a piece of Uart
when BAM!, 
just like that, an X appeared.

Thanks, Ace.




(If you scroll down to the campfire at the very end,
you'll see that this blog is dedicated to him.)

Monday, October 24, 2011

alexander's garden


Art is everywhere.
It appears wherever someone stakes a claim.
Here in our neighborhood,
a seven-year-old kid named Alexander works his magic
 on the street corner in front of his house.  



He's carefully laid out an extensive collection of treasures
right there on the sidewalk for all the world to enjoy.






For instance, right there below the fossilized ammonite
 is one of the finest arrowheads I've ever seen.



And now, here's what I consider to be 
Alexander's absolute tour de force...



But wait...
If that weren't enough,
he has an installation directly across the street.
Yes, that's a dollar affixed with Bondo. 
I call it the $1 hydrant.
Garrett doesn't know what he thinks of it.



I suppose that for a dog, it's kind of like
Duchamp's urinal.


Friday, October 21, 2011

rip-off artist


 Jala 
(who would appreciate a visit, btw)
 was feeling flush after selling well at Open Studios,
 so she generously ripped off some samples of Uart
 and gave them to me.
I can't make myself just slap on some color
and did this little number.


Now go visit her blog and leave a comment. 
I'd like one, too.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

bout with a trout


Never mind yesterday's episode of Little Lulu.
I won't bother you with more of them,
but if you're going to see any, it should be the best.
This one is beautifully done and
is the one I loved as a kid.
I still do.



Monday, October 17, 2011

Little Lulu


has posted a good Roadrunner cartoon
 and asked what cartoons we liked as kids.

"Little Lulu" always appealed to my own bad self. 
 Now I'm amazed at the quality of the animation,
especially the background matte painting.




What was your favorite?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

barn dance




Dance 'til the cows come home.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

little sistah


Here's the youngest sistah.
Not the best photograph, but hey...



Yes, I am stalling here.
I've been in the back room 
trying to make my pastels behave.
Or at least look like they haven't looked before.
It's a tussle.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

follow the leader


This was the first in my series of black woman.
She's always been a hard act to follow.



Really hard.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

never say die


A few weeks ago, a door opened
and five good old dogs went through.
One of them was my dog Garrett's girlfriend, Sammy.
Here's the iPhone portrait I did of her.

    
He's not worried;
he's pretty sure they all went someplace good.