Thursday, January 14, 2016

Day 12-14 of Project 366

Day 12  Camouflage. Create or alter something so that it disappear into its background.

Day 13  Use tea leaves or tea bags (used or unused) or even just liquid tea (in a cup or not) to create something today.

Day 14  Make something microscopic. How small can you work? Can you make something that requires a magnifying glass or microscope to see?

Monday, January 11, 2016

15 minute workout

Day 11

Day 11  Work on the other hand. Pick a medium you're comfortable with, then work with your non dominant hand-if you're usually favor your right hand then only use your left hand and vice-versa.
11/366 (used my left hand only)

David Bowie passed away last night so this is a sort of tribute from me. Today I'm calling all of our 5 cats Ziggy. Been listening to Slacker Radio's Feature Artist Top 33 station all day long at school. When the kids heard me play this station instead of the usual Radio Disney or Kidz Bop Kids station, I told them that an icon in music who's been making art for the last 6 decades just died. They said: Who?
So these are my favorite songs, in no particular order (from all of his 27 previous albums), I haven't heard his latest release which just came out last week:
  • Ziggy Stardust
  • Rebel Rebel
  • Changes
  • Modern Love
  • Under Pressure
  • Starman
  • All the Young Dudes
  • Fashion
  • This is not America
  • I'm Afraid of Americans
  • Tonight
  • Sound & Vision

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Day 10 Use only water as your medium/inspiration today.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Day 8 and 9 of Project 366

8/366  Right foot & Left hand on Yellow Pages Phone Book
Day 8  Transform an old book into something new by cutting, folding, gluing, and so on. 

Day 9  Make something with your breakfast before you eat it.
9/366  Banana Nut Cheerios cereal

Thursday, January 07, 2016


Day 7 Today make a stencil and use it in your work.
7/366  Stencil on gray cardboard (right hand)

Wednesday, January 06, 2016


Day 6 Look in the kitchen and work with the first fruit or vegetable you spot.  It could be in the form 
of juice, jam, or even canned.
6/366  Before 
6/366   After (2 peeled clementines)

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Day 5 "What do you collect?  Work with a collection of objects you have in your home.
Day 5/ 366  Another hour went by playing in the studio.

Monday, January 04, 2016


Day 4 "Take a five-minute walk, then make something using whatever materials are available where you've ended up. Leave it there for someone else to discover, but be sure to document it first!"

4/366  For Kevin McNamara 

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Day 3/366

Day 3- Make something out of paper, but don't use scissors or glue or draw on it. What now?

Found some scrap tissue paper and decided to weave the strips using a warm/cool color combo. It was a challenge not being able to cut with scissors or use any glue. The hand ripping of the hand was not easy as tissue paper is very fragile and sensitive. An hour went by quickly.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Project 366

Day 2 - What's your favorite animal? Use it as your inspiration today.

My cat Georgia. Saw the contour of her profile and it resembles the thumbs up of my left hand so I decided to draw from observation. Will come back later for another project possibly morphing her head into the fist and her ear is the thumb.

Friday, January 01, 2016

366 Project (A Daily Creativity Journal)

2015 is gone with the wind in the new South.

Day 1  "The first step is the hardest, so start small today and make something that fits in the palm of your hand using only the materials in your immediate environment."

I am going to make something every day for the next 366 days since 2016 is a leap year. Here is the first project of the year. It's relief collage using bottle caps, hot glue, colored pencils and construction paper crayons on a piece of scrap black mat board. The focal point is the tiny red hand from a beer bottle cap. I think I'm going to make the HAND the motif. Will see how this is going to work out in the next few projects. The only rule is: there are NO RULES!
1/366  My Right Hand

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year End Favorites

So it's 2016 New Year's Eve. I decided to compile several lists of favorites, not just for this year but my all-time favorite music artists and film score composers. Why? Just because I feel like it.

Music artists/ Groups:

  1. Nina Simone
  2. The The
  3. Beastie Boys
  4. Supertramp
  5. Violent Femmes
  6. New Order
  7. Pixies
  8. Dead Can Dance
  9. Beck 

Film Composers:

  1. Ennio Morricone
  2. Thomas Newman
  3. Carter Burwell (Coen Bros.)
  4. Danny Elfman (Tim Burton)
  5. Michael Kamen (Brazil)
  6. Ryuichi Sakamoto
  7. David Holmes
  8. Alexandre Desplat
  9. Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)


  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Portland, Maine
  3. Madison, Wisconsin
  4. Asheville, North Carolina
  5. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  6. Burlington, Vermont
  7. Santa Cruz, California
  8. Seattle, Washington
  9. Boulder, Colorado
And one more thing... 
A note that I reposted last year from Neil Gaiman:

Be kind to yourself in the year ahead. 

Remember to forgive yourself, and to forgive others. It's too easy to be outraged these days, so much harder to change things, to reach out, to understand.

Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin.

Meet new people and talk to them. Make new things and show them to people who might enjoy them. 

Hug too much. Smile too much. And, when you can, love.

Friday, December 25, 2015


  • Have Yourself a Very Sweaty Christmas!
  • Baby, It's HOT outside!
  • Let It Rain, Let it Rain, Let it Rain....
  • Told You So- Al Gore  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The War on Peace

The GOP Debate (aka the War on Common Sense) is currently on CNN featuring Ding-Dong, Buffoon, Nincompoop, Nitwit, Jack-a-ninny, Twinkie, Doofus, Nimrod, and Knucklehead.

Almost forgot the kids' table, the opening act, another debate earlier tonight with four other candidates: Bozo, Fool-a-gape, Yahoo, and Dum-dum. Boy, all the egos on one stage in Sin City.

There's a kid named ISIS at our school. I realize that Isis is the Egyptian Goddess of Magic and Life. We also had someone named Jihad a few years back.
Live and let live. Different strokes for different folks I guess. Whatever.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Words to the wise

Hello GAE teammates!....

Next week, we'll be playing kickball on Monday, basketball on Tuesday, tennis on Wednesday, volleyball on Thursday, and free-form ultimate frisbee on Friday...You do not need to know how to play any of these sports, just dress to impress and don't be tardy to

Remember to badge in by 7:15 am... Orange is NOT my New Black yo....  That is all...


Saturday, August 08, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Last Week of Summer Break

I live between Olive Garden & Rednecks.



Monday, July 06, 2015

Binge. This.

Bloodline    Orange is the New Black    Breaking Bad      Six Feet Under      Homicide: Life on the streets   

Friday, June 26, 2015

USA! USA! USA! We're #21???

Countries where same-sex marriage is legal:

  1. The Netherlands- 2000
  2. Belgium 2003
  3. Canada 2005
  4. Spain 2005
  5. South Africa 2006
  6. Sweden 2009
  7. Norway 2009
  8. Mexico 2009
  9. Portugal 2010
  10. Iceland 2010
  11. Argentina 2010
  12. Denmark 2012
  13. Uruguay 2013
  14. New Zealand 2013
  15. France 2013
  16. England / Wales 2013
  17. Brazil 2013
  18. Luxembourg 2014
  19. Scotland 2014
  20. Ireland  2015
  21. United States  6/26/2015

Welcome to America- Fifty States of Gay.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone aka Eunice Kathleen Waymon, was born in 1933, the same year as my father.  She died in 2003, at the age of 70.  I think I've been listening to her music since the mid 80's, when I was a college radio DJ at UC Santa Cruz. This was around the time when digital compact discs were just coming out and some radio stations were in transition still playing actual record albums. You can hear the analog hiss and some songs would actually skip and skip live on the air, once in awhile the CD player skips too. Memorable moments and often hilarious.

For almost thirty years since then, I still haven't heard anyone else so eclectic, dynamic, fierce or political as Nina Simone. No one. She was fearless, confrontational, non-mainstream, anti-establishment, anti-commercial, uniquely bold, vulnerable and always dynamic. "My Baby Just Cares For Me", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Sinnerman" and "Backlash Blues" with lyrics by Langston Hughes were a few of my favorites from the High Priestess of Soul. She was an artist who could radiate raw emotions with just a single look and a single repeated chord. So simple yet so powerful. Nina Simone was a patron saint of rebellion. She is consider by many to be a legend in modern music and not just jazz music. Yet, many people have never heard of her.

"How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times?" she said in an interview back around 1967.
She performed the song "Mississippi Goddam" at the end of the Selma to Montgomery March for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965. It was banned in several states in the South after that. I'm guessing the states were Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Fifty years later, this song is as relevant as ever.
Just change the title from Mississippi to South Carolina with the current situation in Charleston.  Timely and timeless.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

South Carolina Goddam

Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam
Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

Can't you see it? Can't you feel it?
It's all in the air
I can't stand the pressure much longer
Somebody say a prayer
Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

This is a show tune
But the show hasn't been written for it, yet
Hound dogs on my trail
School children sitting in jail
Black cat cross my path
I think everyday's gonna be my last
Lord, have mercy on this land of mine
We all gonna get it in due time
I don't belong here, I don't belong there
I've even stopped believing in prayer

Don't tell me, I tell you
Me and my people just about due
I've been there so I know
They keep on saying, "Go slow!"
But that's just the trouble, do it slow
Washing the windows, do it slow
Picking the cotton, do it slow
You're just plain rotten, do it slow
You're too damn lazy, do it slow
The thinking's crazy, do it slow

Where am I going? What am I doing?
I don't know, I don't know
Just try to do your very best
Stand up be counted with all the rest
For everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam

I bet you thought I was kiddin'
Picket lines, school boy cots
They try to say it's a communist plot
All I want is equality
For my sister, my brother, my people and me
Yes, you lied to me all these years
You told me to wash and clean my ears
And talk real fine just like a lady
And you'd stop calling me Sister Sadie

Oh, but this whole country is full of lies
You're all gonna die and die like flies
I don't trust you any more
You keep on saying, "Go slow! Go slow!"
But that's just the trouble, do it slow

Desegregation, do it slow
Mass participation, do it slow
Reunification, do it slow
Do things gradually, do it slow
But bring more tragedy, do it slow
Why don't you see it? Why don't you feel it?
I don't know, I don't know

You don't have to live next to me
Just give me my equality
Everybody knows about Mississippi
Everybody knows about Alabama
Everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam.

That's It!

Lyrics & Music by Nina Simone- 1964