Today’s Image #347

Title$1 Hits – Page 3”
Dimensions
– 5.25″ x 5.5″
Format – mix-media word collage in a handmade book
Date
1994

Today’s word collage reads –

A beautiful blend of images,

Embark on a spectacular journey through a unique celebration of our carpets of rainbow-hued flowers through the mist-shrouded science and technology.

When the lion’s skin will ride the white water and roam the glaciers of science and technology.

your free examination copy

Today’s Image #345

Title$1 Hits – Page 1”
Dimensions
– 5.25″ x 5.5″
Format – mix-media word collage in a handmade book
Date
1994

Today we embark on a 36-day trip called $1 Hits – a word collage that covers 36 pages in a handmade book from 1994 – with the title page.

I’ll be posting a page each day – along with the poem taken from the collage piece of that day – from now until October 3rd.

The material that went into this collage included the novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a pulp fiction book called Fistful Of Death, a book on how to fly a Frisbee, Publisher’s Clearinghouse junk mail material and stickers, along with various other materials including cut-up pieces of my own poems.

Below is a photo of the small handmade book that holds this word collage. The “skin” of this book is my old painting shirt from 1992 until it was retired in 1994 to be used for different handmade books – this one and a very Dada-esque book called “My Left Arm”.

Enjoy the trip!

Today’s Image #344

TitleTraveling Shoes and Barbeques – Page 70”
Dimensions
– 7″ x 6″
Format – digital photo
Date
2004

This page of images is from a book called “Traveling Shoes and Barbeques” of collages and photos I created in 2004 for our friends to commemorate a great summer, and the beginning of a new season of life.

The little book of memories finishes up with our first Gram Parsons’ Memorial Camping Trip to Joshua Tree – to camp out and go visit the Gram Parsons shrine that existed at Cap Rock, a few miles from our camp.

This image is of the graffiti on one of the rocks referring to Gram – “God’s own singer of songs is going home…”

Download the pre-publishing “Reader’s copy” – click the link below.

A limited amount of books were produced.

link: http://onehumanbeing.com/central/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/TSreader.pdf

Today’s Image #343

TitleTraveling Shoes and Barbeques – Page 41”
Dimensions
– 9″ x 6″
Format – digital photos
Date
2004

This page of images is from a book called “Traveling Shoes and Barbeques” of collages and photos I created in 2004 for our friends to commemorate a great summer, and the beginning of a new season of life.

This is one of the photo pages – here we have: top left corner is Mr. and Mrs. Steve Irsay. Back then they were just Steve and Sabrina from New York.

Next to them an below them forming a nice diagonal across the page are photos of members of Ray Kulas Pyrate Band.

In the bottom right corner is the always beautiful Tania…

All the photos on this page were taken on August 1st – Tania’s birthday – Good times!!!

Today’s Image #342

TitleTraveling Shoes and Barbeques – Page 50”
Dimensions
– 7″ x 6″
Format – digital collage
Date
2004

This image is from a book called “Traveling Shoes and Barbeques” of collages and photos I created in 2004 for our friends to commemorate a great summer, and the beginning of a new season of life.

This image is one of the collages in the book. That nice looking couple in the top right corner is Mr. and Mrs. Steve Irsay. Back then they were just Steve and Sabrina from New York…

Today’s Image #341

TitleTraveling Shoes and Barbeques – Page 49”
Dimensions
– 7″ x 6″
Format – digital collage
Date
2004

This image is from a book called “Traveling Shoes and Barbeques” of collages and photos I created in 2004 for our friends to commemorate a great summer, and the beginning of a new season of life.

This image is one of the collages in the book.

Today’s Image #340

TitleTraveling Shoes and Barbeques – Page 48”
Dimensions
– 7″ x 6″
Format – digital collage
Date
2004

This image is from a book called “Traveling Shoes and Barbeques” of collages and photos I created in 2004 for our friends to commemorate a great summer, and the beginning of a new season of life.

This image is one of the collages in the book.

Today’s Image #339

TitleTraveling Shoes and Barbeques – Page 5”
Dimensions
– 7″ x 6″
Format – digital collage
Date
2004

This image is from a book called “Traveling Shoes and Barbeques” of collages and photos I created in 2004 for our friends to commemorate a great summer, and the beginning of a new season of life.

This one is the first image from the book.

Here’s a photo of the book:

Today’s Image #338

TitleElvis (With Rusty Saw Blades)”
Dimensions
– 72″ x 54″
Format – acrylic latex, photocopies, copper, saw blades on silkscreens
Date
1992

[ Not Available ]

This painting hung at our wedding party. After that it’s history becomes a little murky, but I believe this piece no longer exists.

Too bad, it was a real nice piece and should have had a longer life…

The Late Great American Novel

Back in July of last year I posted a list of the 24 things I figured a writer needed to include in his (or her) book to make it qualify as the next Great American Novel.

Well, this year – or the last few weeks specifically – I’ve been busy writing away on a project I’m calling The Late Great American Novel. It seemed like a good time to revisit my list and see how my novel matches up… [my comments are between the brackets – red mean “not done” and green means “check”]

  1. a revolutionary beginning – [no, but I’m ok with that…]
  2. a charming “coming-of-age” story [ not so charming, but yes – got that]
  3. a romance [oh yes]
  4. a “come-from-behind” victory [still to be written]
  5. a hero with a flashing smile and twinkling eyes [ no flashing smile but the main character uses “sparkly eye techniques”]
  6. a “gut-busting” success [not yet]
  7. a “rags-to-riches” saga [in process]
  8. an “us and them” struggle [big time]
  9. a religious background [very big time]
  10. a rapture prediction [oh yes, coming up in the next chapter]
  11. guns, car chases and lots of explosions [lots of violence]
  12. manifest destiny and American exceptionalism [but of course]
  13. scapegoats, super villains and other monsters [more than enough…]
  14. flags waving and lots of red, white and blue [not so much – need some work here]
  15. cowboys and indians [not yet]
  16. terrorists and warmongers [hell yeah]
  17. greed, sex, gossip and lies [oh hell yeah]
  18. the American dream of home ownership [no so much]
  19. cars, highways and road-trips [yes, yes and yes]
  20. good cops, bad cops and buddy cops [not yet]
  21. football, basketball, baseball and ultimate fighting [very little]
  22. a ride into the sunset [yup]
  23. a twist at the end of the story [were not there yet…]
  24. a sequel [probably]

That’s 14 out of the 24 so far, and several more are already in the works. Of course, I am at Chapter 43 in part 5 of the book right now, so we’ve covered a lot of territory.

So What’s It About?

My story concerns a man named Jerry (not his real name) who does not know who he is, what he’s doing, or where he’s going – but he’s on the run.

We also have a corrupt Reverend down in Chihuahua Mexico who’s going to find himself in the middle of a religious revival.

People seemed to die off in every other chapter – the death toll is pretty high at this point.

And then there are all the other issues, including; quantum-Pentecostals, the end of the age, the mysteries of consciousness, Lizard people, The Illuminated Ones, secret societies, alternative history, UFO’s, a financial crisis and war – among other things.

To give you an idea of what the story feels like, I would best describe the flavor of the novel as: “Imagine a Tom Robbins novel written by Kurt Vonnegut.”

I’m thinking about serializing the story once the end is in sight. We’ll see how that goes…

Added Late – I like this from Wikipedia

The “Great American Novel” is the concept of a novel that is distinguished in both craft and theme as being the most accurate representative of the zeitgeist in the United States at the time of its writing.

It is presumed to be written by an American author who is knowledgeable about the state, culture, and perspective of the common American citizen.

The author uses the literary work to identify and exhibit the language used by the American people of the time and to capture the unique American experience, especially as it is perceived for the time.

In historical terms, it is sometimes equated as being the American response to the national epic.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_Novel

Until later, best of health.

Today’s Image #337

TitleAmerican Dream #3”
Dimensions
– 36″ x 24″
Format – mixed media on sailcloth
Date
2001

[ Available ]

This is the third painting of my American Dream series about home-ownership which I painted just before the house bubble started inflating in the early 2000’s.

This house made me think about the idea of a “home being an island unto itself” – sort of the “home as a castle” idea, but going a little further, a little more isolated…

This series was shown at the Irvine City Hall in Irvine, California in the fall of 2004.

Today’s Image #336

TitleAmerican Dream #2 (Attention Large Families)”
Dimensions
– 31.5″ x 24″
Format – mixed media on sailcloth
Date
2001

[ Available ]

This is another painting of my American Dream series about home-ownership which I painted just before the house bubble started inflating in the early 2000’s.

This house (from a classified ad) was used on several pieces.

This series was shown at the Irvine City Hall in Irvine, California in the fall of 2004.

Today’s Image #335

TitleAmerican Dream #5 (Mrs. Clean Lives Here)”
Dimensions
– 42″ x 37.5″
Format – mixed media on sailcloth
Date
2002

[ Available ]

This is part of my American Dream series about home-ownership which I painted just before the house bubble started inflating…

I used a lot of imagery from classified ads – I think this home was in the low $200,000 range – and worth more than 4 times that before the bubble burst in 2008.

This series was shown at the Irvine City Hall in Irvine, California in the fall of 2004.

Today’s Image #333

TitleBlack Shiny FBI Shoes”
Dimensions
– 7″ x 4.5″
Format –  laser print on book page
Date
August 2012

This is another one of the prints I did last week (this is printed on a page of the novel “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe) while working on ideas for a series of prints…

“You better listen to what the man says…”

– Enjoy!

Today’s image #332

TitleBe A Pig Man”
Dimensions
– 500px x 350px (available in various sizes)
Format –  digital graphic
Date
October 2008

Here’s one of my political graphics from the 2008 election season.

I was very one-sided that year and strongly favored that skinny kid named Barack Obama with dreams of Hope and Change in my eyes – a prefect drug for an Idealist like me… (not this time, baby.)

Turns out the Left wasn’t left-out on being Piggies In The Wings…

here’s where I posted it: http://onehumanbeing.com/central/2008/10/05/be-a-pig-man/

Paul Ryan – YOYO King

For many years (the 80’s and 90’s) I was an angry-young-man Libertarian – a position I turned my back on since 2004… now “I’m neither left or right” but I’m not a centrist either – nor am I a communist, a socialist, a Green or an anarchist.

I’m an idealist by nature and I don’t know where I fit in the American political spectrum anymore… and I don’t even know if it matters anymore.

Any way – I don’t like Paul Ryan’s politics and policies because:
I believe in societies with healthy common areas, common goals and working to support the common welfare that hold us together as a diverse people, and makes it possible to create a vibrant economy from bottom to top…Basically the opposite of Paul Ryan’s view.

When I think of Paul Ryan, I think of YOYO Economics – “You’re On Your Own” Economics – sort of like “Trickle-Down” or “Voodoo” Economics, but without the illusion of lifting any other boats.

Here’s a graphic to explain it simply – I call it – Paul Ryan – YOYO King – feel free to share it! (click on the graphic above for a larger version) – the season for political graphics has begun… Enjoy!

This graphic was paid for by no one.

Today’s Image #331

TitleAstronaut On Page 49”
Dimensions
– 9″ x 4.75″
Format –  laser print on map book page
Date
August 2012

This astronaut is printed on a page of a map book my parents bought when they moved to Pasadena, California from Illinois in 1952.

The sixty year-old paper works great in my color laser printer!

Today’s Image #330

TitleWhat Do You Think Of My Buddha?”
Dimensions
– 7″ x 4.5″
Format –  laser print on book page
Date
August 2012

This is one of the prints I did last week (this is printed on a page of the novel “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe) while working on ideas for a series of prints…

– Enjoy!