It’s Clean-Up Time… And Time To Reflect



Above: Death Valley Drawing from December 12, 2008. One of the subjects of this drawing was the idea of myself as a snake shedding it’s skin.

Six Years Of A Seven Year Plan was established 6 years ago as a way to initiate a new season of art for myself. It is a super-project that launched a number of different sub-projects that have come and, mostly, gone (into my digital portfolio) such as, The Philip K. Dick Reading Club, The Turning, The MMJ Project, The MMJ Lists, The All-Seeing Eyebama, and UFOverdriver.

Most of this work has been done as Jungian experiments to explore the use of consciousness and the collective conscious as both subject matter and as an art material. The projected length of this project was 7 years when I began in June of 2008.

I’m now in the last year of the project and it’s time for me to try and make sense of all I’ve learned since the project began. My worldview has certainly been altered by the process, and I’m sure I’ll be writing about that soon…

All of this has accumulated (here) on my website as posts, sound collages, stories about dealing with bi-polar disorder, many many graphics and art pieces, and the time has come to archive some of this material, and start thinking in terms of creating a final document to complete the work by next June.

I’d like to express my deepest thanks to everyone who has followed my work, either on my various project sites or on Facebook. I appreciate your comments and “likes” more than you can imagine.

Until later, best of health,

Latest Photos on The MMJ Lists


I went up to The Treehouse Collective to take photos of a bunch of strains that had come in the day before. I was expecting 8 strains, but there were 12 different ones to photograph when I arrived. Lucky me!

It’s been a little while since I’ve visited my collective to do the photographing work I love so much, and it felt great to be participating once again in the collective process.

I was up till 3:00 or so in the morning processing the photos, and here’s the results. Read more on The MMJ Lists…

The Week That Was

Some weeks pass by with very little change in my life, and every so often one comes along that rearranges the landscape of my life. This last week was one of those weeks…

Redbot Now For The Future

I submitted this graphic to our local alternative/culture weekly – The District Weekly – to use as a header on their Calender page.

They welcome local artists, photographers and illustrators to submit work. It’s unpaid, but if they use it, 20,000 people will get to see your work for a week. And they write a little blurb about you and give your web address. Sweet deal for starving artists like me.

I got an email back in the middle of the week making sure they had all the info right for the blurb… look for Redbot in a future issue of The District Weekly!

You can read about this graphic here: Redbot Now For The Future

Redbots Are Go!

Redbot Loves You! got a huge embrace from the local art community this week as we celebrate National Arts Month.

GLOBAL, The Greater Long Beach Arts Lab, which is a part of The Arts Council for Long Beach invited my little Redbot and this project to become pARTners in the arts.

You can read more about that on Redbot Loves You!

Ride The Bus With Redbot

Redbot will be appearing in GLOBAL ads this month, including ads in 300 Long Beach Transit buses, staring down at over 90,000 passengers… I’m thinking about making my own bus adventures with Redbot to visit the ads and leave Redbots and buttons for my fellow passengers – I’m still making plans for this adventure…

Redbot Ownership Kits

After making 25 of the original Redbot Ownership Kits, the Ownership Guide has undergone some revisions to reflect the changes in the Redbot Loves You! project.

25 Kits containing version one.two were given out at The Danke Schoen Soiree on Thursday, October 8, 2009. Those were limited edition Kits, and the next group will all contain version two of the Owners Guide.

Congratulations to all the owners of original Redbot Loves You! collectibles… there are only 8 of the original version one Kits left, get one before they are gone for good…

All version one and version one.two Kits are unnumbered. The new Kits will be numbered and available soon.

Seek and Find – A Redbot Hunt

Redbot Loves You! and GLOBAL are working on taking Redbot up to the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach for the First Fridays art event on November 6th to create a Seek and Find Redbot Hunt for the kids.

More information on this event as it approaches, but I am really excited about this project…

Oh The Pain…

Meanwhile, that little tooth in the back of my mouth where a filling came out about 6 months ago suddenly decided to become a BIG PAIN…

I saw my dentist early in the week and got the good news – root canal! I scheduled one for the following Monday and increased my dosages of Tylenol Extra-Strength pills.

By Thursday the pain was taking over my brain and I scheduled an emergency root canal for Friday morning at 8:00 am. By this time no amount of pain medication was helping – I have an incredibly high tolerance for pain meds – just my luck.

Thursday evening we HAD to attend The Danke Schoen Soiree put on by GLOBAL and the Arts Council for Long Beach – Redbots new pARTners (see above) – to represent for Redbot Loves You!

Redbot at The Danke Schoen Soiree – October 8, 2009 –  all photos by Tania

Normally this would have been a pleasure, but considering the pain – I survived the event, went home, took more useless pain pills, went to bed, and didn’t sleep all night.

At 8:00 am I was at the Endodontist – ready and eager for some serious mouth-numbing drugs and oral surgery. Otherwise known as The Breakfast of Champions.

All is well now.

The pain meds (so glad to be done with those!) have all been flushed from the system, and my body is starting to feel like me again – and now I have so much mental space that’s not being occupied by overwhelming tooth pain 🙂

New Landscapes To Explore

Over the last several weeks I’ve been feeling the need to let go of my project – The MMJ Project for a while

For two years I’ve been intensely focused on The MMJ Project, a documentation and participation project about the medical marijuana movement here in Southern California.

One of the main goals of my project was to participate in the creation of a true, legal, non-profit medical marijuana collective – which was accomplished late this last summer. I belong to a non-profit collective called Apothecary’s Assistants Collective (AAC), and we’ve been through a big struggle with the City of Signal Hill (read the story here in The District Weekly), but we are now relocated in Long Beach.

I have put hundreds of hours into the The MMJ Project, because I truly believe in marijuana as legitimate medicine. But I must admit I have a bit of exhaustion from the effort.

My work with Redbot came out of my desire in August to work with some other graphic than a marijuana leaf for a while… and now Redbot Loves You! has created a whole new, playful landscape for me to explore.

So, while I am still a medical marijuana patient and supporter (and volunteer at our collective) – I am retiring The MMJ Project until further notice.

You guys go on without me… I have Redbots that need my attention here… We’ll catch up with you soon.

The Turning – A New Project Site

theturning_header_5I’ve been spending the last few days putting together a project site for The Turning, which is now open and ready for use… you can visit it here: (site no longer available)

On the new site you’ll find the story has been organized to make it easier to follow.

I’ve added extra material to help you understand the various ideas from the story – Monthly Mayan calenders with downloadable PDF ‘s of the different periods of The Tzolkin, a playlist of songs that the story is partly based on, and even a scrollable timeline of postings… and I have many other things planned for the future.

I have also moved STEW, an allegorical story about the 2008 election, over to The Turning site, where these two story will soon be merged into one…

What Is The Turning?

This is serial – a story that will unfold over a seven year period of time – which tells the story of a mythical and imaginative journey taken by Jon, onehumanbeing that blends fiction and non-fiction as it explores ideas about time, being human, bipolar disorder, god(s), creation, history, Mayan calenders, astrology, space, the sub-conscious mind, quantum physics, American Christianity and the coming Long Cycle – among other things.

But most of the time this story is more about the questions it stirs up in you than anything else…

Find out more here... About The Turning

What Is A Project Site?

As an artist I’m always at work on more than one thing at a time. For example, when I’m painting I usually have about 5 paintings going at once – all in various stages of completion.

Currently, much of my work is done on very large scales. As an example – The MMJ Project, which uses my local city and community as the studio and working space for my various activities involving Medical Marijuana and the long struggle to get it established and normalized.

Some of my other projects include Redbot Loves You! and The Turning – A Serial. I also have some others that are “in the works” and not ready for public consumption yet…

To keep my various projects, and the different materials, concepts, and campaigns from getting lost in a confusing mass of stuff, I started to start creating “project sites” for each project idea – sort of like spin-offs from TV shows – and this gives each project it’s own home.

By using this “multiple project sites” approach, I find as my focus shifts over time I can move from one project site to the next, adding new material, making changes, adjusting the project to keep it on track, and whatever else needs to be done at that time.

Then, after a while, a shift or a change comes over me and I’m onto the next project – and around and around it goes…

I hope that helps you understand the process going on here at

Until later, best of health…