Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I don't usually paint, but there was a stupid-looking mess of paint on a canvas that was lying around, so I emptied a bottle of gesso onto it and decided to try and imitate one of Moholy-Nagy's paintings.

Phase 1:

Phase 2:

The shading in those tiny triangles and rhomboids! I hope I'm getting it right. The Moholy-Nagy I'm trying to imitate can be found here.

Phase 3 tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I will be adding a second blog, one dedicated specifically to my photography. I'll probably continue with the daily/semi-regular photo thing here, but the other blog will be solely for photos that are absolutely well done and not just fun things; I mean it to be a portfolio of sorts. This will require an appropriately professional-sounding title, of course, so I will be thinking on this.


Meanwhile I'll also be putting watermarks on all my photos. I have no idea why I never did this earlier, as now I have an enormous pain on my hands.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Happy 7th Blake Day!

There is a creature called [the] Blake, and today happens to be its birthday. It also happens to be the birthday of a friend named Blake, how convenient!

I was going to color this, and then I discovered I don't know where my markers and pens got packed. Hmm.

Happy birthday Blake and [the] Blake! I promise to draw you more often.

Ah, and yes, in actuality, [the] Blake is copyrighted; it is indeed mine. Please do not steal it.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

an Ocarina of Time true story

I normally don't classify myself as a gamer, at least not in the sense that one plays video games with an almost circadian regularity. It is the case though that there are games I like to play, and like very much; there are also games that I have wanted to play and maybe finally get around to.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a game that falls into this latter category, and thanks to the 3DS being in my grasp I have beaten Ocarina and am going to give that Master Quest thing a shot.

There were naturally parts of this game that incited fury; most of these aspects could well have been avoided if the port to 3DS had been handled with more care, but in some cases these moments were entirely my fault. The following comic sketch celebrates my strife with Shadow Temple's boss Bongo-Bongo. It's also a bit of fun with drawing strange expressions.

True story:

I was very annoyed.

Oh and I got my camera and a present of a new camera altogether. Fun times ahead, folks, you bet.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


And now for a story.

A few weeks ago I asked not few camera and camera repair establishments if they could fix the shutter on my camera, to which I usually received the annoying response of "Oh, no, not that camera." Somehow, the artsy-fartsy locale of Santa Fe only could muster a "Maybe, if we get the parts, which isn't likely," and another place in New Jersey told me that if they would it would take quite a while.

Then I ran across a listing for the Encinitas Photo Center in California, and when I hesitantly asked the woman on the phone "...would you repair the shutter on a Contax II?" and then heard her say "Oh yes," I nearly exploded.

My camera is on its way home, repaired and fully cleaned and tuned up (for the first time since 1970), and I am very excited indeed. I'd say give them a call if you have camera repair needs, at least if you have a Contax. So there you have it.


I'll be experimenting with color film soon too. No, I don't have a place to learn how to develop and print it, plus I've heard it's rather bothersome. I will be getting to take another B&W photo class (read: make like a bandit with free darkroom time) and experimenting with more B&W film too.

Additionally: I'm going to try and sell prints. Yes. Get ready to make a really big fuss and tell all your friends (or acquaintances who would hire me for something, that's also good)!

Monday, August 1, 2011


Old glass insulators are pretty cool. This is the last post until the 11th, when I return from a vacation hopefully with too many photos, a fixed Contax, and minimal sunburn.

I'm aware that the bottom of the photo is possibly blown out; I wanted it that way.