Friday, December 18, 2009

Rudolph Agonistes

Rudolph Agonistes

Rudolph Agonistes (2009)


Red nose

my ass. It was
budget cuts. The haunts

of Christmas Town are shut
by drifts. Santa even took out
the candy stripe pole.

Incomplete toys
pile up on the workshop floor
like unread Milton

or water from former glaciers
or war
on earth not peace.

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Image initially made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until it "led all the rest." Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of rudolph agonistes.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Football Drill

Football Drill

Football Drill (2009)


Make the most of your practice time:

like conditioning those who oppose you,
like making that catch on the edge of the world,
like a routine of agility,
like two-minute explosiveness,
like battle tested snaps and cheers,
like Draconian concussive choices,
like bass runs by black Steelers,
like rushing the spirit of good shuffles,
like a category for the quickness of flags,
like cervical cord injuries with common themes.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until it had carried in the last dummy. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of football drill.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Catholic Hangover

Catholic Hangover

Catholic Hangover (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Chanting freestyle witchcraft.
Feasting on The One
at banquets advertising guy comedies.

The beauty of the church
I decry.

Diocesian sacrifice.

The church forbids marriage
if either party is infertile and I do
I think Madonna is the only fit Catholic

to pass
the ball for St Michael's.

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Image initially made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until it felt guilty enough.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Peter Rabbit Sells His Soul

Peter Rabbit Sells His Soul

Peter Rabbit Sells His Soul (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


A new view to look over. No text today.

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Image inititally made with Sterling-ware 2. Post-processed until it developed a hankering for the Lake District.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Natives Are Restless

The Natives Are Restless

The Natives Are Restless (2009)


Whether Hawaii style or swimming
the swamps of south Florida no one cares
what you see through your telescope. If you invest
wisely in the skirmish between the Theatre of the Vampires
and Darkest England you won't wind up
in stew. Unusual drum music
and other exotica like carbon paper
and flutes may be downloaded, and Mexican
complaints whip out faster than meat
shaken by belly dancing. I sense you're not
particularly interested in me. You might
hang a snap of my loin cloth on Flickr
and think differently after spinal taps by spear
and a sloppily shrunken head.

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Image initially made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until the revolving spit malfunctioned. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of the natives are restless.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Water Lilies (2009)


French films, newly sexualized by critics,
synonyms for hybrids, light floaters
better planted in a framed bayou

by Monet. I burst out of green sleeves,
my hands like koi under a pond's sheen,
a prop in Bardot's backdrop.

Something breaks the surface
Someone bends the design


until synopsis is like awful wallpaper.
The lotus is jealous of all splashing
giving rise to a new new wave.

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Update: I corrected a wrong word typo.

Image originally made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until it could no longer change the filter. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of water lilies.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Werewolf Syndrome

Werewolf Syndrome

Werewolf Syndrome (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until Phish wrote a song about it.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nefertiti

Nefertiti

Nefertiti (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until it changed from polytheistic to henotheistic.

I usually listen to music while I work on art. Here's a shuffle of what's been playing in "the studio" lately:

1. "Mannequin" (Live) by Firehose
2. "Anti-Orgasm" by Sonic Youth
3. "Man with Golden Helmet" by Radio Birdman
4. "Don't Let Me Down" (from Let It Be -- Naked) by The Beatles
5. "Lo Batt" (Peel Session) by Man or Astroman
6. "Words" (long version from Archives Box Set) by Neil Young
7. "Tension Makes a Tangle" (from Secrets of the I Ching) by 10,000 Maniacs
8. "Said the People" by Dinosaur Jr.
9. "My City Was Gone" (Live at the Fillmore) by The Pretenders
10. "Nancy Reagan's Head" by Mission of Burma

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Neck Problems

Neck Problems

Neck Problems (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until it became a pain...in the...well...you know.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Cliffside

Cliffside

Cliffside (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Going back into photoblog mode for a spell. Enjoy a few new pieces in binoculars view.

Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until I used that mudslide filter.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Shields Up

Shields Up

Shields Up (2009)


The daily handlers of Congress feel more vulnerable.

Your un-numbered patch enhances journalist's rights.

Your global cooperative explodes like twin stars.

Back in the real world malware is everywhere.

Websites that scan your drives kill Facebook friends.

Please clean up whatever HDTV mess you made first.

Your energy barrier still somehow lets Twitter through.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until she can't take much more, Captain. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of the phrase shields up.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Who Invited the Crows?

Who Invited the Crows?

Who Invited the Crows? (2009)


I invited your friends
but not you. I met a lot of people like me
on reservations with nothing who said
Oh, king, I am so grateful for scraps, you said.
Eat the pindas, you said. Invoke a full moon,
you said. Do you think I am responsible
for history, you said. Make a hundred dresses,
you said. Spook me with your cawing,
you said. Twines His Tail told me, you said.
Plymouth hurt my head, you said, and who ever said
I want to pick through your leavings anyway, you said.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until fully scavenged. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of the phrase who invited the crows.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Sun Gets in Your Eyes

The Sun Gets in Your Eyes

The Sun Gets in Your Eyes (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Sunglasses filter your radar.
Slather sunscreen over
your dark lenses
because you don't know what

love is. Expose
all storms not burned away
to me. So what
clouds left burn off like rice

paper. I write
to you about a sun upside
down until images
fill your brain with fire.

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Something else new. Image initially made with Sterling-ware 2. Post-processed until appropriately supermassive. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of the phrase the sun gets in your eyes.

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Gumby Doppelganger

Gumby Doppelganger

Gumby Doppelganger (2009)


I look like stop-motion
photography but

my rubber tail is
a square,

hard lines. I live
briefly

to ascertain,
to massacre.

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Image initially made with Sterling-ware 2. Post-processed until it became plasticine. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of the phrase: gumby doppelganger.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Cyclops

Cyclops

Cyclops (2009)


As Cyclops, Scott Summers became deputy leader of the X-Men. While he was a skilled tactician, his social skills were lacking. Scott had fallen in love with his teammate Jean Grey, but his reserved demeanor prevented him from expressing his feelings for her for years.
--Marvel Database

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Something new. Image initially made with Sterling-ware 2. Post-processed until totally optically blasted.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Who Buzzed Roger Rabbit?

Who Buzzed Roger Rabbit?

Who Buzzed Roger Rabbit? (2009)


All our animated talk. For what?
You loved how we fixed our mix up. You said
Come in . Slam it. No more. Get out.
I think you were being ironic or were you
being laconic? You know what
people are saying? You twit-
ter better than you think and Jessica
is no Jolie but she tweets more
sweetly. You slink around
my head like cheap wallpaper turned
inside out. I'm stuck, stuck
to the wrong side of you.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until it wasn't bad but just drawn that way. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of who buzzed roger rabbit.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

You Better Notice the New Carpet

You Better Notice the New Carpet

You Better Notice the New Carpet (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Here's your to-do list:
Create a traffic problem.
Dump some fuzz balls.
Never ever use a vacuum.
Shed.

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Image initially made with Sterling-ware 2. Post-processed into a deep stain. Text is a found "Google poem" collaged from search strings of you better notice the new carpet.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Angry Sawhorse

Angry Sawhorse

Angry Sawhorse (2009)


Can't you
protect me from masculinity? One
knotty eye on
a headless stick body
is no throne. That no-brains
Jack Pumpkinhead burns me.
I need to make a stand
with orange cones so angry men
swearing,
gesticulating are
tricked into seeing me
as a royal carriage.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until I fell off. Text is a "Google poem" collaged together from search stings of angry sawhorse.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Sinister Riptide

Sinister Riptide

Sinister Riptide (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


This is the end result of another image I worked on while "going live" last weekend, an experience I talked about in my last post.

The image was begun in a local restaurant during Art Week 09, part of which includes placing artists in various venues around Little Rock and North Little Rock. Artists were supposed to work on pieces and show their process. My wife and I set up in Sticky Fingerz in Little Rock's River Market district. I'd spent days before assembling a traveling digital studio on my laptop, so we packed up laptop, projector, screen, mike, stands, cords, and karaoke machine, and off we went. I worked on fractal/digital art for four hours and talked to many interesting and interested people, including several graphic designers, a mathematician, and other artists.

The set-up at Sticky Fingerz

The set-up at Sticky Fingerz.

I worked on four pieces live and considered none of them done. I posted the last live "draft" of one image named (by the crowd) Sticky Lucky Cat to show what had been done live. That image is still being worked over at my home studio where it will one day appear as Lucky Cat, that is, the final image. Sinister Riptide began live and then was beat severely around the pixels in the comforts of home.

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Image initially made with Sterling-ware 2 and processed live at Sticky Fingerz on May 9th. The crowd provided the title. Later further post-processed until it finally went out.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sticky Lucky Cat

Sticky Lucky Cat

Sticky Lucky Cat (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculors.]


Last night, I participated in Art Week 09.

One aim of the festivities was to place visual artists in various locales around the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock. I received a call from one of the coordinators asking me if I'd like to participate. He had visited my web site and had liked my "paintings." I had to explain that I made digital art. Although every other participating artist was either painting or creating mixed media constructions, I said I could take a laptop and projector and demonstrate how I make my art. He agreed and put me on the schedule. I spent several days doing the best I could to build a portable digital art studio on my laptop.

So, come Saturday afternoon, Cindy (my wife) and I packed up: laptop, projector, stands, portable screen, mike, karaoke machine (for sound), and a few prints (for show).

We set up at Sticky Fingerz, a restaurant and music venue, in Little Rock's River Market, and I made art for four hours while we talked to the crowd, showed off prints, and handed out business cards. I worked on five images -- explaining my process as I went and taking suggestions from the audience as to what should be kept or undone. Some friends dropped by, and I talked to a number of cool people, including a mathematician and several graphic designers. One guy even wanted me to teach him Photoshop.

It was a good time, and I hope the Art Week organizers ask me to participate again next year.

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Sticky Lucky Cat was created live at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, May 9th. The title was suggested by someone in the crowd. Image initially made with QuaSZ and post-processed until the audience agreed it was done.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bush Retires to His Ranch

Bush Retires to his Ranch

Bush Retires to His Ranch (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Most weekends
more tourists bloom
in Crawford
dumbly. Loafing,
swimming
in a pool scooped over
dead pigs
and brush killed off
he thinks of friends in Dubai
and prays
Please
have mercy on me
Madame Biographer
Please
preserve my legacy of murder-

ing
everything.

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Update: I misunderestimated the poem and edited it slightly.

Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed 183 times in one month. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings for "bush retires to his ranch."

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shark Hunting Down Under

Shark Hunting Down Under

Shark Hunting Down Under (2009)


The Great White downloaded
spam that
hung upside down.

On the bottom
of the food chain
was an obit and silver cage

sleek as seal skin.
Aussies in the belly suggest
bad house-hunting.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until it became my chum. Text is a "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of shark hunting down under.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Erik

Erik

Erik (2009)


~Erik~
Born during the Boulevard Massacre.
Self educated musician and master of Black Art.
Exiled to Devil's Island for criminal insane.

Escaped--
Now At Large
.
--An intertitle card from the 1925 silent version of The Phantom of the Opera

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until it called out in an angelic voice to Christine from beyond a wall.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Intense Gamer

Intense Gamer

Intense Gamer (2009)


I hang around my house
on after burner making sure to get
the last shot. Pushing my buttons causes
a newly identified skin disorder.

You decide, Digerati

if my slight anger problem
pushes my skills or just tilts your Halo.
I smash my keyboard with mecha force
into my soon famous forehead.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until painful lesions started to appear on its palms. Text is a Google poem collaged from search strings of intense gamer.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Backwash

Backwash

Backwash (2000)


Blog with a View, on some level, has always been a photoblog for my digital and fractal art and was designed in part to function like a virtual gallery. And so, I'd like to start the new year by posting some earlier work without comment.

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