Sunday, April 29, 2007

So where is the art?

don't despair ... i am still drawing, just not things that can be posted here (at the moment) the meantime here is a cartoon, well cartoon-ish drawing it just me or is there a misguided blurring of focus on the difference between celebrity and tacky meaningless behavior ... is miss world abort to be replaced by Slut of the Universe?

Are silly, but harmless, old artist that post nudes on the net really responsible for this trend?

Friday, April 27, 2007

take five

take five
take five,
originally uploaded by sigh clone.
my newest passion, on ... is to listen to the same songs, by different artists, ... it was a simple enough discovery, if you sort your itunes library or playlist by name (or title in monkey media), there they are all side by side ... just waiting to be played one after the other ... I have several version of take 5 by Dave bruebeck .. there is a long one, a short one a mid length one but my favourite is the Dave Brubeck trio with gerry mulligan, recorded live in Berlin, which last over 9 minutes ... anyway the weaving of the rhythm and melody across the sax(ex), piano, base and drums needed illustrating .. so here is my attempt

well how about that

On my yahoo 360 profile page I have, an art quote of the week link ... this weeks is ....John W. Gardner "Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."

So I put this into the flickr search and it couldn't find anything :( Then I started taking out the little words until i just has Life art drawing ... and well it found mt life drawings, (not that surprising you say when you see the tags ... but I do love this series.

So then I went over to google and guess what there were exactly 248,000 matches to Life is the art of drawing without an eraser ...towards the top are a couple of artists over on deviant art, sandpiperw, as in the bird and monaattya, then quiet a few links to the quote again.. I suspected looking at more would not help much.

so I turned to blog radio, and guess what? ...nothing found, but i did fine the art of life by X Japan, never heard it before and it is kind of epic, and a live version to boot

Such is life & art

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

more self filtering

Don't be discouraged ... deviant art has followed flickr and added self filtering for mature content ... I fully support this, it means that grown ups (like me can "publish" works without worrying about them being "accidentally" viewed by minors (those innocent children of mythical importance) ... yet i hate to be a spoil sport but the big problem of the moment on lots of on-line communities is that most of the pseudo pornographers, images trolls and generally annoying folk on the net are young adolescent people, and very immature at that ... probably in their bedroom while mum & dad think they are doing homework!

still I would rather not risk corrupt a purely innocent soul, so I applaud the self filter move.

My presence on deviant art has been a bit sparse to date ... maybe there will be more now

Saturday, April 21, 2007


No I haven't hit menopause ... well i don't think I have .... but i have taken up quilting

This widget from will let you see the albums I own and listen to.. impressive don't you think? way down on the right hand side of this blog, to see my current favourite artist that I listen too anywhere, my ipod, web-radio, from podcasts...hear what inspires me! click on the pictures and find out more if you want

something nothing

is it just me or is second life really the web 2.0 incarnation of the B ark (hitch hikers guide to galaxy fans will know what i mean)? its an interesting concept and is at its center a just a game ... but how obsessed are the airheads inside their ... such conspicuous spending on nothing, (or more precisely something-nothing) ... where are the real bohemians, the creative folk, the intelligencia ... the self obsessed inhabitants inside are all supposed to be the smartest people around ... not the one's i have meet... where did that myth come from, they just seek fame and instant celebrity... then again i decided to be poor ... which translated into being totally ignored ... ok I'm a little older and a little wiser, and no damage done to my wallet, and I can get on with my life ... enjoy the journey without me, second lifers ... i know what happened to the golgafrinchans

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Friday, April 20, 2007

mixing media (again)

this small sketch was just a playful experiment, using pastel over a watercolour wash ... but i was thrilled with the colours ... lotta on the other hand would have rather her eyes where the same size ;)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Art for Arts Sake

Art for Arts sake
Originally uploaded by big al davies.
I guess this is not a big deal for a lot of my more net & flickr savvy friends ... but I have just at some good fun typing simple quotes into the flickr search everyone's photo box at the top the the flickr page ... for example art for art sake got this great photo and a lot of others

So I have decided that I might make a visual &/or musical quote search a regular feature on the blog ... hope I don't bore you all to quickly

I also wanted to add the sond art for art sake by 10cc, but i could not locate anything on and you will only get a scrobbled snippet from On Utube the only thing remotely like the song was by the Bon Fuher ...which was a very hopeless attempt at sing really and being dress like hilter is way.... not now or every was... sorry that was so bad I won't bore you with that clip ... so please make do with the scrobbled bit from

armed & dangerous

If you see an old bloke in a cyber cafe armed with a handful of electronic thingos, and a sketch book, and maybe drinking a short black (espresso to the coffee heathens) don't be alarmed he will probably be harmless old me ... i've decided to downsize my hardware... an particularly get rid of all the bloody cables... I've been puting my best art on my ipod for a while now and it now has a great gallery, with a wicked miles davis soundtrack... my phone is filling with art as well ... it is web aware so i can email and even find myself on google maps ... the orange thing is amazing its the new Australia next G network wireless broadband modem, on a USB plug... works anywhere my phone does... but the best bit is on the memory stick... I've moved over to using portable apps ... and it was painless.... i can now have my own same old work space, favourites, bookmarks and all and software on any computer that takes the USB plug... even crappy old cyber cafe 'puters.

Whilst I am deeply saddened to hear about the Virgina Tech massacre, ... it doesn't surprise me ... guns kill people an Australian I know gun control people works ... those folk in the USA please look at the stats you are far more likely to be shot my someone you know, because they have easy access to a gun when they get annoyed. Remove that access and you will stay alive! ... but your president says it better than me

Mr Bush: "It was just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time"

(UNHEARD part of the interview ---

Reporter: "And what place was that Mr. President?"

Mr Bush: (looks blank for a while) "Errr ....America" )

Sunday, April 15, 2007

soul food

I've been so involved in my pastels of late I have neglected my simpler cartoon like sketches and doodles ...such behaviour was good for my soul ... viva the goddess ... good music... and purple

Saturday, April 14, 2007

An on-line exhibition worth visiting

My very favourite "grown up" web artist is carolyn weltman (aka sophi,
aka art for engineers) ...she's a lovely person as well. anyway she has been selected as the as the featured artist on the british museum of erotic art website (look under the exhibition section, while it lasts)... congratulations carol

detail of a shoeIt is definitely worth a visit if you are not familiar with her work ... especially the sensuality in the way she does her shoes... but take your time to have a look around at the originality and creatively that still exists in the art world ... the all to boring "me too" celebrity/pornish/fackr copyism and image theft doesn't have to be the only thing you can look at on the net you know ... there is life outside second life,myspace, yahoo & flickr!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I love it ....

wondering why the artistic output is down ... well the wordl cup cricket is (still) on over in the west indies... the complete opposite time zone to here... and being a bloke I can't watch TV late at night and sketch ;)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Sorry about forgetting to update the blog calender ... ok you loyal blog viewers how about reminding me ;)

And another thing ... just discovered that the nude suduko has stopped working... seems that changing the public access filtering has hidden my nudes from third party access ... i'll see if I can fix it first, but don't be surprised if that link disappears

Raison d'Être

Whilst I still draw on paper ... butI am getting more and more convinced that art has to make the move onto all our personal technology ...otherwise that technology will remain cold and remote... showing some creatively on your personal things will enhance your life ... and it doesn't even have to be a nude ... the problem is really the rate at which the technology changes ... does your mobile phone now have a camera? ... have you personalized your PC yet with an original wallpaper ... do you want to? would you rather wait for the video ... have you ever thought about

Should I start to consider making more of my art for technology ... such as screen wallpaper ...or is blogging art enough ... willflickr (and yahoo) ever let the art flow ... are the millions of screens of the rapidly developing range of personal devices the biggest art gallery of all? ... perhaps I am a pioneer ...not just an eccentric

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

missing chatting with me?

If you miss my pressence in the chat rooms.... or my terrible typos.... the old yahoo ones, or MSN, Trillion or Pal talk ... here is your chance to have a nice chat with me without the chat room

Monthly FlickrMat

Monthly FlickrMat
Monthly FlickrMat,
originally uploaded by sigh clone.
This is a nice idea, inspired by artjunkgrl. These are recent works (not exactly all last months, but hopefull a nice start to my monthly flickrMat routine.)

1. gucci rush, 2. pastel torso8, 3. gemma in pastel, 4. torso1 in pastel, 5. fees famous backside, 6. torso2 in pastel, 7. ayame in pastel small, 8. kimy's secret in pencil, 9. aussie louise in pastel

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

another Pastel Torso

Life drawing, Pastel on paper.

Light is a thing that cannot be reproduced, but must be represented by something else – by color.

Paul Cezanne