The UPS truck dropped off these beautiful pictures today:
Those were taken by one of you- I’ll let the offending party speak for herself in the comments. I can’t wait to get them framed and hung.
At any rate, it has been a while since we had one of these threads, so I thought this would be a good time to have one. If you are your loved one are an artist and sell your wares or just share your craft, drop a comment with a link to your website or your store. You all would be really surprised by how creative so many of you are.
Here are some other things crafted by you commenters. Two pictures hanging in my living room that were taken by commenter Renato (at an angle because I am a shitty photographer and the flash kep showing up in the glass):
And LauraW made this frame for the Blog Stars Tunch and Lily, and it hangs in the guest bathroom right off the living room:
Did a trip to Pinnacles National Monument last weekend, and the wildflowers were pretty swell.
my fiance is does cakes and cake decorating, hopefully this will show up for everyone
Thanks for the solicitation, John…
I have photos and art cards available at RedBubble, but will sell anything there or at my flickr site directly.
oh those are nice. JC bought some of mine previously. I have some photo prints here, mostly landscapes and nature shots of Italy.
…this might be easier to browse.
a new one.
I love these threads.
My website is woefully out of date, which I hope to have fixed before the Rapture happens. Lately I’ve also been making ceramics, some of which can be seen here.
What about those of us who are talentless, snarking, smartass, cynical fucks? What the fuck, we can’t get some recognition for being no-talent fucknozzles? We have to draw pretty pictures or paint like the dude with the jewfro? What if … what if umm … what if we like, sing an’ stuff, like songs and then drink beer, lots of beer?
My very old (in years, not age) friend Amy has a way with glass. Everything she does gives me a happy! It will give you or your loved one a happy too.
Love the lotus flower picture. It grows in pristine purity above the mud, but requires the mud. There may be a lesson there.
That would probably work, but only if everyone else drinks at least as much beer as you do.
those are fantastic, Tom.
I drew a comic in the 90’s about robots, vampires and Catholic high school. Those interested can read it for free here:
You make it sound like a Beer Hall putsch, like in Bavaria or something. And without the buxom frauleins.
Those are beautiful pictures, John.
My wife is a handbag designer who also sells yarn, ribbon and fiber on Etsy.
South of I-10
@HumboldtBlue: I’m good at drinking beer and I like to sing too!
Just Some Fuckhead
Great timing, John. I just shipped you two wood carvings of my genitalia. I’m spent.
Pinnacles National Monument made some history recently – wild hatching of a baby condor.
@r€nato: Thanks! Love your landscapes…just gorgeous.
@wmd: indeed. We got to see one of the nesting condors–just a tiny dark shape, though a scope set up by the rangers along the High Peaks Trail, but still…very cool.
@wmd: Seattle just got new penguins hatched. Not in the wild, but yea penguins!
thanks JC, what a joy to see those prints where they live now.
As usual with these threads, the creativity and painstaking skill of so many of you just knocks me out.
A couple of things, though, I can’t see. CatLady, I think you may have a bad link there; and Dreggas, by any chance is there a way to view the cakes without using Facebook?
All the photography is spectacular. And Peter, I am in love with your ceramics. Playing with geodesic forms like that — wonderful, challenging (I would imagine), and very effective.
I am going to lean on my sister to put up photos of her work on her new website and I hope can post that the next time you do one of these threads. She uses old scraps of old leather (cuts up damaged jackets and vests and so on), and combines them with all kinds of miscellaneous jewelry to come up with one-of-a-kind pieces. I’m collecting a slew of ancient earrings that long ago lost their mates, and assorted odds-and-sods to send her. She’s always been good at off-the-wall crafts like this, and I can’t wait to see some of her work. I love the idea that she uses only recycled things — won’t buy anything new for this line.
Me? I’ll sing along.
“On Saturday afternoon, FBI agents arrested Erlyndon Joseph Lo at his home in the 3500 block of Nancy Court. He made an initial appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Don Bush in Plano. Bush will hold a detention hearing April 15 to determine if Lo will continue to be held pending trial.
On Friday morning, Lo went to the Plano federal courthouse and filed a court document saying that at noon that day, he was planning to go to the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in the 8600 block of Greenville Avenue in Dallas and “use deadly force to defend the innocent life of another human being,” according to court documents.
Lo’s filing specifically sought a restraining order against law enforcement, asking that officers not be allowed to harm him if he had to harm someone else.”
The one on the left is nothing but magical.
Did you all see this news about Penguins? It’s a 2 years + one week old.
The government has the technology to trace even Magic Jack calls?
See, we told you Obama was a tyrant.
I think I fixed it, but just in case:
Beautiful photos. I love that they’re being being propped up on laptops for display. How appropriate.
Noooooooooooo! I was going to go drink some beer, and now I have to hit refresh every minute to see the new art.
Maybe if I got an iPad…
My sister is a potter. Really nice stuff.
Here is the associated blog…
I follow your site, though never have commented before, but wanted to say I love to follow your thoughts and commentary, and also the adventures of Tunch. Makes me feel like my own( late) feline is still around and purring, and for that I thank ye.
I am a New Yorker born and bred, a painter and cartoonist. I have put a link of my paintings here to join in the thread, as that is a lovely thing on your part to make available. Take care. –Richard
I recently decided to try an experiment in electronic publishing. My friends J.A. Konrath and Lee Goldberg have had some success putting stuff up on Kindle and other e-pub formats. So I thought I’d stick my own toe in the digital water, so to speak, and put my novel STORM SURGE on line, for those of you who are electronically enabled. In keeping with the idea that e-pubbing should be cheap, it’s only $1.99.
You can find the Kindle version HERE:
and Smashwords has other formats HERE :
Let me know how you like it.
Is this better?
Hokay, I’ll repost this from a previous thread. I’m not a very good artist, but even I’m rather pleased by how well these photos turned out. Quick preview: a bunch of flowers from the campus of my university. They’re pretty.
Oops, didn’t give the link. http://www.strata-art.com.
I will totally take this opportunity to pimp my photostream.
General Egali Tarian Stuck
Since I happen to be a commie that believes in free enterprising, again a link to my Hummingbird pics. As opposed to Hummers that dimmer bulbs eschew. Lots more at the Flickr link.
Just picked up some old used lumber slats and a miter box to start making my own frames here soon. When the backing boards arrive,.
I don’t make any money from this, but I’m very proud of this shot–it won first place a few days ago in the Blood in the Snow contest:
Thanks, Cat Lady! Your friend does lovely pieces. I’m very fond of the dragonflies especially.
I don’t sell anything, but I do collect page views!
Here are some pics you can hang in your kitchen.
James in WA
Wow, LauraW’s picture frame is truly awesome. I’d cover my walls with frames like that, given even half a chance.
Everything she does is beautiful, but the dragonflies are really her thing.
@Catsy: That’s really well done. Leggo my leggos! LOL
Just Some Fuckhead
@James in WA:
Here’s yer chance.
My bride does fabric art and just finished some wedding ring pillows.
@General Egali Tarian Stuck: Those are great!
@SiubhanDuinne: Thanks. It’s fun, and unburdened with all of the career-type issues that can make the studio a chore sometimes. And extra fun to make food to go in them.
Damn. Now I’m stuck here all night refreshing for new photos, while I haven’t any decent ones to submit. Going to the family farm this weekend, and hope to get some bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes. With and without a toddler hamming it up among them.
None of which will compete with you, Tom. Beautiful work.
The pottery is gorgeous.
General Egali Tarian Stuck
My shots are mainly for illustrative purposes as opposed to “art” per say but you are welcome to view the entire portfolio. I messed around with some still life and artsy stuff but I mainly just shoot to show what wonderful wildlife I have in my little acre. Having said that
Here’s a picture of my pups at Hatteras.
I just finished this hooked rug last month:
It’s about two by three feet, made of strips of dyed wool
This was a commission:
And my work in a gallery:
Not sure if this counts, but my sweetie is a musician:
She shouldn’t be hard to identify, she’s the only one that looks even vaguely female.
Oh, did I mention that she’s fucking awesome?
She, she and one or two other people, or she and the whole damn Wrenboys group are available for parties, weddings, funerals, or other events anywhere in the greater SF Bay area.
@Fergus Wooster: Were you out by Brenham this past weekend, too?
bees and blossoms
@machine: No, but I drove from Houston to San Antonio for a meeting last week, and it was 3 hours of gorgeousness. How was Brenham?
My family has 90 acres in the middle of nowhere (closest town is College Station, but not too close). The two pastures become oceans of bluebonnets in the spring, and we figured it was about time to get some pics of Peanut among them.
Plus, if we’re lucky we’ll snag some wild blackberries and raspberries.
I have a casual game service that works on pretty much everything, including WebTV & MSNTV2, as well as on computers. The service itself is member-supported, ad-free, and we’re particularly oriented for Boomers and their parents (lots of members over 65, and at least a dozen in their 90s — oldest that we know about is 99).
Even though most is members only, there are always 3 free-to-play games at the top of the front page, and they change weekly. We’ll have our 6th anniversary the first weekend in May, and will have a 3-day open house (all games open) to celebrate.
Check it out — and if you want a nice place to park your mom where she can make friends and get attention but will never be hassled, sold to, or infected, we have gift certificates! http://games.net4tv.com
Not me personally, but my Dad has become a pretty serious recreational photographer since his retirement. Now he publishes a daily photoblog and takes pictures every day. He’s super-talented and he loves comments, so if you get a minute, drop on by and see what’s out there.
Ed’s Photo of the Day – Some old, some new…
@Fergus Wooster: The fields along 105 and 36 were thick with bluebonnets, paintbrushes and daisies. There is a second weekend to the Bluebonnet Trail w/ winery tour, so I’d recommend getting out there. Pleasant Hill Winery has a rockin’ sangiovese you might like.
Wow, great stuff on display here! I love these artists’ threads.
Do you know if she makes dragonflies in any other way except jewelry? I’m thinking of one for a gift for someone who wouldn’t wear jewelry. Not quite sure what form it would be…on a stand, perhaps? Hmmm….
Bad Horse's Filly
@jeffreyw: I really love Dino-turtle. Glad he has a home at my place.
You are all too talented and it is great to see it everyone’s stuff.
Polish the Guillotines
How about a little music? Amps at eleven, tongues firmly in cheeks. Not your daddy’s cover band. Just click on my handle.
Raspberries? In Texas? How do you grow them?
@Adam Collyer: Added your dad’s photoblog to my rotation. Some great shots there, especially Notre Dame.
And your dad’s a Lightroom fanatic too, so that helps.
You could ask to have the dragonfly strung on clear thread and hang it in a window like a suncatcher.
@Dreggas: Thank you so much for putting up the alternative views. Those cakes are amazing!
I am honored that my work is in JC’s new digs. Who ever thought that when I shot a couple of images in Japan that some awesome blogger in WV would want these flowers on his wall?
Yeah, maybe. I was looking around the site and saw the “Critter.” It has some cords with beads or rocks that hang off it that can be moved around. I’m thinking of maybe a dragonfly with some attached springs or wires that could be played with while thinking – like a worry stone, flipping it around in your hand. But something that could be moved around. Hmm….going to have to think this through.
Are those your photos? They’re beautiful! Gorgeous work.
Hey! I’m a lurker and seldom comment, but I read this blog daily. I’m a photorealist painter and you can see my work at http://www.lindabacon.com.
@LauraW: I see you do a lot of crafts fairs and the like in western NC. That’s a pleasant drive for me from Atlanta, and I am definitely going to put one or two of those dates in my summer calendar. Look forward to meeting you and to seeing and buying your extraordinary pieces.
I have written a cat care book, aimed at fixing problems:
And I have a little one on Kindle:
Ten Cat Tricks Every Human Should Know
And I’ve just downloaded @JD Rhoades: book! Looking forward to it.
Love the stuff here.
@Violet: thanks, violet! taken in kyoto, 2005
@LauraW: I see you do a lot of crafts fairs and the like in western NC. That’s a pleasant drive for me from Atlanta, and I am definitely going to put one or two of those dates in my summer calendar. Look forward to meeting you and to seeing and buying some of your extraordinary pieces.
My modest little photo blog is here.
Daily pix posted, mostly of Marin County & other California spots.
I’m a Balloon Juice junkie even though I don’t post much so I feel like I am whorin a bit but, here is a sample of my stuff.
Well, this isn’t exactly original art, but there hasn’t been an open thread all day.
Recipe for Petite Vanilla Scones (like Starbucks).
@Linda Bacon: Those are great!
This is like a brochure for the National Balloon Juice Museum.
Texas bluebonnets (and other nature)
Hey I just figured out how to do a slide show: Birth of a Dragonfly
I do this as illustrations for posts on my own blog. I don’t know if readers realize I’m the one who paints them. But hey, the less they know about me the better, right? Anyway, here they are, hot off the presses:
For some reason, the links (above) aren’t showing up as blue, but I tried them and they work. If any of you don’t know who the subject is, just check out the lead story in any of tonight’s (or tomorrow’s) national news broadcasts. I’m sure he’ll come up.
You can contact her on her website, but she’s so creative I’m sure she’d be able to come up with a great idea.
Damn, John, that’s pretty harsh. What do you do to the artists you don’t like?
General Egali Tarian Stuck
A couple of beauties!!
@Indy Lib: you are cruel. Those vanilla bean sconettes are may fave thing at Starbucks these days.
Sadly, ‘bucks discontinued my VERY fave thing evah: Toffee Almond Bars. I suspect I could get results by following a standard blondie recipe and crunching up a few Heath Bars in the batter, but if you have a better, more authentic source, I’d be ever so grateful.
@Celshader: Haha! Love the lady with the happy face on her tummy!
Latest painting since that last invite – “Bar Harbor Pilot” — thank you John
@General Egali Tarian Stuck: Lil Bit and the Bodhisattva both rescues and great dogs.
I have demonstrated no artistic ability since I stopped playing the violin in high school. Thanks for making me feel inadequate. Seriously though, there is a lot of talent around here. Well done.
It’s an amazing thing that I found the link at Sully’s today. I haven’t read him for months (he gets credit for leading me to BJ, however), but I clicked on him today after following someone’s link to a Fallows piece this morning.
Andrew’s thing for petite vanilla scones has always tickled me.
The Other Steve
r€nato, those are very nice. I really like the Tuscany Cypreses on that site.
I used to do a lot of photography when I was a kid, and always wanted a decent camera. I could never really talk myself into it. Finally last december I bought a Sony A500, and it’s the most fun I’ve had with a camera ever.
@R. Johnston: Jeebus, the crazy just keeps on comin’. Was it like this during Clinton’s terms? I didn’t become very political until the 2000 “election” but just don’t remember this level of hate and toxicity.
My dearest is an incredibly talented artist- you don’t have to believe me, just ask the NBA, Timeout New York weekly, Pop Sci, etc. etc. on and on. He also makes perfect eggs and phenomenal chili. My boyfriend is oh-so dreeeeeeamy. This link leads directly to some of his animal related art pieces: http://www.namtab.com/gallery/animals.htm#penguin
@SIA: Read NIxonland.
@JD Rhoades: Awesome! Redneck Noir! What do you do if you don’t have Kindle?
Stan of the Sawgrass
I’ll have to come back tomorrow to read this thread and check the links– ya’lls got some intrestin’.
My wife and I actually make a living (most of the time) doing decorative painting, etc. for the astoundingly wealthy down here in S. Fla.
I don’t update it nearly enough, but go look at my Flickr site– got some silly political shite along with the Deathless Art.
PS– another 12-hr day tomorrow, but I really need to see what the rest of you are doing creatively. BJ folks are the salvation of the Nation! Or at least more fun to descend into Political Chaos with.
I make drawings on canvas with pastel chalks, which so far are only sold through a restaurant owned by a friend here in Australia.
I am a musician. Can you imagine what it’s like, to hear it? I think it sounds a lot like music, but I can’t remember.
::resumes ridiculous amount of studying::
@Mike Mundy: Lovely photos. Especially like the horse closeup “self portrait”.
@stuckinred: Mr. Screaming has read it. I probably need to – just have to watch my own rage levels. Same reason I didn’t see Farenheit 911. Knew I couldn’t handle it.
er, this thread seems pretty dead now anyway so what the hizzay, i’ll post a song for all the latecomers.
whoomp there it is
whoomp there’s the lyrics
whoomp there’s my butt
@James in WA:
The fun of the jewelry/geegaw mirrors and frames is in the customizing. Here is one John commissioned for his sister, Devon, last Summer. It is a memorial frame for her dog, Irie. You can scroll thru and see some of the close-ups of angel dogs, etc.
For Tunch and Lily’s frame, you gotta see close ups because where else in WV is there a Steelers Italian charm bracelet hanging in the guest bath?
I nearly wet my pants when I realized I had that old silver My Diary charm in my stash. I like the treasure hunt, synchronicity aspects that come into play when making these sorts of highly personalized pieces. Magic happens!
I’ve started a new blog to document some large projects I’m about to start, linked thru my name above.
@Tattoosydney: Hey now. Those are really good, fella, why don’t you move up to Cacalaca and I’ll be your patron? Oh, right. Because it’s awesome where you live and I’m not that rich.
@SIA: It took forever to read and it’s hard not to be furious the entire time. My only real point is that things are always nuts.
Awesome celebrity/entertainer/politician portrait/caricatures, full size paintings: http://www.timotte.com
Creative smorgasbord for the eyes!
Lots of wonderful work to see here! Kudos to all the creative souls.
@SiubhanDuinne: Well, that web page is so neglected that those are last year’s shows, most of which I bailed out on anyway. So much work, and heat, and sweat and BOREDOM. Truly torturous for me, those shows.
So, you have a lot more freedom in terms of when you come up because you can find me here from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. (email me for specific days and hours since we’ve got a bit of a funky schedule.) It’d be great to meet you and yak a while. Bring Demo Woman, SIA, and whoever else I’m forgetting. For sure Michael D!
@Linda Bacon: Mind Blown.
@Linda Bacon: I both liked and was terrified of your meticulous paintings. They literally boggle the mind. Yes, I said it. Minds were boggled. This should be good enough to make you rich for eternity. I’m afraid I won’t be allowed to discuss this any further though until you immediately change your username to L I N D A B A C O N because it looks that way on your website, and frankly I’m pretty sure that that. is. awesome.
@Jason Bylinowski: uhhhhhh:
World of Wonders
Oil on linen
66.0″ x 60.0″
These are measured in YARDS!
Mind blown blown.
@Hann1bal: Your photos did turn out nicely! I think the mystery bush might be a honeysuckle, if that helps you place the fragrance any better…
Shoot yeah! I LOVE your part of the world, and have some friends in Blowing Rock.
@Violet: Sorry, got called away. They grow wild (or at least used to) along one of the fences on the edge of the property. They’re some bizarre wild variety, maybe a blackberry hybrid, but we had blackberries too.
Hopefully they’ll be there this year, and I’ll maybe steal some seeds.
Yeah, the wild blackberries – or dewberries, there are both – grow really easily. I’ve not seen raspberries growing in central/southern Texas, so that caught my eye. Would love to know more if you find them there. I hope so!
Your superior taste is superior. Approved.
And pardon reiterated for having fuck-speak’d me for no reason Tues. . . Cheers!
Thread’s probably dead, but I do handcrafted, made to order natural soap and skin care products. All sales include donations to nonprofit orgs.
@WereBear: Hey! Just ordered your book. Always need help with the crazy kittehs!
those are terrific!
my wife is a painter and does some truly beautiful work.
her site is here:
and her blog is here:
a little promotional tumblr I maintain to promote her stuff as well as mine and my son’s is here:
@jron: Those are beautiful. I love the “Dusk” series. Very fine.
ETA: I see she’s shown in Atlanta – bookmarking the site to watch for future shows. SiubhanDuinne – you would like these.
Just wanted to say that this thread has been my favorite of the past few months. A lot of tremendously talented people here, and I can’t wait to go through most of them tomorrow.
I’m just now finally getting set up on Etsy.
It’s a little sparse right now. I do some metalwork as well, but am currently without any of those tools, so mostly I’m limited to beadweaving and some hammering and sanding.
Are any of you interested in launching a left blogosphere Etsy team? I think with the talent that’s floating around, it’d be pretty ass kicking.
Forgot to include the non-Etsy site:
I haven’t updated it in awhile because we just had a death in the family, but it offers access to previous pieces that are no longer on Etsy.
I can’t wait to get off this iPhone browser and onto a real computer so I can start checking out everyone’s links!
@SIA: What Stuckinred said. Also, The Hunting Of the President, by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons.
The link is to the movie site, but it’s a book that started as a series of articles in Salon, back when it didn’t suck. Or sucked less. Conason, of course, still writes for Salon, and Lyons has been based in Little Rock for eons.
I’ve actually never read the book, just the articles as they were coming out. I gave it to my mom one year for Christmas, though, and it blew her away.
Your jewelry is beautiful and your website made me miss Sedona, which is about the only place in Arizona I have any desire to go back to – ever.
wait… Balloon Juice craft off.. ??
count me in.
My daughter is an awesome painter.
Click categories on the left
James in WA
@Laura W.: Beautiful work! It really reminds me of the Día de los Muertos pieces that I used to see so often when I was in Denver, so much color and detail to draw the eye. But your style is all your own, and I love it.
Excellent! More WANT.
I’m an abstract oil painter whose work is displayed at RMiddleton.com. I enjoy creating works ranging from the size of a note card to ones which cover a large wall. I also enjoy keeping a blog/online scrapbook, where I post thoughts, works-in-progress, photos of visuals I’ve run across in real life, and (mostly) reblogs of images I’ve found online which inspire me.
@IndyLib: Thanks! Yeah, we went to Sedona on our honeymoon, and I’m pretty convinced that it (and the canyon leading down into it) is the most beautiful place in the world. We ended up painting our whole house in a Sedona dirt-red/tree-green/sky-blue color scheme.
And, holy crapoley, are there some seriously talented artists and photographers and sculptors and whatnot here! Jeebus knows, I wish I had the money to invest in some of it, but I’ve bookmarked and added contacts, etc. Maybe I’ll get flush in the future.
Thanks, SIA. Fur the kittehs.
@SiubhanDuinne: thank you so much for the wonderful comments about my paintings. i am honored. best hfc
I love those – so charming! I’ve bookmarked your site.
I love these threads. I have bought before from LauraW and can testify to her quality!
And I have to link the amazing NYC photography of one of my friends. She sees things in the city I think no one else does, and if you’re into cemetery art or fashion at all, you’ve got to check her out. (And she could really use the money, honestly.)
AC in BC
Battle in Seattle photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tresy/sets/72157623557815964/
Pacific NW Lighthouses: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tresy/sets/72157623423258401/
@Fergus Wooster: missed your comment last night–thanks! Looking forward to your bluebonnet pics. (Had to look them up–‘lupines’ I know, but ‘bluebonnets’ are a Texas thing…)
Thanks, SIA. :-D