Posts Tagged ‘surreal’

Mushroom Land

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Finally getting this painting listed to my etsy shop. Prints available as well.

OIL ON CANVAS 24 x 18 inches 1.5 in sides, gallery wrapped and ready to hangOil on

Happy New creative Year!

Thursday, January 7th, 2016




crying tree

readers of this blog, I will be blogging on my new website, with an occasional post here. find me at Art Propensity


Thursday, August 30th, 2012


superfetation |ˌsoōpərˌfēˈtā sh ən|
noun Medicine & Zoology
the occurrence of a second conception during pregnancy, giving rise to embryos of different ages in the uterus.
• figurative the accretion of one thing on another : the superfetation of ideas.
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from French superfétation or modern Latin superfetatio(n-), from Latin superfetare, from super- ‘above’ + fetus ‘fetus.’

See this piece in person on exhibit in Detroit, October, at “Damned”.

Dark Arts

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Received my catalog for the Dark Arts exhibit to be held in the fall. Beautiful full color pages. I’ll be listing one for sale in my etsy shop. Its chock full of interesting surreal images.

From the archives: Alicia

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Many years ago when I was in college and majoring in photography for a minute I did a series of images of my niece Alicia who was about ten years old if I remember correctly. I dressed her up in a pretty dress I had that was too big for her but she still looked cute, and I used an alternative photographic process to create the images on watercolor paper. An emulsion is painted onto the surface and the image is transferred via a huge transparency, ie a positive. After it dried I worked back into the image with watercolor paint. one image was superimposed over another to create the surreal effect of a house within the figure, its all very old school as the digital technologies was not available then so everything was done by hand. I took several photographs of some local Victorian style houses that were close to San Jose State University where I studied, I have always enjoyed the unique intricacies of victorians.

I re discovered these images over the weekend while I was scanning slides with “Fotolite” from Brookstone, a cool tool

eerie and the creepy and the crawly

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I often wonder how creepy images fit into the whole art scheme of things. It seems so often that for many people if the art isn’t about beauty or have some deeper spiritual meaning its not credible or valued or taken seriously.


I’ve never wanted or even considered locking myself into an accepted form of aesthetics and have always believed that even the darkest subject matter can teach something. Would I hang a very dark image in my own home, well yes I would. As far back as Goya artist’s have been depicting dark subject matter. One of my all time and maybe my ALL time fav painter is Francis Bacon who’s work is so raw and visceral it resonates life’s angst in the most profound visual way. I could easily live with Bacon’s work in my home and never tire of it. But then I’m not a pottery Barn kind of person. Things don’t even have to match in my home. I love antiques for this reason, they carry a history with them and are interesting and unique. Have you ever seen antiques Road Show. I never get tired of hearing the history behind all those trinkets, chatch kees, furniture and artwork and I’m equally amazed at the people who retain it all in there head.

Anyway, I have gotten off on a tangent.


So this latest work is a bit challlenging for some people and most of the comments which come from other communities I participate in are basically that its “creepy” and nightmarish. Well okay, but can anything else be appreciated about it. I mean as a sculptural form its quite intricate. Its also very surreal. Its intriguing. Just offering up some thoughts that maybe opinions don’t have to be so automatic and pre determined and dismissive. Isn’t there something to be valued about this kind of art?


I didn’t make the bones, grateful to a great artist for sending them to me all the way from Canada


Dem Bones

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Yesterday, I recieved a box of bones from art bud Jen worden ( and serendipitously Reevo (of Ektopia) posted some work of this artist

fantastic, boney surreal creations!!

Not that I could do anything remotely as cool but I do need to think about how I am going to use and transform the already perfect bones into my own creations…

And, while yesterday was full of dreams and some recall, last night was full of dreams with no recall. None the less, yesterday’s dream which included three fleshy fat blocks of art bearing unbilical cords has been on my mind as it seems perfectly good material for some artwork, since both dreams and art are all about the metaphors, at least according to me.

The past few years, and especially since my brother’s death, I have had an intense desire for spirituality and something to truely believe in. It turns out that three, may have to do with this (the sacred holy trinity for example) as well as balance (an important issue for me)and harmony between body,mind,spirit. It can also mean a desire for perfection in creation (the basic principles of art; harmony, balance, color, design, etc). The perfectly squared, compacted fat blocks hung on a wall as if in display in an art gallery, as if to say life and and art and meaning and perfection are connected by the sustaining umbilical cords. Because the works of art were blocks of fat, I see a connection to lipo sucking the no longer necessary uterus, much the way fat isn’t necessary, yet, and because the uterus and the umbilical cord obviously relate to birth, its as if I am giving birth to a new me because an extracted uterus (thinking out loud here) can not give birth to a child, by letting go that possibility, I give labor to myself, and as I mentioned a few posts back, life and art intertwine. And interestingly and ironically, on the Oprah show yesterday, Oprah interviewed Dr. Christiane Northrup who says that "women who are peri menopausal are in labor!!" They are about to give birth to a new self and a new life if they have the where-with-all to listen to what their bodies are telling them and to be sure their hormones and health are all in balance. It is fascinating, how my unconscious has served my consciousness.