The Evolution of Man

I’m still working on this.  A friend said it looked like Rob Lowe.  I’m the only person I know who can accidentally paint Rob Lowe.  I’ll definitely be lightening the lips.

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My Refrigerator

This is my refrigerator.  As you can tell I have no children. Iggy looks like a little boy who just discovered that it feels good to touch himself.  Someone was nice enough to Photoshop Alexander Skarsgård’s head on someone else’s body. I don’t know who the surfer is.  He just has a bad attitude.  The magnet on the bottom came from a friend in Europe.

The Fridge

World War Eye Eye

I enjoy having fun with old images.  The original is just a pair of German soldiers.  The restoration is a pair of Matthew Grey Gublers.  He’s one of the actors in Criminal Minds.

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german-soldiers

Work in Progress

I live in a small apartment, but I decided to make room for an easel.  Sure it takes up space in my living room and the cat has to walk around it to get to her food, but I always have access to it.  This is something I spontaneously started.  It is made with acrylic paint, lipstick, and eyeliner.  I found some cosmetics I had sitting in a drawer and did the math.  They were 11 years old.  I think they were **WAY** past using for what they were made for.  I will work on in more on the weekend.  I’ll post a photo of the finished product.

Easel in my Living Room

Coffee and Paint and Photoshop

I find painting relaxing and want to get back into it.   I have a 20×20 canvas dying to get messed up. I played around with some things I found on the internet and came up with this idea.  I like working out things with Photoshop.  I’ve been around long enough to know that the finished work will not look anything like this.

red black and white coffee

Benson Bubbler

I found myself out and about in downtown Portland early today.  I was multitasking – playing Ingress and taking photographs.  Yes, I have had a drink from them despite the pigeons also being users of these unique fountains.  The water is just fine.  They get cleaned twice a month.

benson bubbler in Portland

 

If you want to know more of the history of these fountains check out these links.

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/352768

http://www.uniquely-portland-oregon.com/benson-bubblers.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benson_Bubbler

Castile Soap

As a general rule I try to eliminate excessive chemicals in my life.  I’ve started questioning all the products that I use.  I’ve discovered that some of the chemicals in shampoo can cause hair loss.  So I asked myself, do I *NEED* shampoo.  The answer to that question is no.  Since January of 2014 I have not used shampoo (except when I go to the salon and have my hair dyed). This article inspired me. “How to clean your hair without shampoo” I started out using the watered down baking soda and vinegar. Now I just use water in the shower. I found that when I get shampooed at the salon my scalp temporarily produces too much oil. So shampoo actually creates the need for shampoo. Great marketing idea.

In my quest to eliminate unneeded products from my life I started looking at castile soap. But when I went to New Seasons to buy some I had to question the prices. Is one really better than another?

Castile Soap Comparison
Castile Soap Comparison

 

The ingredients are about the same.  The Kirk’s is: coconut soap, water, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil and natural fragrance.  The Dr Bonner’s is organic and free trade: coconut oil, palm oil, sodium hydroxide, water tea tree extract, olive oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil, sea salt, citric acid and tocopherol. Both are vegan.  Both are made here but source from other countries.

When I tried them they both felt exactly the same in the shower.  The Dr Bonner’s had a scent, but I could live without it.  Soap is for cleaning.  I use lotions for moisturizing and perfumes for scents.  So one did not clean better than the other.

Here is the price breakdown per bar.  Dr. Bonner’s $4.79 — Kirk’s $1.99.  Price breakdown per ounce. Dr Bonner’s $0.958 — Kirk’s $0.497

So Dr. Bonner’s is almost twice the price, but what do you get for that?  It comes in a variety of scents.  It’s organic, vegan, and fair trade.  Their palm oil is produced ethically from sustainably-harvested palm fruits.  If you give a fuck about climate change you know this is important.  I looked up tocopherol.  It is a fancy word for vitamin E.  Sodium hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda.  Traditionally soaps were made with it.  Dr Bonner’s also does a lot of philanthropy and campaigns for labeling GMOs.  I’m liking this.

I went to Kirk’s website to see where they stand.  I certainly like the abbreviated ingredient list.  On their website they do say they are vegan and that the fragrance is less than 1% of the product. The fragrance is a combination of essential oils from the pine and citrus family and is Phthalate-Free.  As it is with Dr Bonner’s, there is lye used in the manufacture. It does not say anything on the website about where the ingredients are sourced from.  I wrote them an email.  I’ll let you know if I get a reply.

So there you have it.  Both are vegan.  Both clean.  One is twice the price.  My sticking point is where the ingredients are sourced.

But then like the shampoo, I may someday decide that I don’t need it and water is just fine.

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PS… I did hear back from Kirk’s.  They said they are working on sourcing the palm fruit.  This is good to know.  I appreciate that they did get back to me quickly.

 

Destroy Something

How far do you have to destroy  something before you can call it  YOUR OWN?

This is me destroying someone else’s hard work. Some nice woman
named Laura Lein-Svencner made a beautiful mixed media work
and had it published in a book. I totally destroyed it.
I’m so thoughtless. It makes me want to ask the question:
How far do you have to destroy something before you can call it
YOUR OWN?

 

 

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“Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!”

Yesterday I went to visit Mount St Helens in Washington. I left there truly impressed by the power of nature.

Mount St Helens in Washington

From Wikipedia – “David Alexander Johnston (December 18, 1949 – May 18, 1980) was an American vulcanologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) who was killed by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington. One of the principal scientists on the monitoring team, Johnston died while manning an observation post about 6 miles (10 km) from the volcano on the morning of May 18, 1980. He was the first to report the eruption, transmitting the message “Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!” before being swept away by the lateral blast created by the collapse of the mountain’s north flank. Though Johnston’s remains have never been found, remnants of his USGS trailer were found by state highway workers in 1993.”

At Johnson Ridge Observatory they show a short film, and in part of it they play the recording of his last words.  It made my hair stand on end.  There was a tinge of fear, but mostly I heard excitement and awe.  He was thrilled to be there at that moment in time.  More than 30 years later I was standing near the same spot 6 miles away viewing aftermath.  The destruction is impressive.  After seeing the film of the explosion, I realize that his last moments on earth were an adventure quickly ended.  He had seconds if that, but I don’t think he had any regrets.  He lived his life doing what he truly loved.

We should all be able to say that at the end of our lives.

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In an instant millions of trees were gone.

Mount St Helens in Washington

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Mount St Helens in Washington - The mountain has so many interesting features from erosion.

The mountain has so many interesting features from erosion.

Johnson Ridge Observatory

Before and After - Mt St Helens

 

David Johnston hours before he died

David A. Johnston, 13 hours before his death at the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Look how happy he is here.  His life was interesting, fulfilling and wonderful.

 

A Measure of Darkness

In Portland, Oregon, like any major city, there is a big homeless problem.  Most of the year you can find many hopeless souls gathered near the Saturday Market.  I took this a few years ago.  I hope better things have happened to them since. Click on the image to expand it.

Portland homeless near Saturday Market

 

“Seven out of ten Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless” – Pras Michel

“Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.” – Jerzy Kosinski