Square-D Display Project

By admin, January 24, 2011 2:22 am

Behold!  My party light!  When this baby goes on, the shenanigans begin, boy!

This is an old salesman’s display box, showing a variety of industrial-grade switches that Square D (you know, the circuit breaker guys) made.  Some are designed to light up, some don’t.  That red one in the center lights up when you press it.  Kind of like a Fisher Price toy I might have had when I was a toddler.  These buttons are all worth a lot individually, so it’s well worth the $35 I paid for it on ebay, no matter what my wife thinks.  Ol’ Joseph Cornell’s got nothin’ on this boy.

This was actually kind of a challenge to me.  My mission was to make this as visually interesting a pic as I can, without sacrificing too much realism or detail.  I’m not sure I’m done with it but here are some of the results so far.  Click on them for a 1024px wide image to open in a new window.

Mi Restaurant Favorito

By admin, January 21, 2011 3:27 pm

And here is the host’s counter at my favorite restaurant in Kinston, Nuevo San Juan.  The murals are by a Juan Lopez, by the way, and his work is all over this restaurant and  like the restaurant is full of the festive, flamboyant charm you often find in Hispanic art.

AAnd here is a panoramic view of the inside:

And another:

General Zapata:

And here are a few of the staff:

I started taking pictures in there at about 10:30-11:00, and they had to throw me out as the lunch crowd started coming in.  Hopefully they’ll let me take a few more sometime soon, in which case I’ll append them to this post.

Color Studies

By admin, January 18, 2011 1:14 am

So back when I was a kid in art school, OK, an idiot in art school, :-) I was among other things introduced to artists like Wayne Thiebaud and Janet Fish.  You might consider the photos in this post to be created partly in light of them and their contributions.

These marbles have seen a lot of use.  Surely made a lot of children happy:

These are Kodak gels, probably 40 years old or more:

Okay, this is pretty wimpy but genuine Bullseye pulleys aren’t so easy to come by nowadays:

More of the marbles:

Camping pics

By admin, January 14, 2011 8:01 pm

Went camping over NewYears.  Here are a few pics.  Click on them for the way they are meant to be viewed.  And if I haven’t already made it clear, I’m a big fan of Asian landscape painting, Wucius Wong, and Yoshikazu Shirakawa.

This is an 8-second exposure of the trees above our gigantic fire.  We would never have a fire this big anytime but the coldest days in winter, in a damp region.  But in early January we felt like a crew of cossacks  in old Mother Russia, throwing whole trees on the fire and sipping whiskey.   Good times.

We Sauté asparagus, OK!

By admin, January 14, 2011 8:34 am

OK, I’m going to have to start a page for food pics.  But for now, here goes a couple nice pics from my wok once again.

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