The Doldrums

I haven’t really done any creative work in the last few weeks.  Well, I have, but not the kind of work that–well…

Personal circumstances continue to disintegrate.  Since this blog is not an autobiography I won’t go into details, except to say that the work I’ve managed to do is dark…dark even for me.

Here’s an example.

Tell me you want that hanging in your living room.

See you next month.



“Un” as in uninspired, unmotivated, uninterested, unmoving.  I don’t know whether it’s due to the change of seasons or what, but I have absolutely no desire to do anything creative.

I haven’t painted in weeks, I haven’t launched PhotoShop in who knows how long, and I don’t feel any push to change either state.  What have I done?  Worked, read fitfully, leapt from webpage to webpage, fed the cat.  In other words, nothing much.

So: consider this yet another placeholder post while I contemplate the long-vanished activity called activity.

PayPal Button

So, a new object there over on the right–the PayPal button.  That way, folks of a generous nature can help keep me painting.

I honestly expect that button will never get clicked, but the image of Charlie Brown waiting forlornly by the mailbox on Valentine’s Day was just too powerful.

See you soon!

Well, THAT was fun…

I’ve just spent the last couple of days trying to fix this blog. Comments were repaired by Yahoo tech support, but then I could no longer access the control panel or any of the other functions. The blog itself seemed to be fine, which lessened the worry somewhat, but damn do I need to do regular backups. (I thought Yahoo’s “snapshot” thing did that, but I guess I was mistaken.)

Anyway, more soon. Providing everything works….

UPDATE: Aaaaaaand, comments are broken again. It’s time to commence some serious drinking.


Well, it’s a new year. Lots of stuff happened last year, most of it rather unpleasant (at best). There were a couple of high points, but overall, it was a slow slide into what seems like a home stretch.

I grow less and less patient with the insistence of Facebook and Twitter. Yes, I’m on both of those, but they lost their luster for me some time ago. Whenever I sign on, I feel as if I’m walking into the local Mall, circa 1995.

So, I think in this new year of 2012, I’m going to return to the good old “blog” format. As a special bonus, I can pretty much say whatever I want to, since no one reads this anymore! Finally, a good use for that old devil, Time.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by, dear imaginary reader (I remember you from when I was a kid!). I hope to make more regular entries during the new year, including (I hope) the return of the PaintBlog.

Secret, SANTA Man!

Well, with any luck I have a certain theme song rolling through your head now.

It has been a while, hasn’t it?  I’m not going to give up on blogging, but this season typically has two issues:  massive depression, and massive busyness both at work and at home.  I barely have any time to goof off, which isn’t fair at all!

As for the title, I decided to participate in a “Secret Santa” thing on one of the forums that I frequent.  Yeah, I know, I’m unpleasant and anti-social; what was I thinking?   I know some of these folks, but on a very limited basis–then add the traditional gift-giver’s dilemma:  What does he want?  What does he like?  What does he already have?  Answers to these questions would be pretty difficult to come by without annihilating the whole “secret” aspect.

So I decided to do something that reflected more on myself, and my own spirit of generosity (I do have one, as a matter of fact).  And thus, my secret Santa recipient got a brand spankin’ new small oil painting.  Thus:

Yeah, it’s not very Christmassy, as Mr. Hanky would no doubt exclaim.  But you know, it’s all in the spirit of the season.  Besides, someday this canvas may be worth THOUSANDS of pennies.

Happy Holidays to you all, and thank you for visiting.