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Humour The Great Equalizer

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Groucho Marx Quotes



Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.

(Personal fav)



Look, if you don’t like my parties, you can leave in a huff.  If that’s too soon, leave in a minute and a huff. If you can’t find that, you can leave in a taxi.


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Did You Ever Fall Asleep While Working At Your Keyboard?

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Below from


German banker naps on keyboard, transfers millions

AFPJun 12, 2013, 04.00AM IST

BERLIN: An obviously tired German bank employee fell asleep on his keyboard and accidentally transformed a minor transfer into a $293-million order, a court heard on Tuesday.

The Hessen labour court heard that the man was supposed to transfer just 62.40 from a bank account belonging to a retiree, but instead fell asleep for an instant while pushing onto the number 2 key on the keyboard, making it a huge 222,222,222.22 order.


Haven’t we all been there?

I heard that the NSA is working on a device that while monitoring you at your computer, if  detected that you are sleepy – you will receive a mild taser jolt!



( just kidding…..)



***  ( “The Sleeping Hermaphroditus” at the Louvre Museum in Paris )



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Micro Flash Story and Painting Of The Day

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They stood on the edge of his medieval tinged garden admiring.

He said, ” You don’t have any shoes on.”

She said, ” It’s summer.”

The End



Derain_Madame Matisse au kimono



Carol Vogel got some early Spring auction announcements today with this work starring Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Sale:

Christie’s Impressionist and modern art auction on May 8 will feature another historically significant canvas: “Madame Matisse au Kimono,” a 1905 portrait by André Derain, the Fauve painter.

See for full article  (ART Market Monitor)

Marion Maneker0   March 22, 2013



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Fourth Of July Weekend Art Challenge!!!

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Happy Pre Holiday, the challenge is as follows 1. write a flash (or longer) story or 2. paint a watercolor (or do both)


(Finish the story started below or write a new one!)

Somewhere In What Was Formerly Known As The USA, 2030

She hung up the newest contraption guaranteed to eliminate all pests bio and electronic.

” We’ll see, ” she flopped a muskrat on the grill looked over the last series of citations and warnings she

had received from the latest congress and poured her homemade special 5 barbecue sauce over the

carcass.  Five new senates had been formed this year alone she thought, and it was only July.

” I told you the only way to handle them damn bug drones is to pick em’ off one by one, my slingshot is

over there sister have a go. ” He said.

” Yeah and if you get caught they’ll come by and cattle prod you with that new taser-laser thing-a-ma-giggy

like they did Annie last week.

” So, are you going to the fire works tonight?” He said.

Now it is your turn what would happen next?...


Paint a still life which is anything you set up to paint, fruit in a bowl with a plate or cloth is a great first watercolor,

Get arches watercolor paper, hot pressed and a small set of watercolors, Derwent is a good company- the easiest place to buy these items is A.C. Moore or an art store if one is near where you live, surprisingly A.C. has, arches paper which is the best low-end watercolor paper, other types of paper could tear with the water used but not always, Windsor Newton has great brushes,

  set up your still life looking for good patterns and colors, leave 4 hours to work ( or longer), with break and viola a masterpiece!

Paul Cezanne watercolors below

If you have a skull lying around use that!

Happy Holidays!!

Paul Cézanne (US play /sˈzæn/ or UK /sɨˈzæn/; French: [pɔl sezan]; 1839–1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century’s new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. The line attributed to both Matisse and Picasso that Cézanne “is the father of us all” cannot be easily dismissed.

For more research

Barbecue sauce No. 5


lemon zest


brown sugar


black pepper




scallions and dill

mix and baste one muscrat or a pound of firm TOFU!!!

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Art Piece Of The Day

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Penba Wangdu’s  ” Links Of Origination”  2007



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Writing Poems – Talking About Art

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The other day as I finished writing a poem that seemed to be the end of a certain category/ subject  of  writing,  I thought

It’s like seeing a shootings star… it is gone in less than a second after you glance up in the sky, I wonder how many people even see falling stars, they are so ephemeral, brief –

it is the tail of that falling star that reminded of what it is like to try and catch the words /feelings/observations that fly through my mind as I sit here ,walk there…

you never know when it will start -sometimes you can dig out the expression, but more likely the words start to form into verses  many times at inopportune times such as just as one begins to fall asleep…

 many times I let it go knowing I will never catch that poem again.


It is interesting and I wonder where the words come from, many times it is as if you are watching a movie.


that is it for today -keep writing, painting etc.!




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New Art Movement – Sampeled Visual Post Raphaelites

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Let’ s start a new art movement, it’s easy.  Take a few ideas a couple of artists write a treatise,  proclaim your existence , mix vigorously…and VIOLA a new movement has formed!




tr.v. sam·pled, sam·pling, sam·ples 1. To take a sample of, especially to test or examine by a sample: the restaurant critic who must sample a little of everything.

2. To use or incorporate (an audio segment of an original recording) in a new recording: a song that samples the bass line of a 1970s disco tune.

adj. Serving as a representative or example: sample test questions; a sample piece of fabric.
vi·su·al //   (vzhl)
adj. 1. Of or relating to the sense of sight: a visual organ; visual receptors on the retina.

2. Seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible: a visual presentation; a design with a dramatic visual effect.3. Optical.4. Done, maintained, or executed by sight only: visual navigation.5. Having the nature of or producing an image in the mind: a visual memory of the scene.6. Of or relating to a method of instruction involving sight.

n. A picture, chart, or other presentation that appeals to the sense of sight, used in promotion or for illustration or narration. Often used in the plural: an ad campaign with striking visuals; trying to capture a poem in a cinematic visual.

post 1 //   (pst)
n. 1. A long piece of wood or other material set upright into the ground to serve as a marker or support.

2. A similar vertical support or structure, as: a. A support for a beam in the framework of a building.b. A terminal of a battery.3. Sports A goal post.4. The starting point at a racetrack.5. The slender barlike part of a stud earring that passes through the ear and is secured at the back with a small cap or clip.6. An electronic message sent to a newsgroup: ignored several inflammatory posts.

tr.v. post·ed, post·ing, posts 1. a. To display (an announcement) in a place of public view.

b. To cover (a wall, for example) with posters.2. To announce by or as if by posters: post banns.3. Computer Science To send (an electronic message) to a newsgroup: posted a response to a question about car engines.4. To put up signs on (property) warning against trespassing.5. To denounce publicly: post a man as a thief.6. To publish (a name) on a list.7. Games To gain (points or a point) in a game or contest; score.


Pre-Raph·a·el·ite also pre-Raph·a·el·ite //   (pr-rf-lt, -rf-)

n. A painter or writer belonging to or influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a society founded in England in 1848 to advance the style and spirit of Italian painting before Raphael. adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pre-Raphaelites.
Mix and start making some art!
All I need are some followers…anyone????
PEACE   Have a great Weekend!
Images from Google by the pre-Raphaelite painters

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Art, Rough Around The Edges Is What Makes It Real

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A small  piece of art that is from the ether, heart the essence of who that spirit is makes a vibration that clouds around and through the expression of that piece which then connects to the viewer.  That sense of awe or wonder that art can create is a physical manifestation of that  wave, tone, color feeling. (Hogwash you say? Perhaps -read on anyway)

Never listen to anyone who tries to tell you can or cannot do something in the arts.  only by attempting to conclude your aspiration will you ever know if it is possible , more importantly, is it what you saw or felt in your mind , does it make sense to you? 

If it does then there is a reason for it existing in this world and it contributes.

So anyone whether you are in your 40th year in the arts or just beginning, do it – take that jump into the unknown, you might surprise yourself!

Peace and Happy Art Making  


 The fun of life is falling flat on your face and having a great good laugh  while you get up…again and again…


(I love this disc)




I wanted you. And I was looking for you. But I couldn’t find you. I wanted you. And I was looking for you all day. But I couldn’t find you. I couldn’t find you. You’re walking. And you don’t always realize it, but you’re always falling. With each step you fall forward slightly. And then catch yourself from falling. Over and over, you’re falling. And then catching yourself from falling. And this is how you can be walking and falling at the same time.


Now that reminds me of one of my many fantasies, to see Bruce Springsteen and Laurie Anderson collaborate on an album, They are very similar, at the center of their music -so this is me making a blind date between Bruce and Laurie – come on guys, it’s a great idea!




Images from Google

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Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier’s Art / Poetry Slam Session 19

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Hello, tonight 2 photographs, by Robert Capa, a photographer from WW2,

D-Day landings, 6-6-1944.

D-Day landings, 6-6-1944.

At this time when fighting is taking place in Afghanistan, let’s think about the purpose of war …which seems to be negotiations in the end, perhaps we can think about a peace conference in Afghanistan now, so no more soldiers lives are lost… lets get the parties talking it is time our soldiers return home …7 years is long enough…



Robert Capa
Born Endre Ernő Friedmann[1]
October 22, 1913 (1913-10-22)
Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died May 25, 1954 (1954-05-26) (aged 40)
Thai Binh, State of Vietnam

 Images from Wikipedia

Please send any thoughts or ideas to and I will post or respond in comments area,


Good Night and see you next saturday, Iraq Veterans Against The War Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Veterans for Peace


 This Slam will continue until all our soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 BJ Halliday Crawley     Editor


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