Archive for 2007

the life of a chicken

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Lovely illustrations of the progressive growth of a chicken, from Mieke Roth:

Little chicken growing up

Listen to fire & police scanners online

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

You can get updated news on the southern CA fires by listening in on the fire and police scanners from anywhere in the world. There are emergency streams for everywhere, from Santa Clarita to Malibu to San Diego. From what I can hear, the rescue teams are busting ass. These guys rock.

Here’s how to listen to the feeds:

1. Install the Teamspeak client. It works for Mac, Windows and Linux.

2. Follow the step by step instructions at Scannerbuff.

(here’s the short version: run Teamspeak, then choose Connection>Quick Connect. Enter a nickname. Use this server address:, and leave the rest blank. has a listing of other live streams. )

3. Brush up on your police codes: at Bonus points if you know morse code.

4. Log out when you’re done and don’t hog bandwidth. People post these streams from their own scanners as a really great public service, so please don’t abuse it!

Note, you can also try though I find Teamspeak has better coverage for LA County.

Vintage Nude

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Vintage Nude, pencil on paper

(click title for sketch)

This is a preparatory sketch for an oil painting. It’s based on a naughty photograph from the 1890s.

The lady’s name and story (as are the photographer’s) are long lost to history, but even after one hundred and twenty years, the intensity of her gaze struck me. Back in those days, film was not as sensitive, so exposures were often several minutes long. I wonder how long she had to hold still in that position.

More kimono sketches…

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

pencil on paper, ~10 minutes each

Recent figure painting

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

The trigger finger is finally improving to the point I am painting regularly again. It feels wonderful.

I have a lot to say about the whole healing experience, but I’m still figuring out how to describe it.

So for now, here’s the latest painting (NSFW, if you aren’t allowed to look at butts)….

11×14″ oil on canvas panel, done over 2 three-hour sessions.