Artists in Our Midst

Been a long while since we have had one of these, so I figured tonight is as good a night as any. The point of these threads is that a lot of you are pretty talented people or married to talented people, but you never talk about it, so here is a thread for you to link to your artwork, music, photography, etc., and share it. I’ll start with reader Larime, who is a disabled artist who paints with his mouth. Here is one of his works that you might recognize:

His website is here, and with California screwing up his assisted care and the economic crisis, I bet he wouldn’t mind an influx of traffic and customers.

So go check out Larime’s work, and link your own or someone in your family’s below.

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    cleek says:

    love the Tunch pic! sweet!

    here’s my wife’s jewelry site

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    Violet says:

    That is a beautiful drawing of Tunch. I love the eyes. Very cool.

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    Bnut says:

    I get the feeling Larime is gonna have some orders to fill.

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    beltane says:

    That is a gorgeous, sweet Tunch. Very Beatrix Potter-like.

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    maus says:

    Got to hype my friend Keely‘s art, she should be doing more local shows soon :D

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    slag says:

    That is awesome! I honestly didn’t think Tunch could look any better. I was wrong.

    Also, MikeJ’s trip down 256 color lane in a previous thread reminded me of this card I made a while ago: http://www.zazzle.com/geek_chr.....1218698094.

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    burnspbesq says:

    I’m not surprised that the state is messing up his care – California is governed approximately as well as Sudan (I don’t think we’ve descended to the level of Somalia just yet).

    I just got forwarded an amazing special report from the BNA Money & Politics report. Apparently the State Board of Equalization, an elected body with both administrative and adjudicative power over state and local taxes, is a wholly owned subsidiary of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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    Thanks, John! And thank you all for the kind words!

    My live-in aid has been screwed out of about 2 months of pay, so we’re broker than broke – any orders or donations are HUGELY appreciated!

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    Most excellent work larime. Looks like Tunch has lost some weight :-)

    Since I link to my photos about every day here, this should be no big surprise.

    I hope to start producing some artistic pic frames for my birds in the coming months,

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    Violet says:

    @General Stuck:
    Oh, my gosh. I could never tire of looking at your hummingbird photos. Just amazing. Reminds me, I need to get my feeders up. I saw one last week but have been so busy I forgot.

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    You Don't Say says:

    @Larime the Gimp: Really nice likeness of Tunch. I’ll check out your site.

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    Ahasuerus says:

    @j low: Link broken (I think you want to edit the embedded .net domain into a .com domain).

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    Violet says:

    @Larime the Gimp:
    Larime, that drawing of Tunch is really amazing. I see from your website that you pets aren’t your specialty, but maybe they should become one. There’s such personality in your drawing of Tunch. I know pet photography is a growing market. I wonder if you could also find a niche in pet portraiture. This portrait of Tunch is really, really good.

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    Ming says:

    My friend Hua’s website. Gorgeous abstract oils full of life and humor, pen and ink drawings, paper tearings. The pictures are kind of small, but should give you an idea of her work.

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    @Violet: Thanks! I guess its more a matter of never really drawing them, before. That Tunch picture is only my second attempt at animals in, well, years.

    Maybe I’m better at them than I anticipated.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @General Stuck: Super shot, General sir!
    Edit: Had to check, it’s been almost 2 weeks since my last hummer upload, and that one was taken while in the middle of something else.

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    slag says:

    @Violet:

    This portrait of Tunch is really, really good.

    It is, isn’t it? It even manages to capture a bit of Tunch’s gofuckyerself face.

    Hmmm…Now that I think about it, even the Balloon Juice menagerie is kinda mean. It’s no wonder that the blog scares off so many new bloggers.

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    Violet says:

    @slag:

    It is, isn’t it? It even manages to capture a bit of Tunch’s gofuckyerself face.

    Yeah, but there’s a sweetness in the drawing. John swears Tunch is a sweet kitty, but in the photos he always looks like aloof and haughty Lord Tunch, looking down on everyone. This drawing makes him look like there’s some actual sweetness there.

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    DWGregory says:

    I’m a long-time fan of John Cole and never comment, but this time I will:

    I write plays that are produced mostly in schools but in some professional theatres. My big hit is a play about the dialpainters … corporate greed, circa 1928 … you check me out at http://www.dwgregory.com

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    Here’s one of my music projects: Danger, Ltd. Heavier versions of some songs you probably know.

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    Adam Lang says:

    My girlfriend, Autumn Rhodes, is a very talented Irish musician. She plays the tin whistle, the wooden flute, the concertina, and the uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes.) Here are a couple clips:
    Autumn and the rest of the Wrenboys play the Plough & Stars in San Francisco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqWkT03Kaq4
    Autumn and a friend at Irish Arts Week in the Irish Catskills: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDKh6yF67sw

    The Wrenboys are going to be playing at the High Street Station in Alameda, CA tomorrow (Friday) at 7 PM. Autumn and a couple of friends will also be performing at the Plough & Stars in San Francisco at 9 PM on Saturday. And every Sunday there’s an open session at the Plough & Stars at 9 PM that is well worth hearing.

    If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by!

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    j low says:

    Oy. Second try.

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    Glenndacious Greenwaldian (formerly tim) says:

    Awesome pop-art style celeb/entertainer portraits. Hand painted originals and prints. By me.

    http://timotte.com/

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    jayjaybear says:

    With his MOUTH?! That’s better than I could ever do with my HANDS! Wonderful talent, Larime.

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    Glenndacious Greenwaldian (formerly tim) says:

    Can’t get the link to work right, so just type in the location if you’re interested: http://www.timotte.com

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    Geoduck says:

    I use computer art software to draw a daily fantasy webcomic about a rather atypical mansion and its diverse inhabitants. Some of them are even human. (I freely admit the writing is much stronger than the art..)

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    stuckinred says:

    This is my bride’s Annie Pop fabric art page on Facebook, she’s just getting started posting stuff but you can get the idea. She’s been making wedding ring pillows lately but also does handbags/

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    drew42 says:

    @j low: Good stuff. For those who can’t reach the link, this should hopefully work

    I also play the rock music — my friends and I tool around and play the occassional local gig. We’re old and have day jobs and families, so expectations of fame and glory are at a minimum. http://www.dara-band.com

    Of what we recorded so far, “Take It Away” and Please My Saurus” are my favorites.

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    jinxtigr says:

    Oh, man, that is just a great picture :)

    I do various stuff- been getting it more organized, happily, in WordPress websites.

    I’m a writer who’s done 120,000 words on a novel since February, at http://www.jinxtigr.com/ with other novels also up on that site.

    I’m a musician and have some unusual, kinda avant-garde but expressive music (my most popular album) at http://www.jinxtigr.com/paintings/dragons.html available for listen or download. Again, there’s other albums there too. I’m old, I’ve been creating stuff for some time ;)

    I’ve drawn comics for years, sometimes as much as daily, and the best of that is up in rescanned, re-bigger form at http://www.tallyroad.com/ though it is pretty daring stuff and not to everyone’s taste. It is the story that continued in the novel I mentioned, and it’s likely to sputter back to life before very long- I have several new strips lettered and will certainly get back into that when I finish the current book.

    And I have a secret project that’s much gentler than any of this, which will wait its turn…

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I drink. A lot. And play with guns. When are we going to get our thread?

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    PurpleGirl says:

    stuckinred — I keep being taken to my facebook page and not the one for your bride.

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    stuckinred says:

    @PurpleGirl: Rats! Ihad the same thing happen until I logged out.

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    j low says:

    @stuckinred: Does she know about Etsy?

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    stuckinred says:

    Maybe it’s best to just post a picture?
    Annie Pop

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    stuckinred says:

    @j low: We just registered there!

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    magisterludi says:

    I probably should explain my link a bit.

    My husband has been an audio engineer for decades. He has always written and played music for personal pleasure.

    These little songs were recorded at our kitchen table. Windows were open and birds were singing, dogs barking, etc.

    The Motor Scooter Song has actually been on the radio. NPR’s Car Talk played it (once).

    Anyway, just some harmless, well-crafted toe-tappers for the tired cynic by a tired cynic.

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    ckc (not kc) says:

    http://www.heathercareyart.ca (offspring art – starting an MFA on the west coast – lucky girl!)

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    j low says:

    @drew42: thanks for the link help. I’ll check your site when I get to speakers!

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    @jinxtigr: Jinx!

    You know me better as Red Right Hand. :D

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    Dilbatt says:

    My partner’s website:

    http://mariannesexton.com/

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    j low says:

    @magisterludi: Good stuff! I had a song on cartalk once too. still waiting on the royalty check. ;)

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    Guster says:

    @DWGregory: Very, very neat. How’d you get into that? I write novels for a living–dunno the first thing about plays, and I”m sure I’d suck at ’em. But extremely neat.

    @hilzoy: Are you blogging anywhere? Huh? Huh? Huh? My IQ dropped 20 points since I stopped reading you, and believe me, I can’t afford it.

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    Gwangung says:

    @hilzoy: Are you blogging anywhere? Huh? Huh? Huh? My IQ dropped 20 points since I stopped reading you, and believe me, I can’t afford it.

    Ditto!

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Everybody — talented each and every one of you, spouses, friends, children, et al.

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    Chat Noir says:

    That drawing of Tunch is amazing! As beautiful as a digital photo.

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    jharp says:

    For the record. I have little to no talent.

    Though I was a good high school baseball player.

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    BGinCHI says:

    A longish poem here:

    http://www.bpj.org/index/V54N4.html

    You can figure out which one is mine by the initials in my handle.

    It has sex, violence, and an old phonograph player, so don’t worry, no descriptions of flowers or that kind of shit.

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    demo woman says:

    The talent on this site is amazing.
    DW Gregory I would love to see a performance of The Good Daughter, Radium Girls or any of your plays.

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    pdf says:

    I’m the editor (and one of the writers) of a quarterly magazine of music and the arts called Burning Ambulance. We sell it print-on-demand through Lulu.com, and you can get the first issue at this link. You can also get my book Sound Levels at the same link; that’s a collection of magazine features I wrote between 2002 and 2009, including interviews with Tom Waits, Ornette Coleman, and 11 other rock, jazz and Latin musicians. Both are available as paperbacks or as downloads. The second issue of Burning Ambulance will be out on Wednesday.

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    asdf says:

    magisterludi, I owe you an apology.

    I read “Willieditties” as wild titties.

    Guess it’s time to cut back on the porn.

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    Sad_Dem says:

    Nice one, BGinCHI. I will read it with attention shortly.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    I ummm … I can uhhh …. whistle pretty good an’ stuff and I am really good at drinking beer.

    As for drawing or painting with my mouth? Unless it’s a Picasso in cuss words I’ll leave to the masters such as Larime.

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    stuckinred says:

    @pdf: You’ve got some very interesting stuff going on there!

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    j low says:

    @asdf: Who can blame you. You were probably just now reading the latest about the catfood commission.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Mr Whipple, what amazing rods you have.

    And pdf, the journal looks great. Impressive stuff.

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    mandarama says:

    It’s not really art, but I make cards and altered paper projects.

    I love seeing everyone’s great talents!

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    jinxtigr says:

    @Larime the Gimp:

    You are shitting me! No way! Dark Zoey! This is officially a GOOD DAY just on the back of running into you again :)

    We should team up and review E.D. Kain :D

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    soonergrunt says:

    I just caught your tweet, Cole. What’s so funny?

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    Mark S. says:

    Tunch looks so . . . happy. Like he finally got rid of those damn dogs.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @mr. whipple: I presume you aren’t talking about you.

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    stuckinred says:

    @mr. whipple: Holy smokes, what beautiful work!

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    quaint irene says:

    Love the touch of Tunch!

    Still struggling with my own website…
    But here’s my portfolio page on Elance.

    http://www.elance.com/s/edit/quannelace/portfolio/

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    Violet says:

    @soonergrunt:
    Did someone hijack Cole’s twitter account?

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    jeffreyw says:

    @mr. whipple: Those are amazing fucking rods. Fuckin awesome work.

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    slag says:

    @quaint irene: Your Conservative’s Presidential Timeline drawing made me laugh.

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    Ian Sammis says:

    Usually I post under a pseudonym (I don’t like mixing mathematics and politics), but for art I’ll use my real name.

    Here are two of mine.

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    mr. whipple says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    I can only speak for Mr. Whipple, and even when I do my wife usually corrects me. :)

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    mr. whipple says:

    I’ll start with reader Larime, who is a disabled artist who paints with his mouth. Here is one of his works that you might recognize:

    Wow! Must commission a piece!

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    Well done, Cole. Nice little capper to the day. Lots of talent here. I got nothing I can share but cat pictures and snark.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @mr. whipple: Goddamn. You call yourself a liberal? Yer about as blue dog/DINO as they fucking get. This is the result of conservatives going batshit crazy. Anyone can be a liberal now.

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    pika says:

    @Larime: You have captured the essential Tunch. Visiting site now. Also, rollerderby friend o’ mine with talent: http://www.lemonlightning.com

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    JD Rhoades says:

    I write southern-based mystery/thriller novels in a style I can “redneck noir.”

    My experiment in e-book only publication is STORM SURGE, available for Kindle here, and in other formats here. Dead-tree books are here and here.

    And while we’re e-pimping, my blog is here.

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    quaint irene says:

    @jeffreyw:

    Jeffw, you are a sweetie.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @Violet:
    Twitter account johngcole, John Cole http://www.balloon-juice.com

    Tweet 37 minutes ago, so approximately 6:37 PM Central time:
    “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA”

    Oh, and @larime== that is absofrackinglutely amazing. I couldn’t do something that good if somebody put a gun to my head.

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    Violet says:

    @soonergrunt:
    Yeah, I went and checked it after you posted. It’s weird. Why’d he link Sarah Palin’s stupid rant about unions and Trumka? What was so funny? Weird.

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    That’s a lovely Tunch.

    I’m not really much of an artist, but I’m proud that I made this happen.

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    Hann1bal says:

    I put this up last time, but it’s the only real artistic thing I do, so here goes:

    My Flickr photostream.

    Also, love the Tunch painting.

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    mr. whipple says:

    @joe from Lowell: Beautiful!

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    Cat Lady says:

    @pdf:

    I am interested in your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter, so I actually will. I’m going to subscribe for my future son-in-law who is a public school art teacher and artist and musician. I wish he could make a real living at it, but he’s a good soul who loves my daughter and she loves him, so I keep hoping that the meek, and the talented, will inherit the earth.

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    Warren Terra says:

    This isn’t topical (and I’m not artistic and don’t know any artists), but it’s been sixteen hours since the last Open Thread started, and this New York Times story is just awesome, especially the open disrespect from the writer:

    A Call to Arms, for Mother Teresa
    By CLYDE HABERMAN
    Published: August 26, 2010
    On the 26th of August 90 years ago, American women won the right to vote with the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. That step toward a more perfect union was honored in New York style on Thursday when the Empire State Building bathed its upper floors in lights of red, white and blue.
    __
    On another 26th of August, 100 years ago, Mother Teresa was born.

    ….

    If you partially covered your eyes just so, you could have blocked out the red and seen only the blue and white. In that manner, you could have told yourself that the building was indirectly also honoring Mother Teresa, the beatified Roman Catholic nun and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Blue and white are the colors of the order, the Missionaries of Charity, that she guided until her death in 1997.
    __
    Alternatively, you could have rallied on the streets below the Empire State to protest the building’s rejection of a request for blue-and-white lighting — no red — in tribute to the woman known in the Catholic church as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
    __
    That’s what hundreds of people did at dusk on Thursday. No passive observance of the anniversary for them. They had answered an angry call to arms issued by William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights.

    Mind you, I think Hitchens was more-or-less right about Mother Theresa, but it’s just great to see Donohue being a dick as usual.

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    John Cole says:

    @soonergrunt: Laughing at Palin’s tweet.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    I’ve got a page at DeviantART: jupiterwave.deviantart.com

    It ain’t much, but it’s home.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    I drink. A lot. And play with guns. When are we going to get our thread?

    ‘Some people say’ that taking drunken potshots is the motif of this blog, 24/7/365.

    :}

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    PeggyAI says:

    I have been hoping for one of these posts – I make iPad cozies – see them on Flickr:

    And, yes, very good to see Hilzoy again; a voice of reason very much missed these days.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @John Cole: Thanks. I don’t follow that twit(terer) so I’ll have to look it up.
    UPDATE==Are you fucking kidding me? That’s actually for real, isn’t it? I mean, that’s one of the dumber things I’ve read in my life. Wow.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Larime, I want to second Beltane’s comparison of your Tunch drawing to Beatrix Potter’s art. Potter has been popular for more than 100 years because she worked to draw what she saw, not what she imagined other people might want to see. I think that’s why your Tunch has the genuine sweetness John knows, not just the “grouchy feline” it’s easy to caricaturize!

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    demo woman says:

    @soonergrunt: Todd was a union man when unions were cool.
    I still think unions are cool.

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    Josie says:

    I’m not sure if it’s considered artistic, but I make handcrafted soap and other natural bath and body products. I don’t have a real web site, just a place holder at this point, but here it is:

    http://www.delvalleskincare.com

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    What a wonderful illustration of his Tunchness, captures his essence perfectly!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Anne Laurie: :)

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    jnfr says:

    I saw that in your Twitter icon today. It’s a wonderful Tunch depiction.

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    burnspbesq says:

    I was on a record back in 1971, the New Jersey All-State High School Chorus.

    Was a member of this group in the 1972-73 season. Got to sing the Bloch Sacred Service, Carmina Burana, and the Bach St. John Passion (at Lincoln Center on Good Friday).

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @demo woman: Me too. Unfortunately, I’m in management so I have to officially oppose them. But if the goats ever figure out how to organize, we’re totally screwed.

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    asdf says:

    Josie, yes, that’s art.

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    abscam says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I think I’m in love!

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    WoW, am at 700 plus views for today on flickr. Puts me over the 40,000 mark in two years. Thanks yooze all for all your visits.

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    mr. whipple says:

    @asdf: Agreed.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I was actually having warm (and very alien) thoughts about you earlier, Anne Laurie. So it’s odd you commented to me.

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    Mark S. says:

    Shorter Wasillan Dingbat:

    Unions were founded for all the right reasons! They were founded to protect the little guy from big government!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JD Rhoades:

    I write southern-based mystery/thriller novels in a style I can “redneck noir.”

    I don’t even know what it is but I fucking love it. Does it include terse dialogue between drags off a camel cigarette and utterances of “Gawdddd dang!”?

    This gets the Fuckhead Seal of Approval.

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    Violet says:

    @Mark S.:
    Shorter Wasillian Dingbat: I’m a grifter. Give me your money.

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    nancydarling says:

    My daughter is a singer/songwriter/guitarist. I’m biased since I’m her mom but she has the sweetest, purest voice. She could carry a tune before she could talk and would lalala the melodies. Here is her My Space and some songs on You tube.

    http://www.myspace.com/haydencross

    http://www.youtube.com/user/HaydenCross

    Enjoy!

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    burnspbesq says:

    I love unions – except when they are having noisy demonstrations right below my office window on a day when I need to concentrate.

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    Josie says:

    @asdf and mr. whipple – Thanks, guys.

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    Thank you all for the kind words!

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    MikeJ says:

    @burnspbesq: Damn those protesters interfering with your internet snark!

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    Yara says:

    Great Tunch – wonderfully alive eyes.

    Here is my little Etsy shop, which include some jewelry and photos.

    Hope you enjoy…

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @abscam: Give me a coupla days. I wear off quick.

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    CynDee says:

    @Larime the Gimp: I think you are really good at capturing an animal’s essential qualities.

    A sensitive portrait of a beloved pet is something we would all want if we could afford it. Everybody’s got photos of their four-footed friends. Maybe they should send you several.

    Many pet lovers are well to do; the pet industry is huge. Any marketing people on this site? What’s your advice on reaching the pet owners who can afford portraits?

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    jeffreyw says:

    @General Stuck: Yay! Gotta love those milestones!

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    Violet says:

    @CynDee:
    I said the same thing earlier up. He’s really captured something about Tunch. There has to be a market for that kind of work. A little marketing and some connections and he might be getting a lot more commissions.

    He said in response to one of my comments that doesn’t usually draw pets, that Tunch is only his second, so maybe he could start slow to get going. I wonder if a vet’s office or animal shelter or something might be a good place to start? Maybe do a few for free or at low cost and then see if he could post a flier or leave cards for additional work?

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    JD Rhoades says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    There are drags off cigarettes, but I try not to over-use the dialect :-).

    Try some, you’ll like ’em…

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    sairarias says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever posted here before but hey! Chance to brag! I’ll take it.

    Uh… Not that my dabbling in paper/fiction really holds a candle to Tunch up there (Larime, that is AWESOME and you can definitely draw animals much better than you think!) but still.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @CynDee: Advertise on I Can has Cheezburger and CuteOverload.

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    anonymoose says:

    although I don’t post much around these parts, thought you would be interested in some of my photos. I am a (still) novice astrophotographer….planets, galaxies, nebula, etc. If you are interested you can see some of my stuff on my Flickr page here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/zamb0ni/

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @JD Rhoades: I will order off of Amazon now! What do you recommend I start with?

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    Mark S. says:

    @anonymoose:

    Wow! Those are cool!

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    mr. whipple says:

    @anonymoose: Sweet!

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    MikeJ says:

    @anonymoose: Love your jupiter shots.

    I only got one lousy shot of the latest perseid because Seattle light pollution sucks.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/11.....0890644290

    And I have a decent three shot (ok, there are probably a few hundred on my hard drive in between those, but three online) series of a lunar eclipse a few years ago:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/11.....0/Eclipse#

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    anonymoose says:

    Thanks all….

    I have the telescope out right now waiting for the Moon and Jupiter to rise. Can’t do any deep space stuff tonight because the moon is too bright.

    MikeJ: I know what you mean. I am in a pretty bad place with light pollution, but I try anyways….having a light pollution filter for my camera helps quite a lot.

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    @anonymoose: I am envious, wonderful pics. Always been a space cadet since childhood but never owned a telescope. I made you a flickr contact, hope you don’t mind, so I can enjoy your pics as you post them.

    Just took a new batch of night shots of hummers and getting ready to process, They will be gone fairly soon, so no time to waste.

    We need more of these threads Cole, too long since the last one. Screw a bunch of politics.

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    anonymoose says:

    @General Stuck:

    No problem at all. I bought my telescope a couple of years ago because I never had one. The moment I stuck a camera in front of the eyepiece I have been hooked. I’ve been amazed with the shots I can get in my light polluted area, been too lazy to take the scope to a dark site to get some really good images though. It is too easy to set it up in the backyard and try to get what I can :)

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    Yara says:

    Great job anonymoose – I’m always amazed at the beauty of the galaxy and you’ve done a wonderful job of capturing it.

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    @anonymoose: Where I live would be perfect for astronomy, in SW NM, far from any big city, and air that is usually pristine at 6000 ft.

    I visited the National Solar Observatory a few years ago up in central NM and the museum blew me away.

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    Svensker says:

    :)

    That is all.

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    greyjoy says:

    This is the last drawing I did. The subject matter will probably look familiar to some; it’s a Robert Mapplethorpe photo.

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    PonB says:

    We do have some amazing talent here…

    If you’ve made it this far, please check out the latest offering by my good guitar friend and me: Audiot Savant.

    Also, I write professionally for my employer…here’s a link to an eBook I co-authored: The Data Governance eBook. Free for some marketing info…

    – PonB

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    Anne says:

    @anonymoose:

    Sweet! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting into astrophotography, but I don’t have the kind of glass I’d need. The only night photography I’ve done was a weekend of shooting moonbows at Yosemite.

    Most of my photos are on flickr, but the best are at SmugMug:

    http://beyondramen.smugmug.com/

    Mostly food, some pets, some outdoors/nature/etc.

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    Daddy-O says:

    Boy, am I late to the party…

    I’m a professional musician in a large Midwestern city. My band is called Silk Pajamas; I play guitar and sing light jazz–standards, samba and swing. My bread and butter is background music for corporate and high-end party events.

    It’s background–but it’s pretty good. Here are some of my songs. Hope you like them!

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    GregB says:

    I’m a comic and an actor. My most recent commercial is here.

    I’m the fat guy with the full beard.

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    Redshirt says:

    I suppose it’s not art, necessarily. But I think my blog is pretty nifty – I try to have each picture flow/connect with the next. I’ve been doing it a long time now, so there’s a story/stories going on. Also, lots of Star Trek/Star Wars funny pictures. If you think that’s appealing, I think you’d dig:

    Redshirt’s Lament

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    Ruckus says:

    @greyjoy:
    WOW.

    Larime, what you do is… I’m speechless. I wish I could afford to commission some work. You find the soul in your subjects.

    There really is some amazing talent here.

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    Dug says:

    I’m an actor. Regular reader, but not so regular commenter.

    Here’s my reel.

    And my voiceover demos.

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    catclub says:

    I agree it is a great picture of a cat, but JCole’s descriptions
    of a cat that is likely to either eat, or sit on and suffocate, a small dog, do not seem to apply to this cat.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @anonymoose: HOLY SCHNIKES, THAT IS AWESOME!

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    fraught says:

    @greyjoy: very, very, nice.

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    Objective Scrutator says:

    Holy shit, that’s not exactly a skill you can find in another person very easily.

    You could easily branch out into other works if that’s your prerogative, and you’d be just as awesome as you are at drawing people. In fact, it would be a great loss to the world if you only restricted your work towards one subject.

    Words do not do you justice. Not many people can so effectively overcome their disabilities as you can.

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    auntieeminaz says:

    @Dug: That was fun. I can’t imagine having that much nerve.

    I got nuthin’.

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    You Don't Say says:

    @Larime the Gimp: Loved your diary over at Dkos today. Really effectively written.

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    I love these threads. I bookmarked this one for further use. And, Tunchie! Amazing job, Laramie. You captured his sweetness perfectly.

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    REN says:

    I make canes and walking sticks from diamond willow. I don’t have a site as it is more of a hobby than a business, but I still do sell them. norwisdiamondwillow@yahoo.com. If you e-mail I will send you pictures and info.

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    redoubt says:

    @mr. whipple: WANT. And I don’t even fish.

    @Larime the Gimp: Well done. (I’m embarrassed to not be doing anything with my BFA.)

    @asiangrrlMN:Seconding the bookmarking.

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    Devon Cole says:

    That is AWESOME. You should print that out and frame it.

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    I write electronica. It’s difficult to describe, but it’s somewhere close to Progressive Breaks, but with more ambient and less sirens.

    http://www.avianwaves.com

    Available on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and so forth.

    Enjoy! Send me a message that you learned about my site from Balloon Juice and I’ll mail you a CD for cost of shipping only. Yea, like a real physical shiny disk. It doesn’t fit inside an iPod, but you can put it into your computer’s DVD-ROM.

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    Nonie says:

    Not so much “art”, but I take way too many photos. If you like that sort of thing, here they are:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/Nonie3234

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