…ya don’t saaaay…

by Elke Volgelsang

From an interview with the photographer (with more photos):

Dogs are funny characters. They find pleasure in the most mundane things. My dogs are my joy, inspiration and constant source of laughter, though they can be shy and sad as well. They have also comforted me in bad times—dogs have all the emotions that human beings have.

I try to explore the emotional, funny, quirky side of dogs and dog photography. I would definitely say that they enrich my life, and I hope I can at least give them back half of what they give us. It’s an homage to dogs, life and photography.




Incidental Comics
by Grant Snider
[click image for more]
LOL Alternatives, 2012
Oil on canvas
Scott Reeder, artist

via artnet auctions

Scott Reeder (American, b. 1970) received his BFA from University of Iowa (1994), and his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago (1998)…highly regarded for his humorous and tongue-in-cheek works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture and video.
LOL Alternatives the artist takes a stab at creating his own imaginative, alternative acronyms, most of which relate solely to his own studio practice or other curiosities.


Vita brevis, ars longa, occasio praeceps…Life is short, art is long, opportunity fleeting:

Wendy MacNaughton, illustrator—Courtney E. Martin, writer

The background via Brain Pickings:

… this vitalizing call for creative resilience began in response to the political turmoil of 2016, which left so many so dispirited. Hungry for a counterpoint to the despair and apathy of the cultural climate, Martin and MacNaughton created one themselves. Written shortly after Leonard Cohen’s death, the manifesto ends with a tender homage to his famous clarion call for democracy.

Three versions of the poster are available online — red, white, and blue, black and white, and rainbow — with all proceeds donated to Hedgebrook, a rural writing residency for women, whose alumnae include Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, Dani Shapiro, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sarah Jones.



Get busy. Now.

Tundra Comics
by Chad Carpenter
Tuesday 2 PM
oil on canvas
Alicia Crespo, artist

View more at her gallery site






The Kickstarter campaign has begun for the Frida Kahlo Action Figure:

If funding is successful, delivery will be around September 2017. Make your donations and put in your early orders here…maybe even double up with the Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure with a detachable ear!

Non Sequitir
by Wiley Miller


Madame Schröedinger’s Cat, 1998
Duane Michals, photographer

From the series, Quantum, via Carnegie Museum of Art


From an interview with artist etc. Duane Michals:

Q. You’re in your eighties now and still full of vitality. You’re eager to make art, to publish books, and to try new things. Do your ideas get more focused as you grow older?

A. Yes, they do. What poetry is all about is paying attention to subtle details. Great art is paying attention to the things that are lost. When you are young, emotions are much broader; there’s that “anywhere you go, I will go with you” mentality. As you get older, it becomes more like tea that steeps for a long time and gets richer. That’s the sublime quality of life.

“I am an expressionist and by that I mean I’m not
a photographer or a writer or a painter or a tap dancer,
but rather someone who expresses himself according to his needs.”
– Duane Michals

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