art marketing research

Greetings to all you yapping visitors who comment and converse, those of you who roam in and out every so often, and the silent lurkers too. I appreciate all of you making the effort to surf into mi casa whenever you take a fancy to do so.  I have a favor to ask those of you who enjoy my efforts at visual arts.  Need to make some choices and decisions about pieces for printing. Am hoping a few of you will provide some information regarding what really engages you–what you really like enough that you might seriously consider one for yourself or as a gift for someone else.  So–if you explore the links to my energy-scapes or to shutterbug junkie and see something you consider appealing, please leave a comment here referencing the title.   It’s easy for me to pick what I like best–but that does not mean others will also like it. So–I’m trying to get some sense of what appeals to a random sampling of folks.  If anyone has a better notion about how to do a little market research of this sort, please don’t hesitate to educate moi.  Wish I could really serve everyone Kokot’s Spicey Chocolate Soup in return. Merci, gracias, thank you.

four flicks

In an effort to retreat from the never ending mania of war-mongering and other means of death dealing our species just adores wallowing in, I indulged in a mini filmfest via dvd rentals.

Your views are invited regarding the following or any other films you might recommend for extending my retreat from all things idiot box related.

The Edge of Heaven

The Secret of the Grain

The Band’s Visit

Everlasting Moments

What have you been ‘watching’?

What the heck?

Have discovered that awards are very odd things from the surprise of discovering someone has tossed one your way to trying to figure out how to toss one to someone with a touch of grace and humor. Hope some of you discover a little something new. 

Award came my way from Leigh Binder whose dark poetry rattles the dishwashers at coffee stains and cigarette burns, just how it is.


Passing it onto Skip DeKades satirist of Future Update, the Really Early Edition for his satirical surprises. Satire is tough stuff to write–and Skip makes it look easy.  Enjoy.

When my partial geek cell  returns from its vacation on Hidden Beach in California I promise to play with the shortlinks and catch up with the rest of blogland.

Oh–I’m supposed to list seven things about  myself that are news–and interesting–to folks. Hidden Beach is a beautiful beach I’ve had the pleasure to discover and have all to myself –until The tireless, gleeful Dog arrived and play became work!

I like to eat anchovies straight out of their little tin cans.

I really really ticked off an Amtrack Conductor by laughing out loud at 4 am when she announced that the train was now only 6 hours behind schedule. She threateningly addressed me as “YOU!” for the next two days.

Can’t seem to stop myself from chatting with whoever is foolish enough to sit next to me at old diner counters. Bad habit. 

One night I shared a very tiny room with seven other people  in an OLD hotel run by an ex-circus performer in Athens, Greece. We needed ALL the floorspace for sleeping.

Never, never, offer me a bag of tootsie rolls. If I start eating tootsie rolls, I can’t stop until every last one is GONE.

I’ve driven hwy 101 in the dark at speeds in excess of 90 mph without taking a dive into the Pacific.  What dumb luck was that?

Hearts that Endure

It’s been one of those mornings when I wish I did not listen to KKFI’s journalistic offerings like Democracy Now and Alternative Radio–why? Because when you get around the mainstream media’s insane–yes, I’m wanting to take it beyond just soft fluff peddling to INSANE due to the ongoing denial of the realities of war, human suffering via unnecessary poverty, and environmental degradation.  To get a little ‘balance’ on my plate–otherwise what’s the point of doing anything but hiding out in the most remote region harboring a rare supply of CLEAN drinking water?–I roamed over to Alileilani’s postings about her journey to Ecuador for a little ‘hope’–and found true substance and positive reality–under attack by our worldwide context at large indeed–and yet–holding the promise of potential positive paths for even the likes of us who play the web lines on a daily basis.

Need to feed your soul? Need to warm your heart? Need to know that there are good things in this dysfunctional world? Need to learn that LIFE is possible without all the things we’re blitzed to buy, use, dispose of and replace again and again?

Engage another way of really living rather than reactionary existing at

I warn you–reading this could change you in unexpected ways.

Meet some very rich people, the Achuar,  in Ecuador at —  people living in harmony with their earth and each other, people who know more about loving hearts than, well, apparently the entire industrialized world complex…who knew?

Agitate, Educate, and Organize ~OO~


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