Sunday, August 31, 2008

Animal Magnetism update

 Dale Clifford
Shame of the Son
linocut and woodcut
18" x 12"
Yesterday I took Wafting to the OCCCA for the exhibition, which opens Saturday.   I also picked up a show catalog. How great to be able to see the work and read about the artists before the exhibition. One of my favorites is the print above by Dale Clifford.  I look forward to seeing his work in person.
The exhibition catalog is available on  You can read the juror's statement and preview the first few images.  You'll have to search for the title,  Animal Magnetism.

If you do get to read the statement by Mat Gleason, the juror, tell me why you think he didn't take care of the stinky, mangy, flea-bitten bitch instead of turning her over to Animal Control and then going to the pound the next day to get a "better" one?  He was going to get a new mate for his dog--but his dog liked the one he turned in....

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Roving Bandit

Dale Clifford sent a few more images for our enjoyment.  Roving Bandit, above, and Unnatural Selection, below.  Thanks, Dale!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Animal Magnetism

One of my pieces, Wafting, has been accepted for an exhibition at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Come to the reception! Say hi!
Animal Magnetism
An all-media national juried exhibition

September 4 to 27, 2008

Reception: Saturday,
September 6th, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

OCCCA, 117 North Sycamore, Santa Ana CA 92701

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Crows Never Forget a Face

Friend or Foe? Crows Never Forget a Face, It Seems
The New York Times
By Michelle Nijhuis

Crows and their relatives — among them ravens, magpies and jays — are renowned for their intelligence and for their ability to flourish in human-dominated landscapes. That ability may have to do with cross-species social skills. In the Seattle area, where rapid suburban growth has attracted a thriving crow population, researchers have found that the birds can recognize individual human faces.

John M. Marzluff, a wildlife biologist at the University of Washington, has studied crows and ravens for more than 20 years and has long wondered if the birds could identify individual researchers. Previously trapped birds seemed more wary of particular scientists, and often were harder to catch. “I thought, ‘Well, it’s an annoyance, but it’s not really hampering our work,’ ” Dr. Marzluff said. “But then I thought we should test it directly.”

To test the birds’ recognition of faces separately from that of clothing, gait and other individual human characteristics, Dr. Marzluff and two students wore rubber masks. He designated a caveman mask as “dangerous” and, in a deliberate gesture of civic generosity, a Dick Cheney mask as “neutral.” Researchers in the dangerous mask then trapped and banded seven crows on the university’s campus in Seattle.

In the months that followed, the researchers and volunteers donned the masks on campus, this time walking prescribed routes and not bothering crows.

The crows had not forgotten. They scolded people in the dangerous mask significantly more than they did before they were trapped, even when the mask was disguised with a hat or worn upside down. The neutral mask provoked little reaction. The effect has not only persisted, but also multiplied over the past two years. Wearing the dangerous mask on one recent walk through campus, Dr. Marzluff said, he was scolded by 47 of the 53 crows he encountered, many more than had experienced or witnessed the initial trapping. The researchers hypothesize that crows learn to recognize threatening humans from both parents and others in their flock.

The reaction to one of the dangerous masks was “quite spectacular,” said one volunteer, Bill Pochmerski, a retired telephone company manager who lives near Snohomish, Wash. “The birds were really raucous, screaming persistently,” he said, “and it was clear they weren’t upset about something in general. They were upset with me." (for more click on the link above to visit the New York Times site.)

Saturday, August 16, 2008


I like the work of Sage Vaughn.

On his website, you can choose between

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