โ€œTime Alone 2โ€ - Long rect. in br. green w/lt. tooth texture. 3 rows ea. w/doubled black over white diamond shapes. 3 in top row, 4 in cent., & 5 in bottom. Alt. details over these: 3 tiny metal butterflies, 5 white watch faces, and 4 scraps of โ€œpasted onโ€ text from ads. (No other colors, just duotone effects.) Butterfly shape repeats in lg., faint โ€œchalkโ€ marks on the green โ€œpaper.โ€

Big Kinda' Cubist Ice Cream Idol, Lookin' At YOU! 

โ€œSpecial Treat 5โ€ - Tall rect. Toothy lt. blue w/purple edge. Face made of 2 ovals (lines only) in purple & white, decorated w/3 spheres of ice cream & 5 cones. Nose & L. eye are 2 lg. purple tiles. Some white โ€œclothโ€ also makes pt. of face inside ovals. Other trim: commas, whipped topping, and text: โ€œa la modeโ€ & โ€œtime for,โ€ plus block of smaller list of toppings, upside down at bottom.

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Fruit, Doll-Heads, No Gore 

โ€œStill Life 4โ€ - Squ. w/outer strip of โ€œpaintedโ€ red & yellow apples, bananas, & green grapes on dk. green background. inside border: lt. wood w/altering rects. of dk. green leafy brocade. Decorated w/cursive text. Center: grainy apple green โ€œmatโ€ w/red outside. On that: โ€œpaintingโ€ of same fruits & dk. green at full size. Trim: 2 opaque, torn-edge doll heads, 2 red tricycles, and 2 rect. โ€œstickersโ€ of a woman sitting next to a cactus.

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โ€œRose Room 8โ€ - Long rect. in pale pink w/sm. text background listing many 1946 rose varieties. Upper L. - tall rect. close-up clip of open red rose fragment. Lower R. - B&W fragment of room w/chair, plain pillar, & window tinted same pink hue. Trim: 3 B&W Roman pillar drawings, 2 hands ea. holding up 4 fingers, tiny brown/cream rose bush line drawing, bit of neg. cursive โ€œchalk,โ€ and a sm. โ€œfoilโ€ disc. Some lt. green leafy brushstrokes follow line of background.

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โ€œStarryโ€ - Squ. w/yellow vari-textured center, top & bottom border in alt. green or blue textured strips w/vert. yellow edges. Cent.: 2 pinky-white strips in โ€œLโ€ shapes dec. w/winding ribbons & tiny stars. Set over/across ea. other to form a tiny tall rect. filled w/green + off-white cursive fragment. Top L. & Bottom R. corner: clips of blue & white feathered fishing flies. Other trim: tiny blue stars, gold discs, faded dials outlined in red.

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โ€œDial โ€˜Hโ€™ โ€ - Tall off-white rectangle w/tooth & sponge marks. Mostly flat-colored cut-out shapes form 2 square frames + circles, ovals, diamonds, trapezoids, lines & squiggles in the style of Matisseโ€™s โ€œJazzโ€ book. Colors are pink, yellow, blue, & black. 2 cut-out guy-ish figures in white or black cavort while 2 tiny cut-out phones ring.

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โ€œStepmomโ€ - Tall rect. of mostly cloudy blue sky covered w/lt. b&w rect. abstract stamp pattern. 1/4 at bottom is curving ground w/lt. diagonal streaks. Girl & boy dolls in red & white watch a tall โ€œSโ€ curved plant w/5 vari-sized daisies w/red hearts which grows from a red bowl. Oval stamp of Roman-type woman in profile looks L. from upper R. Other trim: panel of tiny red-capped milk bottles & simplified opaque red column shape @ L.

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Late V-Day Thing 

โ€œVenusโ€ - Tall rect. Toothy texture. Pink on L. & Off-White on R. Center: fem. figure in blue 1940s loungewear w/tipped pink squ. lotion bottle for a head. Bowtie shape behind her of โ€œWater-Paperโ€ w/flowers & pearls. On L.: arc made of 7 grad.-size yellow <3 ea. w/a blue blob in center. Other trim: asemic text, an early 1960s house-shaped gift box of beauty aids, 1 oval & 2 trapezoids, a yellow shampoo bottle, and a sm. rect. block of asemic text.

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โ€œPreston 7โ€ - Tall rect. in toothy red w/strip of 19th C. constellation map up top. Off-center: stamped sunburst shape in blue, w/yellow center & blue core in same shape. Elliptical shadow beneath it. More tiny sunbursts in those 2 alt. colors form chains vert. & horiz. lines which don't connect. Other trim: toy 1970s astronaut in blue & clip of red 1950s toy piano pic. Text: โ€œGreat going! Keep your party moving!โ€

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โ€œWashdayโ€ - Black square comp. w/center of blurred multicolor smudges radiating outward & 1930s line drawing pattern of salad greens & tomatoes around the outside (in red, yellow, & green). Center background: fogged up round door of a washing machine. Circling around that: 4 pairs of socks (2 red, 2 green). A 1942 quarter at each corner of square. Trim is curved white text: โ€œOne color to matchโ€ฆ one to accent.โ€

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Collage: Sweets & More 

โ€œGold Kissโ€ - Tall rect. wood frame. 2 =/= sections up top w/tiny gray/white/brown rect. pattern (L.) & some lg. piped white frosting shells (R.) Lower half has wood exposed w/grain in vert. position. Items arr. over all: a goldfish, a hand eggbeater, a black spoon w/white handle, & a wh. squ. w/a womanโ€™s head in gray & brown "ink" copied & turned to form a daisy-ish shape w/a cookie @ center.

Text: โ€œHaha had a blank moment or two there.โ€

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Art: Auntie Needs Her Medicine 

โ€œDay Sleeper 4โ€ - Dark red square w/spongy texture. A vertical duotone strip up each side are a hallway fr. M.O.M.A. in 1955. A lg. translucent gray throw pillow shape w/4 overlapping crochet lace panels is between them. Those form a red cross shape decorated w/a horizontal, translucent wood plank. Other trim: a cold medicine bottle, a red & white bedside lamp, a B & W single bed w/ruffle, and a teaspoon.

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โ€œSunken Leisure 5โ€ - Square comp. w/off-white crackle effect & 2 lg., sunny yellow asymmetric patches. Over that: 2 copies of a fishing fleet drawing, watched by a tiny crowd nearby. 1 rect. clip of a fishing net w/3 glass floats.& 2 rect. swatches of 1940s polka dot cloth in 2 shades of blue arr. on lower half. Trim: 3 cans of fish & a block of American cheese. Text: โ€œYou owe us! Cut out the center and serve it to us ice-cold!โ€

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$$$, Booze, & Ladies' Shoes! 

โ€œHappy Hour 13โ€ - Tall rect. w/cream toothy background & opaque bartending info. Base: blue pic of a '40s mansion & slanted textured green โ€œlawnโ€ & li'l wedge of blue โ€œwater.โ€ Fr. upper R: green bottle of bubbly w/red label pours 12 icy blue or green spheres w/red glass centers in semi-circle w/blue high-heeled shoe breaking up the line. Bottle has ice-ball trim, too. Text: "You brought the right drink, Baby. But I had the wrong glass.โ€

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$$$, Booze, & Ladies' Shoes! 

The whole gimmick with "Happy Hour" comps. was to have a number of orbs which would correspond to the number in the sequence every time. Hence Comp. No. 13 has 13 orbs.

Originally I had a horseshoe motif going, but people kept telling me it didn't work. So I changed it. ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ‘ 

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Multi-Eye Contact, Toast & Coffee 

โ€œGood Morning 4โ€ - Horiz. rect. w/pastel patches. Pink accents @ top & bottom. Blue lines in upright truncated triangle shape, topped w/wh. tipped frame & bl. spiral. 2 faceless 1950s hausfraus. Ea. w/a word balloon. Fan shape @ center is yellow flower strips meeting @ base that's 3 graduated pairs of a manโ€™s eyes. Other trim: 2 pics of 1960s coffee pot & toaster, 4 pastel pearls. Text: โ€œGirls, would you believe heโ€™s single?โ€

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Big-Eye Contact (Art) 

โ€œButcher Manโ€ - Purple toothy square comp. 6-section round paper board game dial in pastel pink, yellow, blue, & green set almost at center. 6 ribbon-y lines in similar colors wiggle out from it & form a asymmetric shapes like a tied shoelace. Spaces therein have old recipe & ad text, B&W meat drawings, a womanโ€™s eye, and a toothy smiling 1930s dude with dark hair. Other trim: a white plastic butter knife and a blue diamond wedding ring.

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Big-Eye Contact (Art) 

I bet this would have 50 likes if I hadn't trimmed out the text about mayo. [sulks]

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Sweets, Coffee, & Kinda' Lewd Text (Art) 

โ€œMocha Bloom 6โ€ - Square w/odd-sized corner edges in yellow (top L), & white marble (bottom R). Middle: giant blurred chocolate candy discs. Diagonal from top L: 4 squares of flowered brown 1940s fabric & faceless 1950s woman in blue @ center pouring coffee. 2 orange plastic mugs over 1st & last square. 2 yellow bags of coffee float almost vert. in opp. direction. Text: โ€œPutting Natureโ€™s own pleasing colors inside YOU!โ€

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Shirtless Sea-Dude, Watching You! 

โ€œC-Glassโ€ - Long rect. in dk. blue w/cloud-&-water textures. 4 crescent-shaped waves in varied brush textures & opacity. Green โ€œfoamโ€ like a big squiggle, + matching โ€œmoonโ€ at upper L. At R: hunky mer-dude w/slight greenish cast & smaller โ€œmoonโ€ spherical halo & globe partially obscuring his face. Trim: 3 horiz. textured green lines, plus a strip w/octet of turban shells against a blue โ€œsea glassโ€ texture @ bottom.

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Shirtless Sea-Dude, Watching You! 

Yeah, yeah I know... all mermen should have long, flowing hair and beards to match. Maybe my painting skills will finally be up for that in 2021. ๐Ÿคž

Also, he needs that bubble because he's in the air & it's full of "smart" water which all gym-loving mermen need daily. That's my story & I'm sticking to it! ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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โ€œBirthday Candyโ€ - Long rect. w/diagonal texture in yellow. Green floor, lower L. w/manโ€™s horriz. profile. Off-center: tipped asymmetric Deco bldg. clip in cream/brown tones. R. corner: vert. purple brocade band. Trim: five spiral round candy shapes in matching colors + cherry red. Also 3 dancing 1950s ladies in long skirts & 2 perp. morning glory prints in thin strips. Text: โ€œDance, dance, dance at Curio Fifty 4 and get me!โ€

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Art Talk, Yadda Yadda Yadda 

Yeah, I did redraw the "dancers" a bit so they wouldn't all have the exact same body. I mean, I can't draw... in 2 senses of the phrase: I'm decades out of practice with the process AND my studio space is badly laid out so the tablet's crammed in a corner at a weird level and so never in a good spot/angle for drawing. Still, it's a quirk of mine (or obsession) so after days of fighting and fingers rebelling, it got done. :D

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Art Talk, Yadda Yadda Yadda 

Halfway through the year and this is only No. 19. I wish I could work faster. :/

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Art: Nude Doll w/2 Heads, More Weird Than Lewd 


โ€˜Citrus Gemโ€ - Tall rect. w/fibrous orange/red/yellow texture. Curly-haired, legless doll in center copied & flipped to give blurred appearance in smaller tall dk. brown fibrous rect. Arr. above/below: 4 lg. gold metal rings, twisted into hat-like ellipses. Xtra sm. ring up top holds green glass cabochon. Below: a small lime cut in half. @L & R center: 2 more sm. rings ea. around a patterned plate & green napkin.

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Art: Tiny Treats & "Oil Paint" 

โ€œSpecial Treat 6โ€ - Very tall med. brown โ€œwoodโ€ rect. banded @ top/bottom w/tiny green heart-and-vine pattern. 3 wavy โ€œWโ€ shapes made of thick paint in green-yellow tones cross horizontally. Over these: 6 round cookies & canapรฉs arr. in a โ€œYโ€ shape. Text (sm., upside-down): โ€œYou want it fun and easy?โ€ Text (lg., upright): โ€œNothing doing.โ€

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Art: Tiny Treats & "Oil Paint" 

Going into hiding now before the QAnon instance sees all these "W" shapes and starts coming after me. โ˜•

For real, I am pretty pleased with the smooth wavy shapes. I used Stroke and Distort: Twirl to make heavy curved lines to serve as kid-level stencils for the "wood." โ˜• โ˜•

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โ€œEveโ€™s Galleryโ€ - Long rectangle quartered in red & yellow, w/ea. section having textures, faint cut-outs, or text. 7 small square โ€œpaintingsโ€(in yellow, red, or gray) over that are abstract textures, white text clip, a pinwheel/diamond shape, clipping of a dish & spoon, and one of a girl placing cherries in small dishes. Other trim: two apples in black squares, three yellow triangles, and the phrase โ€œBest in townโ€ in red cursive.

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โ€œFriday The Thirdโ€ - Tall rect. w/brick-like pattern in cream & brown โ€œpaint.โ€ Random arrangement of 3 copied sitting line drawings in same colors & varied sizes, 2 marbles (blue & green), 2 clippings of grids from 1950s calendars, 4 salmon, & a weird table lamp w/a hook-like base & tiny fish hanging from the netted shade. Other trim: random blurred text in varied sizes & small bubbly shapes.

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The weirdest thing in this piece really is that damn lamp. I don't know how it could even stand up. I bet you had to fit it to a clear base that wasn't viewable in the original pic even before I cropped it (clumsily) for my own devious purposes. :D

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โ€œDouble Cross 5โ€ - Long rectangle. in toothy dark red, banded top & bottom w/lt. blue. Inverted triangle pattern of 2 small B&W oven drawings, 6 yellow & 3 blue linoleum tiles, and an electric stove burner. At the top, a boy in pink & blue kneels down, about to lift the lid off a large 1-handled pressure cooker. @ bottom: a giant opaque version of stove burner Other trim: 3 patches w/images of bundled radishes. Text: โ€œEvery day, I break another rule.โ€

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Art: Auntie Needs Her Medicine 

@xenophora

nice
less advertising feel
more nuanced color combos
you continue to produce things i like to look at

unsolicited suggestion:
a few white grains to trail off frame near spoon- as if tossed there

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Art: Auntie Needs Her Medicine 

@js0000 I'd actually added some white glow *around* the spoon, but it was too subtle and didn't survive the transfer from .psd to .jpg. [slaps forehead]

@xenophora these are always so cool, I love seeing what you come up with

@ItsJenNotGabby

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I feel like a little more anger over current events crept into this one than I intended. But at least the sunny yellow distracts from that, right?

@xenophora 100%. It's a dark message but a bright scene. Kind of like that oldies song Last Kiss

$$$, Booze, & Ladies' Shoes! 

@xenophora

i like it

your collages
skirting the border
meaning and randomness

also visually able to include more
(text page)

color sublime (i'd say that is your most prominent gift)

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$$$, Booze, & Ladies' Shoes! 

@js0000

I don't know how many of the youngsters know the old cliche' about drinking champagne from a shoe supposedly being a grand romantic gesture. But I decided to go for it anyway. :D

$$$, Booze, & Ladies' Shoes! 

@xenophora

well, i got it
(but i'm an old fart myself)

๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿพ

Multi-Eye Contact, Toast & Coffee 

@xenophora

(unexpectedly)
strong central cross dominates image in my mind (which was pickled in catholicism for many years, i can't help it)

love the rosy pink at the top

somehow your command of imagery gets stronger (dual toasters)

a bit too obsessively symmetrical for me (but this could just be a faint echo of the bludgeoning i get from the cross (and my mind))

only one (irrational) opinion
(i blame catholicism for as much of my craziness as possible (bien sรปr!))

Multi-Eye Contact, Toast & Coffee 

@js0000

Aw, Man... I was trying *not* to invoke the Xtian cross. [sigh] I was thinking more of "T" for "toast."

Oh, well. Maybe next week will be better.

Multi-Eye Contact, Toast & Coffee 

@xenophora
i know
i was surprised to see it there

as i tried to make clear, i'm uniquely sensitive to this imagery
so it could only work that way for people like me (poor bastards)
but all those lights went off in my brain when i saw it

(fuckers)

Multi-Eye Contact, Toast & Coffee 

@js0000

Now I'm gonna' have to make mr_xeno, another fallen Catholic, review it for me again. :D

Sweets, Coffee, & Kinda' Lewd Text (Art) 

@xenophora

hahaha this is amazing. i love that her face is blurred

Sweets, Coffee, & Kinda' Lewd Text (Art) 

@baronnarcveldt

"The decorative centrality, yet intellectual marginalization of women." -- Bram Djikstra, *Idols Of Perversity* Applies as well to advertising as to most *~*Fine*~* art.

@xenophora

you are gifted

skirting the line of random image collections with colored swirls

similarly, text increasingly at limits of cohesion

colors remind me of advertising

a visual image about to dissapate into component atoms

(that's my view ... hope you are not as fragmented inside as your art could indicate (or that its bearable if so))

sorry for making it more personal, but i just try to give you how it hits me as unfiltered as i can regurgitate

your work touches me (and you respond to my comments)

merci!

@js0000

I probably mentioned it b4, but I think almost every1 ends up w/mixed feelings about advertising (which is where these pics usually come from), not to mention the line between supposed "fine" art vs. commercial art... which is never exactly like what we were told when young. So yeah... it's kind of about the way my mind works, but I think once people start to look at our culture with a critical eye, their attitude could be adjacent to mine, even if it's not *exactly* the same.

@xenophora

thank you for sharing your work

unsolicited commentary:
+ a little too "organized" for my taste (grids within grids)
+ color pallate reminds me of office supplies
+ repeated items intriguing (hand drawn cats- really? ("off brand" for you (very nice)))
+ colored blobs prolly most intetesting to me (what would an entire canvas of "pure abstractions" like this from you look like?)

so not my fave- delights within (as always), but not as striking (to me) as some of your other work ... but there's no accounting for taste

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@js0000

Alas, I cannot take personal credit for that adorable kitty drawing:

mastodon.art/@xenophora/104452

(The real Friday [R.I.P.] had short gray fur, though.)

@xenophora
very nice!

+ i think when you have red/purple in your pallate i respond more positively
+ a bit too "grid-y" for me, but i think that's part of how you see (so tough luck for me)
+ cherry detail wonderful
+ i read from top to bottom so, "every day / another rule / i break"; still good

as always, thank you for sharing your creative work so freely. it has sparked my imagination and improved my mood (a non-trivial task)

stay well!

@js0000

Awww... thanks!

Yeah, this series always has a pair of cross-shapes/patterns. That's kind of the whole gimmick. (Usually they're gray, too. But I changed that starting yesterday.)

*Radishes :)

@xenophora
also ovens and stove burner so evocative

blue-ish abstract tryptich lovely

an abundance of (artistic) riches

@js0000

(Multi-eye contact.)

IRL, I'd rather cook with gas. But in pics, nothing beats the panache of an electric coil. I really should break them out more than once every 13 years. :D

Sweets, Coffee, & Kinda' Lewd Text (Art) 

@xenophora Non-sequitur perhaps; colors; CHOCOHOLOGRAM
cheers

Sweets, Coffee, & Kinda' Lewd Text (Art) 

@GooseThird

[ahem] I see there are some Photoshop filters they didn't share with me... ๐Ÿ˜‹

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