Monday, August 24, 2015


The image below was painted and abandoned because, like a dead horse at a clambake,  it just wasn't assertive enough. Know what I mean? It isn't sufficiently awful. It needs to be really, really loathsome, and it just isn't there. I need models for this one. Any offers?

Monday, August 10, 2015


At this point in its development the drawing lost all meaning for me and I could not remember what the point was that I was trying to convey. The girl on the tip of the tongue, the first of her clan to step onto the shore of this new world, was to be bright yellow; her parents brown and bluish. The crown, or exit-wound, shape on the frog's head was to be a translating organ; frogs can only hear the croaks of their own species. There is a pendant drawing of equally delighted people being swept into the frog's mouth. But who wants to see that?

There must have been some point to it but it has dissolved into the air and been blown away with the wind. I am ashamed.

Friday, August 07, 2015


Your Uncle Jim has a pal who went to Cal Arts in the 70's and, after receiving his education, went around telling everyone there was no such thing as "genius". I don't know where he is today, but me, I'm in the upcoming "GENIUS" show at Seattle's Frye Museum along with dozens of other geniuses. So put that in y' goddam corncob pipe, buster.

GENIUS; 21 CENTURY SEATTLE, FRYE MUSEUM, September 26, 2015, to January 10, 2016.

Just look at that roster of of local talent! And how will JW represent? Suffice to say you will need to put on special glasses to the full looty.

The image below will not be included in the show. It has nothing to do with the show. It's just a little something I was playing around with.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Thursday, September 25, 2014


Here is a drawing for a painting of an army of frogs convening in the woods on a moonless night. Viewers will have to peer deeply into the varnish to see the details.

Because frogs lend themselves so uncannily to anthropomorphism, and because as Lenny Bruce said on PLAYBOY AFTER HOURS (I'm paraphrasing from memory), "I would never satirize the obvious," it was deemed necessary to keep their actions and expressions as natural as possible within the demands of cartooning; the faces, hands and feet must be expediently expressive, but it can stop there. And so they are not drinking, kissing, dancing, fighting, smoking or doing any of that teddy-bear's picnic stuff. But they are doing something; there is a real event going on here. Up close you hear their breathing and the faint rubbery squeaks made by their jostling hides.

This drawing is 38" x 24", the exact size of a canvas I prepared years ago and am finally ready to use. It has a mirror-like finish. So much sanding! I need a transparent siccative layer to grab the paint and lay the foundation for oceans of oil and varnish. Any suggestions? Don't mention shellac.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Crikey! I can't believe how much spacetime has elapsed since the last post here! The sad truth is that I became absorbed by my Facebook artist page. Also I began a semi-clandestine diary blog to show work in progress with production notes. Anyone who has any interest in how I've whiled away the past year or so can dredge through the material there.

One thing not on that blog is this picture, tentatively called The Truce Between Men and Frogs. There's no gainsaying it, the world belongs to the young. So cheer up, kids!

Saturday, July 06, 2013


According to the Big Bang theory, the universe originated in a cosmic seed much smaller than an electron: effectively nothing. What could this cosmic seed be but Brahman? Brahman has unlimited potential and zero size; it could create the universe within itself and continue to contain it regardless of how large the universe becomes. The universe derives existence, consciousness and bliss from Brahman; it does not give rise to them. The idea that the subtle can arise from the gross is absurd. That goes for abiogenesis too.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it, big boy!