In fact, it was no one’s fault.

In fact, it was no one's fault.
Paper, photocopies, window screening, paint, staples

My friend Neil produced this image tonight while we were discussing art. I made this in college, for a class. It was lost during one of my many moves.  I can’t believe he had a picture!

Thank you, Neil. You rock like no one else.

Batman, Venus, Mozart and some window screen = art

Joie de Vivre

You’re both right

hecanMy dad used to say this to me. All the time. I’ve always thought he made this up. Over the years,  I’ve learned that he was right. It goes along with Yoda’s “There is no try – there is do, or do not.” This concept is an important keystone in optimism. We are our own worst enemy – and we are also our greatest ally.

Today, I stumbled on the quote elsewhere on the web and realized that it was Picasso who said:

“He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”

So, while I’ve come to appreciate the truth in Dad’s words, I think it’s amazingly cool that he quoted Picasso at me as a kid.  Completely awesome.
Now, if I can only figure out who made up all those dirty jokes he liked so much…

Joie de Vivre

Sometimes, we get lemons…


Sometimes, we get lemons when we are expecting bacon.  Sometimes, life spits in the soup.  Sometimes, our date stands us up.  Sometimes, meetings go on too long.

So I created “ for those sucky days when you could use a pat on the back.

Tell your friends. Spread some good vibes. You rock.

Update: Now defunct JD 1-17-2018.


ArtScape 2008

I am delighted to announce that one of my pieces was accepted for the Penned exhibit for this year’s ArtScape festival!

ArtScape 2008


Artscape July 17 – 20, 2008 in the Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center, Maryland Institute College of Art

And, what I think might just be the best part – it’s JUNK MAIL ART!
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Monkey Mask

Please come see the exhibition if you are in town, and be sure to wear a monkey mask just like Trevor “Ham” Hamilton – it’ll make your life better! Good for pets, too!



Thank you, Chas, for hepping me to the exhibition.

Joie de Vivre

Reality Event-Emotion Vector Matrix

I’ve made an important discovery. I call it the reality event-emotion vector matrix. I don’t know what that means, but the idea is simple. There are three basic states in which we exist (just like there are three basic food groups, which makes this easy to remember). Life can be completely awesome, boring or awkward.

See? Easy Peezy.

Event Matrix Diagram
Here’s a little case study I made up:

Let’s pretend you are at work and walking down the hall listening to the Replacements on your portable MP3 player. Completely Awesome.
But then a manager stops you and asks what you are working on, to which you immediately respond with “What are YOU working on?”
And then, to be nice, he/she starts to tell you.
See? Simple! And it totally works!

As a bonus, my research has uncovered that there are really only three basic emotional states: Happy, Angry or Sleeping. These can be overlaid on the event pie chart, but they don’t have to be. Here’s another example, this time with the emotional index added.

You are working on your taxes, and you get confused so you call a guy you know who happens to be an accountant (boring). Your accountant buddy forgot to take some key medication and starts to yell at you about some homestead tax credit nonsense (awkward/angry). You calm the accountant down to the point where he can explain the homestead tax credit nonsense (boring/sleeping). You figure it out while he’s telling a joke (awkward/boring). You realize that you didn’t need to bother your un-medicated friend after all, and that you owe the IRS less than you thought (completely awesome/happy).

This is easily the best self-help tool ever created. In our busy, busy lives, we really don’t have time for complex emotional responses or overly dynamic situational reflexive response triggers. All we need to recognize is that things are either (say it out loud where ever you are right now – it helps reinforce the lesson): COMPLETELY AWESOME, BORING or AWKWARD.