I am a 40-something artist and teacher, trying to figure out how to reconcile my passions with making a living. I live in the country with my partner and a few of our unschooled but now all grown, children.
Arlington R. "Arlie" Brown, 69, of Camillus, passed from this life July 3, 2016 at Francis House after a long illness. Arlie was born in Toronto, Canada on November 8, 1946 and immigrated to the US in 1963. He was a Master Auto Mechanic and worked at many local car dealerships over the years, most recently at Burdick Toyota. He also owned Brown's Performance, building his own engines, street and drag cars for himself and others. Arlie loved MOPAR and to drag race at ESTA and did so for many years. A 1967 Plymouth Barracuda was awaiting him in Heaven.
My Dad and his 1969 Plymouth Barracuda, 1980s
Arlie was predeceased by his parents, Robert A. Brown and Nina K. Brown. He is survived by his daughter, Diana Bukowski of Oswego; sister, Katherine Chambliss of Alfred; cousin, Nina Bacon of Candler, NC; several nephews and a niece. Arlie is also survived by his adopted "family" consisting of his former wife, Dawn M. Brown, her significant other, Scott E. Cole of Phoenix, and Arlie's dog, Champ, all of whom provided him love, care and comfort for the past 8 years. Also, Arlie's caring and supportive friends, Robert and Sandy Failmezger of Fulton. They will miss him.
My Daddy and me, 1972(?)
There will be no calling hours. Contributions my be made to your local ASPCA, Hospice of CNY or Francis House. Many thanks to Dr. Christiano, Dr. Oguntola, Dr. Riley, the nurses and staff at Seneca Dialysis, CNY Family Care, St. Joseph's Hospital, Hospice of CNY and Francis House for all their wonderful support, love and care of Arlie. May God bless you all.
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I've decided that I don't really need help picking out books to read - I have a ginormous to-read list - so I've chosen a smaller reading challenge for this year, from Modern Mrs Darcy, just "read 12 books in 12 different categories in 12 months."
Have you heard!? The book I've been illustrating has finally been released!
Theodore is a story about a Newfoundland retriever who keeps on shining when others tease him, follows his passions even when it's hard, and makes his dreams come true!
The story may be written for younger children, but can also be an example for older kids (and adults) about being yourself and holding tight to your dreams, not only like Theodore, but like the author and myself have done to make them reality. We are both so proud to have this book published!
Here are some more of my Inktober drawings! Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Flickr for updates as soon as I post them! And you can find out more about Inktober at inktober.com and check out other Inktober drawings at facebook.com/inktober.
HA! How ironic that this should be the topic... This past week or two I have literally spammed my Instagram with pictures of mostly just my yard and the gorgeous fall trees there! XD So follow me there (or just click through to flickr) and see all the others I've posted!
This one I took special this morning just for this week's Photo Friday...
On Day 28, my_rabbit_account posted this adorable photo of her rabbit, Alwin, and I couldn't resist trying to capture that adorabibble nose! I am *not* happy about the whiskers, but I am glad I tried... More practice!
Day 26 was the last day of what was probably my favorite job ever. I loved the people I worked with, the job was mostly fun, and the hard/boring bits weren't that hard and were few and far between. This little bunny reflects my feelings...
On Day 25 I found myself on the beautiful campus of Clarkson University wandering the woods where we came across the cutest little snake. Later research determined it to be a juvenile Eastern garter snake, probably terrified by our group! It inspired this painting...
This one is the scan. Again, the colors are pretty true, but the metallic color in the eye is missing!
Which is why I include the photograph as well. I cropped it closer and the colors are darker, but you really can see that shine!
Day 20 was Sunday, and we took the girls to church. In the social hall, there was a very sad arrangement of balloons stuck in the crossbeams. (Click here to view my photo of them on Instagram!) So I decided they needed to be in a happier arrangement, and voilà!
Rewatching the #PiratesoftheCaribbean series in preparation for setting the new one in the theater. 😍
#potc #johnnydepp #captainjacksparrow #sketch #portrait #quicksketch #pencil #pencildrawing #sketchbook
With this spellbinding project, insanely talented artist @littlechmura wanted to create a self-contained moment for each of these beloved Harry Potter characters—a single scene that gives a glimpse into their own magical worlds. She’s calling the series “One Breath Each”, and we’re calling it GORGEOUS AF.
Day 51 of #100DaysOf5MinuteBunnyDrawings for #The100DayProject. A different shot of a #bunny I drew before.
#scribbly #rabbit #sketch #sketchy #5minutes #drawing #fastdrawing #quicksketch #ballpointpen #pen #ink #fiveminutedrawing #fiveminutes #dailypractice #practiceeveryday #dailydrawing #The100DayProject2017 #artist #art#artistofinstagram #artistsoninstagram @elleluna @lindsayjeanthomson
Day 50 of #100DaysOf5MinuteBunnyDrawings for #The100DayProject. Halfway done!!! I got ambitious with this one, trying to draw 4 #bunnies with veggies in under #5minutes. 😮 But it’s a #celebration of making it so far!
#scribbly #rabbit #sketch #bunny #sketchy #5minutes #drawing #fastdrawing #quicksketch #ballpointpen #pen #ink #fiveminutedrawing #fiveminutes #dailypractice #practiceeveryday #dailydrawing #The100DayProject2017 #artist #art#artistofinstagram #artistsoninstagram @elleluna
The popular Japanese messaging app LINE may not be available here in China, but the LINE Friends characters associated with it are SUPER popular. There’s a big store on Huaihai Lu that sells all sorts of merch with their images plastered all over it. Even Frito-Lay China has gotten in on the action, launching a line of LINE Lay’s potato chips, featuring Cony, Brown on Sally on the packaging…
The characters are being used on the bags of their standard cheese and beef flavored heart-shaped potato snacks, but no new actual flavors have been introduced, it seems.
Not sure how many different designs there are in total, or what other characters might be used, but I was able to find these three at my corner Lawson. I’ll keep an eye out for more.
Day 49 of #100DaysOf5MinuteBunnyDrawings for #The100DayProject. Yes. This is kinda how I felt all day.
#scribbly #rabbit #sketch #hare #sketchy #bunny #5minutes #drawing #fastdrawing #quicksketch #ballpointpen #pen #ink #fiveminutedrawing #fiveminutes #dailypractice #practiceeveryday #dailydrawing #The100DayProject2017 #artist #art#artistofinstagram #artistsoninstagram @elleluna
Reblog if you ARE a woman in STEM, SUPPORT women in STEM, or ARE STILL BITTER about Rosalind Franklin not getting credit for discovering the structure of DNA and the Nobel prize going to Watson and Crick instead.
I don’t think people get art. I feel like people think art is something created by a tortured soul and you have to go out of your way to go to an art gallery and you have some kind of emotional response and that’s art.
But that’s bullshit
You walk into a grocery store and you’re surrounded by art. Who do you think designs the packages? Fucking artists. Who do you think designed your house? Your bedsheets? Your car? Artists.
Art is a necessity. It’s everywhere, we wear it, we talk about it, we live in it. It’s everywhere. Every color, negative space, font, placement, material, you come into contact with an artist had a hand in that. TV, movies, music, graphics, It’s everywhere, it’s everything
One of New York Central’s “Mercury” engines in Chicago, 1936.
Where did these go, because I desperately want them back.
You do NOT want them back.
They look neat but there’s a reason these beasts were retired. The Mercury Streamliners, as they was known, got off to a good start. They improved the quality of travel and attracted many tourists to the rail service, which in the 1930s was already growing less popular as a result of the flourishing air travel industry.
But it was not to last. In 1938, a Mercury Engine plowed into a cow named Bessie in upstate New York and, lacking a cow catcher, the collision tore off part of the sleek streamlined veneer that covered the engine underneath. This is what a Mercury Streamliner Engine looks like under its slick armor:
Clearly visible are the three toothy skulls with phallic lobed craniums and bladed jaws. The public was horrified.
To explain, the Mercury Engine was designed by Hans Richard Giger, father of future “Alien” creature designer Hans Rudolf Giger. Like his son, Hans Richard was known in the art world for his dark and disturbing designs. Having won the design contest for the Mercury Engine based on its exterior, the manufacturers were willing to ignore the unseen undercarriage’s necessary skeletal and demonic fashions.
Once seen however, the jig was up. The public demanded the engines be taken offline, and it didn’t happen a day too soon. It seems the Swiss architect had designed his trains with much the same mentality with which Ivo Shandor designed 55 Central Park West- As a doomsday device.
Had the Engines been online only ten days longer, they’d have seen The Day of The Awakening of the Unholy Star, a Neokhlystic holiday on which the world was mourned in preparation for the end of all time. As designed, Giger’s trains would’ve come to live, devouring and digesting their patrons in a blood sacrifice to the Satanic Lord of Carnage, Beelciftan. Had the sacrifice been accepted, the apocalypse would’ve swept from New York across the globe. So said the legend.
Here’s the thing- Legend or not if the Mercury trains had remained online a week after they were revealed as demonic devices, their owner, Bill Gruss von Krampus would’ve had the funds he intended to send to the Nazi Regime in Germany in 1938, which would’ve allowed them to start their nuclear program two years earlier. This would’ve given them the Bomb in 1943, two years before the United States completed its Manhattan Project.
So the demonic plot may well have come true in reality had the unsettling underskeletons of these beasts been revealed. There is now a monument to the Cow of Albany that died to reveal the truth.
Thank you Bessie, for without you the world would be a different place, if it still existed at all.
This is the most astounding tumblr bullshit i have ever seen. Wow
Dude, I don’t wanna sound rude or anything, but I don’t feel like your blog is the best place to advertise your books. I think it’s fantastic that you made them, but I followed you to “learn.” I’d go to Barnes and Noble if I wanted to hear about your books.
No rudeness taken, and forgive me for replying at all but I saw this when it was first posted and all this time it’s been bugging me to ask- Are you telling an author that you feel that author’s blog isn’t an appropriate place to promote that author’s books?
I’d ask what alternative you would find suitable but you mentioned Barnes and Noble. You won’t hear about my books at Barnes and Noble. I am not Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. You can order my books from Barnes and Noble if you know what to ask for, but nobody has ever heard of my books by going to Barnes and Noble. I’m an unknown author published by an indie publisher with absolutely no chance or funds to be promoted at Barnes and Noble or anything close to it. All I have, the absolute only way I have to tell people about my books is my blog.
I get that you followed me for the funny fake facts. I’m flattered that you enjoy them. And I realize that self promotion can offend people and advertisements for anything no matter how subtle can be irritating. But I have to ask, and this is a real question, not a rhetorical one, because I really hope there’s an answer I can use- As Barnes and Noble isn’t currently begging to promote my books, where other than my own blog should I be telling people about my books?
I wrote a silly post that got dozens of people writing in saying “Hey man that was cool you should write a book!” so I reblogged it to let people know that I did in fact have several books out that they might enjoy. I just can’t see that as too offensive or intrusive a thing.
As always, I ask anyone reading this not to send any angry words to the person I’m speaking to, or to pester them in any way. Angry words and criticisms to me are welcome, and will be turned into book promotions for