Saturday, February 25, 2012

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” -Albert Einstein
“Where you meditate has everything to do with how useful your meditation will be. But by where, I don’t necessarily mean in which room of the house, or whether you live in a quiet spot or not. I simply mean that you should meditate inside the life you have. If you are an accountant, meditate inside an accountant’s life. If you are a policeman, meditate inside of that. Wherever you want to illuminate your life, meditate precisely in that spot.” -Clark Strand

Saturday, January 14, 2012

on his face book under basic information about himself josh wrote:

I plan to rule the world. It's a slow and maticulouse plan but one that will be worth those long nights of planting seeds and the casual watering within the days that follow. When I drink suddenly I'm smarter then any of you, go ahead ask me I'll tell you all about it. that's why I do my planting at night.

i got jealous, i wish i'd written it.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012


he's not just a web designer. these are taken with 

a traditional camera. they are dark, beautiful, rich.

reminiscent of the past century, when everything was made just like these photographs, with time consuming care and self significant integrity.

Indian Government Files Biopiracy Lawsuit Against Monsanto

Representing one of the most agriculturally bio-diverse nations in the world, India has become a primary target for biotechnology companies like Monsanto and Cargill to spread their genetically-modified (GM) crops into new markets. However, a recent France 24 report explains that the Indian government has decided to take an offensive approach against this attempted agricultural takeover by suing Monsanto for “biopiracy,” accusing the company of stealing India’s indigenous plants in order to re-engineer them into patented varieties.
Brinjal, also known in Western nations as eggplant, is a native Indian crop for which there are roughly 2,500 different unique varieties. Millions of Indian farmers grow brinjal, which is used in a variety of Indian food dishes, and the country grows more than a quarter of the world’s overall supply of the vegetable.
And in an attempt to capitalize on this popular crop, Monsanto has repeatedly tried to commercially market its own GM variety of brinjal called Bt brinjal. But massive public outcry against planned commercial approval of Monsanto’s “frankencrop” variety in 2010 led to the government banning it for an indefinite period of time.

But Monsanto is still stealing native crops, including brinjal, and quietly working on GM varieties of them in test fields, which is a clear violation of India’s Biological Diversity Act (BDA). So at the prompting of various farmers and activists in India, the Indian government, representing the first time in history a nation that has taken such action, has decided to sue Monsanto.
“This can send a different message to the big companies for violating the laws of the nation,” said K.S. Sugara, Member Secretary of the Karnataka Biodiversity Board, to France 24 concerning the lawsuit. “It is not acceptable … that the farmers in our communities are robbed of the advantage they should get from the indigenous varieties.”
Farmers and active members of the public in India have been some of the world’s most outspoken opponents of Monsanto’s attempted GM takeover of agriculture. Besides successfully overturning the attempted approval of Bt brinjal, these freedom fighters have also successfully destroyed several attempted Monsanto GM test fields.

for the article:

as posted by john kessel on his facebook page

i just read zak's definition

of LARVA again. i must say, it really is grim. so grim in fact, makes me wonder if it's appropriate to have it on a children's book illustrator's blog...

a quote of the day? why not

this one's by hugh prather :

i buy things i don't need, then look for ways to use them in order to justify the purchase. in this way i end up doing what i don't want to twice.


why is it they say to breath in through the nose but out through the mouth?
when you do yoga that is.
i seem to like sticking to one-passage way breating. in and out through the nose OR in and out through the mouth.

also, i believe this keyboard is making me write worse. i find  a lot more to correct ever since i got the new computer

Friday, January 6, 2012

INFINITY and ME my favorite bits

MY FavoRiTE BAby

LARVAE again

speaking of larvae,
here's the proper definition from the very creator zak kombel (not recommended for under adolescent) :

Larva is the term people use to describe the state you are in when you are too lazy to do anything.
The very idea of doing something tires you and the very idea of having an idea is equally tiring.
When you are in "larva-mode" even sleeping or the idea of it is too much effort, and then you begin to think that if only you could die, things would be very much simpler and done with so much less effort. ( zak kombel)

zak supplied a photo that depicts the advanced stage of larva

uma in the sky with diamonds

again. because i luuurve her.

tildon krautz


ALSO gregg weiss club

as in  his site is ... like.... well, a melange of my work and olaf CZYZ.

thank god, did not forget his name this time. olaf is one of my oldest friends. we studied in the art lycee in poland back in the day when poland was still communist and had no toilet paper.
and yet... i forgot his last name the other day (when it was very important to remember).
i seem to have a knack for it lately.

olaf is a killer designer and (as polish and living in poland) (and this is a terrible thing to say in one respect at least) comes dirt cheap.

if you click on his name (on (or
you will go to his site.
i think.
he designed them all.

this is what i look like (will come handy with the previous post)

did i mention that my daughter zak is an excellent photographer? i mean... she rocks!! we had a photo session. i was in real bad need of one. publishers kept nagging me for a photo they could use
(i am such a discrete and modest artist... it just baffles them :-)  zak and i went to the remparts. we have them. they are around our village. the girl didn't waste a frame. each photo could be used if it wasn't for a somewhat orangutany look i seem in such favor of. still managed like... 12 with a normal, human face. very proud of this one. looking like semi-contained diva.


the absolute latest, as still on my desk

a detail :

a new face for a new book

this is uma. she's a girl. well clearly. Kate Hosford (the author of "big bouffant") writes about her in a new book :  INFINITY and ME. 

wont's be out for another year, i think. in the meantime here is her 
uma with the drapes behind her

from the same future book