Thursday, March 17, 2016

Suzie Baker gets a Fashion Treatment from Mindy Farris

Suzie Baker gets a fashion treatment from Mindy Farris. Brandy Bobeche is considering this. She heard about it through Burn Richards's marketing consultant, Nova Avon, when they all visited her in Dordrecht, Holland. Through Nova, they previously had met and hired suzie Baker as their chef/consultant. She travelled with them to Holland and received the treatment there, in Nova's Inspiration Cottage.

The treatment consists of wearing clothes and accessories that vibrate at certain frequencies, as determined by need. This is very similar to food resonance treatments that Suzie Baker performs on her clients, so she herself was very receptive to the treatment. Brandy Bobeche will receive a treatment, too, as will her dog, Gillian. You see, Mindy Farris was a Pet Art Therapist in the past, so this streams very well into this new modality practice.

In this case, Mindy prescribed the use of black pumps, flourescent green pants and a purse in a certain red shade by the designer known as Brenee. Suzie wore her chef's coat during the treatment because it is the color white - which acts as a third point/field between the red/green opposition - and because she wears it more than any other garment. Thus, it will absorb and then radiate the appropriate waves to help her maintain balance. Suzie was sure that her imbalance was caused by gluten, something she does not want to avoid, since she is not a gluten-free chef/baker.

Mindy determined that the fashion treatment will eliminate existing gluten-fueled imbalances, and instructed Suzie to use only organic, non-GMO grains. In addition, Mindy directed Suzie to embellish any cream puffs she makes with real gold leaf, to neutralize the dairy-gluten-sugar devil triad. Coincidentally, Suzie had already begun to do this, intuitively feeling the grounding vibe from the gold leaf-- not surprising, as she is, after all, the creator of Spiritual Cooking Practice.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fiction has its own time and logic

Paraphrasing "A Tale for the Time Being"
a book by Ruth Ozeki

P 314
Penguin Books 2013

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bret & Renee Together

Nova Avon has dug up this photo of her brother Bret with his girlfriend Renee in happy times. Their fashion design firm was on the brink of success, and they could feel it. It felt so good that their apex of happiness created a nadir of substance abuse for both of them. At this point, Nova could benefit from a slowdown in wine consumption.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Moslof Folsom's wife's cousin Brownie...

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"Haiku Cooking" notes and images

Claire used Dropbox to share some files with you!

Click here to view Haiku Cooking Aug 8 2013.
© 2013 Dropbox

Fry An Egg Haiku

From "Haiku Cooking" by Suzie Baker

Oil is finely hot
When dropped, liquid egg turns white
Cover to cook top

©2013 Suzie Baker & Rising Sun Institute of Spiritual Cooking

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fun with art books and streetview...

I combined a photo of a sky from a Vermeer painting ("View of Delft") in a book, with a streetview shot of modern day Delft, Holland. Nova is there for a marketing gig...

this is from Nova's Facebook page:

Original Photos that were combined to make Nova's "cellphone" image

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Dick Ramsey, Abstract Expressionist Painter.

This guy is kinda cool. (He has hired me to make his blog, see: " I Am Dick Ramsey")

"Homestead" was made especially for the San Francisco Cinematheque, in honor of the physicality of the film surface. On the right are forms related to sprocket holes; the left side has line forms representing a soundtrack. The materials are those of construction: concrete, plaster, paint, nails, and chicken wire, and there is a sculpted form of a reclining woman or mountain range--the land that is mastered by the strong. (30" x 30" on stretched canvas) - Dick Ramsey, 2013

Dick Ramsey starting an Action Painting

Detail of the Finished Action Painting

Artist Statement
Dick Ramsey

I harness the muscularity of materials. The support, canvas, and paint have to be tamed into orderly containment of chaos. I transgress boundaries by molding my canvasses into deeper realms than simple two-dimensional art can reach. Whether by shaping the wet canvas into a body landscape of womanly guile, or using the dynamic structure of thrown, dripped, or wrangled paint streams, I intrepidly pioneer past the surface, continually inverting the alternative universe to sing my song.

Dick Ramsey 

The Finished Painting

Detail from Another Painting in Progress 

 A drawing of one of Dick's students

Study for "Land/Fill," in progress 2013
Study for "Red Star," 2013

"Spot," in progress painting by Dick Ramsey

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Trick photography with free iPhone app: a designer's table setting placed in an arched context to add regional "flavor."

Nova Avon is on a Marketing Tour in Europe. Her interior designer client named Della Dantowski has included a table setting designed by Brenée. See

Nova Avon is at the Southern France Division of the Rising Sun Institute of Spiritual Cooking.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Can Marketing Be Punk? Brave New 2.0

I noticed a book called "Punk Marketing" in the library. I try to inform myself about marketing since that is Nova Avon's profession; usually my eyes glaze over after reading one sentence, unless the book is in a "Twitter" format with bits of information not much longer than a text message, and broken up into boxes and other visual compartments. I thought a book called "Punk Marketing" might be easier to focus on.

But isn't the term an oxymoron? Isn't punk all about anarchy and non-consumerism?

Language, language! Punk marketing; Google a silly word for one of the most powerful organisms on the planet; the Cloud is a mass of concrete and wires and is only like a cloud in its actual weight (clouds way tons and tons--they're made of water); Yahoo--a "yahoo" used to be an unsophisticated yokel; Facebook is another massively powerful entity whose name still brings to my mind the image of the little yearbook from my junior high school.

Facebook, the Town Square

Facebook fascinates me. It reminds me of being in school, or a small village where you know or recognize almost everyone.You overhear conversations or notice goings-on with the people around you, whether you are close to them or not. You see their flyers on the bulletin boards, announcements in the local paper.

Yeah yeah yeah privacy, surveillance, and all that. Just remember not to publish your sensitive info just like you'd shred documents with your social security, birthdate, and account numbers on them. Hell, my identity was stolen off tax forms that went missing from the US mail.


Where are you right now? On the internet or in your skin or both?

Can Marketing Help Homeless Teens?

One March morning on the train to work I chatted with a man who, it turns out, is the manager a San Francisco facility that helps homeless teens. He told me that at last count there were over 5,600 homeless youth on our streets, and the number is growing. He pointed out the disparity between the money spent on the upcoming Americas Cup Yacht race and that spent on helping the homeless. It is the type of issue that my character Morton Veritas would take up, but he lives in Reno, not San Francisco. So I have to figure a way to do it here. I think Morton has a friend here who will do it. He will have an MBA and/or law degree, and use social media marketing strategies to spread the word.

Statistics are a good tool to efficiently convey information to people; with all the information inundating us these days, items have to pop out and into the consciousness of the reader. Information has to elbow its way in front of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Elizabeth Taylor (RIP), and the same footage of the Japanese tsunami over and over and over again. Yes, the earthquake and devastation in Japan is important, but in general, attention needs to focus here at home a little bit more. Like the pressure of the earth's tectonic plates quietly building under our ground, things are happening under the crust of our media.

Take the Americas Cup Yacht race, for example. I don't read much news, but the last thing I saw was the fellow running the event smiling gleefully in a photo accompanying an article in the SF Examiner about how some businesses along the pier will have to close for [a year or more?]. I couldn't help but wonder how that helps the economy. It seems like you couldn't get more blatant or make it any clearer where the priorities lay, even if you built a giant sculpture of a king with a golden money sign standing upon a platform held up by us lowly commoners.

Can we use the 5th Estate to topple the ruling cla$$ takeover? We are so sheep-led, it's too easy! We bail out banks without an argument while railing against public workers for having retirement plans.

Meet Quince Morgan

I had a request from my friend and ex-therapist to create a man for her. She described physical characteristics, personality traits, and other aspects that she would like; I proposed a few ideas, too. Below are some preliminary pictures of him; I am having trouble getting him to look masculine. (I think perhaps I get better results from making a video clip of me acting, and then pulling stills from it.)

This sequence goes in reverse order to show the process of taking and then altering the photos to form the character.

This is a funny thing my printer did. I will draw over it to masculinize the image.

Links to Quince's photos on Facebook--public--no need to sign up for Facebook:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Meet Jerzey Becker

Facebook screen grab of Jerzey Becker, poetry analyst, friend of Morton Veritas, boyfriend of 3rd wave feminist Shelley Gray. Lots of processing and rephotography is needed to change the age, texture, and gender of the character.

He looks a lot like Morton Veritas, which may be ok, for they are friends. As Donna Reese says, longtime friends begin to resemble one another. She also made me laugh by writing that he has worked as Poetry Analyst for Bechtel Corp. (I actually worked there in 1984 as a Cost Engineer..)

Original screen grab of stills from iPhone video of Jerzey Becker. I got in character mentally by feeling like the person I imagine him to be, and trying to be masculine, feeling what it is to be masculine, and adjusting my body so that my neck looks thicker--unfortunately this creates the double chin (which is ok for moslof Folsom but not for this guy). I used black masking tape to make the hair, eyebrows, mustache, and what was supposed to be a cleft in the chin (but looks like a second-chin duster), Adam's apple, and chest hair.

What I looked like one minute after the above (still wearing black masking tape sideburns)
The weird eyes are from me staring into the iPhone screen as I take the picture.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Introducing Morton Veritas

Morton Veritas is a writer and activist. I created him as a mouthpiece for a lot of social and political concerns I have. He will post links to information, books, etc., dealing with issues like big pharmaceutical power, human rights, and other social justice matters.

Morton was born in Dayton, Ohio and now lives in Reno, Nevada with his beloved, Kandy. He is a neighbor of Burn Richards and they sometimes visit at the nearby diner. Morton chooses to live in Reno at this time because it is the right combination of atmosphere, nature, particular/particulate culture, urban/rural, quiet/active. He lives at the edge of town, near a really nice park. He finds it conducive to writing. He is working on a novel about the timeless psychology of social interaction in American society.

For financial support he has published several mystery novels series under the pen name Dexter Michelin. Inspired by mystery series I see in the library, based on cooking, scrapbooking, tea, cats, dogs, fashion, and even yoga, with punny names, they are based on various themes. For example, his car series features a mechanic named Jason Hammer, who solves murder mysteries in such titles as Brake Failure, Jumpy Start, Axel Break, and Dead Battery. In his tree mysteries, (co-written by Kandy Livingston) arborist Judy Bentley finds out who dunnit in Out On a Limb, The Crotch of Doom, Roots of Evil, Autumn Leaves, Weeping Willow, and Cherry Blossom Special.

Morton really disdains this work, but needs the income.

He begins a series of mysteries based on a male nurse character, and while doing research begins to discover the reach of the pharmaceutical industry, and how entwined it is in our daily lives. He learns of how many health problems are caused by pharmaceuticals (liver damage caused by a pill taken for foot fungus, brain damage caused by drugs for mental illness, etc) and how the rights of people with mental illness are abused. He cannot go into depth on this topic in his mystery books because his publisher would never allow it: it wouldn't sell. So Morton assumes another pen name, "Terence Hatchett," and writes a science fiction thriller, in the vein of Brave New World and 1984, that goes into great detail on the subject.

* * * *

I took the photo to the right in color, converted to black and white, then increased the contrast. That made my hair turn black and all the whiskers, Adam's apple shading, etc. meld somehow to look real (to me). The mouth/teeth thing is what really gets me and makes me crack up so much because he looks so real. I didn't do anything cosmetic to my teeth but somehow the pose in the first picture, plus the manipulation of contrast created this heavy smoker look. In fact, I accidentally took the picture--it's from my built in computer camera and I was looking at the bottom of the screen, trying to navigate or something, so I wasn't even in character--the others are stills from video shot of me acting as Morton Veritas.

When I was getting into character, I couldn't find my makeup. So I wet my hair with water and used cocoa powder to create the eyebrows, furrow between eyebrows, mustache, stubble, and Adam's apple.

Morton and his beloved Kandy.
Kandy Livingston is another story altogether.

A screen grab of video footage showing me getting out of costume and character.

What Morton and I carry in our pocket 
(from Mao II by Don DeLillo):

What people are saying bout Morton (actually, my friends' comments when I e-mail them the picture, or they "friend" Morton on Facebook):

"I think everyone knows a Morton! Its a little scary--like the guy you dread leaving messages on your answering machine...he reminds me of an acquaintance of {my husband's]...poor soul."

"Actually, the upper part of the face (forehead to mid of nose, i.e. what I could see before scrolling down) looks a whole lot like [a friend] after 20 years of heroin abuse. What is Morton up to? Is he a detective? a poet? How was he born?"

"(but i'm a little frightened of Morton...does he have bad breath?"