Illustration

The Gardner Gun


The British Library has dumped a massive trove of images into the Internet, and they don't have any copyright restrictions that I can see.

This one features an early form of the machine gun, which was used in the Sudan just long enough for the British to realize that sand could clog its mechanism and render it useless. The British lost, despite the presence of such a devastating weapon.

James Grant, of the 62nd regiment, is credited with the image. It comes from a book called Cassell's History of the War in the Soudan and was published in London in 1885.

Get Yourself a Real Banksy


The artist known as Banksy--and, yes, he has a following much like the Artist Formerly Known as Prince--had a starving artist sale in Central Park over the weekend and all he made was about four hundred bucks. And good for him.

I'm still wondering if the stencils we used to see West of Stuttgart were originals or if they were knockoffs.

Abstract Number Three, June 2012


Well, this is what abstract art is about, at least for me.

Number three for the month of June arrived with more texture and depth than I was prepared to deal with. I stepped back and slapped my cheeks. It actually looks abstract and deep, never mind the egregious use of nature's worst color, orange.

In a more pretentious mode, I might have called this Native American Warrior on Horse, Rounding the Canyon Walls of Regret.

Titles, they do come easy.

This is a cropped and altered version of what you see above, and the strawberry red really appeals to my album cover sensibilities. This would appear on the cover of a failed experiment linking jazz and the seminal sounds of ducks quacking in time with a jackhammer run by a punk tripping on acid house.