Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Naked Injustice

FAIRFAX, Va.—As Erick Williamson sees it, being naked is liberating, and if passers-by get an eyeful while he's standing in front of a picture window, that's not his problem.

A Fairfax County judge saw it a little differently Friday, convicting Williamson of indecent exposure in a case that has raised questions about what's OK when you're in your own home.

Two women said they saw much more of Williamson than they cared to in October, even though he never left the confines of his home. He received neither jail time nor a fine but is appealing anyway, saying a larger principle is at stake.

The first woman, school librarian Joyce Giuliani, said she heard some loud singing as she left her home and drove to work. As she drove by Williamson's home, she saw him naked, standing directly behind a large picture window.

A few hours later, Yvette Dean was walking her 7-year-old son to school along a trail that runs by Williamson's home.

She heard a loud rattle, looked to her left and saw Williamson standing naked, full frontal, in a side doorway.

"He gave me eye contact," Dean said, but otherwise made no gestures toward her or her son.

As she turned the corner, she looked back at the home, in disbelief at what she had just seen. Again, she saw Williamson, naked in the same picture window.

"I think that being tried and found guilty of something like this is outrageous," Williamson said after he was convicted and sentenced.

First, what were these women doing looking in the man's windows? Don't look inside someones private home if you're afraid of what you'll see. I think the woman who called the cops only did so because her son caught her leering at Williamson so she acted indignant to cover the titillation she felt as a voyeur, and from seeing a naked man for the first time in years.


Looks like the health reform bill will include mandatory coverage and penalties for failure to give insurance companies your money. Here in Massachusetts we already have mandatory health insurance and the 1st year my minimum coverage plan increased 38% so it DOES NOT CONTROL COSTS AT ALL. I'm self employed and have to pay it all out of pocket. I'd rather spend $3000/year on my own form of health insurance, eating organic, natural & pasture fed foods rather than give it away to health insurance shareholders and executives.

Rather than pass real health care reform for the 308 million Americans (40 million of which have none at all) the Democrats who were leading the charge have watered down and gutted the plan to appease just a half dozen individuals and turned it into a tax funded subsidy program for  the 'poor struggling multi billion dollar' insurance companies. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On the 9th day of Christmas YouTube Gave to me Cute Guys Dancing

Global Damning

Those who argue against controlling carbon emissions (typically Republicans) do so because they don't "believe" it's behind global warming, or that global warming is even happening, despite melting glaciers and shrinking ice caps.

But even if you're not sure, automobiles and factories are still pumping tons of pollutants into the atmosphere every minute of every hour of every day. How can that be a good thing? Isn't that reason enough to try to limit it?

Of course as with all Republican/conservative motivations, the bottom line is self interest and profit margin, and it's much cheaper to exploit people and the planet than to give a damn.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Boston's Santa Speedo Run

Yesterday was the was the annual 'running of the bulges' in Boston Ma. known as the Santa Speedo Run. They donned their gay apparel, jingled their balls and delivered their decoratively wrapped packages!

Started in Boston in December 2000 by five intrepid men, the Santa Speedo Run has attracted thousands to run through the streets of Boston all while raising money for local charities, spreading holiday cheer and having a great time.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Release: Buck!

The only sounds he hears are the chirping of birds and the rustling of wind through the trees; the air is damp and mossy and scented of pine and a hint of smoke from the hearth. The floor planks of the small cabin creek beneath his feet. It is a beautiful day. He has no clock to watch, no emails to answer, no newsfeed to fret over, no fashion to be a slave too. It's just him and nature.

I find it strange that we live in a society that is forever developing new technologies to make our lives easier. Instead, why not just live a simpler life?

While the original is available for purchase, it is a part of my new show next summer and cannot be delivered until after my exhibit ends on July 22, 2010. Limited edition Gallery and Studio prints are also available at the Special First Day Price through Midnight ET tomorrow.

Monday, December 07, 2009

on the drawing board: exposed wood

Rendering exposed wood grain is one of those cool effects that is rather easy to achieve. Using pastel colors from darks such as burnt umber and burnt sienna to burnt orange and ochers I apply them to the area in uneven layers, so some places will be darker and others lighter. Then, with my fingers, I blend them together in the direction of the grain. Careful not to overdo it, I don't want to end up with a uniform color. Then take a charcoal pencil and draw in lines of wood grain, knots and the grooves between the planks and viola!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

on the drawing board: grin and bear it

I've done blue eyes many times in my works, and though I've tried giving my guys very light blue eyes before, I usually darken them because they look a little too alien. This time I started with gray eyes and just added a hint of blue and that worked much better.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

3 Specials, You Choose!

Now through Christmas Day, my gift to you... get free shipping on all orders over $30 shipped within the United States, or get $1 off all Magnets, or save 15% on all Gallery prints! It's your choice. Just enter the appropriate adcode at checkout.

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A big 'Thank You' to all my customers who make it possible for me to keep doing what I do, even in a tumultuous year.

Speaking of years....my 2010 Calendar is a great collection of 13 of my sexy male images to brighten your or someone else's year. The remaining signed and numbered copies go out first come first serve.

Take care and warmest wishes!