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This Gregorian year closes

It seems that only a few gentlepeople
care for prints, or my most outre work,
so there is little else to do but put those elsewhere
where those may see 'em, and ponder
the artist, who wanders from one end of the
spectrum to the other, presenting the strange
and beautiful, at Kandinsky's suggestion in part ....
.....or, wandering at least fairly
far along some axis of what artists always
seek: admiration for the great, relics of the past,
and emotions recollected in tranquility..., 

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;

I am lately obsessed with this
and resolv'd to compose some
scenes for 'em: 

Ode To A Grecian Urn

Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of silence and slow time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fring'd legend haunts about thy shape
Of deities or mortals, or of both,
In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?
What men or gods are these? What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?
What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd,
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone:
Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve;
She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!

Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed
Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu;
And, happy melodist, unwearied,
For ever piping songs for ever new;
More happy love! more happy, happy love!
For ever warm and still to be enjoy'd,
For ever panting, and for ever young;
All breathing human passion far above,
That leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloy'd,
A burning forehead, and a parching tongue.

Who are these coming to the sacrifice?
To what green altar, O mysterious priest,
Lead'st thou that heifer lowing at the skies,
And all her silken flanks with garlands drest?
What little town by river or sea shore,
Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel,
Is emptied of this folk, this pious morn?
And, little town, thy streets for evermore
Will silent be; and not a soul to tell
Why thou art desolate, can e'er return.

O Attic shape! Fair attitude! with brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

John Keats

A Dream

I had a dream I can't forget:

I stand in or on a deck or the roof of my 
former ramshackle mountain house
(a beautiful interior - but, an ugly exterior!)

I look up the street, 
and a horror! --
I see another sprawling ramshackle
house two doors up
being pushed over toward me
by an immense unseen force

The falling house hits the next-door house
(another another sprawling ramshackle!)
- which goes down as spectacularly
and toward my house
but falls short of hitting us
- which is a miracle!

Something bright causes me to 
turn my head to the right
and see amidst a luminous and dark cloud 
just above us an angel within 
merged and almost obscured
by the luminous cloud
a long blue gown she is in
and arms at her sides and
No wings...but - 
a vision of some kindly elvish queen
with powers and help for us just now 
She is a few shades lighter blue
than Maxfield Parrish's skies
but she radiates a faint light

Prof Tolkien's dictum,

*Not all those who wander are lost* 
is compelling since it has several grains
of truth.... and thoughtful...

...however, one can only surmise what an irreverent
comedian such as Groucho would do with 
such a line of material - it cries out to be a Meme,
much as " does not simply walk into Mordor.. "....

Invisible? I never had that sensation, esp. since I started making art,
a century or so ago ;) with self-depictions, done first by a pro, but then,
almost immediately my own, and, becoming more subtle and
skulking in that genre, as well as moving away from that to other
genres on a wide spectrum...but...returning consistently to
self-depiction in some form, also under compulsion,
but as often, under the influence of muses, voyeurs, and mentors...

I take some pride that my interests in art span
the gamut, much of the spectrum of human
expression. From what few have imagined, 
or ever will, or ever what
_all_ can understand and love. The beautiful
is always a possibility for the artist. The un-beautiful
and seemingly morbid, is surprisingly often the subject for 
sublime art... The aesthetics of the Hellenes and the Jews
and often, of the Celts and English, 
are an unmelded universe to be explored...
And the shock of the modern, will never cease...

Those who work toward interfaith reconciliation
do good work. I believe all who are interested in 

spiritual matters should work to get the Western Church to 
repent, and atone for its behavior the past 1800+ years.....
E.g., many of the concepts of the "dark", and "evil",
and the "devil", esp artful extended characterizations
of the demonic originate in Catholicism, i.e., the 
largest and most pervasive and most influential of the
Abrahamic faiths. They are lesser in numbers now than 
Muslims, but still retain much of their cultural hegemony 
in the West. Their Christianization of the Pagans
was a calamity for humanity. The Jews and Muslims do not even have a fraction of the genocidal tendencies of the Catholics and other Christians. The church in the west wiped out countless indigenous pagan culture, traditions, art, and languages in Europe, and....then..... did the same in the New World. They continue to protect their pederasts up to the present day.....
That oh-so-kind and gentle religious enterprise
in The West has been a curse on humanity
for 1800+ years. They invented the Devil, Dark Magic, 
anti-semitism, genocide, and probably most pederasty
that involves small, unconsenting, and innocent children.
Look for that culprit in your thoughts and readings re modern Western
spiritual matters.... 

The modern Sinn Fein's atrocities have done
for Irish Kultur what The National Socialists
did in Germany. Not explicitly antisemitic,
but their mindless many cruel murders and
acts of terror did the trick. And, that Irish
PMs have upheld their status as uninformed antisemitic
dupes, only serves to reinforce my sense that
Celtic Kultur has been dealt another bad blow. 
(Ireland's neutrality during WWII was a very bad
sign... much more than was necessary to show
their continued dislike of all things British...)

Birdman poster by artin2007
I now have seen "Birdman" three times. I can't recommend it enough.
Most reviews on DA do not do it justice, and do not reveal
its many subtleties. I would vote for it for best picture.
 Over "Budapest Hotel".....very
slightly....both may be re-seen many times.
And, to see something new each time. Both have
received many awards in several venues. 


Into the Woods by Ligbi
INTO THE WOODS ! Stephen Sondheim....
The most likeable musical-movie in several decades!!
I can't recommend it enough.

I have never liked the modern composers Sondheim and
Lloyd-Weber, but must concede that the latter esp has
composed a handful of lovely lovely songs...amidst
an atonal recitative style that both use ... all the more
impressive how the somewhat older Sondheim musical,
but new movie, struck me so well.


Such gemütlichkeit!

-- to coin a phrase! 
... the Deutsch is closer to the situation

Friendliness! by DamaInNero
....I must sample trash once in a great while...
...and the "fifty shades" is a perfect example...
(....the scene...for the unimaginative....and one wit
suggested that since it could only be done as a comedy
parody, with these folks in the roles....WITTY! ...

Seth Myers as Fifty
Tina Fey as Ana
Amy Poehler as Kate Skinny
Seth Rogan as Elliot Grey
Zach Galifianakis as Jose
Sarah Jessica Parker as Mrs Robinson

------------------------- Reading:
  Tony Hillerman immersion...The Navaho...
  Leopardi Canti immersion (Galassi tran.) 
  The Axion Esti (Elytis Keeley trans)
Art now:
  Paul Klee
Flicks (generally B or higher only are shown...):

Into The Woods (A) 
The Hobbit (A-) ....still revising Prof. Tolkien
Birdman (the best, displacing Nightcrawler - unsurpassable....)
The Hustler (Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason - a gem)
Whistle Down The Wind (Hayley Mills - beautiful - before her Disneyfication)
Interstellar (A)
Exodus (2014 ....B+..... the 1959 Paul Newman movie will last)
Bad Bosses 2 (C) sophomoric, raunchy ...sometimes funny 
Nightcrawler (A) Oscar-nominations pending
Dracula Untold (B+)
Gone Girl (B+)
John Wick (B) ...shades of The Matrix
Fury (A-)
This Is Where I Leave You (B+)
The life Aquatic (B+)
The West (Ken Burns series) (A)
The BoxTrolls (A-)
The Judge (A-)
Alexander's Terrible Day (B+)
Annabelle (C-)
Left Behind (...I walked out 20 min into it....)
A Walk Among The Tombstones (B+)
The Equalizer (B+)
The Drop (A-)
L'Shanna Tova to all
A few weeks filled with 
my small attentions paid to traditions
and hope, blessings, light...finally, atonement....
I have made comments at 6x the rate I receive them.
 In future I will focus on reciprocity.
Stalwart loyal friends are the sweetest in this life!

...a mostly....non-business agenda...

So many small docs projects that take precious time...

Always the need for Confidantes

Elusive Relatives

Traversing a maze of business affairs

Stretching Coin to avoid depletion of my Patrimony

Parental.... anxious.... Communiques with my children

Continued unpacking....! Many sweltering days and sweaty naked nights mitigating the heat in Coarsegold

Staying Away From Lost Old Mtn House And Its Ghosts

Still practicing scales, exercises, Hanon - a glimmer of skill visible - just a glimmer

Some encouraging Research on Building With VA bennies

Reading Kafka, Agnon, Turtledove, W.S., Heinlein...

Listening To Dowland's Lute, Ludwig's Chambermusic and piano

...whatever I pass by in my labyrinthine and unsorted rooms...

Slews Of Old Movies from Turner and Youtube

Beach Blanket Babylon With two Old and Dear Friends

Stays In West Portal and Solace There

Several Wanderings Around SF Bay, With Children, or With A lovely friend:


  Twin Peaks,

  Japantown now our fav for eating out,

  Several Visits to Legion De Honneur

 (dirty) Ocean Beach Along Great Hwy

Beautiful, Imacculate Pacifica and Beaches South

  Hwy 1 From SF to SC ,

  Practice Drives W. Son before Test 

Long Time as A Godfather To A Novelist's Debut

An Happy and Extended Father's Day, followed by...

A Trip To Yosemite...and

An Unexpected Visit By D.C. Friends

Happy Passover Chag Pesach Sameach 5774

A Few Dreams

Rude Members, Esp. In Glamour

Making swf Files Easily
A Bit Of Poetry (The Poet Speaks!)

Reflections On The Muse
A Day In SF
Zen Judaism
A New Abode

More Poetry And Song

Education In The US

Nazis On DA
Thoughts On Kink Genres

A Critical Word On DA's Young Writers

Artists passings: PS Hoffman, M. Rooney, B. Hoskins, HR Giger...
Regarding funerary art - not always an oxymoron....
Some of my older funerary photos:

Forest Lawn 5 by artin2007
Forest Lawn 4 by artin2007


Happy Passover

Chag Pesach Sameach

 A very happy day driving along Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz
and back, this past weekend, with my youngest daughter, and my son.
A bit of a solitary Seder etc today, but more to come this week...


 dream elements recur:
 attending tests unprepared - in big rooms with fantastic questions...and....bluebooks
 unclothed among strangers
 driving in stephen king neighborhoods
 driving in neighborhoods of rows of dark wooden shacks
 posing for leering fems - rare - but rather pleasant ("...Une salle...")
 standing in front of monumental forbidding buildings resembling temples
 flying a la atop Falcor in Never Ending Story
 inside a dome of flowers
 encountering richly clothed noblewomen with bright, eager, eyes....just before dream ends....arrrrghh!

Rude members + Glamour models here

Its an interesting environment here. I would never think of 
making a low-class or red-neck comment. (an oft-heard complaint
by glamour artists.) I'm just old-fashioned, I suppose.

However, there a lot of DAers -- shall we say, with relatively low educational
levels here.... (If you doubt the posts on the glamour art pages here...

And, many assume that if a woman poses nude, and only presents
"glamour"/modern poses, that the message
she is sending is that she _wants_ and expects attention from
the lower-classes. I don't know what to say about that, except that
most nude glamour models here, although with gorgeous exteriors,
are a little dim and naive. Proof? .......They often misunderstand
CONSTRUCTIVE criticism of their photographer, and abruptly block
w/o trying to communicate. Even native English speakers. I kid you not. Try it.

In any case, I avoid these glamour-oriented groups and photographers,
 for the simple reason that there is not any art but a little decorative art, 
and eye-candy, primarily.
(Also, if one wants major-league photographers in all genres, DA is not the
best place to look. Flickr for instance is uniformly higher-quality photography.

If one suggests to a great model that she and her photographer that they
try classic poses and stock, such as lockstock, they don't know what one
is talking about. The vast majority of the glamour models here, are Prima Donnas,
and I especially, having known one such, intimately, for several years, know the type.

MAKING SWF files easily:

I certainly didn't want to pay for "Ispring" at its high price, which appears to be determined by management who never took an economics course that covered "elasticity of demand".. I used a trial version, which soon stopped working.

I found the following combination of software that is better, simpler, and are currently free downloads ....without advertising, if you happen on the right site. I chanced on the right sites in regard to that:

1. use "Audacity" to record via a mic on your PC,
producing an MP3 file...
2. use MS "moviemaker" to combine a picture or pictures, with an MP3 or MP3 files...producing a "WMV" file...
3. convert the WMV file to an "SWF" file via MAKEFILE, which is also free
4. upload an SWF file - the only type of sound+picture media which DA allows to be uploaded w/o special, obscure procedures...

Apologies for no mention of specific sites for the downloads. But, the sites ebb and flow. Advertising content comes and goes. All I can say is try to download directly from the software developers - and - pay attention to rather small check boxes, in the installation dialog, which will attempt to install extra software that you may not want nor need.

Adobe's Flash programs will probably also produce "swf" files, but they are very expensive, and have a very long learning curve.. Unlike the Adobe Flash-related software, I have found that Audacity, MS Move Maker, and Makefile _much_ simpler and certainly more intuitive in regard to making "swf" files. 


More Pleasant Matters:

Cyrano's Soliloquy: CYRANO's NO THANK YOU SOLILOQUY by artin2007

A bit of Tennyson, read by moi: Tennyson .... a bit of reading by artin2007


Reflections on the Muse: the Muse a musician? No , much more........the Muse is
an inexplicable and mysterious presence ("something" rather
than "someone" - like the Divinity - Is it divine, actually? It resists
our categories and taxonomies. Its from some mixture, an organic thing
that's cooking, stewing, integrating memories, Memes,
talismans, stories, and images... and archetypes
filtered though ourselves. Jung got it backwards. So, he
wrote prose poetry.

Not a bad approximation is Pound's "vortexes" of thought, emotion,
and vision, when describing Imagism.... its what the
poet's Antennae (also first coined by that old reprobate, Pound)
are picking up at the time, or what has worked its way to the surface...
after percolating - sometimes for years...

The sources of art, especially poetry, and music, for me, are from
 "emotion recalled in tranquility" (Wordsworth) ...mixed with emotion.... and...
.... imagination.... from..... today.....

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have noticed that among a very few other celebs, Renee Fleming is not full of herself, and is one of the least pretentious celebs I have observed in 4 decades or so:…

A Day or more in SF:

If you are an art-lover, you should consider not missing MOMA- Yerba Buena downtown, and the Palace Of Fine Arts/Legion Of Honor in SF - esp the Rodin sculptures room - possibly the best collection outside France... if seeking literary history, the City Lights Bookstore and Coffee Houses and Italian restaurants all about ... if truly avant-garde/outre, a tour of The Citadel....If a music-lover, any concert at the SF Opera House.....all these will lead you many places ......elsewhere....note, there is a free Organ Concert at The Legion Of Honor each Sun at noon, I believe...If staying near the Theatre District, one of the few genuine Jewish Delis remaining, Davids....if at all interested in the Disney phenomenon, the Disney Museum at the Presidio....all the best of many phenomena in SF... is struck by the sparcity is all about a tenth the presence of Kultur in NYC, for better or worse....I hope you can get a tour guide for SF...and.....Berkeley....Bon Voyage.....

If time permits, Japantown's underground shops and art, and, Japanese village...

SF's Chinatown - the best one in the States - and its trinkets, and much fine delicate art for connoisseurs, and endless items for daily living - of good quality - are in the stalls, for a third of what the chains exaggeration....luggage, leather coats, real art, is in the stalls of Hong Kong or many 3rd -world countries....a unique place in the 21st century's Big Brother country... endless restaurants -- in that... the equal of NYC, and narrow streets, The Top Of The Mark restaurant, The Presidio's streets and Cemetery, the many tucked-away distinct neighborhoods.... West Portal for one...the The Twin Towers for the sweeping views, Ocean Beach and the Beach House for their haunting ambiance...Stern Grove's free weekend concerts by the SF Symphonyon the grass in summer....

The Life In the Santa Cruz Mountains

It and green, and string browns...
and the mountains where I was had a distinctive

Oh dear, after living there 35 years+, I had to move out in
mid 2011, or so, since Jean Valjean's judge let my ex-wife
live there (without rent) with my youngest daughter and
her criminal fiance... along hurtful story... but...I have good memories
and thousands of photos of that area... I am planning to go back to the
Santa Cruz Mountains someday...

On "Digital Art":

ha! Sometimes I loose track of all the different steps I have followed,
when doing something mostly digital.... But, if I don't simply draw something
with watercolors or with the digital painting tools, or transform an
existing photograph..... a typical - simplified - process has been, for my "intelligent assemblage":

- imagine what my emotion/image/impression/story/vignette 
will be about... from dreams/writings/lists of ideas...

- scan and crop sections from several pictures and drawings -- from my 
own photographs, old drawings I made, some newer drawings, a single tree from M. Corot, 
or a wall or room from an existing photograph or artwork...

- print selected pieces of those

- add lines and color as I like, with watercolor, ink, pencil
(I have often started with all black and white pieces) 

- draw simple objects, such as a window,
the outlines of a building or object, in perspective

- scan what I have done that I know I will use
- use certain digital tools - with imagination - there are many, 

for various lines and patterns: "CAD" (computer-aided-design)
("visio" is one, as well as from various versions of photoshop, "gimp",
or sometimes, a "fractal" that I have made "rendered"

- assemble a first collection into something satisfying
- apply tones, colors, shading, lighting via software to the whole....
- print a version.... add some things by hand, and re-scan...
- enhance colors, add filters, enlarge the image
with touches...

Here's an example of such a piece, in this case, a fractal cylinder,
to which I drew a bit of a head, a tail, and added color and some texture:

Elohim's Piscis Intus Piscis by dofaust 

and another -
imaginary flower by dofaust


Zen Judaism

  (....revisited from my journal of years ago)


If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?

(or... anxiety... )

Be here now.
Be someplace else later.
Is that so complicated?

Drink tea and nourish life.
With the first sip... joy.
With the second... satisfaction.
With the third, peace.
With the fourth, a danish.

Wherever you go, there you are.
Your luggage is another story.

Accept misfortune as a blessing.
Do not wish for perfect health
Or a life without problems.
What would you talk about?

The journey of a thousand miles
Begins with a single "oy."

There is no escaping karma.
In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never
And whose fault was that?

Zen is not easy.
It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?

The Tao does not speak.
The Tao does not blame.
The Tao does not take sides.
The Tao has no expectations.
The Tao demands nothing of others.
The Tao is not Jewish.

Breathe in. Breathe out.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your

Let your mind be as a floating cloud.
Let your stillness be as the wooded glen.
And sit up straight.
You'll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders.

Be patient and achieve all things.
Be impatient and achieve all things faster.

To Find the Buddha, look within.
Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers.
Each flower blossoms ten thousand times.
Each blossom has ten thousand petals.
You might want to see a specialist.

To practice Zen and the art of Jewish motorcycle maintenance, do the
Get rid of the motorcycle.
What were you thinking?

Be aware of your body.
Be aware of your perceptions.
Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a
terminal illness.

The Torah says, "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
The Buddha says there is no "self."
So, maybe you are off the hook.


A New Abode -

.... in mountains near Yosemite - unfortunately nearly 200 miles away from my home and 
haunts of the past 30 years - awaits a monstrous move of of my dusty belongings...

A start-up IT company is beckoning - the possibility of great things -

I have a great case building for recusing and impeaching a municipal judge - the modern-day equivalent
Cotton Mather combined with Jean Valjean's judge...

Followup Re Living In The Countryside:

Moved in. Barely. Still have years and years of art to sift through for the walls...
And, Inspiration from the landscape...

My son, a full-time-student, has moved in. An excellent environment for him IMO....

Progress on all fronts: legal, musical (Mr Hanon, Khachaturian, LVB, a little Chopin...)

...a book cover for a _real_ writer ...with a large, debut existential novel....

Time as a caregiver for a needy friend - it is good to give of oneself....
...... and...internal lives: 
....time with Mr Philip Archer, Shakespeare, and the Iliad - not so much .....
....since a century ago as a student - amazing how much Homer and the Brit 
have gained in artistry! ha....and..... the usual suspects: Mr Auden, Prof Tolkien,
and recently, an obscure, moving, recent novel "Landsman"....
.....also sampled Mr Twain's autobiography, 
and after several hours, am convinced that he was mean, cynical, bigoted, and a generally nasty
character...anther example of Auden's dictum, to always separate the artist from his work... 

More Poetry And Song:

I saw my lady weep,
And Sorrow proud to be advanced so,
In those fair eyes where all perfections keep.
Her face was full of woe,
But such a woe (believe me) as wins more hearts,
Than Mirth can do with her enticing parts.

Sorrow was there made fair,
And Passion wise, tears a delightful thing,
Silence beyond all speech a wisdom rare.
She made her sighs to sing,
And all things with so sweet a sadness move,
As made my heart at once both grieve and love.

O fairer than aught else
The world can show, leave off in time to grieve.
Enough, enough, your joyful looks excels.
Tears kill the heart, believe;
O strive not to be excellent in woe,
Which only breeds your beauty's overthrow.

John Dowland
If music and sweet poetry agree,
As they must needs, the sister and the brother,
Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me,
Because thou lovest the one, and I the other.
Dowland to thee is dear, whose heavenly touch
Upon the lute doth ravish human sense;
Spenser to me, whose deep conceit is such
As, passing all conceit, needs no defence.
Thou lovest to hear the sweet melodious sound
That Phoebus' lute, the queen of music, makes;
And I in deep delight am chiefly drown'd
When as himself to singing he betakes.
One god is god of both, as poets feign;
One knight loves both, and both in thee remain.

—Richard Barnfield, The Passionate Pilgrim


Education In The US - Declining On All Fronts?

I'm annoyed at declining Higher Education in the US, and, most often, the effects of
Political Correctness. Large self-proclaimed prestigious "research" universities, except for a relative few, will be a thing of the past, in coming decades. Their one saving grace, is that an undergraduate _must_ be imaginative and shrewd, to prosper and emerge with a high GPA with so many cards stacked against 'em. . The administration at UCLA in particular, has been out-of-control, since the mid 1970's - I worked there as a white-collar staff member, in IT at UCLA for several years, and saw the details. The undergraduates have always been screwed at UC campuses - and allowed to be extorted by many for-profit enterprises, with the blessing of the administration, and the enrichment of the institution. The graduate programs are very different. Its _far_ better to only consider UCLA for some graduate education. Funny though , their graduate department ratings there - across the board - don't compare to the same departments on other UC campuses. (UC Berkeley, UCSF, and UCSD are the the real academic stars in the system.) Large lectures for undergrads at large universities are academic suicide for serious students - one can't even _find_ an English-speaking TEACHING ASSISTANT or get anywhere near a faculty scholar - who are rewarded for RESEARCH - and bringing research money to the university - NOT teaching. (Deans are hired for would-be political correctness, fund-raising, schmoozing, and management skills, NOT, repeat not, for their academic accomplishments. Its an old story - Americans on the whole _like_ to be swindled by large institutions, its in our DNA. Note, there are several great alternatives for the serious student, in all disciplines, at British Commonwealth countries, and online.

Nazis On DA -quite a few!

Isn't it a tad hypocritical to admire the US, as one of the few places in the world where can openly admire nazi ideals, without much legal danger? Whose side would those be, on the eve of WWII (or WWI), if they were of German ancestry and had grown up here or were US citizens? It seems that _almost_ none of those many thousands left the US - some told their relatives in Germany that they "...would see them in their gunsights..." - rather than return to a rotten "Fatherland" - haha - and of course none of them, or their descendants, I observe, has any use for the Nazis, and their small minds. So...I do think it is hypocritical that the US in general, and DA in particular, are used as their forum. 
"The Mills Of The Gods Are Slow, But Surely Do They Reap..." 

BTW the hidden comments were from years ago, from the time of the Diva on DA
who left abruptly, abandoning many admirers here (both of her singing, and, art)
- and who I blasted, admittedly, when I was angry. Psychologists define Anger clinically as a failure to understand some event, person, situation.... and therefore perceive a great injustice - hence anger. In other words, anger arises out of a lack of understanding - consciously or unconsciously..... I believe my anger at the Diva's bad and rude behaviour - for which she is very famous, of course - or..... the cult-worship, arises from my failure to understand that, despite quantities great and enduring light and beauty, there is truly evil about in the world. And, we have "free will" to actually CHOOSE to be evil. I am ashamed that I had forgotten the lessons of Milton's Lucifer, and even Faust for that matter. And here I who professed to be a literary scholar with a knowledge of the humanities!! 

I was a tad naive to be surprised at the fringes
on DA - and here I am - on another fringe of sorts!!
But at least my genres are about strange forms of pleasure and mutual respect, and are the opposite of destructive, murderous, genocidal thinking.
However, I refuse to communicate with anyone who is sympathetic to National Socialism. I have seen too much of it, and it is simply incredible ignorance to attempt communication with that sort - they really don't want to communicate via art or any other method, in any case, they have an Agenda, and that's all they can see and hear in their mind.

Actually, it _would_ be ridiculous to leave DA because of encountering evil. 
Murderous, genocidal, mindless evil - professing National Socialism of
all things. I pointed out that that didn't turn out too well for Germany, since
apart from the destruction, it will mar the work of German Artists and Scientists, 
indeed, as I know now, all native German speakers, for a few hundred years.
It doesn't matter that the Anglo Saxons and their Allies practically invented least it never rose to level of cult-worship, where it has been practiced
even better than the Nazis if sheer millions killed are considered. But to make 
it into a cult, in the face of so much else that is good and admirable in human 
history, especially here - is simply beyond the pale. I'll stick to my little
bits of the outre-avant-garde - industrial+SM topics if I want to move toward the edge of human experience that can be explored in art....

Especially in a place of art and beauty, no matter how avant-garde or outrre.
I have done enough that are those, to know! But, one must simply be aware that
there really is evil in the world, and misguided souls. Profoundly misguided.
I wish that they could see that old "Twilight Zone" episode, where a very - very - young, Dennis Hopper, looking more Aryan than humanly possible, and portraying 
a Nazi anti-semite, wakes up to find himself with a yellow star on his clothes - in a German-speaking country, just before the Shoa, I believe, and with predictable results. Shades of Ebenezeer Scrooge!

More Re The Nazis Here: Their General Ignorance

I notice that you have nothing about any period of German history other than that
of the Reich. And, of the history of the Reich, nothing is discussed in any detail
that scholars might be interested in. As a result, your perspectives of that time are shallow and stereotypical. 
Consider study of German history to reveal the likely sources of National Socialism.
Here is a hint: you will see little or nothing of value 
that directly relates to National Socialism in Friedrich Nietsche's writings. It is
a popular misconceptions and misreading o Nietsche, that is obvious after only a few minutes reading FN.
No matter what perspective one has of National Socialism, it was a catastrophe for German-speaking people
everywhere, and of course for Germany itself. Aside from the devastation, which you note, you appear to not
have noticed that it thoroughly discredited Germany and its culture, and will do so for several centuries to come. 
Consider the extreme hypocrisy and genocide, that the Anglo-Saxons perpetrated on the Indigenous
Indian Tribes in The Americas in the Nineteenth Century. But, that was only a pale shadow of the
institutionalized Evil that was National Socialism.

Ich merke, dass Sie nichts über einen beliebigen Zeitraum der deutschen Geschichte anderes als das haben
des Reiches. Und die Geschichte des Reiches, ist nichts im Detail diskutiert
dass Wissenschaftler könnte in. Als Ergebnis interessiert sind Ihre Perspektiven jener Zeit flach und stereotyp.
Betrachten Studie der deutschen Geschichte, die wahrscheinlichen Quellen des Nationalsozialismus zu offenbaren.
Hier ist eine Andeutung: Sie wenig oder nichts von Wert zu sehen
das bezieht sich direkt auf den Nationalsozialismus in Friedrich Nietzsches Schriften. es ist
ein beliebter Missverständnisse und Fehlinterpretation o Nietsche, das ist klar nach nur wenigen Minuten mit dem Lesen FN. Egal welcher Perspektive man des Nationalsozialismus, war es eine Katastrophe für die deutsch-sprechenden Menschen überall, und natürlich auch für Deutschland selbst. Abgesehen von den Verwüstungen, die Sie beachten, erscheinen Sie nicht bemerkt, dass es gründlich Deutschland und seine Kultur diskreditiert, und wird dies tun für mehrere Jahrhunderte gekommen zu sein. Betrachten wir die echt Heuchelei und Völkermord, dass die Angelsachsen auf derIndigenen begangen
 Indian Tribes in Amerika im neunzehnten Jahrhundert. Aber das war nur ein schwacher Schatten der
 institutionalisiert Böse, Nationalsozialismus war.

suus est bonus ut nunquam iterum attero vicis in hysterical praestigiator

Thoughts on Kink Genres

Never say never. I may have mentioned that
although encounters with pros have predictable outcomes,
everyone I have talked to, who has experienced
this play with a trusted amateur friend etc,
has usually had memorable, intense,
and finally quite pleasurable experiences.
It takes a bit of patience and practice.
Nothing worthwhile in life comes all that
easily. And...its true...practice makes perfect!
All the cliches apply in this type of human activity.

The scene is a noticeably wide stretch on the _very_ wide 
spectrum of human behavior, and cannot be denied.
Rarely however, does someone emerge who handles the
material, perspectives, or eroticism as the primary focus,
or theme....with genius.... such writers
are still _very_ few and far between. The test of any art...
form, often (if at all) can you return to it?
The genre/the scene, or episodes from it work _very_ well
for any writer close to the mainstream (think Ian Fleming's or
Gore Vidal's famous scenes....) -- or having mainstream 
aspirations - perhaps Anne Rice....
....but this eroticia, however much they tickle our personal fancies,
and cater to our fantasies, remain a fleeting Roman A Clef 
.... and it will loose its magnetism in a few years, for any
individual of any have to be a genius on the Marquis's
level to carry this off.... its great though for those who have
lots of time on their hands....or not drawn to the canonical
universes of major-leaguers...

 I really dislike
the fact that DA is intimidating oftimes for those who would delve 
- clinically - into SM/outre and male or female arousal.
I have pushed the envelope myself in that regard a few times BTW.
I have seen a lot of witty and avant-garde SM art 
disappear from DA for the reasons you mention, BUT, a lot of 
truly evil and immoral expressions, of NON-ART are allowed, 
e.g., National Socialist images "art" left up, in the interests
of "freedom of expression". For me this is infuriating...but not unexpected. 
Its the American way, right? Violence to any degree, even genocide, is
acceptable, compared to the outre, avant-garde, hedonism, sex....
Remember, that this collection is one for that part of life that has to do with life on the edges of a spectrum of behavior. (Perhaps it is no longer avant-garde? or never was? It represents thinking that has been one of the scenes I've been drawn to - just one of many - I am too civilized and omnivorous to be obsessed - or usually even to thoroughly explore some play (?) that I depict, except very occasionally... but I have observed and studied Music, Lit, Art, other humanities, the outre and physical desire and intimacy apart from "vanilla", for several decades. I struggle to integrate all the streams of activity and ideas into some instances of unity, in Art and Poetry.  I really dislike
the fact that DA is intimidating oftimes for those who would delve 
- clinically - into SM/outre and male or female arousal.
I have pushed the envelope myself in that regard a few times BTW.
I have seen a lot of witty and avant-garde SM art 
disappear from DA for the reasons you mention, BUT, a lot of 
truly evil and immoral expressions, of NON-ART are allowed, 
e.g., National Socialist images "art" left up, in the interests
of "freedom of expression". For me this is infuriating...but not unexpected. 
Its the American way, right? Violence to any degree, even genocide, is
acceptable, compared to the outre, avant-garde, hedonism, sex....

SM is increasingly mainstream, although always a small part - but a noticeable one! - on the entire spectrum of human activity... I see notice surreal, well-written stories and scenes of male slavery to surreal fem tops/dominatrices....The lifestyle, slavery, total submission seems to take the Gorean mileau to new heights. Be aware that many (part-time, fellow-traveler) male kinksters, like myself, do though abhor these concepts, and enjoy kink almost entirely for the companionship of equals, for the ENDORPHINS, for another way of giving pleasure to attractive women, who as I say, are on an equal footing, and share in all things...The concept of male subs who salivate on order, or who are despised and verbally abused by some female top dominatrix,
is an unsustainable stereotype... the best lifestyle is one that takes effort to establish and maintain, and share all on a wide spectrum of human activities, including the kink/bdsm play.... when one of the partners is far out-of-synch with the other, intellectually or financially, imaginatively, or in terms of sheer accomplishments, the engagement.relationship is doomed....
the pair must be on similar wave lengths and have much in common... experience has shown that opposites attract only relatively briefly in human affairs.... and if for a long time, there is a lot of psychical stress/trauma.... it pays big dividends if equals associate...and almost NEVER if a pro and an amateur play.... I have stories! 


A Critical Word On DA's Young Writers

The young can almost write with passion and great conviction.
A few create memorable images and poetic figures - turns of speech, 
and unextended conceits. 

They most of 'em are working through an apprenticeship. A very few here are
good or great storytellers, and, very rarely, sometimes.... more..... fully rounded writers,
and should be on B&N bookshelves, etc.

As long as they work at the art and craft, they have a chance. Persistence
_will_ be rewarded. Only life and a lot of it will give a writer a voice that is 
uniquely theirs - prodigy or not. When lives were shorter, I notice that writers bloomed
much earlier, then we saw mature, compelling, and sometimes great voices emerge early 
in their lives: the Bronte's, Byron, Keats, Shelly, Jack London, Rupert Brooke, 
perhaps Robert Graves.

Lives are longer now. There is more time to find one's own voice now -- but, its a rockier
road now - there are more distractions than a century ago - no?

My goodness, I see so much such talent here! And I think - I just hope 
they stay with it another decade. Then...they will be _really_ be worth
reading and buying! 

Always the optimist, I.....The young can almost write with passion and great conviction.
A few create memorable images and poetic figures - turns of speech, 
and unextended conceits. 

They most of 'em are working through an apprenticeship. A very few here are
good or great storytellers, and, very rarely, sometimes.... more..... fully rounded writers,
and should be on B&N bookshelves, etc.

As long as they work at the art and craft, they have a chance. Persistence
_will_ be rewarded. Only life and a lot of it will give a writer a voice that is 
uniquely theirs - prodigy or not. When lives were shorter, I notice that writers bloomed
much earlier, then we saw mature, compelling, and sometimes great voices emerge early 
in their lives: the Bronte's, Byron, Keats, Shelly, Jack London, Rupert Brooke, 
perhaps Robert Graves.

Lives are longer now. There is more time to find one's own voice now -- but, its a rockier
road now - there are more distractions than a century ago - no?

My goodness, I see so much such talent here! And I think - I just hope 
they stay with it another decade. Then...they will be _really_ be worth
reading and buying! 

Always the optimist, I.....

In response to a
naive suggestion that violence need _not_ begat violence:

That's very naive. 
Except at a personal level, between two people.
History reveals that
virtually all national boundaries
and conflicts were settled by violence.
And, I am not the first to reveal the obvious.
In hindsight, "violence" (good vs evil)
taken earlier rather than later
could've prevented much of the carnage of WWII.
Historians are unanimous re the case of the
national socialism, and that it was and will remain
a catastrophe for German Kultur. 
The Turkish-Sultanate, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot,
and other mass murderers all emerged from
a background of extreme violence and
murder. It has been the human way to settle
tribal disagreements for a 100 thousand years.
Indigenous tribes worldwide, as well of much of Europe
were at war most of the past 500 years,
as all historians reveal.
Then, there is the matter of Justice.


Bill Gates (about as Goyish as anybody can be) advertised for a new chairman of Microsoft Europe. 5,000 candidates show up at the job screening.

They are assembled in a large room. Among them is Maurice Cohen, a French Jew, a small, bearded, bespeckled man.

Bill Gates thanks the candidates for coming but asks all those who are not familiar with the JAVA programming language to leave; 2,000 people rise and leave the room.

Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I do not know this language but what have I got to lose if I stay? I'll give it a try".

Bill Gates then asks all those who have no experience of managing teams of more than  100 people to leave. Another 2,000 people go. Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I have never managed anybody but myself but what have I got to lose if I stay? What can happen to me?"

Then Bill Gates asks all candidates who do not have outstanding academic qualifications to rise and leave; 500 people remove themselves. Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I left school at 15 but what have I got to lose if I stay? So he stays in the room.

Lastly, Bill Gates asks all of the candidates who do not speak the Serbo-Croatian language to rise and leave; 498 people rise and leave  the room. Maurice Cohen says himself, "I do not speak Serbo-Croatian  but what the hell! Have I got anything to lose?"

He finds himself alone with one other candidate. Everyone else has gone.

Bill Gates joins them and says: "Apparently you are the only two candidates who know JAVA, have managed large teams of employees, have advanced PhD  degrees, and who can speak Serbo-Croatian. I'd like to hear you converse with one another in Serbo-Croatian."

Calmly Maurice turns to the other candidate and says to him: "Baruch ata Adonai."
The other candidate answers: "Elohénu melech ha'olam."

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rollarius55 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx a lot for this fav, buddy!:bow:

Mature Content

Nobody's notice by rollarius55
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
You could have made the photo " To rain in droves" ( Intao). It just misses the satyr ( with a rain coat)
Canankk Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
Thank you for the favs :iconarrheartplz:
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Now, would you go to  Delumine " Torso study" detail, and read my comments and his replies?
 It's really hard to make him talking about himsef! He says he's a musician! He's used to read every day!!!! He looks like a certain Sidney Orr...
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
 Sidney, I wish you went on "rollarius 55" site, and watch his " The visitor". Would you say that it makes you thinking to Magritte's "Spy"? And " In the asylum" to C.Munch?
Guymer Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, thanks for the :+fav: on Feel the power, cheers!
artin2007 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Same to you, sir.
I envy those tours!
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Please, Sidney, would you go to FiguraArto : "The buffet table", and tell me your opinion about his reply to my comment?
artin2007 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Would you like more ofo my
thoughts about this piece?
It is fine art, and could hang on anyone's
wall, unlike so much else...
I work to produce art with similar 
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
 I read your mid- september dream. You are lucky to be visited by angels, she-angels!, with or without wings....
  Now,  about what piece are you talking here?I don't understand "more "ofo"(?) my thoughts? Your thought is sometimes too much obscure to me...I AM NOT ANGLOPHONE!
artin2007 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
I may have put the comment in the wrong place.
I was referring to the "Banquet" work, with the
table in the foreground, and the night sky in the background.
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ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
 So, the so-admirably- well- proportionned- man vanished last night... It' s a pity. Too late to place him in my favourites?
artin2007 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
I will revisit that drawing
when time permits.
I will continue to polish.
Many thanks for your
comments in any case.
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015
 Bonté Divine! You will continue to "polish" what? this drawing? I can't believe it! I myself need to polish my English!
 Why the devil does you POLISH it? IT's perfect, ( the right word). Please, Sidney, don't touch that drawing, and submit it again on DA. I'll get a print.
artin2007 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
You like it enough to get a print???
Really, I should add more context
at least, non?
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finelyfotos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much for your comment. I've been perusing your journals & have come across a lot to reflect on or seek out. I hope you have a great weekend!
artin2007 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
I suspect that you've 
barely scratched the surface,
since that is where
most of our landscape is.
finelyfotos Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
Also, thanks for the favs! :)
clalepa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks for fav :)

I have extended my gallery on FB and I would be very glad if you visit me. here you have the link!

Thanks and regards from Spain,

Jackykaouthia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I really like your gallery :) it's a wonderful inspiration :)
artin2007 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Did I ever thank you for your very nice comment???
If not, many many many thanks!!
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Who are you exactly? A poet? A writer? An artist? a blending of the three?
 About your interests, I'm totally on your wavelenght: Corot is incomparable. But, what about Chardin? Bonington? and the Kentuckian Paul Sawyier?
 By this time, "gentle people" become scarce, alas!
artin2007 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
...and yes, I watch for gentle people
Your countrywoman, MissGrib,
seems a notable example, 
if you don't know her work.
And, A few Greek artists...
though they are have been 
distracted, I think...a euphemism...

You can conclude much from my favs here
and on dofaust... that's obvious...

Please don't be put off by my self-depictions.
Its a _phase_ .... and just a part of the whole...
ClairObscur16 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
 I confess I don't know Miss Grib. Who's that woman?
 What does mean "dofaust"?
artin2007 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Another very good Frenchwoman artist on DA
is MissGrib
- I think you'll like her work, although it is primarily
The Dofaust id here is mine, and there is a bit of
a story how that ID came to be, 
if you are interested.... a hint:
-- from the Berlioz opera, courtesy of a certain diva
whose fav role is Marguerite...
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