Foolish Monkey's Blog (134)

the unstill life

"I begin with an idea, but as I work, the picture takes over. Then there is the struggle between the idea I preconceived... and the picture that fights for its own life." -Georg Baselitz 

the above is very true for me.  always has been.  painting is a struggle and over the…


Added by Foolish Monkey on May 18, 2018 at 9:00am — 30 Comments

Something to make you smile (again) the Joyous JK Wedding Dance

the good news: THEY'RE STILL DANCING!

I dare you to watch this and not tear up - just a tiny bit.  it's the greatest wedding video ever!

I'm working on an aux drive that has everything and the moon on it, and this was…


Added by Foolish Monkey on April 21, 2018 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

oh look - it's the democrats actually doing something!

I figured I'd get the jump on the news 

the dems are suing trump, the trump election campaign and wikileaks= accusing trump's group of being a racketeering enterprise that worked with the russians along with wikileaks and assange accusing them of conspiracy - hacking servers, leaking damaging info to the public.   (I do love that phrase racketeering enterprise!)

the lawsuit demands damages and a declaration that defendants conspired to alter the course…


Added by Foolish Monkey on April 20, 2018 at 1:00pm — 37 Comments

SBA/RR Challenge: NON FICTION: meta check

you've been online too long when you tea leaves where there is no tea

...feel the oppressive sensations of being bullied, insulted and abused

...then report your findings to the authorities. anonymously

...copy other peoples posts then pour over them in search of hidden meanings and occult messages find lots!

...see into your monitor and directly through it into the minds of people you don't know

...lose your sense of…


Added by Foolish Monkey on April 19, 2018 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

SBA/RR Challenge: POETRY (when the devil knocks)

when the devil knocks

his tap screaming in your skull

be aware he will enter

whether you answer or not 

he does not wipe his filth on the doormat

but will come inside and take the best seat

breathing patience



Added by Foolish Monkey on April 19, 2018 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

flower OD

late afternoon still life on a colorful tablecloth 20" x 24" oils on canvas

I think this is a better shot but it's still a bit washed out.  it's the best I could get - and with this one I used my tablet…


Added by Foolish Monkey on March 26, 2018 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

morning paintings

long ago self with apple

Let me tell you - it is humbling to paint a self portrait 40 odd years after the fact.  I started the above painting - probably in my late twenties - early thirties and socked it away to be worked on later.  When i recently…


Added by Foolish Monkey on March 23, 2018 at 7:00am — 29 Comments

a song of flatbush, st paddys and the living and the dead

lucky strikes

I smoked em, luckys for the longest time

with that taste of spice and pepper

like irishmen back then

swore em off a long time ago

you ask me why I’ll tell ya they’re easy

too easy to get used to wanting

like potato chips

and satin drawers

silken on the skin and salty in the mouth

til one…


Added by Foolish Monkey on March 17, 2018 at 9:30am — 11 Comments

mccabe fired: classic example of the elite class crapping on workers

21 years of service to this country.  

2 days before he was scheduled to retire and receive his pension.  

after months upon months of public humiliation and degradation of FBI.

where does this end?  when does it end?

I'm no fangirl of law enforcement but I appreciate them, truthfully appreciate all public servants - especially those who work in services that run into situations the rest of us run away from. 

they're not perfect, but they're honorable and…


Added by Foolish Monkey on March 16, 2018 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Time to lock up the good stuff in the white house....

.... cause the evil incompetent clown who does not make us smile is on his way out the door. 

No not Russia. God forbid the doucheroni congress does anything worthwhile in that dept. 

Nono - this is about Stormy Daniels. Her lawyer - during an interview answering a direct question from Mica on Morning Joe - alleged Ms. Daniels was threatened with physical harm - not clear yet when or by who - but he claimed she was threatened in direct relation to the agreement and her sexual…


Added by Foolish Monkey on March 16, 2018 at 5:30am — 11 Comments

mornin' share

this week has been hard.  I'm sick - getting better but today I am exhausted, there are some family things -  nothing major but when someone in my little family hurts, I hurt. 

and then there are The Children - I am touched by how hard they're fighting, how earnest and trusting in the's inspiring, but depressing, you know?  why…


Added by Foolish Monkey on February 22, 2018 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

#neveragain is the name

theyre passionate and verbose and intelligent and committed to making the deaths of 17 count for more than another depressing statistic. 


these brave children are determined to stop the gun insanity. now. 

put some fire in your belly and support them! 

Added by Foolish Monkey on February 19, 2018 at 9:30pm — 15 Comments

we MUST stay focused!

Emma Gonzalez's speech may be the most powerful speech I've heard since the Obama speech at the '04 Dem convention.  And apparently the president agrees.  He's spent the morning tweeting, tweet after tweet, meandering and…


Added by Foolish Monkey on February 18, 2018 at 8:00am — 41 Comments

we danced free once upon a time

we did you know - dance free, dance anywhere, there were no upscale restaurants, no parks with cast iron railings and ferrys on the river.  what was on the edge of brooklyn heights were piers and ships that brought in our coffee and spices and the longshoremen who went into the holds to unload…


Added by Foolish Monkey on February 16, 2018 at 11:00am — 29 Comments


Normay, cagey recipients of our sick advanced american game technology in the form of 52 "F-52 and F-35" fighter jets recently delivered via high end playstations and whatnots, today continued their world domination by kicking total international men's ass in the cross country skiathlon event - Simen Hegstad Krueger won gold in the most homeric fashion, falling initially, banging his head, having to change his poles, losing over 40 seconds,…


Added by Foolish Monkey on February 11, 2018 at 2:00pm — 27 Comments

the naked and baleful maja aka Svetlana

little miss naked maja

this is the winsome pinkie, aka pinkster, aka the boss, little monster, and lately Svetlana because of her baleful very tragic russian expression.  (if you look closely, she's actually smiling.)

she's a happy little dog but…


Added by Foolish Monkey on February 9, 2018 at 3:30pm — 42 Comments

a tiny little show and the story of FAIL!

The first three are in the works - the last of them is a major fail that I keep beating to shit...I don't think it's finished although it might be because I may have killed the shit out of it.   

I've actually liked it in each incarnation but the next day I look and I think "UGH".  I KNOW that's because the color sinks and it will be fine when I varnish...but if I'm honest, there's SOMEthing missing so I keep beating it. ("fine" never works for me.)  (if I don't…


Added by Foolish Monkey on February 6, 2018 at 1:00pm — 41 Comments


I'm doin it - my thang.  Today is my birthday. I can't even SAY how old I am, THAT"S how old I am.

Just started a new painting.  I'm into the flowers.  I'm also into working some old unfinished paintings.  I'm painting the grandkids. 

just below is a new painting - started yesterday.  I like to work them until they scream.  my…


Added by Foolish Monkey on January 31, 2018 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

then take me to the river, put me in the water

finally found the song I kept hearing in my head that inspired the above painting.

this painting is titled: take me to the river

 the story is, as I was working on other…


Added by Foolish Monkey on January 23, 2018 at 10:30am — 25 Comments

music for the cold cold hours

when I'm in the studio I like to listen  they play music I haven't heard in years like sammy davis jr who lately blows me away like crazy, plus music I've never heard before - like this one (below) by Paolo Conte. 

As an aside, there's a cut they play sometimes of "Take Me to the River" not exactly the al green version - the singer is white - you know the type of stylist, she uses an anemic…


Added by Foolish Monkey on January 19, 2018 at 3:00pm — 38 Comments


Phat Country

Posted by Robert Young on June 20, 2018 at 11:30am 1 Comment

Not On My Watch

Posted by Robert Young on June 20, 2018 at 10:30am 3 Comments

Site Launch

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Posted by Ron Powell on June 19, 2018 at 8:00pm 4 Comments

Persistence of Memory

Posted by Doc Vega on June 19, 2018 at 11:07am 0 Comments

Wall him up!

Posted by Dicky Neely on June 19, 2018 at 7:59am 3 Comments

Keep Your Eyes on the Money

Posted by Ron Powell on June 19, 2018 at 12:30am 8 Comments

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