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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Booze Weave

What sort of booze would go in a container such as this? 
 

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Jungle Fighter

Here's my very hesitant attempt to paint a figure in something resembling camouflage. In this case, I imagined this soldier in a jungle or forest environment and painted them in shades of brown and green. 
 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Pork Roast


This spit-roasted pig isn't the most macabre miniature I've painted, but it's certainly the most macabre miniature I've painted based on real-life possibilities. 

"Turn me over, I'm done on this side." 
 

Saturday, June 08, 2024

Precious Cargo

This oversized miniature is intended to represent an expensive metallic sculpture being transported as cargo on the RSS Dragonclaw
 

Friday, June 07, 2024

The Leaning Streetlight of Edmonton

It was a windy day in Edmonton today, and while out on errands I spotted this precariously positioned streetlight right on our street. I called 311 and a fellow named Steve assured me a crew would head out right away to fix the problem. I'm sure the situation has been straightened out. 
 

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Five Views of a Yellow House





I have painted the last of the four houses Jeff 3D printed for me. As you can see, it's very yellow. 


 

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Violent Greens Use Violent Means

Violent greens 
Producing pepper pod people
Perfectly pseudopeople
Impenetrable cell walls a mystery for the chlorophyll-philes
Crooked rows seeding chaos
Dissent and dysentery 

 

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Pinwheel

Round and round and round it spins
Crimson pinwheel, dancing winds
Harbinger of naught and null
Hydrocarbon sunflower shaped by spacetime
Hypnotic eye predicting the fall
Of a garden in Orion, thought hidden away
A pathway to tomorrow eroding by the day
Threads fraying beneath our feet
Invisible inevitable irrevocable doom
Lurking in an iris unseen
 

Monday, June 03, 2024

Phase II Shuttle Concept

Way back in the late 1970s, Matt Jeffries designed a new two-person shuttlecraft for the ultimately unrealized Star Trek sequel series Star Trek II, also known as Star Trek Phase II. It's too bad we never saw this design onscreen; I think it's very sleek and retro all at the same time, and would have made a nice partner for the classic shuttle. 
 

Sunday, June 02, 2024

Three Sisters

My aunts Jean and Marjorie (far left), came to Edmonton on Friday for a wedding, and on Sunday Sean, Sylvia and I came out to Leduc to see them. Mom served a very delicious lunch, and my cousins Darwin (seen here to my right), Bruce (not in this photo for some reason--where did he go?) and Darwin's son Brandon (who shot the photo) popped by, too. It was great seeing my aunts again! 
 

Saturday, June 01, 2024

Gaming and Guinness XVIII Logo II


Here's the G&G logo I wound up using after some back-and-forth consultation with Jeff Pitts, my partner in organizing this year's swag. 

Friday, May 31, 2024

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Asteroids

I made some asteroids for an upcoming event of uncertain impact. 
 

Monday, May 27, 2024

Bookstore Cat


Poor boo boo kitty you scratched my eye
 

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Vernal Geekuinox 2024: Dinner in a Crystal Palace

 

For many years now--I'm a little afraid to count them--Pete and Ellen have hosted Geekquinox dinners every spring and fall. A little less than a dozen lucky guests made the pilgrimage to Pete's place and were treated to the finest food and fellowship in the land. 

But this year is different: Pete and Ellen, married last year, have sold their old homes and moved into brand new digs together. The former owners had a thing for glossy, glassy mirrors and chandeliers, and so Pete and Ellen have dubbed their new home the Crystal Palace. 

It's a beautiful home, styled in black and white, with plenty of room to accommodate Pete, Ellen, and the kids, along with their many varied hobbies. 

It even has a spinning disco ball in the basement, and I have convinced Sylvia that we're going to have one installed in our theatre room. VICTORY!

This year's dinner theme was, naturally crystal, though Pete admits that some of the courses have only tenuous connections to the theme. For example, this baked ziti was served in crystal glassware. A thematic stretch? Sure, but who cares when the pasta is so scrumptious?

Here Audrey enjoys a basil lime cocktail. I don't remember what kind of booze this drink contained, but it was universally enjoyed and had SOMETHING to do with crystals. Maybe limeade crystals? No, probably not. 

Steve looks like he's scored a rhetorical point here, and Mike looks quite pleased with the ziti. 

Ellen makes a great sous chef and charming hostess alike, and it was lovely see how happy she and Pete are in their new home. 

Here's Pete pouring out his homemade cheese sauce for fondue. Bread and melted cheese--so simple, so delicious. We gorged on it. Just incredible. 

Margaret contributes one of the many contented smiles enjoyed through the day. 

The Edmonton Oilers had a playoff game last night, and Jeff was fired up for it, even though Pete and Ellen hadn't yet hooked up any televisions upstairs yet. There's always radio! 

Because Geekquinox came so late this year, it falls just a few days before Gaming and Guinness 18. Rob used the opportunity to come for G&G a few days early, joining us for Geekquinox. 

Pete served up some amazing steak fajita slices, cooked to perfection, so juicy and savory we couldn't help but wolf them down like, well, wolves. 

Scott entertained us with an airport security story not repeatable on these pages. 

The chef and the blogger. 

The blogger and the debutante. 

Alas, Sylvia and I had to head home before dessert, but Pete snuck me downstairs so I could photograph his no-doubt-heavenly geode cake. 

Here's a gratuitous high-angle shot of Stephen with the Chandelier of Damocles hanging ominously above.

And a gratuitous shot of Sylvia wearing one of Audrey's crystal-bedazzled accessories. 

Once again, Pete and Ellen gave us a very special gift--an opportunity for fun, fellowship, feasting, and fantastic memories. Thanks, guys. It was amazing, and may you enjoy your new home for many years to come. 

Friday, May 24, 2024

Little Red Stone House





Painting interiors adds a whole new level of challenge and aggravation, but the results are worth it.