little bitty works

I’m working on a long-distance move and can’t fathom beginning anything of size—so I decided to keep painting, but in miniature size. (6″ x 6″) This is day two of a portrait work in progress.


I think I see a trend here.

Or, more properly, a series.  I must be in the middle of it.   I think I’m a product of the data I consume.  And, just last week we received a ticket in the mail…someone ran the red at a congested left turn – – the authorities sent us a link to a video, plain and simple – the point being the camera, the eyes, everywhere.

Good lord, do you have to be so dramatic?


The Privacy of Innocents, 2018, oil on cheap canvas, 16″ x 20″ or so.

I was checking my email this morning and came to the realization that Google was scanning (and that’s probably the very least) the content in emails from actual people I know. I realized this when an email I received of two jokes from a friend in the form of attachments. One attachment was called two walnuts, the other was something less specific. Now, after the attachments in the body of the message were three added clickable boxes – – intuitively I thought a good guess for these boxes was to send a quick seemingly appropriate response – – one said Yum!, the second said Yummy! and the third said, Thank you! These added little boxes aren’t present in emails from oh say, the bank, the airlines, Google travel or others…just from actual people I know. I’ve long suspected that there wasn’t any privacy attached to electronic communications like there is when you write a letter, put a stamp on it and mail it. It is still a federal law that opening someone else’s mail is punishable for up to 5 years in prison. But apparently email isn’t exactly mail. So I’m guessing that unless you have to pay a tax – like put a stamp on it – there will be no privacy in your email. Huh. Then I finished this piece and named it, The Privacy of Innocents.