Jun 29, 2016
I'm not sure if people know it or not but humans are natural herbivores. I was not always cognizant of this fact. Our digestive system is like that of apes who live only by eating plants. When Jane Goodall lived among the apes she never observed them grilling hamburger patties on a Weber grill. Our intestines are very long (carnivores have short intestines so they can quickly get rid of all that rotting flesh they eat). We don’t have sharp claws to seize and hold down prey. And most of us (hopefully) lack the instinct that would drive us to chase and then kill animals and devour their raw carcasses. We are fruit and vegetable eaters by design. Our meat eating is a major cause of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I now just stick to the basics.
Jun 27, 2016
Recently it was Yun and I's 10th anniversary. We happened to be in Seattle at the time. I was down at the Pike market and noticed the joint was full of peonies for sale. Yun loves them so I bought her one. The problem though, it was 10 in the morning and I wasn't going to see Yun for another 9 hours because she was working. So I had to lug it around with me all day. I thought it would look cool in the hotel room and make her happy. The problem was, it began to melt and die as I handled it hour after hour. So I sat by the Puget Sound and drew the flower for posterity. At one point I ate lunch at a fancyish restaurant and the peony had a chair to itself. The waiters thought I was nuts. Not sure if Yun knows what I went through for my little gesture. When I got to the room, I stuck it in an ice bucket with water and it came back to life. At least I try. 10 years of me is no easy feat but somehow Yun has done it. Clearly I'm the lucky one.
Jun 23, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
Something odd happened to me in Seattle. This was a first. One morning I went to breakfast at Pike's Market. I sat at the counter of a restaurant called, Athenian. A lot of places don't have vegan meals so I usually cobble one together from items on the menu. I asked the waitress if I could order plain toast with lettuce and tomatoes on it, a side order of home fries and a fruit salad. She seemed perplexed, especially about my lettuce and tomato sandwich. Off to the kitchen she went. Returning I was informed that I could only order the pre-set breakfasts as they appeared on the menu. No mix and match. Everything contained bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, butter or yogurt. I informed her that I was vegan and never had a restaurant turn me down before for trying to order healthy food. I wanted to clarify the situation with her. I could order food that causes cancer, heart disease and diabetes made from murdered animals raised in horrible conditions. No problem eating endless amounts of dairy which is taking a horrible toll on our environment. But if I want to eat food that will be extremely healthy and help make the world a better place, I would have to go elsewhere? She said yes. Luckily close by was another restaurant. The name of this one was Lowell's. They had an amazing vegan breakfast on the menu. Veggies over potatoes. I was a happy customer.
Jun 16, 2016
I have not posted anything since the Orlando massacre. It seems silly to me to put up pictures of my parakeet, an avocado sandwich, or some pretty sunset. So I thought of something I could draw that would help to visualize how I feel. At some point I will go back to my normal life. Posting inane things and dumb drawings but it seems to matter a bit less. Having a large Irish family, I have gay relatives. They always seem to be the best and the brightest. Not sure why that is but it always seems to be the case.
Jun 9, 2016
Jun 7, 2016
I suggest you watch this. It's only 2 minutes long so you won't be tortured. My recent killer whale watching trip to British Columbia. A must see for nature lovers. Basically it's another of my dumb videos. Also I suggest you watch it in HD with the volume up. That's how I roll.
Jun 6, 2016
Yun had business in Seattle. She suggested I come along. In fact, I went a few days early to hang with my nephews who live there. They went to school during the day, so I had plenty of free time to draw and look at stuff. This sketch I did at Ballard docks where all the fishing boats tie up. The sky was this constant moody threat of rain which made for amazing cloud action. I did my own, over the top version of the clouds to enhance how beautiful it was. One day I drove up to a town called Anacortes. It's about 2 hours from Seattle. Then I took the ferry to the San Juan Islands. From there, I went on a whale watching boat to encounter orcas. It turned out to be a great day for seeing them. I was smart enough to shoot video of the day. I put together a short 2 minute film of my trip. I will post it here next. I suggest you watch it. It's very National Geographic.
Jun 2, 2016
An artist whose work I love recently asked her followers if it mattered if they understood the symbolism in her work. Or did they like it anyway not really knowing what it was about. When I look at my hero, James Jean's work, I too never know what the motivation is for what he does. It doesn't matter to me because each drawing is so genius. No shrink could ever figure out what is in my head. So you will just have to find your own meaning in what I do sometimes.