A Teaser and a Cactus You can Pet

WIPcracklesteamOct2013A Work In Progress shot (WIP) of a fun piece. You can guess which character will be in it, (not shown here)! I enjoyed using up some crackle products and playing around with a rubber tool to make textures.  Now that it’s gorgeous outside again, I can paint out there on the patio, work large, and use messier things, or things that would be best dried outside away from our pets and us.  This WIP is from a 16 x 20 inch work on cradled panel, a whimsical  happy piece, that is pretty much done now except for the final sealing coats.  I am working on some copyright registrations and may suddenly post a whole bunch of stuff once that’s taken care of, including these probably. (There are two, which would be nice to sell as a pair but not necessary.)


Three cacti of a variety I’d never seen before, but not sure if it was due to cultivation or nature!

The thorns on “Eve’s Needle” (far left) were long and soft; I was petting them in the store. It had that odd condition you sometimes see on saguaros where the tips fan out into a ‘crest.’ VERY interesting, and I wonder if the entire plant will grow this way or revert to ‘normal’ after awhile.  “Road Kill” (middle); I am not sure why it was named that. It was a bit unusual, perhaps resembled a flattened animal on the road, I dunno.  Um, nice name…ick…but cool plant. The Euphorb on the right was similar to our ‘firesticks’ at home, not sure if it was shaped this way through trimming or was natural. I liked the tree trunk like appearance.  I was fascinated by all 3, and if we could really get into planting where we live now, I might have had to choose at least one of them to come home with me.

Left to Right (from the plant’s containers):

Eves needle/ opuntia sibilants cristata
Road kill cacti/ opuntia rubescens
Euphorbia leucodemdron

RIP Joe, and Bogus DMCA Takedowns Hurt Artists



We’ve lost a respected professional photographer and copyright advocate, Joe Beasley.  Joe passed away last week after illness.  He will be sorely missed by many people, not only for his generous sharing of reliable information on photo techniques and intellectual property law.  He was just a really good person. He was also one of those rare people where it doesn’t matter that you only knew him via the internet. Many did, and counted him as friend, and not the Facebook kind of “friend” but a real one. I’m told by one of his in person friends we knew mutually online, that most of those who signed his online guestbook on his obit, were internet friends.  His family was very touched to read the many nice comments, as many of them were not online and didn’t really know how far Joe’s reach was.

R.I.P., Joe.

This is one I wish I could share with Joe now.  Perhaps I wrote it because now he’s not here to write things like this, I dunno.  What really prompted me to write it, is that there was a flurry of bogus takedowns being complained about on a site I’m on.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m a staunch copyright defender (which is how I knew Joe).  So abuse of a law we need angers me. Abuse can lead to changing or eliminating laws that are good, instead of just penalizing the abusers.
I blogged about it here:

“Bad DMCA Takedowns Backfire”  http://cindyschnackel.blogspot.com/2013/10/bad-dmca-takedowns-backfire.html