“We Always Hang in a Buffalo Stance” by Richard F. Yates

“We Always Hang in a Buffalo Stance” by Richard F. Yates

[Felt pen on reclaimed cardboard with digital embellishments and color. 2020.]

#art #drawings #reclaimedmaterials #trashforlife #trashart #lowcostrevolution #humor #cartoons

“Rebel Dandelion Casts a Long Shadow” by Richard F. Yates

“Rebel Dandelion Casts a Long Shadow” by Richard F. Yates

[Photo with flower and shadow, presented with a wee bit of digital color tweaking. 2020.]

#art #photography #rebellion #breakingconcrete #trashforlife #trashart #lowcostrevolution

“Writing and Oranges and Music, OH MY!” by Richard F. Yates

Today, perhaps because of some psychological holiday jet-lag, I’m feeling directionless and unmotivated. I decided to do something about it… (Can’t let myself be a victim of apathy.)

It’s not an ENDING—it’s the start of the NEXT phase. I’ll read these pages a time or two and then write a response to myself, EXPAND on these concepts. Explore more questions.

The short-term goal is figuring out, given the current social climate, the health crisis, our beliefs and ideologies, the needs of our family, our economic situation, and our wants and desires, what the best use of my time is going to be. (I need to make a new TO-DO list, along with another WHY-DO consideration account. This evening, perhaps, I’ll do that…)

—Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

“Postcards from the Shelter!” by Richard F. Yates

At one time, people who found themselves with significant distances between each other had to communicate by getting these magical pieces of paper (inscribed with odd, cryptic symbols) into the hands of agile couriers, who would transport these “LETTERS,” physically, to the intended recipient (or some other lucky individual, like a historian, professor, or museum curator) who could then glory in the tangible representation of “THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS” (often “WISH YOU WERE HERE”) of the originator of the POST. So quaint…

And I would LOVE to bring that practice back…

I mean, think about it. We’re stuck inside. We can’t SEE the people we’d like to see (or, put another way, we have an excuse, now, for NOT seeing the people we don’t necessarily WANT to see) in person—not for a few more weeks, anyway—but maybe we want to send an “I’m thinking of you!” sort of note to them. You could write a letter, (DULLSVILLE), or you could buy a funny postcard, stick a stamp on it, scribble a couple words, and drop it in the post! The object of your attention will receive a neat reminder that you still care, and you can help keep those connections ALIVE! Plus, if you’re really cool, you’ll buy your chosen postcard from some poor artist who’s poured their heart and soul into creating some beautiful, clever, magical work of art, and then stuck it on a cheap, print-on-demand, mass-market sales gimmick to try to make a few cents! (The secret is THE INDIFFERENCE! When you don’t care if anyone BUYS what you make, you reach a state of FREEDOM. The art becomes ART. The postcard is just a ripple from the shockwave of the art’s creation. The SENDING of the postcard connects the art to the emotion of the sender…)

(Are you buying any of this? I’m really trying to work it here!!!)

So…here’s the a link to my postcard page… (Was that too abrupt?):

https://www.redbubble.com/people/richardfyates/shop?artistUserName=richardfyates&asc=u&iaCode=u-card-post

And, just for fun, here are a handful of the “postcards” that I’ve produced. These do NOT count the one-of-a-kind, hand-made postcards that I’ve created. (I was a long-time member of the “postal art” scene, so I’ve made more than my fair share of postcards over the years.) (That’s not what THESE postcards are, though…)

“Beep”

“Brute Eye”

“Flying Carrot”

“Ghost with a Broken Heart”

“Guard Cat”

“Hovering Doom (Anticipation) (Negative Vers.)”

“Human Cannonball”

“Just Another Day”

“Lake Monster”

“Morbid Duck”

“Robot Conquers City”

“Robot in High Heels”

“Sacky Sighting (Fancy Vers.)”

“Sneaks!”

“The Creature (Ready for the Spring Formal)”

“The King of Bad News”

“The Plot Thickens”

“Vampire Cloud”

“Victim of the Infernal Machine”

“Victim Prime”

I have over 480 different images up on Redbubble that youz folks can look at, have a chuckle, maybe go (“What the HELL???”)… You know—have some FUN! Interestingly, there are also a few OTHER people who have posted on that site. (One or two.) They have other images that can be made into postcards, too, although they’re mostly “professional” and “good” and actually look like “REAL” art—if you’re into that passé kind of thing! I have the indifference, so I prefer art that looks like ME! What kind of art do you like?

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Holy Fool)

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT FOLKS WHO ARE JUST MAKING STUFF BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT!!!

https://peakd.com/@richardfyates
https://noncom.art.blog/reviews-books-movies-music/
https://makersplace.com/store/richardyates/
https://primitiveentertainment.wordpress.com/

“Shelter at Home!” (A Show to Help You Get Through Quarantine)

Hey folks! It’s been too long since I posted, so I’m going to do some BACK TRACKING! In THIS post, I’m going to share the audio show that my wife, Mariah Yates, and I have been recording since the lockdown started. The MOTIVATION behind creating this was to give our family and friends a taste of our VOICES, and a few pictures, even if we can’t all get together and hang out. We have so far recorded FOUR episodes, and I made a little slide show to go with each, so you aren’t just looking at the same image the whole time. Hopefully, you find these little shows entertaining!

#1

https://3speak.online/embed?v=richardfyates/xhmmayaq

#2

https://3speak.online/embed?v=richardfyates/bzrzirwd

#3

https://3speak.online/embed?v=richardfyates/lnfqzbju

#4

https://3speak.online/embed?v=richardfyates/daxtlygu

Those are our shows! We’re HOPING that we’ll be able to record another one tomorrow night or Sunday, so keep an eye out! If you have questions or topic suggestions, feel free to leave those in the comments! Okay! Wash you hands! Stay inside! Try to keep busy…

—Richard F. Yates (Primitive Thoughtician and Holy Fool)

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT FOLKS WHO ARE JUST MAKING STUFF BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT!!!

https://peakd.com/@richardfyates
https://noncom.art.blog/reviews-books-movies-music/ https://makersplace.com/store/richardyates/ https://primitiveentertainment.wordpress.com/

“The ART of Dealing (With It All…)” by Richard F. Yates

In the shadows of WWI, a small group of weirdos gathered together in a little, dingy bar in Zurich, and they made an UNGODLY racket in protest of EVERYTHING. The war was senselessly killing an entire generation, the societies of “enlightened” Europe had fallen prey to the GOO-GOO MUCK of modern nonsense, and faith in human progress had been replaced with a feeling that the world was entering a new dark age. The WAR TO END ALL WARS would give way, just a few decades later, to ANOTHER WAR—and this one brought us NUCLEAR DEATH… (I see some parallels with our modern Utopia, for some reason…)

But the artists and poets were right there—pointing out the senseless, and then picking up the broken pieces and making NEW things that spoke directly to their situations and sensations…

Elegant blasts of hectic participation…

%%%%%%%%%%%%%

So what have YOU been up to in this topsy-turvy time? I’ve been at home, mostly, except when I HAVE to go out… (Icky.)

But I’ve kept busy. I’ve been listening to music—LOTS of music: Jon Batiste, Alan Vega, The Soft Boys, Arcadia, Blondie, The Cure, Dead Milkmen, Subway Sect… Kenny Rogers… Lots of music. It’s one of my primary refuges against negativity and depression. (Put the Adam and The Ants Prince Charming album on the record player and just TRY to be depressed. It’s impossible!)

Do you know what ELSE is impossible? Trying to TYPE when you’ve got an orange, furry shithead biting your foot! I’m trying to barricade myself with pillows, and he’s just EATING the pillows…

%%%%%%%%%%%%%

I’ve also been doing a LOT of drawing, lately. Some of it has proven useful.

My older daughter asked me to upload a design to a site called “SPOONFLOWER.” She’s been making face-masks for people, and she wanted to make some masks with one of my designs, so I did THIS…

…which you can see HERE:
https://www.spoonflower.com/designs/9908239-up-away-4-apr-2020-by-richard-f-yates-by-richardfyates

I don’t know if you’re allowed to just BUY the pattern on fabric or not. I haven’t purchased a “proof pattern,” yet, so it might not be for sale. (If you wanted to make a prom dress or a tux for a wedding out of the design, but CAN’T because I haven’t “finished the process” or whatever, send me I note, and I’ll see if I can finish the thing.)

%%%%%%%%%%%%%

I also like to make LITTLE drawings, like 2 inch by 2 inch, big. I frequently cut up cereal boxes and other food containers to use as my INITIAL drawing media, which I will then photograph, blow up a bit, color, tweak, and manipulate—often adding digital drawing over the photos. It’s fun, and I like the visual “noise” that you get from blowing a small image up to really large size. You see the inconsistencies in the ink distribution, the bits of debris and texture of the cardboard, and other unforeseen anomalies, which I think make the finished pieces more interesting.

Here are a few bits that I’ve recently cut up for art making…

I’m sure I’ll share the artwork, once I’m done making it!

%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Speaking of art, I’ve ALSO recently uploaded a new piece to my REDBUBBLE site:
https://www.redbubble.com/people/richardfyates/shop

They’ve started making BUTTONS, which people can buy along with the t-shirts and postcards and coffee cups and other goodies, so I thought I’d make a mostly circular piece—but I kind of did it wrong! (Ha!!)

“Totally Tacky”

Check it out on a bunch of “PRODUCTS” here:
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/46439924?asc=u

I THINK (although I’m not certain) that I was inspired by the Weird Al song, “Tacky,” and maybe a bit by the Mr. Yuck sticker… Who knows…

%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Another thing that my wife and I have been doing to keep our spirits up is our radio program. We’ve recorded two episodes, so far, and we’re enjoying the process. Here are links to the two episodes (which I’ve made as video slide-shows and which are hosted on 3Speak!)

Ep. 1 – https://peakd.com/hive-100421/@richardfyates/xhmmayaq
Ep. 2 – https://peakd.com/hive-100421/@richardfyates/bzrzirwd

The slide-shows that accompany the audio are comprised of photos and art (by me, so that I don’t have any copyright issues), and they’re usually just about having fun. Here are a few from the newest show:

[This is the sign out in front of our favorite bowling alley (where my younger daughter bowls league—which is currently cancelled because of the HORROR.) The guys that run the bowl have a sense of humor! (And they like The Big Lebowski!)]

After listening to our shows (thanks for doing that, by the way), feel free to send us a couple of questions or topics that you’d like us to consider. Our second episode was about 50 percent based on questions sent to me by my friend and frequent collaborator, Richard O’Brien. (Not the guy who wrote, The Rocky Horror Picture Show—the OTHER Richard O’!)

%%%%%%%%%%%%%

And, last, here are a few random art bits that I’ve created lately. I’m having some serious fun being trapped at home with my wife! We’re keeping busy and trying to MAKE some stuff! Hopefully, you are too! Here are just a couple of the art pieces (drawings, photos, digital works, etc.,) I’ve finished in the last few days…

“Multi-Dimensional Space Worm” (5 Apr. 2020)

“Another Victim” (2 Apr. 2020)

“A Place in the Sun” (4 Apr. 2020)

“Friendly Spectre” (30 Mar. 2020)

[This is one of the pieces that the baby helped me with. Notice the strategic folds, smashes, and drool stains. She’s a genius, I tells ya!]

And this one seems to me to be the starter for some strange short story:

While we were sitting in line (for a LOOOOOONG time) at the bank a few days ago, I spotted that sign, and I thought it had some great character names:

Queen Memory – a mysterious cyber-hacker
Foam Matt – an addict with a heart of gold. Will he redeem himself before the tragedy unfolds completely?
DJ Base – the rave DJ who is ALSO a government spy! With Foam Matt’s help, can DJ Base foil Queen Memory’s nefarious plans before the counter, set at 999 minutes, reaches ZERO—when it will be TOO LATE!

Maybe I’ll write that story—or one something like it—in the next few days. Maybe I won’t. I’m pretty flaky! However, if you WANT to see how that story turns out, let me know. Perhaps a bit of encouragement will spark my pen into action!!!

%%%%%%%%%%%%

Okay, folks! How have you been holding up? Are you doing anything interesting with all the extra time you’ve been saddled with? Watched any good movies? Read a good book or comic? Listened to an awesome record or CD (or digital album)? Let me know! Always looking for something new to sink my teeth into!!!

Later, skaters!!!

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Holy Fool)

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT FOLKS WHO ARE JUST MAKING STUFF BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT!!!

https://peakd.com/@richardfyates
https://noncom.art.blog/reviews-books-movies-music/
https://makersplace.com/store/richardyates/
https://primitiveentertainment.wordpress.com/

Covid-19 Relief Auction!

Hey folks! Wondering what you can do to help out with this whole, nasty, virus situation? If so, here’s an opportunity! There is an effort, coordinated by NonFungible and MakersPlace, to raise some money for covid-19 relief efforts via a crypto-art auction! There are a number of different artists who have donated pieces for the auction, and I think most of them are still taking bids (for a little less than 24 more hours.) Even if you aren’t into collecting rare digital assets or crypto collectibles, you can still help out by visiting the auction page, clicking the little hearts on the pieces you find interesting (it makes the artists feel good, and most of them are giving their profits from sales to the relief effort), and by SHARING the link to the auction!!! Here’s that link, again:

I even have a piece in the auction, a painting gone digital called, “Virus”:

If my piece sells, I’m donating 100% of my cut to the relief effort!

So, if you have a few minutes, click on the link, take a look at the cool artwork on display, pop a couple of hearts, maybe drop a bid (even $5 or $10 would help!), and SHARE THE LINK with other folks who might be interested! Let’s kick this virus in the rump and help as many folks in need as we can!

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Holy Fool)

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT FOLKS WHO ARE JUST MAKING STUFF BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT!!!

https://peakd.com/@richardfyates
https://noncom.art.blog/reviews-books-movies-music/
https://makersplace.com/store/richardyates/
https://primitiveentertainment.wordpress.com/

“Hive is Alive!” by rICHARD f. yATES

Hey Folks! You know how I’ve been going on and on for the last YEAR about this cool, exciting blockchain based social platform, called STEEMIT, and how I said it was awesome, and you could make crypto currency just for posting your drawings and photos and stories and blog posts and poems and stuff there? And, even if you’re just a spectator, you can make crypto for upvoting other people’s stuff and commenting, and it was so easy and fun… And I probably mentioned decentralization and censorship resistance and freedom and all that…

WELL FORGET IT!

Some rich guy bought the company that was the FACE of the blockchain and went full EMPIRE / 1984 on everyone’s ass(et)s.

He TRIED to control the blockchain using power and influence and money, and the community came together and said, “Fuck off, dude.” And we calmly and with great dignity, FORKED OFF ourselves, and started a brand-spanking NEW blockchain, called HIVE!

It’s just gotten rolling, like less than a week ago, but a substantial portion of the (formerly) Steem community has jumped shipped and moved over to the new chain, AND it’s now open for NEW FOLKS to come in and sign up. ( hive.io ) Check it OUT!!! If you USED to be on Steem, but left years ago, your previous stake is probably still available (it was flash-cloned and teleported to the new blockchain as an “airdrop,” which is something you youngsters seem to enjoy! I’ve actually been UP in a little airplane with folks jumping out—with parachutes—and I am NOT a fan of dropping…terrified of heights…but this airdrop thing worked to move my powered up coins to the new platform.) If you’re hearing about this whole mess for the first time, as a NEW THING, it’s a good time to get IN while the gettin’s still good! (The cement is still wet! You can write your name in it!!!)

Meanwhile, I’ve been drawing BEE related things… (You know…cuz “HIVE…”) Here are a few:

And I even modified my BUSINESS CARD to reflect my new association. (Peakd is pretty much what USED to be Steempeak!)

So what I’m saying is, if you’re into adding to your social media experience, (along with Twitter and Discord and Instagram and Faceboot and Ello and Medium and Tumblr and….), then see what you think of HIVE: the community owned and operated blockchain that told a rich asshole to move along and mind his own business! Now THAT’S ANARCHY!!! Yup…

—Richard F. Yates

(Primitive Thoughtician and Holy Fool)

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT FOLKS WHO ARE JUST MAKING STUFF BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT!!!

https://peakd.com/@richardfyates
https://noncom.art.blog/reviews-books-movies-music/
https://makersplace.com/store/richardyates/
https://primitiveentertainment.wordpress.com/

#hive #blockchain #decentralized #diy #hiveisalive #digitalart #humor #socialmedia #censorshipresistant

“Is There Any Value In ‘BAD’ Art?” by Richard F. Yates

[This piece was originally posted, 11 Mar. 2020, on the Steem Blockchain, because my BLOG there is my main gig. HOWEVER, because I’m all about SHARING, I thought I’d let you non-Steem folks have a look, too! ALSO—Steem is fracturing at the moment, and a new thing is coming this Friday; a large portion of the Steem community is jumping ship and starting their own chain, called HIVE. It’s weird… (If you read a LOT of my posts, here on NON-COM, you’re going to see this note a lot for the next few days, and I am a bit bothered by that. However, I know that not everyone is going to read every post, and I want to get this information out there so that folks who are interested in blockchain junk AND self-publishing will know about HIVE. It’s exciting, if you ask me. Meanwhile, here’s some art stuff!!! —RFY]

I’m asking the questions here! Where were you on the night of March 10th? Did you know the victim? How many psychologists does it take to change a light-bulb???

DON’T CHANGE THE SUBJECT!

Let’s just calm down here… Brass tacks. Just the facts.

Let’s establish a baseline: I like to make things, you know—drawings, photographs, drawings ON photographs, and other stuff, but the funny thing is, I’m not very GOOD at drawing. (Unschooled, sure…but also INTENTIONALLY wonky. Technical term, “wonky” means kind of distorted or amateurish or catawampus—mostly that last one.) I like to play. I try to draw QUICKLY, just slapping junk down, playing with colors, playing with contrasts, and because I’ve been drawing for so long (nearly fifty years) I have a handful of MOVEMENTS that I repeat—with variations—to create facial features or weird wobbly legs and arms… I like the way things look, usually, when I’m done…

BUT sometimes things DON’T turn out too good… It happens. Some junk just SUCKS! (Ha!) I know it—and I’m ashamed to SHARE that stuff—but I usually DO share it, even when it’s bad. The point is PLAY. I’m having fun. I’m LEARNING—even when I make something HORRIBLE… Let’s look at a pieces (and have a laugh, together!)

Bad Art 1 (28 Feb. 2020)

All digital. The background didn’t really work for me, nor did the rainbow outline on the ghost. However, I like the expression on the ghost’s face, and that’s something!

Bad Art 2 (9 Mar. 2020)

Again, all digital. This one flips the parameters from the previous one. I really like the background here, with the webby bits and the neon lightning bolts—but that FACE on the monster is just gross. It’s so ugly it’s almost not funny at all… (I’m not very comfortable with the darkness evident in some of my artwork, and this sucker is just yucky…)

Bad Art 3 (9 Mar. 2020)

I like the horns, the hands, and the background on this one, but overall, it just didn’t work. Something about the shape of the monster and the rather bland face… Boring. (But I do like the background quite a bit.)

Bad Art 4 (8 Mar. 2020)

The background, again, is my favorite part of this one, but I also like the monster’s face. The body shape, though, is just uninteresting. Again, this was all digital. It’s funny—I almost always like what I draw when I use a pen or pencil or Sharpie on paper or cardboard, but with these little digital drawings, usually made on my phone, there’s only so much room to move, and I think that restriction can sometimes lead to some interesting, simplified outcomes… But they don’t always work. Nope.

As we can see, there are bad drawings and there are BAD drawings, but however bad, we can learn from them. (I mean, ALL of my art is kind of bad—by design. It’s how I like to have fun!) There are little bits of each drawing above that I enjoyed, even though the finished products, ultimately, weren’t satisfying. I’ll try to remember the techniques for making the backgrounds and to replicate the facial expressions from some of these creatures on new drawings, though. Useful. At least—and there’s still some funny stuff here, though…

Now here’s the part that I always try to push: HOPEFULLY, you’ll see what I’ve done when you look at my art and say, “I can do better than that!!!” And then you’ll go make some art of your own. It’s okay to draw badly. It’s okay to make ugly stuff. It’s okay for your stuff to SUCK—a lot—for a long time, as long as you keep going. Eventually, you’ll make something that you think is funny! And maybe other people will think it’s funny, too! (That’s a bonus!)

Don’t believe me that BAD art doesn’t have a place in this world? Here are a few works of CRYPTO ART, made by me and tokenized by MakersPlace, that have SOLD in the last few months! (As in, people found them enjoyable enough that they transferred actual currency to me, some in USD and some in ETH, to own them! And if I can do it, so can YOU!!!)

“He Looked Almost Human…” (sold 9 Mar. 2020)

“Don’t Jump! (Desperate Chicken)” (sold 24 Feb. 2020)

“Ghost Guy” (sold 13 Feb. 2020)

“Coyote God Mask” (sold 7 Jan. 2020)

“Eye Remember” (sold 7 Jan. 2020)

See what I mean? People PAID ME for these!!! (To see more of my crypto art, check out my MakersPlace store / slash / gallery. You’ll see how WACKY artwork can be!) I love making silly, humorous, absurd, nonsensical, weird art. Some people like it. Some people don’t. Whether you like it or not, it should prove that ANYBODY can make “ART.” And I firmly, 100 percent, believe that everybody SHOULD make art. It’s fun (if you’re doing it right!!!)

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Holy Fool)

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT FOLKS WHO ARE JUST MAKING STUFF BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT!!!

https://steempeak.com/@richardfyates
https://noncom.art.blog/reviews-books-movies-music/
https://makersplace.com/store/richardyates/
https://primitiveentertainment.wordpress.com/

“Arting with the Grandkid” by Richard F. Yates

[This piece was originally posted, 9 Mar. 2020, on the Steem Blockchain, because my BLOG there is my main gig. HOWEVER, because I’m all about SHARING, I thought I’d let you non-Steem folks have a look, too! ALSO—Steem is fracturing at the moment, and a new thing is coming this Friday; a large portion of the Steem community is jumping ship and starting their own chain, called HIVE. It’s weird… (If you read a LOT of my posts, here on NON-COM, you’re going to see this note a lot for the next few days, and I am a bit bothered by that. However, I know that not everyone is going to read every post, and I want to get this information out there so that folks who are interested in blockchain junk AND self-publishing will know about HIVE. It’s exciting, if you ask me. Meanwhile, here’s some art stuff!!! —RFY]

Today was another babysitting day, and I thought I’d try making some drawings…with the eight month old. It turns out, she was far more interested in TASTING the pens and cardboard than in putting the ink from the one onto the surface of the other.

I think, even if she didn’t QUITE get what we were doing, just getting her exposed to and comfortable with making stuff is good. To teach her that she CAN make things (when she’s old enough.) I always made things with my own kids (when they were still kids!), and they grew up confident and creative. (Coincidence???) Now’o’days, I only have my granddaughter two or three times per week, but I’ll still try to get her into reading, music, and art, as much as I can while she’s here.

Anywho, these are the pieces we made today. (They are all marker on found cardboard with digital embellishments and color.)

“Bird”

“Thunder and Lightning Storm”

“Saint-Like Monstrosity”

“Jellyfish Ghost”

And there you have it! Some fun, slobbery, wrinkled, digitally manipulated artwork and a handful of “performance” photos of the two of us…four, technically, counting the kittens…making these bits. I had fun! Hopefully, the kid did, too. I’m sure the little kid will get a little more out of these types of activities as she gets older! Still fun for me, now, though!

See you folks later!

—Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

Create your website at WordPress.com
Get started
%d bloggers like this: