“Still Life with Simulated Disco Ball” by Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

“Still Life with Simulated Disco Ball” by Richard F. Yates

[Building blocks, dolls, toys, and a toddler watching a Dead or Alive music video on the t.v. with digital embellishments and color.]

#art #digitalart #photography #humor #weird #trashforlife #trashart #lowcostrevolution

“Looking at the Popcorn on the Ceiling…” by Richard F. Yates

Who looked up in their house one day and went, “You know that flat ceiling is pretty boring. I wish it was all bumpy instead!”???  It’s weird.

But this is a rental house, so we can’t very well remodel… Well, I guess we COULD, but the owners might not be that thrilled… (We have freedom, but our actions have consequences!)

Here’s a drawing:

[Gel pen on notebook page with digital embellishments and color. Finished this piece this evening. 2020 is the current year (if you are a time traveler OR just woke up from a coma.)]

I’ve been journaling and doodling quite a lot lately, which are enjoyable, but I haven’t been producing much “serious” work. That’s probably okay. It’s important (in my opinion) to ENJOY your creative work, first and foremost. If YOU don’t have fun with it, how can you expect anyone else to???

Here’s another finished drawing from a few days ago…

[Gel pen on notebook page with digital embellishments and color. Also 2020.]

This piece also has some “erasure” poetry elements to it, which I quite enjoy. Funny how, even in my own writing, I can find meanings that I didn’t know were there (if I only bother to look…!

I should go to a bunch of garage sales and thrift stores and buy all the old, cheap novels that I can find (and a package of Sharpies) and then go through each book in its entirety—every page—making ERASURE NOVELS… Big weird piles of mostly blacked-out nonsense!

“Why?” perhaps you just asked. “Why should you do that?”

Well, BECAUSE. (Obviously.)

Sounds like fun, to me!

[The curtain closes, momentarily, then reopens to reveal a hunchbacked figure chewing on a pencil and staring at a pink, heart encrusted page from an open diary (which has long, csndy-colored faux-fur glued to the cover. The twisting hairs curl around the edges of the book, like tendrils from some alien plant creeping towards whatever is about to be written on the page… The hunchback sniffles at an allergy-based tickle in his nose, then writes:]

*Did you ever get one of those headaches from going to the coffee shop a lot more often than you should for a week or two, then you realize how much you’ve been spending on coffee lately (now that you’re broke), plus all those sugary drinks are undoubtedly contributing to the extra pounds you’ve put on lately, so you decide to cut back to just one coffee per week for a while—but then after two or three days of NOT going to the coffee shop you develop that nasty caffeine-withdrawl-headache headaches???*

*Me neither…but I took three ibuprofen, just in case that’s what this headache is TRYING to be. (If I refuse to believe in it, will it go away? Is that how medicine works now?)*

[Alphaville – “Forever Young” is playing on the bedside jukebox! Great song.]

Speaking of music (I was talking abIut music in that aside just above this paragraph, in case you don’t read asided), I’ve decided that I want to get back into the RADIO game. I’m thinking about recording some pirate broadcasts, probably a few hour long shows, and uploading them to DSound. (I have a few programs on there already.) THIS time, however, I want to do some talking AND play some tunes. Not sure about the LEGALITY of it…but I’ve done pirate podcasting before and it’s always gone well… (Knock on Elijah Wood…) Sure would be fun, though!

Okay, that’s the scoop for tonight’s sign-off blog post! Hope you enjoyed this ramble through my weedy thought-pastures and experienced a chuckle or two (perhaps a head shake and a “Huh?” as well) at my drawings. (They’re tough, so you won’t hurt their feelings by laughing at them. Feel free to do so, in fact! They’re all about having s good time!!!)

Later, skaters!!!

—Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

“Snagglepuss was a Pink Cougar” by Richard F. Yates

“Snagglepuss was a Pink Cougar” by Richard F. Yates

[Handmade postcard. Ink drawn on printout of digitally constructed image. 2020.]

#art #digitalart #mailart #postalart #postcards #humor #weird #trashforlife #trashart #lowcostrevolution

“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?):


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…)


“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.)”


“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)



“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!









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)


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“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:

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:

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:

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)



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)



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