Not enough time, not enough time. My ambitious plan of printing 16 monoprints fell away under the pressure of work and a house full of sick folks; here are the two I did manage to complete.

The rest…well, I pulled prints from linos that have either never seen distribution or a decent print job.

Now they dry, then I scribe some info on the back and off to the dropoff I go.

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Went to Colma today and found this gentleman’s marker. His name was William E. Meadows, and he passed February 10, 1896. His marker says that he was a native of England, and he died aged 49.

The plate before pressing. Sorry about the lack of focus; damn cell phone camera.

The actual marker.

My traveling art-making kit. The paper is behind me, soaking in a linen wrap.

The gruesome paper doll hung outside for a few hours, and creeped out a kid or two. Success!

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Further detail of the guts section of the doll

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Detail of the shoulder and elbow joints; overall, the arm is bent, and the hand holds another skull, so the joints were tacketed and jointed appropriately.

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Okay guys, it’s time for ram chips and dip. Now the rules of this are you have to say a good thing and a bad thing about the movie and then you get a ram chip!

It was a good thing to have chosen an idea for the holiday that I had been mulling over for some months. It used up a floating idea, which feels like progress, and since I was low on free time this past month, it was a good thing to have had the thinking part done. No need to work through ideas that weren’t going to pan out: all that was done a long time ago.

It was a bad thing that I didn’t have enough time fully explore my intended work, a book with limbs extruding from it, and viscera dripping out. That will be a sculpture, and I just didn’t have time for that much work this month.

All right then; back to the Labors. Tomorrow I’ll purchase terra cotta and start scribing.

Figured and assembled the skull. Not too bad, though next year I’ll make a rounder form for the illustrations to wrap around.

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The assembling of the paper doll moves forward – we now have an arm!

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I think any mad scientist would use simple wire as a solution for the joints

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No exceptions, Hallowe’en is my favorite holiday; most fun is the making of a new display (mostly) every year. Today I began working on the table centerpiece. A work of a Frankenstein, it is a body being assembled, in fits and starts, from the illustrations cut out of an anatomy book.

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Various viscera will litter the table.

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I have a wild notion to continue working on this until I have a fully assembled human form. Or looked at another way, a gruesome, DIY, anatomically correct paper doll.

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