Towse: views from the hill

November 16, 2008

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

Filed under: art,shopshopshop — Towse @ 1:58 am

You’ve been saving your pennies, being frugal as can be, waiting for a buying opportunity in this depressed economy.

Here’s your chance.

Sotheby’s auction in New York. “American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture”
Wed, 03 Dec 08

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. The Poker Game.

Estimate $200-300K.

One of many he painted in his lifetime:

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge was well-known in the Rochester area of New York for his paintings of anthropomorphised canines surrounded by the trappings of successful middle-class life. Typical subjects included the all-night card game, a trip to the ball park, commuting to work and even arguing a case in court. A great deal of attention is paid to the dogs’ clothing, details of their surroundings and to a humorous variety of facial expressions. Cigar companies, the artist’s first customers, printed copies of his paintings for promotional give-aways, but the printers Brown & Bigelow made Coolidge’s dog-genre familiar to the general public as advertising posters, calendars and prints.

Estimate $200-300K.


November 13, 2008

This is our moment. This is our time.

Filed under: art,culture,election2008,San Francisco,shopshopshop — Towse @ 9:23 pm

I’m a huge fan of Paul Madonna and his ALL OVER COFFEE work in the Sunday Chronicle.

Got this note from him today (that would be me and the zillion others on his e-mail list):

I’ve had an overwhelming response to this week’s “Obama:Progress” All Over Coffee piece. Since the original sold within the first few hours it was published, (including a backup waitlist) I decided to make a fine art limited edition print of this particular strip to honor this momentous time in history.

The full-color print is 16×22 inches, signed and numbered in a limited edition of 100, at $195 each. Produced by the fabulous printer SF Electric Works, these prints are of the highest quality.

Follow this link to both view and order.

If you missed Sunday’s Madonna, check it out. If you don’t know ALL OVER COFFEE or Paul Madonna, check him out.

November 8, 2008

Nathan Sawaya’s Lego sculptures at

Filed under: art,design,people — Tags: , — Towse @ 2:48 am

Amazing work.

I’ve written about Lego sculptures and sculptors before, but never linked to Nathan Sawaya’s Lego sculptures.

Well, for one thing, I don’t think they existed the last time I wrote about Legos (in 2002).

Here’s an article on his sculptures from (The media show at the first link is from the same source.)

And here’s Sawaya’s Web site – the Art of the Brick.


November 6, 2008

Patrick Moberg’s 04Nov cartoon

Filed under: art,election2008 — Towse @ 7:15 pm

Patrick Moberg’s 04Nov cartoon

Succinct. (Can a cartoon be succinct? Perhaps I should say, To the point.)

Obama, however, will probably be grey too by the end of his terms.

Check out

September 30, 2008

Reverse Graffiti Project

Filed under: art,graphics,San Francisco,video — Towse @ 6:02 pm

Reverse Graffiti Project, April 2008, Broadway Tunnel, San Francisco.

Brilliant, but … if the work hadn’t been pretty, it would’ve been just as snarly as those folks who spray paint crappy letters on walls.

Good ad for the green cleaner used.

[via Sour Grapes' shared items in Google Reader]

September 4, 2008

You have perfect color vision!

Filed under: art,fun,timewaster — Towse @ 10:36 pm

Test your color IQ

Drag and drop the colors in each row to arrange them by hue order.
The first and last color chips are fixed.
Click on “Score Test” when done.

Interesting exercise!

“You have perfect color vision!” they told me.

[via tweet from Tim O’Reilly]

May 21, 2008

Vinyl Gallery: Vintage classical album cover graphics – a set on Flickr

Filed under: art,culture,graphics,music — Towse @ 2:01 am

Vinyl Gallery: Vintage classical album cover graphics – a set on Flickr

[via Laughing Squid]

May 19, 2008

The World’s Largest Lolcat, An Invisible Bike Mural | Laughing Squid

Filed under: art,San Francisco — Towse @ 6:23 am

The World’s Largest Lolcat, An Invisible Bike Mural | Laughing Squid

Yay! Us! Not only do we have the weirdness of Bay to Breakers today, but also we have the world’s larges LOLCat Mural!

Update: Took like probably four seconds for the LOLcat mural to hit Guess Where SF and maybe a couple seconds after that for the location to be pinpointed by the gurus at GWSF.

May 10, 2008

[ATTN: UV] Sidewalk art in the City by the Bay

Filed under: art,photographs,San Francisco — Towse @ 12:15 am


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All but the last line true. Wait. Let me correct that. I have no idea what an Indian fighter or chemical test pilot are. I don’t know what being spiritually aerodynamic is but it probably has something to do with the Church of well, you know. The last line is absolutely untrue. That I know.

April 14, 2008

View from the Hill

Filed under: art,life — Tags: , — Towse @ 5:54 am

In today’s Chron … a view from the Hill


The text was influenced by the mystery I’m allegedly working on. (Nothing about people with telescopes and/or wheelchairs. Honest!)

Update: Updated link to Madonna strip. Previous link was 404.

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