21 November 2009

Rasta Soon Come

An Exhibit for our Rasta

Meeting the Force head on, answering the call to serve Livity:

Above: click to enlarge in new tab


And Jah provide the bread right side view

And Jah provide the bread porch view, because everybody has a porch to gather under and talk about God.


The Flag of Arawaka

Outside Woman, Outside Man and hey, maybe he'll fall in love, too?

14 October 2009

malvina's nightmare

Elay Ballet

24" x 18"
watercolor on Arches

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,1
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same,
And there's doctors and lawyers,
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Malvina Reynolds 1962

20 September 2009

elay ballet no.2

This is a repost of last week's entry which was lost in the uploading of another photo file. Sigh. Disappointed our comments are gone. Its almost as if we are not to ask the questions that weigh so heavily on our minds.

To the left is the rough colored pencil sketchbook concept of the painting I am doing as this is all unfolding. The painting never comes out as planned because you cannot plan watercolor. It flows on its own like beautiful rivers of living color.

I apologize for the missing comments. The question of recentering oneself in the NWO is a valuable and little discussed subject deserving far more attention than it receives.

26 August 2009

Where did your favorite picture go?

Here I went to the trouble of reducing nearly 70 images, thinking surely this page would open faster which it does NOT. I've taken the next logical step of limiting the posts to 25 and archiving the remainder. There are two more steps available if that doesn't work, one is the slide show option and the other, which I don't want to do because we'll lose the comments, is line everything up postage stamp size. You'd get to click on a postage stamp to see it bigger. There is even a third option, continue to limit the amount of posts until the page opens with a satisfactory speed.

Just want to let you know I am working on it.

Big, I mean the largest made, 140 lb, cold-pressed, tried and true stock from France is about to arrive so, heh, I'm thinking we'll need more room pretty soon. Awrite! Now if I could just have a word with
the brush manufacturers ... their global best does not meet artist standards. We do not want to pick off Sable fur from the paint area, please OR have a stray strand interfere with our intentions.

UPDATE: Okay, I've just chosen the third option. We're down to 15 posts for this page. It seems to work. Next job ahead is to add year created to all post labels. Sounds kinda obsessive doesn't it.

UPDATE 2: Adding pages so the images stay large. We'll see how it goes.

19 August 2009

the Watusis

August 16th, Sunday, 2009, was about as perfect a day as it gets, containing within a sunlit space in time the full range of emotions underscored with plenty of "We are on our own now" Polaroids. As a wrap from God's film crew, my friend the Radical Rascal, pulled over alongside Heaven and the Watusi Longhorn came rumbling up from the wash to greet us.

The Watusis 2007
24" x 18" watercolor on Arches

06 August 2009


Watercolor on Arches
12" x 16" | 09 . 2009

A few months ago, I dreamed I grew dog ears. When I woke up, I felt some bumps on my head. Within a few days they'd filled out nicely. It seemed perfectly natural, different, but fine. Same color as my hair, soft and rather fluffy.

05 July 2009

Late Day, Grey Sky

Watercolor on Arches
24" x 18" 2003

Years after the work, it occurs me this is exactly how it looks when the wind carries smoke from distant wildfires to the rest of the southwest. The sun shines through it, orange, and the cheat grass takes on a wierd brightness.

01 July 2009

The Boyfriend

Watercolor on Arches
12" x 12" 2005

He calls to me from outside my window. Summer or snow. Just to please him, I want to sprinkle entire bags of seed everywhere.

His subspecies has a lifespan of over 10 years, so I know its the same goodlooking guy every time.

30 June 2009

Hope and Trust

Hope and Trust

Watercolor on Arches
16" x 12" 2009

I did one similar to this in 2003. I think I might have torn it up. Lately, it seemed to want to exist. When that happens, what can you do?

Flickers and similar birds

25 June 2009


Whenever I get the time, which could be tonight, it could be this weekend, I will reduce the image sizes in all the posts. The graphics have become too ungainly for dial-uppers to view. On dial-up myself, I know what I am seeing, an intolerably long wait, hawing and humming, thumb twiddling, etc. Its no big deal, all you have to do is click on the image and a bigger view will come to life.

This is an example of what to expect:

Macaroni Pond

Watercolor on Arches
14" x 20" 2007

Update: 08.08.09 reduction program complete. A Herculean effort.

19 June 2009

Mysterious Present of a Secret Past

Watercolor on Arches
12" x 9" 2006

Cowboy Nam Vet. Industrious and laid back in one breath. Shovel wind chimes.

Free Parking

Watercolor on Arches
16" x 12" 2007

I Survive Hawk and Feline, Coyote and Pig

Watercolor on Arches
24" x 18" 2006

Minibunny, land owner

18 June 2009

Spirits Upstairs

Watercolor on Arches
16" x 12" 2003

17 June 2009

15 June 2009

The Integration of the Plums

Watercolor on Arches
24" x 18" 2005

This just slid over here from the blog almost as if it was planned. It wasn't. But since its slovenly easy, I will do it again.

Jake, in context

Watercolor on Arches
20" x 14" 2007

Dog days over on the blog...
Blush carpet and puppies don't go together all that well.
Will put up a bigger one when I find it, sigh. I know its around, somewhere ...

Detail from Jake, in Context.

14 June 2009

Sheep's Cathedral

Watercolor on Arches
16" x 12" 2008

Glacial Erratics blown in from the tempest. When the ice melted, they were left behind, scattered solo or in cathedrals. They only appear permanent.

13 June 2009

11 June 2009

Crimescene of the Chukar Shooting

Watercolor on Arches
20" x 14" 2007

Placid is only in the eye of the beholder.

10 June 2009

How to get to The Depot for the Shambhala Express

Weeds first. Colors After.

Then it takes on a life of its own through the One Mind.


Winter in wonderland, 2007

Leaves were falling ... Just like embers

In colors red and gold they set us on fire
Burning just like a moonbeam ... in our eyes

Somebody said they saw me
Swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud.
Killing the Blues ...

© 2005 Rowland Salley

Light Show in the Living Planet Ballroom

Watercolor on Arches
16" x 12" 2005


Watercolor on Arches
12" x 9" 2006

Originally titled Transmigrations

leash the bowline between two palms

Watercolor pencil and inks on Arches
16" x 12" 2008

Caballero y Caballera

Watercolor on Arches
16" x 12" 2003

The comedians of the Animal Kingdom. These are the Acorn Woodpeckers who store acorns in old oaks to see them through the winters. When they return and discover the tree gone or a robbery has occurred, the whole region is alerted by raucous anger. I sprayed clean the cement walk to the house and as I recoiled the hose, I turned to see the Caballeria body surfing on the wet.

Ashes to Ashes

aka Here Comes the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
Watercolor on Arches
24" x 19" 2005

These original Weedpatch, New Deal dwellings are rehoming the illegal farmhands - again. Must be a little drafty ...

Oakie Budding

Watercolor on Arches
24" x 18" 2003

Not only did Oakie then unfurl his glorious lobbed leaves, he did so on a bubbling carpet of many colors.

09 June 2009

The Long Goodbye

Watercolor, carpet and toy Beetle
16" x 12" 2004

Happy Trails to you until we meet again ... happy motoring rides off into twilight time.

LA Postcard

Watercolor on Arches
18" x 24" 2002

El-lay ... the neighbors had this funny dog who kept escaping. We fell in love. It didn't matter in LA, nothing but money matters in LA. We left. I miss Floyd.

War Train

2003, Photoshopped from a digital taken by my friend, the Fireteacher, radical rascal.

... the very last words poor Georgie cried were Nearer my God to Thee ...

Runoff Creek

Watercolor on Arches
20" x 14" 2007

This little body of flowing water has no name, is not on the map and is unknown to the town. Perfect for sneaky dumping. I have suspicions I am not the only one who knows this.


Watercolor on Arches
16" x 12" 2008

They call it a survival tank. It is a ruralist's water tank. Someone in the middle of the last century wrapped it in animal print. The whole time I worked on this piece, I was listening to Paul Simon's Graceland.

Roller Coaster

Watercolor on Arches
9" x 12" 2006

Always safe, with Visible in my head.

IQ Test

Watercolor, India white and newsprint on Arches
24" x 18" 2003-4

The Taoists

Watercolor on Arches
16" x 12" 2006

Cullen and Mofusa, Cavadaii Porcellus, Cavys, Cochon des India or Guinea Pigs.
At home, the Guys, but they live the essence of the Tao. "What is, is."

Mofusa transformed into a Guardian Angel, thus spawning the Mofusa Memorial Park where wildlife visit, drink and feed. Wild Pigs, Elk, songbirds, Flickers, Rabbits and all the spring babies play and hide in Oak stumps and tall grasses. Cullen is seven this year. The one-eyed king.

08 June 2009

Inside Agave

The drawing under the paint is often just as meaningful as the finished work.

la Libération

Watercolor and newsprint on Arches
16" x 12" 2004

HAITI 29 April 2004

Translated from French.

Release is mud cookies? Rice farms decimated? It is illegal to remove the dying from the streets? Looting? The rum bar abandoned ... she sleeps in the sun enured to that taking place beyond the garden wall.

Left: Oua Oua! trans. woof woof
(Haitian Schoolboy)

Watercolor and newsprint on Arches
18" x 12" 2004

07 June 2009

The Brief Window of Opportunity

Watercolor on Arches
10.5" x 10.5" 2009

I am hungup on authentic things, things that last and were loved in the creation so much so they were painstakingly constructed to extend through generations of others who would love them too. And then, you live forever through other people's happiness.

This one was done specially for Stacy. Indeed it is political, done at the time everyone was realizing our brief window of opportunity was closing fast, if not already closed, as the first 100 days morphed into more of the same. Even as I write these words, it grows dorsal fins with stealth radar.

The Plane of 911

Watercolor and Conte crayon on Arches
24" x 18" 2002-3

I dreamed I walked around a crowded city with this piece tucked under my arm explaining 911 was a plane of consciousness. When I woke up, I painted it. What you see is the dreamed work.

I don't know how often, if ever, this happens to other artists, if they dream a work in its entirety without adding embellishments from the outside mind? When I talk about art this way, of course I mean all creative efforts we know as the Arts.


Watercolor on Arches
12" x 16" 2009

DesmondSuSu writes:
I used to be shining and new My presence could get some hearts pumping through some jealousy flowing around and about but never heavy, just jibes from the crew. Gliding along pretty country roads to destinations of simple pleasures: the harvest picnic the easter service the village dance the drive on the days where there was nothing to do. My rear filled with laughing people delighted to feel the wind on their faces Lovers loving up front. The privacy of the cabin their aces. Cool water washing me down smooth polish would create a shine Now - Well strangely I'm no less content despite the rust and numerous dents The sun and moon still do their thing Still catch the breeze and her gentle me-anderings. Life as a pick-up is different now and some days to pass time I pretend I am a cow.
Michael contributes his survivalist tip: ...Agaves, when they are small to medium sized, are quite handy for sewing. Just snap the spine at the top of the leaf and pull down; needle and thread all in one neat package. Nature loves us. 02.27.09

Dogs of the Desert, a series

Regazza Molta Bella

Watercolor on Arches
9" x 12" 2006

Afghan Cocker Spaniel

Prayer at the Shrine of the Joshua Yucca

Watercolor on Arches
12" x 9" 2006

McNabb Shepard and Border Collie