Portrait of the artist as an idiot

Self as Art

With apologies to art lovers everywhere.

Please chuckle.

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Albrecht Durer

This is just wrong...

But it's in the tradition (or rather, in blatant imitation) of Marcel Duchamp, who famously disfigured a picture postcard Gioconda with a goatee. (The hand written letters at the bottom, when pronounced in French say, "Elle a chaud au cul," which translates colloquially as "She has a hot ass.")

So in further homage to Marcel, I present:

Who's your Dada?

Tibetan Bodhisattva

Josquin des Pres. The original caption is Josquinus Pratensis. The latinized word pratensis means "of the meadow."   Arvensis is a botanical term for a weed in a cultivated field.

Resistance is futile. I want my implant...
(note the high-tech bionic tri-focals)

Give King Henry more meat... The medallion is the Kentucky State Seal


Can't remember the source of this. Looks French, 19th c.

Hans Memling's triptych with angelic musicians. 

Rembrandt self portrait 1640



A Lincoln Portrait


Confucius say...

. . . man who keep feet firmly on ground have trouble putting on pants.
. . . passionate kiss, like spider web, lead to undoing of fly.
. . . better to be pissed off than pissed on.
. . . man who leap off cliff jump to conclusion.

My favorite story about Einstein comes from a lady who was a founder of the American Recorder Society. She was a society lady who often had amateurs over to play chamber music. As we know, Einstein played the violin. The lady told the story that she didn't like playing with him because "he couldn't count."



Curiously, I have a cousin by the name of Jim Hendrix who played guitar and sang country music in Missouri for many years in the 1950s and 60s (may still for all I know). I remember sitting at the dinner table talking with my brother about Hendrix when he was first emerging into popularity. My father asked if maybe this wasn't our cousin and was pretty insistent that it might be possible. "No, Dad, I don't think so. This guy really doesn't look much like him..."

Manet Picnic with fiddler friend Nikos.A picnic in Kentucky just isn't right without Ale-8-1. Add a little Kentucky bourbon and you have a combination known here as a Kentucky Rocket Booster.

Blake - Ancient of Days

Plato, as depicted by Raphael

Old Goat


Clown by Red Skelton

Me and my kitty

Ghengis Khan

Walt Whitman

Liberté, Fraternité, Egalité
Up the revolution


Tiglath-Pileser III was a prominent king of Assyria in the 8th century BC (ruled 745–727 BC) and is widely regarded as the founder of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. He is considered one of the most successful military commanders in world history, conquering most of the world known to the ancient Assyrians before his death.

The Happy Sound of Ragtime

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