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~ I'm often asked how I do my carvings, so I've done an essay "Carving Skulls and Stuff" in the Information folder of my gallery:…

~ Items here that have not yet sold are in the Unsold Items folder of my gallery.… If you want to buy one, or commission a custom piece, send me a note.

~ The current Webcam selection shows Sunday Tea at a friend's home; I'm the one with white hair and a blue jacket. The jacket has a nice embroidered picture of the Star Trek Next Generation version of the Enterprise on the back, but my hair pretty much covers it.


~~~ And so, I was a vendor at PanGaia Festival, out in the thermally enhanced interior of California, where an amazing percentage of the nation's food is grown, if there is enough water. The Festival was held on the great green lawn of the Fair Oaks Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, which had many memorial structures, and an outdoor room with a floor and a ceiling with ceiling fans, but no walls. The Hall itself had a lecture room, a bar, restrooms, and other enclosed spaces, but we vendors were in our own booths, set up on the lawn for Summer Solstice weekend.
~~~ And so, I mainly sat, along with my booth partner Teri, and showed folks my work, and, for the first time, accepted credit card payments, using the Square magnetic stripe reader (which is indeed square) and their software. I made my own console with an old IBM wooden cube box, a vintage Japanese camera-tripod head, an iPad Mini tripod adaptor, and an iPad Mini, which the stripe reader plugs into. I installed latching magnets to hold the box lid shut, and it holds the reader and the tripod head for travel. Slowly I am being dragged into twentieth century commerce, and we are already fifteen years into the twenty-first.
~~~ There was a stage area where a variety of musicians played during the day, but Saturday evening, after vending, there was Adult Entertainment. I had joined the drum circle, which was briefly absorbed by Danse Macabre, the famous flute and drum troop in skeleton and corpse outfits, for their evening parade, and then we played for the stage audience. After stowing my drums, I sat in the dusk by the stage, watching the fire dancers juggle flaming objects. To the West, the Moon, Jupiter, and Venus formed a close isosceles triangle, different from their previous night's isosceles triangle. Four bats were flitting around the trees. To the South, there was a clear line of sky between the trees; and, as I watched, a bright meteor fell down that line of sky. After the fire dancers I went to bed and left the adults to their entertainment....
~~~ And so, I am back home. I had a good time, enjoyed the music, shopped at other vendors' booths, read some of Sookie Stackhouse's adventures, ate good food, and slept well. It was not as cool as at home, despite also having a constant cooling breeze, but I have sold at two festivals that were 113 degrees during the day, so I am not complaining.

Truth is a condition that occurs in the brain and which prevents thinking.
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Listening to: Cold or cool wind and lack of rain
  • Reading: The Sookie Stackhouse stories
  • Watching: the Internet
  • Playing: Oquonie
  • Eating: Food; most good, some excellent
  • Drinking: Water, seriously


Don Simpson
United States
~~~ For several decades I made my living as a research and development technician (mostly electronic and mechanical, some computer gaming) while doing artwork when I could; now I get to be an artist. The art I used to do was mostly drawings and paintings done with India ink and colored inks, or strange creatures and machines made from various plastic materials. These days I mainly carve, what I mainly carve is jewelry, and what I mainly carve things from are natural materials of all sorts. I still do digital art, though, both vector and pixil based, including fonts for computer printing. What next? I'm mostly working on improving my carving, but I want to make some art using the machine tool and computer knowledge from my old "day job".

~~~ I do take commissions, and occasionally trade art. If you are interested, send me a note.

Current Residence: The Far West
Favourite genre of music: Filk (a tradition of the science-fiction community)
Operating System: OS X 10.4 & 10.10, iOS 8.2
Favourite cartoon character: Hobbes (as in Calvin and Hobbes)
Personal Quote: Be excellent to each other. And... Party on, dudes! (... Bill & Ted)


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OlegLevashov Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Interface Designer

Thank you so much for the Lama! You’ve got some killer stuff yourself!

Hasaiah Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your page is AMAZING! LOVE IT!
DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thank you. :)
Ryvienna Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the watch! Your gallery is also super nice! Halfliquid 
Geist-art Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow i´m really impressed by your gallery. your work is totally awesome! keep on doin´ this!
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