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About Deviant Artist Core Member Don Simpson77/Male/United States Group :iconwalkingsticks: WalkingSticks
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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.


~~~ The off and on rains continued into what is normally the dry season, falling on two festivals that I went to but did not sell at. They may finally have stopped. The drought has been officially declared over, though nature may decide not cooperate with human decrees.
~~~ I got got a Vendor Room table at BayCon, which has moved to the San Mateo Marriott. Years ago, the original building had another name, and was built to resemble a castle; traces of the round turrets may be spotted in the current sparkling white, red-tile-roofed Spanish appearance.
~~~ It now has expanded to several buildings connected by enclosed corridors, with courtyards inside and around. The various sections are at odd offsets and angles to each other, and the room numbering scheme hops around, so that a map is needed to avoid getting lost. If you take the meeting room elevator, with buttons labeled G and 2, you reach a conveniently clustered group of pleasantly detailed function spaces*, which is where most of BayCon was located. If you go down the odd side corridor that connects this floor 2 to the rest of the hotel, you will find that you are on floor 3 of the rest of the hotel. For these two reasons the hotel has been nicknamed The Escher Marriott.
~~~ I had a good time, meeting people and selling stuff. Several people (including me) were giving away free science fiction and fantasy paperback books (I got most of mine free at the saddening closure of Black Oak Books). My business partner Teri and I bought a few things, and had a dinner with friends.
~~~ In less than two weeks, we should be selling at the PanGaia Festival near Sacramento. It was hot there last year, and probably will be this year, too, but such is the vending life. I only sell at a few events, so it's not that bad; some vendors do dozens of events in a year. I may get a space at Convolution this fall, but it's a juried event with a lot of people wanting in.
~~~ The usual stuff continues as usual....

*The function rooms are named Engage, Strategy, Synergy, Inspire, Connect, Convene, and Collaborate.
  • Listening to: Increasingly occasional rain
  • Reading: Graphic Novels
  • Watching: random stuff
  • Playing: Oquonie, in theory
  • Eating: Food; most good, some excellent
  • Drinking: Water, yoghurt drink


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 7.1.2 & 9.3
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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DirtyJane Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
Your painted rocks (via Pinterest) really grabbed my attention.  They're beautiful.
DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
Ah. Someone has them on Pinterest? Good. :)
SeaDragon06 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to say that your carvings are absolutely gorgeous!
DonSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
I'm glad you like them. :)
keight Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
Thank you very much for the fave, Don.
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