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I recall an erotic(porn?)comic strip that appeared in OUI magazine back in the 1970s. It was entitled "Dolly Bird" and was drawn and written(?)by someone named Ken Taylor.  Dolly was a globe hopping 1920s flapper sort. An independent British woman who came from money, and took on all sorts of jobs and adventures.  She encountered a Dr. Frankenstein type fellow in her origin adventure, who's MONSTER had eyes for Dolly. In another installment she tried to photograph the Loch Ness Monster and attracted the advances of an amorous Scotsman.

And as one might imagine, she ended having a lot of sex with a lot of different men. And often somewhat against Dolly's will.  At present, I do not know if there were other installments in other issues of OUI.  One small clue I did manage to locate on-line suggests that Taylor may be British. But it's just a guess really.

Now try as I might I cannot find out anything more about Ken Taylor or Dolly Bird on the internet.  I did manage to buy three old issues of OUI that contained installments of Dolly Bird.
Does anyone here on DA know anything about Ken Taylor? 
Got the bad news early this week the 8 year old Apple desktop is not worth repairing.
I've been without a personal desktop for over a month now. I can't scan, print, or digitally manipulate anything. Oh the pain!
Well I bit the bullet today and ordered a new desktop. A Dell because I just can't afford another Apple. So stepping back to a Windows machine. At least Dell has a good reputation.  The new box should be here early next week. It will be good to have it back and running. I just hope it will like all my peripherals...printer, scanner, etc.
oh well...

Well, the new DELL showed up the day after I ordered it! Was I ever surprised!   Set it up this morning and...well I'm writing this from the DELL right now. So far, so good. No complaints. It's good to have a desktop again.  And another good thing is that I bought it with Photoshop Elements 13. So I'm ready to do digital art stuff again.
Got the bad news early this week the 8 year old Apple desktop is not worth repairing.
I've been without a personal desktop for over a month now. I can't scan, print, or digitally manipulate anything. Oh the pain!
Well I bit the bullet today and ordered a new desktop. A Dell because I just can't afford another Apple. So stepping back to a Windows machine. At least Dell has a good reputation.  The new box should be here early next week. It will be good to have it back and running. I just hope it will like all my peripherals...printer, scanner, etc.
oh well...
Yes, sadly I had another happens pretty much every year now. I don't celebrate my birthday anymore. Just try to ignore it. I know everyone thinks it's nice to remind people that they are another year older, but it's not my thing. 
Today is my second painting class. 
I mostly learned last week all the things that I just take for granted when drawing or painting. Things like knowing when you should dip your brush into more paint, keeping a point on your brush, how much water to mix into your paint...things I am finding that most of my students simply do not yet comprehend.
i also had a literal last minute sign up. As I was unpacking my supplies at the activity center a woman asked if I was teaching the art class. I admitted that I was the culprit. She then told me her daughter would love to learn to paint. I asked her daughter's age...she was 9! Well I told her the cut off age was 18, as I did not want to deal with kids in a three hour class session. But the Mom was insistent and to make a long story short I now have a nine year old girl in my class. But she was very well behaved and maintained her interest for the entire class. I was pleasantly surprised. And for a kid, she did a pretty good job too.

so we do it again today.
I'm not sure yet if I am going to enjoy this experience or not. By nature I'm rather a selfish person. I want what I want when I want it. Part of the reason I don't have any little Bivouacs...a big part really.
When the 11 weeks are up, I don't know if I will want to do it again or not. It's certainly not for the money. 
Last week we did individual paintings from photos. But I was spread a bit thin. So today we do the Bob Ross thing...I paint and the students copy, badly, what I do. And we'll see how that works out.
Seven year old Mac started sporting the SBBOD yesterday afternoon. No warning. I tried to get on line and the screen was frozen on DA and the beach ball was spinning like Hell.
shut it down, re opened it. Still BB taunting me. Looked for on line support but my specific problem does not appear to be addressed. I get past the apple logo and screen is blank with the BB spinning away. I think I'll have to bite the bullet and call tech support. Probably cost me $100.00 now that my warrantee is long expired.
fortunately I have an iPad with which to write this journal.
if and one out there can offer free assistance I will be happy to listen.
I found out yesterday that I have JUST enough sign-ups for my painting class! It's a go. Man, am I nervous!
Class starts at 12:30 today. I will shortly be getting supplies together, loading the car, all that good stuff.

I even did a quick painting last night to get in the zone. It came out rather well so I hope that is a good sign.
The idea of the class is a "Follow Me" theme. I paint and the class copies what I do.  Yes, like Bob Ross and Bill Alexander used to do. Laugh if you like..."Happy Little Trees" 

Perhaps I to should affect some sort of trademark...Ross had his 'fro, and his I-am-so-stoned manner of speaking. Bill Alexander had his lovable Sgt. Shultz from "Hogan's Heros" accent. I always expected at any minute he would turn to the camera, throw up his arm and shout "Heil Hitler"...Sorry Bill. I know you weren't a Nazi....probably. 

So maybe I need a gimmick too. Perhaps a monocle? But I already wear reading glasses when I paint... A Long cigarette holder?, No, I don't smoke and couldn't smoke in the municipal studio setting anyway. I have it! I could wear a top hat and tail coat! But not the best outfit for painting...especially in the high desert in mid summer. An English accent?  "I say portion out a dollop of smashing Thalo blue onto your jolly good palette..." I probably couldn't sustain the accent for an entire class session, though. Maybe I'm just over-thinking this. I think I'll just be my good old lovable if I can just remember where I left my Good Old Lovable Self...I haven't seen him in ages. Under the circumstances, I may have to just go with the smart-ass, know it all, jerk self,  that has been serving me so well these many years.

It will be interesting to see how much my students currently know about painting...or should I say: how little they know. Of course the less they know probably the better. If they have taken other classes in the past they may hit me with things like: "Uh...excuse me, but why are you doing it like that? I took Mr. So and so's painting class and he always does it THIS way...".  And my response: "Well  I have some unfortunate news for you my informative fellow.....Mr. So-and-so just called, not five minutes ago,  and said he was very sorry indeed, but he simply will not be able to teach this class...he also said that you shut yer pie hole and do it like Mr. smart-ass, know it all, jerk, tells you! Now squirt out some Thalo blue onto your pie pan and show me just how much you stink at painting." 

Well, with that being said, I'm off to collect my supplies and prepare for battle!
A mediocre nude cartoon girl drawing gets more hits and comments than does a very well executed drawing from life. Maybe I shouldn't care and just draw some more T&A to get my ego stroked, but it's a little bit sad I guess. But no matter it's still good to have the opportunity to draw from life every week. I really enjoy it.
Not much of a journal entry I'm afraid.
I recently saw this great little documentary called "Stripped". It is about comic strips and especially about the current trend of on line comics. My wife was watching along with me and suddenly piped up and said:"You should do that." Oddly as I was sitting watching the film I was thinking almost the same thing.
I have been thinking about this for a couple of weeks now and even doing a little research on the subject. There is a lot of competition in the field. Some really well done stuff too. But nothing ventured, nothing gained. So I guess the question is...if I were to try and develop something, what sort of theme would it have? I think being a humorous strip would be a must. And possibly a little T&A would not hurt. Sex sells. But what kind of a setting? So many questions and so many possibilities.

So I started to think about what I enjoy...I like old science fiction and horror movies, superheros, mysteries, adventure, naked girls, robots, aliens and monsters. Hmmm, what could be made of that?

So with all that said, if anyone has any ideas that would like to share, I'm willing to listen.
Back from Tennessee....but I may be going back again!  Must meet with my employers and see what they wish to do. Still quite a few things to do back there. But it's busy season here at home and they may prefer I stay and perhaps go back in the fall. We shall see.
Posted a few photos of some of the work I did. Check them out.
Yes, back to Tennessee tomorrow morning! Probably for a couple more weeks of mural painting excitement! Packing up my brushes and paint cans as we speak.
Well my little week long trip to Tennessee turned into a month long trip! 
I was kept very busy painting murals and doing faux finish. I had a good time. Not many days off, but still I enjoyed it. For the most part the weather was very nice. Had a few rainy days but living in dry Southern California I actually enjoyed the different sorts of weather.

 On the downside, as the visit stretched out longer and longer I sadly had to cancel my spring watercolor class! I had eight whole students signed up! I hope they forgive me and sign up again in the fall.
In the summer I am scheduled to do a "Follow Me" acrylic painting class where I paint and my student copy what I do.  I'm the discount Bob Ross for the high desert. I've never done anything like that so I'm a bit nervous about it. I really do not like people watching me draw or of course I agreed to take on such a class. Go figure.

Anyway I will be posting some of my Tennessee mural work in my gallery shortly.
It never fails! I'm just about to start my Saturday watercolor class in April when,today, my Boss informs me I'm being sent to our Tennessee location to do some mural work for two April!
I had to contact my go-between with the city and give her the news. I'm not sure what's going to happen. I'm hoping they can just start my class two or three weeks late and it won't be that big of a deal. But amazing how these things all hit at once.
Two pieces of my art got accepted into the the Carter Sexton monthly art show.…
Newly framed, I dropped them off at Carter Sexton on Friday afternoon. This month the theme is "Science Fiction".

The two pieces are:
Jupiter Two WIP Almost Done by MJBivouac
Flying Saucer design by MJBivouac

Both will be sold for BIG BUCKS, no doubt.
I am thinking of doing a few quick digital caricatures of people. No original art just digital commission. How much do you think the market would bare for this service?
Deceptively simple looking artwork. Subtle colors, just an amazing artist.
I have this very early memory. I was quite young, could not yet read, and I believe this memory took place at my grandparent's house. I would guess the year around 1963 or '64

It was a magazine cover. I recall an image of a women FALLING towards the viewer. Her limbs flailing and her mouth open in a scream. Behind/above her at the top of a building, there are several men in uniforms watching her fall and they smile and seem to find amusement in her peril. There is also a man not wearing a uniform who looks distraught over the woman's plight. He is being held immobile by one or two of the uniformed men. And that is what I remember.

I have had this image in my head all my life. I apparently found it startling as a child. My feelings regarding it had to do with the lack of empathy the uniformed men had for the falling woman. I wondered if the men had pushed the woman off the roof, or if she slipped and they just found it funny for some reason. I wondered about the man being held by the villainous uniformed men. Was he the woman's husband? Why were the uniformed men being so callus and mean to them?

My only exposure to men who wore uniforms at that time were police men. My grandparents were much involved in local government and the police department. So even at my young age I had a few interactions with local police officers and they were all positive. Later, my father was even a volunteer policeman. So these uniformed men in the illustration I probably interpreted as police men.
But why were they being so mean?

Well, that image has stayed with me all my life. And as I got older and interested in commercial illustration I came to understand that the magazine I had seen was likely one of the garish men's adventure magazines that were so common and popular from the 50s and 60s. With the advent of the internet it has become easy to research many subjects including old publications. Over the last couple of years I have looked at websites dedicated to these sorts of publications, and I have seen a great many similar images featuring brutal uniformed men attacking and torturing beautiful scantily-clad woman. I also came to realize that the uniformed men in my memory were likely Nazi officers and certainly NOT policemen. However, despite my searching, never did I locate that one specific image from my memory. 

Until a couple of days ago. I was doing a web search for art reference involving pin-up type images from the 50s. And oddly I started to get a few of the old men's adventure magazine covers mixed in with my cute pin-up girl images. And then...THERE IT WAS! A flashbulb went off in my head. I knew in an instant. I suddenly flashed back almost half a century to that mysterious and lurid magazine cover. The falling woman, the laughing men in uniform, the OTHER man being held back..that was the image!

REAL MEN Magazine May 1960 35 cents!

A bit of a revelation after so many years. I was actually surprised at just how well I had remembered the image! And actually seeing the image for the first time in decades, certain elements of the image suddenly CLICKED with me that I had not specifically remembered. Things like the black sky and the fact that the woman was upside down as she fell. But it was equally interesting to see certain details that I did not remember. The BLOOD on the woman...I did not remember that. Perhaps I simply did not understand anything more than a little cut on the finger, and the concept of quantities of blood sufficient to run down someone's legs was simply beyond me at the time. The Nazi flags I also did not recall. But at my age, a swastika would have meant nothing to me. But there it is! After do many years...there it is.
My grandfather loved to read, and this sort of publication being in his possession would come as no surprise. He loved all sorts of history type stories, Popular Mechanics, magazines on firearms, coin collecting, so this lurid Men's adventure magazine would have been a natural for him to have around the house in the early 1960s.

I also find it interspersing that even as a very young child I was drawn to this sort of image. If I saw this magazine lying on a table today I would certainly pick it up and take a very close look at it...and probably stick it into my coat and try to steal it...Ha Ha! Just kidding...maybe. It says to me that there are a great many things which are inborn in us. My interest in lurid illustration and images was not taught to me. I was clearly already into it even at 3 or 4 years old! 

It only took about 50 years but I finally managed to track down that haunting memory...time travel of a sort.
I've sold a LOT of stuff on EBAY, but never artwork. 
Starting tomorrow I will attempt to sell my Matt Smith Doctor Who portrait. Here is the EBAY link:…

Here is the LINK to it in my DA gallery:…

So fangirls and fanboys who can't live without an original portrait of their favorite Doctor, we3ll now is your chance. Very low reserve on this. Take a look, make a bid you might just win it!
These people have been my on-line friend for several years now. They are not wealthy people. They need help to save their poor kitty cat. I donated what I could as well.