28 December 2011

Helen Frankenthaler dies at 83, in Connecticut

Helen Frankenthaler in her studio, 1963

To the original article, go here.
For a post I uploaded time ago featuring a biographical video, go here.

27 December 2011

singing Christmas hedgehogs

yes, a little bit late. but it's so nice that I coudn't resist not to post it. here it goes:


20 December 2011

hi, guys!

something by the legendary George Carlin:

- "Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time"
- "Electricity is really just organized lightning"
- "Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
- "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that"
- "Soft rock music isn’t rock, and it ain’t music. It’s just soft"

18 December 2011

these are...

Big Bang Theory dialogs:

- Leonard: "Penny, you don't want to get into it with Sheldon. The guy's one lab accident away from being a super villain"

-  Leonard: (To Sheldon) "Sometimes your movements are so life like I forget you are not a real boy" 

- Raj: "My religion teaches that if we suffer in this life we are rewarded in the next. Three months at the North Pole with Sheldon and I'm reborn as a well-hung billionaire with wings!"

- Sheldon: "You are soft. The world is going to chew you then spit you out"

17 December 2011

psychedelic saturday

Larry David:

- "I don’t tell my wife anything. I don’t confide in her. I don’t trust anybody. I just treat her like an acquaintance"

- "Hear the birds? Sometimes I like to pretend that I'm deaf and I try to imagine what it's like not to be able to hear them. It's not that bad"

- "I was planning on my future as a homeless person. I had a really good spot picked out"

16 December 2011

friday, man

and now, some Tosh.O:

- "Even when I was a kid, my imaginary friend would play with the kid across the street. I'd be like, "Hey, so I guess I'll see you later," and he's, like, "Whatever, queer"

- "I hope God speaks English. If I get up to heaven and have to point at a menu, I'm gonna be pissed"

- "Sometimes, when I'm feeling down because nothing seems to be going right, I like to take a home pregnancy test. Then I can say, "Hey, at least I'm not pregnant"

- "Babies aren't dishwasher-safe"

15 December 2011

thursday beer

some David Sedaris words:

-  “If you're looking for sympathy you'll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary” 
-  “We were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well made cocktail 
-  “If you aren't cute, you may as well be clever” 
-  “It's just a penis, right? Probably no worse for you than smoking” 

have a great day, guys

14 December 2011

wednesday Toulouse-Lautrec

today, without any special reason, we are remembering the french painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). in the illustration he is, of course, drawing people at his favorite parisienne joint.  
pasted in, the painting 'Dancing at the Moulin Rouge', 1895.
have a great day, everybody.

13 December 2011

square tuesday

some laughing with Conan O'Brien:

Apparently Arnold was inspired by President Bush, who proved you can be a successful politician in this country even if English is your second language

Earlier today, Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized the California school system, calling it disastrous. Arnold says California's schools are so bad that its graduates are willing to vote for me

John Travolta said he sometimes lets his friends take control of his airplane even though they don't know what they're doing. Then Travolta said he often does the same thing with his career

Scientists announced that they have located the gene for alcoholism. Scientists say they found it at a party, talking way too loudly

12 December 2011


lundi, mes amis!

we are heading to the end of 2011 at 150 kph. just other couple of weeks and that's it. turn the page.
meanwhile, I wish to all of you this week will be a GOOD one! and here we are starting it with some laugh or, at least, a smile:

The meal is not over when I'm full. The meal is over when I hate myself (-Louis CK)
-  When girls go wild they show their tits to people. when women go wild, they kill men and drown their kids in a tub (-Louis CK)
Romance languages lead to premarital sex (-Stephen Colbert)
Now, there's nothing wrong with being gay. Some of my best friends are going to hell (-Stephen Colbert)

11 December 2011

Plaza Anibal Pinto, Valparaíso

in an old CD found this image. a photo I took in 2008 in Valparaíso, Chile. 
it's part of Plaza Anibal Pinto, a central place in downtown Valparaiso. plenty of cafes and restaurants, among them, the traditional Cafe Riquet (at the corner) and El Cafe del Poeta, related to chilean Nobel prize writer Pablo Neruda.
that's all. only wanted to share with you.

five to laugh

a selection of five blackboard opening sentences by Bart Simpson:

-  I will no Xerox my butt
- I will not do that thing with my tongue
- I will not sell school property
- Spitwads are not free speech
- I will not spin the turtle

nice day!

10 December 2011

it's here

saturday's wisdom:

"Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus" (-Bart Simpson)

"Mom, can we go Catholic so we can get communion wafers and booze?” (-Bart Simpson)

"I'm not technically rich, but I do have a lot of shit that I don't need, and I refuse to share with others" (-Maria Bamford)

9 December 2011

what da...

the weekend is almost here. yesh!
to celebrate it here go some sentences of wisdom I share with you:

"I would never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried something, I'd be like, HEY! You get your bitch ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie!" (- Eric Cartman) 

"French people piss me off" (- Eric Cartman)

"Stan, don't you know the first law of physics? Anything that's fun costs at least eight dollars" (- Eric Cartman)

"Operator! Give me the number for 911!" (- Homer Simpson)

"Well, it's 1 a.m. Better go home and spend some quality time with the kids" (- Homer Simpson)

"Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You're making a scene." (- Homer Simpson)

have a great weekend, everybody!

8 December 2011

wake up

today's wisdom sentence:

"Like any good newsman, I believe that if you're not scared, I'm not doing my job" (- Stephen Colbert)

7 December 2011

yeap, wednesday

for the middle of the week:

“Agnostics are just atheists without balls” (- Stephen Colbert)

“Equations are the devil's sentences” (- Stephen Colbert)

“It is a well known fact that reality has liberal bias” (- Stephen Colbert)

5 December 2011

monday... monday...

to start fine the week:

"Boxers don't have sex before a fight, do you know why that is? They don't fancy each other" (- Jimmy Carr)

"No matter how much you give a homeless person for tea... you never get that tea" (- Jimmy Carr)

"Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife" (-Groucho Marx)

3 December 2011

portrait of Jeanne, 1920

portrait of Jeanne 1920 by frank h.

learning from the masters. this is my version of 'Portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne, 1920' by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920). if you want to revise other (very) personal version of different masterpieces, please go here.

23 November 2011

photographing remnants of gothic stalinism

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away". 

-  Percy Bisshe Shelley, 'Ozymandias', 1818

22 November 2011


here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd 
by dreams, each one into a several world 

 - Robert Herrick, 'Dreams', 2002

21 November 2011

have a wonderful martian monday!

and a video - with a great tune - matching the illo: David rendering the 1971 hit, Life On Mars, almost 30 years after, in 2000. enjoy it!

20 November 2011

black hair woman with two black cats

Yes I got a black magic woman,
Got me so blind I can't see 
That she's a black magic woman 
And she's tryin to make a devil out of me

Don't turn your back on me baby
Yes, don't turn your back on me baby
Stop messin round with your tricks
Don't turn your back on me baby
'Cause you just might pick up my magic stick

- excerpts from the song ‘Black Magic Woman’, Peter Green, 1968

18 November 2011

VANITY for Illustration Friday

vanity by frank h.
vanity, a photo by frank h. on Flickr.

my version of the masterpiece 'Vanity' by John William Waterhouse, to contribute to this week topic in Illustration Fridayhope you'll like it.
and have a wonderful posting day, artists!

14 November 2011

november girl

(today, this quick sketch. hope you'll like it!)

Hello woman of my dreams
This is not
the way it seems
Purple words
on a grey background
To be a woman
and to be turned down
Old enough now
to change your name
When so many love you
is it the same
It's the woman in you
that makes you want
to play this game

- excerpt from 'Cowgirl in the Sand', Neil Young, 1969

12 November 2011


yesterday was 11.11.11. - meanwhile a new 'end of the world' was announced by some people, for others was a date of celebration and good luck. for the biggest bunch of people in the planet was only a curiosity. one more date without any special significance.
but it had some relevance - was the first day with temperatures below zero in the region, and on the windshields settled a fine layer of ice during the night.
a simple warning. a sample. a first bite of the coming winter.

11 November 2011


hi, this is my contribution to today's topic in Illustration Friday - silent. hope you'll like it.
that, and have a great posting day, IF creatives!

10 November 2011

fall images of Oakville, ON

yesterday I was in Oakville, ON., and took a bunch of photos around the marine. here go some of them:

9 November 2011

gray wind

I felt the blowing of the wind
As it entered my breadth from deep within
It entered my soul, and then wouldn't let go
It is the wind, from whence life begins

- excerpt from 'The Wind', by Randy McClave, 2010

7 November 2011

Supertcatto and Justicelion

Supercatto and Justicelion wish you a nice and productive week!
me too.

5 November 2011

Crokko, Foxxo and Catto

something special for saturday. Camel rendering 'Rhayader Goes to Town' at the BBC in 1975, with camera orchestra and everything. seventies, the peak of rock creativity. from the famous album 'The Snow Goose'. enjoy it!