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Space Aliens in Crayon

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Space Aliens in Crayon

Michael Frank, Curator-in-chief of the Museum of Bad Art visited Seattle a few weeks ago to do a book signing in my studio.

He was kind enough to bring this piece to trade to The Sauce (okay, I demanded a trade -- but still...nice of him).

He still has yet to send me a story, so I've cobbled together some bits from our email exchange re: our very different lodgings in Portland. I'm sure Michael will send a story someday, but in the meantime, enjoy this.

The Backstory:

Cat Painting

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Painting of an Orange Cat

This cat painting wasn't awful enough for the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) to put in their permanent collection so they passed it on to me.

What's funny to me is that this painting of a kitty looks more realistic than our friends cat: Curly Burnt Whiskers who got his name because he liked to sleep on a radiator and it burned the whiskers on half of his face. He also likes to chew on curtains and look around with a blank look on his face. He's special.

Colin "trades" me a Hedgehog for Decapitated Moose Heads

Moose Heads
Man and Woman Holding Small Stuffed Moose Heads

Colin was unfortunately the loser in the first ever, and possibly only, bARTer Sauce trade competition.

He was a little upset that he had to compete against a real museum with a mailing list. He really didn't do so badly considering. In fact, for quite awhile, he was completely kicking the museum's ass. But then they got around to sending some info out to their mailing list ....and well, Colin lost.


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Here is MOBA's story about Cockfighters:

"Cockfighters" was presented to MOBA by Ron Claiborne, one of the hosts of ABC's Good Morning America who came to interview us for a feature. They did a fine production job - the place was lit beautifully, and Ron had clearly done his homework about MOBA. I was put off by his attitude though; he was interested and engaged when we talked with the lights on and the camera rolling, but as soon as we stopped for a break he would immediately look down and be consumed with checking his email or whatever from his blackberry device.

Velvet Last Supper

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Velvet Last Supper

A Velvet Last Supper painting.

My ultimate fantasy has come true.

MOBA gives me a Velvet Last Supper in exchange for the Eyes for Boobs painting

Painting of a woman with eyes for boobs

I finally got around to sending the Museum of Bad Art their painting (and some more hats for Mike) and I got something fantastic in trade.

A Velvet Last Supper painting. My ultimate fantasy has come true.

Seriously. I've always wanted a velvet painting.

Oh wait!

I forgot, I already had a velvet Elvis.


Mike gives me the monkey shelf in exchange for a naval officer hats

bARTer Sauce Trade
bARTer Sauce Trade

Here's Mike and I trading a naval issue hat for a horrible shelf like thing that is being held up by a monkey.

Mike said he traded it to me for the hat because his wife won't let him hang it up in the house. Can you imagine not wanting this in your house???


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Eliana From The Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) finally traded me this after I sent their curator a number of threatening emails.

You can read that series by clicking on this hyperlink (what's a hyperlink you ask? I'm not telling. You're too dumb.)

MOBA gives me Eliana in exchange for Creepy Rhinestone Baby

Creepy Rhinestone Baby at Museum of Bad Art
Eliana at Museum of Bad Art
Man and Woman Holding Bad Paintings
Man and Woman Holding Bad Paintings
Musuem of Bad Art - The Book

Sometimes fate comes together to save things worth saving.

It also sometimes steps in at just the right moment to save stupid projects that I'm working on. After I accidently deleted my bARter Sauce mailing list and then pieced it back together email address by email address based solely on my immaculate memory, I sent out a threat about the potential demise of The Sauce.

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