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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Be Jackson Pollock, Without the Alcoholic Rages

Remember back in September when I posted the bubble wrap link that lets you pop the bubbles with your mouse? Well this might actually trump it.

I call the work above "Amsterdam 1915 Facing West Ser. 1," or, "Rock Creek Rambler Teaches Me How to Use My Mac."

When you're done with your painting, send me a .jpg at and I'll post it tomorrow. Don't forget to title your masterpiece. Instructions for how to save your work, for both Mac and PC users, are in the comments.

Our gallery thus far:

"Who Spilled Paint on My Brand New Canvas? Jerk! No. 8" Artist: Rock Creek Rambler

"My Chicken Has Two Mommies" Artist: Claire

"Makahiki: Flooding and landlsides on O'ahu" Artist: Valerie F.

"Angry Garbage" Artist: Kate W.

"The Brain of Bush, 2006 November Election." Artist: Troy

For some reason I can't get Blogger to deal with these last two properly. So here are some mini-Pollocks.
"I think I just puked, but I don't remember eating anything pink" Artist: I-66.

"My Bleeding Mouse" Artist: Etcetera.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya :) trumps it! I discovered this through Daily Candy. LOVE IT!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Hey Pretty said...

Swoon, this is a beaut indeed. Very good I bet, for those with anger management issues.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous etcetera said...

wow. mine are good. i mean REALLY good. i'm printing these out and selling them at eastern market. but i need more colors. do they make it with more colors?

4:44 PM  
Anonymous rcr said...

ETC, are you clicking your mouse? It changes color, apparently randomly.

If my opinion of modern art weren't already so low, this definitely undermines it completely. Oh, and by the way, I've still got the alcoholic rages.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous etcetera said...

ah ha! i was just flailing my hand about without clicking. the colors add a lot. can we have a brunch bird contest? b/c seriously, mine are really, REALLY good.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Brunch Bird said...

RCR- Are you calling folks like Damien "Shark in Formaldyhde" Hirst con men? I can't imagine why. We diverge on Pollock though.

Etc-Awesome idea. I love the notion of a blog refrigerator with everyone's results stuck to it. I think that this is actually working off of Flash technology though, so there's no way to save a .jpeg.

Can anyone reading prove me wrong so we can make this happen?

7:03 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

This is so dumb and yet I see myself doing for hours on end. I spelled my name, it was awesome.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous rcr said...

Hint the print screen key, open up microsoft paint, and select edit->paste. You can then crop out the rest of the screen and save it as a bmp or jpg.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous rcr said...

That would be Hit.

As for modern art, I registered for a modern art class in college. When we got to Black square by Kazimir Malevich is when I decided I was done with modern art and dropped the class. Whatevs, I was just taking the class because it was 80% girls anyway.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Brunch Bird said...

RCR- In English Baxter, you know I don't speak Spanish. No, seriously, that will work on a PC, but I'm on a Mac so I still have to monkey with it to come up with how to do it. But anyone who wants to send me their file once they do this, feel free! Etcetera, I'm looking in your direction as you're all smudged with paint and obviously quite pleased about your work. ;-)

And funny. But don't even try convincing me that later that week after dropping out you didn't try wooing some unsuspecting co-ed by talking about Black Square, "representing the blindness and hopelessness of man's soul in the face of tyranny." 'Cuz you know you totally did.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous rcr said...

I know nothing about Macs, but the Google told me this:

On a Mac:
Press shift + open apple + 4 at the same time. A cross hair should appear, +, and you can use it to draw around the area you wish to capture. You should hear a camera shot sound when you release the mouse. The image will appear on the hard drive as picture 1 etc.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, online bubble wrap popping LIVES! Complete w/ breathy sound effects.

Go to

I'm just here to help.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Brunch Bird said...

Sweet, thanks Anon!

10:18 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Let me get this straight. Pollack got paid to do this?

Mine are just as good.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think all that clicking and mouse dragging will ruin your art. On the other hand, it might be a nice experiment. Another option: there are free screen capture programs for the Mac that let you capture the whole desktop with a few command keys and save it as any file type you like. (On the PC you can use the "Print Screen" button, and then paste the image somewhere.) You can crop the image in another program.

Lots of people look at modern art and claim "I could do that" or "I could that, but better". As the old saying goes: "Yah, but you didn't think of it."

10:47 PM  
Blogger Brunch Bird said...

Anon- Actually I did think of the "Shark in Formaldehyde" idea before Hirst, but my parents fah-reaked out when they came home and found it in the living room and made me take it apart.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mac users- right click on the image- go to print- choose save as pdf- and there you go! you can also choose the page direction, so you can format it correctly.

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:57 PM  
Blogger I-66 said...

mini-Pollocks = small people frome Poland

9:03 PM  
Blogger I-66 said...

from. Bah.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Needtsza said...

Nice. I saw this a few weeks ago. Excellent

1:46 AM  

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