Monday, December 29, 2014


My friend went to the seaside. He was more or less drunk. "Will Jack be at liberty this afternoon? He hang about, hoping to see someone he knew.

One of the highlights of my Japanese stationery collection, procured in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA in the mid 1980's.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I am outrageously happy in my stupidity!

The Born to Dead 
We are independent !
I don't need anybody. It blew up 
with sing songs tonight. Look! 
Our stage brimming over with power. 
I am outrageously happy in my 
stupidity! No future ... but we love future.

One of the highlights of my Japanese stationery collection, procured in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA in the mid 1980's.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Japanese stationery: Cotton Shirts HOW SNOBBISH!

Cotton Shirts

I want to be a good guy to my girlfriend.

Shoes, sweaters, __________________

Isn't it out of fashion to wear a well-starched shirt? 

I'm making ________________

Good! Shirt, pants, shoes

Ironing is my hobby 

From my Japanese pop stationery collection, bought in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles between 1983 and 1989.       

Monday, September 22, 2014

Late summer artists retreat at Bumping Lake

In early September I was fortunate to go on an artists retreat to a friend's wilderness cabin on the east side of Mount Rainier. Here's the cabin, itself, recently declared a historic landmark. 
I stayed in the room named "Bear" which is fitting as it was my fathers childhood nickname for me, as well as being the home of a painting that I'd created on an earlier visit. 
Here's a view of the nearby old growth forest, nicknamed "The Sanctuary."
Here's two of the paintings I created this year, hung out to dry on the side of the hammock. They are oil paint on unstretched canvas. 
It was a good year for collecting mushrooms. Unfortunately our hostess could not ID this bunch, but we found more than enough boletes and chanterelles to enjoy every evening. 
Did I mention there was a lake? Here it is, Bumping Lake on a quiet warm morning, with the American Range peaks reflecting in its mirror like surface. So long for another year, Bumping Lake, and thanks for letting us visit. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

POD revisited

This blog was originally named "Picture of the Day" (thus the "rebeccabushpod" in the url.) As the title suggests, I would post little doodles that I'd made on my computer every single morning. It was a fun exercise, but like so many projects whose goal is to pledge to do something every single day, it just petered out after a while.
I just realized that I have a new POD that I've been doing for the last year without even realizing it! I have been posting little square snapshots that I take of everyday scenes taken with my phone camera, dolled up to look like vintage polaroids- yes, I'm talking about Instagram.

Rebecca Bush Instagram Genie Lift to Heaven
I call this one "Genie Lift to Heaven"
What I love about it is that not only have I started keeping my eyes open for "Instagramable" scenes while I'm out walking around, but I love the interactivity of showing them to my followers and also seeing what they'be been "shooting" today. You can see my oeuvre over at
As you'll see, most of my shots are taken around my neighborhood in Seattle. If you're on Instagram, follow me and I'll follow you.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Good Fall for Orcas

The last half of 2013 has been awesome for the orcas. 
Reason 1: The movie, "Blackfish," which exposes the travesty of keeping captive killer whales at Seaworld, was released this summer and was a huge hit, seen by many thousands of people in theaters and TV.
Reason 2: People actually took action, petitioning musicians to cancel their upcoming gigs at Seaworld, and to date 7 big name acts have! There have also been protests of the Seaworld floats in New York and LA parades, garnering more attention.
Reason 3: Almost as if they could sense a change in the tide of human responsibility, the wild orcas have been visiting the waters of Puget Sound near Seattle this fall with greater frequency than at any other time in the 21 years I've lived here. I got to see a group of seven of them, for the first time ever, from the deck of a passenger ferry near West Seattle in late October. It was amazing and magical! Here's hoping that all captive orcas are freed soon!