The #TimeVirus

The digital art piece I present below, entitled The #TimeVirus, was partially inspired by the following short talk by Eckhart Tolle, in which he refers to the experience of grief and the virus that will finally get us all, if another virus or something else doesn’t get us first, time.

I painted the Neanderthal image on an iPad Pro using Procreate and posted it back in 2016, (see post here including details on the Neanderthal skull). I created the background in Tayasui Sketches and “liquified” it in Procreate in 2019 (see that image further on down). Tolle’s talk prompted me to combine and adjust the two in Procreate and then iColorama as a way of making sense of the corona virus and reactions to it.

I hope you like the image and especially Tolle’s talk!

The #TimeVirus

Liquified Background

Liquified Background


Throw back Thursday

I started this one on a cool, drizzly Monday evening and finished it this morning, a Tuesday, before naming it “Throw back Thursday.” It’s a cousin of ours from way back.
Throw back Thursday

You’re one click away from the photo reference that I brought into Procreate for a side by side, free hand drawing on my iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, finger, and ultimately, iColorama for final touches. Click here for 25-sec progress video.

Neander-Selfie (with 9 sec. video)

Procreate, the iPad drawing app, is chalk full of features.  I may have whined about that already. Actually, I’m learning some new techniques, e.g., smudging. I’d like to become a better smudger, even if I did so curmudgeonly. So, I cranked this one out..and just below it is a 10-second video of the process. Procreate lets you export the entire drawing as a video. I simply increased the play-back in iMovie 20X.


Here’s how the sketch came out in high speed:


100% me, more or less

Ok, maintaining the autobiographical tone here at, DNA testing within the last year revealed the following speculative analysis of my ancestry composition, maternal and paternal combined, reflecting where my ancestors lived 500 years ago, before ocean-crossing ships and airplanes came on the scene. (I’m inclined to cite that quote, but I won’t for a few reasons) Who knows how accurate this information is? Better yet, who knows whether it’s valid, credible, useful, etc.. Theoretically, it applies to my sister and brother as well. At any rate, here’s essentially what got spit out:
25.4%   – Italian
21.2%   – Nonspecific Northern European
18.5%   – Nonspecific Southern European
17.1%   – British & Irish
10.7%   – French & German
6.1%    –  Nonspecific European
0.7%    –  Middle Eastern & North African
0.7%    –  Middle Eastern
0.2%    –  Sardinian
0.1%    –  North African
< 0.1% – Unassigned
100%   – Me, more or less  (Note: An estimated 2.7% of my DNA is from Neanderthals.)