Sunday, November 29, 2015

Entries in the Portrait Exhibition at the Trescott Street Gallery, Taunton

I have emailed in two images, one each of the portraits I have done. There is a first line filter. Each of the pieces has to be accepted into the juried exhibition. The images are below. The top one I've named a Family Portrait. The bottom one is an Artist Rendition of the Wild Man of Bluff Creek.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Dropping Off and Entering Three of My Paintings in the Attleboro Arts Museum Members Exhibition

Tomorrow I will be dropping off two abstract pieces and a realistic-type painting in the member show. I've been reluctant to enter anything other than impressionistic or realistic paintings, but there is a prize for abstract, so why not? I have some experimental paintings that might catch a judge's eye.

Further, on my compilation of Wild Man stories, I am up to 30,000 words so far with quite a long way to go. I've added more articles from additional states and countries. I'm sure I'm over 20 states and close to a half dozen countries currently. While many of the stories might seem like fodder for Bigfoot enthusiasts, many others are truly accounts of feral humans running around in the forests, acting kind of nutty.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Trescott Street Gallery, Taunton Hosting a Juried Exhibit of Portraits

I am working on a portrait for a local competition to be held at the Trescott Street Gallery in Taunton. Digital copies of potential entries need to be sent via email. Juried entries which pass first muster will compete for prizes. I will be submitting a couple, one done some time ago, the other I expect to finish soon.

Portraits are not my strength, but I'm having some fun with the attempt.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Attleboro Arts Museum Art Auction Last Night

We attended the Art Auction last night. More pieces than last year went up for sale and it seemed more crowded with attendees.  Very impressive, again (we went last year as well). We left a little early, but both my donated works had bids, so I won't have to go pick them up.

Last year one of mine was very actively bid on and both sold. I'm sure to hear from the Museum with the results this next week.

Wild Man book - Now up to 20,000 words

What is a ‘Wild Man’?

If you’re thinking of a wild man like I am, you’re most likely thinking of a feral man, not a wild one. (And when we’re talking about wild men, let’s be frank. We’re talking about wild women, too, even though there are far more stories or sightings of wild men than women, at least so far in my research) Feral animals were once part of a civilized or domesticated world. That’s the definition. For whatever reason, some humans decided to depart from civilization. They escape to the woods, the forests, or anywhere else to get away and live ‘in the wild’. They may often live on the edge of civilization and sometimes cross paths with it. Wild men might do this on purpose to steal food or spy on their civilized brethren. Or it might be an accidental sighting by a hiker, a farmer or hunter.

Wild men became wild men for many reasons. There were escaped convicts, runaway slaves, military deserters, criminals, insane, homeless, vagrants, and just those who were enticed by the call of the wild, wilderness, outside, solitude or whatever. Of course, there were other ‘wild men’ that witnesses thought to be too hairy, large, ape-like to be human. Sometimes the newspaper stories, based on witness accounts, were too difficult to determine whether the wild man was human or not.

I'll be making some tabulation of the sightings, but in general, it seems that wild men are naked, mostly hairy, are rugged and athletic-looking. Some are giants and really hairy. Some wear bits of clothing and carry a weapon, like a club. They are mischievous, breaking into sheds, barns and livestock pens, stealing anything that can eaten, live or otherwise. Some are confused with animals, like gorillas, or even bears.

The old newspaper articles are the most fun, because of a number of reasons. We just don't read writing like old newspaper accounts. Witness accounts are quite detailed, but likely as unreliable as current ones. Nevertheless, patterns do develop. More to come.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Monday, October 26, 2015

New Book - Wild Men (Unnamed) at 11,000 words.

Thus far, with only 11,000 words, I have complete newspaper articles from 17 states, two Canadian provinces, and a couple foreign nations. Most are older stories, i.e. early 1920s back to 1839. For those more recent I am using the headlines and a brief summary of the article.

You must know. This is not a Bigfoot book. Wild men did exist. Feral humans lived on the edge of civilization in the nineteenth century. Others were more the freak show type of wild men, while according to the witnesses' accounts, many others may have been wild animals, like those huge bipedal hairy non-human primates we all know about. This compilation of accounts will allow you to reach your own conclusion.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Starting a new book....Not Zombies this time...It's Wild Men.

The book is unnamed as of yet, but the subject will be the written accounts of the wild men of North American. The older stories of wild men have fascinated me for the last number of months. The Indians knew about them, but the new arrivals from Europe did not. Stories were passed on from mouth to mouth until newspapers began to report on them, beginning in the 1830s, as the growth in numbers of newspapers exploded. Some of these were wild men were just that. They may have been jail escapees, crazies, slaves on the run, deserters, criminals, circus and exhibited fakes or just those in search of the quiet, solitude and beauty of nature and perhaps more than one huge, bipedal, hairy primate that have stalked the forests for perhaps thousands of years.

There are plenty of stories to tell. The headlines are sometimes amusing, and outright laughable. Newspapers were often skeptical of any reports or sightings and did not shy away from disparaging witnesses as having overactive imaginations or too much to drink.

Thus far, 3000 words with many more to come.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Repair of Painting

I may be able to publish my crudely edited video of the repair, but until then here's what I did.

1. Cut out a patch of canvas big enough to cover the tear.
2. Take the painting out of the frame.
3. Apply the patch over the tear on the back of the canvas, using an appropriate adhesive. I used a medium.
4. Weight down the patch with books, making sure there is aluminum foil or waxed paper between the books and the patch so glue doesn't stick to the books.
5. Once the patch dries, paint over the front of the painting where the tear was. It's just a touch up of the small lines of the tear, but make sure the strokes, color and body of the paint sufficiently cover the tear.
6. Let it dry. You're done. Except for a small patch in the back of the painting, it would be hard to tell you had a tear.
Repairing a tear in a painting

Monday, September 28, 2015

Uh Oh...

As I was taking my two paintings to Attleboro to be donated to the Auction to be held by the Attleboro Arts Museum, one of them fell onto the other, tearing the canvas in a three corner tear. It's never happened before to me. Never thought it could. I came home and picked out another painting, created another donation form, and will make the trip to Attleboro tomorrow.

In the meantime, I thought the painting was lost. What a bummer! But a search of the Internet gave me hope that the tear could be repaired, at least enough for me to recover the painting for my personal gallery. I think I do a short video on the project.

More to come. Oh.  The one that got torn was 'Gulliver Street in the Fall'.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Art Calendar is Getting Busier

Attleboro Arts Museum - Their annual charity auction will take place November 7th. For that, I am donating two pieces as I did last year. One is a piece for which I received an Honorable Mention in the Art Show at Massasoit Community College in May. The other is a night scene of the Manhattan skyline from the shores of Brooklyn. I have to get together the necessary paperwork and get them over to Attleboro by October 2nd.

The two works are in the column to the right: 1) Manhattan from Brooklyn II; 2) Gulliver Street in the Fall.

Taunton Art Association - Their Annual Fall Art Show is the third week in October. I will be submitting three works. They will include my favorite, When Eye Cry, which now shows up in my background of my Twitter account. By the way, my Twitter account can be found at @billg135.

The three works are in the column to the right: 1) Manhattan from Brooklyn I; 2) Why Eye Cry; 3) Unnamed.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


I am attempting some trials of fluid art using either enamel or acrylic paints. I should have put this into a time lapse video. I have two more to post. They are drying right now. The black, white and orange motif is posted to the right under Abstract. There are two others numbered 2 and 3 that I photographed under poor light and conditions which I'll have to redo.

Monday, July 6, 2015

I continue to tweet Bigfoot and Sasquatch related Topics on Twitter

Check out @billg135 on Twitter for my words relating to DNA, Sasquatch and primate intelligence, some excerpts from my book, how many Bigfoot there are and other topics.

In the meantime I will be delivering some of my paintings to a Fall River for an exhibition. It will include two which I am posting to the column to the right of this.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How Many Bigfoot are there?

How many Bigfoot are there? Of course, no one knows. The BFRO states that informed estimates put the number at  2000-6000 for North America, including Canada. I know there are a number of methods and variables involved in estimating the population sizes of species. However, most don't apply to a cryptid. So, I devised my own method of estimation.

One assumption I made was that Bigfoot breeding populations are borderline insufficient to sustain themselves. I think we all hope that's not true, but if they were a known species, I believe they'd be on the Endangered Species List.  I suspect there has been a lot of inbreeding among Sasquatches. This may have resulted in some physical deformities, such as feet with three four or six toes, maybe even albinism. These characteristics have been reported. However, I did find some research that indicated that mountain gorillas, another great ape, were known to have been inbreeding when their populations dipped to dangerously low levels. However, they did not suffer any detectable genetic problems as a result of inbreeding.

The second assumption I made was that each breeding population inhabited a limited, albeit large area, say the size of a large state, a Canadian Province or two, or several smaller states.

Lastly, I used the number of 200 as the minimum number in a breeding population. This is approximately the number of mountain gorillas which existed at their lowest population level before awareness of their situation caused conditions to change and their numbers to rise.

These groups of states might be thought of as habitation areas for roaming groups of Bigfoot. You can agree or disagree with the numbers or how they are broken out.
Canada ~5 Provinces
New England
So, that makes 18 large areas perhaps accommodating 200 Bigfoot each.

So, 200 x 18 = 3600.  Although I didn't mean to, I sort of confirmed the BFRO 'informed' estimate. Doesn't mean it's right, but it's a reasonable starting point.