Attorney’s seek mental health file info to reduce contractor murder victim family settlement. 

Are our county’s attorney using the theory that those who seek help from a psychiatrist for any reason (they don’t know yet) are of lesser value than those who don’t? Be an interesting admission by the government if so. In this instance, in federal court in Fresno, in civil rights lawsuit seeking settlement with Stanislaus County, employer of Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies serving an eviction employing murder victim locksmith, working under their direction, attorneys for the county seeking mental health record of the locksmith, to prove their contention he is responsible for his own death, while shot by 3rd party being evicted, along with one of the deputies directing the eviction.   So, he’s competently disengaging a lock, the job contracted for, but crazy to trust the deputies knowing they were at risk or not, such they know they are going to be shot, by a man who can’t see through the door who he’s shooting, because the locksmith is with the guys evicting him.  This was on county time, and would seem a rather odd employer evasion of workers compensation and liability issues for on the job risk. 

The case relates to a shootout in Modesto in April 2012, in an eviction Ca.  Link is follow up story this week by the Modesto Bee

Open Mic tee shirts sold out. for viewing more Jim Christiansen art images.

Comedian Steven Alan Green, sporting his new "Open Mic -Killing" tee shirt by artist Jim Christiansen, at the September 14th, 34th Annual San Francisco Comedy Day.

Comedian Steven Alan Green, sporting his new “Open Mic -Killing” tee shirt by artist Jim Christiansen, at the September 14th, 34th Annual San Francisco Comedy Day.

I recently printed up 24 Tee shirts, in various sizes, at the instigation of my girlfriend, Comedian Jen Eros, shipped in time for the 34th Annual San Francisco Comedy Day in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate park, thinking we might be able to sell some at $20.  Well, sold out before we left Modesto, but delivered some to friends at the event.  Reception of the image, such it made comedians laugh, I may be making up some new shirts when I return from Boston October 2.  Apparently this design from my original painting of the Stockton-Modesto 209 comedy scene, makes people smile.


Call to Artists Open Studio in Stanislaus County

Call to Artists.  75.00 this year to register for Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio.  Open Studio weekend is April 25 and 26, 2015.  Early registration for artists is October 5, reduces entry to 65.00.  Online link to register is

2015 Artist Registration Now Available  #OpenStudio #CallToArtists #Stanislaus #Party #Registration
Welcome to our 5th year! Mark your calendar for April 25-26, 2015. Visit the registration page or artist information page to find out how to register for the 2015 Stanislaus Artist Open Studio…



Living at home with Mom and 2 cats

I am one of those people, who paid off the 30 year mortgage.  Two houses on one lot. And today, landlord obligations and neighbor have me hobbling over on sprained ankle to see about some new posts for the fence, something I can do and not leave to my property managers.  Met up with my fellow construction and development project manager friend from my last job,  over the weekend, at music event, where I got to note I was doing pretty well since mental health drafted me, and had this little project to attend to.  And, while I’m at it, take care of fence post here where I live at mom’s house, also paid off, as part of my rent.  Taking 38 days off due to injury on some of the household projects has taken its toll on my room, the garage/studio, yard work.  I still managed to get us to the store for groceries, strained the ankle again to get the car fixed walking to from the 1.0 miles to the shop as part of my physical therapy. Festival has new rule, no volunteers or crew over 55 on ladders….

Life here at the garage studio, laundry room office, dining room gallery is pretty good. Shows the expansion of my range living here at Mom’s house, where it started with just the spare bedroom.  I hadn’t wanted to move in, but was prevailed upon to do so in 2001 due to problems with bipolar.  When I lecture on mental  health recovery, some of what I get into is “other people’s problems” That’s a big part of mental health, including how you live with others, get through to family that you can still do things, actually getting better. You learn to teach them how to notice, as you learn to notice that same thing yourself. .  I’ve been lucky though, moving in with mom, may not be ideal in my vision, but the tradeoff has worked out as we’ve lived now over a decade with it.  My house gets the rent I needed to pay off the mortgage and pay my bills, and I was here for mom’s heart attack and adjustments to her life in the octogenarian age group.  She quit driving a couple years ago.  Glad my girlfriend took it upon herself to get us over the staying over at mom’s house, as she credited with saving mom’s life with the cardiac 911 call.

With my sprained ankle done falling off a ladder at a festival, I was unable to get some my festival volunteers to pay attention to some things they needed to do for me, vis a vis the injury, and what needed to get done I couldn’t get done. And I had to remember they’d never done these tasks before. This gave me some insight into some things I know frustrate my mother.  Interesting with the injury, to have to use the walker for while, the cane, the handrails, go slow, and racing each other on canes around Savemart, gives me a new appreciation for the ADA handrails and standards I built into our projects, and leaves little sympathy for Ripon and Manteca on the lawsuits they have going on.  I am sympathetic to the onerous penalties, but in each case the standards clearly not done and I’ve been out of the business over 13 years and had 20 years of standards to build to before that, and so this should have been accomplished so lawyers not feed off it. 

The routine here, is I get up, make the coffee, read the newspaper, let 2 cats in and out, and then mom up for coffee, and cereal, read the paper, and the two feline vultures descend and wait on the cereal bowl, Cindy first, and always leaves a little bit for Sam.  Then Cindy is back up on the couch, taps mom on the shoulder while staring at the Modesto Bee, signal for treats, and always from Mom’s left side.  To the right on the floor Sam awaits patiently, and the split of Whiska’s treats thrown, usually in equal quantity, after mom takes her pills.  Routine every morning.  At night, they know with the first glass of red wine for the cardiac patient, same routine.  I’m lucky to live here, return the favor when I couldn’t do it for depression reasons, to try and keep the household afloat. But understand the annoyance on healing time warning of “at your age”  yet to be 60, healing would take longer and watch for clots.  Understand how my dad felt at near same age to be listed “elderly” at 61 on his cardiac evaluation from the set of heart attacks that knocked a 220 pound man to 125 at death at young age of 62.  The evaluation to see if my former CEO and Stanford MBA who had worked since childhood could get a smidgen of his SSA benefit before early retirement eligibility at 62.  He collected 8 months.   I am currently on a diet, not just ankle rehab.


It Started on Bar Napkins

Back in 1980, before I got married, I was invited to a party by a friend to her sort of friends house in Modesto who I had never met.  Place was nice and in the hall way on way to bathroom, there was a frame, with three bar napkins.  I’d drawn on these bar napkins, but these folks weren’t who I drew. Images of a pretty singer friend of mine, the crowd and some suggestive caption.  The collectors finally met the artist, who said it had been a special night, came across the drawings, and took them home.  The singer in the band and I had apparently left.

Starting conversations, like drawing on the bar napkins, or place mats, sometimes far easier in crowded bar and been good for business.  More than one place has picked me up for doing menus, posters, art stuff, and posted the bar napkins.  Current spot is the Speak Easy, as I sometimes need to entertain myself with my comments on Open Mic Comedy, when out with Jennifer when she has sets.  First one at Speak Easy, one of Jen Eros, and posted behind the bar.  Minnie’s in Modesto used to have a lot of my drawings, each posted with a dollar.  I just supplied the napkin drawing.

My cabinet maker, sometimes kidnapped me in his van to get one of our jobs done, only to sidetrack to a stripper bar.  While he and crew would offer various denominations of bills to try and wrangle phone numbers, or more, I would be using the sharpie and napkins to do impromptu life drawing. When my steel crew stopped in one day to same place over in San Ramon they saw the dancers had posted clearly the bosses autographed drawings around the place, and reported in accordingly.

If you can draw on a beer or wine or water soaked bar napkin, with any sort of pen, you learn the spread of the ink, a sense of touch and viscosity sensitivity, how not to ruin it adding more spillage to soak it, and how to pass it over to those who want to view it.  I’ve likely done thousands, and be fun to do a show on bar napkins people have collected.  Friends of mine have held to some as long as 30 plus years now.  #artview #modestoview #JimChristiansen


Art View, my column in Modesto View every Month

Here’s the link. for my July 2014 column, usually found on page 7 in Modesto View.  If you aren’t familiar with the free publication, its been around awhile, started by publisher Chris Murphy online in 1998, then started up the in print publication.  I started writing as a blogger online, then asked to do the art column in November 2007, and been writing this one ever since.  500 words more or less, usually on what’s coming up or recent events as not a lot of room for editorial comment.  Modesto View as a concept is that it is written primarily in the promotion or participation of the events they are writing about.  As such, our month free entertainment orient mag, often better and more accurate for event dates, times and ticket costs than the daily Modesto Bee, as we’re the promoters.  Lately, Modesto View staff and publisher have been winning design awards and other citations.  My last journalism award, part of UC Riverside Highlander 1974 staff when we won First Award in Tabloid weekly University newspaper category, with bonus points for graphics.  I’ve written elsewhere, but this is likely my favorite spot to pass the time in Modesto, on something I enjoy, art. and of course found on facebook.  I don’t exactly get paid to do this column, save the irregular staff parties on Chris’s tab, the occasional photo shoots with other staff writers for covers, and the occasional beer as publisher and art columnist sit and draw bands together at Blue Monday or similar, or the free ticket in to cover some event (often worth it) and the Modesto Arch Acrylic, purchased by friend Chris and displayed in his offices at Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, same business that generously supports the magazine Free to public.


The popular online image and me.

A couple of images come up when you look for me on google, etc, that must be among most viewed of my work.  Blues Guitar Player, the Riverdance Farms Pick and Gather flier image, Pawn Shop cartoon, but the image most looked at on fineartamerica profile is “Woman on the Beach with Umbrella” a water color I still have and done a number of years ago now.  761 views there. It got good notice at the UC Riverside Alumni Center solo show in 2011, but is also the watercolor most entered in shows around the local region to be rejected of any I have, and that’s the category I win awards in.  Go figure.  I like it.  Artists sometimes notice their own personal favorites tend to stay with them, no matter what discounting of price or how often and how long the piece is up for sale, and some that we don’t even understand or get ourselves, the first ones out the door to a new home. That’s not always the case, but happens often enough to be noticed by me, several of my friends.

The next image close to this one, is a nude done quite a long time ago on manila paper, india ink, done of a friend on a beach, Jewel on the Beach.


Image can be found at or come by the house sometime, say, the 2015 Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio Tour.

Link to Jewel on the Beach which is a life drawing nude plein air, is