slightly wonky

Black & White & Manwich

Hey all…not much free time lately…on account of there being SIXTEEN INCHES OF SNOW outside.  Seriously.  Our two lane street, is now a 1.5 lane street.  Sidewalks?  We don’t need no stinkin’ sidewalks!  Can you tell that I’m a bit crotchety? 

So, I’ve not had the free time that I dream of lately.  As a result, my work has been minimal…mostly black & white.  I did attempt a collage at the end…you’ll see my Manwich reference.  I am sort of scared of collage.  I think that I already told the story of taking a collage class in grad school, and the teacher not liking any of my stuff.  This kind of stuck with me.  I didn’t disagree with him, really. 

I also have to say, going to the Leonard Drew exibit was so amazing, yet so depressing.  I mean…seriously, when I see stuff like that…I just wonder WHY I bother at all.  No joke.  I’ve been feeling rather uninspired and droopy lately, on account that I am not a brilliant artist.  Go figure.  I know…I have to pick myself up and just keep going. 

I’m going to share with you my favorite quote of all time.  It typically helps me pick myself off the floor when I often find myself there.  In all honesty, I have basically built my life around it:

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination are alone omnipotent.  The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

– Calvin Coolidge

And so I press on…


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I’m crazy about the nesting dolls, sort of reflects your life last week. I find irony in the coffee cup, seeing how you shun caffeine but what I really love is the one below. It portrays the ultimate, average American’s view of the world, Canada and the US are totally stable, the rest of the world, all f#@!ed up. Reminds me of the famous New Yorker cover depicting a New Yorker’s view of the world. What also amazes me is that you are able to sketch, paint, print, collage faster than most of us can shovel our walks. So now that you’ve been experimenting with so many mediums, any clarity on which ones you like best? Press on!

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Thanks so much for the feedback! I remember that New Yorker cover! So funny. I just spent the morning with a printmaker getting a tutorial on another type of printing…so, who knows!

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