I had to do this before the actual deal was closed. It was obvious where it was going. While I realize how serious the situation is with the national budget etc, it’s a sick comedy to watch. I listen and read in disbelief at what falls out of the talking head’s mouths. (The ones on TV not the band… I like the band.) We have a new theater company in America and they don’t do Shakespeare. All original improv. But the worst kind of improv. Predictable. I’m going to have to figure out some new metaphors for “fiscal cliffs”, “Shutdowns” and “Last Stands”. You can only do Sisyphus pushing that rock up the hill so many times. I say let it run down to the bottom of the hill and go to a cafe’ and read a book. Maybe “Congress for Dummies”? And who made a round rock and decided it had to be on top of the mountain anyway? You couldn’t make it square?
For the next fiscal crisis. I haven’t done a train derailment for a while. That gets complicated though. Pick your branch of government’s building and put it on a flatcar behind an engine run by X.
I haven’t done the “herding cats” metaphor yet. I guess that will be for the GOP trying to get everyone in their ranks to cooperate again. Although almost every important vote I’ve seen in congress if you ask one it’s like asking them all. Like the Borg or something.
Or, Obama and company, maybe Boehner?, rock climbing toward the cliff? Or the cliff could turn out to be Sisyphus’ round rock?
I do a lot of different projects. I love driving through the Appalachian mountains along route 80 in Pennsylvania. Sometimes I pick a random exit (when I have extra time!) and go down a small road that looks interesting. I’ll pull over and snap some reference to paint from in the studio later. This past summer I explored route 97 in New York that runs along the Delaware river that divides the northeast corner of PA and NY. I was driving an Abarth turbo ’12, so I was thoroughly enjoying the entire ride.
Sometimes the reference I shoot to paint from later doesn’t inspire me as much as when I’m right there at the scene. I totally understand why people paint right on the spot. Maybe next fall or some time next year I’ll plan a more leisurely trip to allow for some plein air painting.
Gouache on paper. Contact me if you would be interested in seeing more and or like to purchase a print or original. I’m a an artist that sells art after all! HA!
An ominous black mark on The New York Comic Con this past weekend which extends far beyond the comic world was their abuse of information. Badges this year had a chip in them that you had to “punch in” and “punch out” with or you wouldn’t be allowed back in the following day. Here is a large group of people probably a good target for a terrorist attack of some sort. Extra security is needed, I get it. But the abuse was in registering your badge, you didn’t have to but it was strongly encouraged. You had to give the company, Reed I think, permission to access your Twitter or Facebook accounts as a sign in or for verification. Reed then Twittered on your behalf without anyone’s knowledge using your Twitter to announce to your followers that you were “having a great time at NYCC!!! ”. They big brother’d everyone. The chip let them know you were there and they would automatically send out the tweet. Everyone was pissed. I don’t think pissed enough, but that’s just me.
This was just a comic con. Imagine all the other things you register on line etc. everyone from the NSA on down swears they will keep your info private and only be used for good. I wonder about the balance between wanting to stay anonymous and wanting to take advantage of technology like a blog like this to show what I do or have stupid people sticking their nose into your apartment to bust your balls for not putting the lid down on the toilet.
Here’s some person I was walking behind at the con.
Cover for The Week Magazine examined the financial fall out from five years ago. The nice thing for me about doing this illustration is I live in New York City and was able to visit the street of the Stock Exchange and take a few snaps for reference. I was standing next to the spot George Washington delivered his first inaugural address in April of 1789 to take my pictures. I guess we’ve come a long way?
Ok, I know the ribbons are pretty distracting but it was for a business magazine. I had so much fun getting in to the characters. I debated on making the humans look like the dogs or the dogs reflect the humans. I ended up treating them all as individuals. I also never use that much green at that intensity