Friday, January 09, 2015

Unfinished Business - 1/8/15 - Image-a-day

I have a few things laying on the work bench that need to be finished; a tiki head, a couple of angel wings and two new Lo-Fi-Ga miniatures. Time moves too quickly and there's always duties and distractions that keep me away from the studio, but last year I found more time for my creative life and this is a good thing. My essential nature is to make art and I am always better for the time spent in the studio, so this year I hope to spend even more time.


Thursday, January 08, 2015

Je Suis Charlie - 1/7/15 - Image-a-day

I was sadden and horrified by the terrible news from Paris today of the brutal attack on the French satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdon". A few years ago I had heard about some French newspaper that had published some cartoons depicting Mohammad in an unflattering way and there had been death threats, but forgot about it until today's terrible news. I never heard of nor knew the magazine or the names of the artist, but know them now. Four cartoonist were murdered today for making fun of a religion. They drew funny pictures and made rude comments and that was enough to drive a few broken, deranged idiots to destroy them. Those four brave cartoonist were:

Stéphane Charbonnier "Charb"


Georges Wolinski


There were others killed in the attack, eight other people and more injured, and they too risked and gave their lives fro free expression. Tonight there were protests all across Paris and Europe, silent vigils of thousands carrying signs of solidarity that read, "Je Suis Charlie". I've been to Paris a couple of times and love the people and culture there. It makes my heart sick to think of the hate and violence of todays' events, but seeing those Parisans from all walks of life standing together reassures me that they will not be oppressed. 

"Je Suis Charlie" indeed. I thought about throwing out some snarky Mohammad cartoon, but my beef isn't with Islam or Muslims, the vast majority of whom are just as outraged at this tragedy as anyone else, so why throw more fuel on the fire? So instead, I drew my old underground comix character, 3-D Speed Freak saying "Je Suis Charlie", solidarity in the comix world and the real world too. Now is the time to stand with the Parisians and the French and all other lovers of art and free expression. 

Je Suis Charlie...


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Farewell Xmas Tree - 1/6/15 - Image-a-day

This morning I took our Xmas tree down to the beach and found a good spot along the dune and laid that baby to rest. It's always a little sad to walk the tree out of the house, usually leaving a trail of pine needles, but good to move it on to the next phase of it's life, dune builder. We still get a little, live tree every year, gotta have that lovely pine smell in the house. My two favorite parts of Christmas are decorating the tree and Xmas eve. A few months from now, while walking on the beach, I'll pass that spot and see that sandy bump and think of Christmas...


Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Sunrise - 1/5/15 - Image-a-day

This is the view out the living room window of this morning's sunrise. Not long ago, the sight of the Chesapeake Bay and the bridge of the same name would have been hidden behind a crumbling hulk of a house, but not anymore. The house has been torn down and construction will soon begin on it's replacement, so we'll enjoy the view while we have it.


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Janet Drawing - 1/3/15 - Image-of-the-day

Today's image is a photo of my wife, Janet Shaughnessy drawing, which is another kind of image making. Janet is my favorite artist. She can make art just about anywhere, anytime, unlike me who needs a controlled environment, proper lighting, music and mood. Janet can whip-out her sketchbook while waiting at the doctor's office or in an airport or during a meeting and make mysterious and wonderful pieces of art. I feel grateful to be witness to her ever evolving creative journey.

On another note, I am glad to have successfully inspired two of my fellow artists (and friends) to take up the "image-a-day" challenge. Check-out the fine art photography of Casey Gwinn at COGfoto and the freaky, underground comix and paintings  from Ralf Schulze's Aardvark Farms.

See you tomorrow!