Sunday, January 14, 2018

I Need to Step Up My Game!

January 14, 2018
   After a mammoth project like the one I just finished, I usually take a day, or two, to veg out. So I read ("Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, by Joe Hagan) , took a walk, puttered around, cleaned off my Olive Oatman desk. Wandered around Facebook and found this on Red Shuttleworth's website, where he is promoting his latest project, Americana West:

An Abandoned Farm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936
Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Library of Congress, Public Domain

   Red is a poet, but don't know it, but his legs show it, they're longfellows. Old joke. Here's his website:

   I don't quite know why, but pictures like this really speak to me. Is it the loss of a way of life? Is it the haunting, impending, wreck of all human effort and existence? Or is it just cool to see old wagon wheels?

   And speaking of wagon wheels, I made a note to study prairie schooners a bit more. I feel like the wagons I drew for the Continuous Picnic portion of the Olive Oatman feature could have had a bit more authentic accuracy:

Authentic pioneer wagons pulled by oxen

   I'll be honest: depicting those front and rear wheels with accuracy is a bitch. 

   Got a cool picture from one of my favorite Kid Krazy Compadres, Shelly Buffalo Calf:

San Juan Church, Lincoln, New Mexico

  I also wandered around online, looking for artistic inspiration, and found this site:

   Found some very cool cartoon art there.

Art by the Brussels cartoonist Francois Schuiten

   Dang! I need to step up my game.
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    Nice couple of days, recharging and planning. I'll leave the last word to one of the funniest guys on the planet:

"You all need to step up your game. Everything at Timmy's house works."
—Dave Chappelle to his parents after his first sleepover at a white kid's house

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the plug for Americana West, my century of short plays and monologues.


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