Saturday, July 16, 2011

If I squint really hard, I can see the monitor.

I think I need new glasses.

Maybe this guy heard that Evil Dead and The Crow are being re-made, and he lost all faith in humanity and was weeping uncontrollably...

Actually, I don't even wear glasses-  yet.  I wear reading glasses (on sale at Menards,  and quite fashionable), but I've never worn glasses in my life until now.  Apparently I am far-sighted, because I have to keep my work at arm's length to be able to focus on what I'm drawing.  I am officially old.  I'm in my early forties, but my eyes are apparently slightly older.  Stupid eyes.   I'm trying to wrap up this commission I'm drawing, but my eyes aren't cooperating.

Jeez...point those things away from me!

I don't like the idea of wearing contacts.  I don't relish the thought of touching my eyes with ANYTHING.  It just bugs me.  My husband told be about the time he was using a bench grinder, and a piece of metal got lodged in his eye.  When he went to the optomotrist, the dude literally used a credit card to flick the metal fragment out of his eye.... Glaaahhhhhhhh.....

Get that thng away from my eye!!

The French impressionist Monet started painting on HUGE canvases later in his life.  Many people thought it was just so the viewer could see the detail, or it was a new phase in his style of painting- but the truth was that he was going blind!  It was the only way he could see what he was doing and produce something beautiful.  Sometimes the best outcomes are simply a result of getting around an obstacle.  One of my favorite quotes (it's actually hanging on the wall in my office) is by the English author T.S. Eliot.-

  "When forced to work within a strict framework, the imagination is taxed to its utmost- and will produce its richest ideas.  Given total freedom, the work is likely to sprawl."

He may have been a brilliant writer, but he shouldn't be allowed near a comb, or Wesson oil.

So basically, he is saying that true creativity comes from getting around restrictions and obstacles.  I completely agree with that.  Creativity hardly has any need to exist if there is nothing in the way of reaching your goals.  Without obstacles, without challenge-- we atrophy, we become lazy and ungrateful and unimaginative.  Like spoiled children.  That's just the way we humans are.  So once in a while we have to be grateful for some of the adversity in our lives, because we need it to become fully human. 
I will motivate you, Private Pyle!!

Apparently it doesn't mean you have to spell correctly either.

 Okay, enough of the existentialist poop.

There's a statistic that might come in handy...
Anyway, I've still got some work to do on the pencil drawing, and lots to do on the adult size back packs.  We had some quality issues with my source for the bags, but it should be worked out now.  Hopefully the rest of the items I am selling will be flawless and perfect.  Yeah, and I might be eating unicorn-kabobs for lunch tormorrow.  Anyway, I'm tired of blogging for tonight.  If  I'm going to stay up this late, I should be either eating pizza rolls, watching a horror flick or getting reacquainted with my friend Mr. Bacardi.  Or some combination of the three.  Check out my stuff on Etsy, if you so desire-

Now go away.  I can hear you breathing.

- Christine


  1. This is so true, I think this could be why there are so many that do not follow their artistic abilities they simply do not know what to do when they run up against these obstacles, therefore, think they lack creativity, then on the other hand it maybe why so many artist have gone mad as well! :) Enjoyed the read, found it motivating!

  2. Don't turn around... I'm following you. ;)