for illustration friday ... {vacant}

It's the straw man who worries me (there's something vacant in his eyes).; mixed media on canvas, 22 x 28 inches. The string series continues.


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I have a persistent headache today ... caused, no doubt, by the oven cleaning that I've been doing on and off all week (C set it on fire last weekend, trying to roast pumpkin seeds) ... the fumes and attendant stink. My hands are like old erasers. Even as I type this I'm leaning in, stretching my head away from body, as if distance will diminish the pain. Did I mention our furnace went on Tuesday?

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C's been bugging me for a week to watch this: it's a Russian version of Winnie the Pooh. And man, it's a trip. Because while I have no idea what Winnie is actually babbling about, he does seem to be suffering from some kind of depression – his eyes are like little round discs of confusion and fear. Add to this the constant plunking himself down on the ground, the long monologues with the open air, a stooped, defeated walk and, worst of all, feet that don't seem to be attached to his body. Piglet gives him a balloon and all he can do is collapse in the grass and wonder at his existence. Eventually he uses the balloon to try to get at a bee hive (it's always about the honey, isn't it Winnie?) but all it does is make him a target for the bees, and Piglet has to shoot him down with a pop gun (not before nailing him in the ass first).

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This is called Nobunaga's Ambition: a strategy game about unifying 16th-century Japan. Basically, it's an armchair-general geekfest and yes, I'm hopelessly addicted. You should watch the intro movie just to check out the weird segue with the fan dancer, which has absolutely nothing to do with the game.

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And finally, a very cool little video from a very uncool big company ...


... and an ad campaign that was pulled by a big (and again, uncool) company because it was ... too funny?

Comments

  1. when it rains it pours.

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  2. You certainly get the vacant stare right (it's there in your other work). If it's any consolation (about the oven), I just let my milky/fish chowder boil over and can look forward to hours of fun scraping the muck of the stove top.

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  3. Beautiful entry, rough times - baking soda takes some stuff off ovens, but it is an investment in time. I burn pans a lot.

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  4. oh my gosh, there are so many things to comment on in this post. Starting with the last, fun clip! The vacant eyes, well done. And stay away from the oven cleaner. I hear vinegar when the oven is slightly warm does wonders.

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  5. this scarecrow is marvellous, yes it is definitely the oven cleaner, potent stuff that yuk!

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