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Quote of the Day:
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." --- Dr. Seuss

Art News:
Pooph. I got a bit accomplished yesterday; one of the message boards I moderate (I'm one of two active mods) got hit with a massive spam bomb, so most of my afternoon was spent cleaning that mess up, but I did get pencils done on two commissions. Since they've been approved, I can go ahead and share them!

Crimson's badge ended up being... more elaborate than any badge I've ever done before, but it's been fun to experiment. I've never done celtic knotwork before, or special fonts by hand. I hope it all turns out. The second piece is a more toony humor bit for Tigerwolf, commissioned at Anthrocon. I've never been so unfortunate as to run across quicksand or the like while enjoying the outdoors, although I can certainly see myself getting so flustered by the experience that I... throw my rescue rope back at my rescuer. *koff*

Current Projects:
I have a doctor's appointment today, so that will break things up a bit (I thought it was yesterday. Oops.). Going to try and get some sketching done this morning; I want to lay out some more drawings so that when August's painting is done, I have a new set of options to vote on. I really appreciated everyone's input yesterday! It's not too late to vote for the painting you think I should finish ( see yesterday's post ), although I think there's enough votes for Heron that it would be hard to bring one of the others to the front. :)

I need to do some laundry today, and tonight is Pizza Night in our household. roho brought home some turkey pepperoni yesterday, and I admit; I'm very intrigued. Generally I can't tell the difference between turkey bacon / sausage and the real thing, so hopefully this will be good, too. And I looove pizza. Especially home-made pizza. :9

Nifty things:

Stainless Steel Chinese Water Dragon - Artist Kevin Stone has welded this piece of sculpture out of stainless steel, and wow it is awesome. Tugrik posted this last week, so some of you may have already seen it (but it's too cool not to bring up again). I just realized I wasn't too far from this guy's studio!! Damn! I wish I had realized that while we were in BC!

Women, Water and Death - Artist James Gurney is talking about an essay written by Peter Trippi about the association of women, death, and some sort of source of water in Victorian artwork. At the bottom of the entry, there's a link to a fascinating article on whether or not suicide was considered a female malady in Victorian times. Personally, I think women have been linked with death and disaster for far longer- Ever since Eve picked the apple, in fact. It's unfair, but it's something that has been programmed into our subconscious for centuries.

I promise, tomorrow will be about something other than gender. :D

And here's a question! What do YOU read, on your daily forays out into the internet? duncandahusky shared his Google Reader yesterday, and I always find it interesting what other people are reading. I tend to have a ouija board approach... I have a vague idea that I want to know more about, plug it into Google, and wade through the resulting mess. If you use Google Reader, leave a comment with a link! I'd love to see!

Have a great day!




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Aug. 7th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Woo! Thanks for the mention :-) For those who may not have seen it, this is my shared Google Reader stuff. I, too, am interested in seeing what others are reading!
Aug. 7th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oops! I actually tried to link to your Shared Reading, but I goofed up the link. Thanks for reposting it! :D
Aug. 7th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
There's absolutely no doubt that women have been linked with death and disaster for millennia ... but is it any moreso than men have been? I mean, for instance, the only two female gods of death and the underworld I can think of are Shiva and Hel (from the Norse). And both of those were much more positive a view than most other mythologies.

There's countless depictions of males as outsiders, as bringers of death and disease - far more, I'd think, than of women. Out of genuine interest, what would you say is the unfairness of how women have been depicted in this manner? I'm simply failing to see a link that you apparantly see quite clearly.
Aug. 7th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I don't see it unfair so much as interesting. Men have been linked with violence since the beginning, and I think the most... ah.. prevalent view of women is that of the creator, the nurturer. Obviously this isn't always the case- the goddesses you mention, Hera was a violent bitch in Greek (or was it Roman? The two get mixed up for me) mythology, and I'm sure there's countless others.

I really didn't mean to come across as 'ZOMG WOMEN ARE BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY!', because that's not my thought process at all. I think I was just reared with the old-fashioned 'female as provider of succor and support' and found it interesting to realize that the opposite view has cropped up throughout history. :)

... and I just noticed a typo in my main post. *ahem* *fixes*
Aug. 7th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Gotcha, cool, thanks. :) Glad that misunderstanding was cleared up!

I love it when it works real easy that way.
Aug. 7th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I do try to... be as inoffensive as possible when I'm discussing something that people feel strongly about. =)

I'm not always successful, mind you... but I do try. :D
Aug. 8th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
I don't try so much to be inoffensive, but I do try to be considerate. However, I know what you mean - it's very hard to do.
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