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Mar 28, 2008 01:45 # 45625

harold_maude *** posts about...

Thursday night

As my laundry hangs dripping over the tub, I learned that wringing out too many clothes after washing is painful on the hands and so I let them hand for about an hour before I wring them out, I was thinking about this project I have going on.
It's a set of 25, or will be in a few days, of 25 moncromatic drawings in color on black.

Now the virtues of drawing on black paper are many. Using black to start with tends to mess with how we see the world.
You deal with only the light reflection if your going for something along the lines of a still life, and the colors that are generally reserved for highlights becomes main players on black.
I'm not fond of drawing in pink. It doesn't do alot for me, but on black it's amazing.
When I'm done with the set, I have planned to go to kinkos to get them onto disk so I can show them on line.
I don't have a good digital camera and no scanner at the moment, this is the solution left to me.

It's been good doing these. With so much of life these days consumed with doing what needs to get done, doing something creative with a goal is a good thing.

I love working in colored pencil and it seems to like me back.
My favorite pencils are prismacolor because they are as close to pastel as you can get without going the road of dealing with tools that are way to fragile for the intensity I tend to draw with.
I'm thinking that when I get it all done I want to attach cloth binding to each one and turn it into a book of art.

I have been working on the brown paper comix but I'm stuck in some places as well. The best inspiration for brown paper comix is life in stripped down mode.
So that is comming along. I just finished a list of fun things to do in winter that will be in the first issue:

1. Watch the thermometer drop. Take bets as to how long it will stay attached to that loose nail.

2. Count rasins.

3. Make cookie sculptures.

4. hold a spit freezing contest. The winner gets an armband made of aluminum foil and a tube of tooth paste.

5. list all the things you can't remember. This is challanging because if you can't remember than how can you list it?

6. Stop in mid-sentance. Don't start talking again for a few minuets. Look at the person your talking to with a really puzzled look. Say "OK and thank you" and let them wonder.

7. Discuss the life of a bean.

8. find something.

9. Make a chicken head out of an empty egg carton. Put a for sale sign on it and ask a $1,000 for it.

10.challange someone to lick their ear.

11. Take turns making shit up.

12. laugh until your sides hurt.

13. explain where toothpaste comes from. be creative, the more outlandish and strange you can make it, the better.

14. color snow.

The list is endless. So that is slowly growing.

The black works were started on Easter. I spent the majority of the day drawing and that's something I haven't done for a very long time. When given time I am prolific artist.

It will be easier when I get a scanner because then when something is done I can just scann it and put it up.
A website has been discussed and I'm thinking about it.
All art all the time...something like that.
I know I want to put as many artists on it as I can, at least links to their sites.
Of all the forms of communication that humans are capable of, to me art is the most profound and the most revealing about the person doing the art.
The viewer is invited to share the artists world. We need more art in the world, and more music.
Much more.

I got to hear some classical music today that was put to techno.
It was awesome. Beetoveen's ninth done in techno...it's yes..
They did the moonlight sonta as well. You can dance to it and it's fun and full of energy.
The moonlight sonta is also fun to put your own lirics to as well.
I was singing about squirels to it today. I've sung about socks as well.
It tends to make me smile and it's hard to sing while these immages are going through my head.

A few months ago I was introduced to sympony x, and I fell in love. A perfect marriage of metal and classical music.
I have felt for a long time that metal and classical were the perfect partners. They are both powerful in nature and equally intense. Both conjour immages and can take you away.
So when I heard it I naturally got goose bumps all over.
It was nice to find out that my feeling was right.

Well, I gotta go draw now. :)

Mar 28, 2008 07:49 # 45629

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Re: Thursday night

14. color snow.

May I ask...

When life hands you a lemon, that's 40% of your RDA of vitamin C taken care of.

Mar 28, 2008 12:22 # 45631

harold_maude *** replies...

Re: Thursday night

The idea is to use the immagination here.
I'd go with a non toxic something. Jello might be fun, but somewhat sticky.
Or food color would be cool, thin it down to make a lot and put it it in a spray bottle and let go.
Watercolor paint would work too, but it's important that the paint you use won't harm the grass later on.
Unless your coloring snow over concrete.

Hmmm..that gives me another idea. Freezing water with color in it and then have an ice carving contest. Or making colored ice cubes and when they are frozen wetting them and stacking them in strange shapes.

:)

Apr 09, 2008 10:40 # 45685

Hawkeye *** replies...

Yellow snow?

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I think Bernie was thinking you meant yellow snow.. which is not colored by immagination. :)

If the world should blow itself up,the last audible voice would be an expert saying it can't be done

Apr 09, 2008 12:13 # 45690

harold_maude *** replies...

Re: Yellow snow?

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I'm not sure if that's what he was thinking, he never said.
I hadn't thought about that when I thought about it, does that make sense?

But you could color snow that way, although I'm not so sure that I would want to, it being winter and that cold.

Apr 09, 2008 15:50 # 45694

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Re: Yellow snow?

Heh, yeah, that what I was thinking. Sorry, I thought I'd already replied to this post.

When life hands you a lemon, that's 40% of your RDA of vitamin C taken care of.

Apr 09, 2008 23:43 # 45696

harold_maude *** replies...

Re: Yellow snow?

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Now I have to include something about snow writing in the list.
It's too intriging a thing to not include it.

For guys only: A contest to see who can write the biggest word in the snow.
It has to be a guys contest. Makes me wonder if somewhere there is a record for the longest word ever written in the snow.

Apr 11, 2008 04:10 # 45701

Bunk *** throws in his two cents...

Re: Yellow snow?

My first name has 6 letters, and I only ever seem to have just enough for that. :P

"History is more or less bunk." - Henry Ford

Apr 11, 2008 12:30 # 45702

harold_maude *** replies...

Re: Yellow snow?

Well, I've found one site that says that drinking will increase the amount of "ink" you have to use.
Yes, I actually found a site with instructions.
It's called "eHow How to do just about everything"

I read another one that says that snow writing is a time honored tradion that is passed down from father to son.
We have a traditional activity. :)

Now I've got stuff about snow writing in my favorites...I had no idea it was such a big deal. This is definately something for further reading. :)

This post was edited by harold_maude on Apr 11, 2008.

Jan 23, 2009 20:21 # 46210

zen *** replies...

Re: Thursday night

I enjoyed this post. I made it a point to try some of the things you'd mentioned. thought I'd share them with you

1. Watch the thermometer drop. Take bets as to how long it will stay attached to that loose nail.

Well, it's funny, but that's what happened to our electronic meter of the thermo. It, kept falling off the window until I attached it with a screw onto the frame. I think it'll stay attached much more goodly now.

2. Count raisins.

I'm counting the proof on a bottles of wine, does that count?

3. Make cookie sculptures.

Indeed one of my favorites. As we've found out this year, I'm the only one in the family that appreciates cookie sculptures. I can't take credit for the making part, but i will take the credit for destroying the cookie sculptures. They were tasty victuals

4. hold a spit freezing contest. The winner gets an armband made of aluminum foil and a tube of tooth paste.

We have a variation of this; the booger freeze. Who ever blows the biggest lougee from there nose before it all freezes, is the winner. Except the looooooser gets a foil helmet, which is held in place using toothpaste, and a hockey stick for his scepter.

5. list all the things you can't remember. This is challenging because if you can't remember than how can you list it?

This was brutal, if I'm going to be honest. My friend just got back his photo albums from the 1989-1994 era, from his girlfriend back then. He was right, "it" blew my mind alright. He kept asking "remember him?"
"Uh, nope."
"Remember that chick?"
"Uh, only by reputation."
"Remember that time we went to place X and..."
"Hmmm, no should I?
"Remember that picture?"
"No I wasn't there, oh, that's me huh? Well, I'm gonna have to say I hit the keg early there....it's sorta coming back to me now though...god I was ripped that night"
"Thank god we got these pictures"
"Yeah, thanks for reminding me of all the crap I forgot, that i was probably better for having forgotten."

6. Stop in mid-sentence. Don't start talking again for a few minuets. Look at the person your talking to with a really puzzled look. Say "OK and thank you" and let them wonder.

That drives 'em crazy. Problem is that i do that sorta regularly anyway, and it's kinda, well, uh, ugh...

OK

Thank you.

7. Discuss the life of a bean.

This was great. They had a special on Discovery on coffee. I learned all about the beans. i actually did find it fascinating. It's interesting how the green bean needs to he heated, and cooked, for its flavour to develop. The delicate intricate internal structure of acids and enzymes chemically transformed by the heat, the bean starts to act as lumber wood, and grains are developed. The cooked bean will pop like pop corn when it's ready, and that's the first crack, as it were. From there it's cooled, then ready for grinding.
It's important to remember that coffee is an organic food, with no preservatives in it. It will go bad, spoil as any other non-preserved food if it's not stored properly. Heat and light are its two chief enemies.

8. find something.

I found myself lost in East Providence. That should count, cause I eventually found the road that got me outta there.

9. Make a chicken head out of an empty egg carton. Put a for sale sign on it and ask a $1,000 for it.

Around these parts, southeast ct, there is an annual art show that features some of the coolest, wildest, weirdest. This is the annual Hygienic Art Show, which happens this time of year...next week it starts, in fact. The premise is: everyone's an artist--no jury, no censorship, no kidding.
I think someone actually did make that submission, but was asking much less. Every year, Simon, a local character enters a toilet bowl into the show. Amazing how many different ways that you can display a toilet bowl. In stead of a lobster, the dumper should be their logo.
Other notable submissions include: Map of The Universe, conveniently displayed in a phone booth, for quick reference as needed. "Bar-B-Que" was a group of 3 Barbie(TM)-branded dolls, discombobulated, and dismembered, with skewers holding them together like chunks of the meat they are, on, of course, a habachi table-top grill, liberally marinated with grillin' sauce.

10.challenge someone to lick their ear.

noones been able to lick their own ear, yet. I'll find the one who can, and shall crown him, or her the grand winner, of the Most Challenging Physical Test

11. Take turns making shit up.

I do this pretty regularly--I'm a writer

12. laugh until your sides hurt.

If you have nothing else that will do it, here's my recommendation: Keep Off the Grass. From the beginning, it's pretty good laughs, but the fun really starts at 5:43 in the movie, where "the drive" starts. When I show this bit to friends, I subtitle it " How Cops See Things."
It shows the driver of the car, a very awesome 67 Frog-eyed Sprite MG convertible, so of course he's already portrayed as a care-free rake. The passenger seat is Tom, our protagonist, on his way to find out more about the effects of Mary Jane.
The allegedly careless driver goes trough a stop sign, alittle fast, but there's no cars in sight. Of course there's traffic coming the other way. The next scene, the station wagon, other car, is a distance away from THEIR stop sign. Next scene is the other car goiong therough their stop sign into his right-of way. The attempts to dramatize this point, the station wagon is seem "almost" colliding with the careless, high driver, but there is something substantially off in their timing in portrayal.
Ok, there's a point here, I get it, don't drive through stop signs. This point, however, you're abysmally not making, but in effort to dramatize this near-miss, you've created a beautiful parody. You've theatricized it, and turned it clownish, and patently fake.
Yes, he turns to his friend and he asks his friend the only question that could be the correct one: How f*cking fast was that station wagon going?!?! He almost killed us.
I laugh at that passage hysterically everytime I see it.

13. explain where toothpaste comes from. be creative, the more outlandish and strange you can make it, the better.

well, i used to make toothpaste for a living, so I may have an unfair advantage. However, since I signed a confidentiality agreement, I'm barred from giving out any trade secrets, but I'll put it this way: that town had a very low rate of stray cats and dogs roaming about. Rumour had it a Chinese restaurant, but who do you think started it??

14. color snow.

Well, I coloured the snow red, by dumping a chunk into my wine spritzer. Awesome drink: 3 parts Merlot, 2 parts Sprite, 1 part Jacquins Ginger Brandy...poured over a glass of fresh, virgin snow.

The list is endless. So that is slowly growing....

Make cookie scriptures.

Now I have to include something about snow writing in the list. It's too intreging a thing to not include it.

snow writing=writing with snow. There's a novel idea. I mean, most everyone uses it to make the #8, and call it a snowman. Why not make the letter Q for example?

For guys only: A contest to see who can write the biggest word in the snow. It has to be a guys contest.

I don't think it has to be. A female could find a way to do that, perhaps.
I, as a guy, would not do the expected. I wouldn't just stand there and let my penis do the work. I would actually walk into the snow, and "write" my words with my steps.
I mean the exercise as you presented, was find how many ways to be creative. So one shouldn't limit it.

Makes me wonder if somewhere there is a record for the longest word ever written in the snow.

I have, using the technique above mentioned, to write my name using letters that were about 15 ft tall. The problem is that you lose track of where you are, and part of the game is that it has to ba a readable word.

Once Fred Neitszche declared God is Dead, f*ck became the most important word in the English languag

This post was edited by zen on Jan 23, 2009.


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