Let me quickly tell you about today’s projects…
On the 36″x48″ piece of plywood that I primed a few days ago I took some time to redraw the sketch that I drew late at night on the second evening I spent at the hospital. That was probably my most despondent evening, and I kid you not that I spent an hour looking around the room contemplating the ways in which I could kill myself between the hourly checks to make sure you’re breathing that the nurses did. However, rather than choosing to fashion a rope out of a shower curtain and stringing it over the top of the closet door I sketched out a take on the classic — and painted more than just about anything else — “Descent From The Cross” meme. Details still have to be added but you get the idea, and I think it’s clear that it’s a departure from the cartoonish stuff I’ve spent the last few years painting.
By the way, you may notice the pictures below the painting. I’ve started using DAZ Studio (sort of like a free version of Poser, a 3D design suite optimized for characters) as an alternative to human models or those little wooden artist’s dolls. Especially to any tattoo artists reading this, I do recommend checking it out because it can really streamline your creative process. Here’s a link to the page where you can download it (and don’t forget to download some also free characters to pose). Not to become an advertisement, but you can also use this program to create animations.
On to project two…
Quite a while back I bought a couple of cheap sound-activated animated electroluminescent shirts from Deal Extreme (and they actually sell the animated panels for $6.80, including free international shipping). In addition to not really being into gimmick clothing, the panel isn’t particularly comfortable to wear, so the shirts got no use other than wearing one once to Nefarious’s school to amuse her friends. But to avoid the panel going to waste I excised it from the shirt, built a quick frame out of an old scrap board, and put it all together. It sits next to my stereo’s speakers now and lights up to the music.
Yes, I faked that, but it’s an accurate simulacrum.
I’ve been pushing myself to be active but I think I’m burning out a little so probably tomorrow will be a far less active day as I recharge. Even if the doctors can get my pain under control (and so far I’ve got faith that they will, even though I’m far from there yet), I will continue to get worse and worse as time goes by and feel a little like a replicant from Blade Runner ["I want more life, fucker!"] — as if I’m living under the shadow of some planned or unavoidable obsolescence.
You were made as well as we could make you.
But not to last.
The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. And you have burned so very very brightly, Roy. Look at you. You’re the prodigal son. You’re quite a prize!
I’ve done questionable things.
Also extraordinary things. Revel in your time.
So like Roy I do my best to revel in my time, and I’d like to believe there are a few extraordinary experiences in my memories as well, and yes, questionable things also. Anyway, I know that I’m never going to be able to do things like get a job (how convenient you may be thinking, since I do so hate jobs), but I am still trying to squeeze in as many experiences and moments of creation as possible.
Oh, and I’ve been reading the Bible to Nefarious lately. Not the King James of course, but all the Bible stories, starting with Genesis (boy, God really comes off as an asshole if you’re not reading it under the curse of the blind admiration of religion). We’re only starting Exodus now, but to my surprise she’s totally loving it and is quite glued to the stories. If you’re wondering why I’m reading them and working to give her a complete understanding of Christian mythology, it’s not just because one should know one’s enemy. It’s because our history in the West is dominated by Christianity, and when you’re ignorant of that faith, your understanding of history is stripped of many insights that are only possible when you understand the superstitions and beliefs of the people who lived that history. It’s a real shame that schools have been scrubbed of Bible class, and I worry it’s resulted in people who grow up with a shallower grasp of our culture. When we’re done the Jewish/Christian Bible we’ll likely read the Koran next, and explore other faiths from around the world as well. I also hope that by giving her this foundation she’ll appreciate the richness of religious literature without falling prey to the control it attempts to exert on the world.
Anyway, I think I’ll go read a bit right now before I make supper. Yesterday I made a lemon ginger shrimp stir fry — using those immense two ounce “gigantico” shrimp that Loblaws sells — with a little of every veggie in the house and udon noodles (super yum), and tonight it’ll be something similar although today’s protein is nice plump sea scallops. My mouth waters just thinking about it.