Inktober is Back! @WinterFantasy @kesseljunkie #Inktober #WinterFantasy

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Sundays now are lazy days for me. I either post something silly or other people’s work. Usually both. Today, it’s neither. This is actually my work. Once again, I’m showing off my artistic prowess by publishing my work to the internet. This is valuable, copyrighted material, so don’t go selling forgeries on eBay.

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First up is a self-portrait of me at Winter Fantasy, which was just set for February 2-6, 2022, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. I’m sorry that I didn’t draw Ronald Reagan onto the shirt, but my religion forbids me to draw pictures of the man. I’ll wear the shirt though. The shirt-maker can tangle with the Almighty.

It’s uncanny how well I capture the shape of my hands.

The lines on my big brain come from all that intelligenting. Next up is one of those friendly, catalog model shots, but with me at work. This represents my formal days when I had my beard formally groomed. I should really get that tattoo removed.

Again, intelligenting.

That’s it. I’m sure that’s enough. Oh, and did I mention Winter Fantasy?

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This is seriously the best I can do.

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My Favorite Painting with a Twist. Well, Maybe More Than One Twist. #MythologyMonday #art

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As I’ve pointed out, despite not being a fan of paintings, I actually have a favorite one. Here’s yet another variation care of Balloons in Bold. They don’t have a Twitter presence, but their Instagram page can be found here.

It’s still kind of gross.

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Art Is in the Eye of the Beholder @billyjoel @StarWars @kesseljunkie #movie #music #art #StarWars #BillyJoel

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I have a phrase I like to use. By now, you should know it, but I’ll repeat it anyway: Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. There’s a meme running around . . .  okay, going viral that completely misses this point. I’d like to trash the meme, but it goes all “sociopolitical,” and I’ve already done my annual sociopolitical post for the year. Instead, I’ll address another meme that reimagines the story told in Billy Joel’s fantastic song, Piano Man. The song is actually about Joel during his early days playing seedy bars filled with alcoholics and underachievers. The meme could be said to be sociopolitical too, but I don’t see it that way, so here it is.

Now, there’s a problem with the theory of this meme: Paul never had time for a wife. This means that if would have had a wife if his priorities are different. Also, not everyone who’s an alcoholic, failure, underachiever, or sailor is gay. That makes the statement at the end, “yep, it’s definitely a bar full of gay dudes,” to be rather arrogant, but that doesn’t mean that one can’t fairly infer that it’s at a “gay bar.” It still fits, and you just ignore the imperfections in the spirit of having fun with the lyrics.

Another Theory: They Still Live

Well then, it’s no less legitimate to instead imagine that Piano Man takes place in the They Live universe, but in a sequel called They Still Live in which a few surviving aliens have recovered their ability to hide their true selves. Joel is playing to bunch of extraterrestrials and doesn’t know it. Why can’t Billy tell they’re aliens?

Because those sunglasses are just ordinary ones. Instead of a bunch of homosexuals having a betting pool, it’s a bunch of aliens wondering when he’ll figure out that they’re aliens in hiding. They’re reluctant underachievers because they must remain in hiding until they reclaim control over the Earth. Is this a perfect inference? No, but remember, neither was the “gay bar” interpretation. This interpretation also has no clear contradictions within the lyrics, so it’s just as good. So would any interpretation in which people, extraterrestrial or otherwise, we’re in hiding. I’m sure the song could be put to use in a pretty good Al Qaeda recruitment video, and I doubt Joel would approve.

Revenge of the Sith

Let me give you another example. This one’s more on point with the meme I don’t want to discuss. In Revenge of the Sith, Mace Windu, et al. attack Emperor Palpatine, a.k.a., Darth Sidious. The others fall, so it’s just Mace and Sidious going at it, and Mace gets the upper hand. He starts to reflect Sidious’s force lighting back on him. According to the dialogue, as wells as a (long-lost) interview with George Lucas, the reflection disfigured Palpatine.

I never bought that, and I think Kessel Junkie and I have discussed it.

My interpretation from the moment I saw it was that Sidious was already disfigured from his long term use of the Dark Side. Within the movies – I don’t concern myself at all with the Expanded Universe – there’s nothing in canon to contradict that. With Mace Windu’s attack, Sidious’s power was being tasked, so his veil dropped. Everyone was seeing him for what he really was. He initially lied to Anakin to complete his turn to the Dark Side, then maintained the lie to convince others of the treachery of the Jedi. That in turn meant that he no longer had to use a portion of his power to maintain that veil. Win-win as far as he was concerned.

Am I wrong? Not according to me, so why do I care whether George agrees? Why would he care if I disagree with him?

The point is that you can interpret art, especially good art, in a way that suits you, even if it contradicts the intent of the creator. Unless you’re way off base, your interpretation is as legitimate an interpretation as anyone else’s. Whatever makes the art work for you is fine.

As long as you’re buying it, the creators won’t mind.

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A JPG Just Sold for $69,000,000.00 #art

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Wut?

The New York Times, among many others, reports that a piece of (for lack of a better term) static art that exists only digitally was sold for $69,000,000. The article dares to mention the artist responsible for my favorite painting in comparison. By clicking through to the Christie’s site, you can view the art, and thereby take ownership of it for no charge.

Wut?

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I’m Stealing Inktober from @KesselJunkie and All the Artsy-Fartsy Types! #Inktober

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I’ve decided to steal the Inktober hashtag for myself, and I promise, the artsy-fartsy types will never recover. Here’s my interpretation of a visit to the park in autumn.

I actually drew this. I shit you not.

When I was an undergraduate, I took an Art History course. I showed up to the first class, and then to the last class, which was the final exam. I’m going to analyze my art like I did the art in the museum for the final.

The artist uses omegas for the lower part of the body so that he doesn’t forget to draw the feet. Brilliant. Notice the use of perspective. Notice the lines. So curvy and inspiring. And the colors. Blue and white. So inspiring. I’m inspired. Trees are great. Art is great. You were a great teacher.

I passed Art History. True story.

Art is in the eye of the beholder, so is Kirk punching Obi-Wan or Bid Laden?

Inktober is mine!

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My Favorite Painting … Sort Of #TMNT #art

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Sundays are now lazy days for me. Going forward, I’m just going to re-post other people’s work or just do something silly. Here’s something silly. It’s an … adaptation? … of my favorite classical painting, Saturn Devouring His Son, by Spanish artist Francisco Goya.

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I’m not sure of its origin, but the only clue I have is that it was posted by godtsol on Tumblr.

Here’s the real one.

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Cowabunga.

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