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Monday, April 28, 2008

Here is my illustration for this week's illustrationfriday prompt WRINKLES

Sue sure is pretty

skin too tan or not too tan

with age comes wisdom

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Here is my illustration for this week's illustrationfriday prompt PRIMITIVE

Perhaps primitive

He was handsome nonetheless

Loincloth is slimming

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Here is my illustration for this week's illustrationfriday prompt–FAIL

Historical fiction for all to enjoy: The budget for the monument had been consumed and they hadn't even gotten to Lincoln! In late 1933 Cal Coolidge hired Shamus Flex to do some dirty work. With the one push of the detonator the whole project was almost scrapped. Thank goodness that detonator wire wasn't wired correctly. The operation was canceled and the file marked FAIL.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Here is my illustration for this week's illustrationfriday prompt–SAVE

Although old and slow

Mr. Excitement still tried

he saved the day again

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IF: homage

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Here is my illustration for this week's illustrationfriday prompt–homage

No haiku this week, just a tribute to Robert A. Nelson.

I had Professor Nelson for printmaking during the Spring semester of my sophomore year at Millersville University. It was a Tuesday/Thursday class from 2-4 I believe. Nelson's talent was unbelievable. Watching him work was a privilege--one that I didn't realize until later. I saw his casual style and loose studio as a chance to not go to class. I'd skip either Tuesday or Thursday of the week, later I'd skip two weeks in a row. When I went back, I got working as usual and thought that nobody had noticed me missing. While working on a monoprint, Nelson came over and asked "What do you think you are doing?" I can't remember my response, but I'll never forget his question and its affect. He later told me that he did notice my absence and that I should come to class consistently or not at all.

I would be lying if I said that I never skipped a class after that, but I never did skip another one of his classes. I truly respected him for the way he spoke with me, I even spent evenings in the studio doing work to catch up. To this day, I see his influence on my work ethic.

His influence is far-reaching. I have two colleagues that pay homage through their art, style, or hairstyle. For me, I pay homage by remembering that I need to walk the walk. I can't not show up. Bob Nelson may be watching.

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