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Watercolor: Palette Test number 3


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Palette Test 3
10×7″

“Do you have this blue watercolor in oranges, reds or earth tones?”

Seven of these are are palette test and ten are the commission that resulted in exactly no sales. So no reasonable offer and shipping will be refused. Please contact me at gingerATcollage.gingermayersonDOTcom for more information.

All the watercolors, if that’s of any interest.

“To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.”
E. M. Forster

2024 maybe?

“Absent from the 20 candidates who were selected for the Democrats’ first televised debates was Steve Bullock, the governor of Monatana and the only Democratic governor of a state won by Mr Trump in the race, because he was lower in the polls and had fewer individual campaign donors than other candidates. Meanwhile Marianne Williamson, spiritual guru, whose assertion that ‘there’s no higher art than living a beautiful life’ may not be the winning message Democrats are searching for in 2020, was allowed to speak on the party’s platform to millions of Americans. It does not have to be like this. Party leaders used to exercise more sway over primaries. They could do so again.” (emphases mine)
Should political parties really let anyone run for president?, The Economist, July 25, 2019

Get ready for 4 more years of stupid if the Dems are this STUPID. GAH!

I guess it’s too late, but I just sent Governor Bullock $10 if only to make myself feel better about… something (and I’m really broke right now).

Update! Steve B is at the 2nd debate. I feel much better now; totally worth that $10.

Note: I seem to recall from HS civics class that our president must have a college degree to be president. Maybe we should require a JD and bar license number. I know, I know, Nixon was a lawyer, but at least the JDs really know what laws they’re breaking (and break them anyway, alas). And let’s get rid of the electoral college; we don’t need it anymore. After all, this isn’t the French Revolution, is it? IS IT? Oh well, just a thought, before my brain turns into election year goo.

Burne Hogarth at Art Center

“Yes, he was egocentric, but — damn, he was good!

“Burne Hogarth comes through loud and clear and with predictable bombast in Gary Groth’s incisive interview with him in “Classic Comics Illustrators”, Volume V in the Comics Journal Library.

“He also came through loud and clear, etc. when teaching students at Art Center College of Design during the 1980’s and 90’s, which is where and when I knew Hogarth and can therefore vouch for the validity of Mr. Groth’s interview. But what I truly appreciated, in reading the interview, was the opportunity to hear Hogarth explain, discuss, elucidate, clarify, (pontificate about?) so much of his background and so many more of his points of view than I had heard at Art Center.”
Burne Hogarth at Art Center, by Nancy Lilly, J LHLS Buzz, October 2, 2005 (pdf from soon to be gone on 8/22/2019 website at www.liheliso.com/buzz/)

Yes, Nancy Lilly and friends remember him well.

Really doomed, really

“… a newly appointed dean can simply decide that, since he is obviously a very important person, it is only natural that he should have five or six additional administrative staff working under him–and only then begin trying to figure out what said staff are actually going to do. Administrators at private universities are answerable only to their board of trustees. Trustees are usually extremely rich. If they are not themselves creatures of the corporate world, they are at the very least used to moving in environments shaped by its mores and sensibilities–and as a result, they tend to view such a dean’s behavior as entirely normal and unobjectionable.” (pp.162-3)

“Back in the 1950s or 1960s, one could still say that universities were one of the few European institutions that had survived more or less in tact from the Middle Ages. Crucially, they were still run on the old medieval principal that only those involved in a certain form of production–weather this be the production of stonework or leather gloves or mathematical equations–had the right to organize their own affairs; indeed that they were also the only people qualified to do so. Universities were basically craft guilds run for an by scholars, and their most important business was considered to be producing scholarship, their second-most, training new generation so scholars.

“But since the eighties … university administrators have effectively stated a coup. They wrested control of the university from the faculty and oriented the institution itself toward entirely different purposes. It is now commonplace for major universities to put our ‘strategic vision documents’ that barely mention scholarship or teaching but go on at length about ‘the student experience,’… collaboration with business or government, and so forth.” (p. 163)

“Our actions are caught up in caring in relations of caring. But most caring relations require we leave the world more or less as we found it. In the same way that teenage idealist regularly abandon their dreams of creating a better world and come to accept the compromises of adult life at precisely the moment they marry and have children, care for others, especially over the long term, requires maintaining a world that’s relatively predictable as the grounds on which caring can take place. One cannot save to ensure a college education for one’s children unless one is sure in twenty years there will still be colleges–or for that matter, money. And that, in turn, means that love for others–people, animals, landscapes– regularly requires the maintenance of institutional structures one might otherwise despise.” (p. 239)
“Bullshit Jobs” by David Graeber

We are so doomed, we’re dooomed.

Hackenblog: Whatever happened to the dayjob?

“Another British company advertised for “a call-centre Ninja, a superhero in people”, a job description which sounds a little over-the-top for what was in fact a role at an insurance broker in Isleworth. Lest you think that ad was an aberration, Indeed also featured jobs for “a black-belt prioritisation ninja”, and another demanding a “ninja-like attention to detail”. Short of turning up for the interview dressed from head-to-toe in black, and then sneaking up behind the managing director at his desk, it is hard to see how candidates could demonstrate their ninja-ness.”
, Economist, July 6, 2019

Not all of us get to have our jobs be our careers, let alone vocations, alas.