Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Vigilante — first trace

Still pretty rough and awkward but at least I’m moving forward.

Cappy Thompson

My new art hero. Now when do I get to Sea-Tac to see this thing?

Also, here is a great excerpt from the film “Dreaming of Spirit Animals: The Glass Art of Cappy Thompson” by Sally Cloninger at Cappy Thompson’s website.

Cappy Thompson, I Was Dreaming of Spirit Animals, 2003. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Vitreous enamels on float glass with reverse laminated stained glass, Seattle Tacoma International Airport Collection, Photo by Russell Johnson

Cappy Thompson, I Was Dreaming of Spirit Animals, 2003. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Vitreous enamels on float glass with reverse laminated stained glass, Seattle Tacoma International Airport Collection, Photo by Russell Johnson

Don’t Judge

Rouault — what an inspiration. Years ago I would wake up early mornings just to sit and stare at a book of of his paintings hoping to gain some scrap of his artistic intelligence.

From the placard: Rouault wrote, “If I have made the judges such lamentable figures, it was no doubt because I was translating the anguish I felt at the sight of a human being who is to judge other men.”

And before you judge the quality of this image consider that it was taken with a mobile phone with a 15-month-old art lover on my shoulders. Still it was great to get away to Houston last weekend and it did my heart good to see one of my favorite paintings by a favorite artist as well as see art through the eyes of my son and daughter.

George Rouault, The Three Judges, 1925. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The Vigilante — first sketch

The beginning of the last.

Quotation: David Mamet (1947 – )

“If you are going to work in the true theater, that job is a great job in this time of final decay; that job is to bring to your fellows, through the medium of your understanding and skill, the possibility of communion with what is essential in us all: that we are born to die, that we strive and fail, that we live in ignorance of why we were placed here, and, that, in the midst of this we need to love and be loved, but we are afraid.”

from “Decay some thoughts for Actors: Theodore Spencer Memorial Lecture, Harvard, February 10, 1986.”

Quotation: David Mamet (1947 – )

I read nearly every published work of David Mamet at a formative age. When I go back and read him now, skimming through the passages I underlined nearly twenty years ago, I am startled to observe how deeply his words continue to influence me. I remember too how bleak his words can seem even as they belie foundations of hope.

“We need not fall victim to the liberal fallacy of assuming that because we can perceive a problem we are, de facto, not part of the problem. We are the problem, like the man driving home from the Hamptons on Sunday night and cursing the idiots who have caused to the traffic jam. We are part of the process, the world is decaying rather rapidly, and there is nothing we can do about it.”

from “Decay some thoughts for Actors: Theodore Spencer Memorial Lecture, Harvard, February 10, 1986.”

Short Verse Friday: Accelerator

All day in search of secret vengeance,
We show our anger through our engines.