“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”  – Charles Dickens

Below is the Black&White version with the values bleached out.  I like altering my drawings with the Photoshop threshold tool.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but I think I this is an interesting result.


(Just to be clear, there were more Dickens children, but I tried to approximate how many were born when Charles and Catherine were around the age they appear here.  I doubt it’s accurate, but “artistic license” and so forth.)

Starting Fresh

Nothing like uprooting everything you own and moving it to a new location to get your mind in the Clean Slate state of mind.  And when you haven’t been very active in the studio for about a month, you may feel like you’ve lost all your momentum and you’re back to Square One, or as this photo suggests Age 3.  But it could be argued that some child-like creativity would freshen up my stale adult drawings.  “Right Pablo?”  “That’s right, Aaron, remember that all children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  “Thanks, Pablo.”

In the spirit of that Picasso sentiment, here’s a drawing my oldest son did when he was around 5, I think, and below is my “interpretation.”  I would certainly interpret it differently these days…I was really into Bonnie Prince Billy at the time;)  For one thing I would take advantage of that dust cloud around the musical prince’s feet.  He must be tapping up a storm, or as the kidz call it, “Peanuts Freestylin!”

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Two adventures this week (so far).  I went downhill skiing with my son for his birthday.  He was on a snowboard, and that seems to be the preference based on the SkiBowl crowd up Mt. Hood.  The other adventure was seeing TRON: Legacy last night!  I was fully immersed in the grid.  Loved it!  So here’s a little tribute to those two events.  **This may be the most idyllic drawing I’ve done of myself, possibly ever.  I guess I’m ending 2010 on a positive note.**