Carl Wiens
February 2007
Attn Floraphiles
Lost in the depths of winter despair? Cabin fever setting in? Dreaming of the warmth and joy of spring?

Well, these exuberant seasonal banners from creative genius Jim Flora will surely brighten your day!
I came across an obscure pharmaceutical publication called 'What's New' (December 1952) in my favorite used book store. These were part of a five page feature, with Flora's illustration framing sheet music and lyrics.

They provide a lovely tableau of seasonal change from deepest dark winter to the romance of springtime.
Words and music by Harold Rome

Though there is winter in you heart, and love has taken wing,
Though storms have drifted two apart, Remember this one thing.
As spring must come with soft caress, When icy winds are through
Love will return in a greener dress, Once again to you...

April will come again....

From a Song for December, although February would also be a suitable title.
Anyways, I forwarded these illustrations to Irwin Chusid who was putting the first Jim Flora anthology together at the time. He said that there was no record of these and Jim's son had never seen them before.  So consider these a Drawger exclusive...
The last comix jam was a cut and paste extravaganza, devoted entirely to collage.
Once a month the locals get together for the Prince Edward County Comix Jam. It's a mixture of young and old and artistic talent isn't required but it does go a long way. Last night we celebrated Comix Jam's second birthday, complete with sugary cakes. I brought my kids along and a good time was had by all. The whole thing is organized by comic afficianado Niall Eccles. Bravo!
Collaborative creativity in action
The event is all about collaboration. Work on a drawing, pass it on. Add and embellish. It's great way to loosen up a bit and find some spontaneity. Next month we will be hosting an exquisite corpse night. I will keep you posted...
If you are in the neighborhood, drop by! It's fun!
COLD! huh! Good Gawd, What is it good for?
I usually don't work with a loose hand-lettered style, and I am having a lot of fun doing these. I put this piece together in a couple of hours tonight.
This is a follow up to an earlier posting, a response to the rumblings about the cold weather around here. I am extremely proud of my home-made backyard rink, the kids have been having a great time and I get a chance to develop slap shots and wrist shots in my spare time. A resounding success and an ongoing obsession.

So here it is:
We had about 4 inches of snow last night, I snapped these photos and put them together after I cleared the rink. It's great to have night lights!
The boys after a couple of hours on the ice
All Drawgers are hereby invited to drop by anytime for a game of shinny!
It's March 7, midafternoon. Still cold enough to skate. I am going out with the kids to hang out and shoot some pucks, soak up the sunshine. This year proved to be most successful build yet, lasting over 6 weeks. My son Lucas perfected his wrist shot and is lighting up the tyke league with his scoring touch! Warm weather is just around the corner. Today should be the wrap up.
Optimist or Pessimist
Which are you?

Here's a couple of illustrations that ran in this week's New York Times. The article was titled 'Can Humanity Survive? Want to Bet on it?' by John Tierney. The minute hand on the doomsday clock was recently advanced to 5 minutes before midnight based on factors like climate change. Is the end of the world just around the corner?

Being optimistic used to be a choice, an attitude. Nowadays its a real challenge. I do my best to keep a positive outlook, I really want the world to be a better place for my kids. Wishful thinking.

What's your global outlook? Are you Malthusian, utopian, Orwellian?  Apocolyptic or apoplectic?
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