The Practical Uses of Narcissism
JULY 13, 2007
It's mid-July and we are Pondering the Impenetrable Imponderable Probabilities.
Narcissus was only guilty of admiring his reflection. How do you feel when you look in the mirror?
Admit it, you've been walking a tightrope all week (maybe all your life!). On one side is your hard-working professional designer/illustrator self. On the other is your hard-working artist self. This sums up the life of the serious illustrator: finding the balance over time for the narcissistic necessities of this solitary endeavor and the exacting pressure and pleasure found in communal work as professional gun for hire.
• Let's raise our glasses in support of artists of all stripes who show the way in these dark times!
• Another example of my crusading blend of the personal and the professional:
"The Other Blue Planet" enamel on wood (there are a lot of lively ghosts lurking in the DNA of this one: J.D. King, Hal Mayforth, Richard McGuire, John Hersey, George Herriman... the list goes on and on. I am tenuously standing on the shoulders of giants!)
My first and last skateboard was something fashioned out of a skate and a board. These two important elements of your basic skateboard had an uneasy agreement to injure me (this was some time ago). More recently, in my ongoing efforts to make the world a truly beautiful place I painted a skateboard deck for the 555 Gallery in Detroit for an exhibit. Thanks to Don Kilpatrick for the opportunity!