Archive for December, 2009


Letter from an Old Friend

December 28, 2009

It was a complicated relationship, to say the least. A ten year sabbatical hasn’t diminished the sense that we did share a special world, but I don’t know where to begin, to begin again, or to continue at all. Not a romantic connection; if it had been, there would be different issues. Not lesser or greater, just different.

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To do nothing is an option. If I do nothing, is it a wasted opportunity, or am I wisely avoiding stirring up old questions.


Light Dawns Slowly Over the Whole

December 19, 2009

Isn’t this the best explanatory model for so many of the messy debates in which we are immersed as a people, a country, … and humanity variously self aware? Perhaps it is the only narrative that actually works in the case of the world stage. If only we could see with 10,000 eyes. 

For example, the health care debate is a good object lesson. It is not one debate, it is many. With pendulum these weeks swinging precipitously from one extreme to another, the infinite shades of compromise possible are all too quickly undermined, mischaracterized, or otherwise painted out. We are the blindered lead by the blinded, we who can look at only those headline issues — single payer, public option, abortion, et al — as we try to navigate; who has time for more???

pencil on paper, unfinished, like most things in life

On the open sea, or in the woods, we don’t need entirely new instruments, but we need courage, good will and trust in the crew.


Waiting for Cards

December 5, 2009

It’s been a bit of a process, working with the print-prep department to get colors correct. Not sure why they are having so much trouble,  and am getting worried. I can’t settle for anything less than perfect, because the run will be costing me a lot of money and I have to live with the results for a long time!

detail from a recent and unfinished painting

One of the new card designs I am working on with Queen City Printers will be a winter image, because I only have two winter images in the line thus far. With no snow on the ground, and the summer vegetation all died back, things this week have a look that I ought to think about capturing for a future addition to the line; but it feels more like November than December.