adventures in dysthymia

Thursday, January 12, 2012


So what have I been working on lately? I tend to dabble in a bunch of different projects until one steps forward and says 'finish me off, already!'

This time, that would seem to be a picture book for the little ones, titled 'Awful Alvin.' I originally wrote a version and sketched out a few quick pictures to entertain my nephews some twenty years ago. Here's one of the original pictures (digitized and sans color).

I did rewrite the text later, going from a simple short narrative to a longer rhymed poem. Perhaps a tad sophisticated for the kiddies to read themselves (most of them) but that's what parents are for, right?

Anyway, I'm working on a new set of illustrations, though I really need to organize the studio some first! It's sort of an unused mess of a room at this time of year. The pics are to be black and white this time (but not necessarily pen and ink -- my originals were pencil). Maybe I'll tackle a short color book someday. One thing at a time, as I feel my way.

Speaking of which...

"I seek in painting." ~ Cezanne

A friend pointed me toward this essay, 'Late Bloomers,' by Malcolm Gladwell, originally published in The New Yorker --

An interesting read, especially for middle-aged artsy types. There's hope yet!

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