Z-Girls

The following are Ziegfeld Girls re-imagined as comic book super heroes.  The images are made in Photoshop using public domain photos of the women superimposed over photographs of my paintings and layered with other elements (patent drawings, turn of the century advertisements, random textures and brush strokes etc.)

Don’t Call it a Comeback

So, why haven’t I been online and why the sudden disapearence with no explanation?  I had to get offline (off Facebook specifically) because I was internalizing too much of the conflict and it was having a corrosive effect on my life and my mental state.  It was making me an angry person.  I am not an angry person.  Why didn’t I explain this then?  Cowardice I suppose.  I was afraid to get pulled back in.  I decided to just cut off all contact by just not looking at Facebook or even e-mail for months.  Sorry to any I may have let down and more importantly I appologize to any friends or family that may have been worried about my well being.  I’m …..transitioning.  To say I’m fine would be a lie, but I as I re-read my old posts I can tell you that I am feeling better and think I am heading in a more positive direction again.

One thing I have learned it that the “depressive cycles” that I spoke of seem to be more “depressive orbits”.  The difference being the momentum involved.  An orbit is not always a perfect circle and if one can alter the flight projection one can alter that flight path.  Leading to more time on one side of the orbit that the other.  My hypothesis is that with effort I can eventually break orbit all together.  So far the results have been positive.  My time spent in a state of depression has lessened with each orbit and my time spent in a ..better mental state has been longer.

The other insight I have made is that I decided to stop fighting the “crazy”…. ,which is separate from the depression, and just go with it.  If my ideas are odd, so be it.  Which, in a way, leads to the next question.

Why am I back?  My time on facebook tought me, and studies have since proven, that you can’t change peoples minds with logic and facts any more… maybe you never could.  Instead folks make up their minds on “insert debate topic of choice” emotionally first and then find facts to support that point of view.  So if I wants to change how the world thinks I can’t rely on facts, instead I must pull heart strings.  Therefor in the months I’ve been gone I’ve been immersing myself in my art.  Not only my photography and photoshop work but I’ve also taken up wood working, inlaying, painting, paint pouring, abstract art, sculpture, decoupage, collage and…..knick knacky stuff like potion bottles, gnome houses, wooden boxes with song lyrics hand written on them, honest greeting cards, trading cards and comic books.  I’ve been showing at a local art street fair once a month (First Friday, if your in Bakersfield I would be honored if you were to stop by and check it out).  And I’ve been handing out “business” cards with this website listed….so I figured I better start uploading more of my art.  There’s a selection of the pour paintings and a few collages up now from my first few months of work but I plan on putting up a bunch more in the coming months so keep coming back to see what’s new.  

Wow….if you made it through that wall of text….thanks!  A lot!  For a reward anyone who shows up at my booth at First Friday and whispers the top secret phrase “The eagle flies at midnight.” will get a free golden ticket!  What are golden tickets good for?  Well, you’ll just have to wait and see…..

Calling all Leaders!

     Calling all leaders!  Our country is a state of emergency due to a severe leadership deficiency.  Our Congress is made up of two groups of people, lawyers and business people.  Is it any wonder that all of our laws are written in “lawyerese” with loopholes that benefit business people  These two groups of people are not representative of who we are as a nation.  We need to fill Congress with teachers, engineers, scientists, farmers, truck drivers and anyone else of high moral character willing to sacrifice an easy life in the wealthiest free nation in the world, for the sake of our Country. What we don’t need are more career politicians.

     If you feel like your politicians are deaf to the problems we are facing as a nation, then I implore you to run for office.  Check out what’s going on in your city council, see what congressional seats are going to be open in the 2018  and 2020 elections.  Many of these politicians run unopposed.  We must give them opposition.  

     Democracy only works if the government is afraid of the people, afraid that if they don’t legislate in ways that reflect the ideals of this nation, then we will toss them aside for folks who will.  We must take our country back from the political machine and its agenda.  If we still believe in “The Great American Experiment”, that the people can run a country without the need of a king, then we,The People, must take our country back from the politicians.  It’s up to us to show the politicians how to lead since they seem unwilling or ignorant on how to do so.

If you feel that you can’t take a leadership role, for whatever reason, you can still an integral part of this movement.  VOTE!  Educate yourself on the people seeking office Question their motives.  Go to rally’s and debates where you can hear them with your own ears and look them in the eye face to face.  Find a leader that represents you.  Then… fucking VOTE!

 

     “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

     Just to make this clear, I don’t care whether you consider yourself a conservative or a liberal, we need inspirational leaders willing to work for this country and not a political party.  Leaders, like J.F.K., who INSPIRED us to reach the moon.  Leaders, like M.L.K. Jr., who showed us that peaceful protest DOES work if you are persistent.  Hell, leaders, like John Lennon, who suggested that we just give peace a CHANCE.  Then we, the people, need to elect these leaders (instead of assassinating them) and then, and this is important, we need to hold them accountable.  “All politicians lie.” is not a statement with which we should be okay.  Politicians who willingly lie to the country need to be publicly shamed.  We can not accept this “new normal” and expect for our country to survive.  

 

     S.O.S.

 Please send help.

 

P.S.

     Now for the elephant in the room.  I think Trump’s “win” shows that folks are already picking up what I’m laying down.  While Trump isn’t a career politician he most certainly is a businessman, maybe an extremely inept businessman, which for some reason, folks don’t seem to care about nearly as much as they do the perception that he is a good businessman, that is just his branding.  That’s the one business that has consistently made him money, selling his name to other construction developers to use.  He bankrupted three casinos! How do you do that?  I personally doubt that he is even a billionaire. I think that’s the real reason he won’t release his taxes, we will see him for he really is.

     He is a snake oil salesman who ran the election like a reality show and we watched.  He intentionally lied at every corner, about every opponent and we continued to listen. He encouraged people to fear…other countries, other religions, other people, other Americans and all of the media… and we did. He literally promised  “everything you want” , and said that he was the only man who could do it but when pressed for how he was going to “do it”, he offered us only magic beans….and we bought them. We as voters need to take responsibility for educating ourselves on the candidates and we need to vote with our moral values not just economics and party affiliation.

     Who we elect as our leaders says who we are as a nation, not to just us, but they are a reflection of who we are to the world. If we, as Americans, can’t trust what our President says because of his blatant disregard for the truth then how can we expect any other nation to trust us. The President is our peoples representative to the rest of the world and I do not believe that Trump represents anyone but himself. He certainly doesn’t represent the America I grew up in, nor the America I see around me now, nor the one I want to leave behind.  We need to elect leaders that not only reflect who we are but who we aspire to be.

We need leaders that inspire us to have courage in the face of fear, not leaders who tell us that our problems are because of “insert racial group of choice” and that we should fear and hate them. This is how demagogues come to power (the bad type)

Trump’s claims that only he can “save” our country, that he knows more than the Generals and that he is his only advisor are more concerning.  Those are the words of a Tyrant.  This “new breed” of leaders I‘m calling for must also be willing to learn, specifically because they will be new to politics.  They must be willing to learn about all the issues so they can have an informed voice at the table.  They must surround themselves with experts on as many fields as they can and listen to what those experts have to say.  But most importantly they need to be able to work with people.  They must be able to throw dogmatism to the wind, be able listen to folks who disagree with their stance, find common ground and forge a path forward.  They must inspire the elected officials already in office to give up the “game” of partition politics and do something truly courageous,… work on behalf of the people of this country.

Tall order, I know, but look what’s at stake.  If we don’t take control of our government our government will continue to control us.