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Sunday, April 20, 2014

tAXmEn







...the government has the constitutional right to implement the tax, "but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt."  

"You're entitled to criticize the government, and you can use words, you can use symbols, you can use telegraph, you can use Morse code, you can burn a flag..." 

"The Constitution is not a living organism for Pete's sake, it's a law. It means what it meant when it was adopted." 

Justice Antonin Scalia  More...


Friday, April 18, 2014

Rotten Eggs







The Law of Lawlessness, Corruption, Incompetence and Mediocrity


A government whose leaders flaunt, selectively enforce and exempt themselves from the law, loses its moral authority to expect its citizens to obey the law. Only tyrants are above the law they impose on others.

Take one liberty at a time so people will not notice, in fact, they will start believing it is good for them. Corruption and tyranny provide nothing but a preponderance of broken rotting eggs and stinkhorns disguised as laws for the good of all. Still, it is Easter and those who believe have something better coming for them beyond this wretched world of liars, deceivers and purveyors of hopelessness. 

Yes, hope, a word so abused and maligned by demagogues whose plans were soon revealed. Punish the achievers, spread the misery and hopelessness, destroy the structures and weaken society, take one liberty at a time so that their mediocre performance will seem so grand and altruistic.

What a cracked egg, indeed. The stench reeks.




Inner Peace: 


"Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy." Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata"


Sunday, April 13, 2014

LOL! I Am In Love





(LOL) Lord Of The Lies 


aka The Fabulous Fabulist,  part of the Liars, Fabulists, Prevaricators and The Like series. These are details of a 14"x17" pen and ink drawing. Click on the preview slides to enlarge. I have fallen in love with detailed pen and ink drawing...oh wait, this is not new. Let us just say that I actually took my time and even stopped to draw something else for Illustration Friday, just so I can keep enjoying this. 


Thanks to Bella Sinclair who inspired me to draw little creatures. When I saw Bella's illustration for Space, I was stunned at how she accurately portrayed two friends, one who needs space but seems to have a difficult time escaping the other gesticulating, loquacious friend. I lifted the two and put them in this busy jungle of the Lord of the Lies.





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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Geminis Aries Scorpionis et Piscibus





I thought I was finished with the quick sketch on the left, which I started while watching the Rockets play against the Timberwolves last night. It was supposed to be a square drawing on an 11"x9" Bristol Board but this morning, I did not like looking at the wide margins. The Rockets lost last night. Pfft! They are playing again tonight and I hope they win. 

My husband and son love watching sports on television. I try to join them but I cannot just sit and stare at the screen, so I draw. I hate it when out team loses. The above illustration was inspired by this

Today, I was reading some blog posts and comments from 2009. It was bittersweet to read the comments from four blog friends who have since passed away. Their words sparkle like gems.




Friday, April 11, 2014

Lord Of The Lies


It has been a hectic, maddening, worrisome, and anxiety-ridden week here for several reasons, but I am prevailing. This very happy-looking illustration is shrouded in misery because it is actually a part of the "Liars, Fabulists, Prevaricators and The Like" series. However, just like real life, the good have to face the bad and we deal with situations in the best way we can, until we have enough. I enjoy drawing this picture and experimenting with different types of pigment ink so that I almost cover each white space with ink but still have different shading and lighting effects. I might take a break to prolong the process and maybe draw something for Illustration Friday's Zodiac. What is your sign?






Lord Of The Lies, in progress, is the fourth installment to my Liars, Fabulists, Prevaricators and The Like series.




Liars, Fabulists, Prevaricators and The Like Series, Pen and Ink 14"x17" Bristol Board. Left to Right: (Left) The Incompetent Intolerant Megalomaniacal Pecksniffian Stalinist Equivocator and His Obsequious Sanctimonious Prevaricating Perverted Bumbledom, (Middle) The Liars' Fancy Dress Ball, (Right) The Vermicious Pernicious Fabulist And His Repertoire of Insidious Vermin.