On solving things

October 25, 2014

This still frame taken from CBC video shows Kevin Vickers, gun drawn, walking down the hall moments after the death of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau inside Centre Block. (CBC)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-shooting-the-face-to-face-encounter-that-ended-the-attack-on-parliament-1.2812802

No SWAT teams. No bluff and bluster. No fetishized automatic weapons. Not even a whisper of concealed carry. No body armour. No armed bystanders wearing the white cowboy hats. No militia.

He went to his desk and took out his revolver. One designated licensed officer knowledgable and trained with his weapon. One old man.

I am troubled by my own admiring reaction. I say to myself that I shouldn’t be. I like to believe I can hold to those five vows, one of them, to not take life. But I am also familiar with the idea essential to karatedo.

I believe all citizens of a peaceful society really ought to be familiar with some kind of formal trained self-defence, enough to know that they could use it, and that they don’t want to use it. But sometimes, maybe, in the extreme, certainly one time in a lifetime that they have to use it, they could.

But then we have to put that pistol back in the desk drawer, lock it back up, and solve the problem another way.

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It’s been a week of tired. Sometimes I despair that so much is on the edge. I have no work held back, no posts queued up, no drawings hovering.

Then you just make a mark, and something happens, and you just follow it. So this is fresh – last night – and with no idea what is over the edge of the precipice of tomorrow that I can see.

This is so damned whimsical I wish I could bottle it.

Composite clouds

October 17, 2014

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Painted in Paper, assembled in Procreate.

The in-law chair #2

October 16, 2014

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Actually quite a stylish chair.

The old tuxedo

October 16, 2014

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Our 17 or 18 year old tuxedo sleeps a lot. It’s hard to get a pose where he doesn’t look dead.

The in-law chair #1

October 15, 2014

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Big blue balloon

October 14, 2014

Huge blue word balloon, tiny cat, tiny

Meow

Paper by 53 introduced a collaborative social network in it’s latest version. Someone posts an image, someone extends it. This word balloon was posted. I added the little cat, and the tiny word.

Here are some other images I’ve been busy posting at Mix, by 53.

This is the week that was.

October 10, 2014

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from Crucifixion by Bonaventurar Berlinghieri

I love the elegant and sophisticed stylization in this image by Berlinghieri, a relatively obscure artist of the Gothic. Pg 45 of the Uffizi Gallery by Guinti. There’s so much to see at the Uffizzi. I might like to concentrate more on these next time, if, again, I get a chance to go through. I certainly enjoyed a lot of the peripheral images, the demons, the boats, the beasts at the edges of the main work.

Long cat in three portions

October 4, 2014

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Giovanni da San Giovianni

September 30, 2014

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Black cat on green

September 29, 2014

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Francesco del Cairo

September 28, 2014

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