# Man with scythe
Maybe late 50’s, early 60’s, after we had moved to the Queens Ave house, I would walk along Queens Ave to Queens Place and down that small lane to Lorne Avenue School\. The dirt lane off English Street was more fun, but the bully thugs hung out there\. Still, I got to bark at the dogs living down Queens Place\.
One morning on the lawn of the cottage opposite Queens Place a man swung a scythe over the overgrown lawn\. The grass was well overgrown\. A mower wasn’t going to cut it\.
From the glimpse of my memory, he wore a fedora, and dark suit jacket coat\. Maybe the pants were blue jeans\. It wasn’t a full suit, but a dark jacket, white shirt and fedora\.
I watched him swing the scythe a few times, decided he wasn’t Death come for me, and walked down the lane to school\.
Could be in a dream
Our clothes are on the beach
These prints of our feet
Lead right up to the sea
No one, no one is here
No one, no one is here
We stand in the Atlantic
We become panoramic
Who knows who wrote that song of Summer
That blackbirds sing at dusk?
This is a song of colour
Where sands sing in crimson, red and rust
Then climb into bed and turn to dust
One of the delights, and one of the devils are the same thing: the rapidity of electronic media. It allows immediate responses and demands immediate postings. And even the start of this image is buried beneath how easy it was to dive in, refine, refinish and cover up everything from the beginning scribbles.
The first finish is on the left. I knew what I was drawing so didn’t really see how it wasn’t clear until posted and blogged, and then in the wait, it was obvious what wasn’t obvious, and what was obscuring what needed to be seen. It is also shamefully easy to fix.
On a roll. Five cartoons this week already and it’s only Tuesday.
The answer might be there.
Outrage and anger comes first. Funny, maybe, comes later.
From left to right—well, ‘left’ only because the picture plane is flat…
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What!??? Are you insane?
I have set free 100 cats worldwide. Not on sale, but free!
My ebook 100 cats on iTunes Bookstore is free worldwide. Except in America, Land of the Free™ where the .99 tariff continues, because the country is insane.
100 cats an animal art eBook with more than 100 cat drawings for your Mac iPad.
A fairly restrained, maybe tentative use of a custom brush in Procreate. If you use the app, you can find that drip shape. Watercolour splotches are fun
An unrestrained use of that drippy chain brush
Working another brush where speed and light pressure produce big juicy blotches.
Google AI seems to have done a pretty fair job on curating and editing these photos. I think I may have had a hand in some filters on iPad, but there is a consistent bright and saturated feel I think I didn’t have much to do with. Nice set of pics though.
I felt like it was more a bit of incoherent rambling. :-) But I would like to emphasize that LondOntLife is intended as an outlet for local editorial cartoons, by anybody, because Merle Tingley’s presence and inspiration can’t be thrown away.
I’ve set up a Square store for online book sales. All books are a limited edition run of 20. $25.00 covers all shipping, handling and other annoying stuff.
Check out It’s a LondontLife #1, a collection of local-to-london–ontario-canada editorial cartoons, and the latest cat drawing book, At least 22 cats
Predictions for the summer to come.
These undirected wanderings of mind and hand sometimes work out.