Monday, April 29, 2019
|Emmanuel A.M.E. Church|
The church stands mighty and tall, a testament to the resilience of an amazing people who love her and their God. It stands for hope and dignity. It stands for forgiveness. It stands for peace.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
In my continuing quest to convince Google that I am not scraping the content of other sites, I present to you (and their spiders) Blue, which I painted in 2017. You can even see my signature on it.
It was a fun painting to do (I paint digitally on table monitors) because the transparency allowed me to seamlessly approximate the color of a collie with the background.
I work in the same way that most cartoonists do, I think. I do a rough sketch, then ink it, add local color, and then (sometimes) shading. The shading makes it look realistic...but that isn't always what I am looking for. There are plenty of artists that do realism far better than I have ever cared to. No, I am primarily a cartoonist.
I am currently working on developing a fifty-two strip weekly series of cartoons that will explain more deeply who I am and what I think...without being the least bit political. I think laughing at ourselves is wonderful, creative medicine in a world that desperately needs more joy.
Until tomorrow... ...cb
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday Thoughts on Easter
I am sometimes surprised with the fervor displayed by conservative Christian groups regarding the Easter Bunny, Egg Hunts, and the like. There is a sign on the road near us that declares: "Christians Beware! The Easter Bunny is not of Christ!" I see very little wrong with the little rabbit.
Don't misunderstand. I am a Christian. Easter is our High Holiday. Nothing compares to it...not Christmas or any other day. And yet...children are unable to grasp the meaning of the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Frankly... I don't even want to tell young children of the hideous death by the persecution that He endured.
The children must ask; "Why then, on this Easter Sunday, does our family get together and celebrate? What makes it special for me? I hate adults conversation when I must be quiet!"
So we need to look at this from a child's perspective, not from an adult. God willing, there will be plenty of time for a child to mature in the faith. Until then, let it be special. Because Joy is greater than fear.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Occasionally I memorialize a dog that has passed. I don't know the owner of this dog, but I was asked by a mutual friend to do a drawing. So I did.
I draw using computer software. It isn't like the computer does it for me, though...I use a pen just like I would if I was drawing on paper. The advantages are that I can draw on multiple layers...not possible on paper or canvas... and bring those layers forward and backward as I please. For example, in this image, I drew the rainbow behind the dog but simply erased that portion that would have overlapped...because there are only three layers to this drawing. The dog, the rainbow, and the background.
One might think I am a bit of a weak minded fool over the loss of a dog that was constantly beside me for the better of ten years. Perhaps I am. I know that folks "unfriended" me on Facebook during that period of mourning which seems sappy and weak to some.
Yet...when an artist, even an amateur like myself, loses his muse it can be intolerable to that person for at least a brief period of time. So it was with me. I will not apologize as I continue to eulogize my dog. She was a great friend.