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Monday, August 25, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

From The Mexican to Another Mexican

I try and read "Ask the Mexican" on a weekly basis and well a month ago or so he had a contest to argue which is better flour or corn tortillas in 25 words or less. I thought, wow we must be on the same wavelength about tortillas. Of course, if you are an Hombre you are either thinking of women or tortillas or both. Well, I entered the ending sentence of my book which I posted not too long ago and I WON!!!! It turns out though it wasn't the excerpt from the book that won. I ended my letter to The Mexican with...well you'll see. Here are the winners.

And here was my notification form The Mexican himself...

Dear winner: Congrats on your entry for my Tortilla essay contest! Thought
I forgot about you, eh? Like any good Mexican, I delayed on getting in
contact with ustedes until maƱana, but here I am! Por favor send me your address
so I can mail you an autographed copy of my book. Gracias again for your entry and
reading me, and por favor spread the gospel of the Mexican like my cousins are
currently spreading across Missouri!

The Mexican

PS--some of you already sent me
your addresses--send them again. Andale,andale!

Gracias Mexican!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

FenceD: A New Story

I failed. I failed to post once a week but I hopefully have a good excuse. I have been working on a new series of drawings called FenceD: A New Story. The series was to be a comment on immigration. I suppose it still is just not a very resolved one. The image metaphors need more work. These drawings turned into work that is more about trying to figure out how different materials work together. For instance, frisket doesn't work well on watercolor paper at least not the crap paper I was using up.

Four of the drawings are watercolors with a printing on top and the other four are acrylic with dry pigment and graphic. Again, they also have a printing on top. The other notion I've been playing with is negative space. If you go back to one of my first posts you will find four watercolors that deal with negative space as well. I really like the idea of something being said with negative space.

Fences open the flood gates with metaphors so this isn't a dead idea. I may go back to it after the show in January, the paw print orders I have for Christmas and a commission I have neglected, sorry Suzanne. For now I will let Robert Frost put it perspective...

"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know what I was walling in or walling out, And
to whom I was like to give offence."
Or should it be "A Fence".