Our Bedazzled Dead

BioE put up another post. Good to see her posting a little more often! See it here.
Speaking of posting, I have been remiss and neglectful. I made a goal to post once a week and should return to this goal. Now, true, being stabbed does give one reason to pause and realign one’s life, but it is time to build on the many gains I have worked for this summer.
In the long run? Even if one lives a long time….It is still not much time. Someday? I, too, will be the unadorned dead. But the next time it won’t be with the thought, “I thought I would get more done…”. This has been a beautifully busy summer. I have done my best and changed much of my worst. Hope everyone has a great autumn! (Or spring, as I have some Australians out there 🙂

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Happy Birthday to the Man of Happy Little Clouds

Google was kind enough to share on its page that it’s Bob Ross’ birthday. Like many others who watched that show, I was somewhat surprised at how happy trees and clouds could be. I was equally surprised to learn that it’s possible to paint with a spackle knife. But, again like many others, I never forgot the immense optimism and just plain fun that Ross had while painting. This remix, I may well have posted this before, but you know what? It’s his birthday and the song just makes me happy.

Liu Bolin

The Smithsonian had this small collection of photos by Liu Bolin. I’d never encountered his work before, but was impressed. Worth a peek if you have a minute.

1950’s Space Art

I’ve always loved the covers and dust jackets from vintage sci-fi! There’s something compelling about them, for some reason. I have no real vocabulary for discussing art, I just know the pieces I like and the pieces I don’t. Beyond that, I can’t really go into any real depth. But that said, here’s a pretty good simple collection at Plan59. Of course, nothing would be complete in mentioning that era without a word towards Chesley Bonestell.

In addition to doing many, many pieces, Bonestell also created work for Destination Moon, a 1950 film which one an Oscar for best special effects. Of particular note is the work done by Robert A. Heinlein as a technical advisor for the film. If you’ve not heard of Robert Heinlein, then there’s not much I can really say other than to go read his earlier works, up to about Stranger in a Strange Land. After that book, I started losing interest in his work, however, his juvenile fiction still ranks as some of my most preferred “comfort” reading….Speaking of which, I need to get another copy of Citizen of the Galaxy.

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