I recently started wondering where did all of my happy go. In order for me to find it, I had to do what we all if we lost a set of keys. We ask ourselves, where was the last place your remember it was? When was the last time that I was really happy? It took a few moments and then it came to me: when I was ignorant of current events!
It was a few years ago when I convinced myself in order for me to have a full bodied conversation that knew more then their alphabet, phone number, and address, I had to be up on something else then the alphabet, my phone number and address. Don't get me wrong, I have an education, its just nice to have a plethora of topics to discuss. So I did it. I sat through the news and watched every single dregs of society that they found under a rock or bridge to talk to. No sooner did the producers of such programs allow you to get pleased with one thing, they made sure there was enough carnage and oppression to bring you right back down. I still sat through it while believing there is going to be a "puff" piece at the end that will tie this all up for the viewer to feel good about ourselves. I waited and waited...it was coming - the fireman that rescued the kitten from the broken drain pipe or the little 3 year old boy that called 911 for his grandmother going into a diabetic coma, or what about the the 2 legged puppy dragging the rest of his body on a make shift wagon and can still chase after a ball? Where are the feel good reports - the puff pieces - the its going to be alright commentaries?!!!
Alright, I said to myself. This is what grown ups do and its high time I start acting my age. There I was now at the ready for the news like adults do. It took me awhile to realize that I scowled all the way through it. I have had riveting conversations with people that knew a lot more then I gave them credit for and there are a lot of stupid people out there as well. I can hold my own with current events and political issues now and I have an opinion on what really matters to the world... only I have been so angry lately. I just can't believe what our society has transformed into. i have been watching the presidential campaigns. I have seen mud slinging before but what coming out of the wood works now is scandalous. When has it ever been alright to applaud scandal? When has it ever been acceptable to air filthy (surpassing dirty) laundry? Its embarrassing...seriously. [link]
As far as my artwork is concerned, I have never thrown away so many unfinished pieces - ever. I don't want to draw angry. depressed people. I don't want to invoke that feeling on anyone else in my artwork. People would like to use the excuse of the economy or the war-like times, but its not like the world hasn't been here before. Since when did people just fold up along with it? Where is the fight to keep up morale and boost those that need it. Put those in office that should be there. Let's not just accept anything. We keep things happy because we are determined for the next generation to have it as happy or even better. Does the world still keep the next generation in mind? If so, bring back the puff pieces - tie the loose ends with them again so happiness can settle instead of being tossed around from one country to another.