Thursday, September 07, 2006


Going through some old papers I brought home after retiring, I discovered three surprisingly good drawings on scraps of paper and cardboard, that had at one time or the other must have pushed the hands of a slow day or boring marathon staff meeting. I say they are surprising because I think they are good, for elaborate doodles, and for the fact that I obviously drew them. Although, I cannot, for the life of me, remember doing them or the reasons or events in my life that made them what they are. I can only surmise they accomplished their goal since the spawn of their burden lingers not.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did in finding them. I have interpreted them from raw feeling, not memory – you are welcome to make up your own.

“I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me”

I call this one “High Maintenance” - It is a composite of all those young things that required more than I cared to offer. I do not remember if any were worth more effort, but since I am left wondering I suppose they were not.

Since a tear is prominent, I suppose either she or I cared at the time, whatever minute of time was spent. However, obviously the ornate earrings symbolize both the attention she would have required and the coolness returned.

Finally, the levelheaded lady with no visible mouth must have left no memorable words on either side of passion.

"Transcend, Purify, Glorious"

I call this one “Transcend” - We move through life changing what we are more than who we are – moving constantly toward the seventh level – perfection, if that can truly be obtained. Surely as we move we must change our halo of color – some good, some bad, but all seen by someone. After all, we can only hide from ourselves.

“Pride is the Father of all Sins”

I call this one “Reflection” – The monster of “pride” must be a hideous creature since “envy” is said to be only “green eyed.” So how would we identify him if he came knocking at the door? I can only attest to having met him once and that I lost everything soon afterwards, but I do not recall his face. I think his face is pleasing and quite ordinary, otherwise he would not be welcomed in so easily – so often.


Fathairybastard said...

Ok dude, step away from the bong. No more for you.

Seriously, those are pretty cool. The first one looks like a professional drawing. I bet you could sell it. Picasso would be pissed you stole his shit. Looks like a Joni Mitchell album cover from the early 70s. I'm serious as shit. Ladies of the Canyon, or somethin like that.

The second on is NOT a doodle. That thing took time and effort. You had to spend a lot of time on that. And the third one looks like a conceptual drawing for one of the cantina critters from star wars. Interesting. A whole new side of you is revealed.

I have GOT to get a scanner. My old doodles are all of Roman soldiers and Kalashnikovs. pretty boring, but yer givin' me ideas.

Mushy said...

Thanks man! I appreciate your opinion, and yes, you need a scanner! They're relatively cheap, but you need to make sure it can do 35mm slides.

I'm having so much fun with this blog thing!

Goddess said...

Well NOW I see why I've been stuck on the second level. I blame my fat can't ascend!!!

I like the first one;)

herb mandel said...

your art work, particularly the first one, would put you in a class with one of my favorit surealists, Dali. It is also remeniscent of another favorite penmen, Aubry Beardsley. Have you done others like that? Try it and post some more. Great work. Herb

phlegmfatale said...

This, of course, in no way indicates that I am even remotely high-maintenance, but... I want those earrings.

Mushy said...

If for nothing more than the way you get treated at work, you deserve them.

phlegmfatale said...

boy howdy!