11/05/2004: "I'm all vechlempt! Talk amongst yourselves..."
Have any of you seen the new ebay commercial?
It has this light piano music while images of people doing kind deeds flash on the screen. For example, it shows a person picking up a piece of litter from the sidewalk, strangers helping push a car stuck in the snow, a driver waving a car ahead of them in traffic, people chasing after someone's papers that start to blow away, etc. At the very end text appears that says "We started out with the belief that people are good, you proved us right".
It's very touching and reminds me that even though the residents of half the country *feel* like my enemies at the moment, I still believe (like Anne Frank) that people are essentially good. When I go home to Nebraska for Christmas, although everyone in my town including my family probably voted for the "other" side...they would still do anything they could to help me out if I needed them. In this time when our country is so devided, I think it's important that we don't forget that.
It's snowing out today too, which always helps with my mental health. I'm looking forward to a cosy weekend at home...just me, my two cats, and toxic paint fumes. I did buy some of that "Nox Out"...pellets that are supposed to remove hazzardous particulates from the air, and if I set it right above my blob of Liquin (yes, I'm back to using Liquin again, although Walnut Oil Alkyd is excellent for speeding drying time, it still doesn't do much for thinning paint) it seems to help somewhat.
I had a couple people over to watch the election returns the other night and I had the paintings out for the new show...(including one friend who has always been a big fan of my work), but their response was very underwhelming. It has brought back a tingle of panic but I'm trying to keep things in perspective. I plan to rent the digital camera again soon, then I'll post some images in here for feedback. Seems I really need it!