Sunday, January 20, 2013

Done -- For Now


In  a few weeks I'm starting another art-course -- oil painting.  To get a baseline, I decided to tackle a painting in advance of the course.  I used some acrylic paint Marcia bought me in a kit about a year ago and, when I ran out of colors in that, switched to left-over tempera paints from my last class.

The painting is a based on a photo of Marcia and Sarah taken about 27 years ago.  Here it is in it's current state.  Maybe I'll go back and work on it some more after I've actually learned how to paint.  Maybe I won't.  But it's done for now.



Let It Play Out


Let it play out.  That was my thought as President Obama signed gun-control executive orders and proposed gun-control legislation. 

The path to getting things done in 21st century America follows a long and twisting road paved with words of proponents, opponents, pundits and lawyers.   Maybe that’s the way it’s always been.  And while a lot of this pavement is pretty hot and ugly while it’s being laid down, you can see a glimmer of hope that the trend is to greater good for society and future generations – at least that’s my hope.

In the mist of it, it’s hard to hope for the best.  The debate certainly doesn’t seem to advance civilization.  People don’t use their best thought-out logical arguments to discuss and resolve issues but instead stay stuck in positions and heap primitive-brain emotional fuel on the fires of disagreement.  Perhaps it’s always been that way and always will be.  But I can hope for better.  I can long for civil discourse.

Eleven thousand years of civilization is still a blip in the two million year history of human existence.  And 236 years of US history is a nano-blip.  Whether it’s gun control, immigration control, fiscal responsibility or social responsibility, let’s hope that the trend is toward a better day and not toward civilization’s demise.   Meanwhile, the most a spectator can do is let the game play out and hope for the best.