Although dear GOD but I didn’t know the first thing about properly hanging pictures back then. I’d buy a print and wouldn’t frame it; instead, I’d stick it to the wall with some of that Fun-Tac stuff that the school hated (in retrospect, fairly) and vainly hope that it wouldn’t fall off (and rip) before the end of the school year. And then I’d do it again in September, because apparently I learned nothing from the experiment.
Still: I’d put this on my wall. Properly framed and mounted, of course.
I have very little to say about the Monica Lewinsky matter, given that I was on the other side at the time, but this is definitely cheeky. I do not say this to disapprove; in fact, I think that it’s hysterical, and one of the things that art is for. But the Clintons never forgive a slight, and this is one heck of one:
Q: Who did you find was the hardest to capture?
[Artist Nelson Shanks] Clinton was hard. I’ll tell you why. The reality is he’s probably the most famous liar of all time. He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting.
If you look at the left-hand side of it there’s a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.
…Either Mr. Shanks is even more serenely confident than I am that HRC will not be the next President of the United States, or he simply doesn’t care if he gets audited. I’ll accept either answer. Respect it, too.
Via the Huffington Post, of all places.
Lovecraft reference, not political.
Here, meet the Danish royal family.
Yes, that is a real painting. I am not going to compete with this description of it; I could, mind you, but I respect the artistry that went into that description too much to try to eclipse it.
PS …Seriously, what the hell is that?
PPS: I would like to note for the record that the grandfather of the Queen of Denmark (Christian X) happened to be one of the few people in World War II who told Adolf Hitler to go f*ck himself over persecuting the Jews, and he did that while the Nazis were occupying his country. So, you know, maybe this was a little rude.
Hopefully as well as George W Bush does. On his new painting hobby:
“People are surprised,” he said. “Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.”
Of course, generally speaking those people – at least the ones that I’m most aware of – who are genuinely surprised tend also to be extremely dissatisfied with the way that the universe never seems to work out the way that they expected (and demanded) it to. Not that I would suggest that there was any kind of correlation there, of course.
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Now. Onto the photos!
Continue reading And so begins the OGRE miniature painting process.