Nine weeks (and thirty lost pounds) into my recovery period from two cardiac artery uncloggings, I've finally managed to get back to doing my own Taoist-inspired gargoyle relief sculpture/paintings. Today I used the digital camera to take pictures of those pieces I've managed to more-or-less complete. Thanks to Adobe Photoshop, I can then crop out the basic figure from the stained wood framing and thus cut down the image size a little bit. I don't know if this makes the images look better, worse, or just the same. Anyway, I've attached some *.jpg image files to make up for not having posted much here recently. I've pretty much used up all the living room wall space that Carol will let me have for my gargoyle gallery, so when I've finished painting four other sculpted white-on-white pieces, I'll have to start thinking about other rooms to adorn/vandalize. Everyone needs a hobby, or so I've heard it said ...
Our good buddy Don Webb asked me if he could display some of my gargoyle images (with accompanying text) on his Bewildering Stories web site. I agreed but wanted a bit of a delay while I figured out a signature and something to say about the culture-specific gargoyles I've seen here in Taiwan and how they inspired me to try some artwork myself while looking into gargoyle and grotesque sculptures generally. I haven't gotten the signature and text issues quite worked out, but I did suffer a small fit of poetic pathology the other day which I call, naturally, "Gargoyles and Grotesques." I've attched the Adobe *.pdf file below.
Gargoyles_and_Grotesques.pdf (7.54 KB, 12 views)
Thanks for the kind words, Bob. I hope everything continues going well for you and your many poetry projects. As for that whole Facebook and Twitter stuff, etc., I haven't even considered bothering with such time-consuming distractions. I can't even keep up with constructing a little web site of my own -- just some basic primitive HTML coding in a bare-bones text editor like Notepad. In any event, I prefer dealing with people who can read and write and wish to improve at both, so I rather doubt that anything I put up on the web will ever gain much of an audience among those who can't seem to function without someone else showing them moving pictures and reading out loud to them what the moving pictures supposedly mean.
As promised/threatened above, Bob, I will now continue my response to your comments about my poem, "Gargoyles and Grotesques."
" … their power is undeniable, and… their function is just as it was before someone started the race to see who could gussy them up the most: they are dark throats, dark gullets, dark drains from which accumulated muck may spew – and thus be dissipated."
Stephen King, text introduction to Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques (New York: Viking Studio Books, 1988), pp. 31-35.
I just finished three more gargoyle relief sculpture/paintings. Now, if I can only find a place to hang them, which means I have to find some way to talk Carol into letting me drill some more holes in our living room walls for screw anchors and decorative metal pegs. Anyway, see attachments below for "Oh Brother," "Red-headed Stepchild," and "YinYang Yahoo," respectively.
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