Monday, October 04, 2021

David Bowie - Teenage Wildlife

Teenage Wildlife
David Bowie
Well, how come you only want tomorrow
With its promise of something hard to do
A real life adventure woth more than pieces of gold
Blue skies above and sun on your arms strength your stride
And hope in those squeky clean eyes
You'll get chilly receptions everywhere you go
Blinded with desire I guess the season is on
So you train by shadow boxing, search for the truth
But it's all, but it's all used up
Break open your million dollar weapon
And push your luck, still you push, still you push your luck
A broken nosed mogul are you one of the new wave boys?
Same old thing in brand new drag comes sweeping into view
As ugly as a teenage millionaire pretending it's a whizz kid world
You'll take me aside and say
"Well, David, what shall i do? They wait for me in the hallway"
I'll say "don't ask me, I don't know any hallways"
But they move in numbers and the've got me in a corner
I feel like a group of one, no no they can't do this to me
I'm not some piece of teenage wildlife
Those midwives to history put on their bloody robes
The word is that hunted one is uot there on his own
And you're alone for maybe the last time
And your breathe for a long time
Then you howl like a wolf in a trap
And you daren't look behind
You fall to the ground like a leaf from the tree
And look up one time at that vast blue sky
Scream out aloud as they shoot you down
No no, I'm not a piece of teenage wildlife
I'm not a piece of teenage wildlife
And no one will have seen and no one will confess
The fingerprints will prove that you couldn't pass the test
There'll be others on the line filing past, who'll whisper low
I miss you he really had to go well each to his own, he was
Another piece of teenage wildlife
Another piece of teenage wildlife, another piece of teenage wild

Monday, September 20, 2021

The real color wheel

This is the *actual* color wheel for determining complementary colors. Most other wheels are false, for example green and red are not opposite, green and magenta are, and red and cyan. Normal color wheels are thus over-simplified to criminal distortion.

I consider this very important for anybody working with colors in any creative field. You can't understand color harmonies if you have false data about it.

Complentary colors of course are two colors which when mixed gives a neutral white/grey/black. That's simple but strong harmony.


I spoke to the maker of the wheel at RealColorWheel, he said he had developed it through years of work. Which explains why it was so hard to find.

Monday, May 03, 2021

As regular readers will be aware, I have been a van Gogh fan since my yoof, and I have consumed a lot of text and documentaries and lectures about him in the last couple years. 

And I'm not alone, studying his life and work is a whole industry, and every year *millions* of fans travel physically and internationally to visit his solo museum in Amsterdam, from every continent. I mean, it's just crazy. 

So I've been trying to figure out what it is. I mean, his work is generally quick and rough compared to other masters, and that's not normally what people like. 

It's clear that his story is a big part of it. His letters are unique, no other artist have revealed that much of themselves. And the letters are beautiful and thoughtful and intelligent. 

And in him people find inspiration. He suffered much, as many of us feel we do, and he loved life and art and spirit with a passion which burned bright like the sun he often included in his paintings. He was an outsider which many of feel like sometimes. And he never gave up despite enormous obstacles socially, financially, and health-wise, which is inspiring. 

But none of that would have been of *that* much consequence if his art had not also been unique. 

For one thing it burns with the same joi-de-vivre that we feel in his life and himself. It's just obvious. Elan. Spirit. Joy. Love. Passion. 

And here it is: there is just something about his compositions which no other artist that I'm aware of has. It's an energy, a power, a TENSION. The whole picture plane and its elements is held together with an invisible forcefield. There is a great pressure to expand and a great pressure to compress at the same time, with all the elements held in stasis. 

Does that make sense? Well, I had to try. 

Friday, January 01, 2021

Tiffany Aching, witch

"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving." 

 - Tiffany Aching, Hat full of Sky, Terry Pratchett