I hesitate to show you the current version of "Pond" because of the silly little man who now appears on the right. Just when I thought "Pond" was in its final phase the woman gets scraped out, and replaced by a distorted little man. You have to go back to the post 01/26/2011 to see the last version of the painting "Pond." He will leave today and be replaced by something more meaningful.
I have a lot to say today, but I will force myself to keep it brief. I want to get back into "Pond" as soon as possible. I know the the last two posts have been nearly incomprehensible. I give this up to depression, triggered by my seeing the Metropolitan Opera production of "Nixon in China" on 02/13/2011. In the past I have enjoyed the music of John Adams (the composer), and the productions of Peter Sellers (director/production head), but this opera left me with extreme sadness, ending as it does with Nixon confused and dazed, Mao either senile or in a state of philosophic euphoria, and Chou En-Lai sane but dying of pancreatic cancer. There was nothing redeeming in "Nixon in China." I am a firm believer that art must leave the viewer with the balance of life, the good and bad. I cannot tolerate walking away from a work of art believing the world progresses through ego. This opera ends in bad taste. For two days I found myself contemplating, and being depressed, by the message of "Nixon in China." I cannot accept that our civilization is ultimately defined by people who define themselves through their fear of disintegration. Every character in "Nixon in China" is overwhelmed, and succumbs to frailty (and I did not even mention the disgusting Madame Mao). To strike a balance, please remember the good people of Egypt just threw out their ego driver President of the past thirty years (civilization progresses through one of the greatest human characteristics: Hope).
Here are yesterday's two drawings...
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