PALEO-CABLE NEWS

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Nothing complicated today; just a museum-diorama-ish scene of a couple of paleo-cons enjoying a meal in their cave. Ok, there is a bit of a twist; there is some perceptual dissonance forced upon a careful observer looking at both of a saurian-scaled fantasy/hallucination painting on the wall and the amuse bouche these neo-Morlocks have bludgeoned, roasted and are now consuming.

The profs can’t agree on the purpose of the cave paintings. Some say they are documentary, records of past good hunts. Others say they were shamanistic events to induce good hunts. Another says they were simple exaggerated adolescent boasting. Can’t they be all three, kinda like cable news is today?

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This was a tough one to draw. This is only the second drawing I’ve done in the new program; I’m still trying to find all the buttons and levers. Software companies don’t do manuals any more, not that those were ever any good. What are left are third-party tutorials that are either rambling amateur screen caps or self-serving celebrity chats. I watch them, but trial by error remains the best of the worst ways to learn.

And the old problems remain as well. I’ve never been a colorist; even after 40+ years a professional. Not that being a colorist is necessary; for both Michelangelo and Rembrandt color seems an afterthought. And let’s leap over a couple of centuries of their followers to Hokusai and Gauguin who colored well, but for whom it was more symbolic than aesthetic—not that there is anything wrong with that—and they both still colored between the lines.

Now hop forward another century and back to me. I to, make black lines and then color between them, symbolic more than aesthetic, as well. And while not thinking myself anywhere near the ability of any of these guys, I try some times to paint, albeit with a computer, an expressive Matissean green stripe, but sadly end up with an ironic Warholian one.

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