Sunday, November 18, 2007

Illustration Friday: Superstition

I'm not particularly superstitious. I step on cracks willy-nilly, I spill salt without tossing it over my shoulder, and I pay no attention to cats of any color.
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My mother used to have some sort of thing that you needed to exit the house by the same door you entered, or vice versa. I don't remember. My grandmother thought the weather had been messed up by the astronauts going to the moon. She also thought that if it rained while the sun was shining, then it would rain again tomorrow. She obviously didn't live in Arizona.
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This is a drawing I did on a book from the American Lending Library. It has no real relation to superstition unless you are a librarian, in which case you may believe that people who draw in library books go to hell.
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Or at least deserve to.

9 comments:

studio lolo said...

Your pencil work is fantastic. It's the eyes....so much life and character and mystery.

ronald p.d. brandt said...

kinda lovely. i don't think the library should mind such improvements.

neilornstein said...

You are mistaken, he is intensely superstitious.

In 1938-39, believing that the world was going to proverbial hell in a proverbial handbasket, he took refuge in a book where he has languished from that day to this. The women of the time could not abide such cowardice and one, who lived in a dictionary of metalurgical terms in the reference section, contrived to be misfiled on his shelf, so that she could berate his yellow soul.

ottoblotto said...

Oh Neil, you always get to the heart of the truth...

studio lolo said...

Okay...I've posted my tag list. Try not to yawn all the way through it!

Forever Young said...

oh no,grown up mumps are not too much fun! get well quick!

ValGalArt said...

yer funny! very cool and I'm sure the book is worth far more with your addition.

ValGalArt said...

I spent time going through many of your posts that i have missed and you are so talented and funny. Some of your posts made me laugh out loud. I love your art and hope you do even more of these book drawings.

annevan said...

I can't tell you how much I love reading your blog. Well I guess I can. I feel so grateful to have known you and hope you will always keep these gems of language and images in my vision.
You are talented, funny, passionate, and perceptive. Thank you for laughter in this day. anne