Saturday Creative Hop

Beautiful colors, fascinating abstract design–it’s easy to love the art of Helen Wells.

"The Underwater Dream" © Helen Wells

“The Underwater Dream” © Helen Wells

From her website: “This unique painting is made by adding multiple layers of watercolour paint, and detailing with a pencil and iridescent silver watercolour paint.”

Paste magazine talks about books, and books are art. And this discussion is about Harper Lee and her new book Go Set A Watchman.

Harper Lee

Harper Lee

There is a lot of controversy about the book, written before To Kill A Mockingbird. The concern is that Harper Lee is not mentally clear enough to make the decision and is (or is not) being manipulated by her lawyer.

Duy Huynh is a Vietnamese artist who paints poignant and beautiful artistic works that illustrate ancient myths, fairy tales and comic books.

©Duy Huynh

©Duy Huynh

He learned to paint as a way to illustrate his own communication struggle when he learned English as an immigrant.

© Duy Huynh

© Duy Huynh

The idea of trust in the above painting is particularly poignant to me.

For me, posters are a perfect opportunity for good design. Poster Cabaret has a lot of posters and art prints, including this crane poster by Michelle Morin.

© Michelle Morin, "Cranes"

© Michelle Morin, “Cranes”

Andrew Bird concert poster by Jason Munn.

Ben Harper poster  © Jason Munn

Ben Harper poster © Jason Munn

Munn does several great graphic effects in his posters.

Have a creative weekend!

-Quinn McDonald is having fun with taxes. It’s almost as much fun as nailing your tongue to the wall.

6 thoughts on “Saturday Creative Hop

  1. Harper Lee mental stability is not the question of whether she should have her book put out in publish…..she wrote it and if she wants it out there..let it be…such a silly thing to say whether or not she is mentally able to make that decision. She is more likely to make that decision than I am about putting out my own works of writing…
    The painting of the hands catching you me…whomever…hit me hard….and the first thing that slipped into my head..or should I say I verbalized…was me…Do I trust me to catch myself…support myself…do I even trust me…?

    • Here’s my reasoning: She wrote the book a long time ago, before she wrote TKAM. She never chose to publish it, or write another book. If she wanted it published, she could have done that anytime during the last 55 years or so. Several articles have said that her sister, a lawyer, kept Lee’s wishes even as Lee’s mental capacity began to fluctuate. Her sister died several months ago. Suddenly, her new attorney says Lee wants the book published. He has also had Lee sign several papers that she has since changed her mind about.

    • I actually don’t mind paying them, although I would really love to be able to apply them to areas I’d like to have the money applied to–good infrastructure, good education, social justice. But I hate, hate, hate doing the admin work to get them done.

  2. This isn’t a comment about today’s post, but about your blog in general. I learn so much from it, nearly every single day. It is a wonderful resource and I appreciate your sharing your insights so generously with me and others. Slowly, slowly, like water dripping on stone, you are eroding some of my dysfunctional ( = “not working”) habits and thought patterns. I am very grateful.

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