Dec 21, 2012

The Man With The Red Ball Head


Hello? Hello? Hello? Is this thing on? Tap Tap tap.

Thank you for everyone's well wishes! The show went very wonderfully well :)

And now it's Christmas, and what have we done?
Well, we done aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh.
The same as last year.

Do you know the secret to a long life?
The answer is to park your car in a differnt spot every day.
Well metaphorically seriously.
That is, the trick to making your life seem longer is to do something different every day.

Isn't it curious that we always remember the pain filled days? The days when something obnoxiously horrible happened. As opposed to the days where nothing happened, where we went about our business and weren't run over by a truck, or the world didn't end, or we didn't drop our ice cream cone in the gutter before we even managed to get a lick in.

So my advice to you is, apart from parking your car in a different spot everyday, is to lick your ice cream cone as soon as possible, before something obnoxiously horribilllious happens to it.

Have a wonderous New Year and a marvelous Christmas and a joyful Mawlid al-Nabi  if I don't see you before hand.

By the way this post is for Illustration Friday's "Glow" :)

But before I go can I leave you with Wallace Steven's The Emperor of Icecream  ?

The Emperor Of Ice-Cream
 Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.
Take from the dresser of deal.
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Of course, though many commentators  much smarter than myself feel that the implicit theme of The Emperor of Ice Cream is "seize the day", I personally still feel that the real theme is "lick the ice cream".
So there.
Take care :)
Hugs from Oz.
Thank you for visiting my blig by the way (okay, okay I meant to type "blog" but "blig" has such a ring to it.....)


  1. I used to read that poem. I don't know why. I actually had some other Wallace Steven's poems memorized, though I don't remember them now. The semester I taught in a junior high school and had lunchroom duty, I would walk around the lunchroom memorizing poems. It was the only way to keep my sanity.

    This illustration is beautiful, with the light and the birds and the mountains, but oh, so disturbing with that fellow's head. Faces are so important that when someone is missing one, there's almost no way around it.

    Glad your show went well! And happy holidays to you as well.

  2. Ahhhhh, very nice! I love the colors on the snow. So glad your' show went well. I hope that you and your family are having a very happy holiday. (((HUGS)))

  3. I very much enjoyed this blig post. May your ice cream cones always stay put. Merry Happy Everything!

    1. PS I love The Hermit-- such a glowing IF submission :)

  4. Merry Christmas dearest Andrew, and thank you for the Christmas wish. Ah doing the same thing everyday, that's what I do and rather demanding and stressful too. We even sit on the same chair during our Monday team meetings. The only thing I do differently from my colleagues is the fact that I rearrange my office furniture every couple of months or so. Sometimes they come in and expecting the old arrangement, they bump into my desk or get jolted by the space. Hahahahah! I also rearrange my artwork. Thanks to Bella, she makes it possible. I get to enjoy Bella's art everyday. Well the man with the ball head looks very fashionable. I like his shoes and the way he poses. He looks like a giant exclamation mark!!! By the way, I quit Facebook, so don't think for one momen that I "unfriended" you. You can't get rid of me that easuly. Hahahaha.

    Merry Christmas again and may you have a prosperous, wondrous, creative New Year!!! TSUP!

  5. That work fantastic!!!!

    Andrew is increasingly difficult to do today what we should have done yesterday! the 'yesterday' was already, and today is already tomorrow! and due to this philosophy applied in physics, we talked some this year, a shame...
    But 'happy new year' is here to be enjoyed with much wisdom and art!
    a big hug!

  6. I'm glad to hear your show went well. Congratulations! I personally think the way to get the most out of your ice cream is to give it your full and undivided attention and savor it when it's at the perfect state between frozen solid and slightly melty. I love the illustration. Maybe I can relate to a little too much sometimes? Wishing you the merriest and happiest Christmas!

  7. Hey Merry Christmas my friend!!! I always have such a great time whenever I stop by your BLIG. I love your surreal Ice Cream Man. I would have been here earlier, but I forgot where I parked my car... this time. I am pleased as punch (is punch really that pleased that we made a simile out of it?) anyway. I’m happy as a clam?... that your show went well. How could it not with your unique talent and style filling the place. Well take care and Merry Christmas Andrew!

  8. terrific! beautiful illustration... as usual!

  9. I've always enjoyed a carpe diem sentiment; one of my favorites being Eleanor Roosevelt's "Do one thing every day that scares you." Now I'm putting your "Park your car..." and "lick the ice cream" right up there with Eleanor. What a great post, and a great illustration to go with it! Happy New Year, Andrew!

  10. Happy New Year, Mr. A. from Oz!!
    It was pleasure to meet you on this blog and it brings always a lot of enjoyment . Looking forward to see (and to read) more clever stuff of you in 2013 !
    Greetings from the kingdom

    1. Sorry, I meant to type blig, sounds much better ;)

  11. Your blig is one of the finest bligs in all of the land, my dear Mr. Finney! I thank you for your wise suggestion and will lick the ice cream swiftly for fear of anything horribillious to happen. I am SO happy to hear that your show went well (I knew it would knock the knickers off of all who came to see) wouldn't that be a show! : ) Ha! But seriously, the level of work is so high that it could not be anything but a magnificent show..congratulations! Happy new year to you and Mrs. Finnie and I hope for much happiness, peace and good health to you both!

  12. I am collecting some moisture from Dutch swamps and catching some rain water and I will ship it to your country ! Water is clearly not very well distributed around the globe so we have to make a new plan how to improve it.

    What is the best way to bring it to you?
    I hope you are fine.

  13. I'm a little late but... HAPPY NEW YEAR:) Great image and totally agree with the post:)

  14. Hooray for a great show and yummy licks and dapper men with giant read heads! Happy new year to you and yours, sir. I've misplaced my car and blame you.


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