Things That Could Not Be Improved # 1: Mitchell Breitweiser’s Captain America, New Buffy The Vampire Slayer “Essence of Will” Statue, Martha Plimpton’s MySpace, Laurel Maury’s SIP Comment, & Gingermiss Is Still Going . . .
I have a confession to make:
I don’t always think about sexuality & love in the arts.
Sometimes I think just about art.
And other times I think just about sex.
Humor aside, I do have some observations:
For some of us, imagery is both a stimulant and a sedative. It is a visual drug that can strongly effect and balance our emotionality - sort of like ‘personality,’ but with more emphasis on moods. In other words, I understand intrinsically the importance of graphic arts – maybe more so than many people who derive more comfort & ideas from reading and evaluating writing.
For whatever reasons, my lovers have often been voracious readers and independent thinkers. So, they inspired me to work to attempt to develop those tastes and aptitudes. But honestly, ‘reading pictures’ (and by that I mean studying, interpreting and comparing them from multiple perspectives and trying to find their many interpretations) has always been more intuitive for me than reading words. I had to go to college, and major in literature, to learn how to read.
Why am I telling you all this?
For those of you who may have read this blog from time to time, you’ve probably inferred I’m very “visual.” I can’t help but constantly observe and pattern match. And to keep my mind from endlessly cycling and being frustrated trying to remember everything, I save and record every good image I can – so my mind can be at peace knowing I don’t have to try to remember it, and the image will not disappear or be lost.
I have countless digital images. But before computers, I saved every magazine ad, comic book, photo, poster, or other printed image I could find. There have long been many people like me. Before computers, we were called perverts – so fascinated with everything ocular. Now with modern technology, it turns out we are fairly common, maybe even a majority.
I’ve been debating whether to start a separate blog for non-sexual imagery. But my time is limited, so for now I think I will possibly once a week or so publish a post entitled “Things That Could Not Be Improved.” These posts will share a variety images, brief quotes or excerpts, and recommendations & encouragements toward artists - probably only remotely related to the topics of sexuality, but strongly related to the arts.
Why call it “Things That Could Not Be Improved”? Why not call it “Perfect Things”? I’m not a big proponent of “perfection.” There are many things that cannot be improved, or that are in no need of improvement, that are also ’imperfect’ – and that combination is a very good thing. I wish to bring attention to and share those beautiful things with other people like me who derive so much pleasure and knowledge from visual stimulus.
So, please forgive my inconsistency in these occasional posts. I’ve worked hard to try to keep the posts on this blog on topic, focusing on the best arts, by other artists, that touch on topics of sexuality. But now that I’ve crafted this soapbox, I’d like to share other beauties by other artists that are worthy of more observation:
When I create posts, I try not to focus on the ‘trends of today.’ I try to discuss arts that may still be worth consideration 100 years from now. I hope these “Things That Could Not Be Improved” posts will also fall within that aspiration.
Thank you to those of you who have commented, emailed, or regularly read this blog. The comments, emails, and daily page views gives so much positive feedback – a dream for any creative person. I am trying to share arts and insights others shared with me.
(Click on images if you wish to view them individually or larger.)
Here is the first “Things That Could Not Be Improved” post:
I am not a fan of Captain America. I do like that he uses a shield more often than a gun. But I was knocked back by the excellence of this image. I think it is by a newer Marvel artist named Mitchell Breitweiser (please someone correct me if I’m wrong). The image says too many good things about honor, courage, duty, loyalty, and camaraderie than I have words to express. I believe this image is from a soon to come series: Captain America: The Chosen.
I am not a fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I don’t know if I ever watched a complete episode. I’m also not a natural fan of sculpture. But I thought the sculptured concepts in this were brilliant. It made me smile. Very smart.
If you ever have admired Martha Plimpton’s acting work (and I have), her MySpace page is a pleasure to regularly visit. She is a great actress because she is so brilliant. You can see her intelligence and interwoven thoughts behind everything she is saying and doing. She also reveals glimpses of her intellect and artistic sensibilities on her MySpace. And in particular, I’m regularly eager to see what new song she has playing on her main page. She has eclectic muscial tastes, and I have loved hearing the fun and uncommon songs she selects.
Laurel Maury wrote an LA Times review of Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise finale and made this humorous, insightful remark:
“Strangers in Paradise” is a love story about whether or not the intensity of a person’s first loves can be maintained beyond his or her 20s. Moore comes down firmly on the side that says it can. It’s as if William Wordsworth woke up and realized that he and Samuel Taylor Coleridge could be friends forever (and maybe even want to shack up!).”
The review can be read here:
Gingermiss continues to write an excellent blog:
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