Wednesday, December 27, 2006

artists, bloggers and monks

My mother said to me, "If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope." Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. ~ Pablo Picasso

This pithy little cartoon comes from the Art Face Off site and is one of its most popular submissions. I haven't made the time to explore it properly since I first discovered it but plan to do so during the short, dark days (and long, dark nights) of winter.

What I really need is the ego of a Picasso to stave off a possible future case of SAD.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That cartoon is very apt.

Don't be SAD, Andrea. Hope you and your family enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday xxx

27/12/06 10:36 a.m.  
Anonymous Britt-Arnhild said...

I love the Picasso quote.

27/12/06 11:20 a.m.  
Blogger Bibi said...

The quote says it all (re his ego!)

One of my writer friends suffer s very badly with SAD...he swears by his SAD lamp and says it's changed his life (or at least his winter life ;-)

27/12/06 12:54 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the monk! I'll have to cruise that site;thanks.
Hope your Christmas was not too stressful and that the New Year begins as you'd like.( If not, we can always start again with the Chinese!)

27/12/06 3:20 p.m.  
Anonymous swampgrrl said...

nice cartoon, grrl. i do often have shitty haircuts, but can frequently get laid ... THANK GoddESS!

post-scriptum: shep loved your art for christmas. gotta get me some more.

27/12/06 5:04 p.m.  
Blogger kj said...

andrea, you may long for picasso's ego, but your talent and dedication takes a back seat to no one.

as for sad, i assume you have a light lamp?

see you in 2007, my friend.

27/12/06 7:38 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

CP: I bet monks had a sceret passion for D&D also.

Britt-Arnhild: I was going to respond to your comment but I like saying your name better ... Britt-Arnhild ... Britt-Arnhild ...

Bibi and KJ: I don't really suffer from SAD -- it was just dramatically convenient and worked well with the tangents. I'm a lateral applications slut.

Dinahmow: Brilliant. Then we can re-start all our new year's resolutions, too.

Swampwommmmmn: Thanks to Shep and HOORAY for him for other reasons, too! :)

27/12/06 8:16 p.m.  
Anonymous Detlef said...

So Rasputin never got laid, I bet he was SAD as well as mad, and most certainly bad.

28/12/06 1:54 a.m.  
Blogger Ces said...


I just read your comment on my blog. Thank you for the kind and encouraging words. I have to tell you, I am not very sentimental and not apt to cry easily. Your post however, made my eyes water and my chest short of breath. I am overcome by your warmth and sincerity. You are truly what KJ once mentioned, a beautiful person. I have read your blog way back in the summer when I started blogging. I admit I was intimidated by the magnitude of your talent, I could not bring myself to comment. I wish I did then, but now I am the honored recipient of the kindness of a most gifted and beautiful artist. Thank you so much. You are also a beautiful writer. I am honored to comment on your blog. I thank you for your friendship and thank you for your blog.

28/12/06 8:40 a.m.  
Blogger Joyce said...

its true about the haircut, but not so much the getting laid part!

28/12/06 10:18 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Funny cartoon. I like imagining the D&D playing even more. :-)

Don't you love that Wikipedia mentions Seattle and Vancouver specifically as purveyors of SAD? Yippee for dark, dismal winters.

29/12/06 1:05 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Detlef: You cad.

Ces: You are most welcome. I will deal with you *separately* ... :)

Joyce: Spoken like a women who knows whereof she speaks...

Tara: I'm so glad somebody actually caught that! I was going to add that to my post but couldn't find a clever way to do it, so I hoped someone would actually read it.

29/12/06 7:28 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Um... is it pedantic and bloggerish of me to point out that one does need to get laid to have descendants!

Funny though and now I know why you wear that fab blonde wig!!!

30/12/06 4:57 a.m.  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

It's fun to have an ego out here but in the real world it is quite tedious...nobody
in our culture seems to remember where self confidence and aggrandizement part ways.
Now that we have beautiful mild winters out here in the Prairies I doubt that I can ever escape Winter's wretched grasp (like Joyce obviously does) copulating like rabbits because we can't get depressed enough to resort to having sex three times a day to get through 6 months of minus 40 temperatures with only 7 daytime hours of sunlight!

Global warming is ruining my sex life!

7/1/07 12:30 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Caroline: Shhhh...

HE: I hear the weather's just right for sex in Churchill at this time of year!

7/1/07 6:35 p.m.  

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