Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Yesterday Michelle headed back to Calgary and my brothers and I emptied my dad's apartment and scrubbed it from stem to stern, so suddenly I feel like I can breathe again. I really do mean to get back to those commissions as of tomorrow! Actually, I think I need it as much for my mental health as my bank account.

Meantime, here's a little sketch I did in front of the TV. And speaking of TV, Michelle introduced me to TLC and
it was like watching a car wreck. I didn’t look away for three hours! Have you ever watched it? John calls it the sideshow channel: human women who have litters of children, conjoined twins with effectively one body, 750 lb people who can’t get out of bed and bodybuilders with 40” arms. I think I caught flies. I really need to get back to work after that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I try to avoid those shows for that very reason.

23/9/08 1:20 p.m.  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

So good to hear that you're able to breathe again. Lovely little drawing too.

The truly sad part about TLC is it used to be full of great educational programming, including cooking, history, and several how to paint type shows. In fact, I believe that's where I first heard of The Urban Peasant. It does stand for "The Learning Channel" after all. Now it's full of what you saw. I don't like what this says about our society one bit.

23/9/08 3:46 p.m.  
Blogger Winky Weinerhead said...

That's just a SKETCH??? Hell, I'd pay for that any time! Love the purple (or is it mauve?) Whatever.

Donnnnnn and I were just discussing the other day how some of these "specialty" channels have become the train wrecks you describe.

Discovery Channel has just gone completely south. So has TLC and most of the others.

Even the Food Channel has become all about reality shows with that half-wit blonde British guy just swearing at the cooks!

It's all become so much rubbish. I hope those flies didn't lay any eggs inside your mouth.

23/9/08 6:51 p.m.  
Blogger Lord Tennisanyone said...

TLC is now a pathetic reality show shadow of a once legitimate Learning Channel...the prime example of what happens when the 'suits' get ahold of the ship.

Once Trading Spaces took off it was the beginning of the end. In the beginning I would watch it to get some ideas and then the reality TV side took over and you wanted to see owners crying because they hated the makeover!

Discovery Channel is getting screwed by the same suits..it was once a fabulous smorgasbord of pure science..Dinosaurs, Archeology, Space Exploration and Psychology...now it's hit and miss and survivor, dirty jobs and deadliest catch (all reality showish) are taking over..
thankfully that f*cking motorcycle show went over to TLC!! How it ever got started on Discovery is beyond me?

I find it heartbreaking that these boutique providers are sliding down into oblivion. I find it all totally depressing..atleast PBS still has Frontline, Nova and American Experience, Bill Moyers,..no where else on TV can you get News and Science programs that aren't ok'd by the Corporate Censors who shy away from anything that might cause people to think too much.

*goes off to let out a Primal Scream!

23/9/08 7:39 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Citizen: They really do appeal to our baser instincts, don't they?

Angela: I *thought* it was supposed to be about learning. Learning what exactly? How to judge others and feel smug about oneself?

Winky: Had to double check to make sure it was you and not His Royal Goofballness. Wish I'd been in on that all-night discussion you mention chez toi. Entertaining to say the least.

Lewd Tenniselbow: Greed, pure unadulterated greed. Those suits are sinking fast in the current financial climate in America and are grabbing at straws to keep their heads above water. (That's the 'nice' interpretation.) My favourite channel is any channel that plays the best HBO offerings uncut here in Canada. That's the only TV still worth watching. And old Monty Python reruns.

23/9/08 7:45 p.m.  
Blogger Winky Weinerhead said...

Yes, Lord Tennisanyone -- the poof-haired pedanticist -- and I can be quite entertaining together.

Now that you have had flies in your mouth, you can be a fly on the wall in the future.

He sure kicked my butt at Phase 10 though. But I always win the debates that involve saving the world.

23/9/08 7:59 p.m.  
Blogger Hayden said...

what a wonderful shell - clenched tight as a fist...

24/9/08 6:19 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Glad you are going to have some time for art now.

I thought freak shows had gone out of fashion... apparently not.

24/9/08 9:04 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heehee, love that channel. Oh and BRAVO (chan.66), another addicting station.
Love the purples in this shell piece.

24/9/08 10:53 a.m.  
Blogger Peter said...

Well at least your time on front of the tele wasn't entirely wasted! Fab sketch!

24/9/08 11:04 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

WW: I was thinking that all I'd ever get to be is a fly on the wall. *sigh* I can dissect the state of the world with the best of 'em when I have a mind to, though...

Hayden: Love that image!

Caroline: Have you seen what's going on in the US of A lately? Clearly it's just the tip of the iceberg. :)

Andie: I like Bravo! too though we have a different version of it here in Canada.

Peter: Except I need better lighting. I'm not a teenager with my school sketchbook parked in front of M*A*S*H any more...

24/9/08 4:20 p.m.  
Blogger Donn Coppens said...

Hey Winky!
I know you are but what am I..

24/9/08 10:04 p.m.  

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