and sentence structure...
stick to this concept
rigidly but somewhat flexible
with one word on the 1st line, then
or four on the
2nd line with increased
word length on subsequent 3rd or 4th
then I skip a line if
possible and play with indents or
font size to fit it all on the backside
also break up
the sentence structure creating
speed bump like chaos to slow the reader
with word usage
and arrangement of font
pattern having multiple meanings.
Readers and owners of the cards have told
me that re-reading finds new meanings.
Some of these folks may either be fans
of mine, or are being cordial since I
gave them the cards. When asked their
intended usage of the cards, the usual
answer given is not. Rather, their intended
use is to be mounted & framed. I suspect
that is because of the hand processing
with graphics so realistic that fingernails
attempt to pry them up along the shadow
line on quality paper. They are packaged
in crystal clear non-acid sleeves. Cards
are purposely letter size ivory colored
stock half folded to 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”.
I often enclose typed letters, proposals,
invoices or most any other form of communication
via artifact. I should also mention that
most all the cards are portrait orientation.
Even with landscape pictures rotated 90°
to read from the right edge allowing increased
size ratio with text captions read from
the bottom edge. (A carryover from my
architectural and engineering drawing
I bend some rules writing
and break others. It is the snapshot of
my brain / thoughts / memories / observations
/ connects that I'm going for.
After a first sampling, the tendency is
to delve deeper. I don't usually rhyme,
but reason is frequently obvious. My thought
is that some count eggs when they should
be observing the free-range chickens.
in word or deed…
may fear exposure but they
tend toward bravery...
The wife of an elderly Mennonite farm
couple wrote biographically of her heritage,
childhood, courting, church and family
years. She had it published in brochure
form; center stapled, and gave copies
at Christmas to the grandchildren and
other family members of interest. When
her sweet, quiet, gentle husband read
it, he said to her..."You've undressed
us in public."
Us artist types and even
not so types reveal much of our personhood
to the world through the works of our
minds and hands be it word, clay, color
or other. Many times we know not what
we do, unconsciously exposing ourselves
with intimate care not realized but realized.
I have a growing series
taken over the years, paired with revealing
prose. These are presented as cards under
category & writing (on this website).
the gap of college between technical failure
I wrote for a sociology
class. Sometimes it was to be without
name or signature. I found out that when
you write using a big black fountain pen
and open flowing script, you couldn’t
hide your identity. Lesson learned. I
don't hide now either, nor use a common
pen unless uncommonly.
The links between thoughts
expressed are often dotted. I tend to
be like a ground hog...you see my mind
exposed here, but it goes out of sight
to pop up where unexpected and bewildering
until the line spontaneously becomes known
in retrospect. I have a tendency to say..."Is
it the perception of truth that is perceived
as truth, rather than the truth?”
It is, most usually.
Be well, continue
to do good work, and please keep in touch…