[Crayon on reclaimed cardboard with digital embellishments and color tweaking. 2020.]
Had the grandkid over for a few hours today. She's a ball of energy. Unfortunately, her grandpa is a broken, old goblin! My back is shitty, so as much as I WANT to pick the kid up and walk her around to all the photos and art prints and paintings on the walls and point out all the babies and kitties and pictures of her mom and aunt Ellie and grandma...I definitely pay a price (four ibuprofen and fingers crossed that I can get out of bed tomorrow!)
But we played music on the toy drum and maracas, watched '80s music videos and clips from The Muppet Show, and colored, and read books...
Speaking of books, one of my favorites is The Monster at the End of This Book (by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin.) The story is extremely clever, and the ART is fantastic. I tried to take a photo of the book to post on Faceboot---but the baby noticed that I was paying attention to something BESIDES HER, and set me straight!
I went ahead and made a bit of ART out of the experience. (This kind of PERSONAL EXPERIENCE PIECE probably wouldn't have mass appeal or might even be considered copyright infringement, if I were trying to sell prints or t-shirts, but it's mostly just FOR ME and the fam to laugh at, and that's cool. I'll put it in rotation on our digital picture frame and show it during our art parties and get-togethers and stuff (along with hundreds of other similar things. We love collages, montages, tributes, remixes, and that kind of thing... Art for joy!)
"Baby Stomp!" by Richard F. Yates
[Photomontage, granddaughter foot, and digital drawing. 2020.]
Image of Grover from THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK. Stompy foot by Felicity Hanson. Photos and digital art by me.
#art #humor #family #favoritebooks #tributetotheclassics
The stuff in italics is what I included as info when I shared the piece on Faceboot and Tweeter and stuff today. I'm TRYING to make folks laugh a little bit, which ain't been that easy lately...
Oh, in other news, I turned 48 about 40 minutes. Can't believe I survived this long!!!
Bedtime now! Later skaters!!
---Richard F. Yates (Leaky Old Car Battery of a Holy Fool)
BE GOOD! [P.S. - Originally posted on my HIVE blog about 45 minutes ago. I gave myself permission to reprint the piece here. ---RFY]