The whole Point
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

This morning, still thinking about River (duh), I thought it might be a cute idea to give a whole new meaning to very classical picture. :) I still wouldn't call it art, but I had whacky fun with it. And it has River in it; that's the whole point, right? :)



Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:36 PM


Again with the not calling your work art.
*Makes disapproving noise in the back of throat*
although I understand your reluctance, not gonna stop me commenting :P


They're almost like 2 halves of the same picture, aren't they?

Thursday, February 16, 2006 3:19 AM


of course thats the whole point ;)

Thursday, February 16, 2006 3:52 AM


Hey minime,

Thanks for your comment. :)

Yeah, I thought it was kinda cute. In this picture, both God and River use the same arm, and point with the same finger. It opens up a door to a whole slew of metaphors: judgment (pointing fingers) perhaps? but primarily the symmetry of it all, like man created in God's image; but with funny overtones, of course. :) And the God-know-all-sees-all kinda thing; rather applicable in River's case there, too.

As for the art comment I made, I will cut that out in my next installment. It's just that I'm experimenting a bit. Looking at art here, I am most inspired by folks who take an ordinary picture, or object, and have it be, or do, something surprising in their work. For example, yesterday, I saw a work from Kayna, about River in Bushwhacked. She had like a "big" River on the left, and then this tiny, miniature River on the right, looking up at the other one. Now see, that I call art. Because it gives new meaning to, in and by themselves, existing images. I think I want to shoot for things like that, in the future.

Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:16 AM


i so saw this coming

Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:53 AM


Well, bingkewl, we can't all be artists; and I never claimed to be one. Don't mean I Love River any less; and nor does it really deter me from trying my hand at expressing myself in a, for me, rather new manner.

Thursday, February 16, 2006 6:52 AM



Thursday, February 16, 2006 11:40 AM


ment no offense...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 11:52 AM



I kinda read into it something different - I saw God choosing River...
I'm half asleep so I must admit I only skimmed over everyone's responses, so if someone else has already pointed this out - I'm truly sorry and please forgive me 0:)


Thursday, February 16, 2006 1:37 PM


bingkewl, sorry if I sounded a bit harsh. I guess I'm more sensitive to my work than I thought I would be. :)

Thursday, February 16, 2006 3:36 PM


hey asarian! the world should halt momentarily as I hug my monitor :) absolutely beautiful! I love River! She's one cool, crazy chicka! LOL! love the symbolism too! I'm really glad I made you feel shiny too! always happy to put a smile on someone's face! not to sound conceeded, but give me 5 minutes alone in a room with Mal and I could crack that grumpy hump routine of his! LOL! Keep up all the preties! can't take the sky from me!

Thursday, February 16, 2006 8:53 PM


Hi Jeshikat,

I just love to hear the word "shiny"! Especially when associated with something I did. :) Now I'm shiny from smiling. :) About "God choosing River", that's an excellent one! Really works well, too! There's a whole lot in here, I guess. Like our darling River said: Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. :)

I should sign off. I'm getting way too giddy again!


Friday, February 17, 2006 6:35 PM


Asa You have a beautiful mind. I love it!!! I so want that on a Tshirt. Right next to the whole I can kill you with my brain quote. YOU SHOULD MAKE SHIRTS N STUFF!! JA! Start a whole line of River stuff!!!


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