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Monday 26 July 2021
What with plywood going for $85 a 4-by-8 sheet these days coupled with the bad mildewing of last year's Kool-Aid Man (who now has a permanent home screwed to the wall of the garage), I hadn't planned to do any new lawn art this summer.
Then while watching the preliminary Olympic softball games, I got an idea. Finding a leftover scrap of plywood, I put this fella together in world record time (three days from idea to placement):
It's been 25 years since the Atlanta games, and not once in the past decades have I thought to myself "I wonder what Izzy is doing these days?" He's the New Coke of Olympic mascots: remembered mostly for what a terrible mistake it was.
But he'll always remind us of the summer of '96.
Saturday 22 May 2021
A new visitor showed up at my mailbox today. He sure looks like a happy little fella.
Pokemon are all the rage right now, so it seemed like the perfect time to create a Pikachu. I can't imagine for the life of me why he is so popular unless it has something to do with those chubby cheeks, that cheerful smile, those friendly eyes, or the welcoming gesture. It'd take a detective to figure out that mystery.
Monday 26 April 2021
As any good head doctor will tell you, the best treatment for depression is keeping yourself distracted by doing something creative.
Walt Builds a Family Fallout Shelter, sponsored by the National Concrete Masonry Association, 1960
Bomb shelters for everyone!
Sunday 4 April 2021
It was such a pretty Easter Sunday that I went outside and snapped a pic of Captain Carrot by the mailbox.
One of the biggest differences between Carrot and past yard signs is that this time I put some color on the back, too. This is what it looks like from the house:
Yep, I'm happy with this one.
Thursday 25 March 2021
Every time I show a picture of my lawn ornaments in the fall and winter, friend Otto teases me about the sorry condition of the yard. So this time, I'm going to give you the pic of how my latest creation looks inside the studio:
That's Captain Carrot, fearless leader of the Zoo Crew!, painted just in time for Easter.
Last year's Easter painting was the chocolate rabbit. I love it so much, I'm disinclined to subject it to another round of elements. (I've never liked sharing my chocolate.) Tragically, I might love this one even more.
If the flowers come out next week, maybe you'll get a second pic of the good Captain.
Friday 12 March 2021
First sign of spring! (har, har)
Yes, those are the singing pansies from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Mom wanted some colorful flowers in the yard. I added the Cheshire Cat for fun.
Monday 8 February 2021
The latest visitor to my yard:
For this one to work, it had to be recognizable as the late, great Fred Rogers.
I'm not great at portraiture, and I think it's barely passable. However, I know that Mr. Rogers would tell me not to be too hard on myself because I tried my very best.
We could all stand to be a little more like Fred.
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Monday 16 November 2020
COVID 19 has reduced this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Parade to a shadow of its former self, and that sounds like a job for Superman!
Most of my yard paintings over the past year have included a subversive wink at the holiday/season or current events that inspired them. Not so much here. I just thought the Superman parade balloon from the 1980s was pretty damn awesome, so I painted it. Because nothing says gratitude and generosity like corporate-sponsored marketing aimed at children. (Okay, maybe a *tiny* wink.)
By the way, that cityscape I'm using to hide the bottom of the ropes was an afterthought. I had originally planned that the ropes should terminate behind the rocks there at the base, but the ropes needed better bracing than I could arrange in that little space. In the future, I need to replace the skyline hiding the tie-off brackets with a crowd of Lilliputian rope handlers.
Maybe next year.
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Thursday 1 October 2020
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote was approved in 1920. How many of those women 100 years ago would have voted for someone who bragged he could "grab 'em by the pussy"?
Based on the suffragette art of H.M. Dallas. (And yes, I know she was British.)
You know who the bad guys are. Exercise your rights this year, girls.
Sunday 6 September 2020
In the Before Times, tomorrow would have been the opening day of the Georgia football season (vs Virginia at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game).
That's not happening now. If Georgia does manage to have a football season, it won't start until September 26.
In honor of the COVID-19 modified 2020 season, I present my latest lawn ornament: On Ice.
Uga is always cool.
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