Category “bus stop games”

Sidewalk smile

Sidewalk smile

Hooray! I have the WordPress app on my phone again. So I can publish phone pictures of silly things I see on the street… Before I forget about them. SWAK

Street Closed

Street Closed

A non-problem blog post is rare, and feels wonderful.

This photo feels simultaneously beautiful and ugly, like Robyn’s incredible Be Mine video, and so I googled “something that is both beautiful and ugly” to see if there’s a specific phrase for that (something more specific than wabi-sabi, which is all about embracing imperfection).

I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for (stupid English language) but I did find something amazing and somewhat relevant on Wikipedia:

 

Jolie laide (English translation: “beautiful ugly”) is the French expression used to describe someone who is unconventionally beautiful. Snaggle teeth, a bump in the nose, closely set eyes are just a few examples of unconventional physical traits, which some might view as deformities, that are embraced under the notion of jolie laide. Although the concept of jolie laide recognizes that men act and women appear (as the writer John Berger once put it), it also recognizes that behind the visceral image lies an internal life. As the literary critic Daphne Merkin put it, jolie laide is “a triumph of personality over physiognomy, the imposition of substance over surface.”

Stepping on Gum

Stepping on Gum

Oh yes. Ohhhhhh yes. Now that is a good problem. By which I mean that it is a problem that I have drawn well, by making it easy to understand, and using good economy of line, with added points for Advanced Brush Technique (using dry brush to draw the gum). I mean, sure, it looks easy now that it’s done, but that gum was really hard to figure out how to paint. When in doubt, just use less ink on the brush. That’s my new motto.

Uh-Oh

Uh-Oh

Always go in the corners! Always!

96: Bird poop

96: Bird poop

I wish I could say I was going to ‘finish strong’ on the 99 problems project but I think at this stage the good drawings are behind me.  Git ‘er done!