FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME
15 Minutes of fame
This is the drawing for the cover of my first book
15 Minutes of fame
This is the drawing for the cover of my first book
Life is amazing
This is the title drawing for the cover of my second book
LIFE IS AMAZING
In this drawing the first archway is creation
a new baby is born
The Free Personal Choice Umbrella
is to allow parents to choose
what they teach their child
the next four archers represent
what a child learns while growing up:–
Morals and Manners
Religion or way of life
The changing weather conditions
represent the trials and tribulations
The ‘Parents letting go area’
is next and then……..
The ‘Self Sufficient’ Stamp
proves readiness to go on alone
Where the platform stops
is our place in ‘Life’
What is an amazing is
that each of us is unique,
each one of us is special and
there is a place in ‘Life’
for every one of us
The Stork Special Bus which
brought our parents now returns them
to their own place in ‘Life’
and we start the adventure
that is our ‘Life’………………….amazing!©
You climb into one of the cannons
You get shot across the ravine
and hope to fly straight through
which represents “Success”
On the other side
are all your dreams and aspirations
You may be lucky first time
but if you fail
you go splat against the rock face!
And fall down to the ground
If you really want to succeed
you pick yourself up
and try again and again and again……….
Until with enough practice
you will achieve your goal
Practice does make perfect!
If Mankind is all people who ever existed
Then this drawing is meant to be a cross section thru’ mankind
at One Moment in Time
The Map has three parts
The Outside Edge – The Middle – The Inside Edge
The Outside Edge – is made up of people
who have made a difference to our Physical world
For example – Someone – at one moment in time must have been
the first to make Fire and
there WAS a day when the first wheel turned
In our own era the atom was split and
Telecommunications have reached such a level of sophistication
that the vast pool of mankind’s knowledge
is now readily available to all people everywhere
Is made up of those millions of us who exist and only add
our unique personal experiences to the knowledge
The Inside Edge
Is made up of those who shape our Psychic world:-
What we believe – what we like – what makes us happy or afraid
Here the contributors include:-
Religious Leaders – Great Thinkers – Writers – Artists – Muscisians
My Grandmother was alive before the first telephone was brought to her villiage
she died in the spring of 2000 having seen monumental changes
both in what we believe to be truth
and what we can do with the physical knowledge we have gained
This map is to remind us that if you take
the development of mankind as a series of steps
Then the difference between mankind’s first ever step
and where we are today
Is so immense that what is yet to come is……………………….?
There are two types of people represented in this drawing – Contestants and Spectators
Contestants are those who have set themselves goals for the future
and are willing to fight for a place at the forefront of progress towards mankind’s happiness
whether as a fulfiled individual or one who improves the happiness of others
hopefully both – I personally am eternally grateful to both the inventor s of the dishwasher,
Chefs in general and often wonder what we all did before the mobile telephone?
You may have to sacrifice a lot but the rewards are great!!
Spectators are those who, while actively encouraging the progress of the Contestants
and benefiting from their achievements, are themselves not adding to the progress of mankind
in it’s search for fulfilment either – personally or at work –
They enjoy the results to the full and feel the satisfaction of supporting a a winner and anyway
they will probably, at some time in the future, become a contestant.
Can you imagine how many people have put off difficult decisions
hard options and long overdue changes to their lives waiting for the “Right Time”
That is why there will always be more spectators than Contestants
The Life of a Spectator can be very nice indeed!!!
At this moment in time, how many people intend to give up smoking
go on a diet or set course into innovative and exciting business ventures
some of which haven’t even been thought of yet?
The setting is set – the plans are made
and if the new millennium is even a fraction of what we hope it will be
Then this new millennium will be great………………
Let the new millennium begin
This drawing is a light-hearted look at getting to the ”top”
which to most of us means happiness
or at least the wherewithal to be happy
Work is usually needed but there are many ways of getting up
You could get a job in a large organisation
as represented here by a pyramid of people
lots of rising levels but only room for one at the top
Or join an organisation where duration of employment allows access to the top
one step at a time – represented here by ladders
Why not create a Partnership – Two or more can join together and help each other up
represented here by three people and a pulley system
Perhaps a son following a father to the next level – pulled up by workers
Invent something and let “It” take you to the top!
Or start your own business – represented here by the person wearing suction cups
(Not just a good idea but lots of hard work as well)
Be catapulted to the top – Win the lottery or become a Film/Pop Star
Fight your way up with hard work and dedication
be a sports person represented here as a rock climber
some even carry hangers-on – family/Coach get a free ride!
Others fight alone
Some are born at the top represented hereby the helicopter of a self-made man
depositing his children at the top
or by a pregnant woman representing Family Wealth/Royalty
Inevitably some fall by the wayside – thru’ tiredness or accident
Bribery is not uncommon, jumping the queue, blackmail, extortion even murders do happen!
But break the law and you will get caught – eventually – as is the person with his back to the wall
people asking questions and waving papers at him!
Others stay on the ground always only planning what to do……..some day……soon
Often when a comfortable level is found people stop and stay there
Some people even decide that the top is not where they want to be
There are more important things in life than success or wealth
If you spend your life working to attain or maintain wealth/success and fail
or even if you succeed
When do you enjoy life? Was it worth it?
Don’t forget – work does not stop when you get to the top
Staying up there becomes the problem
Of course for some it is the “climb” which makes them happy!!!
The Grey Lady is from a series of similar drawngs
based on the same ten female forms
which explores the advent of shades of grey
in my black and white pen and ink drawings
WHERE TO NEXT
A pub crawl
They are unable to stand
but they are not giving up yet
Also available as a
Limited Edition Print 1/500
Signed and numbered
No language barrier, no age barrier
Probably the most commonly used
piece of sign language is:
A hand held up and with a tilt of the head
to summon caution
It always works
But to make someone continue to stop
and to wait
that is an other matter…….
Waiting is not
one of man’s all time strengths
Yet how many regrets would never live………..
How many ‘If only’s’
would not be spoken?
Did you ever want
to walk up to the ‘nice’ person
who treated you so badly,
way back then?
Show them just what a mistake they made,
what they missed?
they would not even remember you,
But I wonder?
What might stir their mind
when you tapped them on the shoulder
and sweetly said
I imagine the reply might be “…………Eh…”
While they furiously searched
their memory for clues
and all their bad deeds,
and guilty secrets
flash before their minds eye
…..This drawing always makes me smile
when I see it
because one does not have to
become like them
Making them squirm – just for a moment
would be enough
I know I will never do it
it makes me smile
I HAD IT LAST NIGHT
Contrary to common belief this image is about
a condition a lot of people I know, suffer from
If I had a penny for every time I have heard
“………..I had it last night”
It comes after: Where is my shirt………..
Where is my schoolbook………..
Where is my watch………..
Where is my other shoe………..
and if I did have a penny
for each time I would now be rich
instead of tired of looking!