Believe it or not, but there really aren't that many things about today's children that bother me. However, and I realize this is going to make me sound like an old fogey, there's one trait that today's youth possess that bugs the $&!# out of me. Namely, they seem to be afraid to--gasp!--GO OUTSIDE AND EXPLORE. Granted, much of the blame can be placed at the feet of overly-paranoid parents--but still, what's the deal with today's youth? To these automatons adventure is restricted to whatever they can see within the framework of their various screens: iPods, TVs, computers, and so on. "Hey, I got to level 6 gazillion on [insert computer game name]!" Big deal. Get outside and explore the REAL world. That said, my nephew Joe is the opposite of today's typical kids. He loves to be outside, exploring, capturing frogs, examining bugs, playing football, sleeping in tents, so on and so forth--you know, doing stuff kids are SUPPOSED to do. Over the span of last summer, Joe collected a jar full of cicada "shells" (I know that's probably not the scientifically-correct term, but you get the idea). Anyway, I guarantee you Joe had more fun hunting for cicada shells out in the fresh air than he would have had sitting in front of a computer. And Joe, knowing I like "creepy" stuff in my art, graciously offered me some of his insecty treasure. Naturally, I accepted. Thanks, Joe, for being a kid! For more pics of my latest piece that includes the above cicada shells, please visit my New Works page.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.