Monday, May 16, 2005

Back to the drawing board — to paint

Since I've spent the last few months working on everything except the book I should be illustrating, I'm now way behind. So back to the drawing board, literally. The final paintings, all twenty of them, are due at the end of the summer, so the blogger and memoirist in me is going to have to slow down in order that I can finish these 20 paintings by August. And considering my summer is jammed packed with non-painting activities, it's going to be a challenge. My #2 daughter will graduate high school in two weeks, so we are taking a trip back to Des Moines. My #1 daughter will have her baby around the first of June, so I'll be heading to Arizona. I will be speaking at the Pathways to Literacy conference in Tampa Florida the day before my daughter's graduation, and two weeks following that I'll be speaking at the Texas Writer's League Agent and Editors conference. Details to come 'cause I don't know what I'm going to talk about, yet.

In other news:

The wife doesn't like this newest addition to the decor of my studio, says I'm supporting pornography and the exploitation of young teenaged girls. "It's just not Christian," she says. But as far as I'm concerned, the Playboy bunny is nostalgic like Coca Cola or Harley Davidson. They're symbols from the past, like an old-school song reminding one of past adventures with the fellas or a crush on a girl. The bunny brings back memories of my high school days, my sophomore year at Des Moines Technical High. This symbol was proudly emblazoned across a guy's t-shirt or ball cap or from his left pierced ear, dangling, advertising a guys player status, although I was never the player type. A wanna be-but-too-chicken player.

I said nothing when she decorated our kitchen with red and green strawberrie plates, strawberry cups, strawberry teapots, cookie jars, refrigerator magnets, paper towels, rugs and anything else that could accommodate a strawberry graphic. And she decorates her studio with the red and white symbol of her college cronies, Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Cool. Her studio, her symbols. But my symbol recognizes an even larger fraternal order: Guys who like girls wearing swimming suits and bunny ears.

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Unrelated thought for the day: To the media:
We don't care to hear anything more about the gay marriage issue, thank you. We don't want none. But what I don't understand is why a woman who marries another woman, marries a woman, who looks like, talks like, walks like, dresses like, and probably smells like a man.

Another thought: I know a brotha is in trouble now, even thinking of putting DST in the same category as PB.

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Word of the day: cronyism

21 comments:

Luke Cage said...

What's happening brotha Don. We're about to go on vacation soon, and shortly after that, it's back to the drawing board for me as well. I know exactly what you are going through. Good luck on all (20!!!) of those paintings. I know that they will come out well.

I see you and the wifey go thru what my wife and I go thru. Mine is outspoken on such pieces like my Todd McFarlane toy collection in MY artroom. Go figure. That's when its time for me to show her the door-lol- of course, I always let her back in. Its the softee in me. Lata man.

Jez Chill said...

I think that's a fair compromise, She get's her strawberry shortcake kitchen & DST room, while you have sanctuary, decorated with your manly artifacts.

The Gig said...

Nice picture -- and I agree with the wife.

WIP said...

I'm on the "boys" side of the fence. My husband wore the aforementioned PB earring, LOL. And now when we are out and about, all the vintage and nostalgic pieces circa the eighties, give us lots to reminisce and talk about.

Which brings me to this question: Are you and the wife around the same age?

I know that "opposites" do seem to attract. I hope yall agree on s.o.m.e. things. I always say, as long as me and the mate agree on givin' each oth'a "s.o.m.e." on the regular, we good!

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Nikki said...

Like your wife, I too am a Delta, but I don't see anything wrong with you keeping your PB symbol around as long as it's in your study or private sanctuary.

Kim said...

Great picture! It's fun to see you at work. My first grader wants to be an illustrator and my 4 year old loves to write. I'll have to show them the pic of you hard at work! Can you post an updated pic of that same artwork later so we can see the progression? That would be soooo cool to my little artist wanna be!

Aziza said...

You have a fantastic blog that's chock full of creativity. I love the illustrations and the word for the day. My co-worker loves the illustrations as well.

But although I'm an AKA, I'm on your wife's side. Her love for her sorority and its colors is innocent. But PB stands for something else (dem pics in the magazine). Hmm...If we flip the script, I wonder how would husbands, boyfriends, and fathers feel if their women (wives, girlfriends, and daughters) started sporting symbols of magazines that feature men in the buff. *smirk* Just kidding.

Jdid said...

well its all about how the symbol is seen isnt it. To you its innocent but to your wife its a symbol of explotation of girls. she probably sees it as offensive. interesting how one symbol can mean different stuff to two people.

WIP said...

Let the man in question speak for himself: quote



"I never intended to be a revolutionary. My intention was to create a mainstream men's magazine that included sex in it. That turned out to be a very revolutionary idea."
- Hugh Hefner

You can read more:
http://www.askmen.com/men/feb00/12c_hugh_hefner.html

Again, sorry about not being a bit more adroit when mentioning "genitalia" in my now removed comment pertaining to your "unrelated thought." Then I got to thinkin' 'bout all your illustrations you are to be workin' on, and how in the world you had time to intercept my post before any of your dignified readers of the illustration/literary world read what I wrote?

Get to drawin'...

Don Tate II said...

@ Tiff: You must have had an absolutely fantastic weekend, at least acording to your blog today, and your insistance on including comments about male g-----lia in a trying-to-keep-it-G-rated brotha's blog. If any kiddies repeat to their teachers what they've learned in here today, I'll just blame it on Tiff's sensual late night, early rise weekend. But Im not mad at ya. Just jealous.

The Gig said...

My daughter-in-law is a perfectly beautiful person inside and out. She is one of the most spiritually minded prayer warriors I know. After experiencing a marriage to a man who practically lived in the pages of "Playboy" magazines, I can relate to how she feels. She is not; however, insecure about it because my son does a good job of letting her know where she stands with him.

Diva said...

Hey D! R.T. and I have been together for 15 years. If he walked in here with a Playboy bunny ANYTHING, I'd just laugh and go on. I just don't think that, in the whole scheme of things, it's worth the aggravation. We have a great, but imperfect relationship, we're certainly learning and growing the older this marriage gets, and we have a personal relationship with the Lord that we take very, very seriously. And it's BECAUSE of that relationship that we know that stirring up a bunch of animosity and tension in the house over something that's nugatory just isn't worth it.

Kisses!

ManNMotion said...

Hey man, it's good to see you busy with your dreams. I hope you really DO take time off blogging unless it's helping you get there.

The bunny thing is interesting. I'm kinda with you, but I can see her point too. She probably wonders, what if your daughter walked in and saw it and said "cool" and you said "yeah" and then, a few months later, she was in Playboy saying her dad thought it was "cool?" Personally, I used to love reading the articles...seriously!

Friar Tuck said...

Does the wife read romance novels?

If so you might have some leverage there in your argument.

Anyway.....

Friar Tuck said...

Maybe Hooters stuff would be better?

mrs.tj said...

I haven't sd hey is awhile. So Hey!
What is your daughters blog so I can tell her congratulations on graduating?
AND as for the bunny from one wife to another womans husband. DO YOUR THANG! Your studio - your decor. Besides we get ALL of the other rooms in the house. As a non decorating wife, in my household I would ENCOURAGE all decor tips!
PS good luck on being a G-PA and hopefully you can carry along the work.

Christopher M. Beatrice said...

Well, Sounds like you are gonna be busy busy busy. Me too, between trying to work on my house, get things done at the church, and grandpa needing stuff done all time. Seems like time dissappears. As far as the PB issue. My advice is: Is it really worth argueing over, it is just a lamp verses your loving wife. Well anyway have a great one man. And good luck on getting all that done.

G. Cornelius Harris said...

Hey D I know a bunch of DSTs that look like bunnies...So you alright...LMAO...I'll keep you posted

greggy said...

Brother D...by all means slack off on the blogging to take care of bidness if necessary...doing your art is money, blogging isn't! I'm with ya on being able to decorate your space with your the symbols that mean something to you. Smae here, my studio is my space, therefore what goes on there is TOTALLY under my domain and control. Differing opinions concerning how I decorate or represent are always encouraged, but not necessarily adopted is my policy. At the same time I can relate to her views about the symbolisms concerning THAT particular object.

YouToldHarpoTaBeatMe said...

To a small degree, I agree with your wife, but by the same token, the bunny is a mere artifact... Route 66 signs, Area 51 "Alien Crossing", you know, stuff like that.