The Angel Angle

Hangin’ Around

I will begin at the beginning, or so I think. That is, what I believe to be the beginning. Even though, if you really, really contemplate infinity…a beginning is rather nonsensical. An ending, for that matter, never happens. Happenings happen, but there is no actual beginning or ending. What was I talking about?

As I was meditating, I was struggling with a noisy and anxious mind. I was receiving image after nauseating image of all of the bad that is happening in our world. I started thinking, “Good Lord! Meditation is supposed to lead to relaxation, not to more and more tension and strife!”

After those thoughts transpired, I was able to successfully hush my brain and let my soul do the “thinking”. Eventually, I reached the Now. No past…no future. Now, man, now! Nothing but peace, harmony, rainbows and all of that other beautiful crap. And then I saw an angel floating by in my field of vision. It was floating on a cloud, and it had the most goofy and happy look on its face. Like the innocent expression of children or puppies. That face embodied all of the joy, wonder, and humor in this entire world, galaxy, and perhaps even the universe! I could not help but to laugh out loud! I made a mental note to myself to draw what I had just seen. “Hangin’ Around” is what I call the drawing above. I call it that because as I was drawing it, a song by the Edgar Winter Group called “Hangin’ Around” was playing. I believe it was the first time I had ever heard that song, but I thought it was the perfect name for my piece of art. Thank you, Edgar Winter and Group.

I call this a sketchless drawing. I did not sketch it in pencil first, and then ink it as I would normally do. I picked up a pen and went to town. This method allows me to grab the essence of the idea, unfettered and unfiltered.

I reached the “Now” and brought this back. I brought it back so that I could share a small piece of the peace I found in inner space. A small, imperfect representation of what I saw and felt in the hopes that I could transfer some joy and laughter and hope to others. I hope that I was successful. It makes me happy to make others happy in any way I can. Happiness is more contagious than the corona virus! Catch it! (Happiness, not the corona virus, silly.)

PS……….Let’s play a little game. Now, keep in mind, this game is only for the advanced Oddbox Comics reader. I strongly advise all novices to stay away. I don’t want you to get hurt.

Question: [Who does that angel in the above drawing look like?]

Answer: ?

Clue: Click

Children of the Ark

  I believe this was something I did during my Paragon Printing years. I’m going to guess…1996. I don’t remember much about it. Here is what I do remember…I did it for someone who was starting a day-care center called Noah’s Ark. She wanted a bunch of kids frolicking around Noah’s Ark and she wanted it done in a certain type of cutesy style. I wasn’t crazy about doing it in a certain type of cutesy style, but it turned out alright. What I like most about this drawing is the panoramic view. That’s a lot of frolicking kids!