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When Adam and Eve were Snakes
Ever wonder why you can go 70 mpg (sic) & never move? When Adam and Eve were snakes. (Mouse Over)


Dear Kim,

I really like your new drawing. There is so much happening in it and yet design wise, all of the elements are integrated. I especially like the way the name ACLU appears between bars. (Kim: I was interested in visualizing the scene from inside the jail cell instead of http://www.aclu.org/images/client/decrim_ad.jpg)) That placement references so many possibilities.

I also like the way the prisoner of torture is laying down in a position of vulnerability and is pointing at the US character whose hand appears huge and menacingly.

I am reluctant to analyze your drawings too much but wanted you to know that I think I am understanding more and more about your process. How you probably read and think and then for a time "forget" and encourage all these elements to flow in and out of your subconscious.

I can also understand why you wouldn't want to talk too much about it or to make yourself self conscious. (Kim: I like what Robert Frost said when asked to explain one of his poems, "Do you want me to tell you in other and worse language?")

Do you do a sketch before each one? (Kim: sometimes I sketch on the paper of the final drawing. Then I erase it so that I can barely see it and draw on top of it. Yesterday in Jefferson city I was at a restaurant where they had crayons and a paper table cloth. I made a drawing and then tore it out of the table cloth. Then I went to Kay Bee Toys and bought a box of 64 crayons.You can see the drawing by "mousingover" the drawing above.) I really like the sketches and find it fascinating that your hand or line is so different in them than in the finished pieces. Your basic placement tends to be the same. At least in what you have showed me. But the actual execution is very different.

I understand from your previous email that you had to go to Jeff City today. I assume it is dean stuff. Wow, that is a lot of driving in one day. From where I live, it is about two hours each way. (Kim: Yes...it was a meeting about developmental education. Did you know that Tolstoy was an educator? I think he developed curriculum for schools.)

I hope you are able to rest and relax tonight. (Kim: Unfortunately I had to go to our student's choirs performances (gospel and college). It was well worth it. But I was too tired to draw so I got up at 4 am.) I am going to a concert of the Gateway Men's Chorus at the Grandel. It has been a long week.

A funny expression. A long week.

I wonder what a short week looks like? (Kim: A good idea for a drawing.)

I am taking my friend J.T. Ricroft, another choreographer. I do like these dancers.

And I am literally taking him since he has a sexy low to the ground car that cant do jack in the snow.

Tomorrow is the Girl Scouts show at Maryville. I have a 9 a.m. call and the show is at 11.

You are welcome to come by the concert hall at any time before the show. I will be very happy to see you.

Later,

Joan

Friday., Dec 9, 2005

4:50 PM

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