Thursday, July 28, 2016

Smashing Last Days

Today, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday the 31st of July are the remaining days for online patrons to purchase my e-books at a considerable discount on Smashbooks. The Deserting Caricature Artist and 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons are on sale at 25% off the retail price. You may be interested in publications by other authors and artists which are also discounting until the end of July in Smashbooks sitewide sale. Please feel at ease to click on the banners of my books listed on the right side of this blogger site. The discount code for The Deserting Caricature Artist is SSW25. The discount code for 57 Pages is the same code, SSW25, the sale may continue beyond August !st, thank you for visiting.

Friday, July 22, 2016


From a laptop sitting before local Bay Shore baristas serving customers, I am working on my next book project. Yes, it is very much unfinished. To note, if I do finish it and it gets published, it will be my first picture-less book. The story is a coming-of-age novella set in a fictional city of Nassau County, New York. My first book is a collection of social commentary cartoons and the second is an illustrated memoir of my pursuits as a freelance artist. Both publications have been discussed in previous postings.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Pressure of Time

The Pressure of Time is the title of a painting revealing the peril of a ticking alarm clock. The device sits on a square solid iron block that probably could weigh 15 to 20 pounds. Above the clock is a larger, hanging weight of metal possibly at a mass of 75 pounds or more. It is held up by four bending pea pods. How are the pea pods and clock not smashed yet? 
Attached to the ticking mechanism are small thin rods coming out the sides and extending upward to link to two separate slim bars, which almost cross over the top of the larger weight. The weight is being held up by a small chain link connected to the rods. 
On a giant computer monitor inside the Heckscher Museum, this image was produced by me.
However,  the two rods above is joined by a razor blade in the middle. That razor is splitting the chain link which is suspending the bigger weight in the air. Now, you can guess what will happen to the alarm clock and pea pods once the chain link is entirely cutting apart! But what is the artist saying?
In the 1970 oil on canvas painting by levitational realist, Gary Erbe, he remembers the departure of his dear friend. That person committed suicide. The heavyweight is suggestive of the compressing pressure on an individual's mental state. He or she would soon be crushed out of the positive will to keep living! 
Is it that eventful an outcome, since a person is deciding to end their life? The time on the alarm clock seems to state 11 or 12 minutes after seven. The painting is currently exhibiting with a collection of other Erbe works at the Heckscher Museum of Art, located at 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, New York. The title of the exhibition is Master of Illusion: The Magical Art of Gary Erbe. It concludes on August 28, 2016.
A question is asked in my book, 57 Pages: A Short Book of Thought-Motivating Cartoons whatever a person should choose the time of his death. In honest view that he did not decide the moment of his birth. If you find it very uneasy to say yes to the inquiry, Then perhaps you might consider my book a worthy read. It contains a few cartoons questioning the logic and sensibility of the end to life decisions. 
It is a critical evaluation when there are living sufferers of a person's suicide. Family and friends may find it hard to reason; was I not worthy of him or her staying alive? People commit suicide mostly due to unhappiness. The sadness will resume with other individuals after they are gone. Obviously, the fatal choice is not the ultimate solution or even an escape. People who are entirely convinced that purposely ceasing their lives is their best and the only selection might be unwilling or short efforting themselves to ponder reliable options of extended living. Although they have to endure gloomy limitations and unpleasant discomforts, satisfying lives may still be savoring.
My book also encourages people to discuss the sensitive topics in it. Did you not have communication with someone that was deeply affecting you to improve your existence? From the conversation were you assisted to remedy a problem or was locating the wisdom to cope successfully with others? Once the lights are off in pitch blackness, it is challenging to read a book. Another indication an unhappy individual has to be alive to speak up, to be enlightening with genuine hope, and not be asleep in the darkness of death. Talking about matters like suicide as they discuss the meaning of a painting, may lead to a life treasure of awareness.

Friday, July 1, 2016

It Is Back There Again

My book, The Deserting Caricature Artist returned to Amazon globally two days ago. However, it is only the 92-page print edition there, no digital copies which are sold elsewhere, please check last week's posting. My other book, 57 Pages will not be at the world's largest book selling site, but it is on sale on other online retailers. The arrival of DCA comes in advance of Amazon Prime Day scheduled for July 12th. Members will have an opportunity to purchase the book without shipping costs with possibly an additional discount. 

To be noted, there is an added enhancement to Amazon's book preview. Please take a look; on the bottom of a preview page are the words, "Surprise Me", what is that about? When you click on the expression the preview will take you to another page of The Deserting Caricature Artist, it is beyond the typical first seven pages of the preview limit. And it is unexpecting; it could jump to page 17 or page seventy-seven. Also, Amazon is placing greater emphasis on copyright material for the publishers interests. Each page of the preview will convey that restriction. Thank you for visiting, may you get a good deal.

If you are ordering 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons from Smashwords. Here is the discount code for 25% off the retail price, expires 07/31/16 (code is not case sensitive): XJ29F