Thursday, April 30, 2009
Allergy season is upon us in New Jersey. The cars are covered in green dust and neither Zyrtec nor Benadryl nor Nasonex nor anything else has stopped the sneezing, itchy eyes and throat, and coughing. This sorry-looking pair of red eyes actually looks better in the picture than in real life, so you can IMAGINE. Anyway, between sneezes and eye-rubbing, I am trying to distract myself (with limited success) by ironing and sorting. I did cut this guy/these guys out and put him/them on the wall, hoping in vain for some inspiration. These were class samples for image transfer. As of this month, I am no longer teaching image transfer because today's technology makes it almost impossible to transfer images successfully without a lot of effort and angst. Most people don't have carbon toner copiers at home and when they go to such places as Kinko's or Office Max, they don't get black and white copies that transfer. Digital copiers just don't do it - and that is what most office places have. I have had too many frustrated students and there is no point. Everything we need is going the way of the dodo bird (if there ever was such a bird). I have a couple of Polaroid cameras but can't get film - so that is the end of Polaroid transfers. And so on. If I sound grouchy, it is because I stayed home today to work on my taxes and that is enough to make anyone grouchy. Tomorrow does not promise to be any more interesting but at least I/we will be out and about at various appointments. I will take my camera and try to find some humor or beauty somewhere.
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