Happy Birthday, Mark! (anahata.c) by RodS ()
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When the Girls found out it was your birthday, they wanted to do a little something special! Since they're all big fans of your colorful, wonderful art, they set up a background of one of your awesome Chicago pieces, and somehow convinced Kinnie to jump out of a giant birthday cake. Kinnie says the icing tastes heavenly, but she thinks humans have some funny rituals.
Nevertheless, she conjured up some colorful Fae Magick to wish you a Happy 70th! She says "He's just a kid - how did he learn to be so creative in such a short time?" (You see, Fae live a very long time. Kinnie is just reaching adulthood at a frisky young 125 years..)
She also wants to have a little talk with you concerning a few things - Like the Book Of Mangoes, for instance. She's really fascinated, and is anxious to see this remarkable tome. "I did not know that Mangoes were actually capable of writing, or that they had any kind of language." She mused. I think she feels kind of bad about all the ones she skewered on the juicer... Oh... She also wants to have a look at the infamous 20-foot toilet. Ar still talks about that little incident... She also hopes you got your forehead glued back on....
Seriously, I couldn't get through the day without doing a little SOMETHING for your birthday, buddy! After what I put you through with that Hadron Collider.... 🤣.
Mark is one of the wonderful folks that has kept me inspired, made me laugh when I was feeling down, and whose wonderful, insightful comments and observations opens my eyes and allows me to see things even in my own creations that even I didn't see.
Happy Birthday, buddy! Us 70-year-old, "I refuse to grow up" kids gotta hang together! And stay creative...
Thanks all, for stopping by, and for all your wonderful comments and support!
There will be a webinar on Sunday (2 PM CDT) on 'Visual Narratives - Telling Stories With Your Art' hosted by Digital Art Live. I'll be sharing a few of my images from the T.N.A. series. It's FREE, and you can register at https://digitalartlive.com/event/visual-narratives-workshop-share-and-promote-your-artwork-and-techniques-3/. Hope to see some of you there!
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Had a difficult choice in doing my dedi for our friend. Was thinking about using TNT but thought I'll dig out a photo and try and do something similar to his great photo manips.
The girls look simply marvelous here Rod. A dedi that will get any man's heart a pumping blood. Did mine.
First of all, one would have to go balls to the wall to beat what you have created here for a birthday dedication to Mark. What a fabulous composition extraordinaire! A stellar variety of colors, fonts, dames, and abstract shapes on display here. I know our talented Renaissance man Mark will be fully appreciative of this well deserved tour de force.
When you told me you used one of my montages, I finally understood how you got so many variations. I honestly didn't recognize it except in parts---you did a great job with this, Rod! (I can't picture humans in my montages, because I think they'd be swallowed by the whacked out colors: But your '3 musketeers' look smashing in this setting!) Kinnie's 125? Really? Nice job---she must eat ginseng and I don't know what---I didn't look that good at 12! She looks like she's covered in frosting AND magic light---and you put an apo-like fractal behind her, which she seems to have created out of thin air: Beautiful, just as a Fae would. (That's a big cake, btw. That's a big freakin' cake, dude! She looks like she reaches down to maybe the top layer---that's one deep layer cake!) G4 and Ar look smashing as well: Your usual way with poses, outfits, suggestive and very revealing at the same time, with light on them, and their model-like stances. And all that in front of one of my all-craziness-broke-loose variations. You did a great job, Rod. I also love the light on Kinnie--it's theatrical lighting, ie, from below where she looks like she's in a big stage production. (Busby Berkley meets Rod S...all you need is a gigantic swimming pool, and you can call it Lullaby of TNA, or something...)
Thank you so much for your words, they mean the world to me. You're definitely an "I refuse to grow up" 70 year old, and it's an inspiration to me and a lot of other people. And I totally understand that, with retirement, you can suddenly be more busy than you've been all your life: There aren't enough days to do all that bubbles up inside of us. As for the Book of Mangoes, how did you and Kinnie ever remember that? I even forgot about it. (You pick up details in my work that amaze me...and you remember them too!) The 20 foot toilet I remember---I remember your great image, and thinking, "you're not far off!" I've gotten used to it---I get nose bleeds, but it's fun....Thank you for all you wrote; and making you laugh is a great joy; then watching you riff off of it is even greater. (I saw your Slivovica piece---laughed out loud. So THAT'S how you lost your hair. Yeah??? Mine came back and left a SECOND time, the drink was so bad. I'm glad someone else agrees with me about that s__t, 'cause I know some people who think it's just "another brandy". Riiiiiiiight. And I'm an NFL quarterback...I'll comment on that next...) Thanks for everything, Rod, I'm very grateful for all you give, and this was a terrific birthday gift, and I'm very flattered. And thanks to your ladies for putting up with that backdrop: They probably needed a tranquilizer when they were through. Thanks a million. It's a great dedi, I love it!