Original Art for the Masthead: A couple of artists have approached me about the design of Pigtails in Paint’s masthead. So far, it has been composed by Pip from existing images and he never got the inspiration to create original art for it. Therefore, we are offering the opportunity for artists to have their original art appear as Pigtails’ banner for one year. Approved new images will appear beginning in mid-November. There are a few guidelines to make the design consistent with Pigtails’ image. 1) Naturally, it should feature a little girl or girls (optimum age around 8, but we are certainly flexible on this). 2) The girl should have pigtails of some kind. 3) And Pip had the idea that the girl should be holding a brush (or other artistic instrument) and appear to be finishing up the lettering in the title. 4) The color scheme should be appropriate—”warmer” tones. Examples of past mastheads can be seen here to give you an idea of past styles. You can include the motto or let us add that in. We do not require the original artwork so long as a scan of sufficient quality can be provided. We look forward to your submissions and Ron will work with you every step of the way.
Bodies, Dressed and Undressed: Coincidences are remarkable and just as I finally got access to some of Flor Garduño’s published books, Pip and Christian inform me that there are better versions of the many images used in the two posts on this site (here and here). There is a wonderful introduction by Verónica Volkow in the book Inner Light (2002) which eloquently expresses the artist’s attitude about the relevance of nudes and flowers and their connection. A slightly abridged transcription has been posted here.
Why Do All the Good Guys Die So Young? We must sadly report that Emmett Munger Mann, son of acclaimed photographer Sally Mann died on June 5th in his home. No information about the cause of death has been released. It is always tragic when parents outlive their children and doubly so in this case, because Emmett was so interested in the cause of justice.
Suspense-Horror with a Twist: A colleague brought my attention to a short film called Luna (2013). For those interested in this genre, it is worth a look.