Friday, September 15, 2006

CHANGE


It is said that change is the transition that occurs from same to different. While that may be the rule, sometimes it is the other way around. I am getting ready to go into a focus group this morning. While I do enjoy the dialog and ideas that focus groups can offer, most of the time the outcome of the focus group encourages the dumbest that a group can offer.

Our society is influenced and manipulated by marketing and advertising agencies. Pollsters and lobbyists control our political parties. And the almighty dollar has become the Almighty.

But that doesn’t mean that everyone is a victim of the dumbing down of the world. There are mavericks who do what they feel is right and have the courage to stick by their ideas. I applaud them and encourage you all to refuse to change to fit in.

28 comments:

Amy Zaleski said...

It's getting harder and harder to be a maverick or any kind of "outlaw" in this society, especially when everyone is a part of the "grid." Wonderful chameleon! They're so much fun to draw, aren't they? I must admit your chameleon kicks my chameleon's butt (IF for "Capture). Incredible scaly texture. Woo hoo!

Geninne said...

WOW Micheal this is amazingly beautiful, I just love the textures you always achieve...chameleons just blow me away, and yours did just that! Bravo!

the enigma said...

your ability in mastering textures is simply amazing...!

frank h said...

amazing illustration, Michael!

the changing chameleon only changes on surface - but remains the same - more or less your idea in th text

and the dollar now is in a second place after the euro...

anyways, great art and concept!

Michael O'Connell said...

when I did this illustration originally, I called this "Broken" because the chameleon blends in with the background or it's surrounding and this poor fella just can't do it.

But "Broken" just never sat well with me and this week's IF theme caused me to rethink the name and the idea behind it. And I like Amy's word maverick so much better. So that will mbe the new name of this piece.

*DeB* said...

oooooh a meelion! how lovely!

ValGalArt said...

this is AWESOME in every way! Every bit of it!!!

Andrea said...

Lovely work her Micheal!

murphy girl said...

well done, maverick!

BGOZ said...

Great piece. The chameleon is invisible because he doesn't move. In the fast pace of daily life, his stillness falls into the background.

:)=

Jan said...

superbly done

pip said...

love the way they get their little knees right up like that.. just adorable! beautiful watercolour and great detail

Teri C said...

Your words hit me more than the sketch!! So very true!!! I do like the art also. Really, it's just that your words got to me. Okay, so I am rambling here...........

Michelle Lana said...

very cool chameleon!

Robert McLaughlin said...

Wow Mike, nice work. Is your museum hanging any of your art?

My views on popular culture are SO divergent from those around me that, sad to say, I'm often quiet for the sake of harmony.

Alina Chau said...

This is wicked AWESOME!! GREAT illo!

carla said...

Your chameleon is so beautifully rendered, Michael...the colors and textures make me think of a mosaic. I agree with your words, and i feel sad that it is so hard to be a real individual in this pop culture driven society. I remember a time when there really was such a thing as being "hip" and "edgy" (if that's what people think is important) because there wasn't the instantaeous communication of "what's hot and what's not" that we have today...at least those folks who were avant garde or on the cutting edge of ideas got to enjoy and explore their fresh ideas for a while before they became fodder for marketing and advertising.

steve said...

Thanks for the encouragement Michael--you're very right there and I witness it all the time in our education system unfortunately. Anyhow, you did a fine job ere with your chameleon and relating it to your very thoughtful words. This one must've taken you quite some time I'll bet!

Babe in the Woods said...

HERE HERE!!! Boy have you hit the philosophy at this house on the head. Our society has stopped thinking for itself, a lazy way to live. We let ourselves believe we are doing the thinking but we really are not.

That is a wonderful chameleon. Many details, bright colors and I love the "smiley" face. Great job!

Babe:>

scarecrow said...

Mike
Thanks for the visit!

Right is right and wrong is wrong and the news is the news, only once!

Later

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

What a spectacular image! So well done.

C. Bennett said...

Great chameleon. feels really 3-d to me. I thought it might have been a sculputure of some kind for a second. Thought the Background gave it away for me.
Its a really great picture keep it up.

aynaku said...

well said, Interesting...and great illo,the perfect metaphor... love the rendering of the skin

Ellen said...

Brilliant!

Joanne said...

Beautiful! I love the detail and colors AND the idea behind it.

georg said...

Hi Michael!

Beautiful chameleon. A very special animal - but as a human being, I don't think it's a good idea to learn by a chameleon.

I think you're right, we can say stop to something in our lives, once in a while we shall feel, if we ought to stop this or that - it's just, to take the time to do it :-)

greetings - georg

Wee Cottage said...

Wow, I love this image. What a wonderful painting/illustration. I'm so into all that texture that's happing here. Simply lovely

catnapping said...

beautifully, beautifully done. the textures are amazing! i really like the colours you chose for him, as well.