Thursday, January 23, 2014

Capitalism: The Ocean in which We ALL Swim

Revel in it or Rebel against it, Capitalism is the Cultural Ocean in which we all swim.

I'm trying to decide if I actually came up with that line or if I heard it somewhere and forgot where I heard it.  If it sounds like somebody else's line, let me know.  I'm all for giving credit where credit is due.

I know people that LOVE Capitalism and all the different ways it makes it possible for people to make money.  I know people who HATE Capitalism and wish they could just do whatever they want and not worry about having enough cash.

Me, I swing back and forth like a bi-polar monkey: grabbing bananas and then flinging poo.
What I do know is that Capitalism is pervasive in America right now.  We can all dream about how things should be and fight and work to make them different.  But you can't turn your back on this beast and more than you can turn your back on a charging bull (or bear).  You have to pay attention despite your personal feelings and wishes or this system will leave you destitute.

I know, I know!  I started with Oceans and then went to monkeys and bears and bulls.  I should make up my mind and stick to a metaphor already.  But I don't want to.

I don't want money to be the measure of everything in my life.  Some things are more important to me than money.  But with no money, it is hard to survive, let alone thrive, in a America.  So I try to balance my money making with the other things in my life.  I try to do without some things that would be nice, because I don't want to spend the money-making time on them and take that time away from the things that are super important to me: like my girls and my art.

Switching metaphors back to oceans again: So what do you do to ride the waves of Capitalism?  Do you struggle just to keep your head above water?  Can you manage to surf the waves and ride out the storms with style and your dignity intact?  Do we all have to become sharks just to survive?

I've got no solid answers.  But I'd like to believe we can use money as a measure for somethings and make fair exchanges, while recognizing that many things that are vital and important should never be measured in terms of dollars and therefor should never be sold for dollars.

Good luck and fair sailing to us all.
--Jay Larsen

My Painting "Deep Dive" is available for Capitalistic Sale at our Etsy Store.
In the meantime, Sign Up for our LarsenGeekery Mailing List.
Visit our LarsenGeekery Store. Buy Geeky Stuff and support local artists trying to make money.
Or Like us on Facebook. And share and like things.
Come See us March 28-30th 2014, Emerald City Comicon 14 - Seattle WA

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Art is not a Science, but Science can be Art

Just a friendly reminder for our friends, and if you are reading this page you qualify, that
Jay Makes Geeky Good Paintings, and
You Can Own The Originals.
But you've got to be fast, because there is only one original of each piece.

Check out the Original Art Tab at the top of this page to see new paintings.
And then visit the LarsenGeekery Etsy Store and click Original Art to see paintings that are still available for purchase.

I hope you will enjoy owning fine Geekery Art as much as I enjoy creating it.
If you purchase an original painting, rest assured you will be receiving a quality work of art hand crafted with care and enthusiasm.  These are not mass produced copies made by a machine, but the ultimate in Geekery, original art.  And you will be helping to support a living artist during the period of time that he needs that support the most--while he's still alive!

For example, please enjoy "Science Corp" by Jay Larsen

Title: Science Corp
Description: Prepare to be blinded by science! This retro scifi geek is ready to go where no man has gone before.
Format: Watercolor 16"x12"h 300lb paper
Available: Yes, on Etsy--Buy Now!

If you have any questions about Jay's art, please feel to Contact Us.

In the meantime, Sign Up for our LarsenGeekery Mailing List.  It's an email list.
Visit our LarsenGeekery Store. But you know about that already.
Or Like us on Facebook. Books are good.  Books in your Face, even better.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Emerald City Comicon? Better Get Your Tickets!

It sounds like Emerald City Comicon 2014 is already getting close to selling out of 3-day passes.
So if you are planning to go to the big show, you should Go Get Tickets Now.

And you can come and see LarsenGeekery in Artists' Alley, if you have tickets.
March 28-30th is not very far in the future.
So, what are you waiting for?