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Bill Mayer
5 little things...
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I got a call from Marianne asking if I was working over the Holidays.Well, I had really been planning a little time with the family but Marianne is so sweet and  it looked like a pretty simple little project, so sure why not. Five spots in a simple style should go pretty fast....Ideas always come pretty easy, I just sat down and did the thumbnails  and sent them off for her to get back to me on what worked for her.

Then I had a second thought , what if i could use some unifying theme and tie them all together. So I did a second set of thumbnails with a circus theme .I could do the "Housing Crisis" as a clown getting out of a car or carrying a ladder and saw. Uncle Sam as a clown, China a a fat man, saw the world in half...or shoot it out of a cannon....this could work.. I loved the monkey in the top hat....I really liked this direction but Marianne decided on the ones she liked. I drew them out scanned them in and colored them. Then set them aside and off to Christmas and our annual hiking trip to Mount LeConte .
- Housing: Is it finally bottoming out?
- Europe: Can its leaders over come political sclerosis to avoid the worst?

- China: Can Chinese leaders engineer a soft landing for their economy and amp up domestic consumption?

- Politics: Will the U.S. political system behave itself, avoiding government shutdowns, threatened defaults, or divisive recount battles?

- X-factor: Can we be lucky enough to avoid the random, destructive things that held back growth in 2011--no more Japan earthquakes, no spikes in oil prices due to Middle East turmoil, etc.?

But wait there's more.....When I got back I had thought of a diferent way to finish the spots in more of a kind of folk art , I don;t know maybe more contemporary way and I thought it would be easy enough to put them together and at least she'd have two options. Why do I want to do this? I don;t know, It's more work for me, A good chance she won;t like the newer direction.... Oh who cares it will only take a few hours to do, and the main reason is I like it.....So here's what they look like...
 I am never afraid of taking a chance on trying something new....
- Housing: Is it finally bottoming out?

- Europe: Can its leaders over come political sclerosis to avoid the worst?

- China: Can Chinese leaders engineer a soft landing for their economy and amp up domestic consumption?

- Politics: Will the U.S. political system behave itself, avoiding government shutdowns, threatened defaults, or divisive recount battles?

- X-factor: Can we be lucky enough to avoid the random, destructive things that held back growth in 2011--no more Japan earthquakes, no spikes in oil prices due to Middle East turmoil, etc.?

In the end she liked the the second direction a lot but decided to use the more traditional looking illustrations and drop the watercolor paper backgrounds and use them on stark white...I think her design worked better with this direction. but I still think these little gouache drawings have some potential somewhere....I am never afraid to try something a little different...



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