Point of Exquisite Suspension

Thoughts & life experiences of a Chicago area graphic artist

12 April 2017

First Man into Space, April 12th, 1961

It was said that the first man to inter space (1961), Yuri Gargarin, had a smile that “could light up the Cold War”. The 5ft 2in cosmonaut was an international hero.  

Today is the anniversary of his flight. I found these photos of some of the monuments created to remember him. 

The one on the tall soaring pedestal is like it could represent Superman. I guess in his day, Yuri was the closest we had to a superman.

There are many photos of Yuri's monuments one can view online. The one directly above is another of my favorites.

Tragically, he died in a jet fighter crash at the age of 34.

But by all accounts he was a personable, friendly guy.


16 March 2017

Some Assurance

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. -Hebrews 11:1
© O. Douglas Jennings. All rights reserved.
These are trying times. I've been thinking a lot about keeping my hopes up.

On the way to work today the above verse was running through my mind. When I got to the office I decided to let it inspire me to do some calligraphy practice (to warm up the ol' creativity "muscles" :-D ).

I take encouragment where I can. ^_^

07 March 2017

Picasso Exhibit 2013

Gallery patrons at the Picasso Exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2013. Photo © O. Douglas Jennings. All rights Reserved.
I have a variety of photos from a exemplary major exhibit on the works of the artist Picasso at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2013. The exhibit gave a glimpse of the vast amount and variety of amazing creative works by the man who was by all accounts the most significant artist of the 20th Century.

In the photo above, the gallery patron is reading a wall graphic about Picasso's second wife, Jacqueline Roque. See below for close-up of that wall graphic:

I invite you to visit my photo album of the entire exhibit on my Flickr photo sharing site.


 I have images of the galleries full of patrons as well as photos of many paintings and info graphics there. This is thanks to the Art Institute's generous policy of allowing photos during the exhibit.

28 February 2017

The Interesting Case of the "Saint Death" Movement

Santa Muerte, or "Saint Death" has been a simmering folk religious movement in Mexico for a few years now. Art © O. Douglas Jennings. All rights reserved.
Several years ago, I heard about a growing folk religious movement in Mexico that venerates "Santa Muerte" or "Saint Death". It inspired me to make the above sketches. Her devotees are the displaced, outcast and sometimes (but not always) members of the narcotics trade.

Technically, the skeletal Santa Muerte usually holds a globe along with her scythe. But since she typically wears a bridal dress, I gave her a wilted bouquet. The original terrific article from years ago that inspired my sketch is here.  

Just call me "Mr. Sunshine" but I figure with a "Thanos-like" leader in the White House, Saint Death might become more popular than ever.

2017 update: A more recent update on the Santa Muerte movement.

02 February 2017

My First Post-Election Political Cartoon

Trump gives new meaning to the term "Bully Pulpit". © 2017 O. Douglas Jennings. All rights reserved.
"Bully Pulpit" is term coined by President Theodore Roosevelt for unique role a POTUS has in public discourse. The word "Bully" meant something more positive in TR's day than it does in ours. To call something "bully" in the late 1800s was akin to the overused term "awesome" today. Even earlier it had a very sweet connotation. According to Google:

The word "bully" was first used in the 1530s meaning "sweetheart", applied to either sex, from the Dutch boel "lover, brother", probably diminutive of Middle High German buole "brother", of uncertain origin (compare with the German buhle "lover").

 But that affectionate meaning of the term could hardly be applied to our the "Bully-in-Chief" that currently resides in the White House.

31 December 2016