Confucious Says: The Important Things Are Black & White. And Red.

Collage and acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"

This was inspired (in an extremely convoluted way) by the Van Gogh drawings exhibit at the Met. And it's going to end up being a prototype. I like it a lot, but the gradient background thing is still driving me nuts. (I have such a renewed respect for Maxfield Parrish lately...) The main thing is that I really want the fortunes to look more like snow, i.e. have more space between them and be "friskier." I don't want to cut any of them, so I guess I'm going to have to go bigger. Oh, believe it or not, a lot of these are real fortune-cookie fortunes. Even the one that says "You need to be nicer!" I swear to God. I know you can't see most of these in the full view, so here's a closeup. The best view is really in person, so hey, if I know you, come on over.

My favorite fortune? Hard to pick, but maybe "Modern translation of golden rule: don't be a dick!" That one wasn't real. (But it should be!) Or "It's not too late to get it back," one of the real ones.