Sunday, January 22, 2012

Come to The Medicine Show!

Ladies and gentlemen!  Boys and girls! 
The time has come for a reprise of 
the phantasmagorical, sensational, mystical 

Strombolli's Medicine Show!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Alchemy: Its history and theory

My friend Michael McConnell is designing a gallery exhibit about the periodic table of the elements.   I am a rabid Alchemy enthusiast, so Michael gave me a special assignment:  By Spring 2013 I shall create a 10 minute (or 10'x10'x10') presentation on the elements as understood by the Alchemists.  To prepare for the project I wrote this "thesis" to base my work around.  Here I shall take a "just the facts, Ma'am" approach to the history of Alchemy and focus mainly on what was pertinent to the periodic table.  Still, talking about Alchemy is not an exact science because Alchemy itself was not an exact science, but rather, a "philosophical art" for which each Alchemist had his own unique approach and theories about what he was doing.

The origin of Alchemy:

Hellenistic Egypt, ca 300 BC.  Greek colonists look at the religion of the Egyptians and see similarities between their god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth (The-Thrice-Great).  Both were gods of language, gods of magic and psychopomps (in charge of transmitting souls from one world to the next, like the grim reaper) In the minds of some, the two figures merge into one character called Hermes Trismegistus. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Resolution(s)

New Year's resolution(s):

Henceforth I will publish one thing —a piece of flash fiction, a picture, a poem, a comic, a song, etc.— every day (or some rate close to that).

January is watercolor month.  I will work on a watercolor painting every evening after dinner.

2012 sees an increased focus from me on my relationships.  Friends are there to uplift, challenge, team up with and champion each other.  Such relationships are arguably the only things that matter.

2012 is also the year I turn commercial.  I will endeavor to show off, sell things, get jobs, and generally be a presence like never before.

Shortly I will have converted the "junk room" in my house into a studio out of which I will base my artistic endeavors.

And friends:  I hope to have your support as I try to do this stuff.  I need all the help I can get, and feedback is always craved.


—Thomas Boguszewski