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Children’s Artwork Gallery

February 2009 As the father of a five year old and a general appreciator of art, I have come to adore the images our children offer us.  Just give them a paintbrush, a crayon, anything that will leave a mark and they know just what to do.  Forget to supply them with paper and they will choose their own medium; walls, floors, furniture…

Now that I have this space available, I thought I’d try and host a site where parents could send their children’s work to be displayed with that of their contemporaries.  I have started a gallery of my own with just a few of myFebruary 2009 daughter’s recent creations.  I am hoping that word will spread and we can begin to amass a more substantial collection.

If you or anyone you know would like to participate, you can contact me via email  at swensena@gmail.com or else by leaving a comment on this post.

In searching around, I have not found anything quite like I am envisioning.  There are many children’s art galleries displaying the work of gifted young artists.  I find though that they are geared towards older children with the talent and motor skills to represent things in a realistic way.  What I intend to embrace

The Artist

The Artist

here though is the fact that our children are drawn to make art as soon as they can grasp a crayon.  Before they can even speak, and perhaps because of this, they exhibit a joy in leaving behind a lasting impression.

This project is purely for fun, it is inspired by the potential to collect scribbles and doodles, paint spills and masterpieces  from around the world in one place and for one purpose.  Because we love our kids and everything they do.

So send me a photo of a play-dough sculpture or of what your son drew on his little sister’s face.  Scan your child’s drawings like I do or else take a picture and email it.   My own gallery is rather primitive at present but I will be glad to solicit my friend, the brilliant web designer, to build us a website should this project gain sufficient interest.

Thanks for visiting,



Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property – legal rights over the creations of the mind.  This trend has great inertia and promises to accelerate at a feverish pace.  I have objected to it since I first noticed its evolution and, though I have been convinced to soften my stance a bit, I’d still like to call to attention some potentially negative effects.  All the laws on the books  today are forged with the well being of certain people in mind.  Often they injure others and in special cases, have adverse effects on those they were intended to serve.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Milton Friedman expressed this point far more clearly than I can in the interview I’ve attached to his name.

That we can grant intellectual property means that the state has approved and promises to enforce a more or less temporary monopoly on an artistic or commercial idea.   The intent I suppose is to allow the posessor of an idea a period in which he can recoup the expenses he endured in the design and execution of it.

In a conversation on the subject, a participant whom I respect introduced the example of the envelope with a window on it.  The patent perhaps is to be considered the original guise of intellectual property as it related to tangible designs; the many other types of property we now recognize did not exist a century ago. Continue reading

First of all

This is my first blog post ever and I have no specific topic in mind so I’ll just ramble off a few of my latest musings.

I’m currently unemployed so I have had plenty of time these last few weeks to catch up on some films I’ve not seen including 7 or 8 by Woody Allen followed by some Kubrick, Hitchcock and Fellini gems.

Making my fiimg_02271rst batch of Limoncello in preparation for spring.  Test sample at week 2 of the infusion process was not particularly inspiring.  Let’s hope time improves things.  Limecello and Clemencello to follow.  (Can I get the rights to the name Clemencello right now?)  That’s almost as good as when I made a Black and Tan with Guinness and Magic Hat #9 and called it ‘Black Magic’.

Seeking strong counter arguments to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism.  I have spent the last 10 years absorbing the principles and now have interest in becoming more familiar with the most distinct oppositions.  Who or what exactly are they?

Though I’m totally broke and unemployed, It costs nothing to mess around on travelocity.com and plan trips I will not be taking any time soon.  Top 2 destinations at present are:  (1) Mombasa, Kenya – It’s on the Indian Ocean and it borders the worlds largest tropical lake.  (2) Barcelona, Spain –  Just because it’s a great town.  Really I just want to stay there so I can take a train to Amsterdam and visit the museum where the largest collection of M.C. Escher’s work is displayed.