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August 14, 2006

Bugfish Dream


As you may or may not know, I've been concentrating on this Bugfish project. Here's the general idea: the whole story is pieced together from the journals of an 11 year old boy named Jonathan Walter Moses. He's an (oddly) hermited kid who's life is focused on writing and drawing in his journals, sculpting, and pursuing a legendary sea-monster.

It's difficult to draw like an 11 year old... especially one who's a great artist for his age, yet still lacks that particular something (what is it?). I'm trying to figure all this out. Eek! I've got a million drawings all over my office (and many more in the trash can!). The above drawing, as much as I like it, is not something I think he'd draw (but I'd love seeing it on a t-shirt). (click drawing to enlarge)

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Something about the Bugfish reminds me of Starry Starry Night.

I'm wondering if this development is backstory ... to an undeclared final form. Book, screenplay, installation...

Posted by: Chris G | Aug 14, 2006 2:49:20 PM


You so have to print t-shirts with this Bugfish on them. I am thinking of black t-shirts with a burnt orange Bugfish on them. If you make them, I know I'll buy three right off the bat.

Posted by: BWJones | Aug 14, 2006 8:47:49 PM

This looks like a great story. Will JWM's journals be published some day? I'm intrigued by the glowing spheres in the Bugfish's mouth.

Posted by: Mark | Aug 15, 2006 7:39:06 AM

Hello Robyn.

it is a difficult attempt the one you are pursuing

if I may say it...

as difficult as trying to imitate Picasso or Monet.

the draw that I see above is not from an 11 years old boy. at the most he has seven.

you are trying to infantilize his perception of the world and his skills.

your character has 11 years old and, like you said, he is a talented boy.

don´t be afraid to make it the right way. no one will be shocked with a boy who can draw correctly...that will be fascinating and easer for you.

did you see Picasso´s “First Communion”?

he painted it when he was 14 years old.

With my best regards,


p.s. you will have to excuse my English because it is not my native language.

Posted by: zenaida | Aug 15, 2006 8:01:42 AM

I thought the pic was awesome, and I too would also love to see it on t-shirts.
I work with kids in my community on a weekly basis, and to be perfectly honest, some of them can draw quite well for their age. If JWM is as talented as you say he is, your drawing may not be too far from the truth.

Posted by: Alli | Aug 15, 2006 9:41:38 AM

Thanks for the great comments! (Zenaida... I've not seen picasso's "first communion" but I've seen other examples of Picasso's earliest works in a fascinating book about the art of children called, "When We Were Young." (I recommend it)

Posted by: Robyn | Aug 15, 2006 11:03:44 AM

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