June 27, 2017

Filed under: Painting — adamsdoyle @ 9:49 am

Detail of a large skull study

June 18, 2017

Filed under: Fun — adamsdoyle @ 11:20 am

The Spring Hunt Gallery is up!

May 30, 2017

Filed under: Books,Illustration,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 2:22 pm

 

Now on shelves, Thunderbird by Chuck Wendig, from Saga Press. Part of the Miriam Black crime/mystery series. Originally Firestarter, from Sing Chronos City painting series.

May 19, 2017

Filed under: Books,Wisdom — adamsdoyle @ 9:05 am

We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”. In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.

Introduction to Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Neil Postman
1985

A favorite book of mine. I’d recommend it as well as Technopoly and The End of Education.

May 11, 2017

Filed under: Travel — adamsdoyle @ 4:52 pm

Visited DC and the mountains of Virginia for a few days –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 6, 2017

Filed under: Art,Illustration,Painting — adamsdoyle @ 6:02 pm

Equo Cirrus // new painting of an imagined beast of the skies

 

May 4, 2017

Filed under: Art,Drawing,Illustration — adamsdoyle @ 5:50 pm

Plucked my old sketchbooks from when I lived in Rome. Here are a few pages from that time when I was absorbing everything around me with ink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 29, 2017

Filed under: Art,Painting — adamsdoyle @ 5:14 pm

Caught By a Lie
Oil 18×25″

April 24, 2017

Filed under: Illustration,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 8:55 pm

New Netrunner artwork now out in the cyberscape, Savant and Adept-

 

 

April 10, 2017

Filed under: Books,Illustration,publishing — adamsdoyle @ 4:09 pm

Now on bookstore shelves, my latest cover. Sorcerer, seducer, & stoker of war between kingdoms, The Witch of Torinia by Clifford Beal continues the adventures in Valdur. Published by Solaris Books.

 

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