Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Brian Andreas' Story People

Walhydra first discovered the work of Brian Andreas in the late 1980s, in the Red Piano II art gallery on St. Helena Island off the coast of Beaufort, SC, when she was attending an American Friends Service Committee regional retreat at Penn Center.

[How's that for cramming maximum "product placement" into one sentence?]

At that time, Andreas was painting his remarkable characters and their offbeat, challenging one-sentence stories onto found pieces of wood, using old wire coat hangers and such to craft heads, hands and feet.

Then Walhydra found Andreas' book, Story People.

More recently, Walhydra has been sending friends the cards Andreas produces. Here's one she and Hubby Jim just gave Senior Witch for Valentine's Day:

Ten Commandments"I asked her why she never told us about the Ten Commandments & she said she wasn't ever that good with numbers so she loved everything as best she could & I remember thinking who needs all those rules anyway with a mother like her around."

Today Walhydra discovered a website...and a blog!

Here's another story she particularly likes:

Angels of MercyMost people don't know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don't get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life.

And finally, the print version of a card Walhydra bought today:

Almost New AgeIs willing to accept that she creates her own reality except for some of the parts where she can't help but wonder what the hell she was thinking.

Boy, ain't that the truth?!

And so it is.

Bless├Ęd Be.


Vicki said...

I love it! I actually have a Story People print on my office wall, which reads: "The preacher dunked her head 3 times in the basin & called out for the demons to leave & then she spit water in his face. So he extemporaneously added a fourth & by the time she came up for air the demons were considerably more restrained." It was a gift from my sister--we grew up as full-immersion Baptists.

Bright Crow said...

Wonderful, Vicki!

I had a hard time picking just a few stories, because they are all so that weird, inspired way of his.

Michael Bright Crow

Anonymous said...

DEEEELIGHTFUL! Thanks for sharing.


Brian Andreas said...

Mwa-ha-ha. Talk about corrupting the innocent.

You'll HAVE to see the last couple of books, then: Traveling Light & Some Kind of Ride. (They're my favorites, mainly because they're filled with colors just like my sketchbooks... I, of course, have no bias whatsoever :-))

Anyway, thanks for all the compliments. Seems like the stories you picked match your style perfectly...

with love, Brian
My other blog: Zen Bandit

Bright Crow said...

Thanks, Brian.

I liked my first glance at Zen Bandit. I've Bloglined it and will take a look.

And, yes, I do see the resonance between Walhydra and the stories I chose.