Monday, January 30, 2017

Feels Good Man: Getting Ready for the Meme Wars

It looks like the last election was settled, in part, by people who learned to create memes, little cartoons and photos designed to make a telling, irreverent political point. I thought I'd give it a shot and see if I could create some GIFs and install them here. What do you think? I think they are catching but a too busy and distracting for my tastes.

As you may know, I'm an unabashed fan of Patrick McGoohan and of his iconic The Prisoner television series. I remember watching the first episode with my father and my brothers on our black and white television set when I was about 11 years old back on June 1, 1968.

As a baby boomer, I'm still fond of McGoohan's classic line: "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered!" This GIF is made up of four separate photos which appear at the slowest pace I could establish.

Below, here is a quick clip from one of my Augustine 25 logo videos. I made this using the free tools at Animoto. This GIF is a simple film clip that is repeated endlessly.

Here's a completely a political series based on the still life painting I did over the course of 2016. As much as I was distracted by the presidential election, I'm glad I still set aside time to get better at painting vases. 

If you would like to make your own GIFs for free, please check out the website I used to create these examples at

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.


  1. John,

    While you and I agree on very little, I do agree with you that you are really getting painting down! The latest vase series is excellent.

    And I say that as a student of Faison/Stoddard/Pierson with whom you were probably not rubbing shoulders daily.

  2. Thank you. I'm proud to be a Sunday painter. I looked up all three names. I only got good information on Stoddard. If I could paint like her I would be extremely happy. Have you read Hawthorne on Painting? I think that book impacted my life as much as Road to Serfdom.

  3. John ,

    Faison/Stoddard/Pierson were the Art History department 50s/60s/70's. These three. dubbed 'The Trinity' inspired so many students to major in Art History, that the 'Williams Art Mafia' was the result!

  4. That makes more sense. I read each other their biographies. What an impressive group of men: Navy veterans, scholars, mentors, outstanding teachers. It must have been a wonderful time to be a student at Williams College with these three leading the way.