So last night I got in an argument with my own brain (because sometimes that happens) and i struck a deal with it which involved me promising to draw a dinosaur. So to not go back on a promise to Brain, this post is about the dinosaur that i said i would draw.
And it might actually be the weirdest drawing i have ever done… it rivals “The Hall of Very Big Fruit” which until now I thought couldn’t be topped…
This is a gallery in a museum and the penguins really like it. It was supposed to be only a travelling summer exhibit, but the museum curators decided to keep it around due to its surprising popularity. It was not one of those “I’ve seen it once and once is enough” type of exhibits… this one they kept coming back for. Giant orange? Yes please. Again and again and again.
I can’t tell you what inspired that weird masterpiece. I drew it on an airplane (it was a nice distraction because i do not like being anything higher than a trampoline’s bounce off of the ground) but the guy sitting beside me on the plane must have had some interesting theories regarding his aisle companion… he kept watching the picture progress, but never asked about it. I wonder what he thought. It all started with the giant orange and just took on a life of its own from there, ending up as the odd scene that you see above. I never meant for the orange to become a coveted museum exhibit piece, but those things just sort of happen sometimes.
Anyway… today, because i had to draw a dinosaur, that is what i did: I drew a dinosaur. But the scene that emerged after i drew the dinosaur was quite unexpected and I’m not sure exactly what to tell you about it. So without any further fanfare or explanations, i present to you… THIS:
So here’s what’s going on, because i know it is not going to be obvious: There was a this little tiny independent theater production called “Hello and GoodPie “ and against all odds it was getting all sorts of great reviews and being hailed as the next big “thing” in the theater circuit. With all the media attention, shows were selling out nightly and it even had to move to a bigger venue to accommodate the crowds. The big draw was that instead of using an actor to play Pie, they actually used a real live pie. How they did this is beyond me (a coveted production secret), but the pie could walk and move about the stage on its unsteady little feet and it hung out with the cast backstage and they accepted it as one of their own: an actor.
The play’s plot was about a pie who had to overcome a whole bunch of obstacles and challenges and stuff and plot and blah blah boring part boring part, conflict, ambition, strife, more plot but then DINOSAURS! The best part! There is this scene where Pie is walking through the park and a Pie-A-Saurus shows up (it is a reoccurring character played by an actor named Dan who had waited a long time for a breakthrough role like this one…). Pie-A-Saurus is super evil. I won’t get into the supposed symbolism of that character here so read a review or critic’s analysis of the play for that, but anyways, the Pie-A-Saurus is supposed to lunge out from behind the stump, scare Pie, and chase him away down the path and then the lights go out and the scene goes dark and the curtain comes down – end of act 1. What will happen to Pie?! Make the bathroom break quick and hope that the snack line is short because their intermission in this production is pretty short. Just sayin’.
But I digress… SO… that’s what is supposed to be going on, but what is actually happening here is another story – it is one of hidden dangers lurking in the bushes, impending doom and demise, and unsuspecting innocent victims. The mayhem about to unfold on stage inevitable. Dan (the actor) was actually already eaten by a real Pie-A-Saurus who is now on stage posing as “Dan playing the part of a Pie-A-Saurus” and he is waiting for Pie to come walking down the path with his speech bubble sign to raise up for the audience to read upon spotting him hiding there (pies can’t talk obviously, so this was a major setback in the early stages of creating this production because Pie had a lot of lines to deliver but it was creatively overcome by the stage team through the use of multiple speech bubble signs).
So that brings us to right now: the scene in the picture. Act 1 is about to end. Pie is walking down the path. His speech bubble sign has just been raised up and his expression has changed to one of frightful surprise right on cue. Pie-A-Saurus is waiting for one more second, waiting for Pie to take one step closer, and then he will put on a show for the audience that can only be described as “horrifically unforgettable” (to put it gently), yet “oddly appetizing”. Not a crumb of Pie or his sweet cherry filling would remain. The lights will be shut off and the curtains drawn, but not soon enough to shield the audience from Pie-A-Saurus’s attack and the incident will be talked about for years to come, earning this little theatrical underdog of a play an infamous place in history. Needless to say, this was the last night of the production and no pies have been used in theater since (at least to my knowledge). Much to risky. Much to tasty…