Here we are - my 100th post. It arrived a lot faster than I thought it would.
In Honor of the 100th Post
To honor the 100th post and the end of January - A Drawing (almost) Every Day Month - and the culmination of the L&TofM5K Flag Makeover Contest, I'm going to do something really cool. For you, the readers . . . I will randomly select one person who leaves a comment on this post, and I will design them a flag! Imagine - your own personal flag, designed by me!
From the Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary, Unabridged, Second Edition:
- pull; haul; drag
- to pull back the drawstring of (a bow)
- to attract; charm; entice
- to bring forth; elicit
- to take into the lungs; breathe in; inhale
- to pull out; take out; remove; extract
- to bring about as a result; cause to happen; bring on
- to pull out of shape; distort
I love these different definitions, these different ways of looking at a word that we typically think of as meaning mark-making, or making marks as a way of representing something we see. We might also think of the mark-making as something that elicits a response, something you breathe in, an essence you extract from something, something that you distort as you view it, something you use to charm a viewer . . .
And Here's the Flag
Very flaggy. With a leaping Salmon. The green field represents an abstraction of the mossy, tree-filled state of Oregon; the blue band on the top represents the Columbia River; the wider blue band on the left represents the Pacific Ocean. The gold band running North-South represents the Cascade Mountain Range; the gold band running East-West represents both the Oregon Trail and our trade relationships with Asia and exploration of the sea; and the Salmon represents our natural resources and a long tradition of both Native American peoples and more recent immigration. The slight crookedness of the lines, well, that's just an accident.