As many of you know the Baron was a landscape artist for several decades. When he had to surrender that vocation in order to move to another — i.e., a “regular” job as a systems analyst, he didn’t give up his creative side. Or rather, whichever side of his brain was operative, creativity remained a constant. He would often say that new ideas simply bubbled up from the well; he had long since realized that no matter what one’s occupation, creativity was what made for excellence.
He was always creating images of one sort or another, that’s simply how his mind works (some fine doodles resulted from some exquisitely boring meetings). And he deeply believes in the power of images to move people to action, whether the action be internal as in a new recognition or understanding of an important idea, or external as in being moved to action based on the same perception. The critical point is changing of minds and hearts.
To see it return is deeply satisfying. The Baron is more sanguine about these things: there’s always another where that came from; in other words, the deep well of creativity never runs dry. The secret lies in recognizing that abundance means never clutching or hanging onto things. The only exception he makes for his rule is when someone decides to cash in on a compelling image by reproducing it for sale. At that point, his creation becomes commercial and he wants a cut. But utilizing his art as a display on a sidebar, or an avatar — those are simply sharing the image in order to make the idea take root and spread.
Back on that post in 2006, he explained his thinking behind the image:
It means, “Say no to the EU!” Also, “Stop EUrabia!” and “No more EUtopias!” I invite our European readers to borrow this graphic — or the smaller one shown below, which is designed for the sidebar — and use it on your blogs.
Forsake EUphemism and eschew EUnamity!
Whoever posted that image on Ekstrabladet gave the meaning a typically Danish twist. For him this image has a particular meaning in the coming elections,
Give the EU the finger!
So much for EUphemisms, eh?