Eagle Shirts, Reviewed

Patriotic Eagles

Description: A five-pointed star with American flag motif is centrally positioned over three large bald eagle heads. A smaller eagle flies just below. The large eagle heads are superimposed over a circle with stars-and-stripes motif, which covers an undetermined number of other eagles. This composite is overlaid onto an image of the United States flag, which is in space or against a cloudy night sky. It is also possible to make out another five-pointed star in the mid-background, which is itself adorned with five-pointed stars.

Number of Eagles: Undetermined, minimum of 6.

Clarity of Messaging: Stalwart and patriotic, if somewhat disorganized. There is a lack of apparent leadership, as each eagle is looking or flying in a different direction. This shirt is as much about stars as it is about eagles.

Overall Rating: ★★★

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The Digital Memory Hole

As artists we all get frustrated with our works in progress. We feel the sting of seeing our weaknesses exposed on the paper or canvas. That frustration easily leads to giving up and abandoning a half-finished piece. While there is sometimes value in moving on to the next thing and leaving an imperfect piece behind, there is also the risk of running from our mistakes and artistic weaknesses over and over again. Of course, these limitations will pursue us no matter how much we run. Until we turn and face our fears and try to solve the problems on the canvas, we won’t move forward. It’s an ongoing struggle.

Artists working in the digital medium have additional obstacles to overcome in this struggle.

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