Jim LePage Art & Design


Art and design by Jim LePage

Word: Proverbs


The book of Proverbs is full of short words of wisdom, which isn't surprising since many people say the book was written by King Solomon, who was a pretty Mensa dude.

A Turd Nugget

Proverbs got me thinking about different nuggets of wisdom that I've heard and I want to share my favorite one with you...

You can't shine a turd.

Five little words that express so much. I realize some of you may be confused about what that saying means, so let me give you and example of how it's used.

You come up to me and say, "Jim, I need some help. I've got this Thomas Kinkade painting – it's that one with the stream and the house – you know which one I'm talking about? Totally one of a kind. Anyways, I'm looking for a place to hang it in my house and I'm having trouble. I put it in the kitchen and it doesn't look right. I put it in the living room and it just doesn't fit. I don't know what to do. No matter where I put it, it looks wrong. Can you help?" I would reply, "well... you can't shine a turd." (Ooooo, Kinkade, you got burned!)

Lick it, Lick it real good

For this week's design I went with the wise old owl. Any bird that can figure out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop and then communicate that information to you as a cartoon version of himself must be pretty wise. Am I right or am I right?

On a side note, I had this design done (or so I thought) until I got some feedback from my wife which pushed me to make some changes that ended up making it a lot better, in my opinion. So I guess maybe you can shine a turd.

Next week, Ecclesiastes. A book that whose last two syllables sound really dirty.