cheap and good


on Kleinfeldele in Müllheim, originally uploaded by Rob Carey2.

February 8, 2011. I'm a firm believer that it doesn't take a lot of money to be happy. I don't need an expensive gym membership to stay in shape any more than I need designer clothes to stay warm. As for hobbies, a good sketchbook will last you a long time and pencils are pretty cheap. I suppose one of the main reasons I never got into advertising was that my campaign slogans probably wouldn't sell. No one wants a product with a description "cheap and good." Well, now that I think about it, that just might attract a person like me.

10 comments:

Kathleen said...

I prefer the word frugal over "cheap".

rowlandjones said...

Glad to see the speedometer reads 0!!!

Rob Carey said...

Kathleen- you're right, the word cheap isn't the greatest. And frugal would describe a person, so I'd go with inexpensive. In German, we have the word "günstig" which can mean reasonable or "preiswert" which means inexpensive, both of which seemed to be used to replace "billig" which is probably more like cheap. But all three words appear in grocery or department stores. Anyway, you're the one who taught me to look for a good deal- right?

Rob Carey said...

Rowland- Nice observation... I actually thought about drawing my hands on the steering wheel, but decided against it. By the way, I have the same drawing table that you have in your studio- and beautiful job with that house!

Frankie said...

I'm repeating myself but I LOVE your auto sketches! And the word "gunstig" has a nice sound...I'm sure I'll butcher it but I will use it next time I see you...soon.

PS I talked to your sweet wife today! She is sooo close but too far away. Loved hearing her voice.

Cars for the mom...more more!

Rob Carey said...

It's an act of kindness, drawing our car, you know, because of all the heartache she has caused us lately- huge inspection bill, windows that don't work, trunk that won't always open, windshield wiper issues, bent fenders that rub on the tires if we're loaded down, you name it. We're hanging on for dear life, hoping she can last a little longer...

Anonymous said...

I like, "cheap and good"....
I think everyone is getting tired of all the "fluff" (designer colors, creative imagery) that advertisers use as eye-candy so you will be sucked into buying their "nothings"....only to find when you get it home and use it that it should have labeled 'nice looking stuff that doesn't work and breaks easy".
big sigh.

Let's go back to simple....it's "cheap and good".
enough said.

rich davis
drew a snow scene yesterday looking out my bedroom window after our 24" state record-breaking snowfall yesterday. Fun!

Rob Carey said...

I don't know what to do with snow scenes. We had some great snowy days back in November, but I didn't know what to do with my pencil or brush. Everything was covered in white. Email me your sketch, Rich.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It would attract me, Rob. Inflation is making cheap stuff expensive.
Beautiful drawing.

Rob Carey said...

thank you, Mary.