Aesthetics for Birds

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Whispers of Power #12


Announcement: There will be four more entries (including this one) in the Whispers of Power series. Thanks to all of you who have gotten involved so far! You’ve made it a great series. But to allow for more involvement from those of you who have wanted to contribute, but haven’t yet, we will be leaving the remaining contests open for two weeks rather than one.

Remember: if your caption wins, it will be drawn into the partially finished artwork you see below, and your caption + the below image will become the final artwork, on which you will be listed as an official collaborator! You will also receive, by mail, a print of the final version.

Good luck!


House of Cards, Season 4, Episode 2, 11:38

Title: Opposite

Description: Is there ever more distance between two intimates than when they are sitting on opposite sides of a bargaining table? The discomfort between Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) has reached its climax. Their once close relationship has become a mere formality, driven by pure protocol and personal power play. The vertical line down the center of the image divides and separates each into their own space. Is this the end for them?

Readers, please help us by supplying a caption for this image! As a reminder, the winning caption will be hand-drawn into the blank space below the image. The reader who supplies the winning caption will receive a signed print and be named an official collaborator for this piece. Submit captions below in the comments!

Contest closes Saturday at noon (US, EST). Winner announced Sunday. Next piece up in one week! Keep tabs on the project and contest at the project website here, review the details of it at the previous post here, or see previous posts in this series here.


  1. We shouldn’t be like snowflakes
    Falling down
    Waiting to melt
    Levitate in the absence of one another

  2. Thanks Maxine that is a nice one

  3. Strange things I have in head, that will to hand; Which must be acted ere they may be scann’d. – You lack the season of all natures, sleep.”

    A wonderful part of a conversation between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

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