Teaching Tuesdays – Commodification and the Road to Re-appropriation of The Hopi Identity

Introduction Commodification of devotional artworks diminishes their original meanings. Colonialism and institutional practices have for centuries eroded cultural identity associated to these traditional art forms and diluted their intended meanings. Looking at the history of the Hopi Kachina dolls and the greater significance of Kachinas to the Hopi people, we can better appreciate what has … Continue reading Teaching Tuesdays – Commodification and the Road to Re-appropriation of The Hopi Identity

Strange Style Choices

Well, let's just say that I was as uncomfortable of this shirt he's wearing as it looked in the photo I used for source material. It appeared to be a triangular shaped, Butterly imprinted poncho over a shiny black leotard. I couldn't tell for sure, as I only saw the portrait from the waist up. … Continue reading Strange Style Choices

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #393 – Paper Shadows #1

Paper Shadows #1 Mutterings of the Muses: On a rainy weekend, I was watching a movie that had a rainy scene. People walking in the rain and at dusk. The street lights illuminating the walkers from behind. The rest was left to imagination and the whims of the wet paint. Stop waiting in long lines … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #393 – Paper Shadows #1

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #388 – From The Same Cloth

From The Same Cloth Mutterings of the Muses: From the sayings: Two sides of every coin & Cut from the same cloth. These twin devils are always in agreement, but they have different levels of intent in their mischief. Here we see them deep in contemplation of some wrong-doing. What do you think they are … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #388 – From The Same Cloth

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #386 – We Are Much Alike, You & I

We Are Much Alike, You & I Mutterings of the Muses: I started having conversations with the angels & devils in my paintings and I'm not sure I cared for what they had to say. I decided they needed to start talking to each other, instead of me. These two seem to create different back-stories … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #386 – We Are Much Alike, You & I

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #385 – I, Devil

I, Devil Mutterings of the Muses: From my spirits on paper collection, odd and whimsical figures rise from the paper. Listen close as they tell you strange and very tall tales. Believe at you own risk! A nice introduction to the Devils & Angels collection, don’t you think? Every one of these creatures is full … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #385 – I, Devil

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #384 – Angels & Devils – The Twins

Angels & Devils - The Twins Mutterings of the Muses: I'm not sure to what extent two imps conspiring, is more or less frightening, but they are amusing to wonder at. It would make a great sculpture. This series was another exploration of moods using basic colours. The basic forms of angel and devil lent … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #384 – Angels & Devils – The Twins

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #383 – Bliss Further Away From Pain

Bliss Further Away From Pain Mutterings of the Muses: I believe the spirits I see are sent to teach me about myself. Some lessons are simple, some complex, some obvious, and some less so. This one was the later for sure! In my notes on this painting I wrote about an imagined conversation with my … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #383 – Bliss Further Away From Pain

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #382 – Blues Singer

Blues Singer Mutterings of the Muses: In the smoky jazz clubs of my memory, I see ghosts of past singers and the etherial essences created by the desires of those who never sang on stage. Is this guy is enticing you to come on up and sing your heart out? Well, maybe, and maybe not. … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #382 – Blues Singer

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #381 – In For The Hug

In For The Hug Mutterings of the Muses: The mischievous spirits continue to stop in my path and engage my imagination. This one insists on giving me an irresistible hug. I can easily imagine him wandering around and hugging as many preoccupied folks as he can find. Always with his kind and mischievously innocent  grin. … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #381 – In For The Hug