youtube.com/watch A good friend sent me this and I have already added it to my art resource library for teaching. As a bonus, the journalist mentions how much money this amazingly skilled artist can make, which would probably incentivize some of my more cynical teen students. But the teaching magic comes in the way she … Continue reading Artists draws hyper-realistic drawings using only a Bic pen
This heartwarming story goes beyond prison reform, prisoner rehabilitation, or even giving back to society; it demonstrates the value of making meaningful art and how it can build and/or change communities. http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/prison-inmates-learned-to-quilt-and-now-make-foster-kid-gifts/
I'm going to try something for the next little while to break what I feel is a creative block. For a little while now I've been preoccupied with several other life events: completing a new certification in Art Therapy; preparing for a new year of teaching art and the first time teaching to teenagers; completing … Continue reading A Creative Block Project – Day 1
During a particularly boring day at work, I was assessing the value of the revenue I was making against all the other things I need to do right now. It dawned on me that I was killing myself with self-imposed frustration. I had time to get stuff done before e the Fall semester began again … Continue reading Bad Birds Seven – Why Am I Still Here?
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tama-kieves-book-excerpt-on-change/ This one requires a couple of reads, but every word is worth it. We resist change so much that we often choose to remain uncomfortable with our situations. That discomfort is a sign of change and change leads to growth. Embrace the change and see what happens! See you on the other side of … Continue reading A little good news — about being uncomfortable?
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/this-simple-word-test-reveals-how-creative-you-are/ I'm not sure why, but this mental exercise sounds familiar. As a person who has often been accused of being too literate because of my love of semantics, this is a game I've often played with myself... well, various versions of it. Care to see if you are really creative? Take the test: https://www.datcreativity.com/about
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/max-lerner-quote-about-being-a-possibilist/ We are often saddled with labels that just don't help our mindsets! Optimist are frequently equated with idealist, or God forbid, dreamers! I don't know about you, but being a dreamer wasn't nurtured in my school or home as a kid, so that word had a less favourable connotation. It often came with the … Continue reading A little good news — Be a Pissibilist!
Over the last few days I've ranted about what this piece might say about me as an artist, a technician, a person, a creative, etc... I still don't think it says something about me... Let me rephrase that; it doesn't say everything about me, and only a little about me right now! I made it … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – Enough About Me, What Does This Say About You?
... To distract me from answering the real question: "What will this piece say about me?" Before I dive into how this question makes me feel, I need to let off a little steam... "🤨😖😩🤬🤬🤯🥶😱" (Mini-Rant: The emojis are lame and just don't release the feeling the expletives I want to scream out! Since I've … Continue reading My Autobiographical Pattern – A Little Side Exploration… Into A Vulnerable Truth
I took a little more scientific approach to paint this one and tried to show how wide my (now 53-year-old) face has become. I tried to render my features a little more proportionately. Somethings are more accurate, but it just doesn't feel like me. I just don't see myself, nor my place in this universe … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Thirteen – I just don’t see myself this way