Hello fellow citizens! I see you sitting there smiling at the goofball in the photo...I SEE you! Ha! Hahaha!! j.k.
Speaking of seeing people; I find my best work is inspired by spending time in a mall or busy people outlet. Ha! We usually think of going to the mall to pick up a sweater or a brand new bag or a coffee, but I go for the people-spotting! If you're in the mood to draw or paint, but just not sure what to do or where to set your imagery than fear not my friends. Help is at the nearest people outlet -- *ahem* I mean shopping mall. ;-)
Oh yeah! A possible Poison Ivy candidate! And I found her at the mall! (Let's just say I did)
Once you've found that perfect candidate for the art work of choice, you've a moral obligation to yourself to either walk up and request a photo and release of them or (if you're really quick) get a field sketch done of them. Hopefully, your model is seated or stationary. Please note: any photo op must be accompanied by a signed release stating the person being photographed has allowed you to take their picture, and agrees with your stated intentions with said photo. If you've not stalked this person in a creepy sorta way, and they are relatively carefree it all works out for everyone. They might get a little royalty money from the art sales you make from finding inspiration in them.
Moral of the story today. People are everywhere; make the most of your day by helping others to help yourself. Go out there and get to know someone. You never know if that next drawing will have them in mind.
The rough sketch. Granted, this one is from memory, but you'll get there, folks. Have patience young Paduan(s).
I'm pondering which application to use. Constant contact, icontact, mail chimp, or tiny letter. Any thoughts, people? You know, so that I can really toot my own horn with pizazz! ;-)
Today was a good day to draw...and be drawn too. Alas, not a soul could be swayed to sit for what could have been the most endearing portraitures of their lives.
People often lament about the weather and it's impermeable hold on our daily emotional directions. Well, if today was any indication than tomorrow will surely be the same. I don't want to jinx my profit margin before I even begin tomorrow, but this was a sad state of affairs. Today, it was sunny with smoke in the air. Tomorrow it is supposed to be sunny with smoke in the air. Maybe I'll catch a nap in haze of the noontime sun.
Wake me when it's time to draw someone.
I'm constantly working on improving my speed in art. In this day and age we're competing for what seems like a limited resource in funding. May the quicker artist prevail, right?! Wrong! It shouldn't be about competing against your neighbor or even the guy three cubicles down who constantly baits you. It's about achieving your personal best and then striving to best yourself. Just like we realize how much more critical we are of ourselves than others are - it all comes from the same drive to be our best at what we do. Let's not let that passion become anything less positive than the fusion power we require internally to build toward our next great accomplishments.
At the end of the day I'm in a race alright, but not with you.... I'm after glory and honor in holding myself accountable. I'm going for my own gold!
Hi. Today's weather is perfect for creative energy to flow abundantly from the great universe all around; that is unless you aren't conducting enough electricity to keep it going! I believe Leonardo DaVinci was onto something in his research of life and it's abundance. I will have to read up more on that soon, for now I'm satisfied with Tesla's book on energy generation, and a cup of coffee within the next 15 minutes. Whew! Here's to having enough sun and conductive fluid running through my veins today to get a few things done!
I enjoy talking with the kids in my - wait-a-minute; did I just refer to my students as "kids?!" They're not - really. In fact, I hope I don't offend anyone when I say that my students are sometimes more adult than some grownups I know. Though the forum they join me in is that of a drawing class we are free to talk about any subject matter (within reason of course) and sitting around the Round Table of Maxin gives all those present a sense of equality. My students seem to enjoy the freedom to be part of a 'round-table' discussion where we philosophize, improve our drawing and challenge our musical knowledge while slacker radio's 'movie music' channel plays on in the background.
As busy as my schedule can be at times it's nice to look forward to Friday not only because it's the end of the working week - but also the time when I get to meld minds with some very creative people!
I wonder if a Socrates Cafe is in order for the studio soon. For those who are unfamiliar with Socrates Cafe's there is a great little book out there (I have a copy in the studio) called, Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy, by Christopher Phillips. I just found it on Amazon.com for $11.16! Here's the current link:
Anywho, the short version is this: a group of inquisitive types gather together after being challenged to read one book or another based on current discussion and events; this group uses the book(s) as a means to generate deep thought discussion and debate. It's nice if a beverages and snacks are available to help fuel the mind in these talks too.... I've participated in a few some time back, and while best in a library I believe the Art Studio and it's growing library along with the fact we do offer the occasional snack and ever-present hot or cold drink makes for a great place to continue solving the world's problems one book at a time!
I think because while both are heroes among men and women alike - only one emulates what we all strive for: to be more like God. To have super powers, be indestructible, and all but impervious to sin would be glorious! His foibles serve to connect us to him and his visage to reinforce the idea we are made in "god's image."
Whereas superman is our savior batman is our society's need to see justice done at any cost. Because Batman will do what it takes to see the bad guys pay his characterization has room for flaws - knowing that he is always putting his finite life in peril makes him a solitary symbol for both righteousness and fear. Because, unlike our dark hero we din want to become him - we need him to serve up justice in a way that our penal system isn't designed for. They're totally great characters that emulate our two sides - we all seem to have a dark and a light side. all in all a very interesting discussion could be had.
"Whew!" There is so much to do, and always so little time to do it in it seems. Of course after reading up on Law of Attraction a little more recently, I find that it's the small things done consistently that create the large amounts of time for us to accomplish the big tasks we set before ourselves. That was a mouthful, wasn't it?! I've been seeing this action after putting a regular amount of time towards the fruition of this revamped website. I'm overhauling it one more time beyond this version, but that won't be for a month or two down the road. I trust that you will all appreciate that site and its navigation every bit as much as this one.
My apologies to those following this feed and the growing pains this website has undergone. It will all be rectified very soon now as evidenced by my freedom to write this post today! See you all in the gaslight!