October 03, 2017

566 Black Bralette

Bralette566 Black Bralette
8x10 inches :: original watercolor and gouache on ledger paper
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October 02, 2017

Frame of Power


In the recent piece by Carina Chocano (Attention Deficit, @nytimes Magazine), we learn that "how we are directed to look at something determines what we are. Framing is important ... because framing is power." She sites the work of author #JohnBerger (Ways of Seeing) which delves into how a person who says things like "let's keep politics out of it" and "let's stay focused and not get distracted" IS being political by the very fact that that they are shaping what gets framed into the picture, they are shaping what is discussed.


So today, in the wake of the act of terrorism in #LasVegas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in the press room in response to a journalist asking about gun control policies that "now is not the time to talk about Gun Control." In other words, now IS the time to continue marginalizing the topic of gun control as a "distraction." Framing.


When #ColinKaepernick peacefully takes a knee to shine light on the killings of unarmed black people by bad cops, power seeks to not just marginalize but demonize such non-violent acts of protest as "distractions" that inconvenience 'mericans who want to just watch ball (or just watch the Emmys or just watch ESPN or just enjoy (fill in the blank)). Cause Trump doesn't like his entertainment interrupted or being inconvenienced ... because ... all together now: "NOW is NOT the TIME" ... and if he could, he'd fire that brown-skinned "son of a bitch" and any others who don't neatly yield to his frame of power.


#thetimeisnow #resist #getintheframe

#resistancelog #artandactivismlog #blacklivesmatter does not mean #anticop it means #antibadcop


October 01, 2017

565 Pendejo

Pendejo565 Pendejo
6 inches, diameter :: original free motion stitching and watercolor on cotton
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Earlier this year, I made this in response to the ill-conceived commercial made by a soda company that I felt trivialized race relations. When the push-back from the public happened, the company fumbled again, as they groveled at the feet of Kendall Jenner who was in the commercial rather than addressing the offensive ad. #theoutrage​ #resistancelog #artandactivismlog

September 30, 2017

564 Peachy Peach

Peachy564 Peachy Peach
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on stretched canvas
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I enjoyed taking some creative license to add magical colors to the cast shadow of this peachy peach.

563 Garden Rose

Rose563 Garden Rose
6x8 inches :: original oil painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced a yellowish peachy blushy rose for this work.

September 29, 2017

562 Flowers Wild

Wild562 Flowers Wild
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced an image by @ourgoldenmoon for this work. While painting this, I thought about the quote by #GustaveFlaubert I kept repeating to artists the past week:

"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."

September 28, 2017

561 Red Roses Too

Wonderfulworld561 Red Roses Too
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image by @piersparello for this work ... and found myself singing this song by #louisarmstrong as I put the final strokes on:

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

#louisarmstrong #whatawonderfulworld #dailypainting #paintingbyheart

September 22, 2017

560 Mostly Zorn

Miguel560 Mostly Zorn
9x12 inches :: original oil painting on paper
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I painted this o during an uninstructed Live Model Open Studio in Studio Crescendoh today. I did almost everything with the #zornpalette but ended up squeezing a little bit of ultramarine blue to paint the shirt. I quite like the challenge of painting mostly zorn ... until I can't stand it anymore and then allowing myself a little bit of a non-zorn color.

September 20, 2017

Enjoyment without Possession

Not now

In a recent essay by John Lanchester (How Civilization Started, The New Yorker), I am reminded that for most of our modern human existence, we've lived as hunter-gatherers. This way of life was followed by the Neolithic Revolution (AKA: the Agricultural Revolution) where humans segued from hunting and gathering, to planting & cultivating.

With invention of cereal crops, states came into being because such grains, unlike other crops became taxable as they were "visible, divisible, assessable, storable, transportable, and rationable" (James Scott, Against the Grain). Taxable cereal grains also gave rise to writing ... not creative writing, but the writing of lists ... ledgers that recorded the happenings of grains, including divisions of labor, and those divisions leading to societal hierarchies.

Lanchester references a new book by James Suzman titled Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen. Suzman's research takes him to southwest Africa to study the Bushmen that still exist today ... a people that still hunts and gathers. And contrary to what we the "civilized" might think, these hunters and gatherers live a life fulfilled, with an '"unyielding confidence" that their environment will provide for their needs' (Lanchester). Hunters and gatherers live in the moment ... as they enjoy and share with others their abundance, without scrambling to hoard, tax, trade, and accumulate.

There is this thought in our current world that once we accumulate enough, life will be good and we will be happy. Lanchester points to an essay by John Maynard Keynes (The Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren) that points to the problem when we place value on accumulating rather then enjoying:

ArrogantIt reminds me of Louis CK's funny explanation of why he doesn't save. Because he says saving is "arrogant." He'd rather spend what he has and enjoy life.

It also reminds me of the documentary, Minimalism, where I'm challenged to consider that to live a life fulfilled, all I need is less. I think that the pursuit to enjoy rather than possess takes a hunter-gatherer mindset where what I have now can be enjoyed now. Because tomorrow, there will be more to have and enjoy. And if we are no longer able to hunt and gather due to age or illness, to find ourselves in a world where those who HAVE decide not to lord it over others, but to share.


September 17, 2017

559 Three Brown Eggs

Eggs559 Three Brown Eggs
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I boiled three brown eggs, put them in a clear glass bowl, and referenced them for this work. I used the zorn palette for everything except for the green-blue tray. For that, I brought in Radiant Green by Gamblin and King's Blue by Michael Harding. I'll probably eat two of them for part of my dinner tonight and then the other one will be eaten by someone in this household by the time I wake up tomorrow.

 #eggs #zornpalette #dailypainting #allaprima

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