"I really don't want to produce artwork that does not have meaning beyond simple decorative values. I want to use public space to create a public voice, and a public consciousness about the presence of people who are, in fact, the majority of the population but who are not represented in any visual way. By telling their stories we are giving voice to the voiceless and visualizing the whole of the American story." ~ Judy Baca

Happy Birthday: Carmen Lomas Garza

"I needed to turn the energy of that anger and frustration into a self healing process that would put me in a positive position to create art. Art that heals the wounds inflicted by racism. Art that elicits recognition and pride among Mexican Americans, while at the same time serve as a source of education for those not familiar with our culture." Carmen Lomas Garza

Off The Digital Shelf: Sketchnotes

During the first week of school my third grader had a worksheet where he had to share his favorite things. When I checked his work I noticed he had put only a letter or two as a response to each question. I told him I'd scribe for him so we can get full responses on the sheet. As we filled out the sheet he referred to the letters he had written to kick start his memory of what his answer was. In essence, my little dyslexic had developed a form of short hand. I already had the book, The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde on my reading list and moved it up to this week in hopes of learning more ways to help my two dyslexic kiddos get ideas on paper.

Tip: How To Turn an Ebook Into An Audiobook

As mentioned here, I have a goal of reading more books on visual art and creativity. The main reason I haven't made reading a strong goal in the past is because I make art with my hands and eyes.... essentials for reading physical books, ha ha ha. Audiobooks aren't a problem of course however many titles I'm drawn to aren't available as Audiobooks. Here's how I turn ebooks and pdfs into audio books.

Off The Digital Shelf

This week I finished the ebook, Art, Inc by Lisa Congdon. I'm making it a goal to post more about books related to art and creativity as well as watch films by or about visual artists. So this is the first official blog post where I share that goal...yay!

Happy Birthday: Marjorie Schick

"The best advice is to have confidence in what you are doing, believe in it, and keep doing it. No matter what obstacles are put in your path. Of course it’s easy to lose confidence. This is so in professional sports and, I imagine, in most fields of endeavor. Don’t lose heart. Rededicate yourself to your vision. Persist. Resist the naysayers you meet and the ones inside your head." ~ Marjorie Schick

It may not be easy to find a market or a niche but keep searching, because they do exist."

Generative Art

O.k. this has happened before...when a post writes itself. I selected the topic of Generative Art for todays post months ago because I've heard of it but didn't know much about it. Well, the universe has aligned again because while on vacation I saw an exhibition about the pioneer of Generative Art, Harold Cohen.

A Month With Less

A slightly different post today as I catch up on our recent move and how it's impacted my approach to art-making. I've mentioned before that I've moved my drawing to digital tools using the Procreate App, my iphone, and ipad. I thought I'd share how that came to be.