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  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 145

    Fowokan's sculptures are sometimes realistic, sometimes stylized, and always alive.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 141

    This is a sketchbook entry that I revisit less often than I should. Every few years I write something like this to myself.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 138

    I'm relieved that Shantay Robinson talked about how varied Daphne Arthur's work is so that I can focus on how friggin' haunting it is.
  • Self-Portraits of the Apocalypse

    I spent the first 100 days of my area's shelter-in-place order making a digital drawing a day, give or take, and a blog post to go along with the art. It kept me making art. It kept me thinking. It kept me posting things on social media as a way to reach out and communicate. It also helped to keep me, I dunno, sane (?) through all of this weirdness that is the not-exactly-United-right-now States' response to the coronapocalypse.

    In order to keep things organized and easy to find in the future, here's a list that links to each of the blog entries.

  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 131

    Kimlayn is currently an LA artist with a background in fashion. Her paintings bring Matisse to mind, with large blocky areas of color and an interest in form. As always, I invite you to go check out her work where she keeps it.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 124

    Yashua Klos works in multiple mediums including wood block printing, collage (incorporating wood block printing), and sculpture. He has no qualms about scale in either direction. He does what is necessary for the work. This man understands depth and perspective (visual and otherwise) and storytelling. Mr. Klos has an eye for impact. His collages look and feel as if they surge off the wall.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 110

    Bri Pippens/Banana Peppers
    This artist
    's Instagram social justice and Black Lives Matter posts are something more than inspirational. They're like a driving force or a catapult toward action. 
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 103

    Ted Ellis is a self-taught painter with a penchant for learning and educating as well as creating. He refers to his style as, "Tedism," a blend of folk art and impressionism. His paintings are direct in their messaging and put juxtaposition to good use as he deems necessary. Much of Mr. Ellis' work is political in subject and potently impactful.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 100

    100 days ago, I made my first daily drawing in this series. It was my first attempt at using my swanky new Huion drawing screen. It was the first time I tried to draw a human in many, many years. (We are not shaped like rhinos. It's weird.) And there was a small ball of flaming Earth near the bottom of the drawing.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 99

    When I asked my beloved spouse what animal he would like to be represented by in my drawing today, he surprised me. I love this man even more now. I'm not sure what I was really expecting. I mean, he's a dog person, so I definitely wasn't expecting snow leopard to be one of the two options he gave me. It does explain some of our conversations over the years about what constitutes an appropriate indoor temperature, though.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 98

    Sheep get a bad rap these days in the metaphor department. Rather than going into all the reasons why this sort of thing irritates me, I'm just gonna point out that both wild and domesticated sheep are known to be quite intelligent. Their flock dynamics are involved and their social structure is complex. These are not mindless, defenseless animals that need humans and sheepdogs to survive.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 97

    I'm pooped. Done in. Toast. Worn out. Whatevered to the maximum level of Generation X eye rolling ugh. I've had enough.