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  • 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 117

    Every time I see this artist's work, it makes me swear to myself under my breath. I mean this in the best possible way.
  • 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.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 96

    “The past, present, and future of America is a war zone for black women and I want to create work that allows us to take comfort in our emotions and find solace with each other in our shared experiences.”
    —Britney Symone
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 95

    Protests are still happening. Less than lethals/non-lethals are still being used. Police officers are still killing people. Statues are being toppled. Arrests are being made. Fireworks are being set off seemingly everywhere. People are still arguing about masks. COVID-19 is still spreading. It's over 100 degrees on one polar cap or the other. A giant dust cloud is blowing across the Atlantic from the Sahara Desert. I don't understand what's happening at CHOP in Seattle. Politicians are... well... what are politicians doing? Right. Arguing.
  • Sheltering-in-Place: Day 94

    In the category of doing what one is able in the face of requests for growth and change and anti-racist acts, Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) made a big announcement recently. WOTC is the gaming company responsible for my beloved Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) as well as other mainly fantasy and sci-fi games. They released a statement entitled, "Diversity and Dungeons & Dragons."