Art

painting, art, design, creativity

Another Sloth for the Road

I've been on a roll lately with the sloth paintings for Silicon Valley Open Studios next month. Some are more fun than others just because of the addorability factor and I would say that this is one of them.  

He is missing the earring in this iPhone image, but it is there in person now.  

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art, creativity

The Coffee Monsters

Instagram is a great place to discover new artists and creatives and interestingness, and as I'm bummed they will be changing their feed, I know I'll still embrace the platform as a place to show and discover new work.

The Coffee Monsters is one such case. Take a spill (sometimes intentional, sometimes not), and make it in to something new. I mean, isn't that what we search for in creativity, taking something existing and combining it with something else to make something that didn't previously exist?

You can see more of the work by checking out Stefan's feed and the Coffee Monster website.

Cheers.

typography, creativity, art

New And For The New Year

There are so many things that are new here in 2016 so far, not the least of which are the recent nuptials in my life. 

Mum also venturing in to participating in my first open studios down the road in May. That's pretty exciting, but what I'm really thinking about today is the idea of camping.  

Even in the winter.  

I was in Yosemite this past weekend as a celebratory measure and there was, for me, a lot of people out camping in the snow. Now, I think it would have been a little cold for me, but I am definitely getting the big to get back out there and I've been thinking about camping - winter or not - lately.  

Since I also draw in my sketchbook on the daily - which may change as I hear up for the afore mentioned open studios - I thought I would use those camping thoughts as inspiration.  

So, here you go ... 

Daily sketchbook after a Travis Burke Photography image found on the insta

Daily sketchbook after a Travis Burke Photography image found on the insta

Stay tuned for more updates. There will be a lot happening in the next few months.  

Cheers.  

11 Commandments, art, typography

#1 -Show Up

The best place to begin is usually at the beginning, right? Well, I will assume so - at least for the time being.  

As I begin to use this location as a replacement for Tumblr (or, more likely, using one as a supplement for the other), the 11 Commandments have to show up at some point. (Note, you can also find them in my Instagram feed is you are interested)

 

These 11 hand drawn pieces of typography are much more than pretty visuals. They are consistent reminders of what I like to refer to as How To Be Better. Distilled from more than ten years of teaching art and creativity in public high schools, I truly believe that these bits of advice (dare I say wisdom?) are integral in happiness and productivity for most areas of life.  

 

Without further delay, Number 1: Show Up.  

 

Of of course this means showing up physically, but it is so much more.  

Clearly you can't participate in any activity if you aren't "there", but "there" is more than a physical presence. You have to be present mentally and emotionally as well.  

I often tell my students to be thoughtful about what they are doing/executing, and being thoughtful in your presence is of the essence. After all, why do something if you aren't truly giving your mind and energy to it.