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art, design, typography

Selling with SJ Made

This Sunday, as part of SJ Made, I will be selling my Forge Your Own t-shirts (and some other prints of my sloths and ink drawings) at the Viva Calle SJ event at Arena Green Park (340 W. St. John St.)

There will be free yoga from Live Lotus at noon, bike repair from San Jose Bicycles, live music and more. Last year tens of thousands of people participated and took advantage of several streets being blocked off to traffic so they could roam the streets with their families on bikes and boards and feet. Will you join in the festivities this year?

The shirts are designed and printed here in San Jose so it's just about as local as you can get. Get them while I still have them in stock!

Red and Charcoal shirts will be available with the "forge your own" mountain design on them.

Red and Charcoal shirts will be available with the "forge your own" mountain design on them.

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.  

So making art increases resilience, reduces stress, and increases brain activity.

That sounds like as good a note as any for the first blog post on this new-ish site.

 

As an artist and educator these things seem so obvious to me, but I know so many even in the field of education that wouldn't even think about it this way.

What with all the "You need to take another AP class" and the "You won't get a job without STEM classes" chatter that does nothing but increase every year.

 

I know that emotionally and psychologically you benefit from creating something and thinking about something from a different perspective. It also helps to struggle with something and be forced to have a "do-over" and to work on a project that takes a significant amount of time to complete. These things are all good.

I mean, being able to "undo" something is a lifesaver (and by life I mean time), but the thinking and process and time involved in the physical going over something or remaking of a thing is so valuable.

Anyway, I just saw this great article (that has plenty of science and research to back it up) that Gabe Bergado wrote on .Mic titled Science Shows Art Can Do Incredible Things for Your Mind and Body