Croz Retweeted My Photo-Mash-Up

I follow David Crosby on Twitter @thedavidcrosby. I love his voice, his music, and his viewpoints. He’s quite interactive with his many fans, incidentally.
You may recall that I’ve illustroblogged about David Crosby on these very portfoliolongo.com pages, click here for two examples, three now.
After following him on Twitter for a while, I found out that, in addition to everything else I had expected, he’s a good sport. So when I tweeted him the following photo-mash-up, he retweeted it, and for weeks I was receiving notification after notification from Twitter that his fans were liking it, retweeting it, and even commenting on it. I’ll share the mash-up, the tweet’s stats as of today, and one funny comment below:
Mash-Up

Stats (as of 1/18/8):

Funny comment:
Hey David, if you ever wanna do an endorsement deal they could call them “Croz-oats: The breakfast of Hippies”

Surfacing

Here’s a digital image for you, one I’m calling, “Surfacing.” It’s not a very Christmas-like image…at first glance; however, there is “divine birth” dimension. Where? How? WTF?

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As a beginner in the practice of meditation, mindfulness, and yoga, I’ve discovered something about the content of my own attention and the breadth of its span. Most of what I pay attention to has nothing to do with the actual spatial and temporal dimensions of the situations that I inhabit; and my five senses usually just go along for the ride throughout the day. That’s another way of saying that I’m rarely “in the moment.” Most of the time my mind is automatically wandering and dragging around clusters of feelings that reside in my muscles’ memories. I’m basically flying around and around in a bird cage whose little door is wide open but somehow hidden from my view.

I ruminate, therefore I am; and my rumination is my ruination. All of that highly-evolved cognitive activity that we call thinking, so necessary for our survival as a species, keeps us alive and incarcerated by decommissioning our senses. If we can’t see the open door, we won’t fly away. We’re taught to fear freedom by our own trauma. The curriculum for this self destruction is saturated in our flesh and bones; at the collective level it’s encoded in our enculturation and socialization processes to keep the entire flock from flying away.

Sometimes when I’m on my cushion, my mat, or my iPad Pro, I lean into an arbitrary assignment automatically delivered to me by this mostly destructive curriculum. I do so because I’ve learned that avoiding or denying them nourishes them. I’ve learned that leaning in requires an effort, takes practice, and yields dividends. I wonder if it’s a sin to vacate the Present Moment?

“Surfacing” is the result of one of these leaning into’s. Yesterday I managed to notice the compulsive appearance of one of these arbitrary assignments as it surfaced. Rather than repressing it and the scary feelings accompanying it, I entertained it momentarily before it disappeared. It grabbed the tissues of the moment I inhabited and the body I inhabit. It seemed real. With its sharp claws it tugged at and stretched the membrane of the living moment encapsulating me…until…poof!

By the time I noticed exhaling, it was gone, Merry Christmas, and another assignment had arrived.

As Seen on TV

As I mentioned in a previous post, click here for details, I’ve been gearing up to teach digital (iPad) art as an “enrichment” component in select classrooms that may or may not be near you. It’s a public school setting, so obviously I can’t be peddling my own ideological biases in any way, shape, or form, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

I originally proposed Paper by 53 and Tayasui Sketches as the drawing/painting apps that I’d use; however, both of them scored so low in the student-privacy-protection evaluation that I had to come up with 2 substitutes. We ended up with Procreate, the full version, and the “educational” version of Autodesk SketchBook. I’m somewhat familiar with SketchBook Pro; it’s comparable to Procreate, but SketchBook for Education has fewer features. So last night I wanted to play around with those features, and this is what I managed to crank out:

Obviously, you can import and even scan in images. It has layers. You can cut, paste, move, and resize, but you can’t distort. There’s no smudge tool and only a limited number of brushes and pens. Still, there’s more than enough to work with, and I just might start with SketchBook for Education and then introduce Procreate.

Face

Yesterday a co-member of the Mobile Artists Collective, a Facebook group that I belong to, posted an image that intrigued me so much that I felt I had to try drawing it myself, and luckily, Janis Bradenburg Lee gave me permission to use her image as a reference for a digital drawing and to share a little background on the image that she posted. Here’s my rendition of Janis’ image as drawn in Procreate:

click on image to enlarge to full size, 2048 X 2048

click on image to enlarge to full size, 2048 X 2048

And here’s the image that Janis created in iColorama and Repox and posted:
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The original photo, from Pixabay, is here:
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As I mention to Janis when I contacted her to request permission for me to use her image as a reference for a drawing and to post all this on my illustroblog, what she had crafted and posted called my attention for a variety of reasons, but mainly because of the colors, expression, and effects. I hope to do more like this.

Celebrating Soil Chemistry and More: Professor Samuel J. Traina

What a unique, April 9, 2016 event! A combination 60th birthday celebration, soil chemistry symposium, and dinner…all in one! A couple of Professor Traina’s former graduate students, along with a handful of local helpers, organized the surprise event to celebrate his academic career (to date). Currently, Sam is Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development at U.C. Merced. Additional former graduate students, a former professor, and several colleagues from around the country and beyond traveled in and joined a small cohort of Sam’s administrative colleagues at U.C. Merced along with a few family members and friends for preprandials, prepared talks, poster presentations, and, of course, ample roasting in the California Room on the campus of U.C. Merced.

I wasn’t carrying my iPad, but I did have with me what I call my Whiteberry, a leather index card and ink pen holder, which I used to produce this:
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When I got home, I inserted a photo of that image into Procreate on my iPad Pro, and with the help of another photo import, my Apple Pencil, and iColorama, I generated this graphic record of such a heart warming event:
soil conservation & 60 year

Parsons Ave. Ferry

Although an obscure one, the Trans-Bear-Creek Ferry is among the proposed alternatives to link Merced’s north shore with its south shore.
Parsons Ave. Ferry

Technical: This started as a screen shot of a street-level Google Earth image, processed in My Sketch on my iPad, and then further modified in Procreate.

Let us pray…

The house across the street is undergoing some renovations, and little by little they’re hauling away what they’re replacing. From my seat at the breakfast table, horizons spanning a quarter of a century are fused per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

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