The tipping point was this Washington Post article; however, I can’t tell you how long I’ve been bothered by those who think they can hide their hypocracies behind their “pro-life” signs, especially when it comes to this idiotic wall! See also: https://portfoliolongo.com/2016/04/02/big-wall/
I belong to the Contemporary Humanitarian Artists Association (CHAA), and we’ll be exhibiting Passion at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center from Jan. 8 to Feb. 16, 2019, so to speak.
From my Artist Statement:
The Princess No. 2 School Pencil by Eberhard Faber has enchanted me for several decades; and I’ve tried to express this enchantment over time in traditional and digital ways. I love the shape, colors, and feel of this simple and elegant artifact, which has been instrumental in the expression of so many ideas, simple and complex. I’m moved by the unmistakable ways in which pencils sacrifice themselves physically in fulfillment of their instrumental, expressive mission; their erasers are often the first to go! Pencilitis and Milonga No. 2, both rendered freehand on an iPad, highlight in different ways the ordinary and extraordinary nature of this useful artifact.
Visit the show, and join us on January 19, 2019 5-7:30 pm at the Artists’ Reception (also ArtHop Merced night)! See short video on my “Pencil Passion” by clicking here.
Annyth and I are once again happy to share our annual Christmas letter, a tradition many of you look forward to all year long. This year it’s F. Happy holidays from everyone here at portfoliolongo.
Face Value* by comparison.
*…with several significant exceptions.
Croz has been collaborating and harmonizing with some beautiful voices lately; namely, Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis, and Michael League, the Lighthouse Band. Listen to all four do Woodstock (live) here.
I started with Croz and Becca on my iPad Pro in Sketch Club (Google images reference photo).
Then I moved on to Becca, Croz, and Michelle in the same way (reference photo by new friend Valerie with permission).
One of these days I’m gonna get Michael League in there!
On Monday, November 5, 2018 Rigoberta Menchú Tum was awarded the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance at the Art Kamangar Center at Merced Theater in downtown Merced. The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner was the 12th recipient of this UC Merced Prize.
Rigoberta’s presentation was informal, touching, and profound.
She sat for a book signing, and I photographed her with the intention of drawing her freehand in my iPad Pro in the Sketch Club app.
About a week ago, a mobile/digital art friend of mine, click here to meet her, posted an evocative photo of a succulent, bulbous tomato on Instagram:
The image reminded me of Karl Malden’s nose; and so for several days I walked around, semi-entranced, with that image on my cognitive back burner…until last night:
Technical: I drew this freehand in Sketch Club on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. Mas o menos, eh? Sketch Club produces a cool statistical summary of the images you create. You can see in this summary that I played around for about an hour. The summary doesn’t show how I used iColorama to slightly darken and sharpen the image, which only took a couple of minutes.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying the sounds of G Street Revolution whenever I have a chance. A few of the musicians are colleagues of my wife at UC Merced. Check’em Out on Facebook or here.
At the Merced County Fairgrounds:
At Vista Ranch and Cellars:
Just a snippet at Five Ten Bistro:
Pretty sure all these were done in Sketch Club and iColorama.
…on the way to Santa Barbara to see David Byrne’s 100th performance (8/24/8) of the Utopia Tour held at the Santa Barbara Bowl. See tiny snippet of performance below.