4th Quarter, 2020
Yes, of course, this tag exists!
Yes, of course, this tag exists.
I was in a slump and felt overwhelmed by all the revelations that politics as usual is all about acquiring and retaining power. It happens on both sides of the aisle, but Republicans, I’m convinced – because they’re wealthier and have more to lose – are better at it. And that was before RBG died (see an RBG post from 2014 with video), prompting Republicans to activate their pituitary glands once again for the world to see! So, I sketched out one of my stock, bald-headed “establishment” guys in Sketch Club on my iPad. I copied it, flipped it, added some more details, tweaked it a little in iColorama while recording the “movement,” and then finally editing the video with a soundtrack in Videoshop. As I did this, I realized I was working through an insight, or at least a suspicion, that we attach ourselves to mental constructs, even our sense of self, with whom we dance and dance and dance, as reality goes on in the overlooked background. It’s so hard to detach or let go, but very little acceptance can occur until we do.
Use the link below to help Meri Walker (aka the iPhoneArtGirl), who lost her home and all her belongings in the fire that ravaged Talent, Oregon on September 8, 2020 – an unimaginable loss. This tragedy follows upon a year during which Meri also suffered significant medical issues from which she is still recovering.
Those of us who know and love Meri, believe that her indomitable spirit will help her get through this. But all of us, her friends, need to help her, financially, emotionally and spiritually, during the weeks and months ahead, so that she can replace some of her belongings, buy her medicine, and figure out her housing. And most importantly, so that she knows she is not facing this alone.
Please, be the change you want to see in the world – one life supported, one burned house rebuilt, one helpful shoulder to lean on at a time.
Click on this link: Help Meri Walker Rebuild After Devastating Fire
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Annyth and I lived in New Orleans, LA from early 2005 to early 2010, in with Katrina out with the Saints winning the Super Bowl! For most of that time we were lucky enough to live in Algiers Point. Looking back, I really wish I had been iPad drawing then, because it was probably the most interesting place I’ve ever lived. Whenever I go through my own photos from back then or if I bump into one on the Internet, I’m slowly but surely using them as reference photos for free hand iPad drawings to post on this illustroblog along with a little story. Here’s a few posts on Jack Fine, Kevin & Wendy’s House of the Rising Sun B&B, and the Missbelieve Tree (or Miss P’leeze Tree or even Loquat Tree) tagged #Algiers Pernt.
Case in “pernt,” couple’a years ago I happened upon a unique photo on Flickr by a Chuck Taggart. Click here for that photo. Setting the stage, he writes: [The store hours sign outside this little neighborhood grocery represents one of those “only in New Orleans” kinda things. My favorite hours-of-operation sign EVER. I was driving around in the Point and had a hankering for a Hubig’s Pie, and thought I’d stop into Bobby D’s. I was pushing it; it was a little after 5. No dice.]
Note: If you do go to that photo, you’ll see my request to use Chuck Taggart’s photo as a reference photo for the following iPad Pro painting, done mostly the Sletch Club app using an Apple Pencil.
After a hiatus of two years, 2018 and 2019, the Mobile Digital Art and Creativity (mDAC) exhibition and conference returned. However, because of the pandemic, mDAC2020 took place online in a virtual manner a la Zoom. On the evening of Friday, June 26, 2020 there was the exhibit featuring the top 100, and out of them, the top 11, and on Saturday (6/27/20) and Sunday (6/28/20), two days of digital art workshops (click here to see the top 100 plus other details, including the jurors and the hands-on presenters). And if you had looked closely at the winners, you might have noticed that my piece, entitled Jerry, made in into the top 100!! How cool is that? What’s as cool is that I made it into the top 100 at mDAC2015 and mDAC2016.
I had already presented something about Jerry in a recent post about how cool it is to spend a little extra time with folks no longer with us in the3 flesh, click here to see that. Jerry was a dear friend whom I had gotten to know while living in Athens, Ohio from 1998 until 2005, but even after Ann and I moved away, we all stayed in touch. I’m so happy that Jerry was selected because, remembering this honor will always allow me to continue celebrating Jerry’s extraordinary life. See Jerry’s obit here.