A few days ago my neighbor brought out his beautifully restored 1950 Chevrolet 3100, and dressed it up to take part in Merced, CA’s Annual Fire and Kops for Kids activities, targeting families with children aged 12 and under. Here’s a YouTube video of another similarly restored beauty.
Well, it’s that time of year again, yes, even given the pandemic and dystopia. Our 2020 Christmas Letter is X. What do you think? It works, doesn’t it? Makes a long story short. Check out our previous Annual Christmas Letters in our archives.
As always, everyone here at portfoliolongo.com wishes you the very best over the holidays and in the new year, and if applicable, Merry Christmas.
Under the Merced Water Tower on McKee Rd. Done on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using Sketch Club and iColorama apps after a bicycle ride. See other water tower views here.
The tār is a traditional Persian stringed instrument. As a matter of fact, the word tār means “string” in Persian and is also related to dotar, sitar, setar, and guitar. It was my dear friend, Sirous, who introduced me to the tār and other traditional Persian instruments, when we were both graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. Sirous beautifully plays the tār, setar, daf, kamanche, tonbak, and probably others. Over the years, I’ve met a few of Sirous’ musician friends and had the pleasure of seeing them perform in both informal and formal settings. Many of these performances included the rendering aloud in Persian of the poetry of Hafiz, Rumi, and others. One of Sirous’ musician friends, who stood out not only because of his natural height, but also because of his prominent role in the revitalization of traditional Persian music, was Mohammad-Rezā Lotfi, about whom I’ve already illustroblogged. Take a look at this short, homemade video of Lotfi sitting on the floor playing tar among friends in a cozy setting. I just love the structure and shape of the Persian Tār, especially the tuning pegs!
21 Guitars, A Benefit Auction for the Merced Symphony
I’m one of 21 contributing visual and performing artists in one of this year’s fundraisers for the Merced Symphony, and my entry is the above image, which I did on an iPad Pro using an
Apple Pencil and the Sketch Club and iColorama apps. I had it printed on 24″ X 24″ canvas, 1.5″ bordered, solid color wrap through Bay Photo.
This Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, is the Artists’ Reception for Passion, an exhibition of the Contemporary Humanistic Artists Association (CHAA) of Merced, CA. In the previous post on this illustroblog I described the show and presented the two pieces I entered. In this post I’m adding the following short video, a compilation of the Princess No. 2 School Pencil related pieces I’ve done over the last three and a half decades:
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.
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.
I’ve added a few posts about Merced Art Hop in the last few years; check out the PHOTO GALLERY for sure to get a feel for this quarterly, downtown Merced, CA event. Saturday, October 20, 2018 was Art Hop’s 10 Anniversary. The October Art Hop is always fun. It’s cool enough for kids to show up in costumes, get their faces painted, and engage in some hands-on activities.
I brought my iPad and a projector and invited a few local artists to share their talents with everyone at Bob Hart Square that evening.
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.
I was stationed at Aces & Kings Cheesesteak last Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. While I was there, I was playing around demo-ing in Sketch Club on my iPad Pro with my Apple Pencil.