Best to be resourceful if not trust-funded! So, I am adding a Donate button. Really, ten bucks here and there will add up. Thanks to our political system which seems to be working against the citizens of the USA - ? whatsup with that? - our health insurance rate for this year will be more than I managed to bring in through all of 2018 - so, upping my game! Home portraits, and pet portraits have been a steadily increasing portion of my work. They are also a delight, because the creation of a unique artwork of a personal, meaningful subject is truly a joyful experience for me. It is an honor to make this artwork for a family. Illustrations of complexity can easily run 3,000 - 1,000, but for a very straightforward poster, working from a photo in an established style (ie please create a home portrait that looks very much like the Monticello poster, and here is a clear, well-lit photo) will start at 400.
January 4, 2019 was a happy joyful day
Though first I should get through this. I need a train ride:
Off to get that other book but first am listening to this and interesting how in our history subsequent waves of immigrants had the exact same epithets used in 2019 against them. Same accusations - to the Irish, which is what I am, in part - have too many kids, are lazy, are stupid, just want to get drunk all the time, shiftless, violent, blah blah blah.
Made some subtle changes, mostly for technical reasons, to these posters, but also the appearance is improved. 2019 versions are the top ones.
in 2018 as always, it is fun to see my posters as they are installed in homes or businesses. Very proud to have created a home portrait (in center, below) - I cherish these opportunities to create for people who will keep them as memories of beloved pets or with personal meaning, such as a home.
I really like matching multiples, such as these, or the Albemarle/Piedmont/Blue Ridge blue and pink posters. But they do not sell as well. Perhaps they stray too far from the popular commercial art/travel poster style?
For some reason, though this poster was started years ago, it took until now to pull it together - which only took a couple hours. Cannot explain it. Sometimes these things take time.
Who doesn’t love …
Holidays (any holidays) can bring out some feelings for people, and not always cheery. Particularly at this difficult time in the USA, with so many threats hanging over our heads, the future can llok like something to not look forward to. I’m trying, myself, to look at the larger arc of how we got to where we are and despite myself, I am optimistic that we are heading towards a new progressive era.
Rather than go on and on about that, as I am really not much of a writer, having cultivated a different part of my brain towards the visual, I have been amassing a series of commemorations of leaders in the form of my posters. In that pantheon are some of the following, and upon further reflection there are many more to be added. Most are in positions of policy setting and of getting into the mud of making those policies happen. Politics is a really ugly business; so much easier to remain aloof and be a critic, as if a better world involves shopping, like a consumer with a catalog of gorgeous items, and simply clicking on the policies of the future we would like to see. Heh. As if.
So, I am still getting around to this Pantheon of posters and have posted several recently. In the meantime, here is a developing list for future posters of progressive leaders* in my pantheon, and yes it is going to be heavily weighted towards females because a woman has so much more in terms of obstacles to overcome to get even to step one, and yes it is NYC-skewed:
Jerry Nadler • Nancy Pelosi • Michelle Bachelet • Mark Warner • Dave Toscano • Creigh Deeds • Leslie Cockburn • Sally Yates • Kathy Galvin • Carol Bellamy • Sonya Sotomayor •
*none perfect. Read ‘A Team of Rivals’ Lincoln was not a saint, not at all.
Senator Ebbin does a great job for his constituents, which would include our daughter. So honored to do his holiday card for him.
Hilma af Klimt was a Swedish artist, long dead. Her work has remained effectively unknown until now with this museum-wide retrospective at the Guggenheim. Klimt’s work is idiosyncratic, spiritual, mystical, personal. Among her interests were science (in her time, Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection was recently published - for context of when these works date from) and mystical symbols. Her works searches for meanings, patterns in nature and the codes we can almost see with our eyes but sense in our minds. Klimt uses lavenders and pinks and corals, sometimes. All of these characteristics plus her femaleness have absolutely disqualified her from Art with a capital A. Until now.
Rewrite the art history books and include Hilma af Klimt.
At the Museum of Art and Design, in the Lollipop Building at Columbus Circle is the work of Cannupa Hanska Luger, a First Nations person who organized this counter protest at Standing Rock (he admits the idea came from Ukraine) The crowd holds mirrors to reflect to the occupying force their images. It turns back on the riot police that they too need the water that the protestors are trying to protect in this citizen action. Footage from a drone above the river of mirrors carries the metaphor just as effectively as they shimmer in the sun and flow around the protest.
Off to DC and NYC, both places that will be super um exciting considering today’s events, but that;s where the art is and that’s what I’m going to see. Back next week and will fill orders then, and here is an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Amazon we are not. And that’s a good thing, Amazon is a disaster for workers and probably for the country - don’t get me started. We pass through shipping costs, because we have to and cannot engage in games like Amazon Prime, etc. And the Genius Tariffs have made an impact in the cost of supplies. To wit:
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Wow, fun graphics, nice mid century design inspired look
Wish I could figure out how to embed, but here is the blog of its designer, Josh: