March 24, 2018

612 Emma

Emma2612 Emma
18x24 inches :: original acrylic on stretched canvas
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I referenced an image of Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the Parkland massacre for this work. What an inspiration she is.

March 18, 2018

611 Flower Girl

Flowergirl611 Flower Girl
8x10 inches :: original watercolor/ink/gouache/pencil on paper, mounted on cradled wood with stapled dried flower and string wrapped and tied.

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I started this demo painting yesterday during my watercolor and gouache and ink and paper workshop and finished it today.

March 17, 2018

610 Pale Pink Dress

Dress610 Pale Pink Dress
8x10 inches :: Watercolor and ink and gouache and pencil on paper mounted on wood with masking tape


This is one of the demo works I made while teaching my watercolor and gouache class today in Studio Crescendoh.

March 11, 2018

609 In Charge


609 In Charge
20x20 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is a demo painting from the private painting session I gave today to two delightful humans. While teaching, I referenced several times, some points from a recent interview that Diane von Furstenberg gave to Katie Couric where she describes the ultimate woman as the woman who is in charge ... not necessarily in charge like a boss but in charge of her life, her decisions, her destiny. I really love that concept. And so too in painting ... I feel what I like to teach is for the painter to be in charge of the canvas ... to embrace all the strokes including problems that arise in the process and not become immobilized by them but to resolve them the way I want to resolve them and to be unafraid of going to uncharted territory in the process.

March 05, 2018

608 No Regrets

Julie608 No Regrets
24x18 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I painted this subject once before and have decided to paint it again. The cyclist's name is Juli Briskman from Virginia, who was fired for having flipped off the Moronic Motorcade and says she has no regrets for what she did. Said Juli: "All my frustration about this administration just welled up inside me and I started thinking about the things that I think are going wrong right now in the country ... that was the only way I had to give him the message I wanted to give him. It felt great."

Upon learning of Juli losing her job, someone started a GoFundMe account on behalf, raising $90K for her. Juli has also received numerous job offers from around the world. She is grateful.

March 04, 2018

Announcing my UCIrvine Class :: Art & Activism


This spring quarter, I will be joining the lecturing faculty at @ucirvine 's School of Social Sciences to teach a brand new course I have developed titled Art&Activism. If you are a UCI student I hope you will consider enrolling as we dig deep creatively and intellectually. I feel it's gonna be a life-changing experience for all. The class will meet T/Th from 2-3:20 in SSL 206. Hope to see you in class. Feel free to email me with any questions.

Here's the course description:
Can art speak more or as effectively as conventional language? To what extent does an artist’s skill relate to the audibility and the reach of her art? Can art inspire contemplation? Can it affect/influence policy decisions? If art cannot affect social change, does its expression still have value?
This course examines these questions as we review examples of activist art in the 21st Century including how advances in technology affect the production, delivery, and consumption of art. The course also examines the evergreen activist nature of art within historical movements such as Baroque, Rococo, Renaissance, Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Surrealism, and Dadaism.
The course also examines what constitutes art, what makes art valuable, and the tensions that exist between individual versus collaborative expressions.
#ucirvine #uci #zot #fiatlux #artandactivism #artandactivismUCI

February 24, 2018

607 Portland in Bloom

IMG_2429607 Portland in Bloom
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is a demo painting I started while teaching painting go a wonderful group of people in Portland. I finished it tonight.

February 21, 2018

Parkland17 Prints

BackpacksThank you for your patience. Prints of my painting: Parkland17 are now available. Through the InPrnt process, each order will be fulfilled on demand by InPrnt and 50% of the cost will be for the cost that InPrnt incurs to produce, package and ship the print to you. I have decided to donate remaining proceeds to everytown.org, a non-profit that is working to end gun violence. InPrnt will then match 10% of the donated dollars to everytown. So basically, if you buy a print for $15, $7.50 will go to gun safety. And then after that an additional $.75 will go to gun safety, a total of $8.25. If you feel so inclined, please help spread the word. Thank you to my friend and colleague Misty Mawn for helping me navigate this path to get these prints to happen.

Buy your print here.
To the surviving youth organizing #marchforourlives :: We stand with you, believe in you, support you, thank you, and love you.

February 18, 2018

606 Parkland 17

606 Parkland 17
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas



This work is dedicated to:

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14 (student)
Martin Duque Anguiano, 14 (student)
Nicholas Dworet, 17 (student)
Jaime Guttenberg, 14 (student)
Luke Hoyer, 15 (student)
Cara Loughran, 14 (student)
Gina Montalto, 14 (student)
Joaquin Oliver, 17 (student)
Alaina Petty, 14 (student)
Meadow Pollack, 18 (student)
Helena Ramsay, 17 (student)
Alexander Schachter, 14 (student)
Carmen Schentrup, 16 (student)
Peter Wang, 15 (student
Scott Beigel, 35 (teacher)
Aaron Feis, 37 (coach)
Christopher Hixon, 49 (athletic director)

who were massacred in their school in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.
It is also dedicated to all of their families and friends.

605FM Je Suis

Jesuis2605FM Je Suis :: original free motion stitched art doll with watercolor and gouache on cotton fabric
Approximately 7 inches tall
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This is my demo doll I made while teaching how to make these dolls this past week in Portland.

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