Draw Like a Big Girl

My father taught me foreshortening by making me sit and draw for hours with my left hand half open, palm up with my bent fingers pointed towards me. Hours and hours. Failed drawing after failed drawing.Finally one day, after working so hard that I started a migraine, I realized that I had done it – I had succeeded in foreshortening my fingers. What a triumphant moment. And then, immediately I had the most terrifying epiphany of my life: “There is no going back – I will have to draw like a big girl for the rest of my life.” It is inevitable that curious creatives, like cats who get stuck on the roof (yes, the roof, and there was noone else at home to climb the fire escape to rescue her except me, an acrophobic), it is inevitable that the curious find themselves at technical points of no return. That is what happened to me this week when not only did I make the most complicated animation of my new career in stop motion, I combined live action with the animation – that is, I beat my brains out trying, gave myself a migraine, had my tentative moment of triumph and realized with horror: “Oh my god, why did I have to learn something this hard? Now, I’ll have to animate like a big girl!”

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Just because it’s performance art doesn’t mean I’m naked

First of all, let me tell you that you have to have made $100 on Google social media to have a check sent to you. After blogging and YouTubing for over 10 years, I have about $40 in Google credit to my name. Second, yes, I also advertise my Twitter account a few times a year and my Facebook pages every other month or so if FB is sending me a lot of tips – they stop bugging you for a while if you boost a post. But I spend very little, and in the last six months, less and less.Rule 101 of arthouse is your work is never going to be popular in the mainstream or go viral. Rule 102 of arthouse is your legacy is probably toast unless your work gets documented by writers and or acquired/archived/preserved by museologist curators. As artists, especially those of us who just insist on making up absurd, impossible stories, characters and worlds, we almost all operate on our own dime. My monetizing and advertising is merely symbolic affirmation that I am my own boss, am not starving and suffering in some garret, and am never going to be invisible (even when I’m dead if possible!).So sharing my amusement and bemusement about YouTube’s refusal to monetize some of my CREATION videos is neither complaint nor criticism. It knocks me off my seat laughing that the YouTube bots think I’m naked in some of the scenes of CREATION. I am not now, never have been and never will be naked on camera while I’m still breathing. Most people cannot even imagine how prudish it is possible for a human being to be! That said, I am absolutely thrilled about this new feature-length (75 minutes) roughcut. I have made so many preparatory, test and experimental videos for my project, CREATION, that a brother and sister in art have encouraged me to mash up about 75 minutes, short feature length, of CREATION clips. When my instinct finally convinced me I should try it, I realized that, as can happen to anyone, I have a box to think outside of. While I will continue shooting character and story development for CREATION, I am hoping the new ‘challenge’ project, SEQUENCE 32, has loosened me up.Much thanks for peer-friends help fellow artists grow.

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Sequence 32 

The Second One Vomits the Universe


The kind of out-there artwork I do, you wouldn’t think I’d ever feel stodgy or set in my ways. I have made so many preparatory, test and experimental videos for my project, CREATION, that a brother and sister in art have encouraged me to mash up about 75 minutes, short feature length, of CREATION clips. 

When my instinct finally convinced me that this is a good idea, I realized that, as can happen to anyone, I have a box to think outside of. 

While I will continue shooting character and story development for CREATION, I am hoping the new ‘challenge’ project, SEQUENCE 32, will loosen me up. 
CREATION is a mythology based on Mbombo, the creator god in the religion and mythology of the Kuba of Central Africa, who created the world by vomiting various parts of it. 

How Standing Rock Inspired Noel Altaha To Take On New York Food Waste

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noel-altahaNoel Altaha is an Apache Native from Arizona. She lives in one of the biggest cities in the world, New York City. She walks the streets of New York for Big Reuse – a company that turns wasted food into compost. She brings her indigenous mindset to each person she comes across.

A lot of folks here have been raised in the concrete jungle,” she says. “They aren’t connected to those opportunities and recycling food scraps outside their buildings to gardens in their communities. It’s a big deal to talk to New Yorkers about something as big as food scraps and recycling. We come from reservations, connected to mountains. Recycling is about connecting with the earth.” 

Today, making that connection is critical. There’s about 14 million tons of waste per year in New York, costing the City almost $400 million annually shipping what it collects from homes, schools and government…

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