SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2020

Artist Alley table SDCC 2019

For the first time in 50 years SDCC will not be presenting their live event, however I will be there... online!
I will be there in two ways:
1. I will be at my booth "virtually" in Artist Alley at EE24! Well, sort of, kinda...
Wednesday, 9:00 AM July 22, the Comic-Con@Home Online Exhibit Hall will go live, where you can peruse an interactive version of the floor plan. HERE. 
I suggest enlarging the map (upper left hand corner) so you can see all the exhibiters. I am in Artist Alley EE24 (far left of the map). Roll over the area and I will pop up. I bow to the powers that be at SDCC who pulled this together so quickly.
2. This will be my 10th year anniversary moderating the, Artist As Brand- Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur, panel discussion on art career sustainability... this time via Zoom.
Joining us will be Ciruelo (Spain), Steam Crow (Daniel & Dawna Davis, Arizona), Shiflett Brothers (Brandon & Jarod, Texas), Jacquelin DeLeon (California). You will learn a lot from this group of talented individuals, guaranteed. The video will begin Thursday, July 23, 2020, 3:00 PM, PDT. HERE
Lastly, as I do every year I offer a 10% discount on everything at Spalenka.com from July 22- Aug 1. Use code SDCC2020 at checkout.

God is in the Middle

 

In the machinations of our reality, we are bombarded by a worlds opposites of right and wrong, dark and light, good or bad. The more extreme the drama of life the more interesting the story becomes. We see it today most prevalent in the news media who know how to manipulate and stretch the truth to extreme degrees. As an illustrator I came across these discrepancies all the time. It was difficult because I wanted to reflect the truth of an article but was asked to shift the image in a way that would be aligned with the publication's policies and agenda. They did not want to upset their readers or more importantly the advertisers.

Now with social media any event can be stretched to the farthest ends of the opinion spectrum. What is a fact and what is imaginary? One person's science is someone's conspiracy theory. 

It has been my experience that the truth is generally somewhere in the middle of an issue. It lives not so much in the black and white but somewhere in the grey area. I surmise this is where God resides... neutral, in the center, as the observer. Not all the way to the right, nor all the way to the left, neither up nor down, instead firmly in between all these extremes, pulling them together like lines of thought in a tug of war battle that is going nowhere.

Perception is an act of creation, until you know better.

There is a practice which comes from Buddhism called observing in “Equanimity,”  where we experience life in a nonjudgemental state of mind. This does not mean you approve or disapprove of what is happening in any specific scenario, but reaffirms that nothing outside of you creates your reality. It is an inside job. 

A neutral mindset can help keep our emotions calmer, but is there a way to reconcile the opposites in our life? Yes, that is with Love. 

Love is actually the synthesis and synchronicity of all complementary opposites. Only when we see both sides in perfect balance at once, will we experience the profoundness of the saying ‘and the truth (of love) shall set you free’. 

Love, is God in the middle.

 

Chakra Goddess, mixed media.

 

Fearless Painting

Painting can be intimidating until you are ready to let loose and approach it with a fearless attitude.

I am teaching two classes, EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING TECHNIQUE I and II that will take the mystery out of making art with paint whether it is abstract or representational. Explore art techniques utilizing acrylic paints, coffee, oil paints and more. Demonstrations, with emphasis on student experimentation.
We will use different techniques and processes to push the potential of these materials to create unique imagery and effects.

I used most of these techniques for many of my illustration commissions.


EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING TECHNIQUE I: Thursday, July 2, 12PM - 3PM

EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING TECHNIQUE II and Friday, July 3, 12PM - 3PM

Materials List will be supplied.

Know Thyself

 

“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom."

 -Socrates

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Before Apollo the son of Zeus was venerated at the temple of Delphi, before Zeus sent two eagles east and west to find the navel of the world... Gaia was the mother of all. She was the heart and womb of creation.

In 1500 BC, the Temple of Delphi reigned atop the sacred mountain peak of Parnassus in ancient Greece. The primary religion at the time was devoted to the Earth Goddess, Gaia. Legends tell us that inside the inner temple was the Hestia or hearth where an eternal flame burned. Here priestesses would bathe and drink from the sacred springs, inhale the fumes of burning laurel leaves and sit in meditation to enter a visionary trance to ascertain the deeper mysteries of reality and prophesize future events.

Amongst the ruins of this wondrous Goddess-based civilization is an ancient Greek inscription prescribing its reader to “Know Thyself.” The Oracles at Delphi were part of that tribe.

We are all part of tribes. Your family, friends, school, society, business, and government are all tribes. They keep order within the group, they breed a commonality, and they induce a sense of security. There are also rules that dictate what is acceptable in these societies. You have felt these rules from the time you were born. First, they begin in your family with their customs and perceptions of the world. Then they are supported by your relatives, reflected in friends, school, society, and work. This support system has its advantages, especially during our elementary and middle schools years, but as we become teenagers our individuality blossoms (even if we feel timid or insecure), yearning to break out and push the boundaries of our potential. Stepping into our confidence and standing our ground can be daunting, especially if we have family, relatives, friends, or teachers pointing our paths in another direction.

Knowing who you are and what you stand for is a reflection of a deep soul imprint.

I created the Know Thyself workshop to be a transformational journey that reflects your unique purpose. It is a meta-physical journey. Meta (from the Greek meta- μετά- meaning "after" or "beyond") is a prefix meaning more comprehensive or transcending. Symbolically you will mirror the oracles of the past. The deep experiences of your life will offer clues to Knowing Thyself, and manifesting an empowered future.

Check HERE to learn more and for dates and times.

Online Classes Have Launched

Matisse. Hard/soft pastels on Strathmore Drawing Paper. Click on the image to watch the video creation. See the final art HERE. 

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I just starting teaching my online classes via ZOOM!

The courses range from graphite/charcoal techniques to painting techniques with an emphasis on experimentation. A class dedicated to conceptual art will be offered, as well illustration and concept design classes for film and games.

The courses are for artists with medium to advanced skills who want to experiment with materials and take their talent to the next level. 

Artist As Brand®, the go to class (ten years running) for artist entrepreneurs is going through a makeover with a new website and updated course material.
There will also be a class called, Beyond High School- Career Clarity and Sustainability which will help HS students get a handle on their career choices and whether to go to college or take some other path. This class has been beta tested with great result!

 

Know Thyself- Wisdom from the Temple of Delphi is a heart opening course that reveals your life's purpose. It was launched today with students as far away as India! Perfect for these times of introspection.

See the offerings HERE. They are up and running so see what resonates with you and join the fun.
  

 

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