Notes from last night’s Meet Your Makers event, thrown by makebreak
Rachel Buse rachelbuse:
“When I think about what’s led me here, it has been one stepping stone of a new relationship after another.”
Scott Sjobakken: “In the beginning I finished may 1 in every 4 or 5 drawings I started. I didn’t know enough and I got frustrated.”
Chris Ford: “Any time you take art out of your bedroom, you are creating a product whether you want to or not.”
“Everything is work. And everything is a learning experience.”
“One thing that’s awesome about being The Man is that you get to give people checks.”
“Maximum Ames wanted a business model where there business benefits the artists.”
Mary McAdams: “You can only run from your calling for so long. I had a come to Jesus — and Jackson Browne — moment.”
“I just started with what time I had, and put one foot in front of the other.”
Matthew J. Gordon: “I ask myself, What can I do that catches peoples’ eye?”
“I like to share things that people overlook.”
I do not know the individual involved in this, but, as an EMT, I feel compelled to post things like this. Wear a damn helmet, guys. I know you may think you look awesome and all the ladies will love how reckless you are, but you’re honestly just demonstrating just how little you value your own life. I know this horse has been absolutely beaten to death over the years, and I’m sure that my words won’t change some of your minds, but just look at the damage sustained by that helmet. Now imagine if your face was put through the same situation. While the helmet merely had part of it ground away by the sheer friction involved, your skull would be pudding. End of story.
TLDR Version: Wear a freaking helmet.
Wear. A. Fucking. Helmet. There’s a reason people in healthcare call them ‘donorcycles’.
Make zines, fuck the man.
Arts Administration, University of Virginia.
Carry a beautiful piece of nature around your neck at all times. This glass orb contains a beautiful piece of raw amethyst and various pieces of plant life. Sold on Etsy.
patrick stewart for the best human on earth award
i’d expect that from delaney but not him lol
Meet artists, musicians, actors, and writers tonight at the Kirkwood. Happy hour at 6, program at 7. TONIGHT!
Here’s the thing about being pro choice that people don’t get…
You don’t have to morally agree with abortion to be pro choice. That’s why it’s not called pro abortion. It’s an understanding that you can’t make that choice for someone else and they have full control over that not you. It’s pro I’m not the boss of everyone else.
This is important.
Tonight’s SPRING TRAINING event:
Join us tonight for a talk on creating applications and portfolios that get you accepted to craft shows, art exhibitions, and project proposals. We’ll talk photography tricks, what not to say, and how to get juries on your side.
Send us questions ahead of time: firstname.lastname@example.org or through this form.
INSTRUCTIONS: This is a Google Hangout. Dani and Cat will be on a video chat, but viewers will just be on chat. This means PJs are okay :)
To load the chat, visit this link at 7 PM. Follow any instructions presented (if applicable: your ‘puter might need to update a little software.)
A Google account is NOT required to watch. You will need to log in if you want to participate in chat.
ARTISTS, CRAFTERS: Join us at 7.
Lyndsay Nissen’s Little Hut on the Prairie, 2014, Site Specific Installation, 2 years of garbage WEBSITE
On view at the Iowa State MFA Show opening Friday, March 7 at the Octagon Center for the Arts. INFO
Oh, beautiful. I will not attend the opening, but i’ll have to visit this show.
A page this week
An amazing speech by Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the importance of my favorite painting Starry Night. Nice to catch up on some Neil before his debut in Cosmos.
"Science, scientific discovery, does not become mainstream until artists embrace the fruits of those discoveries."
My painting for the current Krab Jab Studio Faerie ll Show, opening February 8th
I used to put my head down and plow through a piece, waiting for it to turn up some magic. Wanting it to be exactly like the picture in my head. The one I saw so clearly.
And it wouldn’t. So I forced it to succumb to my will. I beat on it, rendered it, pounded it into submission. Like a blacksmith creating a sword.
It was agony. This went on for years. Only a few times a year did I get glimpses of that magic. And in those rare pieces, I was able to discern how I got there. I noticed that I had been extremely focused, from concept to completion.
So now it’s your turn. And you step back to look. You try to step outside your skin to see what others see. You have to pretend you don’t know yourself. You have to fool yourself into believing that you are looking at some other person’s artwork. This is hard, man. This is difficult to achieve. It takes……wait for it……practice. Duh. Where have you heard that before?
But there’s hope. Below are questions to help you figure out if your painting is working. Viewers, whether they know it or not, are evaluating your work much the same way. They can’t articulate these questions, but they feel them just as strongly.
Ask yourself these questions about your piece. Analyze and evaluate. The viewer doesn’t know what you meant to do. Only what you showed them.
“Still think painting is magic? It’s only magic when you’ve molded it into magic. And that’s through trial, error, failure, and recommitment.
Don’t wait for it. Go after it.”