In the meantime... I've relocated to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, after over 2 amazing decades in Davis, California, the hometown of my heart.
So what've I been up to since then? A lot of unpacking and homeshooling, but some art, too. At some point I will revise my portfolio and post new work in an organized manner, but for now, I'll just drop some photos here on what's been keeping me busy, artistically.
To me, each plant has its own unique symbolism and story.
Pandemic getting you down? Take a journey in your imagination…
Take a moment, close your eyes, and imagine:
“What can we learn from this moment? What has the pandemic taught us? What can we carry into the future, that can make us more resilient?”
We currently face powerful challenges to our future: the pandemic, institutional racism, economic collapse, and the climate crisis. But how we respond can and does make a difference. We can build a better world, together.
As part of a public art project called #Plan4Resilience, I invited local artists to answer these questions – and to paint the pavement with their answers.
Here are a few of the answers they gave....
“Imagine A World” is being painted this week, July 15-25, by local artist shyboytoto at the I-House.
Walk or bike to the I-house Mrak Terrace (10 College Park, Davis) anytime and see the painting come to life. Viewing benches welcome folks to relax safely, outdoors, at a distance. Don't forget to bring a mask, to respect our artist's safety!
Two other paintings in the series can still be seen in Central Park.
Catch this art while you can -- each of the paintings in #Plan4Resilience is temporary, and fades with sun, rain, and wind – just like the lessons we’ve learned during the pandemic fade into memory, unless we etch them on our hearts.
To plan for resilience, we must renew these messages in our lives -- taking action as individuals -- and as a community -- to build a more just, sustainable world.
Three more #Plan4Resilience paintings are planned for coming months, including "Plant A Seed for Change" by Candice Foster, at the Cannery.
Thanks so much to the City of Davis for funding this project, the artists who've shared their gifts, the I-House, and to my son, Raul Sierra, who inspired this series of murals when he asked to paint a temporary mural on Earth Day. That mural got washed away in May rains, but a glimpse of it is recorded in photos below.
Each of the artists funded in the #Plan4Resilience project has been economically impacted by the pandemic. The #Plan4Resilience project uses a model of mutual aid: artists help us imagine a better world and promote mental health, while getting a few days of paid work at a living wage. We can support each other -- with meaningful work that builds a better tomorrow -- through green jobs, including, but not limited to: caregiving, eco-construction, health care, and creative work. If you'd like to donate to the artists in this project, you can donate online here, and I'll share your "artist tip" with the team of painters and change-makers in #Plan4Resilience.
#Plan4Resilience is funded, in part, by a generous grant from the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.
Hi Artists + Friends,
I am thrilled to announce a new project giving mini-grants in the form of per-day stipends to visual artists to create new public art that promotes community health and resilience during the coronavirus crisis.
This is a project employing both a) artists struggling economically, and b) volunteer artists who want to help out in solidarity. Paid artists must be from Davis environs, working/studying, or selling work here.
The project has two components:
-- #healthisinourcommunity uses sidewalk stencils with hip, humorous health messages to promote social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, and promote mental health.
-- #planforresilience uses temporary murals in parks and plazas to honor public gathering places and holidays while reflecting on long-term resilience and planning.
Read more about both projects. Artists can participate in 1 or both projects.
Apply for a mini-grant ASAP or as a volunteer artist HERE. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. My goal here is to get work and money to artists who need it as quickly as possible -- please apply today!
Studies have shown that art makes public health programs more effective and impactful. All projects will be created while following public health guidelines including wearing masks, sanitizing hands, and physically distancing. #ArtsAreEssential
Got questions? Ask away at email@example.com and 530-302-7143.
This project is supported, in part, by a generous grant from the City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs program. THANK YOU City of Davis!
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an ... indie voter guide!
A proud Davis tradition of questionable quality.
Always amusing, occasionally informative. Or was it always informative, and occasionally amusing?
I leave you to your own conclusions.
Either way, download that baby by click click clicking on the PDF icon below.
Happy to say this season was more team than work. Thanks to the many may who contributed writing, graphics, editing, and layout. And yes -- it's still got my funny little sketches in it, augmented by many other artist's work.
It's that time of year again... When I try my hand at being a political cartoonist. Except I'm just too goofy for anything except the local Davis Ballots and Burritos (aka Pancakes & Politics) indy voter guide.
Click on that link with the PDF image, yo!
This creature popped up in my dreams at the end of November. Perhaps it was the month of insomnia that brought him to the surface? After I drew the bear, he disappeared from my dreams. I suppose he just wanted to be acknowledged.
I woke up three times last night, my dreams interrupted by uncompleted items on my daily "to do" list. For that level of disturbance -- you'd think the things on the list would be more critical than "write thank you notes" "buy supplies" and "call portapotty company". Sometimes I think we (as a society) suffer from anxiety because our battles aren't quite as epic as our emotions are. My emotions are so epic -- I need bigger dragons.
Here's a pastel drawing from last winter's vault.
Sometimes I wish I had wings.
But if I did, would I be brave enough to fly? What would I have to give up to soar?