Day 11 Work on the other hand. Pick a medium you're comfortable with, then work with your non dominant hand-if you're usually favor your right hand then only use your left hand and vice-versa.
11/366 (used my left hand only)
David Bowie passed away last night so this is a sort of tribute from me. Today I'm calling all of our 5 cats Ziggy. Been listening to Slacker Radio's Feature Artist Top 33 station all day long at school. When the kids heard me play this station instead of the usual Radio Disney or Kidz Bop Kids station, I told them that an icon in music who's been making art for the last 6 decades just died. They said: Who?
So these are my favorite songs, in no particular order (from all of his 27 previous albums), I haven't heard his latest release which just came out last week:
Day 3- Make something out of paper, but don't use scissors or glue or draw on it. What now?
Found some scrap tissue paper and decided to weave the strips using a warm/cool color combo. It was a challenge not being able to cut with scissors or use any glue. The hand ripping of the hand was not easy as tissue paper is very fragile and sensitive. An hour went by quickly.
Day 2 - What's your favorite animal? Use it as your inspiration today.
My cat Georgia. Saw the contour of her profile and it resembles the thumbs up of my left hand so I decided to draw from observation. Will come back later for another project possibly morphing her head into the fist and her ear is the thumb.
2015 is gone with the wind in the new South. Day 1 "The first step is the hardest, so start small today and make something that fits in the palm of your hand using only the materials in your immediate environment."
I am going to make something every day for the next 366 days since 2016 is a leap year. Here is the first project of the year. It's relief collage using bottle caps, hot glue, colored pencils and construction paper crayons on a piece of scrap black mat board. The focal point is the tiny red hand from a beer bottle cap. I think I'm going to make the HAND the motif. Will see how this is going to work out in the next few projects. The only rule is: there are NO RULES!
So it's 2016 New Year's Eve. I decided to compile several lists of favorites, not just for this year but my all-time favorite music artists and film score composers. Why? Just because I feel like it.
Music artists/ Groups:
Dead Can Dance
Carter Burwell (Coen Bros.)
Danny Elfman (Tim Burton)
Michael Kamen (Brazil)
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Asheville, North Carolina
Santa Cruz, California
And one more thing...
A note that I reposted last year from Neil Gaiman:
Be kind to yourself in the year ahead.
Remember to forgive yourself, and to forgive others. It's too easy to be outraged these days, so much harder to change things, to reach out, to understand.
Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin.
Meet new people and talk to them. Make new things and show them to people who might enjoy them.
Hug too much. Smile too much. And, when you can, love.
The GOP Debate (aka the War on Common Sense) is currently on CNN featuring Ding-Dong, Buffoon, Nincompoop, Nitwit, Jack-a-ninny, Twinkie, Doofus, Nimrod, and Knucklehead.
Almost forgot the kids' table, the opening act, another debate earlier tonight with four other candidates: Bozo, Fool-a-gape, Yahoo, and Dum-dum. Boy, all the egos on one stage in Sin City.
There's a kid named ISIS at our school. I realize that Isis is the Egyptian Goddess of Magic and Life. We also had someone named Jihad a few years back.
Live and let live. Different strokes for different folks I guess. Whatever.
Next week, we'll be playing kickball on Monday, basketball on Tuesday, tennis on Wednesday, volleyball on Thursday, and free-form ultimate frisbee on Friday...You do not need to know how to play any of these sports, just dress to impress and don't be tardy to the...party.
Remember to badge in by 7:15 am... Orange is NOT my New Black yo.... That is all...
Nina Simone aka Eunice Kathleen Waymon, was born in 1933, the same year as my father. She died in 2003, at the age of 70. I think I've been listening to her music since the mid 80's, when I was a college radio DJ at UC Santa Cruz. This was around the time when digital compact discs were just coming out and some radio stations were in transition still playing actual record albums. You can hear the analog hiss and some songs would actually skip and skip live on the air, once in awhile the CD player skips too. Memorable moments and often hilarious.
For almost thirty years since then, I still haven't heard anyone else so eclectic, dynamic, fierce or political as Nina Simone. No one. She was fearless, confrontational, non-mainstream, anti-establishment, anti-commercial, uniquely bold, vulnerable and always dynamic. "My Baby Just Cares For Me", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Sinnerman" and "Backlash Blues" with lyrics by Langston Hughes were a few of my favorites from the High Priestess of Soul. She was an artist who could radiate raw emotions with just a single look and a single repeated chord. So simple yet so powerful. Nina Simone was a patron saint of rebellion. She is consider by many to be a legend in modern music and not just jazz music. Yet, many people have never heard of her.
"How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times?" she said in an interview back around 1967.
She performed the song "Mississippi Goddam" at the end of the Selma to Montgomery March for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965. It was banned in several states in the South after that. I'm guessing the states were Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina.
Fifty years later, this song is as relevant as ever.
Just change the title from Mississippi to South Carolina with the current situation in Charleston. Timely and timeless.