Saturday, April 19, 2014

Modern Widow's Club


Carolyn Caple Moor founded the Modern Widows Club that has met every third Thursday for the past 29 months at her Orlando home. Carolyn lost her husband Chad Moor on Valentines Day in 2000 in a hit and run auto accident as they drove home from diner. I saw one of Chad's original sketches of a horse on display in the home when I first entered. He was a gifted artist. There are 11.4 million widows in this country and 3.5 million of those women are under 65. Carolyn finds strength and hope as she reaches out to help others. She shares inspiration and mentors every woman who enters her home. These meetings are a safe place where incredibly honest conversations blossom.

A fire was setup in the fire pit on the back patio as dusk settled in. There was plenty of food and drink inside and everyone mingled through the social hour. I poured a white wine and settled in to sketch outside. The fire started to fade, but Mackensey used some dry palm husks as kindling to reignite the blaze. I got to learn about her camping experiences in Colorado where she earned a patch as an expert fire starter. I used this time to pencil in the perspective. As women came out, I quickly placed them in the sketch. The wind kept blowing the fire's smoke and ashes my way, so by the end of the night I smelled like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

Mackensey Moor, Carolyn's daughter, was busy setting up a Skype session on her laptop with  Becky Aikman the NYC Author of  'Saturday Night Widows'. Martha Curtis-Garry skyped in via Rome, Italy at 2am her time and actually talked to Becky from iPhone to laptop. It is so amazing how digital tools are changing the way we communicate. Carolyn panned the laptop around so Becky could see everyone in attendance. Becky complimented everyone's shoes since that is what she saw on her end of the digital divide. Becky's book was about her journey along with six friends after they were all widowed. She went to a widow's group and some psychologist was wallowing in negativity while outlining the five stages of grief.  Becky doesn't believe in set steps to grief, everyone is different. She suggested the group might want to focus on some more positive viewpoints and after the meeting, the head of the group told her she wasn't welcome back. This was an all time low for her, being kicked out of a support group. As a journalist, she decided to form her own group and each of the members knew their stories would become part of a book she was writing. One of the participants said she felt naked, but brave. Another Widows meeting in NYC involved a lingerie sample party where everyone got to try on their favorite frilly outfits. Why hadn't I been invited to sketch that meeting?!

Becky mentioned one joint meeting where the widows club met with a widowers club in NYC and then the conversation turned to how men are different from women. I think they forgot there was one man sketching in the shadows. A woman might feel guild if she dated soon after her husband's death, but men can compartmentalize their emotions. They might truly love the wife that they lost, but there was no guilt in getting back out and dating. Men envy the strong binding friendships that women have. Men's conversations seldom venture and deeper than sports along with one word grunts. The group of women in NYC were fairly affluent, but the conversation in Florida turned to women who have to give up their homes and scrape by when their husband's income is no longer available. Insurance money is only a short term fix for a lifetime to come. Widows seem to be invisible in many societies.

The atmosphere of the meeting I was sketching felt warm and supportive. After the Skype session conversations returned to warm often funny memories. One woman related the fun and playful game of trying to beat her husband to the TV remote. I realized she wasn't talking in the past tense. Memories shared are very much alive and in the moment. Another woman related that her husband used to watch so many Crime Scene Investigation shows, that she thought he might be plotting to kill her without leaving evidence. Laughter erupted frequently as stories were shared. One woman had been to the "Love" themed Pecha Kucha" event that Carolyn and I had been presenters for. Based on the talks she heard that evening, she decided to sign up on OK Cupid an online dating sight. She glowed as she showed me an iPhone photo of the handsome guy she is now dating.

After the meeting I sat in the living room chatting with Carolyn and Mackensey. I had been sitting silently sketching all night and was a bit hungry for conversation. When Carolyn's other daughter Meagan walked in with her freshly showered hair, I realized I might have over stayed my welcome. I was surprised that I was the last to leave. Vicki Garcia had left white Easter Lillies for everyone to take home. Carolyn gave me some lilies as I left with instructions to cut the stems before putting them in a vase.  I handed the lilies to Terry when I got home. She asked where I got them, and I told her. "You could have lied you know, I would have believed you." Darn, men can be so stupid sometimes. This morning one white bloom opened to the sunlight, a symbol of hope and resurrection.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Top 6 Picks

Saturday April 19, 2014
10am to 6pm Free.  43rd World Wide Sketch Crawl in Orlando is on the same day as the 9th Annual Central Floride Earth Day at Lake Eola.
Thor of Analog Artist Digital World is the Orlando host. The idea of the FREE SketchCrawl is that of a global
drawing marathon: Taking a day to journal and draw all that is around you. http://www.sketchcrawl.com/
1- Artists gather together for the Sketchcrawl. (Lets meet at the Artist Corner at 10am to start.)
2- They share sketches and photos from all over the world after the SketchCrawl.
3- The event helps create a community of friends passionate about drawing around the world.
There are no rules:
Anyone can participate, be it to draw for 20 minutes or the full day . Any level of ability is welcome
from veteran artists to first time sketchers. Any age! Try it with your kids!
Artists can explore the event with sketches and ultimately gather at the Food Court-Beer Garden
at 5pm to share sketchbooks while tasting some of the Earth Day food and drink.


10am to 6pm Free.  Central Florida Earth Day. Lake Eola Park (east side) 195 N. Rosalind Avenue Orlando, FL. Please join us for the 9th annual Central Florida Earth Day, the largest and longest-running Earth Day festival in Central Florida! Central Florida Earth Day is back--bigger and better than ever!  Please join us at the largest and most prestigious Earth Day event in Central Florida. The event will include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; environmental and humane education; artist and craft corners; and live music and entertainment. Central Florida Earth Day will draw both committed environmentalists and those who want to learn more about how to protect our health, the planet, and its inhabitants. You can promote your business or group to thousands of people who want to learn more about environmentalism and the varied products and services that support an eco-friendly and a veg-friendly way of life. All money raised will be used for local environmental education and outreach.

10am to 8pm Free. Acme's Star Trek vs Star Wars Art Show and Charity Auction for Hero Initiative. Acme Superstore 905 E. SR 434, Longwood, Fl. Acme's Star Trek versus Star Wars Art Show! Join us for new themed art, family-friendly activities, movies, contests and vendors! And a store-wide sale on ALL Star Wars AND Star Trek comics, toys and merch! Throughout the day, we'll also have a silent art auction with all proceeds going to Hero Initiative:.
Winners will be announced and contacted at 7pm. All ages welcome! FREE to attend!
Also, for all you 18+ fans, check out our Acme After Hours: Star Trek vs Star Wars Art Party!
 

Sunday April 20, 2014
2pm to 8pm. Free.  Orange Blossom Jamboree 5 Pre-Party. Red Lion Pub 3784 Howell Branch Road Winter Park, Fl. A pre-Celebration of Florida's finest homegrown festival: Orange Blossom Jamboree 2014!!! Live music from local OBJ bands on an outdoor stage, free homemade BBQ, and over a dozen vendors will all be present!

5:3opm to ? $7. Southern Fried Sunday with People's Blues of Richmond, The Woolly Bushmen and Fast Preacher. Will's Pub 1042 N. Mill's Ave., Orlando, Fl. This SFS will rock! April's SFS presents bands who all have a blues tinged, garage rock soulfullness to their diverse yet distinctly Southern sound. We welcome Virginia's People's Blue of Richmond back to Will's after their last display of badassery. They'll be joined by The Woolly Bushmen and Fast Preacher, the side project of Fat Night's Daniel Hanson. The $7 Cover includes BBQ. Because this show falls on Easter and because we'll be celebrating the first full liquor SFS at Will's we are hiding eggs around the bar which will have tickets for free shots inside. Happy hunting!

9pm to 11pm Free. Solo Acoustic Spoken Word. Natura Coffee and Tea, 12078 Collegiate Way, Orlando, FL. 407 482-5000.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Paint Nite


On March 4th  I went to Avenue Gastrobar (13 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL) to see what Paint Nite was all about. For $45 patrons registered to paint a simplified version of Vincent Van Gogh's Irises. The event was Sold Out. About half of the bar was filled with small easels with blank canvases, brushes, along with plastic cups of water and plastic plates for palettes. Thirty to forty people showed up to "drink creatively." Each artist was given a green grade school smock.

Avenue Gastrobar offers a casual refined atmosphere that welcomes beer and cocktail drinkers, along with fussy eaters and foodies alike. Avenue is not quite a bar, and not quite a restaurant, but an innovative & modern pub hub to sip, grub and socialize. I had a sandwich and a Coke while I sketched.

I had contacted artist Megan MacGregor and since I wasn't using any of the art supplies, she was fine with letting me sit on the sidelines and sketch without the $45 cover. Megan graduated from New College of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Apart from studying art, she also specialized in animal psychology, focusing on animal training. Her senior year of college she worked as a marine mammal intern at Dolphins Plus in Key Largo, Fl. Her senior thesis, "Fragmented Perspective," focused on redefining the stereotype of dolphins, came about as a result of her experience working there. After graduation, Megan was accepted into a six month marine mammal internship at The Seas in Epcot, Orlando, Fl, which has continued the inspiration of her paintings. She currently lives in Orlando, and is looking forward to taking her paintings out of the water and into new realms on land.  I like how her work breaks one large image into a series of panels. She works in watercolor which of course I also find appealing. I kind of wish she had coached everyone to paint a dolphin portrait, but that would have required much more drawing skills from participants.

In the workshop, all the artists were first instructed to cover the entire canvas with a coat of yellow acrylic paint. Then large green brush strokes defined the leaves. Every one's painting was unique. The purple Irises were the last item added to all the paintings. Megan coached everyone from a small stage at the head of the room. She had a head mic which amplified her voice giving the impression of a fitness trainer rallying everyone to exercise their creative muscles. I imagine the amount of wine consumed might have resulted in some liberal abstractions. Participants liked joking with each other as they questioned their creations. Paint Nites are happening all over town with many different paintings to choose from. Though I was skeptical, I must admit that a Paint Nite would certainly be a fun date. Everyone is searching for adventurous distractions and this fits the bill.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shin Sushi

On Friday February 28th, I went to meet Julie Anderson at Shin Sushi (803 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL) to discuss the Orlando Sentinel's new "HypeOrlando Blogs." This can be found on the Sentinel website on the "Home" tab at the top of the page. Several months ago, Terry and I bumped into Julie and her husband Lars at an outdoor cafe in Winter Park. Over drinks, Julie first described the "Hype" concept. A newspaper in Chicago first developed the idea where a large group of bloggers all contribute to the same blog site. None of the contributors is paid, so the newspaper online site gets plenty of creative content for free.

In return, "Hype" contributors would get, a daily newsletter from an experienced blogger on how to build audience (Search engine optimization, optimizing Facebook, writing headlines that make people click, etc.) Offline blogger community meetups.  Free platform and technical setup. Ongoing technical support. Monthly incentives and contests for writing and audience-building.

I got to the Sushi restaurant a bit early since I had just done an interview with Seth Kubersky a few blocks away for a write up in the Orlando Weekly. The head waiter at Shin Sushi told me I would have to wait an hour before I could get inside. I had hoped to sketch the interior and fill the sketch with patrons as they arrived for the lunch hour. Oh, well, it was a nice day outside, so I sat across the street and sketched the barren exterior. As I was finishing my sketch, I saw Julie approach the restaurant and go inside. I packed up the supplies and rushed across the street. The restaurant was bustling now. I ordered some sushi combo which turned out to be much more food than expected.

HypeOrlando in it's first weeks had about 30 contributors. Julie hopes to push those numbers up into the hundreds. My impression is that "Hype" is a great opportunity for beginning bloggers. All the layouts for the blogs are identical making it hard to tell one blog from another. The one established "Hype" blogger that I recognized was  Kristen Manieri who runs Great Dates Orlando. Over lunch, Julie pushed for the idea of having me channel all my future content over to the "HypeOrlando" site. This seemed like an extreme notion which would likely result in my loosing many readers in the transition. I can't imagine giving up a site that I've built up over 5 years. Kristen still maintains her original site while occasionally contributing to "Hype". The fact that I post creative content every day means that I would have to write a new article any time I wanted to contribute to "Hype." I would have to add an 8th day to my work week! I asked about just posting an article on "Hype" that already ran or simultaneously ran on Analog Artist Digital World. Julie said that the Google search engine would label any re-purposed article as spam thus all content would have to be new.

I fired of a long list of concerns. I didn't like having to give up a large header on the new site. Apparently the "Chicago Now"  site learned that letting contributors create their own headers resulted in some very bad and amateurish designs. The "Hype" site limits each contributor to a one inch square avatar. It results in trying to create a recognizable brand on the size of a postage stamp. I was also concerned that there is no right click copyright protections making it easy for Sentinel Surfers to copy any sketches I post to the site. This is an ongoing concern since even the Downtown Arts District and the City of Winter Park do not realize that it is wrong to copy and republish work without permission. The Internet is a lawless Wild West for theft and ripping. The fact that City organizations have no clue about copyright makes it appear that Orlando is a second rate city. Terry seems to feel there is no advantage to posting on "Hype". Even the name seems to imply vacuous content with little substance. I'm still weighing the options. I might even cut back submissions to Analog Artist Digital World to 6 days a week and submit one article a week to "Hype". I've been making adjustments to try and allow for more family time and contributing free content to "Hype" could be a step backwards. I was surprised and pleased that Julie paid for lunch.

Let me know what you think. Should I stay the course and keep AADW a daily, or should I also contribute to the "Hype"? Leave me a message below. One last note. Something I ate at Shin Sushi didn't agree with me and I had the runs all afternoon. Not a good sign.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dana Schutz


Critically acclaimed artist Dana Schutz will be Master Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida from February 17 to March 9, 2014. She talked about her artistic process on February 27th during her visit to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, Fl.)  Dana’s work suggests tradition while simultaneously presenting innovative compositions. The artist explains, “My paintings are loosely based on meta narratives. The pictures float in and out of pictorial genres. Still life's become personified, portraits become events, and landscapes become constructions. I embrace the area between which the subject is composed and decomposing, formed and formless, inanimate and alive.” New York-based critic John Yau stated, “This is what Schutz does so well—she asks questions that challenge the answers given by others. More importantly, she asks her questions by folding them into the painting.”  The appearance of Dana Schutz was made possible by the Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist in-Residence Outreach Program and United Arts of Central Florida.

Dana's work blew me away. The classical paintings on the museum walls seemed shocked and surprised by Dana's work on the screen. The image I sketched on the screen answered the question, "What would someone look like if they ate their own face?"  Dana works large with all her colors pre-mixed. While in school she painted portraits of the men she imagined would be right for her friends. A bright landscape sprouted body parts which people then devoured. Her imagined world is believable yet abstract with the light and color intensity dialed way up. I wish I could have seen some of her work in person. The paint looks luscious and thickly applied. There is a vibrancy and directness to her work that I admire. I left the talk inspired. What a surprise to discover another artists vision with self effacing humor and warmth.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Running on Local


Julie Norris invited me to attend a free talk with Carol Hewitt, a Slow Money inspired author of "Financing Our Foodshed", and Lyle Estill, author of similar books, such as "Small is Possible". The discussion will focus on all things local: from food to fuel to finance to friendship.The talk and discussion were held at East End Market (3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL) on February 24th.

The primary point of the discussion was that we don't need large banks to finance small businesses in our community. Individuals who have a little money saved can help their neighbors with small loans with  very low interest rates. When the money is loaned directly to someone you know, it is more likely to be paid back since not doing so would be embarrassing. Carol began loaning money in her community with increasing frequency and there have only been a few defaults. Such grass roots financing has resulted in a stronger sense of community.

Carol is a pioneer in the Slow Money Movement. The American financial system is built on the idea of fast money. Computers trade execute trades at exponentially fast speeds in order to bring in fast returns. These quick trades aren't intended to help the investor or the business. Instead they skim money from both with no value added. Slow money implies lending money locally so that the community you live in can thrive and grow. Since Carol has been practicing this for years, it seems that removing big banks from the financing equation is a viable option for people with vision and a personal interest in seeing their community grow.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hall of Fame

On my third trip out to the Full Sail back lot I found that the outdoor stage had been broken down because of the threat of rain. An awards ceremony was going on inside Full Sail Live and I tried to get in, but security guards refused entrance.

I walked back to a jumbo tron where students were catching all the action. I decided to sit under a huge umbrella and I'm glad I did, because half way into the sketch, it began to pour. The students ran for cover, joining me under the umbrella.

Some of the students must have not realized I was a teacher because they gossiped about how the think teachers don't give a damn because they are just biding their time until they land a job in the movie industry again.

The founder of Full Sail,  Jon Phelps, got on stage and he loomed large and bright on the Jumbo tron. I've never met the man. Staff joked about which color Maserati sports car he might drive to the ceremony. He has done very well for himself, yet teachers at Full Sail struggle to make ends meet. The school focuses it's resources on State of the art technology and tons of marketing while the instructors in the trenches seem overlooked.

Awards were given to Kim Albert, Tom BoydDemacio Castellon, Leon Hopkins, Larry Katz,  and Juan Peralta. Unlike the Academy Awards there was no cut off cue when an award recipient went on too long. The common thread among the recipients speeches was that persistence and determination do eventually pay off. This is a lesson that is only learned outside the classroom in the everyday struggle to build a career.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hall of Fame


On February 2nd, I explored the Full Sail back lot to see what was set up for the Hall of Fame. The idea behind Hall of Fame is that select graduates are honored for their contributions in the fields of music, film or gaming. A stage was set up in front of the Public Market which is modeled after the market in Seattle. Ruth King was the performer. She sang Soulful Acoustic Blues. Between songs she described her life growing up with a white mom and black father which gave her a unique view of racism in America. She was filmed live and the results went up on a jumbo tron. Of course the big screen projection was overkill since fewer than a dozen students stood in the blazing Florida sun to listen. Half of that dozen were working video and audio equipment.

As a Music Festival this was a pitiful turn out. They would have been better off staging this in a small sound studio. The MC kept offering the carrot of a free iPad if people tweeted friends to get out to listen.  No one actually won an iPad while I sketched. I hadn't succeeded in finding shade so the second I finished my sketch, I packed away the sketchbook and left. I had finished fast enough, so that I only had a minor sun burn.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Top 6 Picks

Saturday April 11, 2014
3pm to 8pm Free. Frankie's BIG FUN Market. APARTMENT E (the Event's host location, and where you will get the night's map!) 659 Bryn Mawr, (College park), Orlando , Florida. "BIG FUN" occurs on every second Saturday (only). 3pm-8pm....( debut March) ... there are many ways to participate. In the coming months we will be growing into an all out sidewalk party, and we will be stretched and inclusive of any and all businesses that are located up and down beautiful Edgewater drive... participating businesses are encouraged to co partner with creatives, host the entertainment in their location, or present creative entertainment in any way that "fits" with their business. This is the main goal. to "match creatives with the businesses that are already there.. but it is not the only aspect of this MARKET.

4:30pm to 8:30pm Free. Dr. Phillps Charities presents Peter and The Wolf, a FREE outdoor Concert.in Loch Haven Park, Orlando, FL. Pre-concert activities begin at 4:30, with a concert at 7:30 pm with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds, and special guests from Orlando Repertory Theatre. Sponsored by Dr. Phillips Charities with additional support from Orlando Family Magazine.

9:15pm to 10:50pm International Shorts Florida Film Festival. Regal Winter Park Village 20, North Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL Total running time: 91 minutes
Oh Sheep!
No matter what methods their owners employ to keep them apart, two flocks of sheep are relentless in their effort to mingle on the same piece of property. The result is quite funny albeit a bit messy.
Noodle Fish
 A little fish embarks on a journey to discover the mysterious world that lies above the water. Will he be up to the challenge?
Faces from Places—Japan: Hôjô Jutsu
Step into a watercolor world as this series of mini-documentaries takes you on a trek around the globe. In this installment of the travel diary, a young woman discusses the Japanese practice of rope skills—from traditional martial arts to the naughtier side of things.
What is Dead May Never Die
From the moon landing to movie credits, this hypnotic time capsule of sights and sounds will grab your attention!
White Morning
A twisted and unflinchingly confrontational film about chain-of-command, peer pressure, and the violence of little boys and little men. “If you tell him to do it…he will.”
Sleep Clinic
This psychiatric fantasy musical takes us on a mind-melting, Seussian trip through the desperate delusions and sometimes-hilarious hallucinations of an insomniac.
In the Air is Christopher Gray
Christopher Gray is a suburban boy who just wants to impress Stacey, the love of his life. And no amount of lemonade in the world can quench his desire. Will his friend’s pet-store purchase help him win over the object of his affection?
Tap to Retry
This frenetic series of clever and colorful super-shorts aims to interpret vague and undefined concepts without adding to the disorientation we all inevitably feel while living in a world where “real” and “virtual” are constantly shifting and mixing.
La Ravaudeuse
Told in an eerie world of fabric and wood, this bizarre story of twins who refuse to be kept apart proves that there’s nothing easy about mending a bungled child.
 Faces from Places—Ivory Coast: Wax
On our second global adventure with Bastien Dubois, we discover a vast array of colorful African fabrics and the stories behind their vibrant patterns.
Lonely Bones
The dark and creepy tale of a one-eyed man who makes his escape from a hotel room, only to enter a hellish world where time and space intertwine.
 Bless You
 A man taking the subway gets a jolt when the countdown clock inside his brain hits zero.  Prepare for lift-off!
Subconscious Password
 When Charles forgets an old acquaintance’s name, we are thrust into a mind-bending romp through the inner reaches of his mind. The latest masterwork from the Oscar® -winning director of “Ryan” (FFF 2005 Audience Award for Best International Short).

Sunday April 13, 2014
10am to 6pm Free.  Fashion Square Art Fair. Orlando Fashion Square 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida. On the 2nd Sunday of every month Gallery Fresh Art Markets and Orlando Fashion Square Mall proudly present our "Fashion Square Art Fair." This is an indoor event showcasing 30 to 60 artists and fine crafts persons located throughout Fashion Square Mall.

4:30pm to 6:30pm $13. Roller Derby: Arkham Assailants vs Sunnyland Slammers. Semoran Skateway 2670 Cassel Creek Blvd, Casselberry, Florida. first jam is at 5:00. This is an all ages event. Food and BEER will be available at the snack bar. We will have a 50/50 raffle, so bring some cash! Remember to bring your own chairs; chairs with rubber bottoms are allowed on the track, high heels are not. And don't forget, you can take home a piece of OPCDG with one of our league or team shirts, or even a one of a kind, derby girl made, necklaces, magnets, and more. (CafePress.com/OPCDGmerchandise) After party will be directly after the game at Friendly Confines, Winter Park.

7pm to 9pm. Free. Hard Rock Rising 2014. Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, Orlando, 6050 Universal Blvd, Florida. 7 Bands Enter...1 Band Leaves a Winner!!! Support The Bloody Jug Band.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ghosts of Brutality


On February 11th, artist John Hitchcock gave a talk about his artistic process at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, Fl). A whole room in the Cornell is filled with an installation he did called "Ghosts of Brutality". Cut out screen prints on paper and felt created a complex mosaic on the walls and floor. Military helicopters dropped bombs while tanks roamed the base boards. Severed heads of bison, deer and donkeys floated in space among the bombs. John isn't strict about the placement of each print in the installation. Students and staff helped with the installation so they were very much a part of the artistic process.

Before John's talk, a movie clip played of Indians dancing in their full regalia.  John grew up in Western Oklahoma in a Comanche reservation across from a US Military base. As a child he grew up with artillery training always in the background. His first drawings were to help his grandmother prepare intricate bead work. He did a series of circular prints that showed bison with a target symbol. He was very proud that one of these later sported a bullet hole.

John prints a massive amount of work for his installations, often recruiting students to help in the process. On a trip to Venice, he left a print at every historic place he went. The prints left behind were like bread crumbs of his travels. John's work addresses war, assimilation and imperialism.

A doctor found a large malignant growth that threatened John's life. At this time, when faced with death, John began to sketch obsessively every day. He would post each days sketch on his Facebook page. I wholeheartedly identify with his obsession. He also began to incorporate more color in his work.  The threat of death caused him to bloom.

Mark your calendar! Ghosts of Brutality is up through April 13th. Admission to the museum is now free, thanks to the Bressemer trust, so you have no excuse not to go.