Well we just got back to the studio-
my How do like Bernie Now sign has been installed at Green and Woodyard.
It was back in 1988 that NY artist David Hammons created an artwork that shook up the community. His work "How do you like me now" is explained in this NYT article.
I loved the artwork, it gave a visual start and when you really look at the painting it is interesting looking, the features and the colors that the artist used are otherworldly.
So here in Prince Georges County it is time to vote on Tuesday and from where I sit, it looks like neither candidate is expending much capital in our area. The Clinton campaign sent the mothers of black men who have been killed by police, to a local church and it looks like Hillary is presumptive. This is how the painting was handled when it came to DC.
There are not any signs around our neighborhood for the candidates. It's hard to believe that it was just 4 years ago that Creative Currency sought to bring words of compassion to the political sign pollution.
The sign was interesting to create.
I had to choose the ideas that Bernie advocates that I thought would speak to this community.
It was also a challenge to draw Bernie and then paint him black, which really changed the energy of the painting. We'll see what happens
I know that collective imagining around our community’s future
is a fun and
fruitful creative action.
So this year for the Florida Herbal Conference I proposed, to Emily, that Our Beloved Herbal Community imagine what we see for the
community in ten years time. I asked that each participant envision their role
in actualizing their vision. and to create a symbol of that imagining for the community mandala.
In preparation for my Florida creative plant adventures, I
challenged my self to learn a bit about Central Florida’s botanical family. Most
specifically migratory plants.And in a community of plant loving people,
Hi friends, I want to share one of my most favorite
community projects in 2015. It took place at Three Part Harmony Farm in the
Brookland neighborhood of Washington DC.
When I first met Gail Taylor
two years ago at the Annual EcoHermanas/ Centro Ache Herbal Encuentro in DC,
she was selling strong healthy seedlings. I’ve since learned that Gail is such
a brilliant woman with spirit, a beautiful sister with love for la madre tierra,
community and growing healthy food!
So, happily in 2015 EcoHermanas partnered with 3PH to bring
a USDAC Imagination Station to the farm’s Fall Festival and Garlic planting.
Our creative project involved creating an Imagination Station that offered participants a chance to
envision their community 25 years into the future. And to see their role in making this happen.
The Allentown Splash Park Water Tank was an outstanding site
for a aquatics themed community mural. I was so excited when the MNCPPC invited
me to create an artwork in collaboration with the centers community.
At the Splash Park there is a large active community in
place, The Elite Rays. They are a community of young swimmers and their
families that are committed to excellence.
We shared about 8 sessions, the first two were focused on
concept and design and the final 6 workshops focused on working together, to
create and actualize this 40ft x 5 ft round mural.
For me as the project artist, high points were during the
collaborative painting process where multidisciplinary learning was in serious action.
Drawing to scale, mixing colors, communicating ideas yada yada yada!
The Rays stepped up to the project with great interest and
skills. Parents were also actively involved throughout the process.
Our greatest assets on this project were Stewart Seal who
put the project together, Nancy Weiman who provided
the tank, artists Larry Jones and Alpha Bruton, and our awesome
volunteers Korey and Ashley who I want to thank for sharing their creativity!