Thursday, February 18, 2010
We had a good turn out today for our Draw-In at the State House in Augusta. There were about a half dozen of us drawing away and helping those who stopped by to see what we were up to, vision how we could best spend our war dollars. I personally drew the following: a karate guy for more spending on sports programs, an insulated house for more spending on green energy efficiency, seeds and herbal plants for more spending on developing herbal medicines, a guy in a solitary confinement for more spending on humane incarceration and a dump truck for more money for jobs. Those were just a few of the many drawings that I created today. In addition to our Draw-In action we also delivered 187 booklets or zines that Natasha and I put together last Sunday from over 75 drawings that were created at the Draw-A-Thon, to all of the State Legislators. Each zine had 19 images and there were four different zines all together. Rob Shetterly gave a great talk, which really put into perspective how imbalanced our priorities have become. Our gross national export is weaponry...more than anything else, medicine, housing, etc. we export and supply the world with equipment for waging war. If you are reading this and are outraged at this direction that our country has chosen, speak up...contact your representatives and tell them that enough is enough, it's time to re-orient our priorities and start healing and improving our world, not destroy it.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The happy face of a busy artist. We produced over 75 images and Natasha and I created 4 different zines each containing 19 images. It was a great experience meeting new artists & supportive folks and rekindling connections with artist friends and acquaintances. Next stop is Augusta on Thursday to hand over our visual representations of what we think are better uses of our tax dollars to our legislators. Please consider joining us for another great experience in art making and protest...it hopes to be a great and artistically rewarding event. See you there!
Friday, February 12, 2010
We are so lucky to have with us on Saturday a representative from SlopArt, Maine's number one source for premium expressions. (http://www.slopart.com) Natasha and I were afraid that some artists might feel a little hesitant to enter the realm of creating political art, for various reasons: lack of experience, it's not their style, not good at it, might confuse or disappoint their client base, etc. So we asked Brian Reeves, founder of Slop Art if he could create a dispensation card that could let anyone off the hook from any association with political art making. What this means is that should you have any hesitancy towards having your name or art associated with an extremely opinionated political activity, that could possibly offend sensibilities and brand you as radical rather than neutral, this dispensation card, which is official, would immediately neutralize any and all claims and accusations against you. I plan on getting one, even though I am fairly known for making political art, just for the shear convenience of it. Sometimes you just don't feel like explaining why you do what you do, or have done what you've done and you just flash your card and boom...no explaining necessary...you've got certified dispensation...free to make all the political art your heart desires without any guilt by association! Thanks Brian, thanks to you and your company it's never been easier to make political art! Look for them at the Draw-A-Thon.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Some of you out there might be interested in attending the post Draw-A-Thon festivities. Please come join us at 5pm for poetry, singing and a pot luck supper! You can click on the link over there on the right to open up a nice flyer that's much bigger so that you can read it!...or even print out and post in your community.