3rd times a charm

a collage of images of people making art
a collage of images of people making art
A collection of images from various Art Break Day sites / Also my 30for30equals30 art break!

Last Friday, I hosted the third annual Art Break Day in San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza. This year I had the pleasure of working with one of my best friends, Amelia Strader of GoGo Craft. It was a perfect day. Two words that jump out for me are “community” and “connection.” This year, Art Break Day expanded to 19 locations across the world. It felt so cool to know that as I was offering art for free to the San Francisco public, there were 18 other places around the world where people were getting the same opportunity to sit down together and make art. The global community joined together to have one big art break. At our site in San Francisco, there were tons of new friendships started across our art tables. It was so fun to watch people walk up with a bit of apprehension and then look at their faces about 15 minutes later. The tables were full of strangers that were talking and laughing and eventually exchanging emails and phone numbers to meet up again in the future. It just feels good to make people happy. I think that’s my favorite thing to do. To make a person smile. And, I think we accomplished that across 19 different cities last Friday. That puts a smile on my face.

An Homage

a digital art piece of a woman blowing out birthday candles

Apologies for not posting my 30for30equals30 artwork yesterday, but my computer decided she needed the day off. Google Chrome got the best of her and slowed her way down. After several frustrated conversations, we were both able to forgive each other for my taking her for granted and her just randomly deciding to freeze and give me a black screen. We’re taking a short break from Google Chrome and will reinstall here shortly. Long story short, here’s yesterday’s art break!

An Homage to my Home.

I will be moving to a whole new state three weeks from tomorrow. I’ve known for a few months now and have been slowly packing the house and making appointments with movers and the like, but have still not fully realized what moving means. This is the place where I married my husband. It’s the place our first son was born. It’s a place I figured out (with the help of school and friends) what kind of artist I want to be. The Bay Area has taught me so much and given me so much. It has also frustrated me in several ways too. I love and hate to say goodbye. I decided to capture some of my favorite compositions in my house so that I will never forget them.

a yellow wall with texture and a tiny peek out of a window

looking through a screen door

looking up to a popcorn ceiling and a pink light shade

a door knob and a mirror

sun shining through a curtain

a wall with a striped bath curtain in the distance

 

And, today, for Day number 4 of 30for30equals30, I am paying homage to my Grandmother, Mildred. May she rest in peace.

 

a digital art piece of a woman blowing out birthday candles
Even at 90 years old my grandmother still blew out all of her birthday candles.

 

30 for 30 equals 30

a composition of patterns - plaid and polka dots mostly in black and white

Today marks the day I will make myself make art. I know that sounds weird, but sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life I forget to do what I love to do. So, my super awesome collaborator, Lisa, and I came up with 30 for 30 equals 30. To coincide with our community art event Art Break Day, (that happens every first Friday in September) we will take 30 minutes to make art every day during the month of September. As my wonderful Dad would say, this exercise isn’t about the final product, “it’s all about the journey.” For me, it’s about making space for my creative brain. Taking the time to mess around in the studio or finally work out that new art project plan. I promise you that you won’t see any masterpieces this month, but you may see some in the making. So, watch out!

Here’s the first of thirty.

I’ve had “scan various items to see what happens” on my list for a while, so I thought today was the perfect day to jump in. I grabbed some random headbands and scanned them in a whole bunch of different ways. Here’s a peek at one of the final compositions.

a composition of patterns - plaid and polka dots mostly in black and white

Patterns are fun, aren’t they?

More to come tomorrow!

Make art free!

close up of hands painting

I want to share a new community art project I am working on in collaboration with my artist friend Lisa Rasmussen.  Yesterday we announced our newest art adventure, Take 5:  Art Break Day!  Check out our website for more information:  www.artbreakday.com

Here is the annoucement we published yesterday.

Support Our Newest Project – Take 5: Art Break Day!
“The time has come to give everyone in our community an opportunity to know and experience creativity as our most powerful human capacity.” ~William Cleveland
Take 5: ARTbreak Day 2011
Visualize walking into the center of a city and seeing a group of random strangers sitting around a table chatting, laughing, sharing, and getting to know one another through the act of making art together.

On Take 5:  Art Break Day folks will literally be taking an art break; taking a breather from the ordinary course of their day to MAKE ART FOR FREE!
The first official Take 5: ARTbreak Day will be on September 2nd, 2011.  This community ARTreach event will take course during the work day, in the cities of San FranciscoSan Rafael, Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland.   In the “heart” of each city a canopy with the words “Take an Art Break” will house tables, filled to the brim with an array of art supplies!   Passersby will be greeted and invited to have a seat and to take an art break.

Over the next four months we need to raise $50,000.
That is $12,500 per month.
and $417.00 per day.

That is equal to 117 Venti lattes at Starbucks per day or one iPhone per day.


How can you Help?

 

  1. Donate, donate, donate Click HERE to donate now! Your tax-deductible donation provides crucial support for this projec. Every single donation no matter how small or large is indispensable and intrinsic in helping us create a successful Take Five: Take an ARTbreak Day!
  2. Spread the Word! E-mail this post to your friends, post it on your Blog, on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Help us find Sponsorship! Email us if you know someone who might be interested in sponsoring Take 5:  Art Break Day. (our email:  artismoving[at!]gmail[dot!]com)
  4. Become part of our ARTmentor Team. We are looking for 8 ARTmentors to help us prior, during, and after the event with several different tasks.  Check out the website for more info.
  5. Volunteer. We have over thirty volunteer positions available.
  6. Have fun with us in September! Put September 2, 2011 on your calendar NOW so you don’t forget to come out and TAKE AN ART BREAK for free!
We hope you will join us in making Take 5: Art Break Day a stellar success!!