Category Archives: creativity

“INVISIBLE” | A Short Film by Christian Jackson [Watch]

Because stories are meant to be shared– a film by writer/director/storyteller Christian Jackson.

INVISIBLE is a glimpse into the life of a homeless man who teeters between his reality and society’s.

-Christian

INVISIBLE from Christian Jackson on Vimeo.

Christian Jackson is a storyteller. 

He honed his skills working in advertising where he wrote TV commercials and copy for other media before realizing his passion for film. Now he writes films, commercials, short stories, books, and captions for his Instagram photos all while directing commercials and playful films that will bring a little smile to your face. 

Just a little one. 

For more story time with Christian Jackson, visit his portfolio and follow him on Instagram.

Special thanks to Christian for sharing.

“I fear being predictable, in life and in my art” [Paintings by Seren]

Traveled artist, Seren Moran shares her story.

 I fear being predictable, in life and in my art. 

Periferia
Periferia

My life has always been unstable; I have lived with different people in over ten different homes, studied in more than ten different schools, and worked in a variety of places. 

Settled - Unplugged
Settled – Unplugged

I struggle to find comfort and balance while feeling alone and misunderstood. 

Settled - Dormant
Settled – Dormant

I envy stability, but I see ignorance in those who remain stagnant. 

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Settled – Ephemeral Glance

I’ve never worked well with schedules and plans, and I don’t strategize with my art. I use my impulsiveness as inspiration; my choices are made in the moment, often without a conscious thought.

A Comunidade
A Comunidade

I make deliberate decisions after my intuitive ones. Like dancing, I let my body do the work, moving without thinking. 

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Settled – A Penitent Summer

My curiosity drives my impetuousness-a need to face the unknown rather than hide from it. 

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Sanguine 1

I always felt the necessity to push boundaries, break rules, and I have managed to channel that energy into my art. I am constantly questioning my work and pushing past what is expected. 

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Sanguine 6

I see painting as being alive, moving in shapes, textures, and special relationships. 

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Sanguine 10

It can be chaotic or calm, stubborn or uncertain, or everything at once.

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Sanguine 18

I view my paintings as accurate depictions of my subjects; expressing emotion and honesty to the places and people I paint.

-Seren

Seren Moran was born in 1989 in Berkeley, California. In 2011, Seren graduated from San Diego State University's Fine Arts Program, with an emphasis in painting. During her junior year of college, Seren studied abroad in the highly competitive art program at the original Leonardo da Vinci School of Art, L'Accademia di Bella Arte, in Florence Italy, where all classes were taught in Italian.  
In 2012, Seren moved to Indaiatuba, Brazil, where she spent 10 months teaching English, learning Portuguese, and painting. There, she painted her Brasil Series which resulted in two exhibitions at a gallery and museum in the State of Sao Paulo. Her current work explores the transition of her returning to the Bay Area.
To see more of Seren’s paintings, visit her website, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and IG.
Special thanks to Seren for sharing.

 

 

It’s Monday, Time to F@#k Sh*t Up

Today, you’re challenged to do something new. Something out of the box (whatever that may be). Something out of YOUR ordinary. Because what better way to start off the week then with a little turbulence to keep you on your toes. And if things happen to go awry, well– you have the rest of the week to make up for it.

Happy Monday

The Non-scientific Breakdown of A Critique

If you’ve ever been in a critique, chances are you probably fall into one of the following categories:

1. The Defensive Back: Like a 250lb All American, the DB has a comeback for everything and is not letting anything through that tough exterior– not even valuable feedback. Not to worry; we still love you– after the critique.

2. The Ghost: Also-known-as “Casper,” this person has a strange way of always disappearing right before that 2 hour critique.  “Hey?! Wasn’t so-and-so just here a second ago?” “They’ll be back–they left their keys.”

3. The Fat Lady: Before you get upset about the category title, remember the expression, “it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings”? Well, these guys are still slapping on paint on the way to the front of the room.  They always manage to keep things interesting.

4. The Quiet Genius: They let the work speak for itself. Deep down, we all envy them.

There are probably a lot more categories that are missing and should be added to the list. Either way just remember, it’s not you we’re critiquing– it’s the work!

Need a break? Checkout these 4 Paintings Inspired by the Ocean

Huntington Beach, CA artist, Gregory Lee Davis, shares his oceanside views through his paintings– enjoy.

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Gregory Lee Davis is an artist from Huntington Beach, CA. He draws much of his inspiration from the ocean where he has spent a great deal of time. The style in which his paintings are done are expressive in nature which is based in technique and can be at times impulsive in his process. In his work lives a vibrant color and spirit.

To see more of Gregory Lee Davis’ work,  visit his website, like him on Facebook, or get your own prints and originals by emailling gdavis635@gmail.com.

Special thanks to Gregory for sharing.

 

“Believe in your talent and your work will speak for itself”

 23 year old artist, Twan Kaikpo, tells her story. She said she is a struggling artist ( well, not exactly) and wanted to share her art, spirituality, and words– enjoy.

 

As an artist I try to translate my spirituality and my strange imagination into images.

T_Our Father Who Art In Heaven

I believe my artwork is unique because it’s a bit corky, jovial, spiritual, colorful, and almost childlike. It’s definitely not “fine art” but I think it still conveys a message.

T_Spiritual Messenger

From the Concrete, Who Knew A Flower Would Grow
From the Concrete, Who Knew A Flower Would Grow

I paint because it has a healing effect on me. I could be upset or just really angry all day, but as soon as I pick up a paint brush, all of those feelings are released and I feel happy again.

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I hope I don’t sound like a lunatic when I say this but I believe that God puts all of the images I’ve painted so far in my head. I say that because I usually get ideas for paintings after having a daydream while meditating or from dreams.

T_Let her Shine Bright Like the Moon

I haven’t been on the art scene long. I recently started to believe I could actually have a career in art so I haven’t explored different types of mediums yet. So far I’ve only used acrylic paint & water colors on canvas. I think the more comfortable I get, the more I will experiment.

T_Other Side of the Game

One of my best friends is also a painter and she was the one that inspired me to get into painting. She is probably my favorite artist. Her work is a bit corky, symbolic, spiritual, and abstract like mine. She showed me that art is art. Your style is your style. You don’t need to try to be like anyone else in order to be an artist. You just have to believe in your talent and your work will speak for itself.

T_Lust

When people see my artwork I want them to feel the joy I felt while painting it. I want each and every color to pop off of the canvas and have a healing effect on people (you can be healed through color therapy). I want to inspire any young person out there that wants to be an artist but doesn’t think that they’re good enough. I want to show them that they don’t have to be a Picasso to have “talent”.

T_Sun Salutation

Art is whatever you have in your heart that you want to translate with your paint brush (or however you want to express it).

-Twan Kaikpo

 To learn more about Twan and her artwork, visit her blog, find her on Twitter, or follow her on IG.

 

Special thanks to Twan for sharing.