Hey San Francisco folks! My artwork is on the walls of The Sycamore in the Mission and I wanna hang out with y’all! Come have a drink, eat some food (they have a cool menu and the kitchen is open until Gremlins feeding time!) and check out my paintings in “The Theban Mysteries Series.” Maybe we’ll get really absurd and practice our Theban script together, lol! The mixer is this coming Sunday, October 25th at 7 pm.
My grandmother, Lena Faye Bridges Cockrell, or Nana as I called her, was the most influential adult in my formative years. She and I were close, possessing an altogether uncanny understanding of one another. She taught me to make biscuits from scratch when I was six, how to use a typewriter when I was nine, and gave me safe haven when I came out as gay at sixteen. She made time to attend my theater performances, bought me school clothes every year and always professed her belief in me. To others, her opinions were intractable, her pursuit of perfection was inflexible, and her judgments were implacable. To me, her love was unmistakable.
I’m super excited to present my new series of mixed media collage paintings: THE THEBAN MYSTERIES! I’ve always been drawn to the lyrical lines of the ancient Theban alphabet and found it a great joy to incorporate the strange 16th century cipher script with comic book artwork, Tarot cards, and decorative art paper.
After carefully creating collage compositions, I added multiple strokes of paint to build depth and playfulness to each artwork. It was fun to discover what images survived the layering process. The Theban messages were added near the end and spell out the title of each painting. There are nine splashy pop culture pieces in total. Add one of THE THEBAN MYSTERIES to your art collection today!
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This summer I found a way to love my family without needing their acceptance.
A year ago this week, my grandmother died on her birthday. In the weeks following her funeral, I had recurring moments in which I heard her voice, telling me to reach out to my relatives on my father’s side of the family. “I’m gone,” she said, “but you have people who love you and want to see you. Let them.” I heard her words, but I didn’t act on them. Continue reading →
Shining Souls of Society: Jackie Mostny, Dijon Bowden and Storm Arcana in Mission Dolores Park, San Francisco, CA.
Today I had the good fortune to spend some time with Dijon Bowden, Bay Area storyteller and creator of the street photography project Souls of Society. Dijon took my photo on Divisadero Street in 2011 when the project was in its nascent stage and going by the name Souls of San Francisco. I was on my way to read Tarot for an event and was dressed up in steampunk clothing complete with top hat and cloak. Dijon’s photograph remains a loving snapshot from another time, capturing a vulnerability and presence that still surprises and impresses me. Continue reading →
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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Our mindset can shape the objective world around us,” writes Shawn Achor in his bestselling book The Happiness Advantage. He writes,
We can cultivate a positive mindset–and capitalize on this positivity to move ever upward. We want to push the limits of possibility as far as they can go, not limit them in the way too many discouraging bosses, parents, teachers, or media stories tell us they should be limited.
Many of us have been conditioned to scan for the things that are wrong in our environments at work, home and in the world at large. Doing this all the time reduces our ability to create, increases anxiety, and diminishes our ambitions and energy. However, instead of constructing a mental process that looks for negatives and obstructs success, we can train our brains to search for possibilities and concepts that foster success. It Continue reading →
Today I attended a Writing for Comics class taught by the amazing writer Devin Grayson. The class was offered by The Isotope Comic Book Lounge as part of its Isotope University project which offers curriculum that “focuses on practical, real world comics industry knowledge to equip students for success in creating and selling comics.” Grayson’s work includes writing for titles such as Gotham Knights, Catwoman, The Titans, and Black Widow. Her five year run on Nightwing is especially well regarded and is often credited for creating the fan base for the popular character. She is also a novelist, video game scripter, short story and essay writer. Continue reading →
“Some days it’s your turn to ask. Some days it’s your turn to be asked.” ~Amanda Palmer
I spotted musician singer-songwriter Amanda Conner on the cover of her new book last week. She was nude with the title painted on her upper chest. I was intrigued but I couldn’t justify spending $27.00 on someone I wasn’t sure I liked. I didn’t get the book.
When I got home, I was haunted by Amanda Palmer’s wide-eyed face. I weighed my nostalgia for her old band The Dresden Dolls versus articles I’d read about her online. I knew Neil Gaiman thought the world of her and I thought the world of him. Shouldn’t I at least investigate her side of things? I capitulated and ordered the book from the library.
In The Art of Asking: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, Amanda Palmer’s voice is raw, direct, and unabashed. She alternates between stubborn and fragile, fearless and vulnerable, yet finds the spaces between. My judgments slid away with each confessional chapter. I read the book in one sitting. Continue reading →