April 21, 2017
by Caroline
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Artists at Work: Jean Hélion (April 21, 1904 – October 27, 1987)

Note: There are many sites listing artists by their birthday and presenting their biographies. My project differs because I am focusing on the artists’ process whenever possible, and giving just a brief summary of their work along with my comments. Being able to peek into artist’s studios is fascinating to me.  I’m hoping to learn more about how artists work and maybe find some artists who are new to me.

Today’s Artist is Jean Hélion. I chose to start my Artists at Work series with him because we share a birthday. In this way, I learned about an artist I’ve never heard of before.

Jean Hélion was a French painter whose abstract work of the 1930s established him as a leading modernist. His mid-career rejection of abstraction was followed by nearly five decades as a figurative painter. He was also the author of several books and an extensive body of critical writing.
 

To learn more:

http://tmlarts.com/jean-helion/

January 22, 2017
by Caroline
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Art & Philosophy

Non-Human Animals: Crash Course Philosophy #42

I admit that the connection I’m trying to make here, in order to justify the inclusion of this YouTube video in a Studio blog post, is pretty tenuous. But much of my art and many of my creative endeavors are influenced by my philosophy of how to treat others – both human and non-human animals.  One critique of proponents of animal protection that really gets my dander right up is that people who are speaking out for animals have no regard for human problems such as homelessness and hunger. That is simply not true. Everyone has passions and causes that they fight for, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have regard for other worthy causes.

This video is important to me because, in less than 10 minutes, it summarizes the philosophy that changed my life over 30 years ago. The work of Peter Singer inspired my husband, and then me, to adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle. So I’m not posting this proselytize (well, maybe a little), but to let PBS explain to anyone who is interested, why my family and I have made the choice to not exploit animals.

August 2, 2016
by Caroline
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Bears

I made a little comic so I could draw some bears. do you like bears?You’ll have to click on the image to enlarge it so you can read the tiny writing.

February 7, 2016
by Caroline
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Happy Second New Year – It’s Fire Monkey Time!

Happy Lucky Fire Monkey! 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財

I’m hoping the characters above are wishing you happiness and prosperity. I cannot read Chinese characters so I’m relying on the kindness of the internet. I do know that February 8th, the Chinese New Year,  ushers in the Year of the Fire Monkey and brings a fresh opportunity be a better you, with a new round of resolutions, productivity goals, fitness challenges and the merciless crushing of old, bad habits.

In order to keep my resolutions in mind this time, I’ll be sporting a Red Fire Monkey necklace, featuring a monkey charm that I ordered from China (which must be auspicious). I made two, so if you’d like a Fire Monkey talisman to keep you on track this year, you can find it here.

January 25, 2016
by Caroline
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Google Opinion Rewards for Android

Since I refuse to be a niche*  blogger, today I am posting about an app that earns Google play store money. And by doing that, it allows me to buy useless (as well as highly functional) apps with virtually no agonizing.

The app is Google Opinion Rewards and, as you can see from the last screenshot, I’ve earned $15 or so since starting earlier this fall.

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PROS: None of the little surveys take more than 1 minute or so, the money seems to add up quickly, you can use it to buy books, music, apps, in-app purchases or movies in the Google Store.

CONS: It is for Android users only. You must use the earnings within one year, some surveys earn only 10 cents, and, rarely, some earn you nothing.

* for the love of god, please pronounce it “nitch” not “neesh”.

August 14, 2015
by Caroline
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Where’s the Turkey?

I finally finished my little book about a vegan Thanksgiving. My editor has a few corrections I still need to make, but I thought I’d wait and see what other feedback I get. Also, I didn’t save .psd files of the pages so it’s going to be a pain to revamp.