motivational monday: keep your eyes open

Grace Coddington
I love Grace Coddington, if you haven’t seen The September Issue, I HIGHLY recommend it. Whether you’re a fan of Vogue magazine or Anna Wintour or not, it’s inspiring to see the work that goes into producing a top fashion magazine.

Here’s an article with Grace Coddington, the Creative Director for American Vogue.
I find her so amazing.

Trailer for The September Issue…

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An Open Letter to NYC – Beastie Boys

[Chorus] Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin
Black, White, New York you make it happen

[Verse 1] Brownstones, water towers, trees, skyscrapers
Writers, prize fighters, and Wall Street traders
We come together on the subway cars
Diversity unified, whoever you are

Uh, we doing fine on the One and Nine line
On the L we’re doing swell
On the number ten bus we fight and fuss
You know we thorough in the boroughs
And that’s a must

[Chorus] Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin
Black, white, New York you make it happen

[Verse 1] Brownstones, water towers, trees, skyscrapers
Writers, prize fighters, and Wall Street traders
We come together on the subway cars
Diversity unified, whoever you are

Uh, we doing fine on the One and Nine line
On the L we’re doing swell
On the number ten bus we fight and fuss
You know we thorough in the boroughs
‘Cause that’s a must
I remember when the Deuce was all porno flicks
Running home after school to play Pix
At lunch I’d go to Blimpies down on Montague Street
And hit the Fulton Street Mall for the sneakers on my feet

Dear New York, I hope you’re doing well
I know a lot’s happen and you’ve been through hell
So, we give thanks for providing a home
Through your gates at Ellis Island we passed in droves

[Chorus] [Verse 2] The L.I.E. the B.Q.E.
Hippies at the band shell with the LSD
Get my BVD’s from VIM
You know I’m repping Manhattan the best I can
Stopped off at Bleeker Bob’s, got thrown out
Sneaking’ in at 4 AM after going out
They didn’t rob me in the park at Dianna Ross
But everybody started looting when the lights went off

From the South South Bronx on out to Queens Bridge
From Hollis Queens right down to Bay Ridge
From Castle Hill to the Lower East Side
From 1010 WINS to Live At Five

Dear New York, this is a love letter
To you and how you brought us together
We can’t say enough about all you do
Because in the city we’re ourselves and electric too

[Chorus] [Verse 3] Shout out to South Bronx where my mom hails from
Right next to High Bridge across from Harlem
To the Grand Concourse where my mom and dad met
Before they moved on down to the Upper West

I see you’re still strong after all that’s gone on
Lifelong we dedicate this song
Just a little something to show some respect
To the city that blends and mends and tests

Since 911, we’re still living
And loving life we’ve been given
Ain’t nothing going to take that away from us
We’re looking pretty and gritty ’cause in the city we trust

Dear New York, I know a lot has changed
Two towers down but you’re still in the game
Home to the many, rejecting no one
Accepting peoples of all places, wherever they from

Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten
From the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle-Eastern and Latin
Black, White, New York you make it happen

back in school

Flora Chang Happy Doodle Land Lilla Rogers

There has been so much I want to share with you, but making time to blog has been hard. I started an online course called Make Art That Sells by artist agent Lilla Rogers. It has been pretty challenging. I like the challenge, but so far the subject matter has been things I don’t normally draw like mushrooms, pyrex dishes, and flowers – things I don’t really connect with.

I’m learning a lot and having fun stretching myself (and even came up with new characters I probably never would have come up with), I just wish I would have been more mentally prepared for the work load in a short time frame, but I’m glad the course content justifies the (hefty for me) price.

I’ll try and share our assignments next week, but I don’t want to promise anything. The way the course works is we get a mini assignment on Monday, then the main assignment on Wednesday, and it’s due that Sunday afternoon. Lilla prefers artists to not wait until the last minute, so the earlier I can turn in the assignment, the better. We also get really great informational posts Monday-Friday, so you could potentially be working on the course everyday of the week, which is what I did last week. I’m hoping to get my project done earlier this week to take Sunday off. Even though it’s pretty intense, I’m enjoying the environment. I wish I were more social in our FB group, but people are posting their progress on our assignments and I don’t want to be influenced by their work, so I try to keep out of there.

There are some people from the Austin area, and we are going to plan a meet up, which I am excited about. It will be nice to meet people in person that are working toward similar goals. I just wanted to pop in to let you know this blog isn’t dying, life is just a bit busy right now. Hoping to get back on top of my blogging this week. Are you doing anything to challenge yourself this summer? If this was the only new thing on my plate this summer things wouldn’t be so crazy, but Robo Roku is evolving, and we need to be ahead of that instead of playing catch up, like we’ve been doing. As new, challenging, and a little bit scary as everything is, I’m still eager to go down this path. Try checking out the hashtag #makeartthatsells on Twitter or Instagram to discover new artists. You can also click on the artwork by Flora Chang above to hear about school from one of my classmates.



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