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 “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”

— Gandhi

Hi! Welcome to Active Art. This website is a space to share some of my art, YouTube videos, and POD designs (print on demand). I will be adding and updating things over time so don’t be a stranger and come on by to visit now and then.

On the site you can find pages dedicated to different POD sites, YouTube, and a page dedicated to other artists that I come across. Feel free to take a tour and if you have any questions or comments, don’t be shy.

Race for Humanity

Base layer: red for the blood of those that have been unjustly murdered that soaks the earth.

Next two layers: Hand prints in the colors of earth covered with the blood of continued injustice.

Next layer: Copper heart that will tarnish if ignored.

Last layer: Representing different skin pigments. Pigments…really. Melanin. Just…why?

-odd side note: the color and paint variations used, make getting an accurate picture of this painting hard. It’s complicated and messy. Worth it.

Artist Shout Out: Jason Anderson

I found Jason Anderson and his beautiful images through Instagram. His early history began with stained glass. You can see that influence in his work. He will also post sketches of his designs that draw you in and allow you to see part of his process. I encourage you to click on his name above to visit his website for a wonderful art tour.

Here is an interview that he did with D Emptyspace on Medium In it, he describes more of his history and process. “This creates two visual experiences. From a distance, it’s a scene. But up close it’s all about the shapes and color.”

Are Face Masks the New Bumper Sticker?

What does our face say about us? Nonverbal communication is very important. I have had a few sarcastic remarks bomb because my smirk was hiding under a mask. (Or, at least, that is my excuse.) We have been pushed into this state of social interaction where we are using the same facial expressions but no one sees them. Our brains struggle to interpret the nuances of communication as the speaker is half covered. I have started to use more head and eye movements as I try to craft my messages in the most understandable way. Some muffling of sound and not being able to augment our hearing with some lip reading also push the need for more nonverbal/non-facial expression.

Face mask art is now a thing. People are designing their own at home, making some to sell, uploading designs to print-on-demand sights. Designers and clothing manufacturers are getting in on it. I wonder if the planned fall designs are all getting a mask accessory? Should I match my purse to my mask or my shoes?

Jokes, quotes, sports, and art

COVID-19 Face Masks: Art and Self Expression

Face masks are now recommended by the CDC. Even before the official recommendation, people had taken to their sewing machines, staplers, and other tools, to find ways to help with mask shortages. There have been creative solutions all over social media. From shop towels and hair ties to sewing machines and colorful fabric, the options seem to be growing. Face masks may be Time’s person of the year.

With half of your face covered, it is a little more difficult to express yourself. POD (print on demand) sites are now helping the sewing challenged to express themselves. I have had a store up on Zazzle for awhile but had not been adding new designs there for a couple of months. This weekend, it occurred to me that customized masks would fit perfectly in their wheelhouse. I clicked on over and, sure enough, they have added cloth masks.

Anyone can design their own or browse through designs that Zazzle has approved. There is an approval process for sellers. It seems Zazzle does that any time they have a template that may be more challenging to fit correctly. If you would like a particular color, pattern, picture, or design to express yourself, this is one way to achieve your goal. Zazzle’s masks are cloth and you can insert a disposable mask or filter into a built in pocket for added protection. They have defined and capped the % commission that artists can get from selling designs on the masks. All appear to have the same listed price.

Two of my designs are still under review but should be cleared in <= 24 hours.

UPDATE: The links are up! Update 2: I ordered one of the masks and while I like how the design came out, the elastic ear loop pieces were cut short. I plan to keep it and either use an extender or sew on new ones. I was able to slide a regular mask into the pocket and use that mask’s ear loops.

Here are some different artists’ designs to get your creative juices flowing:

Work in Progress

Just a quick update: The product that I am developing has been taking up most of my flexible time. A Chinese manufacturer is working on samples now. Due to usual length of time in shipping from there and some virus thing that has been on the news, I am not sure if I will get the sample in weeks or months. The manufacturer has not said anything about a delay….yet. The package design is almost done but there are a few requirements and images that I cannot produce until I have the samples. In the meantime, please enjoy my Easter Bunny fun time creation 🙂

Update: The above link for Society6 is broken as they chose to “suspend” this art image. I have inquired as to why but have not heard back yet. –Heard back a few days later and they did reinstate the selection :).

Artist Shout Out: LEMANSHOTS

Josephine R. Unglaub is a photographer and digital artist living in Germany. I came across her blog, Lemanshots – Fine Pictures and Digital Art awhile back and made sure to note her page. The images are stunning and mind bending. I love the surreal feeling she creates with her compositions and color choices. With permission, I am sharing some of her images here. There were so many that I enjoyed, it was hard to choose. I attempted to present a nice variety and encourage you to click the link above to check out more of her work.

Lemanshots_Birds
Lemanshots_Stairs
Lemanshots_Exhibits
lemanshots_stillife3
lemanshots_city
Lemanshots_Kinder
Lemanshots_dreamy

Holiday Coloring Pages

I spent a good bit of time designing holiday images for a Zazzle contest. I did not expect to win, but figured my chances were better than the lottery. You can use designs loaded on their site, create a design on their site, use your own photo/design, or any combination of the above. They have all kinds of different products (shirts, wine labels, cards, shoes).

Here are some of my designs that you can print out to use at home. I will add a link at the bottom if you want to find them on Zazzle.

Snowman and Dog Winter coloring
Free Holiday Coloring Image Fireplace

https://www.zazzle.com/collections/color_me_holiday_collection-119284887742226865?rf=238715875794612999

New Abstract Painting Collection

acrylic texture
Abstract Acrylic texture

I began playing with paint textures back in college. There is something about exaggerating brush strokes and playing with how thick the paint lays on the canvas that tickles my brain. I also get to play with tools and tools are always fun!

The collection is not done yet but I could not wait any longer to share my new paint carvings.

I love walking through the forest. Florida State Parks are a beautiful resource to use for reconnecting with nature.
Fall colors Lake Side
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7:15
Idealist reality Abstract acrylic Painting
Hard to stay an idealist when surrounded by the night
Blood Moon Textured painting
Blood Moon

Do you have a favorite creative tool?

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