It takes more than an office to be my leader. I am NOT going back.

Basically this is what everyone who believes in America should be doing anyway.  Being a good American means being a good person.   Being a good citizen is standing up for the little guy and gal.  If you have to succeed while oppressing 52% of the population then it not success.  The press says that white working class voted him in and it is about the economy stupid.  NOT TRUE.  According to CNN 61% of his vote came from households of 50k +.  Hillary Clinton actually received more votes from those 50k or less households.  This is about the rich getting richer at the expense of women and blacks and Latinos and every other minority.  So while the Republican propaganda had everyone focusing on Hillary punishing and scapegoating the women again they were busy spreading disinformation about her to manipulate people to thinking they were going to help those working class communities thrive through an anti-establishment slogan maker.  He’s appointing someone to deregulate the banks so we’ll go back to the corrupt global monopolies that ruined our economies before “including a foe of financial regulation for the powerful position of Treasury secretary. U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican known for his sharp criticism of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul”  That doesn’t sound like it will help anyone I know.  “Plus: Russia was in contact with Mr. Trump’s team during the presidential campaign,”  WSJ  He’s recruiting lobbyist for his cabinet. NYT They have basically voted in the fox to guard the hen-house.  True reform doesn’t come at the expense of Democracy.  IT IS OUR COUNTRY TOO.

It is more important to stand up now and be heard than ever before.  If you are white be a good example of kindness, courtesy, generosity, and caring.   Don’t let people get you down. Don’t despair – Inspire, electrify and take a stand on a platform of positivity as they say.  Lets start a grassroots ground swell with a ground game.

It takes more than an office to be a leader. He can’t lead us down a path of despair if we won’t follow, he can’t make us fear if we have courage. Remember many people have been down the path of oppression before us. The world is watching to see if Democracy truly works. Let’s live up to the words the FREE and the BRAVE.  That means more than just voting it means living and being an America that says no to hate, no to fear, no to all those -ny and -phobia words.   Lets follow the example of our foremothers and forefathers, lets protest in every little way we find in our daily lives.

* Lets support our democratic elected officials get a ground swell going at the State level.  Have your state take a stand like California.  We still have statesmen and women who are going to fight and filibuster and obstruct his policy Join Elizabeth Warren’s Team. Write letters emails let them know you support their fight. Lift them up.

*If you see someone being bullied or some beating someone call the police stop it if you are physically able.  Keep on doing what you have been doing posting videos and keeping everyone honest.

* Call out the mass media to do their job to do what they should have been doing all along, investigative journalism.

*Join a group that supports your ideals. Become as active as you can.

*Join protests and marches have conversations with people.

*Sign petitions protests Change the Electoral Vote 2.2 million and growing

*Encourage those around you to become active.
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The important thing is he might have won the battle but he hasn’t won the war. I don’t know about you but I am NOT going back. I have waited 30 years for women to have an equal say and some modicum of a fair shot in the economic prosperity of this country.    I am going to have my say! I am going to keep pushing forward in my work toward a brighter more inclusive, big-hearted America.   I am going to live up to my nick name Gab-orah I am NOT going to fear and hate and allow this man and his group of vigilantes to be my leader. He can’t lead if I won’t follow.

You can protest in all sorts of ways from the way you think, to what you do when you to interact with people and be vocal speak up.  He hasn’t won MY heart, MY mind , MY soul or MY vote and I do NOT respect what he stands for.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

 

Women art, Crossfire Hurricane, a new painting by Deborah Chapin

I’ve been working on finishing works by the end of October so have had my nose to the grindstone and getting the garden and house ready for the winter. Still a few more things to do but looks like we’ll have a warming trend this weekend so it’s all good.  So this week I started a new  painting and have really been enjoying the play of color with green, rose and plum grays.   I just finished laying in the pattern for the background so it is coming right along. More later.

Women art, Crossfire Hurricane, 24x34 oil on linen canvas, gallery wrapped by DeborahChapinGallery
Women art, Crossfire Hurricane, 24×34 oil on linen canvas, gallery wrapped by DeborahChapinGallery

On another note, I am getting my Instagram set up as a business account getting ready for my promotions of the coming year.  Petit a Petit as they say.   If only these tools had been around when I was starting out in 1980 what a difference.  Still the show promotions and publications are so much easier but apparently also harder to get them pinpointed to the market if you believe google and facebook.

Flaming Jade coming to the finish, contemporary art, underwater figurative painting

Flaming Jade, the contemporary art piece I’ve been working on is just about finished I believe.   I may tweak it a bit more as I move on to others, but it is definitely getting the feel I have been looking for.  I think that there is just no rushing a piece, you have to just keep evolving with the painting.  There is a process to painting as you delve into the work you see more and more.  It is always amazing to me how much my mind controls what I see and how controlling my mind, i.e. telling it what to focus on achieves different levels of seeing. For example when I start out my focus is on-line overall shapes and design or composition, so that is where the focus is.  I can’t really see all the things that will eventually be important as I develop the piece. I can’t necessarily see the nuance of line while I am doing the broad overall shapes, or the subtle shading that will eventually form the eye, or that nuanced tone creating those high cheek bones nor the point of light that will form the shoulder.  Each layer of work reveals new things and this is the difference between the artist and the photographer.   Nothing against photographers but an artist  delves, an explorer of the nuanced and brilliant together.  The inner world of the artist’s mind in combination with the outer world.  You see not only the subject but the feelings the artist has about the scene the back and forth to find that nano-nuance that tells the story.

In addition, this is the first set of works employing the costume. With this piece I hand stitched ruffles, a lot of ruffles, not in an attempt at high couture but to tell the story in movement, color and reminiscence of the ruffles of the Flamenco.  The pose tells the story of the pride and strengths of women, fiery, fierce and in control.   This is just the beginning of costume as an aid to story telling  about which I’m really jazzed, because it adds so much dimension of the final work.  See the short film taken of the final piece below.

You will notice that there is variance between what you can get with photos vs video again dslr vs tablet lens but I thought it was worth showing two different versions so that you could realize how different the visuals are.  I will be upgrading the photos shortly with my professional camera white balanced for tungsten light with the color space for printing which other than seeing work in person will be the best representation since I calibrate by eye the print compared to the original.

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Mixing Color Blending technique.

I’ve been working with overlaying cool colors and warm back and forth to arrive at the proper balance of value form and color.  This is new for me but not new for me as well.  In landscape painting, I often mixed colors and painted impasto one shot brushwork because well in plein air work your time is very limited to get the essence of your subject and to record what you are seeing.   The studio work gives you the option of experimenting with how you blend and how you use color to create the forms and values of your painting.  You can play with it a bit more.  Layer upon layer.  so in this piece I experimented quite a bit with layering and grading the color gradually one over the other until there was a gradation of tone but also a blending between areas and still popping color.  This was more important in the skin tones than anywhere else because the dress was so high key with spots of pure cadmium red and orange as well as a dramatic pick up of colors throughout the painting in the sky.

Year’s ago I wrote a book on mixing colors using warm blues and cool blues opposite one another.  Warm reds vs cool reds and purer yellows vs grayer yellows.    I also used translucent colors vs opaque colors within a primary.  So using the mixing of colors with the translucent layers over the opaque and the cooler mixes of secondaries vs the warmer mixes I was able to import my use of plein air colors onto the portrait.  Now to travel fully down the arms and hands in like manner and finish the dress furls.