One of my resolutions for the new year is to participate in more online challenges such as this piece for Illustration Friday. As time allows I want to be able to keep my chops up in between assignments and teaching lessons for my art classes. So this week's topic for Illustration Friday is "Moon." I went for the quote "Shoot for the Moon", a nice positive sentiment for the new year. This art work was created with watercolor, ink, and a tad bit of Photoshop.
It's been a while since I've done an Illustration Friday challenge, so here it is. The topic for the week is "old" and so this is a loose self portrait of how I may be when I am well advanced in age.
Taylor took a stand against Apple and won. Or did she? Seems to me like it could have been staged PR for Apple. We'll see, in due time.
It seems in a society where a relative sense of right and wrong is more and more common, lying is one of the few vices that seems absolute. At least it is for Rachel Dolezal.
This image is the first thing that came to my mind when I learned that Donald Trump was running for US president, that is, after I realized that it wasn't a joke. I can hardly believe anyone would take him seriously. I feel sorry for the Republican party if they do take him seriously. Unfortunately, they already have the public perception of being a bunch of mean, old, rich guys that don't want to help those in need. No bleeding hearts! If they do take him seriously then they might as well put the final nail in the coffin for how the general public perceives them. Why can't there be presidential candidates that one would actually want to vote for?
I remember when the movie Jaws came out on the big screen, but I was too young to see it. It wasn't until I was a teen that I saw it, and being that it was on cable television, I saw it several times. Great movie, an American classic!
When I heard it was 40 years since the movie came out, I felt the need to do something creative to commemorate. What better way than to add to the shark's bloody shish kabob a passerby swimmer? Of course, I am using Sponge Bob Square Pants logic with the underwater roasting fire with this idea!
City counsel has cut Mayor Sliva's annual salary by $35,000 to where he will only be receiving about $70,000 a year. Ouch! What the heck? Who could blame him for being upset? But somehow I just can't feel sorry for him. I think it is how he has responded to the decision.
After the news, he publicly complained about how he has children to feed and how now he will have to take on a part time job to make ends meet. Oh, times are hard getting $70,000 a year! But seriously, I think he could have handled the news in a more mature way, perhaps making the loss into a political advantage, because, you know, this is politics! So here's some advice that I would give Mayor Silva that might allow him to handle this event in a more positive and productive way - as if he would even take time to listen to me ;)
First, always realize that how people see you means everything. If you're moping and crying about how the city counsel has taken you money then what kind of leader does that portray? Secondly, downsize to live within your means. Thirdly, welcome to the rest of Stockton. We're all working hard to provide for our families, wondering how we're going to make ends meet. Fourth, take a part time job working with the public. What a great way to make an impression in the voting public's view. Last, don't complain how making $70,000 a year isn't enough because many of us only wish we could ever make that much.
With California experiencing yet another season of drought, there seems to be a lot of ideas buzzing around on how to conserve water. Some ideas are common sense, such as fixing leaky faucets and cutting the time it takes to shower. That seems doable. Other ideas are not flushing the toilet until the end of the day, only showering once a week, or not washing your clothes after each wearing. None of these appeal to me. I have to be clean! However, it seems the cologne and fragrance people would quickly pick up on this as a possible trend for business! One of the most common ideas to save water are to simply stop watering your lawn and let it go brown. Some are even removing their lawns altogether and replacing them with succulents or concrete. Because I think greener is better, I have decided to keep my lawn, but only water it once or twice a week. Using a good ol' fashioned sprinkler, I water each spot of my lawn for only 5 minutes. No forgetting to move the sprinkler!
One thing I haven't really heard addressed is California's ever growing population. It seems everyone wants to live here. Now, being a native, and having visited various parts of the country, I realize that we probably experience the best weather conditions in the nation. But the cost of living has made even me think of packing up and heading to the awfully muggy, chigger infested, tornado alley Mid-West. So, why doesn't California's government just try to stop house construction, encourage people to move out of state, and keep people from moving to our state? That would drastically cut down on our water usage. Be glad that I don't have the decision-making power.
Here's one last thing crazy thing that I recently heard, something that you would only hear in Stockton, California. Is it a coincidence that Jerry Brown is now our governor? Apparently, there are people who say that he is the cause of our drought because last time he was our governor in 1975 - 1983, we also experienced a severe drought. Maybe Jerry Brown-Grass is the Anti-Christ, or the Devil himself, and he's making California a present-day Sodom and Gomorrah! Ah, I knew it! I bet if you look really closely at his forehead you will see the number 666. Verily, I say unto you, California is truly doomed!
Who is David R. Vallejo?
I am a visual artist, illustrator, and creative extraordinaire. Here you will find lots of art, works in progress, and some gibberish.