Sunday, April 9, 2017

Just do you

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can."
- Neil Gaiman

Friday, March 31, 2017

First Snow

This piece is inspired by a story a lovely patron related to me. He has been volunteering as a trip leader to disadvantaged kids by taking them up into the mountains to cross country ski. This particular child had just immigrated from Vietnam and was experiencing snow for the first time in his life, pretending to be a dolphin. In that moment, the patron almost broke down crying thinking that one day, the pure joy this young boy experienced could be replaced by what society dictates for him. But then he remembered my artwork and was comforted by how a lot of it reflects wonderment in the world. And so it goes with so many things that time brings us in its bittersweet manner.

So may you, as you are now, experience these moments still. Remember that you are still this child inside. That you can still taste snow for the first time and let that wonder spill out into the world.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

We're going to the Trappist system, so buckle up ...


Although this piece is inspired by the character Naomi on the often stellar Syfy show "The Expanse", it's also dedicated to all the real life kickass women I'm blessed to know who remain undeterred, compassionate, solution oriented, fiery and above all, visionary for the tough road ahead.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Borderline

"Beg your pardon. Did you say that we’re not allowed through?

My companion PYO-3 may have something to say on the subject. You will feel a tingling sensation as we speak…"

I'm honored to have this piece featured in an online art magazine 7x7.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Whale of a Time

I illustrated this for my friend, Silvi Alvica aka The Poetry Store, a true talent who regularly plumbs the depths of the soul and touches ours in the process. A lot of her visual art depicts animals accompanied by her own poetry, so this piece was done in the spirit of her work.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Year of Resistance

Happy Lunar New Year. Instead of double happiness, I ask that we continue to be doubly vigilant, resist, and stand up for others' rights.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hoopy Wednesday

Remember to spread joy wherever you go. We need it more than ever.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stay Vigilant

In this new era, it's important to keep marching forward, to keep loved ones close and protect those who are vulnerable to oppressive policies or toxic states of mind. 

Stay vigilant, educated, and resist. 

We will come out stronger than ever.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays




Happy Holidays kindly visitor. In a harrowing year, it strikes me that of all our natural resources, decency seems shortest in supply. Perhaps we can be more mindful, open to listening to each other, and truly cherish what togetherness is. Fractured spirits can be healed.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Don't Make Me Come Back...

On a search for whale sightings in Pacifica the other day, we came up empty but I had fun with one of the photos I shot.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Scribe Spotlight

Here's an interview with yours truly about my weird, wacky life in graphic recording. The English call it scribing, which makes it sound quite posh indeed. http://ludiccreatives.com/blogpost/scribe-spotlight-kevin.html I swear this is how I look when I'm pensive ;)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cradle the Sun: Give Light Challenge


This is my call to action for the ‪#‎GivelightChallenge‬.
The Give Light Foundation is a wonderful organization dedicated to
bringing shelter, education and family to orphaned children around the
world.

Please visit http://www.givelight.org/ to learn more.

You can also visit facebook.com/cradlethesunandmoon if you'd like to follow the progress on my book.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

RIP Marie Hatch



This piece is dedicated to the memory of Marie Hatch and the elderly who after decades of living here, are in danger of being put out on the street. These people are not statistics, but your human family. Remember how fragile we all were when we first came into this world and how that never truly goes away. We are all flowers.



A subject that’s been weighing on me heavily for a long while now is displacement. It encompasses the rampant homelessness, refugees that are struggling to survive worldwide, and the treacherous path that this city is following in regards to gentrification. It reached a fever pitch for me last month in the passing of Marie Hatch, a 97 year old woman who was in danger of eviction after 66 years of living in a quaint Burlingame home. There are a slew of untold stories of the elderly being evicted, most of which seems to fade into the ether. And just this week, Luis Gongora, recently evicted from his Mission apartment, was shot by the police. Of course, like most of these cases, there are conflicting accounts as to what happened, but it only took less than 30 seconds for this man’s life to be ended.



The saddest thing I can think of is someone dying of a broken heart, not metaphorically, but feeling such emotional anguish that they physically lose everything. What I’m most concerned about is the erosion of our collective empathy over time. How can we better bridge those gaps so the less fortunate don’t fall through them? What actions and words will we choose to mend that pain, inside and out?



There are not only people dying of broken hearts, but of broken minds as well. There has always been a fair amount of mental illness on our streets, but I think it’s even more pronounced with the unchecked greed that is actively terraforming the cultural landscape. I understand the natural fear of physical harm by a person whose mind is not stable. But I also think it’s our responsibility to get educated on what we can do and how we understand these conditions.



Sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq8ymPPfRBw



http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Video-shows-San-Francisco-police-shooting-7237146.php?cmpid=fb-mobile



http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/tech-boom-fuels-elderly-evictions-san-francisco-n128901



http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/09/san-francisco-homeless-man-police-killing-luis-gongora