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May 22 2018

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The colors were funky uhg. Trying again.


Does anyone else in a creative feild find it hard to talk to their friends about there successes? Even though they would never say so I feel like if I talk about my struggles as I start to gaining interest in my work It makes them feel bad if they are not having the same success. I feel like I have to apologise for doing well

May 21 2018


This week I had a sudden and terrifying realization that a large part of being an artist is being a business owner. So it’s been lot panicking and figuring out thing like commission contracts and website building.


Animation & Inspiration



In honor of Henri Rousseau’s birthday (today!), we wanted to share how his work influenced the animation for one of our very own lessons.


When designing the rainforest scenes in our lesson on Biodiversity, we couldn’t help but thinking of Henri Rousseau’s The Dream. Our color palette was inspired by the richness and depth of greens in his forest scenes. And we love the way the blue & ivory flowers pop out against the many shades of green.


The Dream, by Henri Rousseau (1910)


Rousseau’s color choice for the Sun in many of his paintings is fairly difficult to replicate digitally. It took a lot of layers of brushstrokes and color washes to try to mimic his skies - which offer a perfectly soft contrast to the detailed leaves and fronds in the foreground foliage.


Three apes in The Orange Grove, by Henri Rousseau (1907)


We love the placement of wildlife in Rousseau’s paintings - as if the leaves parted momentarily to allow us to peer in on the secret lives of the lions and monkeys going about their business. While designing the Biodiversity lesson, we wanted to similarly highlight the variety of species in the rainforest, while also allowing the audience to imagine that much, much more lurks behind the leaves.


The Repast of the Lion, by Henri Rousseau (1907)

Animated GIFs from the TED-Ed lesson Why is biodiversity so important? - Kim Preshoff

Animation by TED-Ed

Happy Birthday, Henri Rousseau!

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Apocalypse Moodboard: Harbingers of Death reclaiming the human race in defiance of their Father.

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“How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it? Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.”

Molly Ringwald (via austinkleon)

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to the last stop

May 20 2018

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each x other fw18


I’m personally insulted that I need sleep in order to function.

There are not enough hours. How do I get more?


May 19 2018


on calls to boycott the Bohemian Rhapsody movie


Based on a 90-second teaser trailer and a few assumptions, the calls have gone out that we should boycott Bohemian Rhapsody for queer erasure.

“The trailer doesn’t show any gay content, only het stuff!”
There’s a split-second shot of Freddie hugging his girlfriend at one point. There’s also multiple shots of him obviously flirting with guys. The contention that the trailer is queer erasure is mostly coming from cis gay (white) men mad that the movie seems to be depicting Freddie Mercury as bisexual and capable of loving women at all, but given how significant his relationship with Mary Austin was to his life, it would be a disservice to everyone to exclude it.

Also, the cast list includes several male characters listed as “Freddie’s Lover,” as well as Jim Hutton, his partner in his final years.

“They’ve said the movie is going to ignore the AIDS crisis!”
No. What’s been said is that the movie ends in 1985. Once this information was released, people immediately jumped to assume that because the movie wasn’t going to chronicle Freddie’s illness and death in detail, it was avoiding the subject entirely. But the AIDS crisis was in full swing in ‘85, and Freddie of all people was extremely aware of it. The description of the trailer (the first teaser trailer!) even alludes to it.

It’s a fair point that they haven’t mentioned AIDS by name yet, but also, the only materials they’ve released so far are some promo images and one teaser trailer.

In this context, for people wondering why the creative team or the remaining band members don’t come out to “put the matter to rest” by assuring us the film deals with AIDS, it might help to remember that the media has in the past been extremely tawdry and exploitative in its treatment of Freddie Mercury’s illness and death (have you not seen all the “HIS TRAGIC AIDS STORY!!!” videos floating around Youtube? Not read the biographies that linger in lurid, dubiously sympathetic detail?). It makes sense to me that if Brian May and Roger Taylor have a heavy hand in the making of the film (which they seem to), they’d ask for a more subtle approach.

Also, again: we have six months till the movie comes out and only one teaser trailer at this point. Be concerned if you feel the need, but it’s a little early to call for a boycott.

Do not tell people to shun queer content because you have decided, six months in advance with very little information, that it won’t be up to your standards when it comes out.

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The Painted Churches (1)



“this character did a problematic thing-” its a story helen, commonly including things like conflict and drama







not to be controversial but the reason they wont pass a law saying that people with a history of domestic violence arent legally allowed to purchase a gun is bc half of the police force would no longer be legally allowed to hold their jobs. 

this ain’t tea this is hennessy

based on reporting, 10% of families in the general population endure domestic violence.

in contrast, 40% of police officer families endure domestic violence. again, this is based on reporting, so the number is likely HIGHER.

escaping abusive partners in law enforcement is made particularly difficult for these victims, because police officers

  • are armed
  • know the otherwise confidential locations of domestic abuse shelters
  • are able to game the system in order to avoid punishment
  • are often friends with the very officers who would be called to assist in a domestic situation
  • and can sometimes redirect blame onto the victims—one of my coworkers knows someone whose spouse was a cop who got her arrested for kidnapping when she fled with her children.
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Our hit exhibition David Bowie is continues to be the talk of the town! Secure your ticket to this multimedia installation, featuring more than 500 one-of-a-kind objects from the artist’s personal archive, before it takes its final bow on July 15. If you’re already planning a visit, check out our know-before-you-go video before diving into Bowie’s world. 

Don’t forget that your ticket includes admission to the rest of the Museum and our special exhibitions Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985, Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu, David Levine: Some of the People, All of the Time, and Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys.

Photos: David Bowie is at the Brooklyn Museum. (Photo by Tiffany Sage / BFA) 2018.

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there was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken


College is hard. Had to take off work for to get ready for my final show which I make 3 grand on but until I get my check on the 3rd I don’t know how I’m feeding myself or doing laundry. Why is the higher education system like thisssss






NSFW now means Not Safe For Wealth

I will pay $100 if you let me interact

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Two Days into cleaning and reorganizing my studio and it’s still chaotic but reasonably so.

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