Posted October 14, 2017Just a quickie, nothing tricky.
The production process has begun on the perks and the actual art to be framed.
I'm currently doing what is known as pre-press and pre-flight for all the work across the various media.
It's a zen sort of process where I go back into my files, read my earlier production notes, fix things that need to be fixed such as gradient banding which occurs when certain elements of my drawings are pulled from Illustrator to Photoshop.
Why am I pulling Illustrator images into Photoshop? It has to do with how the images are actually printed in the fine arts process. The way digital fine art printing works is not vector based but raster based.
For those not in the know, Photoshop speaks in pixels (raster) or tiny little bits of info and Illustrator speaks in an object oriented language, or vectors.
It's also easier to manage a single layer placed file for the offset, or commercial printing aspect of this project.
The way the pre-press process is moving, I should be submitting all files to the commercial printer within the next 7 to 10 days. From there, I expect about a week of production at the printer's and then Pink Buddha and I will start packing up all the perks and shipping them out. PB is very excited and keeps mumbling something about Xmas and Santa's workshop...
In case you didn't know, the fund is still accepting donations --yes, with perks-- until November 8.
If there is someone who wanted to participate and receive some art, there is still time.
Thanks so much for your support.
Posted October 10, 2017Houston, we have lift off!
Thanks to all of you supporting this campaign. We made the $5801 goal today!
Pink Buddha and I are humbled and overwhelmed by the incredible support for this project.
In fact we are so over the moon, we couldn't figure out a graphic to say thank you that was even close to being adequate. So, PB decided to share its latest video, Anchovy Dance. PB loves to hear the sound of angels laughing. PB says Alan Watts said they laugh because the take themselves lightly. Enjoy the video.
Thank you all.
PB and I love you very, very much.
Posted September 30, 2017Some more fun facts about this series. Above each two panel scene (individual signs) is the corresponding celestial gesture or mudra. The color of each mudra was determined by creating color assignments for each of the quadruplicities, a set of four signs that are either cardinal, mutable or fixed, with their corresponding element of fire, air, water or earth.
Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
These signs start every season—Aries kicks off spring, Cancer starts summer, Libra begins fall and Capricorn is the first winter sign. Thus, they are the leaders and “idea people” of the zodiac.
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius
These signs fall in the middle of every season. They’re the stabilizers—the ones who set up a solid goal or foundation, then start building.
Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
These signs end every season—and have learned the hard lessons taught by spring, summer, fall and winter. Mutable signs are the adapters of the zodiac, a little bit older and wiser.
Thank you all for your kind and generous support.
And thank you for sharing the campaign.
Pink Buddha and I will meet you Halfway!
**We still have the halfway challenge. A benefactor has stepped up to match funds. The caveat: we have to make it to $2900. Right now, we are halfway to halfway. Every donation has a perk, every donation is one step closer to that match fund challenge!
Posted September 27, 2017Today we had an Angel step up and give a generous donation --AFTER already donating! Thank you, Steven Fujimoto. Pink Buddha and I are humbled by your kind generosity. We can't wait to start sending out perks, it will be like Christmas for us!
Pink Buddha created a Hall of Fame filled with the graphics of the social media shout outs we've made so far in ALL your honor. Feel free to download the images, if you want.
Here's the link to the Hall of Fame:
Thank you all so much for your support and shares of this project. It continues to be an amazing journey.
PB and I will see you all at the Halfway mark!
(Don't forget, we have a benefactor willing to match half the campaign! We just have to meet them halfway!)
Posted September 27, 2017Virgo: Organized Conscientiousness and Virgo: Hypercritical Complications
Virgo historically is associated with wheat rather than a maiden or virgin. MUL.AB.SÍN from the Babylonian, translates as “The Seed-Furrow.” Virgo as we know her today is most likely a combination of two independent Babylonian constellations, The Furrow and The Frond. The Furrow, like the familiar Greek image was portrayed as a goddess bearing an oversize ear of barley. The Frond was depicted as a goddess holding a frond of date palm. Both wheat and dates were important staples to the Babylonians.
In this set of images, I pay homage to the earlier history of Virgo. The mudra at the top of the image represents a both a sheaf and individual kernal of wheat.
I actually did some research into the types of bugs that live in the bails of wheat, and surprisingly lady bugs are part of that population, along with various spiders and other bugs.
Harvest is an interesting time of year to me. It yanks at something ancient inside of me, perhaps some agrarian DNA is whispering to me. It reminds me that everyone and everything is temporal. Time keeps rolling along. Change is inevitable, as evidenced by a full spider web and dead ladybug. .
I chose the round bails of straw because of cyclical visual. Not to mention the femininity of the circle itself. I drew the straws individually at first then creating small groups to either weave them together or to spiral and layer them.
The metaphor of the harvested wheat field seemed to really fit with the methodic Virgo mindset. But alas, a sharp and critical work can also strike like a dagger in the heart. And so it is with Virgo
Virgo Artists: Joseph Wright, Jacques Louis David, Ben Shahn Grandma Moses, John Cage, Jacques-Louis David, Keith Tyson, Wu Guanzhong, Evelyn De Morgan
Posted September 25, 2017Leo: Enthusiastic Theatrics and Leo: Prideful Drama
With Leo, I wanted to say something very “August” from my Los Angeles perspective. August is both hot and dry, and hot and muggy. It’s the monsoon season for us, so one day can be blistering, while the next is heavy and dank. In the latter part of the day, Mother Nature gives us a voluminous and thunderous performance.
My urban back yard is often visited by grasshoppers or maybe they are a local kind of locust, not exactly sure. I only see them in late July through the end of August. They don’t like to get wet, as I understand it, which may explain their short visit to my garden.
When I was a young student in high school, I took drama class. It really opened my head up to various ways of communication and being able to go within and pull something up from my then limited depths to create a story or evoke a response from my audience. We had these cafe style wooden chairs to sit upon, rather than desks or folding chairs. It set a nice tone to the drama class experience. I think it also sets the right tone for both sides of the Leo coin.
Posted September 25, 2017Can you feel the momentum building? I can and it's exciting.
Thank you all for your incredible support. I don't have the words to express how much this means, but it will fuel me for a very long time.
I want to share some fun news. I was approached by a host at the platform Ask Me Anything to do a sort of live interview about my campaign here on Hatchfund.
What is AMA? Let me lift the info right off their page:
An AMA, or Ask Me Anything, Event is basically a live interview of a "host." The host creates a headline or topic describing who they are and what they know or what they do – and what they are willing to speak about...
...Community members, also known as guests, submit questions and have the opportunity to vote on other submitted questions they would like to see answered by the host.
An AMA Event largely revolves around the context between the person and the questions. Those questions that garner the most votes rise to the top of the submitted questions queue so the host can see which questions are most popular with her or his guests. The host can respond to the questions he or she would like to answer – and in the order he or she prefers.
Kinda fun, right?
I'm getting some good questions. And answering them all, because why not?
If you would like to get in on the action and maybe ask me some really crazy good questions, here is the link to my AMA event: https://crowdfundingama.com/ask-me-anything-about-why-art-renegade-terri-lloyd-says-crowdfunding-aint-455636/#c171956
The session goes live this coming Wednesday at 10 am, Los Angeles time.
Thanks again for all your support, and thank you for sharing the campaign.
Peace and love always,
Terri and Pink Buddha
Posted September 22, 2017Congratulations go to Jorge Bernal for the raffle.
Jorge won a print of my work, "Deflecting."
Pink Buddha hosted the raffle drawing live on Facebook.
You can view the video here: https://www.facebook.com/TerriLloydThePinkBuddha/videos/10214575214953117/
More exciting offers to come, so stay tuned and as always, thank you for your support!
Posted September 20, 2017Cancer: Loyal Contradictions and Cancer: Insecure Nostalgia
Two of the most significant creative influences in my life were born under the sign of Cancer. And to me, Cancer is all about the heart. It made sense to create a lock out of the heart when thinking about Cancer attributes, which can be somewhat enigmatic. With Loyal Contradictions, while there are two keys to the locked heart, neither of them is the one that fits. Also important to note is the single parrot. Parrots fly in noisy flocks, but usually there is one who leads or guides the flock to their destination.
With Insecure Nostalgia, we see the flock is passing through with two flying together behind. Parrots are very noisy when flying as a flock. They also mate for life. When thinking of insecure nostalgia, I’m reminded of a noisy parrot or parrots chirping away about what could have or should have been. Much like the old uncle at a holiday dinner who has maybe had too much to drink and starts chattering about the same old stories you’ve heard at every gathering, but still plague him. And finally, a key is found that fits the lock.
Cancer Artists: Andrew Wyeth, Marc Chagall, Rembrandt van Rijn, Edgar Degas, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean Batiste Corot, Eugene-Louis Boudin, Camille Pissarro, Max Liebermann, Joshua Reynolds, James Whistler, Amedeo Modigliano, Edward Hopper, Frida Kahlo, Gustav Klimt, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Artemisia Gentileschi, Tracey Emin
Posted September 17, 2017Gemini: Thoughtful Duality and Gemini: Fickle Superficiality
This entire series, at its core, deals with the concept of duality. And to me, no sign speaks more to this than Gemini. (Obviously.) The question was, however, how to address duality without being cliché and using the hyper popular yin/yang iconography.
I knew that this concept is expressed by various religious groups in India with Lingam and Yoni. Popular thought about these two combined icons is that it is a sexual union between Shiva (lingam) and his consort Shakti (yoni). But looking further I found that this imagery is much more than sexual union. Linga is about acceptance; acceptance of death, accepting evil, accepting all the negatives of earthly life. Yoni or Shakti is about the attaining stability by the acceptance of Maya or illusion (impermanence). Once you accept Shakti, you can see the Shiva behind her, unaffected by any change. It is the state of bliss and stillness. Of just living. Of course, this is only a glossing over.
To further illustrate the concepts of both thoughtful duality and fickle superficiality with the underlying acceptance of the cycle of life and metamorphosis, I feel the butterfly was the most appropriate. I chose the swallowtail life cycle.
Part of my choosing the butterfly was also a sentimental reminder of someone dear to me who is no longer here.
Male swallowtails do an interesting behavior known as muddling when attempting to find a mate. This muddling is sitting on top of actual mud and sipping dissolved minerals. The males then entice females by offering mud/water. “Buy you a drink?” And the cycle goes on and on…
Gemini Artists: Pontormo, Nicolas Poussin, Diego Velazquez, John Trumble, John Constable, John Everett Millais, Henri Rousseau, Paul Gaugin, Georges Rouault, Egon Schiele, Tony Curtis, Richard Long, Paulo Monteiro, Rachel Ruysch, Carmen Herrera, Vanessa Bell, Natalia Goncharova, Marie Kroyer, Gustave Courbet
Posted September 15, 2017It's Raffle Time!
In keeping with the theme of hand gestures, I'm offering up one print from the original Mudras series, the playful and sublime, "Deflecting."
Deflecting is an archival print on 100% cotton rag
Edition size: 1/1
18 x 24" (approx.)
Signed and numbered by the artist (me)
Raffle begins at 12 noon PDT, Friday September 15 and runs until 12 midnight PDT Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
Winner notified, Friday, September 22, 2017.
Tickets are a $5 donation to this campaign.
Simply donate with "no perks, or "none."
Enter as many times as you like.
The fine print:
We must have at least 2 people participating or offer becomes null and void. Sorry, but this is a raffle.
Remember, sharing is caring, and thank you for playing!
Terri & PB
Posted September 15, 2017Taurus: Material Dependability and Taurus: Dogmatic Resistance
This set of images is based loosely on the children’s story, “Ferdinand.” If you aren’t familiar, Ferdinand was a bull who loved to sit in his field under his tree smelling and appreciating all the lovely wildflowers that grew there. While all the other bulls were showing off their ferocious machismo, Ferdinand was content to enjoy the simple pleasures of being. This lead him to get a reputation as being docile. Until the day when Ferdinand sat down on a bee only to be stung. Ferdinand’s reaction to the sting was misread and celebrated as ferocity. Until he gets to the bullfighting ring, where he become enamored with the flowers in all the ladies hats. Our sweet bull is then sent back to his happy fields and flowers. And so it is with Taurus.
However, I did more research than just read and recall the story of Ferdinand. I looked deep into bullfighting as a blood sport, learning what really happens to bulls that win, and it is not a happy ending. I reference this truth with the Dogmatic Resistance image, note the banderillas piercing the bee hive.
The hives are stylized, once again coming off the zen simplicity of the Mudras series, with one acting as a vessel for collecting and holding the honey. This metaphor, while fairly obvious, also points to my interest in Zen and other aspects of Buddhism. Specifically, a story I read many years back about impermanence and grasping materialism. Paraphrasing the story, if we are to ask a person to grasp a coin, they will generally grasp it with the palm facing down. Ask them to open the palm and release the coin, and the coin falls to the ground. This palm to the ground positioning is considered blocking rather than receiving. If we grasp the coin with the palm facing up, then when asked to release, the palm also becomes ready to receive. What goes out, comes back in.
I used honey as a metaphor for several things. In dream interpretation circles it is thought that dreaming of honey is a portend of money or financial stability and wealth. It can also be interpreted as industriousness. In biblical sources, honey represents wisdom. I think all of this applies with Taurus.
Bees by their very nature are industrious and live within a very ordered social structure. They are one our important pollinators, bringing the fruits of life to the very crops that sustain us.
The bee in this set of images is a bee I have used before in other works as both a pun and metaphor.
What does Ferdinand’s bee say to you?
Taurus Artists: Salvador Dali, Albrecht Durer, Georges Braque, Frank Stella, Cecilia Beaux, Tamara de Lempicka, Romaine Brooks, Jemima Kirke, Peggy Bacon, Anthony Quinn, Tintoretto
Posted September 13, 2017I have great news. First I want to thank all of your for your incredible support of this project. My vocabulary is sometimes too small to express to you how grateful I am.
There is GREAT news with the campaign. A benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous has stepped up with a challenge. They are willing to MATCH us plus one dollar. But we need to make HALF of the funding goal in order for this to happen.
I know we can do this.
Thank you all for your shares and support.
Peace and love,
Terri and Pink Buddha
Posted September 11, 2017Aries: Optimistic Leadership and Aries: Selfish Aggression
I had started the zodiac illustrations with Aries. Coming off the quieter more contemplative series, Mudras, this set began very austere. As the series took off in the direction it did, I kept coming back this set of images and the Taurus images, because they were asking for something more. Originally, there was only the red monoliths and a singular white bird in the sky. Eventually, I came around to doves and how they would look illustrating the terms used to describe the aspects of Aries. The red half circle monoliths represent the actual glyph of Aries.
Aries artists include: Leonardo daVinci, Raphael, Vincent Van Gogh, Max Ernst, Juan Gris, Francisco Goya, Joan Miro, Neo Rauch, Odd Nerdrum, Peter Howson, Arshile Gorky, Leonora Carrington, Antonia Eiriz
Posted September 10, 2017Yesterday we broke $1000. Pink Buddha started twirling like a Dervish. I'm awestruck by the kind and generous support of my friends and network. It's starting to feel like we may be building some serious momentum and that my dream may indeed be within reach. Although, my dreams are almost always about more work to be done. But that's the stuff that gives me something to look forward to. For now, I'm grateful, truly grateful to all of you.
Terri and Pink Buddha
Posted September 07, 2017As Above, So Below celestial wheels.
Celestial wheels bookend the series of 24 cathedral-window-shaped images in As Above So, Below. I have a vision of this series being installed like a mini cathedral; the two wheels at either end, up higher than the actual pairs of zodiac images and then positive aspects of the signs on one side, negative on the other. Within the wheels themselves are 12 mudras or hand gestures with corresponding constellations set against twilight skies. Each sign was extensively researched both astrologically and mythologically in order to create the hand gestures. I also researched the flora and fauna represented in the individual sets of images.
Beneath each sign are words that connect the ancient with the digital age; the Sumerian or Babylonian star name per the original MUL.APIN* document and unicode* text for the specific zodiac character. At the center of each wheel is the earth, moon, stars and a cosmic hand of divinity indicating “As Above,” or, “So Below.”
You will notice throughout the series that bove each two panel scene is the corresponding celestial gesture or mudra. The color of each mudra was determined by creating color assignments for each of the quadruplicities, a set of four signs that are either cardinal, mutable or fixed, with their corresponding element of fire, air, water or earth.
My process for this series incorporated using Photoshop for the mudras. The actual stories start as pencil sketches in various manifestations, which were then scanned and built in Adobe Illustrator. I describe my image making as a hybrid mix of design, painting, drawing, and compositing.
All the images in the series were drawn to size --the art file is the same size as the print itself.
Each wheel is 56 inches in diameter.
Each image of the Zodiac is 28 x 48 inches.
Each edition, regardless of medium will be limited to 5.
Famous living astrologers:
Steven Forrest,Demetra George, Lynn Bell, Kaypacha, Susan Miller, The Galactic Rabbit, Chani Nicholas, Madame Clairevoyant, David Scoroposki, Rick Levine, Maria DeSimone, Terry Nazon, Kelley Rosano, Nadiya Shah, Amber Khan, Debra Silverman, Steve Judd
Posted September 06, 2017This image set is Pisces: Compassionate Intuition and Pisces: Elusive Quicksilver.
The image of Compassionate Intuition holds a sort of sacred or holy vessel commonly seen in Christian, but mostly Catholic iconography. Similar to the flaming heart of Jesus/Mary but with an all seeing eye, aka, intuition.
The opposing image, Elusive Quicksilver shows us a crystal ball and red eye, like a fast talking palm reader or carnival fortune teller.
Those are indeed dung beetles, or scarab beetles, which were sacred to the ancient Egyptians. The metaphor in both images seems obvious, no?
Dung Beetle fun facts from Wikipedia: Among the coprophagous species of beetles, Scarabaeus sacer is typical of those that collect dung into balls. Such a beetle rolls its ball to a suitable location, where it digs an underground chamber in which it hides the ball. It then eats the ball itself, a process that may take several days.
When the female is ready to breed she selects especially fine-textured dung to make her breeding ball, and digs an especially deep and large chamber for it. There she sculpts it into a pear-shape with a hollow cavity in the narrow part. In that cavity she lays a single large egg. She then seals the cavity and departs to repeat the process elsewhere. Typically a successful female Scarabaeus sacer will produce only about half a dozen young in her life. The larva feeds on the ball of dung after the egg hatches.
Scarabaeus sacer is the most famous of the scarab beetles. To the Ancient Egyptians, S. sacer was a symbol of Khepri, the early morning manifestation of the sun god Ra, from an analogy between the beetle's behaviour of rolling a ball of dung across the ground and Khepri's task of rolling the sun across the sky. They accordingly held the species to be sacred.
The Egyptians also observed young beetles emerging from the ball of dung, from which they mistakenly inferred that the male beetle was able to reproduce without needing a female, simply by injecting his sperm into the ball of dung. From this, they drew parallels with their god Atum, who also begat children alone.
Pisces artists: Michelangelo, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Sandro Botticelli, Piet Mondrian, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Hamilton, Elaine de Kooning
Posted September 03, 2017Aquarius: Eccentric Altruism and Aquarius: Aloof Rebellion
The birds in the set are not crows, they are ravens. I knew a raven once, who would come into my mom and step-dad’s apartment in Marina Del Rey and steal coins out of their coin dish. My folks kept a dish of coins for laundry, like many apartment dwellers. One day my folks were at a little cafe close to the apartment when they noticed a man with a raven on his shoulder. They got to talking and the man with the raven told my parents that the raven brings him many “gifts” such as coins and jewelry. This is not an uncommon behavior to either crow or raven. And apparently, from my research, like parrots, ravens have a good sense of humor.
The coins in and outside of the jars represent communism, socialism, anarchism, Sikism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity as general altruisms that make practice of alms giving.
Aquarius Artists: Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, H.R. Giger, Jonathan Meese, Sigmar Polke, Joan Mitchell, Paula Rego, Gabriele Munter, Lucio Fontana, Kate Cory, Anna Boch, Fernand Leger
Posted September 01, 2017The image set represents the positive and negative aspects of Capricorn
Capricorn: Ambitious Mobility and Capricorn: Unmovable Spite
In keeping with the sure footedness of goats and their ability to scale heights, there was no better metaphor than a traditional hiking boot. Ants became yet another metaphor for ambition and mobility. The spite shows up in two places, the tying of the boots and the pouring of beer into the ant hill. The beer is modeled after a Lagunitas IPA. The text on the label is actually the lyrics to 100 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall.
Fun Fact: Capricorn is commonly known as the water-goat. But did you know that Capricorn is actually a representation of the Babylonian (ancient Iraq) god Enki, who is often depicted with a horned crown of divinity and dressed in the skin of a carp?
Posted August 31, 2017We're plugging along and it's fantastic to see the momentum build. The campaign broke $400 this week. I'm overwhelmed by it. Pink Buddha's heart grew three sizes this week. I also had the opportunity to write about my experience with Hatchfund on the Artsy Shark website this week. The article gives a little more insight to who I am and why I chose this particular platform. Read about it here: http://bit.ly/2vEyb4O
Thank you again for the generous and kind support.
Peace and love,
Terri and Pink Buddha
Posted August 29, 2017Sagittarius
The image set represents the positive and negative aspects of Sagittarius.
Sagittarius: Humorus Providence and Sagittarius: Impetuous Wanderlust
I based this set upon the story of Peter Pan. Peter Pan’s dress or clothes were made of leaves. The marotte was a jester’s prop, the jester fits with Sagittarius’s overall character traits. The mudra a the top of each image is actually an archery gesture. Those are fairies coming in the window. And yes, there are cigarette butts and a beer cap. The math is pretty simple here.
Sagittarius Artists: Edvard Munch, Diego Rivera, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lucian Freud, Marie Bracquemond, Helen Frankenthaler, Kara Walker, ?Remedios Varo, Masaccio
What sign are you?
Posted August 27, 2017The image set represents the positive and negative aspects of Scorpio.
Scorpio: Intense Idealism and Scorpio: Controlling Vengeance.
Fun facts about this set of images: I married a Scorpio. When we met he was probably one of the most intensely psychedelic people I had met to date. The mudra at the top of each image is stylized after the scorpion stinger, not the more widely known middle finger salute. I had originally thought about using unicorns and volcanoes but decided rhinos were a better fit.
White rhino on left, Black rhino on right. There really isn’t a color difference with rhinos in nature, but there is in temperment and size.
The birds are indigenous to the rhino environs.
?Scorpio Artists: Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Johannes Vermeer, Rene Magritte, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Canaletto, Ida Applebroog, Lygia Clark, Vija Celmins, Lee Krasner, Elizabeth Thompson, William
What sign are you?
Posted August 23, 2017I'm a Libra sun sign. The image set below represents the postive and negative aspects of the sign.
Libra: Charming Diplomacy and Libra: Stifled Narcissism.
Fun facts about this set of images: Those are my cats. Ozzy on the right and Castor and Pollux (who went missing about 5 years ago never to be seen again) on the left. Castor and Pollux were almost identical twins, hence their names. Oh, and who WERE Castor and Pollux? Well, they are commonly known as the Gemini twins. Gemini is also my rising sign.
Libra Artists: Al Capp, Louise Nevelson, Jean-Francois Millet, Caravaggio, Larry Poons, Chris Ofili, Jean-Antoine Watteau
Posted August 23, 2017It's so exciting to see this campaign start off! We are now over $100 and I just want to say, "Thank you all for your support!"
I'll be posting some fun facts about each set of images as we move through this journey. So stay tuned.
And once again, thank you for your patronage.
Peace and love,
Terri (and Pink Buddha)